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City budget to address needs By Jordan Baker editor@estevanmercury.ca

When it came to the decision to raise the mill rate by seven per cent in the budget being proposed to city council, City Manager Smale said the difference between the raise and status quo is capital spending or no capital spending. “I don’t think in this time of growth that council can say ‘no, we can’t fix things,’ and I don’t think that’s what the public wants to hear,” said the City manager. She said the 2015 proposal explores what the City can get off their plate this year so they can begin delivering a “proper” program in the coming years. Status quo,

said Smale, has the opposite effect of what the City is trying to achieve. “For me, this is the turning point. If this gets done, then we can start to move forward,” she added. City treasurer Jeff Ward said the City is getting into better financial position but still needs to clean up some of the legislatively required projects. “Then we can start going to where there are actually choices. You can’t do that when you have legislative stuff. You’re a little bit handcuffed,” Ward said, noting the Provincial Disaster Assistance Program funding to repair the Estevan Municipal Airport expires in 2015, and the City must spend $5 million on repairs, in order to

receive $3 million back from PDAP. The City can’t afford to say no to $3 million. “After this year we are turning that corner to make more progressive steps. You’ll see that in the capital plan. It’s not just big capital projects, it’s programs,” added Ward. In future years, that will include manhole rehabilitation and residential road renewal. Establishing the 2015 budget was largely about legal and legislative compliance. “There are some things that we’re not currently legislatively compliant on, the landfill being one of them,” said Smale, who noted there was an environmental protection order placed on the Es-

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tevan landfill by the Ministry of Environment. “It’s tied back to the operating permit, and that requires us to complete the things that are outstanding on that permit,” said Smale. The landfill requires a fence around the perimeter and the City has to introduce groundwater testing as well as piezometers that are in place at the landfill. The fence and groundwater sampling program will cost about $450,000, a requirement of the Ministry of Environment. Aging infrastructure continues to be a focus for the City in 2015, and that includes more than simply replacement. The City is continuing to canvass what the status of infrastructure is. “We still don’t have a

true picture of really what the condition of our underground assets are, which is a project that will take a long time, but it’s something that’s underway,” said Smale. The City is expecting to complete a program to install new water meters this year. Ongoing for the past five years, there are about 600 more residences that need to be equipped with the automated metering system. “We’re hoping to complete that, and once we do, that will give us the ability to go to monthly billing as opposed to bi-monthly and treat it as a normal utility like power or energy,” said Smale. The system is expected to increase efficiency, ⇢ A2 Legislative

Although it was far from being a banner year for construction in the Energy City, 2014 was still a pretty good one from a permit value perspective. The value of building permits issued by the City of Estevan in 2014 amounted to $34.9 million. This left it well short of the record-setting pace of 2013 when the permit value was just under $58.8 million, but well ahead of 2012 when the permit values stood at $26.6 million. In recent public statements, Estevan Mayor Roy Ludwig noted there continue to be several housing and infrastructure projects to complete, which suggests 2015 will also be a strong construction year, even with a downward slide in crude oil prices. The mayor told a recent Chamber of Commerce gathering that the construction pace this year could easily match the 2014 level. With a number of inner city in-fill projects being undertaken, along with a couple of major residential developments continuing into new phases of building on the city’s north and south sides, the outlook remains positive for those engaged in the construction trades. While the Trimountdriven Dominion Heights project and The Ridge move into second and third phases of delivery, on the north and south side of the city, a troubled Essex development designated for property north of St. Joseph’s Hospital still shows no sign of life following three years of discussion and negotiation between the City of Estevan and the developer. ⇢ A2 157 building

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A1 In 2014, the building permit report indicated that 157 permits were granted compared with 122 in 2013, but the value of the projects in 2013, exceeded those in 2014 by nearly $24 million. There were 72 single family units built in 2014 compared with just 26 in 2013, but the value in 2013

was $10.13 million, which was about $200,000 more than the 2014 evaluations, indicating there were bigger homes being built in 2013. Information regarding the construction of multifamily units showed there were 36 built in 2014 compared with 152 in 2013 as the industry worked frantically to catch up with the

local housing demands. The value of the permits for multi-family homes was $17.87 in 2013 compared with just $6.23 million in 2014. Similar stories unfolded on the commercial and industrial construction fronts with commercial building construction in 2014 topping out at $14.77

million, while 2013’s was $17.81 million. There were 10 commercial permits issued in 2014, 18 in 2013. The industrial construction file showed $2.02 million spent on eight building permits in the year just past compared with $10.23 million on 10 permits in 2013. The only areas where

2014’s construction numbers were greater than 2013, was in residential garage building and miscellaneous projects. There were 21 permits granted for garages in 2014 for a value of just under $639,000 compared with 17 permits and slightly less than $374,000 a year earlier. Miscellaneous project

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A1 as Ward noted the system can read 400 m at once and can identify leaks. He said if there are complaints with customers about water bills being too high, looking at the data can identify where a leak is causing the additional water consumption and a plan to repair may begin. The system can monitor data logs every 90 seconds, so a constant use of water at 4 a.m. may be the tip off that there’s a problem. The budget proposal also includes how the City

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The economic development and tourism portfolios are being reclaimed by Estevan’s City Hall. These two files have been in the custody of the Estevan Chamber of Commerce for the past several years. “The City didn’t want to handle them back then, and we thought the C of C was a pretty natural home for economic development anyway,” said Dennis Bode, a former chamber president. “They told us they really didn’t have any room for these two and wanted us to take them on and we agreed,” he added. It’s premature to consider the direct impact the move will have on existing staff at the C of C offices with the transfer of duties and supporting budget, said city manager Amber Smale. Mayor Roy Ludwig said the issue has been a “back and forth discussion with the chamber for the past two years.” Current C of C president Ken Rowan said the decision to move the two departments back into the City’s hands was not one the C of C did willingly. Smale added the corporate reorganization the City has undergone will allow it to reclaim these two sectors. “We’ll get a better understanding of where we’re going after a little more consultation,” said Ludwig. One of those consultations happened just after Ludwig spoke to about 40 C of C members at their monthly business luncheon held in the Fireside Room at Days Inn on Jan. 14. Ludwig, Smale and City Treasurer Jeff Ward met with current Chamber president Ken Rowan and incoming president Nathan Wilhelm. Before that meeting, Smale and Ludwig suggested that it might take a couple

Ken Rowan (left) and Nathan Wilhelm, adjusting to a new mandate for the Estevan Chamber of Commerce. purpose and according to Bode, “that just covered the operation of the tourist information centre, Souris Valley Museum and its programs plus permanent and seasonal employees. “We felt economic devel-

“We have a hiring committee in place so we’ll work with Roy and Amber to make sure the transition happens smoothly.” - Ken Rowan more weeks of negotiating before the shift takes place. One of the items to be discussed will be the civic funding support for the C of C once it has to give up these two files. The City currently provides the chamber with $250,000 for that

opment was a good fit for the Chamber because that’s what our mandate includes and what the City provided just covered the cost of doing that job and the tourism job and salaries. Business projects were financed by members. The Chamber ran economic

development on a contract with the City, not as part of their city services,” said Bode. “But it’s not our decision to make. We thought we were doing a good job, but the City now wants to do it in house, and that’s their right. They will probably handle event planning and future business surveys and planning,” Rowan said, adding he agreed it was too soon to speculate as to how the move will affect future chamber budgets and staffing. In the meantime, the C of C is still on the lookout for a new executive director to replace Michel Cyrenne, who departed in the spring to assume new duties in Swift Current. “We will be re-posting the position,” Rowan said. “We have a hiring committee in place so we’ll work with Roy and Amber to make sure the transition happens smoothly.” Rowan said the City had already handed over the first quarter payment that included the maintenance of tourism and economic development, so if any

move was made prior to the end of March, financial adjustments would have to be made to accommodate the new situation. He said he hoped the transition could happen relatively soon in fairness to the employees who will be affected by the move. Wilhelm will be taking over the chamber presidency in midMarch at the annual general meeting, and it is expected that by then there will be a clear path and mandate for the Estevan Chamber of Commerce and the City of Estevan’s economic development and tourism departments. In the meantime, Ludwig and Smale told the Mercury

the decision to reclaim the two departments was made by City Council and that if it took a couple of months to complete, that was what would happen since “we’re not going to rush it,” they said. In speaking to the membership, Ludwig focused his attention on reviewing the civic projects that were undertaken in 2014 and provided them with a look ahead for 2015 in terms of completing infrastructure projects and continued debt reduction plus the civic fees, levies and property tax increases that will be put in place to pay for them.

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Exhibit addresses online dating By Alex Coop acoop@estevanmercury.ca

It’s no surprise that online dating is a form of interaction used by millions across the globe, but several artists’ in depth look at the world of digital dating opened many eyes at the Estevan Art Gallery and Museum. On Jan. 15, the opening of I’ll show you mine, if you show me yours: Love in the modern age in Gallery 1 was accompanied by the work of three artists who each brought a unique perspective to a topic that is often shrouded in misconception. “It used to be a very taboo thing, but today, it’s very much the norm,” said Amber Andersen, curator of I’ll show you mine and director of the EAGM, before the exhibit’s official opening. She noted the exhibit was an excellent opportunity for everyone, both who are familiar with online dating and those who aren’t, to enter a “safe” environment and gain a fresh understanding of the interactions taking place at the tips of millions of fingers. Unique pieces dotted the gallery, each approaching the topic of the night from a variety of different angles. Whether it was a mirror with an attached transcript of those conversations or paintings of hopeful animals looking to fulfill their online desires, there was no shortage of creativity. “People seem to be very

New York based artist Sean Fader went on 100 first dates between Jan. 2010 and Jan. 2011. Submitted photo from Sean Fader. comfortable with animal representations,” Andersen said about Belinda Harrow’s work. Harrow is known for using animals in her work. “She has these two opposing ideals in her pieces … because people have different reasons for being on there.” Sean Fader, an artist based out of New York, spoke with the Mercury after the exhibit and talked about his work in

the gallery, a project, he said, which took him over a year to complete. “It was one of the most intense things I’ve ever done,” he said. Between Jan. 2010 and Jan. 2011, Fader went on 100 first dates, all of which stemmed from countless interactions on dating websites. He would try and create an

image of the person on the other end of the conversation based off their interactions. Then, upon their first meeting, he would photograph his date who would be dressed as Fader initially perceived them. A second photo was later taken, portraying the real person Fader was dating. In the gallery, the first photo concept was on the left, the second on the right. A short transcript of some

of their interactions is placed in the middle between each photo. “Working on this changed me in an extreme way,” Fader said, admitting it was an incredible experience, while acknowledging the difficulties that came with his personal life and his work becoming a single entity, a consequence he initially underestimated. “Going on 100 dates in one year is a psychological minefield,” he said. “By the end I lost 15 lbs., I went from a brunette to bleach platinum blonde, I definitely developed an eating disorder at a certain point, and all of my generated self-worth was based on external approval,” he said. “When a date or a photo was terrible, I felt like a giant failure and I took all of it on at the same time. But then if the photo, the date and the sex were great and my date wanted to see me again, it was a high I never experienced in my life.” Fader said a popular misconception surrounding online dating is the end result of an encounter, which he said many believe is a long-term relationship or marriage. “What’s wrong with meeting different people and gaining different experiences? So what if your date is a disaster, you’ll have a story to tell later on,” he said. Fader and artist Shannon Yashcheshen spoke with visitors at the EAGM through an online conference call and talked about their work and online dating.

The photo on the left is how Sean Fader imagined his date would look like, while the photo on the right is what his date actually looks like.

Fader said a popular misconception surrounding online dating is the end result of an encounter, which he said many believe is a long-term relationship or marriage.

Artist Shannon Yashcheshen placed transcripts of her conversations from online dating on to a mirror.

Belinda Harrow’s work at I’ll show you mine, if you show me yours: Love in the modern age exhibit in Gallery 1 reflects online dating interactions through animals

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A2 The 4.5 would always be my starting point, recommending to council what we should do. They can change that, up it or lower it.” “It has been a mistake in the past not to have rate increases,” added Mayor Roy Ludwig. “We have gone too many years with no or little rate increases.” The City also plans to issue debt of $5 million. “The reality of our debt situation is that that has been the funding model over the years so there are no reserves. There’s no secret savings account to draw on. We have to factor in debt to our funding,” said Smale. The City has been talking a lot about paying down debt, and this issuance will set the repayment plan back one year. City treasurer Jeff Ward said the City will carry about $34 million debt through 2015. “We pay down our debt servicing $3.7 to $3.8 million that we pay off principally each year, so if you’re borrowing $5 million, you’re, in essence, netting $1.2 million. So it will be up a little bit and not a huge stall to the payment plan,” said Ward. The additional debt is meant to manage the legislatively compliant projects the City must undergo this year. The 2015 budget proposal cuts the general operating budget by one per

cent from 2014, with operations expected to cost $23.2 million. In the proposal, that leaves the City with a small surplus of $163,409. Depending on provincial revenue sharing, which may dip this year, Smale warned that surplus could evaporate quickly. Factoring in the utility operations fund, the net surplus from general operations is $1.6 million. The proposed budget sets out $1.8 million in capital investments to utilities and another $7.9 million in general capital investments. The bulk of that is a $5 million project at the Estevan Municipal Airport to repair flood damage from 2011. The City has $3 million from the Provincial Disaster Assistance Program for that project that must be used by the end of the year. Another $1.2 million is to go toward the continuing upgrade of Highway 47 north, which includes Sixth Street and Souris Avenue. The City will be going ahead with that project because it has been legally tendered and a contract had been previously awarded. The guiding principle used to base the budget include legal and legislative compliance, aging infrastructure, rising prices of supplies and services, an expectation of continued growth and residents’ service expectations of receiving more for less. In addition to the mill

rate increase, the budget calls for a utility rate increase of 10 per cent, which will be applied to water consumption, bulk water supply and septage receiving rates. These new rates are meant to assist in covering capital investments in the City’s water infrastructure, which includes an estimated $240,000 in 2015 to upgrade the water treatment plant’s roof, part of the $1.8 million in proposed utility investments. Regarding wastewater treatment plant improvements in the coming years, Smale said that City will need to spend between $12 million and $18 million over the next five years. “Some of that is legislatively driven, but a lot of that is just because it’s so old and it’s at capacity,” said Smale. The budget package includes a five-year capital plan that will see $70 million over the next five years devoted to utility and general capital investments. In that respect, the City’s new five-year strategic plan has its fingerprints all over the budget as Smale noted they are looking to establish programs that more clearly define what the City must spend in the future on everything from infrastructure upgrades to a fleet renewal program. While the latter program is planned to start this year, with about $250,000 budgeted, other programs like manhole replacement, will be rolled out

Music Festival entries flowing in More information regarding the Estevan Music Festival was released this past week. Organizers of the annual event, noted that the festival will get underway on March 12, not March 14 as previously stated. The vocal and speech arts adjudications that get things underway will run from March 12 to 16.

