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Cornerstone director tenders resignation The board of trustees for the South East Cornerstone Public School Division have accepted the resignation of their director of education, Marc Casavant. Board chairman Harold Laich, told the Mercury on Feb. 12 that the resignation “caught us a little bit by surprise, but not entirely because when we hired Marc he said he would give us a commitment of at least five years and he has done that and we have appreciated his work and the significant contributions he has made to the division. “Somehow I thought we’d be able to sign him for another three years or so, but I think there might be family considerations or other factors involved that only Marc will be able to speak to, I can’t speculate,” Laich added. The announcement of the pending resignation, which isn’t going to take effect until July 31, gives the board ample time to find a replacement. The board just recently

Shand test facility earning its own stripes By Norm Park Of The Mercury SaskPower’s sidekick project to the Boundary Dam No. 3 Unit clean coal project is gaining regional, national and international attention on its own merits. The Shand Power Station’s $64 million test facility, like the BD3 project, is nearing completion said SaskPower president and CEO Robert Watson in a telephone interview on Feb. 7. The 30-metre high desorber and absorber vessels are in place, and the project is moving ahead within budget. The costs are being shared between SaskPower and Hitachi, the company that built the two large vessels and has earned the right to be the first company allowed to use the test facility for up to 12,000 hours according to the agreement. The two corporations are sharing the construction and commissioning costs 50:50. There has been a lot of interest being expressed by companies and countries that want to use the Shand test facility for their own experiments. The plant will offer a useful six megawatts of commercial grade power for testing activities. “There has been specific and direct interest from several sectors and we will reveal who they are when we can,” said

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Watson. The interest in Shand has come from a variety of groups that consist of manufacturers to chemical and power production industries. They all will want to gather information on collecting varieties of noxious gases. The intellectual properties that each company gets from their tests at Shand, will belong to them. Watson said, however, that if any country or company cares to partner up with SaskPower for certain tests they would be open to discussion and negotiation if they felt the resulting exposure to additional information could benefit SaskPower and the citizens of Saskatchewan. SaskPower officials noted that the test facility while costing $64 million may become a feature for positive cash flow once it becomes operational and the Hitachi portion of the contracted time is completed. Company officials speculated that Shand’s test facility could come at a cost of about $50,000 per day for those wishing to use it to test their own systems to capture carbon dioxide and other noxious gases using various combinations of amines and other chemicals. Anyone wanting to use coal as the base fuel, will be able to access → A2 Interest

Marc Casavant approved a motion to add a deputy director’s position to the senior administration team while eliminating two superintendent positions to accommodate the move within the budget. Lynn Little, superintendent of education for the division, was named to that post just a few weeks ago. Laich said that Casavant was totally in favour of and supported this administrative move so he doubted that would have been a catalyst behind the director’s decision. “Primarily, I believe family priorities are involved and Marc has decid-

ed to move on to the Prairie Valley School Division as their deputy director.” The Prairie Valley system is headquartered in Regina and, serves 38 schools in the nearby eastern rural areas and is about the same size as South East Cornerstone in terms of employees and total student enrolment numbers. The director of education there is Ben Grebinski. “When I say we were a bit surprised, we also knew he was interested in moving on too, we just weren’t certain as to when,” said Laich. “In no way was it a push or a shove by the board or any member of the board and I’m sure we didn’t sense any negativity from Marc toward the board. At times we’ve had tough questions for him but he has always responded in a fair and professional manner and I genuinely feel there was no tension between us. It is just a decision he and his family have made and the board is meeting again for a regularly → A2 Replacement

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Thirty eight years in any profession is an impressive feat, but 38 years in a stress filled job like a police officer is a noteworthy accomplishment. Estevan Police Service Chief Del Block will put the wraps on his impressive career at the end of February after almost four decades with the department. Block sat down with Mercury co-editor Chad Saxon to discuss his career, the changes in policing and the time he almost left Estevan to pursue a job in Alberta. For the complete story please see A3.