Those still needing to register prior to the deadline date of Jan. 30, can do so online with the entry form available at: www.mforganizer.ca/ estevan Paper entry forms can be downloaded from www. smfa.ca. The paper entry forms may be dropped off at, or mailed to: 493 Willow Bay, Estevan S4A 2G3.

in subsequent years. A special budget meeting will be held on Jan. 26 at 6 p.m. in council chambers at City Hall. At that time, the floor will be open to those wishing to provide feedback on the proposed budget. Those wanting to address city council must notify the city clerk by Jan. 22. Council will also accept written submissions by mail and e-mail or by calling 306-634-1802 to provide feedback. The property tax bylaw will not be passed until the province has set school board rates in March.

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sites. The assumptions and current context of the financial plans for 2015-16 were outlined by Keith the board made plans to provide financial support and presence for the upcoming music festivals in Estevan and Weyburn. Those who attended the meeting also learned that renovations at the former St. Dominic School site are proceeding on schedule and the division offices will be moving over to the leased quarters this coming summer.

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A most interesting budget coming up It will be interesting to see how the Saskatchewan government and Finance Minister Ken Krawetz handle the upcoming provincial budget, the first one that provides any indication of a downward trend following eight years of upward mobility. How many of the inevitable cuts will be foisted on the municipal governments with their limited capacity to raise revenues? With the federal government kicking their own budget down the road to April, Saskatchewan’s governing group will be left wandering and wondering in the dark in terms of national revenue sharing. So the fed’s move is not helpful. That means Brad Wall and his counterparts may be forced into making tough decisions, ones they’ve never had to contemplate before. Last year the PST sharing formula that was applauded as being a fine vehicle to ensure stable revenue directed from the province to the municipal governments, was being “tweaked” a bit. What that really meant, was that the cities, towns and rural municipalities didn’t get as much as they had the year before. But there were prom-

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

Wall can’t off-load on local gov’t A recent editorial in the Saskatoon StarPhoenix offered a very important warning for Premier Brad Wall as he heads into what most certainly will be more difficult days for his Saskatchewan Party government. “It’s dismaying to see the premier of the ‘new Saskatchewan’ quickly revert to the ways of the old as soon as the province’s resource-based economy hits what might be a prolonged rough patch,” the newspaper editorial noted. What the editorial was referring to was a suggestion from Wall earlier this month that his government might re-consider the commitment he made when he came to power in 2007 to dedicate 20 per cent of provincial sales tax (PST) revenue to municipalities as a way to stabilize municipal financing. Yet at the first sign of economic downturn, Wall is contemplating reverting back to the same old ways of off-loading on the

ises that this lost revenue would be restored and improved upon this fiscal year, so there wasn’t much of a hue and cry coming from civic administration offices. Now we wonder if that revenue restoration and improvement is going to happen. With the price of oil sliding to less than $50 a barrel, and no sign from OPEC’s leadership in Saudi Arabia of any impending volume control to ease that downward pressure, we can assume we’ll be living with sub-$50 or $60 oil for some time to come. That’s one of the crosses to bear when the commodities and the money they bring in, are controlled from elsewhere. While Saskatchewan will be a bit better off than Alberta, on the oil file, it is a well chronicled fact, we have no backup bank account or plan to rely on to see us through the upcoming economic maze. With a convoluted potash royalty/tax/ capital relief regime in place, dependence on that resource for financial security is a mug’s game. Uranium production will provide a small relief, but it seems as if Saskatchewan and its government will, once again, have to turn towards the good old reliable agri-

cultural community to bail it out. The face of agriculture has changed dramatically over the past 10 years, but its importance to our economic well being, it seems, will be more pronounced than ever before. It seems as if Wall and his team will have to cash in some of those good will chips they have piled up in council chambers around the province over the past eight years. It will be especially interesting if they find it necessary to pull back some of the economic advantages they have provided for the agriculture sector, since this is going to be the only resource-based industry that will have the wherewithal to perhaps enjoy a banner year. Will the provincial government want to pull the financial plug on them? It will be interesting to see where the cuts will come and where the good will inventory will be tested. This year’s budget details might be the most fascinating we’ve seen in the past 10 years. It probably will be far from being the best, but it will be interesting as to where it will go to relieve the financial pressure that is quickly building.

municipalities. “In a budget that’s very tight - with revenues flat if not decreasing - we have to look at all the options,” Wall told reporters. “That would include looking at the spirit and the principle of sharing own-source revenues with municipalities like we had intended and, perhaps, sitting down with municipalities to try to find what the adjustment might be.” The newspaper editorial specifically noted Wall’s musings is particularly discouraging for Saskatoon and Regina that have already set their up-coming annual budgets based on the $46 million and $40 million, respectively, they anticipate getting from the PST. But it is equally disheartening for smaller cities and towns throughout rural Saskatchewan because they have even less flexibility. Sure, “everything needs to be on the table” as Wall deals with oil below $50 US a barrel. But, as the StarPhoenix noted, what the premier is “proposing to do is to off-load costs onto municipal taxpayers who are already shouldering a disproportionate share of the burden associated with the province’s growth.” In other words, even if you are a booming community like Estevan, Weyburn, Swift Current, Kindersley, Moosomin, Langenburg that has benefited from the oil and potash mine building boom, you suffer as much as community struggling to keep up with the needs of an aging tax base, it appears you are again going to be first in line to solve the government’s revenue shortfall.

It was the way previous NDP governments handled matters _ a way often criticized by Wall and his Sask. Party opposition. In fact, it vowed to fight back and did so by removing education property tax on agriculture land. Now, Wall wants municipalities to either cut services or increase their own taxes (something municipalities were constantly forced to do under the NDP) so he can balance his own provincial budget as the Sask. Party heads towards a provincial election. As was the case when NDP governments used to pull the same stunt, it’s a cheap way to handle a problem that lacks political fortitude. One might have expected better for the Wall government. If everything is truly on the table, there are other options _ albeit ones that won’t be especially popular, either. Service cuts to the provincial government _ including downsizing of the provincial service where wages account for 70 per cent of the costs _ is one idea. Unfortunately, that would have to mean cuts to education and health spending and we already see the problems in places like nursing homes. One other option would be harmonizing the PST with the GST _ essentially a tax grab as we would be taxing more goods and also services. Of course, no one likes this idea, either, but this would actually offer more stability for both the provincial and the municipal governments. And, heaven knows our municipalities need more stability, not less.


January 21, 2015

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There is a bright side There are still a few things that concern me these days, and I need to reflect on them out loud, so here I am again, taking up some of your valuable time, dear diary. I need to know what the Lean senseis had to say about the fact that this province of 1.1 million people has to have three and a half major health administrations. We have the Health Quality Council, the Saskatchewan Association of Health Organizations, and then the Ministry of Health and the junior ministry of rural and remote health. I don’t know exactly what all of these groups do, and I expect that’s deliberate on their part. I do know SAHO took $5.7 million of Sun Country’s $140 million last year and I’m wondering what Sun Country received in return other than a buffer between them and the ministry? If the provincial government needs to cut back this year … well, just saying. Maybe the health ministry needs to start acting like sports leagues that implement salary caps to keep the crazy franchise owners from destroying themselves. And while I’m on that topic, don’t you think our politicians are waaay too intense these days? Maybe it’s because they are under such close scrutiny with all these social network types tracking them 24 hours a day as if they’re as important as Darian Durant or Kim Kardashian. I recall when politicians were allowed to have a little fun and do a little vocal jousting with the opposition and the public critics. Now they have to be so politically correct they rarely have the opportunity to go off script and say anything sincere. Our premier comes close to being able to do a little off-the-cuff texting and tweeting and verbal exchanges, but the rest of the pack take on the deer-in-the-headlights look if they’re asked to comment on anything other than what they’re prepared for. Third concern. Do you think our cash register operators these days could make change if their registers didn’t tell them what they needed to give back to the customer? Counting back at the cash register has become a lost art. It’s not the register operator who is lacking, after all, they also have to accommodate access and credit cards as well as coupon manipulations and all kinds of other check out gyrations these days. I do not long for my good old days behind a check out counter or cash register. Besides, I think we, the panting public, are getting pretty rude and I don’t know why. We tend to lose that mean streak over the holiday season, but we soon return to true form in mid-January. I blame the weather and lack of daylight hours. But really, we need to show a little more respect for one another. Hey, I had an encounter with a cheerful tow-truck operator a couple of weeks ago that turned my rather glum worldly outlook and woe is me frame of mind into a “hey, life’s kinda alright and aren’t we all a little bit cranky or at least a little bit crazy at times,” moment. I know I’m a self-described cynic because that’s the job, but I was reminded that we’re not required to be in that mode 24/7 and a few smiles and bad jokes can go a long way when you share them. So I guess the message today is … don’t worry about anger management, just quit giving others a reason to be angry.

Norm Park

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Estevan and District Music Festival looking for minimal support The Editor, The Estevan and District Music Festival received a letter this past week with a notice saying the City of Estevan will be discontinuing a scholarship to the festival worth $200. The letter ended with the following statement: Although council is sympathetic to the cause they feel they must maintain a fiscal responsibility to reduce the existing debt load. Please remove the City of Estevan from the 2016 and subsequent mailing list for sponsorship. As a long-standing member of the volunteer Music Festival committee, I can assure you, our organization is only looking for minimal support from the City of Estevan for an event that has only benefited them. The Estevan and District Music Festival is a non-profit

organization run by unpaid volunteers (taxpayers) and serves not only our city, but also the surrounding district. For 51 years, our festival has provided our community an opportunity to participate, perform and compete in several different music disciplines. Our participants include community groups, schools and individuals, not exclusive to age, race, gender, ability or financial status. Besides the added activity revenue created by the actual event itself, we host and welcome to our city at least four professionals each year who educate, teach and adjudicate our students while spending time and money in our community. Our organization functions entirely on volunteers, entry fees, door admission, program sales as well as generous donations from our business community and individual taxpayers. We are in the top five of 48 festivals

in our province for entries (over 3,500 in the past five years) and scholarships given back to the participants (over $10,000 a year). We have never run a deficit. Besides the annual festival, we host other events. Just last week, the Saskatchewan Music Festival Association provided our city with a Speech Arts Workshop. Over 350 students from all six elementary schools participated in this workshop. This was provided at no cost to our schools, our taxpayers or the City of Estevan. We do not receive any funding from the City of Estevan for operations, venues, clinicians, teachers, volunteers, or organizers. Nor do we ‘cost’ the city any money on supplements for rental charges, forgiveness of taxes, transportation costs, door prizes or grants. The only thing our organization has requested from the City of Estevan is to be

represented by providing a small token of support each year in the form of a scholarship. As of 2016, this will be removed. After reading the article, ‘Council debates future of summer ice’ in last week’s Mercury, the City’s cost for one day of summer ice would surpass the total monetary support the Estevan and District Music Festival has received in its 51-year history. If the City of Estevan is looking to reduce the ‘debt’ and be ‘fiscally responsible’ by cutting back on support to organizations such as ours, they are in much deeper trouble than it appears on the surface. Perhaps they need to go back to the drawing board and reevaluate. Sincerely, Anita Kuntz – Entry Secretary, Past President, Estevan and District Music Festival

Taxpayer funded giveaway, a failure of imagination The Editor, The PFRA Shelterbelt Centre at Indian head will be disposed of by the Government of Canada in 2015. Having grown to an annual capacity to supply seven million soil conservation and habitat tree seedling to farmers, it has provided nearly 600 million trees in its 114 years of operation. As a division of the PFRA, the centre has supplied 30 species of these trees free-of-charge to farmers. It is now being forced to transition to a private business and is tasked with convincing farmers who used to plant 5,000 trees as field shelterbelt, why they outght to pay $7,500 cash and then wait 10 years for any cash return. If the shelterbelt centre is to not simply become like the 325,000 square foot Weyburn psychiatric Hospital building, which were bulldozed and is now being remembered only through pictures and stories in Saskatchewan his-

tory books, this phenomenal agro-forestry asset must be reborn as the key manager and focal driver of some new profitable enterprise. One party help-shelterbelts.com relies on foreign university interns who work for free and rented the shelterbelt centre land in 2014. They bought cuttings from Alberta and subdivided and rooted them to add to what they got from subdividing trees from Indian Head so as to have $1 million dollars of inventory at $1.50 each for 2015. Agriculture Canada research station researchers continue to publish and present research based on their work at the shelterbelt centre and have lobbied other government departments such as Supply and Services to buy the assets and continue operating a research program at the centre. The current situation raises an important question for the public and policymakers. Why have the taxpayers invested millions in

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the Saskatchewan biotech industry if it can’t develop a made-in-Saskatchewan solution for the Indian Head centre? We have world-class researchers at the University of Saskatchewan, but apparently the shelterbelt centre has been ignored, and what’s worse, it’s now seen as a problem, not an opportunity. There are potential solutions, a local First Nations has first right of refusal to any sale by the government and has shown interest in acquiring the centre. There are other strategic players in Saskatchewan who would work with one or several First Nations to bring immediate added value by training people to create employment in all aspects of a diverse scaleable enterprise. This would employ Aboriginals and others to process bio-products from existing Saskatchewan shelterbelts into products at the centre and contract to continue to supply trees and buy back bio-

products over a long term. The burgeoning health and wellness longevity-promoting marketplace presents an opportunity for a wide range of bio-products to emerge from a horizontally and vertically integrated enterprise with hundreds of millions of dollars of revenue distributed through several supply chains. So what others see as a time of gloom and doom and struggle, I see as a time of incredible opportunity. It is my wish that during this year, some combination of these parties each with something to gain, move forward and turn the former PFRA Indian Head Shelterbelt Centre into a successful commercial venture and do indeed gather their courage and conviction in a timely fashion to create a made-inSaskatchewan agro-forestry success story. Sincerely, Morris Johnson Saskatoon, Sk.