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Fatal fire not considered suspicious Although the cause remains under investigation, the fire that killed two people Feb. 11 is not considered suspicious. In an interview Thursday, Estevan Fire Rescue Chief Ron Tocker said his department and officials from the Office of the Fire Commissioner were continuing their investigation into the cause of the blaze, which left two dead. The names of the male and female killed in the fire also had not been released as of press time. As for the fire itself, Tocker said when they arrived at the scene on Hillcrest Drive, the home was already completely

engulfed in flames. “It couldn’t have been any bigger,” Tocker said of the blaze. “That’s the sad thing. How can that happen in today’s world? For somebody not to notice it until it was at that point is pretty sad.” Tocker said because the fire was already venting through the roof and windows, his firefighters were unable to enter the house. “The roof was collapsing so we know we can’t go in and that is the hard part,” he said. “We don’t know if somebody is in there, we can’t verify that; we have to wait until we (put out the fire) to a point where it’s maybe safe heat-

wise but we still have the collapse.” Tocker said once the fire was extinguished, the department was still unable to safely enter the house as much of the floor was either compromised or gone. That made the inspection of the scene a slow process as they had to move carefully throughout the residence. Tocker added they noticed early on that there was one deceased in the home while the second was noticed in their survey of the scene. He said the situation was tough on the firefighters and they met last week to discuss the situation.

The cause of the fire that killed two people Feb. 11 in Estevan remains under investigation. (Photo courtesy of Evelyn Mansuy)

Interest in test site growing Replacement ← A1 Shand’s test facility for the price and perhaps, take the industry beyond the technology that is being implemented at the Boundary Dam pilot site to be used for future carbon capture programs. In the meantime, BD3 is pretty well on stream already with an official launching date slated for April. Carbon dioxide is being captured now, said Watson, since the construction phase is complete in the $1.34 billion project that has attached itself to Boundary’s Unit No. 3, which is

capable of pumping out about 110 megawatts of electrical power in a completely rebuilt generator and housing unit. “We’ll get past the winter crunch and we’re eyeing April for the official commissioning. We are through all the difficult issues already and taking a measured approach. We don’t gain anything by rushing into the launch,” Watson said. The CEO then added that it is clear to SaskPower that coal will be used for fuelling a good portion of the province’s electrical supply

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CO2 in Saskatchewan,” he said. Major users of coalfired plants to produce electricity, like China, have definitely expressed interest in the Saskatchewan project, the first in the world to deploy carbon dioxide capture on a commercial scale. “The Chinese have been here. We’ve met their major decision-makers and discussed a lot of things with them. We’ve also played host to visitors from India, Thailand, Britain, Norway, Poland, United Arab Emirates and others. It was direct interest, governments and industry. This is a first for the world and that’s a very clear fact,” Watson said. In the meantime, the fact also remains that the Shand test facility is a lot more than just icing on the cake. Its environmental, industrial and economic model is also huge.

← A1 scheduled meeting on Feb. 20, so we’ll look at the time line and begin the search for another director. This will be a good time to re-evaluate our administrative structure that’s in place and then see what happens. I expect the board will be advertising by the end of February and will have someone in place soon,” said Laich. “Really, Marc has done some very good work for us. We’ve seen so many positive changes, but we also know that nothing goes on forever.” Casavant was hired as the director of education in 2009 following the resignation of previous director Don Rempel, who moved on to a director’s role in the Tisdale/Nipawin region, which was his previous home base. “I am grateful for the opportunity to have served the South East Corner-