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Busy year for public school division By Norm Park normpark@estevanmercury.ca

The South East Cornerstone Public School Division has just completed one of its busiest academic, administration and capital investment years ever and the results were evident with the filing of information that is contained in this year’s annual report. The report was approved unanimously during the public school division’s annual general meeting held in the board office in Weyburn on Jan. 15. Trying to explain the intricacies of a surplus of $7.9 million in the midst of a $58 million refurbishment and addition to the Weyburn Composite School and other major capital projects, is a difficult one for the public to digest, but Shelley Toth, chief financial officer laid the facts out in an explainable format that allowed the trustees and public to follow the financial, construction and operating trends of the past fiscal year. The division, she noted, had revenues of $108.9 million and expenses of just under $101 million, but the surplus is required since the WCS project is far from complete and may not reach the finish line until early 2016, said facilities manager Andy Dobson, who

also spoke to the trustees during their regular board meeting that followed the AGM. “The surplus includes capital grants of $10.5 million but the costs of the WCS capital project are not incorporated into expenses until the building is completed, at which point it will be amortized into expenses over the useful life of 50 years as per provincial tangible capital asset policies,” said Toth.

as they are for practically all public and separate school divisions in the province. About 48 per cent of the revenue comes from property taxes and 46 per cent comes from provincial grants that is broken down into 37 per cent for operating and nine per cent for capital projects. Total revenues for the 2013-14 operating year were $237,000 lower than what was budgeted, said Toth who then explained where the variances oc-

“The surplus includes capital grants of $10.5 million but the costs of the WCS capital project are not incorporated into expenses until the building is completed, – Shelley Toth She added that conversion to a cash statement, which factors in actual cost paid for items purchased or under construction versus the amortization cost of those items over their useful life, results in an actual operating cash deficit of $76,000. Provincial grants and property taxation continue to be the major sources of revenue for Cornerstone,

curred. She began by noting that property taxation revenues were $538,000 lower than expectations in the budget as outlined by the provincial ministry, which now controls the collection of property taxes on behalf of school divisions across the province. On the other hand, the operating grant was $1.08 million higher than the

budgeted amount. This was due to adjustments made after the grant was made that were necessary to cover loan payments for the Oxbow school project as well as costs associated with the provincial collective bargaining agreement. Capital grant revenue was $1.57 million under budget. She noted that funds were budgeted but not received from partnership agencies involved in the Weyburn rebuilding project since it had not progressed at the expected rate during the past fiscal year. Tuition and related fees were up $265,000 in the past year, thanks to increased enrolments of non-resident students. Funds generated within the schools themselves was $186,000 more than budgeted, thanks to commercial sales and fundraising activities in the schools. Complementary services revenue was also $178,000 in excess of budget. External services revenue was $54,000 under budget due to the capital renovations at WCS which affected the income of their cafeteria services. The sale of a financial web portal to another school division, helped Cornerstone realize $216,000 in overbudget revenue too. That category also included

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lower than the budgeted amount due to fewer capital projects being undertaken and completed than what was anticipated. The division added nearly $21 million in tangible assets in the previous fiscal year, which included $16.2 million for buildings and workin-progress as well as the addition of nearly $1 million in the form of new school buses, five other fleet vehicles and nearly $3 million in computer hardware and audio/visual equipment and nearly $600,000 for furniture and equipment.

Significant increases in polytechnic programs Significant increases in English language programming is not only being witnessed in southeast Saskatchewan high school and college campuses, but also at the Saskatchewan Polytechnic institutes. There is also significant increases in Aboriginal student enrolments at the Polytechnic sites. “Our increased enrolment provides compelling evidence of the contributions Saskatchewan Polytechnic makes to meeting the province’s labour market needs,” said Dr. Larry Rosia, president and CEO. “Our overall enrolment growth is good news for employers, as are increases in Aboriginal and newcomer enrolments in particular. Engaging these two populations is key to

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insurance proceeds from a bus that had to be written off and unexpected donations. Toth noted that salaries and benefits gobble up nearly 72 per cent of the total Cornerstone budget, but they were 1.9 per cent lower than the budgeted amount. Plant operations were under budget by $348,000 thanks to lower caretaking and maintenance supplies and lower utility costs. On the other hand, tuition and related expenses were $268,000 over budget. Interest and other bank charges exceeded budget by more than $308,000, Toth said, and that was due to the fact the financing for the Oxbow School was not approved by the Ministry at the time the previous budget was prepared and therefore the interest expenses were not included in the budget. Amortization expense was $331,000

the Saskatchewan Plan for Growth.” Aboriginal enrolment was up seven per cent to almost 3,300 students in the most recent student census. Aboriginal students represent 18.5 per cent of the Saskatchewan Polytech student population. Enrolment in language instruction for newcomers to Canada was up by 277 students to 1,625. Across programs and campuses, full-load equivalent enrolment increased at Sask. Polytech by five per cent last year. Full-load equivalent is a measure of activity that includes various types of educational activity, including credentialed programming, course registrations and apprenticeship training. The number of students enrolled

in programs was also up five per cent, contributing to a 15 per cent increase over five years. Growth was strong in both Saskatoon and Regina, with double-digit increases on the campuses in those two cities. Programs contributing to higher enrolment include the Saskatchewan Collaborative bachelor of science in nursing and the new culinary arts program. Student numbers also climbed in apprenticeship programs, especially electrician and plumbing. Saskatchewan Polytechnic serves about 26,000 students through applied learning opportunities at campuses in Regina, Saskatoon, Moose Jaw and Prince Albert as well as through a distance education program.

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The Souris Valley Theatre will be holding a fundraiser at Granby’s Steak and Seafood on Feb. 5.

Theatre fundraiser to kick off season  By Alex Coop  acoop@estevanmercury.ca 

The Souris Valley Theatre is prepping for the start of their 25th season, which will be spearheaded by a fundraiser at Granby’s Steak and Seafood on Feb. 5.  “Granby’s approached us after last year’s fundraiser and wanted to help out,” said Jocelyn Anderson, manager of the Souris Valley Theatre. “It’s a great opportunity for everyone to come out and have a great dinner.”  Anderson described the theatre’s upcoming season as a “milestone,” accentuated by the community support

it’s received since its emergence in 1990. “For us to have stuck around and grow as much as we have just shows the really strong community support we get,” she said. “The fact that we have this facility, and at least two shows every summer and other events like our camps, is just absolutely great to see.”  Besides the theatre’s rise in prominence, its increasing focus on collecting local talent has attributed to the organization’s success, according to Anderson.  “We find it’s really important to have local artists show off their talents here,” Anderson said. “It’s always special to show off your skills in the community you’re

from.” She added for the past two years, all of the actors and actresses in their shows have been from Saskatchewan. In terms of what residents can expect from this year’s shows, Anderson said they will closely follow last year’s formula.  “We’re going to keep it very similar,” she said.  The dinner at Granby’s will include a four-course meal and a glass of wine. The ticket price will also include a voucher for one of the theatre’s shows this summer.  Anyone interested in purchasing a ticket can call 306-461-6869.  “There aren’t too many seats,” Anderson said. 

Crop-related research in province gets $6.9 million Nearly $6.9 million will go towards crop-related research through the Saskatchewan Agriculture Development Fund.  The announcement was made by Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewarton Jan. 13.   “These projects will have a range of benefits for farmers, from improved va-

rieties to increased disease and weather resistance,” Ritz said in a press release. The funding is being awarded to 42 projects and is part of the $26.7 million Government of Saskatchewan agriculture research budget for 2014-15.  “Investments in research have long-term benefits for the agriculture industry, leading to the increased competitiveness

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of our industry in the global marketplace and better returns for our producers,” Stewart said. “I look forward to the new tools, knowledge and technology that will result from this year’s ADF projects.”  Projects to receive funding this year include studies to improve lentil varieties, enhance wheat midge resistance in wheat, decrease oil losses from

canola dehulling, and reduce the risk of pathogen contamination on fresh fruits and vegetables. 
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ciate the opportunity to collaborate with the federal and provincial governments in order to maximize the benefit of producer research investments.” Funding for ADF projects is provided under Growing Forward 2, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative.  A complete list of funded projects is available at www.agriculture. gov.sk.ca/ADF. 

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Tending to public school properties is big business in the southeast By Norm Park normpark@estevanmercury.ca

The going has been tight, and will probably get tighter for the facilities department in the South East Cornerstone Public School Division. Andy Dobson, manager of facilities for Cornerstone, provided the trustees with additional information regarding current staffing shortages and facility upgrades that had been carried out and a few others that had to be postponed due to funding shortfalls. Dobson also brought the board members information regarding recent playground safety audits and subsequent plans to correct the weaknesses identified in school playground equipment throughout the division. Dobson said his department has not been fully staffed since April of 2012 with an ongoing problem of keeping electricians, plumbers and carpenters on the payroll in a consis-

tent pattern. There is also a weakness in hiring substitute caretakers in some regions also. On the bright side, Dobson said a lot of roof repair work has been completed over the past five years, 20 major projects,

to be exact, with three of them being at Estevan Comprehensive School where nearly $2 million has been spent on roof repairs since 2010. Bids for relocateable classrooms were rejected since the lowest bids

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submitted were at least $150,000 over the budget allocation. Dobson noted that cost escalations have taken a big toll on a number of projects, including the latest ECS roof repair that was only partially completed, again due to the fact they simply ran out of money. Preventative maintenance programs however, are paying off, and quarterly field reports are showing concrete results in that regard. “But roofing replacement work remains as a big problem because of cost and lack of contractors,” Dobson said. The work that was completed though was a big relief for many aging buildings in the system that included a few teacherages, maintenance shops and bus garages as well as 38 schools and their accompanying playgrounds. In respect to the delayed roofing projects, chairwoman Audrey Trombley suggested that “soon as they see it’s a government agency, health, education, the price goes up. Somehow some contractors think that government is different, but we’re all government and everyone pays eventually.” Dobson said roofing work alone since 2009-10 has amounted to nearly $5.4

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Sask., Alberta combat mountain pine beetle To keep the province’s northern pine forests free of mountain pine beetle, the Government of Saskatchewan will renew a threeyear agreement to work together on mountain pine beetle management Saskatchewan will provide $1.25 million this year to help control the outbreak in Alberta and to prevent, or significantly slow, the spread into Sas-

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that are most at risk.” Those resources will include enhanced surveillance and monitoring, removal of infested trees, and research and modeling to effectively direct program efforts. Saskatchewan and Alberta’s original agreement was signed in 2011. “Alberta appreciates the support we receive from Saskatchewan in our

shared effort to protect western Canada’s pine forests from mountain pine beetle infestations,” Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development Minister Kyle Fawcett said. “Together, we continue to make progress in managing this threat to our natural resource values.” More than 18 million hectares of lodgepole pine

forest (about five times the size of Vancouver Island) has been killed by the mountain pine beetle outbreak in British Columbia, across Alberta, to within about 120 km of the Saskatchewan border. The beetle can survive in jack pine, putting forests in northern Saskatchewan at risk, according to research. There is already an

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Plummeting oil prices bring questions about local activity

By Jordan Baker editor@estevanmercury.ca

It’s no secret that oil is important to Saskatchewan and as a share of the industry, it’s even more important to Estevan. Southeast Saskatchewan is an energy producer for the province, the country and the world. Estevan is the Energy City. When the price of its No. 1 commodity is cut in half, there are a lot of questions about what this means for the economic activity around the city. How much belt-tightening will there be? If there is a slowdown in the oilfield, that will send ripples through every industry in Estevan, not just service companies but restaurants, shops and every other facet of the business community. Attention will be paid to the constant flux of the price of oil, which in 2015 at a little more than $53, down from about $95 from one year ago and a June 2014 high of more than $107. As of Monday, the commodity was trading at below $46.

“The larger (companies) are really looking at cost-cutting measures. That might translate into seeking lower service charges from the service sector.” — Ed Dancsok Oil prices have been steadily declining since July and have been sinking further and faster since October. Ed Dancsok, assistant deputy minister of economy, told the Mercury last week in the process of doing revenue forecasts for the upcoming provincial budget, watching the price of oil is a daily distraction. “Every day it seems we get new information,” he said.

Attention will be paid to the constant flux of the price of oil, which in 2015 at a little more than $53, down from about $95 from one year ago and a June 2014 high of more than $107. File photo. The question is: What of return hat’s positive are Curren, senior media rela- for many years.” drop off across all of Westwill oil companies be doing just simply not going to drill tions adviser with Cenovus, He added Cenovus will ern Canada. Companies that in the short term and how the wells.” noted their enhanced oil op- be focusing on maintaining have money are spending it might that impact budgets Dancsok said in Sas- eration around Midale and current operations and look- drilling. They already have immediately? katchewan, companies still Weyburn will be considered ing at cost savings, noting a lot of land. I think we’ll Speaking with oil com- enjoy a rather favourable part of that conventional oil. the company has identified see soft land sales for the panies in late 2014 and investment market, noting “It has been a very $400 to $500 million in next short while, and espeinto the start of this year, they can get by on the low- stable part of our operations capital savings by 2018. cially if this is a sustained Dancsok said he has heard est oil prices and still break for many years,” Curren None of those efficiencies drop,” Dancsok said. “as many different answers even. He said there will said, noting it has typically are expected to include a “The best cure for low as we have companies out likely be deeper slowdowns produced 16,000 barrels per reduction in labour. oil prices is low oil prices,” there.” in the United States before day. “It’s a very predictable, Regarding Crown land he added. “There are going “If this is a sustained those same circumstances reliable asset. We know it. sales, which typically see to be market forces that drop, we’re going to see all hit southeast Saskatchewan. We know how to work it.” the most action happen- come into effect that cause of the industry re-evaluat- In North Dakota, he said it For Cenovus, he said, ing in the southeast area, increased demand. Right ing,” said Dancsok, noting costs $8.5 million to drill the plan is status quo. How- Dancsok said a drop in sales now we’re seeing soft dea sustained drop would and complete the produc- ever, CEO Brian Ferguson shouldn’t be entirely tied mand in the United States as mean little to no bounce tion of a well compared has talked about flexibility to oil price. He said land well as in India and China.” back of the price in the next with $3.5 million in Sas- and monitoring the situ- sales hit a peak five years As a commodity, oil six months. katchewan. Shallower wells ation. ago with record highs, but price fluctuates constantly, The general word at contribute a large part to “We have a very long- now companies have a lot and as it becomes more afthe moment is that ex- this discount rate. term view, and that goes to of land in their inventory fordable, there is the expecpenditures will drop, but In their 2015 budget re- all of our projects, whether and may not be looking to tation that a new demand that doesn’t necessarily port, Cenovus Energy said it’s oilsands or a project like acquire new hectares. Still, will be established. mean there will be fewer they will be maintaining in Weyburn,” added Curren. the price of oil isn’t encourUntil that happens, wells drilled or less oil production at conventional “We’ve seen ups and downs aging more land grabs. there isn’t much to do but pumped. oil operations, and Reg in the oil and gas industry “We’ve already seen a watch the markets. “The larger (companies) are really looking at cost-cutting measures. That might translate into seeking lower service charges from the service sector,” In the midst of the tumbling value of crude 19. noted Dancsok. “I’ve heard oil and the accompanying gas prices, a number Gasonline prices have been falling since late they’re looking for as much of areas in Regina were suddenly posting higher November and it fell below 90 cents per litre one as a 25 per cent discount for prices on Monday.  week ago. 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Johnston gets top post for provincial realtors Ian Johnston, a salesperson with Century 21 Dome Realty in Regina, has been selected as president of the Association of Saskatchewan Realtors for 2015. Johnston began his ASR tenure in 2012 after serving in all senior administration offices for the Regina Realtors group. Johnston said he would continue to focus on the association’s established mandate to communication, educate and advocate.

Johnston is the past chairman of the government relations committee for the realtors’ association. Past president of the association is Len Wassill while vice-president is Kevin Wouters from Prince Albert. Also back on the board will be Shelby Wilk from Yorkton; Al Weiler from Lloydminster, Rich Jeanneau from Saskatoon; Lane Boghean from Regina and their Canadian Real Estate Association representative Cliff Iverson from Regina.

Two new directors elected to the board are Carmen Cartier from Prince Albert and Teressa Mannie from Swift Current. The Association of Saskatchewan Realtors works within a structure that includes five regional councils, all operating as non-profit groups who focus on provincial as well as regional and national issues that can affect their profession and a healthy real estate environment.

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Learn to skate with the Bruins By Alex Coop acoop@estevanmercury.ca

The Southeast Newcomer Services skate drive was a success, and in order to put them to good use, a Learn to Skate event will be held on Jan. 29 at Affinity Place. “Anyone is welcome to participate,” said Sarah Mehler, program co-ordinator for Newcomers. Mehler said she was pleasantly surprised that 38 pairs of skates were donated throughout the past several weeks, and said 15 people have already signed up. “We’ve actually had a couple people come in

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Goalies shine in Bruins’ shootout loss The puckstoppers duelled through 65 minutes and then some, making save after save to keep the shooters at bay. Only one goal was scored Sunday night at Affinity Place, and it came in the fourth round of the shootout. Matthew Havens scored five-hole on goalie Tyler Fuhr to give the Battlefords North Stars a 1-0 victory over the CanElson Drilling Estevan Bruins. North Stars goalie Spencer Tremblay was the game’s first star, stopping all 44 shots he faced. In the opposite cage, Fuhr also earned a shutout, making 31 saves in the Bruins’ crease. The Bruins started the game on fire, outshooting the Stars 11-3 at one point and dominating the play. They continued to outplay the Stars as the game went on, but were not able to solve Tremblay. “I thought we dominated the first, second and third

periods and I thought it was pretty equal in overtime. It’s frustrating and disappointing. I thought the guys deserved better throughout. I didn’t think it was one of those nights where we missed (the scoring chances) we had. I thought it was one of those nights where their goaltender just played so damn good that he was tough to solve,” said Bruins head coach Chris Lewgood. The Bruins generated a number of Grade A scoring chances, but Tremblay and his unorthodox style kept them at bay. “I just think as a big body, he covers so much ground and he’s patient at times, especially in the shootout, it was hard to find something. We couldn’t figure out who to go with next because we didn’t know where the weakness was after the first or second shot. If your goaltender can give you a few saves in the shootout, you can usually figure

Gedak takes quick route to Tankard For the second straight year, Brent Gedak and his teammates were the first rink to book their ticket out of the southern curling playdowns. Just as he did in 2014, Gedak went undefeated and qualified for the provincial Tankard through the A event. The southern playdowns were held at the Tartan Curling Club in Regina. It marks the 11th time in the last 12 years that Gedak has qualified for the Tankard. However, he is still looking for his first trip to the Brier. Gedak’s rink included third Catlin Schneider, second Derek Owens and lead

Brent Gedak Shawn Meyer. Just because their road to provincials was short doesn’t mean it was easy. He needed an incredible comeback bid to win the A final on Saturday, 10-9 over Josh Heidt of Kerrobert.

Through seven ends, Heidt led Gedak 9-5. However, the Estevan skip proceeded to score two points in the eighth, steal one in the ninth and steal two more in the 10th to grind out the one-point victory. Gedak opened the A final with a deuce in the first end, but Heidt responded with three points in the second. Heidt then stole another point in the third. The two rinks traded deuces in the fourth and fifth ends, putting Heidt ahead 6-4. Gedak only managed a single in the sixth and Heidt made him pay for it with another three-spot in the seventh end. To get to the A final,

Gedak defeated former provincial champion and former teammate Joel Jordison 10-7 in the semifinals. The game required only nine ends. Gedak scored deuces in the first, sixth and seventh ends, as well as a three-spot in the third, to defeat the Moose Jaw-based Jordison rink. Earlier in the A draw, Gedak defeated Shane Vollman of the Highland Curling Club in Regina 10-5, and hammered Lionel Holm of Watrous 8-2. Heidt and Jordison went on to qualify out of the B event, while the C qualifiers were Jamie Schneider and Erwin Hanley.

out the other guy,” Lewgood said, adding that wasn’t the case on Sunday. “When your goaltender gets a shutout, you usually win, right? I would say most nights that’s a three or four-nothing game. The only guy that stopped that is the other goaltender standing on his head like he did tonight.” In the shootout, Estevan’s Zach Douglas, Kurt Sonne, Keaton Longpre and Keegan Allison, and Battlefords’ Matthew Saharchuk, Jake McMillen and Jackson Bond were all denied before Havens potted the winner. Despite the loss, Lewgood was very happy with his team’s play. “I thought it was a really complete effort. I thought we played our positions very well as a team. I don’t think there were a lot of breakdowns that way. I thought the effort level was really high. We kept our game simple and we played as a cohesive unit. I thought the guys were on the same page. It was frustrating not being able to capitalize and not being able to finish tonight, but I think if you look at the whole body of work it was pretty sound all over the ice,” he said. Lewgood said his team put in a more complete effort on Sunday than they did on Friday in a 4-1 loss to the Melville Millionaires. “We went out and played with a higher tempo for 60 minutes, rather than the 40 we played in Melville. I think with that sometimes comes that physical play.” On Friday, the Millionaires scored three goals in the first period en route to the win. Ben Mack broke the ice less than five minutes in with a power play goal. About two minutes later, Drew Litwin put the Mils ahead 2-0. The Bruins got on the board at the 9:33 mark on a goal by R.T. Rice. Melville got that one back before the end of the period though, as Mitch Lipon scored at the 15:06 mark. After a scoreless second period, Melville’s Tyson Predinchuk added an insurance marker at 11:34 of the third. Shots on goal were 33-27 for the Millionaires. The Bruins were slated to host the Notre Dame Hounds last night. They will hit the road this weekend, visiting the North Stars on Friday, the La Ronge Ice Wolves on Saturday and the Humboldt Broncos on Sunday.

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Midgets pull off shocker over Caps HEAVY UNDERDOGS WIN FIRST-ROUND PROVINCIAL SERIES The Estevan Apex Bruins got the toughest draw imaginable for their firstround provincial series, but that didn’t faze them. The midget AA club proceeded to defeat the Regina Capitals, earning a huge 4-2 victory on Sunday in Regina in Game 2 of the series. The teams had tied 1-1 in the opener on Jan. 14 in Estevan. The Capitals (22-2-5) were the overwhelming favourites, as they are running away with first place in the South Saskatchewan Minor Hockey League. The Bruins (12-12-2) are in ninth place. “We just played really well as a group. We had great goaltending from Landon Audet. We had an excellent penalty kill. We were able to kill off two 5-on-3s,” head coach Blake Jamieson said of the win on Sunday. He said the team’s success was about “getting pucks in behind their D, pressuring their D, taking pucks to the net, getting traffic in front of their goaltender. They had good goaltending too.” The Bruins took the early lead at the 7:18 mark of the first on Marc Shaw’s first of two goals. They went ahead 2-0

with about five minutes left when Peyton Stevenson found the back of the net. The Capitals got one back with just one second remaining in the period, courtesy of Ty Acoose. The second period was scoreless and the Bruins hung on to their 2-1 lead heading to the third. The Capitals tied it up at the 4:39 mark on a goal by Brock Strueby, but the Bruins didn’t panic. Shaw struck back less than three minutes later to restore the Bruins’ lead. “They were able to get a couple, but when we answered right back we were able to keep morale high,” said Jamieson. Cole Piche scored an insurance marker for the Bruins with 17 seconds left in regulation. Jamieson said the upset win will do a lot for the Bruins spirits as they advance in provincials. They face Swift Current next. Dates had not been determined as of press time. “It’s huge moving forward. Confidence should be high, knowing that we’re quite capable of beating a top dog in the battle for provincials.” In Game 1, the only two goals on the night were

Apex Bruins forward Erik McKersie unleashes a shot from the faceoff circle during a recent game. (File Photo) scored less than two minutes apart in the first period. The Bruins struck first, with Shaw scoring an unassisted marker 12 minutes in. R e g i n a ’s Ta n n e r Bobyck then tied it just shy of the 14-minute mark.

Coaler Rollers recruiting The South East Saskatchewan Roller Derby Association and the Estevan Junior Coaler Rollers are holding a pair of recruitment days early next month. The sessions will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church on Feb. 1 from 3-4:30 p.m., and on Feb. 5 from 5:30-7 p.m. The junior sessions are open to girls in Grades 4-12. It is free to try, with gear being provided, and no experience is necessary. People are asked to bring a water bottle and a helmet, if they have one. A parent or guardian must sign a waiver form

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Estevan Skating Club hosts regionals The Estevan Skating Club played host to the regional competition for Regions 1 and 6 over the weekend. The competition ran Saturday and Sunday, attracting 101 skaters to Affinity Place. Of those, 31 were members of the Estevan club. Estevan club members participated in 21 events and won a large haul of medals. Rachel Duncan, Rowyn Siever, Tyann Babyak, Gabby Gedak, Hailey Mack, Madison Holtz, Presley McLean, Hailey Tangjerd, Jenna Knibbs and Kadence Oshaway all competed in the Star 1 FreeSkate event. Those who participated in the Star 2 FreeSkate event were Aliya Kilborn, Kylie Armstrong, Kaitlyn Bye, Kelsey Holden, Ashley Piper, Rieley Chernoff, Jada Gibson, Jessica Mitchell and Callista Gerling. Here are the results for the Estevan skaters: Junior silver elements: 1. Nicole Kistanov, 2. Emily Hanson. Senior bronze elements: 1. Isabel Marcotte, 2. Cassy Folkerts. Junior bronze elements: 1. Madison Folkerts, 3. Carly Paton, 4. Avery McNabb. Flight two: 1. Jaycee Young. Junior silver jump: 1. Nicole Kistanov, 2. Emily

Young figure skaters from across southern Saskatchewan made their way to Affinity Place on Saturday for a regional competition and assessment, making it a full day of toe loops and spins for the dozens of young skaters who took to the ice beginning with early morning sessions in front of a panel of judges.