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Block ready for retirement after 38 years with EPS Thirty-eight years after he first put on the uniform, Chief Del Block is retiring from the Estevan Police Service. Putting the cap on his decorated career, Block will step away from the department he has run for the past five years at the end of the month. His official retirement will occur in May. Block spoke with the Mercury Thursday to look back on his time with the EPS, the many changes he has seen in policing and how, with one decision, his career and the history of the department could have taken a much different path. Just eight years into his career and with the EPS in a state of turmoil due to differences of opinion between Chief Ray Worsnop and the council of the day, Block began looking at other options and applied for a job with the police service in Hinton, Alta. “I got hired by Hinton and I was offered the job. I went to Hinton and looked around and it just didn’t feel right so I turned the position down,” said Block, who never actually resigned his position with the EPS. “Once I came back I knew that I was going to complete my career in Estevan.” Not only has Block completed his career in Estevan, he has done so with distinction, rising all the way to chief while gaining the respect of his peers throughout the country. Block said he is looking forward to retirement and leaves with no regrets. Having said that, he readily admits walking away won’t be easy. “I definitely have mixed feelings. It has been a big part of my life for a long time. It’s a workplace, but it’s different than a lot of workplaces and you really almost become a family. Those connections are going to be hard to just walk away from. “It’s been a huge part of my life for 38 years and it’s a huge step, but I know it’s time to do it.” Block said when he made the decision to stay in Estevan, he also decided that he would retire in 2006, which was the department’s 100th anniversary. That obviously didn’t happen, but Block said he knows now is the right time. A cancer survivor, Block has battled the disease for the past few years and has undergone two rounds of chemotherapy, which played a factor in his decision. “Thirty-eight years is a long time in any one job so I felt I put my time in and with the past health conditions, I felt a guy should maybe just enjoy life a little bit and go do something else.” As he prepares for retirement, Block is also looking back at his 38 years and the changes in policing over that time. He said policing is light years ahead of where it was when he began work on May 1, 1976. Interestingly, Block said many of the progressions when it came to municipal policing in Saskatchewan began in Estevan before they were adopted by other departments. “We were the first police force (in

Saskatchewan) to go the Canadian Police to an open holster. Association out of Police used to always Ottawa, which, at wear long coats and that time represented we were the first po34,500 municipal police force to go to the lice officers,” he said. short patrol jacket. “Some of the experiWe were the first in ences I was able to get the province to mount while doing that were shotguns in the police just amazing. And to vehicles. Some police have someone from a forces had them in small force be able to the trunk and so did do that was amazing.” we, but we were the While working first in the province to with the CPA, Block mount them right inserved as the chairside. It doesn’t sound man of the associalike much but it was a tion’s firearms comChief Del Block big step at the time.” mittee. That led to his Block added Estevan was the first de- invitation to a private supper with then Prime partment to move to 12-hour shifts and also Minister Kim Campbell, an event that still the first to wear dark uniforms, moving from stands out as a highlight. the pale blue that was standard for municipal Block added he was also proud to be forces in the province. part of the creation of Saskatchewan’s Po“A lot of firsts happened right here and lice Act. Along with two other individuals, it was progressive thinking,” said Block, Block was tasked with creating legislation who credited Chief Worsnop and his fellow to govern police officers, most of which officers for pushing for the changes. remains in place today. Block also credited Worsnop for help“A lot of work went into it and there ing to shape his career, noting the former has been very few amendments to the act. chief was the one who encouraged his pro- It has been improved upon but there has fessional development. been very few changes from the original “I remember a talk with Chief Wors- sections,” he said. “That was another thing, nop and he was scolding me for not having what an experience for a small town guy to enough tickets, and I told him I wanted be able to do.” criminal investigations and he said ‘if that’s Block added he has also been fortunate what you want, let’s see if we can get the to sit on the advisory board of the provincial training that you need to do it,” Block said. police college and help direct changes for the “He did get me the training and I got betterment of Saskatchewan communities. into the criminal investigations, and I actu“When I think back I really was blessed ally got to work plainclothes for several in my career. I think the timing was just years. During that time too, I took a lot of right.” training. Almost every training course I When he made the decision early in his could take, I took it.” career to remain in Estevan, Block said it Among his many courses, Block said was around that time that he also set a goal one that stood out was hostage negotiation. of becoming chief. He recalled a meeting He also received advanced training from a with Worsnop where he told his chief to member of the Los Angeles Police Depart- take good care of his chair because one day ment SWAT team in Regina. it would be his. Although hostage training wouldn’t “I didn’t say that to be smart and he seem like an important skill to have in Es- didn’t take it that way. But I said I am setting tevan, Block said it came in handy during my goal that high here and someday I want a pair of armed standoffs — one in the city to be chief of this department.” and one in Bienfait. Block’s road to chief was hardly a Block said he also received major smooth one though. He first applied when crimes training and major case manage- Ray Delorme retired as chief in the early ment, which included all types of serious 2000s, but was passed over in favour of Peter investigations, including homicides. Again MacKinnon. When MacKinnon resigned, that training became useful when there were Block applied again only to see the job go three murders in just a few years in Estevan. to Bing Forbes of Regina. Aside from his work with the EPS, Block admitted he was deflated after beBlock was also an advocate for his fellow ing passed over but said the rejection helped officers. He served in many different capaci- him focus on what he could do better. As ties, including as president, with the Estevan for when the job came open a third time, he Police Association. debated whether or not he should even apply. His involvement with the association “That was year 33 and I’m thinking opened the door to his becoming vice-presi- do I really want to do this,” he said. “But I dent and later president of the Saskatchewan thought, I am going to apply again and see Police Association, which represents all if I’ll fulfill my goal and if I don’t, I don’t.” municipal officers in the province. Speaking about his time as chief, Block “I also became vice-president of said he can’t believe how quickly the five

years have passed since he was named to the position in March 2009, which was when Estevan was just beginning its economic boom that is still going on today. He noted that in 2009, the EPS had 2,080 calls for service. In 2013, they had 9,177. “That’s why my five years went fast. The changes we’ve had to do within our department have just been amazing,” Block said. “It’s been the fastest five years of my career, without a doubt.” Although it has gone by quick, Block said he is proud of his work while serving as chief. Along with growing the department to meet the changing face of the city it serves, Block has helped restore some of the credibility the EPS lost as it bounced from one controversy to another. “We haven’t had one controversial issue. We’ve had some tough things happen; for the first time in our history we had a death in our cells,” said Block, who was quick to credit his team of officers for the improved image of the department. “We have such a good team of officers here right now. Everybody is here for the right reasons. I’ve said it more than once; Corey Chamblin and I have winning teams. It’s the team that we have here now. “We’ve got a lot of officers here that do really positive stuff outside of the department; coaching hockey, lacrosse, being involved in army cadets. There are so many different things we are doing out in the community and those things pay huge dividends.” Due in no small part to the quality of his officers, Block said he is able to go into retirement confident that he is leaving the EPS in a good position for the future. “This police department is very adequately staffed, we have the right numbers now to provide the service and stability to the city,” said Block who noted that the one regret he leaves with is not discovering what happened to Courtney Struble who has been missing for a number of years. “We have the equipment. I have always believed in training mainly because training got me to where I am today, and we take advantage of training courses anytime we can. “We have created some new things in the last few years; we have a full-time school resource officer, we have a full-time traffic section now, we have two members in plainclothes working on investigations and drugs and we’ll hopefully be able to get three in there. Things are really positive right now.” As for himself, Block said he doesn’t have any firm plans for his retirement but plans to eventually find something to keep himself from going “stir crazy.” “I am looking forward to it but I know there is going to be that down time. It’s a huge change but at the same time it’s a change I want to happen, it’s not a change I am being forced into. “I really feel like I am leaving on a positive note, and that is the time to leave.”

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MP gives budget a passing grade and comments on challenges By Norm Park Of The Mercury The federal budget that was introduced in the House of Commons on Feb. 11 by Finance Minister Jim Flaherty has been described by most political and financial pundits as a cautious document, and one that stays the course for the Conservative government. It’s not everyone’s favourite, but then what budget ever has been? For Souris-Moose Mountain MP Ed Komarnicki, it’s a solid statement that sets the stage for a balanced budget in 2015. “Many Canadians are with us on that topic. Bringing spending under control and showing operating efficiencies, that’s what this budget offers,” Komarnicki said during a telephone interview with the Mercury on Feb. 12. “Some are posing the argument that there are no big ticket items and I agree there are no major new initiatives, but there are things within the budget that will keep us on track and if we stay on target, we’ll be able to show a surplus going forward.” Personally speaking, Komarnicki said he’d like to see the government apply a portion of any future surplus to debt reduction to reduce debt service costs, while another portion could go towards reducing family costs. He said over the past few years the government

has been able to help a typical four-person family by implementing programs that save them about $3,000 a year. The veteran MP said there will be clear choices for voters heading into 2015, an election year, since the other major parties are calling on government to increase spending and taxes. “It’s our goal to keep a good business climate in Canada,” Komarnicki added. The MP for southeast Saskatchewan said while some critics call for the end to subsidies for the auto manufacturing sector, he feels that it wouldn’t be healthy for Canada to walk away from that industry at this point even with its challenges that also include free trade deals. A six per cent increase in provincial transfers is also important to note, he said. “While balancing the budget, we have not had to reduce financial transfers to the provinces or from the Employment Insurance account. EI is now back to a better level where it is meant to balance income with benefits being paid out. Of course it will always fluctuate with the economy, but over time it needs to balance out and it’s safe to say that’s what is happening now and the imbalance we had before shouldn’t happen again.” Komarnicki said he was happy to see increased funding in place for First Nations educa-