Hanson Senior bronze jump: 1. Isabel Marcotte, 2. Cassy Folkerts, 4. Madison Folkerts. Junior bronze jump: 2. Avery McNabb, 3. Carly Paton. Flight two: 2. Jaycee Young. Preliminary jump: 1. Kelsey Carson, 6. Jersey Long. Flight two: 2. Sydney Davidson, 4. Lenae Mehler. Pre-preliminary jump: 5. Kaitlyn Bye. Flight two: 1. Ashley Piper, 5. Rieley Chernoff. Introductory jump, flight two: 3. Aliyah Kilborn. Flight three: 3. Kylie Armstrong, 5. Kadence Oshaway. Flight four: 3. Kelsey Holden, 4. Callista

Gerling, 6. Jada Gibson, 7. Jessica Mitchell. Junior silver spin: 2. Emily Hanson, 3. Nicole Kistanov. Senior bronze spin: 1. Isabel Marcotte, 4. Madison Folkerts, 5. Cassy Folkerts. Junior bronze spin: 2. Carly Paton, 3. Avery McNabb. Flight two: 3. Jaycee Young. Preliminary spin: 3. Jersey Long, 5. Kelsey Carson. Flight two: 4. Sydney Davidson, 6. Lenae Mehler. Pre-preliminary spin: 3. Kaitlyn Bye, 5. Ashley Piper. Flight two: 1. Rieley Chernoff. Introductory spin: 2.

Bantams get split The Estevan TS&M Bruins split their two weekend games, falling 4-3 to the Regina Monarchs at home on Friday and then blanking the Notre Dame Hounds 4-0 the next day in Wilcox. The Bruins (13-13) are in fourth place in the South Division of the Saskatchewan Bantam AA Hockey League. On Saturday, the Bruins scored three of their goals in a span of just 2:29 in the first period. Cole Fonstad got them on the board at the 2:44 mark, then Jake Palmer

scored a power play goal four minutes in. Mason Strutt put the Bruins up 3-0 at the 5:13 mark of the period. Estevan extended their lead to 4-0 early in the second period on a goal by Daymon Wanner. Shots on goal were 4133 for the Bruins. On Friday, the teams went back and forth all night, with Regina’s Reece Henry scoring the winner with three minutes left in regulation. The Monarchs took a 2-1 lead after the first period on goals by Alex

Kannok-Leipert and Jack Glen. The Bruins’ goal in the opening frame was scored by Fonstad. The teams traded goals early in the second, with Carson Benning scoring for Estevan and Matthew Culling replying for Regina. The hosts tied the game 3-3 less than three minutes into the third on a goal by Wanner. The Bruins outshot the Monarchs 48-45. Estevan’s next game is on Sunday when they host the Melville Millionaires. Game time is noon at Affinity Place.

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Panthers edge Hounds Goals were extremely hard to find on Sunday at the Civic Auditorium. The Estevan PowerTech Panthers and Notre Dame Hounds went scoreless through the first and second periods and most of the third before the deadlock was finally broken. It was the Panthers who potted the game’s only goal, defeating the Hounds 1-0. The winner came with just 3:11 left in regulation, with Ashley Chapman scoring and Taylor Colbow picking up the assist. Shots on goal were even at 28 apiece. Litesha Spittal was in goal for the Panthers, while Juliana Cornish tended the pipes for

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Red Wings in dire straits financially DEBT PROBLEMS PILING UP FOR STORIED SJHL CLUB

It’s no secret that many teams struggle with the rising costs of running a Junior A hockey franchise. For the Weyburn Red Wings, it’s gotten bad enough that the ability to ice a team next year is in question. The Estevan Bruins’ Highway 39 rivals made it known Thursday that they are in dire straits financially, with a debt load of roughly $180,000. Red Wings president Larry Tribiger said there is a

possibility this could be the club’s last season, but he was optimistic about digging out of the debt problems. Tribiger said there are a number of factors that have contributed to the club’s current situation. “The revenues aren’t what the expenses are anymore. That’s the long and the short of it. It just kind of snuck up on us. We were just surviving from year to year, basically. It’s just like any business, eventually it’s going

to catch up to you. “Attendance has dropped down, we haven’t made the playoffs for a couple of years now and even before that when we did make the playoffs, it was one round. Equipment (costs) have gone up. Everything goes up and the revenue coming in (goes down),” he said. Another factor is the struggling economy and plummeting oil prices, which is starting to affect the amount of money the Wings are able

The Weyburn Red Wings’ executive will have to work extra hard to keep the team on the ice for another season. (File photo)

to bring in from corporate sponsorship. “The companies are starting to hang onto their money. (But) don’t get me wrong, the people in Weyburn have been fantastic,” Tribiger said. A large portion of the team’s debt has been accrued in the past year, as Tribiger said the debt load was only about $60,000 a year ago. He added he hopes the organization can pay off all of its debt and would prefer that none of it is forgiven. Tribiger said the team now has a yearly budget of about $800,000 in order to provide for all the costs. “When you’re only raising six or seven hundred thousand, you’re going to have that deficit.” Still, the picture is brighter now for the Wings than it was last week. More than 1,000 fans packed the rink for Friday’s game against the Battlefords North Stars, and the team held its annual sportsman’s dinner fundraiser on Saturday. “It would be huge. If this sportsman dinner could generate $40,000 for us, that would really get us through

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many Junior A teams struggling to stay afloat, he believes it’s time for leagues to consider helping those teams financially. He said the team was sending a representative to last weekend’s mid-season meetings to suggest that point. “We are voicing very loudly that hopefully the league can start helping some of the teams that are in financial difficulty, helping them through the tough periods, even if they have to give us interest-free loans. Chow said the league is open to that in principle, but that it would depend on what the team is requesting. “We discussed that and it would really depend upon how or what the struggling team was asking for. Would the league always try and support a franchise that was in tough? Absolutely. To what degree, I have no idea. The governors would make a decision based upon what’s asked.” Tribiger said that while the community has backed the Red Wings, “it’s like anything, after a while people get tapped out. You can only go after the same people so many times for money. We’ve tried lotteries. We’ve tried cabarets. “We’re going to keep the team on the ice for this season, then we go hard in the summer to raise funds and get the team back on the ice for next year. I don’t know how many years you can keep going like that, though.” Chow said that while some of the league’s other 11 teams are struggling financially, none are in danger of folding. “We asked that question at the meetings and there are some teams that have some outstanding debts, but those teams feel they have plans in place to either have a balanced budget in place by the end of the year, or manage that debt load. Hopefully we learn something from this and do some things so these situations don’t arise again.”

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Author delves into life of former Bruin DAVID WARD CHRONICLES SEARCH FOR CHILDHOOD HERO JIM HARRISON IN NEW BOOK Not many kids choose grinders as their favourite hockey player. Many fewer look up to those players enough to write a book about them later in life. However, that’s exactly what David Ward did. His book, The Lost 10-Point Night: Searching For My Hockey Hero, Jim Harrison, was published in September. Ward, who is from Kitchener, Ont., grew up idolizing Jim Harrison. Harrison had a very successful junior career with the Estevan Bruins from 1964-68, scoring 242 points in 178 regular season games. He dominated the 1968 Memorial Cup with 19 goals and 34 points in 14 games. In the NHL, however, Harrison wasn’t a star. He was more of a third-line type who totalled 153 points in 324 career games, mostly with the Toronto Maple Leafs and Chicago Blackhawks. “It is a funny thing because a lot of kids are drawn to the stars, but I was drawn to the plumbers, the third-line guys. The thing about Jim was he’d just as soon run over you as score a goal, and that appealed to me as a 12-yearold,” said Ward, who recalls Harrison’s bushy sideburns. “He fought on behalf of smaller teammates, things like that. That’s the kind of stuff that caught my attention.” However, Harrison’s greatest career highlight came in the World Hockey Association with the Alberta Oilers

in 1973. On Jan. 30, in an 11-3 win over the New York Raiders, Harrison became the first player in pro hockey history to score 10 points in a game, with three goals and seven assists. It happened three years before Darryl Sittler’s 10-point game with the Leafs. “You think of all the professional games ever played. The Central Hockey League, the East Coast League, the Western Professional League, the International League, the American League. You think of all the leagues, all the games, over more than 100-plus years, and to think that only two guys ever scored 10 points in a single game, and they actually played on the same line together once upon a time. I think it’s remarkable. So the fact that only one of those guys’ games is remembered, I’m a little dumbfounded at the thought of it,” Ward said. However, giving attention to the 10-point game wasn’t a major reason why Ward wanted to write about his childhood hero. “When I went in search of Jim, even that 10-point game was just an afterthought for me. It was more about me searching out my childhood hero and a guy that I admired as a kid. And then as we talked and I tried to gather information on that game — I tried to gather it from him, I tried to gather it from guys he played with — that’s when

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I started to realize how few people really remember that.” Much of the book looks back on Harrison’s time in Estevan and the people he met along the way. “A significant part of the book looks at Estevan because a junior career is such an influential time in a young boy’s life, and Jim made friendships there that he continues to have to this day. He went back and coached there for a period of time. He had tremendous success there and there are still people he talks to who remember him,” said Ward. The author interviewed some of Harrison’s old teammates, including Ross Lonsberry, John Chapman and Dale Hoganson. “All those guys are there as well and they provide tremendous input into the book, and they all talk about their legendary coaches like Scotty Munroe and Ernie McLean. There’s definitely a large component of the book that’s Estevan-centred,” Ward said. When Ward got in touch with his childhood hero, Harrison didn’t believe him at first that he was actually the author’s favourite player. However, Ward made a couple of visits to Harrison’s home and stayed with him for eight days, talking to him about a number of things, including the fact he was one of many players defrauded by then union boss Alan Eagleson. “He opens up really easily. He’s got strong opinions about what he thinks has been unfair treatment in the past and he’s not afraid to share them. The fact that Alan Eagleson ripped him off, he opened up about that, and then he opened up about his injuries as well, because he played a very physical game and suffered from tremendous injuries, and some less than adequate medical help. There’s all kinds of different avenues that we went down, based on the challenges that he faced during his career and since his hockey career ended.” Ward said he wasn’t sure what to expect when he found Harrison, now 67, noting that encounters with childhood heroes often end with disappointment. However, that wasn’t the case this time. “When you go in search of your childhood hero, you don’t always know what you’re going to find. It’s not always an advisable thing to do because you may be disappointed with what you find. But what I’ve learned is he’s actually a bigger hero to me today than he was when I was a child. That’s not because he played hockey, but in spite of what hockey did to him, with his injuries and the money he lost as a result of some of the corruption in the game, things like that. “He’s actually a bigger hero to me today than he was then, and that’s been a wonderful discovery.”

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Chandell Tytlandsvik is unaccustomed to the bright lights of Los Angeles, but she is no stranger to success. “I’m a super average person,” said the Estevanite, who is a mother to her two-year-old son Penn, and wife to her husband Lorne. Her accomplishments, however, are anything but average. Tytlandsvik lost 105 lbs. in less than a year in 2013, and as a result, was invited to Los Angeles in May 2014 where she shot a commercial about her weight loss. The Bowflex ad – Tytlandsvik used a TreadClimber prominently during her weight loss routine - will be circulating across North America for the next six months. It first aired on Dec. 26. Tytlandsvik said she was positively “overwhelmed” by the entire experience in Los Angeles, which began with email exchanges in February of last year between herself and Bowflex, who encouraged users of their product to send in their weight loss stories in exchange for a prize. “I didn’t really know why I was doing it but I fired off my story to them and got a reply the next day,” she said, noting with a smile that she had no idea the prize would be a trip to La La Land. “I was expecting a water bottle or something,” she laughed. Following a confer-

Chandell Tytlandsvik traveled to Los Angeles with her husband and son in May 2014 to shoot a commercial. ence call with producers, Tytlandsvik and her family were flown out to Los Angeles in May 2014. They stayed at the St. Monica Pier for six days and explored the downtown core. They also visited Disney Land, which brought back memories of their last trip to the popular park in 2013, which ultimately kick started her entire transformation. “I remember going through pictures when we

got back and deleting so many of them,” she said. “I’d go through them and be like, ‘is that what I look like?’ I realized I was a lot bigger than I thought I was.” It was then she decided to order the machine, but Tytlandsvik noted prior to that, she tried to cut corners by utilizing quick weight loss methods that never really provided the results she wanted.

“A friend would try something, lose a few pounds so then I would try it. Nothing really worked that well though,” she said. Tytlandsvik admitted the first few weeks on the TreadClimber were “exhausting,” but the consistent stream of positive results encouraged her to press on. “I felt like my ability to do some of the simple things were a lot easier, I would go like ‘I want to

go for a run,’ or ‘I want to try this class with my friends,’” she said, adding the frequent reminder she received while putting on her jeans and discovering they were too big was a big bonus. Tytlandsvik’s husband Lorne, she said, provided her with a lot of support during her workout routines. That support was also evident in Los Angeles, where she said the crew

shooting the commercial was excited to work with her and incredibly kind. “They greeted us at the airport and gave all of us gift baskets,” she said. She wasn’t the only person sharing a story about weight loss, and quickly conversed with others who had that same determination she did. Tytlandsvik said this was the first time Canadians were selected for the shoot, and she continues to keep in touch with a couple from Ontario. She couldn’t help but shed some tears during the actual on-camera interview, especially when it came to talking about how it’s affected other aspects of her life. “During the summer I enjoy taking my son out for a quick run on my shoulder,” she said, noting workouts are something she now looks forward to. Healthy eating also became a high priority for Tytlandsvik, who said prior to losing all the weight, it wasn’t something she paid much attention to. “I’m a lot more aware now when it comes to eating right,” she said. “I didn’t know before what healthy foods were.” Tytlandsvik ‘s biggest advice to anyone trying to lose weight is to aim the focus on entering a routine and sticking with it. “You can have an amazing exercise machine but if you don’t use it, it won’t matter,” she said. “Trust the process and treat yourself in moderation, because you can’t outwork a bad diet.” Tytlandsvik described Estevan as a “very strong fitness community,” that has several high-class gyms. Anyone looking for workout opportunities has a variety of options, she said. “It’s about finding what works for you,” she said. The shock of losing over 100 lbs. and flying to L.A to talk about it hasn’t entirely worn off for Tytlandsvik, who said she’s “humbled” to have been selected. “I’m very honoured that they wanted someone like me. I hope others can see that change is possible for anyone.” With her face making regular appearances on TV, it’s resulted in an overjoyed son who revels at the sight of her mother on the screen. “Just seeing his reaction is amazing,” she said.

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Moose poaching in southeast Sask. Submitted by Ministry of Environment Conservation officers in the Weyburn and Estevan field areas have seen an increase in the number of moose unlawfully shot. Officers are investigating more than six violations east and northeast of Weyburn, including an incident where a cow moose and two calves were shot in late November 2014. “We are not sure what would make someone go out and shoot a moose and then leave the carcass to rot,” explained Ministry of Environment conservation officer Lindsey Leko. “If you look at the total weight of the animals involved, close to five tons of meat have been wasted.”

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Conservation officers are investigating more than six violations east and northeast of Weyburn, including an incident where a cow moose and two calves were shot in late November 2014. File photo. banks once the officers have concluded the investigation. “There are rules in place to help protect and manage our wildlife resources,” Leko said. “Those who choose to ignore them and kill these animals indiscriminately, not only steal opportunities away from legitimate hunters, they can also jeopardize future wildlife populations.” Conservation officers have put many miles on investigating these violations and trying to conduct regular hunter compliance checks as well during the

past couple of weeks. “Our districts are large and we are being pulled in many different directions during this busy season,” Leko said. “So we really need the help of the public to protect our wildlife and provide us with any information that they can to assist us in finding these resource abusers.” If you see a violation, try to record as much information as possible including the nature of the violation, description of the vehicle and license plate. Call the Turn In Poachers toll-free line at

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A frustrating evening for city police The night of Jan. 16 might have been described as a frustrating one for members of the Estevan Police Service who were required to attend to a variety of calls and complaints with several of them resulting in dead end situations. A report of suspicious activity involving a loosened gas cap, but no gasoline missing from a vehicle, was looked into by EPS members that night. No suspect was identified as a result of the ensuing police patrol of the neighbourhood. Another call regarding a hit and run in a parking lot on the east side of the city, also resulted in no suspects being unearthed following a search of the area. The next call came as a result of a response to a security alarm being set off in the east central area of the city. A further check of the business revealed that one of the doors in the establishment was not secure. Police searched the property and when that

was completed, the door was secured by police. The next call was a 911 emergency response request that led police to the east central area of the city. The caller had indi-

38-year-old Estevan man was charged with impaired driving and driving while his blood-alcohol level was over .08 per cent. The man was lodged in cells due to his elevated

stop a vehicle containing several passengers who were spoken to about their possible activities, but no further policing action was required. On Jan. 18, EPS

Another call on Jan. 18 led police to a possible domestic disturbance in the northeast area of the city. A 27-year-old Estevan woman was found outside the residence and

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status of intoxication. He now has a March 30 court date. A report of a fight outside a residence on the city’s south side attracted police attention on Jan. 16, but police noted there was no fight underway upon their arrival. Police were able to

members were called to a north central area of the city in response to a report of a man in distress. The subject was found and transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital for observation. It was learned the man checked himself out of that facility a short time later.

was taken to the EPS station and cells where she was lodged for the night after being charged for being intoxicated in public. On the night of Jan. 19, police responded to a 911 call just before midnight, which led them to an apartment building in

the city’s northeast area. Police attempted to make contact with the occupants of the home, but no one was answering the door or responding to subsequent phone calls to the home. Police made a forced entry into the home and located a man and woman in the apartment who claimed they were sleeping and had not called 911. Police were not satisfied with the answers in the follow up investigation so the man was arrested on a charge of public mischief and transported to the police station where he faced a criminal code charge of public mischief and misuse of the emergency 911 systems. The Emergency 911 Systems Act focuses on the use of a telephone to place a false, frivolous or vexatious call using the 911 service. Anyone who has information relating to crimnal activites are encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222TIPS.

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Adam Jeffery Beatty Adam Jeffery Beatty late of Lang, SK, passed away on January 2, 2015 at the age of 30 years. Adam Jeffery Beatty was born on Easter Sunday, April 20, 1984 in Estevan Saskatchewan to proud parents, Tim and Brenda Beatty. Adam was the middle son of three boys and brother to Sheldon and Riley. In his younger years, Adam enjoyed spending countless hours out at Grandpa Bob’s farm at Kenosee where he would play with the many different farm animals, playing in the trees, building things, and just hanging out with Grandpa. At the end of the day , everyone would go back to Grandma’s for more special times with both Grandma and Grandpa. Adam enjoyed fishing, golfing, and snowmobiling, but his biggest passion was hockey and he never missed an opportunity to show his enthusiasm and tease his brothers and father-in law about their choices as favorites. He loved to play the game as he grew up and continued to play after his minor hockey days were over and enjoyed the camaraderie of teammates that came with it. To this day, they were still some of his life-long friends.After high school, Adam ventured off to carve out his future which started with some schooling at Siast in Moose Jaw where he met his next passion in life, his wife Sherry. The two seemed to become one and in every sense of the words became “perfect soul-mates”. They were wed on Aug. 14, 2010. Adam was diagnosed with a condition called Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis, a disease that hardens and narrows the bile ducts which causes the liver to fail. This required a liver transplant be performed in Edmonton. Complications set in shortly after his first surgery and Adam was required to have the procedure repeated 1 year later . He viewed himself as very fortunate to have been given this greatest gift not only once, but twice, which steered him in the direction of his next passion which was to spread the word about the gift of organ donation. Through all of his life struggles, there was still one thing missing and that void was filled on Sept. 5, 2014 when Adam and Sherry became proud parents of twins Liam and Sophia and another passion was ignited. Caring, giving, courageous, loving and passionate are only a few words that can describe the man that Adam became to be. He will forever be missed and always in our hearts. Adam was predeceased by his grandparents John and Edna Slykhuis; uncle George Slykhuis; aunts: Diane Merriam, Sharon Geysen, Betty Tonnilier. Adam is survived by his loving wife: Sherry; children: Liam and Sophia; devoted cuddler and beloved pet Beary. His parents: Brenda (Allan) Slykhuis, Tim Beatty (Cathi); grandparents: Bob and Betty Beatty; Sherry’s grandparents: Alvin and Mary Teske; Ilene Thauberger; parents-in-law: Kevin (Sharon) Teske, brothers: Sheldon (Reni) Beatty, children Taylor and Carter; Riley (Laura) Beatty and daughter Anna, sister-in-law; Ashley (Quinn) Rollins; brothers-in-law: Kelvin Teske, Katlin (Alexandra) Teske, children Knox, Annalee, and Kabela. In October 2010 and October 2011, two unsung heroes passed away. Our condolences and sincerest gratitude to those people whose names we’ll never know, faces we’ll never see and family/friends we did not grieve with. Each of those souls gave us the greatest gift of all...the gift of four extra years with Adam. Prior to his first transplant, Adam married his soul mate Sherry. Four months ago, Adam’s dream of becoming a Dad became reality with the births of Liam and Sophia. Life-it’s in you to give takes on a whole new meaning when someone you love depends on the ultimate gift from another human being. In Adam’s memory, we would like to ask family and friends to consider signing your donor card and ensure your loved ones are aware of your wishes. This would truly be the greatest gift to honour Adam. A Funeral Service for Adam was held on Friday, January 9, 2015 at 11:00 am from Lang Hall, Lang, SK with Judy Beck officiating. Interment followed at Lang Cemetery. A reception for family and friends was held at Lang Community Hall. Honorary Pallbearers were Quinn Rollins, Ryan Yoner, and Ian Garrioch. Pallbearers were Brad Tooth, Coty Hollinger, Kelvin Teske, Katlin Teske, Adam Dickson, and Jason Kuchinka. For family and friends so wishing, donations in memory of Adam may be made in trust to the Sherry Beatty Family Trust Fund at the Weyburn Credit Union or Canadian Transplant Association, 26 Morris Street, Ottawa, ON, K1S 4A7 Arrangements were entrusted to RD Family Funeral Chapel & Crematorium, Weyburn, SK (8480333 ~ 1-888-848-0333). Expressions of sympathy to the family may be sent to our website at www.rdfamilymemorialchapel.com “Our family serving your family”

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Norbert Alphonse Parent June 6, 1928 January 14, 2015 Norbert Alphonse Parent, late of Estevan, Sask., died peacefully with family by his side at the Regina General Hospital on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at the age of 86 years. Bert is survived by Patricia, his loving wife of 63 years, of Estevan, Sask.; children, Connie (Mike) Davis of Estevan, Sask., David (Bev) Parent of Saskatoon, Sask., Marion (Clifford) Dales of Lampman, Sask., Dorothy (Jeff) Ward of Estevan, Sask., Patricia (Dave) Siemens of Saskatoon, Sask. and Pamela Dzeko of Didsbury, Alta.; son-in-law Stephen Orlowski of Estevan, Sask.; 16 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; siblings, Alice Smythe, Vivian Desaulniers, Maurice (Irene) Parent, Denise McKenzie, Lorraine Benish and Gerard Parent, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his daughter Kathryn Orlowski; grandson, Abdul Dzeko and great grandson, Nicholas Milani; parents, Helena and Hermenegilde Parent; siblings, Therese (Alex) Dolyny and Arthur Parent. Bert had an incredible entrepreneurial spirit. He started and owned many businesses in Manitoba and Saskatchewan in the grocery, retail, hospitality, furniture and manufacturing industries. His kind heart and generosity led him to quietly and anonymously help the less fortunate without expectation of reward. He gave to several charities including Mary’s Meals, which now feeds almost 1 million children each day. No matter where he lived, he was always interested in current events and was involved in his community. He was a 3rd degree Knight of Columbus, and in recent years he participated on the committee to twin Hwy 39. He had a keen interest in history and was an engaging story-teller. One of his favorite pastimes was playing cards at the Senior’s Centre and the Legion. He loved family get-togethers and was always the first to initiate a game of cards, dice or marbles. Bert cherished his family and adored his life-long soul mate and “Buddy”, his wife Patricia. The greatest gift he gave his children was the steadfast love and respect that he showed their mother. He had an unwavering faith, which remained strong right to the end when he went home to Jesus. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Hall Funeral Services, Estevan. Prayers were held on Sunday, January 18, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Hall Funeral Services, with Mr. Doug Third officiating. The Celebration of Life Mass took place on Monday, January 19, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at St. John the Baptist R.C. Church, Estevan, by Father Brian Meredith. Interment followed at the Estevan City Cemetery. The family would like to thank Dr. C. Omosigho, emergency staff and EMS Services in Estevan, and the staff and doctors in CSU and Unit 3F at Regina General Hospital. Special thanks to Dr. Kish Lyster and Bert’s “Angel” Charge Nurse Tracy at Regina General. Thank you also to Hall Funeral Services, Fr. Brian Meredith, CWL for the lunch, Knights of Columbus honor guard, St. John the Baptist Church choir, Doug Third for the prayer service, and to the many family and friends who showed us kindness and compassion, the gifts of food, cards, flowers, phone calls and visits. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make donations in Bert’s memory may do so directly to Mary’s Meals Canada (a cause that was very dear to Bert), 7111 Syntex Drive, 3rd Floor, Mississauga, Ont., L5N 8C3, info@marysmeals.ca, www.marysmeals.ca, 1-855-702-0330. $13 feeds a child for a whole school year.

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Berniece Franck 1919 - 2015 Berniece Alma Franck, late of Estevan, SK passed away at the Estevan Regional Nursing Home on Thursday, January 8, 2015 at the age of 95 years. Berniece is survived by her daughter Lorraine Lukye; grandchildren, Lorie (Cody) Vincent, Katherine Sorensen and Edward Sorensen; 14 great grandchildren and 3 great great grandchildren; brother-in-law Jim Burnett; sisters-in-law, Liz Kinart and Forence Settlemyer, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband Henry Franck; son-in-law Allan Lukye; grandson Darryl Sorensen; parents, Samuel and Anna Kinart;

brother Alfred Kinart and sisters, Jane Handy and Lola Burnett. A Funeral Liturgy was held on Monday, January 12, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at St. John the Baptist R.C. Church, Estevan, with Rev. Brian Meredith officiating. Interment followed at the Estevan City Cemetery. Those wishing to make donations in Berniece’s memory may do so directly to the Alzheimer Society of Saskatchewan, 301 - 2550 12th Avenue, Regina, SK, S4P 3X1, or a charity of choice. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Hall Funeral Services, Estevan. Thank You The family of Berniece Franck would like to say thank you to everyone who expressed condolences through cards, phone calls, internet. Your kind and caring thoughts were appreciated. Thanks also to the staff of the Estevan Nursing Home for their care of Mom over the past three years. Thanks to Father Brian and the choir for the celebration of Mom’s life. Also thanks to the CWL for serving of lunch. A special thanks to Dustin Hall for singing two of Mom’s favorite hymns. A thanks to Dustin and the staff of Hall Funeral Services for their kindness and professional service. Forever in our hearts. -Lorraine Lukye and family

Ida Kellen The family of Ida Kellen late of Estevan, formerly of Regina, sadly announce her passing at the Estevan Regional Nursing Home on December 29, 2014, at the age of 92 years. Ida’s memory will forever be cherished by her children Lillian, Bob, Ron (Joy), Doreen (Harvey) LeBlanc, Rick (Carol) and Randy (Debbie), 9 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great-grandchildren. Ida was predeceased by her loving husband Robert, parents Joe and Ester Lazar (Borbely), brother Alec, three brothers in infancy and daughter-in-law Matilda. A Memorial Service for Ida was held January 5, 2015, at Victoria Avenue Funeral Home, Regina SK, with Reverend Darrell Reine officiating. Interment followed at Regina Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Those wishing to make donations in Ida’s memory may do so to the New Estevan Regional Nursing Home, 1201 2nd Street, Estevan SK S4A 0M1. THANK YOU We have heard the sympathy in your voices, saw it in your faces and felt it in your hugs. We thank you for your phone calls, on-line tributes, cards, prayers, flowers, food and donations. To the staff of ERNH, and the friends she left behind there, a heartfelt thanks for the love and care you gave Ida in the 8 1/2 years she made ERNH her home. Thanks to Marg Dyck for being Mom’s special friend and Bingo Buddy. Thanks to Rev Darrell Reine for his compassionate words, Ron and Bobbi Yanko for celebrating Mom in song, Al Kissner for giving the family eulogy and Victoria Avenue Funeral Home for their professional service. As we miss Mom’s prescence in our life we are blessed with yours.

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the schedule for the upcoming Cornerstone Tomorrow consultations with the public and students as part of the community engagement project. The division is seeking input into future plans for the division and this will provide stakeholders, including taxpayers, an opportunity to be engaged in the future planning while learning more about the division’s current priorities. Jan. 26 has been set aside for the public meeting in Estevan at the Estevan Comprehensive School beginning at 7 p.m. Other sessions have been scheduled for Weyburn, Carlyle, Radville and Moosomin. The Weyburn meeting is slated for Jan. 28 in their comprehensive school, while Carlyle’s will be on Jan. 29 in the elementary school. Two sessions have been planned for school community councils, as well as four sessions with students and three with teachers. Those who are unable to participate in person are invited to complete a survey that is available on the division’s website at the Cornerstone Tomorrow Survey link. This link will open during the final week of January and continue into the first week of February and is open to everyone in the community, regardless of age or whether they have a child in the school system, or not. Little said it is expected that the meetings will in-

volve a break out period so that participants can engage in smaller group discussions within focus groups. She suggested that some topics for public consumption will include such things as the pros and cons of multi-grade classrooms, class sizes, how grades are assessed and how grades are achieved, the strength of the education system in the future, status of funding, what elements make learning difficult and school division priorities. “I’m really interested to see what comes from the sessions with the students,” said Little. During the annual general meeting, which was held before the continuation of the general business session, Little highlighted some of the educational adventures in 2013-14 including progress being made on the early learning file. She noted there are now 92 youngsters, no older than five, who are now engaged in the program and there is no waiting list. Items such as quality behavioural solutions and handling intense behaviours and student crises, are part of the package of interventions handled by staff members working as teams to assist each student who may require this type of attention. She also noted the division now has five community educational liaison counselors on staff, one transition counselor and one

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Province announces Red Tape Awareness Week The Government of Saskatchewan and the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) announced on Jan. 20 that Jan. 19 to Jan. 23 will be known as Red Tape Awareness Week. The week is dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of improving and modernizing Saskatchewan’s regulatory environment. “In 2014, our government maintained our commitment to reduce red tape in ministries, crown corporations and agencies,” Minister responsible for Immigra-

tion, Jobs, Skills and Training Jeremy Harrison said in a press release. “Our newly approved Red Tape Reduction Action Plan requires the thorough analysis of new regulations and their direct costs, benefits and alignment with provincial priorities.  The plan will also require the review of all existing business-related regulations with the same stringent examination every 10 years.” Changes to the Oil and Gas Levy as requested by businesses, Occupational Health and Safety filing requirements for

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all businesses, the streamlining of gas and electrical licensing, and improvements for processing of fishing and wildlife licenses highlight some of the major regulatory modernization achievements in 2014. “The provincial government continues to make progress in reducing red tape, and we are pleased to see the ongoing commitment to review regulations that make it easier for business to do business in Saskatchewan,” noted CFIB Vice-President, Prairie and Agri-business, Marilyn Braun-Pollon. “Saskatchewan stands out

as one of the few provinces making regulatory accountability a priority – this approach will keep regulatory review on the government agenda. If entrepreneurs can spend less time completing paperwork or searching for information they need, that’s more time that they can focus on growing their business.” This marks the sixth year in a row that the Ministry of the Economy has partnered with CFIB to proclaim Red Tape Awareness Week in Saskatchewan.

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Your Guide to Area Faith Lutheran Church Office 1132 4th Street • 306-634-3773 Sunday Service 10:30 am Nicholson Centre Pastor Dan Krauss and Joshua Lowe Phone: 306-471-8130 All Are Welcome Faithlc.ca

Sunday Worship 10:30am Nursery & Children’s Ministries Available Sunday School at 9:30am

Friday Night Youth 7:30 pm (gr 7-12) Children’s Clubs -Wednesdays- 7-8 pm 140 King Street (across from Staples)

306.634.2601

www.estevanalliancechurch.com /estevanalliance

PaStorS: rEV. JIM KEDGE & WaYLoN KLIX

Trinity Lutheran Church E.L.C.I.C.

Sunday Worship & Sunday School - 10am PASTOR STEWART MILLER

Coffee & Fellowship after Worship 738 - 2nd Street, Estevan Church Office: 306-634-5684 E: trinity.luth@sasktel.net Website: www.etlc.ca

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ST. PAUL’S UNITED CHURCH

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1302 - 8th St., Estevan Office Phone: 306-634-3116 Email: estevan.cofc@sasktel.net Tim PiPPus Sunday SErvicES: Bible Study - 10:00 a.m. Worship - 11:00 a.m.

Bible studies on any subject can be arranged at your convenience. Please call us.

THE SALVATION ARMY

ESTEVAN COMMUNITY CHURCH

Followed by coffee time

100 King Street, Estevan, Sask • (306) 634-8133 • www.livinghope-ca.org

Pastors: Lieuts. Brian & June Bobolo SUNDAY: 11:00 a.m. Worship Service with Children’s Program

Live Russian Translation

Estevan Gospel Chapel 1202 - 2nd Street Phone: 306-634-3761

“Equipping God’s people to think biblically, to live godly, and to serve effectively – influencing our world for Christ”

Pastor: Josh Permann Sunday:Worship 11:00 a.m. Weekly: Prayer Meeting

www.estevangospelchapel.ca An Associated Gospel Church

St. Joseph’s Prayer Centre Everyone welcome to join our daily prayers, inspirational Bible DVD viewings and lively discussions

2 - 4 pm Monday - Friday Series topics change monthly Call for more information 1033 3rd Street Estevan

306-634-9191

Minister: Rev. Brenna Nickel stpaulsuc@sasktel.net Website: stpaulsestevan.ca

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CHURCH OF CHRIST

1107 - 4th Street Phone: 306-634-2074 www.facebook.com/salvationarmyestevan

10:00 am

Sunday Worship Service and Sunday School • 11:00 am •

St. Peter’s Lutheran Church LC-C Isabelle & Souris Reverend Randy Kleemola Phone: 306-634-2024 email: st.peters@accesscomm.ca

Sunday Worship

9:30 a.m. - Bible Study 10:30 a.m. - Divine Service with Holy Communion Sunday School A Congregation of LUTHERAN CHURCH - CANADA

St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church Corner 12th Avenue & 2nd Street

Phone: 306-634-2190

Fax: 306-634-6845

Pastor: Father Brian Meredith MASSES: Saturday: 7:00 p.m. Sunday: 9:00 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.

Pursuing God Buiding Relationships Impacting Lives

1920 Wellock Road, Estevan • (306) 634-7955 Estevan Church of God • www.estevancog.com 10:30 a.m., Sunday Worship with Children’s Ministries & Nursery. 7:30 p.m. Fridays theGROVE Youth Ministries. Please call us or visit our website for more information about other ministres and events.

His Glory Bible Church

(Light of Life Ministries International) Join us in Glorious Praise and Worship With: Pastors Dr. and Mrs. Jimi Akinsete Where: Westview School When: 10am on Sundays Experience Healing, Deliverance and Breakthroughs

St. Giles

Anglican Church

Parish of Estevan

317-12th Avenue

Sunday Worship: 8:00 & 10:00 am September - May Children’s Sunday School: 10:00 am The Rev. Mark Osborne ALL ARE WELCOME! Church Office: 306-634-4113 www.estevananglican.com


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Installation For Third Time For the third straight year, Paul Deren of Estevan (right) has been installed as a member of the provincial Divan of the Saskatchewan Wa Wa Shriners. The installation ceremony took place in Regina on Jan. 17.

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Green Party challenges government to cut waste quickly The Saskatchewan Green Party said this week they are eager for the provincial government to make real change happen by trimming its spending. “The Wall government has increased spending by 71 per cent since it came to power in 2007, and now faces the possibility of posting a budget deficit with the ongoing fall of oil prices,” said Vic Lau, Saskatchewan

Green Party leader. “If Premier Wall is going to deal with the accumulated $19 billion debt, he should consider the following moves,” said Lau, before referring to several bullet points of concern. He said there is a need to chop the Ministry of the Economy down to a workable size, adding government involvement in the economy should be kept to a mini-

Briercrest approved for two more degree granting courses Advanced Education Minister Kevin Doherty announced Jan. 19 that Briercrest College and Seminary has received authorization to grant bachelor of arts degrees in English and history. “I’m pleased that Briercrest will now deliver two new programs to its students,” Doherty said. “Our government places a high priority on providing Saskatchewan students access to high quality postsecondary education.” The Saskatchewan Higher Education Quality

Assurance Board conducts a rigorous review of applications for new degree granting programs before they are considered for approval. “We’re thrilled to add degrees in history and English to the 80 years Briercrest has provided Canada with premium Christian education,” Briercrest College and Seminary president Michael Pawelke said. “We applaud the Ministry of Advanced Education’s work in moving Saskatchewan forward and recogniz-

ing Briercrest’s important contribution in providing excellent options alongside our universities.” Approval of these degrees is provided under the Degree Authorization Act and the Degree Authorization regulations, which came into effect in 2012. Prior to this, only the University of Saskatchewan and the University of Regina had the authority to grant degrees, other than theological degrees, in the province. In 2013, the Govern-

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ment of Saskatchewan granted the college authorization to provide bachelor of arts in the humanities, the first time authorization had been given to an institution outside of the province’s two universities. Briercrest will be able to provide a bachelor of arts in English and history, effective July 1, 2015. The authorization will be formally reviewed in five years. The college is centred in the town of Caronport which is located 25 kms west of Moose Jaw.

mum. In fact, he pointed out, the Saskatchewan Party is supposed to be opposed to government interference in the economy, so why does this particular ministry even exist? Lau also challenged the current government to revert to the former 58 members in the Legislative Assembly by cutting out the three additional seats that were promised about a year ago. Lau said the additional seats are simply wasteful and do nothing to improve democracy. The Green Party leader also suggested the executive council could be cut by half, and they could cease funding false ideas like “clean coal technology and carbon capture.” Lau said that while they were in opposition the Sask Party MLAs took the NDP government to task for failed projects such as Spudco and Channel Lake, so they should have learned from these experiences. Lau also said the government could cut third party entities such as the Saskatchewan Association of Health Organizations and the Health Quality Council, or let these agencies generate their own operating funds. There is also a need to return Tourism Saskatchewan into an arms-length agency with a voluntary board, not a post for patronage appointments. “What is really disturbing is that the Wall government increased spending by 71 per cent in the first place,” said Lau. “But now there is an opportunity for them to redeem themselves by shedding many areas of unnecessary spending.” The Green Party leader added he would support an audit of the entire government to first determine where funding could most easily be cut and that government employees should be consulted on the spending cuts before action is taken. He said by doing that, it would ensure that real change in government priorities could take place.

North West Regional College Instructor, Practical Nursing

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Battlefords Campus Posting #65-BC-1415 Reporting to the Program Coordinator, South Region, this in-scope position is responsible for planning and delivery of the Saskatchewan Polytechnic Practical Nursing program. This position is schedulded to start ASAP and will complete in December 2016. For a complete position profile, and application visit www.nwrc.sk.ca.

MotorVehicle Vehicle Senior Technician Motor Senior Technician (Automotive Technician) (Automotive Technician) Royal Canadian Mounted Police

Applications will be received until position is filled.

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Open to persons residing in Canada and Canadian citizens residing Open toabroad. persons residing in Canada and Canadian citizens

residing abroad.

Tired of fighting to meet ever diminishing flat rate times? Worried about fluctuating wages? Are you sick of being sent home Tired of fighting meetruns ever out? diminishing flat rate RCMP times? Worried early when thetowork The Regina Post Garage is about fluctuating wages? Are you sickAutomotive of being sent home looking for interprovincial licensed Technicians that would like to in aRegina fulfilling career equipping Police early when thejoin workour runsteam out? The RCMP Post Garage is Motor We offer a consistent workTechnicians load in anthat established lookingVehicles. for interprovincial licensed Automotive work We supply all tools and personal protective wouldenvironment. like to join our team in a fulfilling career equipping Police equipment. Start with 3 weeks of holidays and statutory holidays Motor Vehicles. We offer a consistent work load in an established you won’t get at a dealership, a benefit plan and matched work environment. We supply all you tools on andapersonal pension contributions will set course protective for great career. equipment. weeksand of holidays and statutory holidays Leave your Start toolswith at 3 home all you need is your lunch to start you new won’tcareer get at with a dealership, a benefit plan and matched your Regina RCMP Post Garage.

pension contributions will set you on a course for great career. The Royal Canadian is your currently recruiting for Leave your tools at homeMounted and all youPolice need is lunch to start 1 permanent TheRCMP starting will be $29.21 per hour. your new careerposition. with Regina Postsalary Garage. The closing date for applications is February 13 , 2015 at 23:59 (PST). Please quote reference number RCM15J-011569-000206.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police is currently recruiting for

Founded in 1854, Westmoreland Coal Company is a premier energy company with strong leadership, a solid foundation of tangible assets and a proven strategy for growth. Having transitioned from predominantly eastern underground coal production the Company’s current operations include surface coal mining complexes in four western states and two Canadian provinces, and power operations in North Carolina. Westmoreland employs approximately 2,800 people in seven states & two provinces, and is producing approximately 1.2 billion tons of coal and generating 1.6 million megawatt hours of electric power annually.

Chief Power Engineer Location: Estevan Mine

Closing Date: February 28, 2015

1 permanent position. The starting salary will be $29.21 perapply hour. online at Applications will be accepted online only. Please The closing date for applications is February 13 , 2015 at 23:59 www.jobs.gc.ca.

About Estevan Mine: The Estevan Mine is located approximately 8 km east of Estevan. The Estevan Mine operates 6 draglines and provides employment to over 300 employees. This position is for the Bienfait site which is approximately 12 km east of Estevan.

Please clearly demonstrate in your application/resume how you meet the following experience: Applications will be accepted online only. Please apply online at Recent (within the last two years) hands-on experience in repairing www.jobs.gc.ca. automobiles and/or light trucks in an automotive repair shop.

Summary of Position: Reporting to the Senior Plant Superintendent, this position is responsible for supervising and maintaining production in the activated carbon plant.

(PST). Please quote reference number RCM15J-011569-000206.

demonstrate in your application/resume howand you may be APlease pool clearly of qualified candidates may be established meetto the following experience: used staff future vacancies for Motor Vehicle Senior Technicians inRecent Regina, Saskatchewan. (within the last two years) hands-on experience in repairing For more information about opportunities automobiles and/or light trucks in anthese automotive repair shop.and how to apply, visit www.jobs.gc.ca or call Info tel. at 1-800-645-5605. For more information about the Royal Canadian Mounted Police see A pool of qualified candidates may be established and may be www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca. used to staff future vacancies for Motor Vehicle Senior Technicians

in Regina, Saskatchewan. We are committed to Employment Equity. The Public Service For more information about opportunities and barrier how to free of Canada is committed to these developing inclusive, selection and work apply, visitprocesses www.jobs.gc.ca or callenvironment. Info tel. at 1-800-645-5605. For more information about the Royal Canadian Mounted Police see

Vous pouvez obtenir ces renseignements en français. www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca.

We are committed to Employment Equity. The Public Service of Canada is committed to developing inclusive, barrier free selection processes and work environment.

Book your career ad today! Vous pouvez obtenir ces renseignements en français.

Duties/ Responsibilities: Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to: • Provide direction to Activated Carbon Plant operations personnel • Carry out regular inspections • Maintain the required boiler certifications through inspections, testing and direct communication with provincial boiler inspectors • Actively develop the employee skills necessary to safely and efficiently operate and maintain the Activated Carbon Plant to produce a quality product • Provide training and evaluation of 3rd Class Power Engineer personnel • Other duties as required. Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have: • Minimum 2nd Class Power Engineer Certificate • Chief Power Engineer experience in a plant requiring a second class power engineer – minimum 3 years experience • Strong computer skills • Previous supervisory skills • Excellent work ethic with proven positive work performance • Strong knowledge and understanding of Saskatchewan OH&S Regulations and the Boiler & Pressure Vessel Act & Regulations • Other combinations of skills, education and experience will be considered . Westmoreland Coal Company offers a competitive compensation and benefits package and provides the opportunity for personal growth and development. How to Apply:

adsales@estevanmercury.ca

306-634-2654

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter via email to: careers.Estevan@westmoreland.com or fax to: 306.634.7058. We thank all candidates for ther applications, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


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A Day At The Rink Tenley Clements had her fun items packed and had Minnie in tow as she indicated she was ready for a long day at Affinity Place with her mom as they got involved in the regional figure skating assessments hosted by the Estevan Figure Skating Club on Saturday.

Trio of arts classes slated for kids The Estevan Arts Council has made arrangements for a trio of arts classes designed for children that will be offered this winter and early spring. The first offering is an Art Action Camp for children between the ages of six and 12 that will be scheduled Tuesday to Thursday, Feb. 17-19. This event, held during the February break, will give children a morning of working and creating art and craft items along with a nutritious lunch followed by an afternoon of swimming each day at the RM of Estevan Aquatic Centre, just down the hall from the Arts Council

activities room. The instructor(s) for these classes will be announced later. The second offer is an April 25 Parent and Child Pottery class instructed by Darlene Martin. This will give the young participants an opportunity to play in the clay, and once the project is complete, it will be returned to each participating team to be enjoyed by both parent and child for years. These classes are focused on children six and younger and their parent(s). The third class is a children’s clay class for kids

between the ages of seven and 13. This is also slated for April 25 with Martin as the head instructor. This, Martin noted, is an opportunity to play in clay, just like the younger students, but in a more structured environment that will allow the participants to hand build an item then underglaze it and prepare it to be fired in the kiln. More information regarding these classes, their registration fees and exact start times, may be obtained by contacting the Arts Council office at www.estevanartscouncil.com or phoning them at 306-634-3942.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES          

is hiring for the following positions:

Are you   mechanically   inclined?     Tired   of   being   on-­‐call,   shift   work   or   working   in   the   same  place?  Then  we  have  the  job  for  you!   Looking   for   a   Technician   for   Hydrocarbon   Field  Sampling.  Must  have  valid  license  and   clean   driver’s   abstract.   Field   tickets   an   asset.   F/T   w/   Benefits.   Send   resume   to   opportunities@agatlabs.com  

• Pressure Truck Drivers • Labourers Must have:

• 3 years oilfield experience • Clean driving abstract • Current safety tickets (First Aid, CPR, TDG,H2S Alive, WHMIS)

Fax resume to: 306.482.5213 or email: kriscarley@candnoilfield.com

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• positive attitude? • strong customer service skills? • professional appearance? • valid drivers license? • ability to lift heavy cartons? • automotive background? (not necessary)

THEN WE WANT YOU TO BE OUR COUNTER SALES/STOCKROOM PERSON! you will answer phones; identify source and sell parts & related items at front counter; shipping & receiving; deliver parts orders

Apply today at: Auto Electric Service 1115 5th Street Estevan, SK. S4A 0Z3

Field Technician  –  Estevan  

Facilities Positions Available Permanent Full-Time

MAINTENANCE TECHNICIAN Starting wage $26.74

JOURNEYMAN PLUMBER Starting wage $36.52

Vehicle and tools supplied Full benefit package and Employer defined pension plan For further information and job descriptions

please contact Jim Swyryda, 848-4713 or visit our website at www.cornerstonesd.ca

WANTED HYDROVAC OPERATORS WANTED HYDROVAC OPERATORS AND SWAMPERS HYDROVAC OPERATORS HYDROVAC SWAMPERS • Offering excellent wages SWAMPERS •HYDROVAC Offering excellent hourly wages • Excellent benefit package available • Offering excellent hourly wages • Excellent benefit package available • Willing to train if necessary • Excellent benefit package available • Safety tickets H2S, First Aid and Offering hourly wages • Safety• tickets an excellent asset • Willing to train Ground Disturbance required • Excellent • Operators must benefit possesspackage class 3Aavailable driver’s Safety tickets H2S, FirstatAid andclass •••Operators must possess least license Willing to train Ground Disturbance required driver’s license Safety tickets H2S, First Aid and • Living•3A accommodation available Operators must possess at least class ••Living accommodations available Ground Disturbance required 3Ainformation driver's license • •Hydrovac Experience an asset, butclass For more call: Operators must possess at least • Living accommodation available willing to train Trevor at:3A306-483-7777 driver's licenseor Kim at:•306-483-7722 Living accommodation available Emailresume resume to: Email to: extremeexcavating@hotmail.com extremeexcavating@hotmail.com Email resume to: fax to: oror fax to: 306-483-2082 306-483-2082 extremeexcavating@hotmail.com or fax to: 306-483-2082

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Crime Stoppers celebrate successful year Since January is designated as Crime Stoppers Month throughout the world, attention was brought to the fact there are now more than 1,200 Crime Stoppers programs in over 20 countries that are celebrating successes

in making their communities safer. In Saskatchewan, Crime Stoppers received almost 1,100 tips which resulted in 30 arrests and the recovery of more than $240,000 in property and illegal drugs.

The successes would not have been possible without the support of the program’s major sponsors and partners said Sean McEachern, president of Saskatchewan Crime Stoppers. Sergeant Rob Cozine, the RCMP co-ordinator for

the Saskatchewan arm of the program reminded the public that “crime doesn’t pay, but Crime Stoppers does. Cash payments of up to $2,000 can be awarded in exchange for information leading to an arrest or charge.”

Crime Stoppers in Saskatchewan is a civilian, non-profit organization that creates safer communities by giving the public a way to report criminal activity to law enforcement anonymously. Crime Stoppers was

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founded in Saskatchewan in 1987. Tips may be submitted anonymously by calling 1-800-222-8477, online at www.saskcrimestoppers. com or by texting TIP206 and your tip to CRIMES (274637)

1102 4TH STREET ESTEVAN, SK 306 • 634 • 1800

TICKETS THROUGH TICKETMASTER.CA OR CHARGE BY PHONE 1-800-970-7328 IN ESTEVAN AT HENDER’S DRUGS

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Residential

Commercial

GLEN PETERSON INDUSTRIAL BUSINESS PARK

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April 24

CALL 306-634-1821 FOR FURTHER DETAILS TICKETS THROUGH TICKETMASTER.CA OR CHARGE BY PHONE 1-800-970-7328 IN ESTEVAN AT HENDER’S DRUGS

NOTICE NEW TRAFFIC SIGNS Public Notice is hereby given that the City of Estevan has amended the Traffic Bylaw to erect new traffic signs at the following locations: Stops signs: • On Larter Road – West Bound to stop at Nicholson Road; • On Larter Road – North Bound to stop at Morsky Drive; • On Nicholson Road – North Bound to stop at Morsky Drive; and, • On Morsky Drive – East Bound to stop at Highway 47 North. Yield signs: • On Macready Bay – South Bound to yield at Larter Road. Dated December 17, 2014 at the City of Estevan

Energy City Film Circuit The Overnighters Saturday January 24, 4pm at the Orpheum Theatre Visual Arts Digital Art - Graphic Design and Photo Editing (adult) Thursdays, January 22 - February 12 - 7pm to 9pm $60.00 ( bring yout own laptop and USB mouse) Oil Painting (adult) Saturday January 31, 10am - 5pm $65.00 (supplies included) Art Action Camp (Ages 6 - 12) February 17, 18, & 19, 9am - 3pm $100.00 (supplies and lunch included)

WHAT’S HAPPENING THIS WINTER AT THE ESTEVAN ARTS COUNCIL? Contact us for more information on our programs

306-634-3942

www.estevanartscouncil.com

Property Tax Reminder January 2.5% Discount For the month of January, the City of Estevan will be offering a 2.5% discount on the municipal portion of your property taxes. Please prepay your taxes in full based on last year’s levy amount to receive a 2.5% discount. Please note: Your discount will be calculated at the time of payment.

Parking on Public Streets Residents are reminded that the Traffic Bylaw 89-1294 prohibits parking unattached trailers on any City Street or blocking sidewalks.

24.

PARKING TIMES

(a)

No person shall park a vehicle on any highway for more than twenty-four (24) consecutive hours.

15.

PARKING AN UNLICENSED MOTOR VEHICLE

No owner of a motor vehicle shall permit the vehicle to be parked on a highway unless there is displayed thereon a licence plate for the current year issued by The Highway Traffic Board of the Province of Saskatachewan or by the government of another province, state or country Please contact Judy Pilloud City Clerk 634-1852 if you have any questions regarding either of these bylaws in full.

City Council will consider the 2015 budgets at a Special Meeting on January 26, 2015 at 6 pm. Anyone wishing to address City Council on the budgets must notify the City Clerk by Thursday, January 22, 2015 at Noon with an email to cityclerk@estevan.ca or 306-634-1852. All budget documents are available online at Estevan.ca

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