tional projects at the K-12 levels. He said education is a key for a ticket into further skills training and the underfunded file will be brought up to speed, with some of the educational gaps being closed with the $9 billion dedicated to the program. “Getting people trained and matched with the jobs available out there is tricky, and we’ve been told how tough it is for some employees to upgrade from apprenticeship status due to financial pressure, so there is a new loan program available now, $4,000 interest free which might entice them to go out and get that upgraded status (journeyperson etc.).” There is also an initiative ($75 million) to attract the older workers too, especially those who are looking to return to the workplace after a year or two of retirement. Money has been provided for training and retraining the older workforce. “In southeast Saskatchewan we are blessed with resources and a good agriculture base, but we require human resources to keep experiencing growth so these are good initiatives for this region,” Komarnicki said. The fact that these resources are land-locked is a point of concern, he added, especially with the current state of transporting goods to ports and markets. When we have oil and grain stranded in the interior, these are genuine concerns and challenges, he said.

With growing interest in increasing safety for pipelines and rail service, it’s up to governments to streamline the services without compromising safety. “I realize there aren’t a lot of options and right now the grain movement, or lack of it, is not good, that’s why we’re taking some significant steps to try and find out how many rail cars are needed, how many locomotives can be brought back into service, how can they reduce loading and unloading times. We have to take a serious look at capacity. The rail lines should not be reducing cars and locomotives at this stage. We need to find out what the shortfall is and do something about it. You can’t tinker around with this. It will require some action on our part. The volume of commodities coming from our area and from Canada is going to continue to increase so we need some action. It’s necessary for consumers around the world.” Addressing the cross-border price discrimination between the U.S. and Canada will be another tricky file but it’s something Komarnicki feels can be approached, at least to some degree in the interests of basic business practices. “It’s not an easy thing to address, but it’s easy to ascertain when it happens so if we can address this issue, at least with the major players, we might be able to make some progress.” The MP said there could

be increasing roles for regional colleges and institutions like the Saskatchewan Energy Training Institute to play in the new paradigm that will be demand-driven. He said the regional college system in Saskatchewan has adapted well to tie in their courses with what industry is seeking in the way of skill training and also tying in well with other post-secondary institutions. “In our area of Saskatchewan, if you’re trained, you have a job,” Komarnicki said. In the release that accompanied the interview, Komarnicki added that there is a $200 million National Disaster Mitigation Program to help communities prepare for natural disasters and that includes a search and rescue volunteer tax credit. The federal government is also going ahead, on their own, with the Canada Job Grant program, along with the job matching service he spoke about. There is also a paid internship program for young Canadians that is receiving $55 million in backing from the federal coffers. The federal government will be backing research and innovation at the university level to the tune of $1.5 billion. “It’s a stay-the-course budget showing sound fiscal management that is careful in spending and provides good government for the current economic times,” Komarnicki said.

Communities left frustrated by budget government did not provide any new information on what Canadians can expect to see from the Build Canada Fund. Announced in 2013, the fund contains $14 billion for infrastructure but the government has not said when that money will be dispersed or what the parameters for the program will be. “Saskatchewan’s villages, towns and cities have been repeatedly promised support by the federal government to meet the challenges posed by aging infrastructure,” said Mayor Debra Button, president of the Saskatchewan Association of Urban

Municipalities. “But despite the immediate need for infrastructure investment in our communities, we are still left waiting for details and risk missing an important construction season.” Button said SUMA remains concerned about the lack of details regarding the Build Canada Fund and noted the organization passed a resolution asking for information at its recent annual general meeting. Estevan Mayor Roy Ludwig said he was also disappointed at the lack of funding. “We have a huge deficit as far as infrastructure in our province and our country,” he said. “That is one of the main issues that we wanted dealt with in the federal budget and unfortunately those weren’t met.” Ludwig said Estevan and other communities have shovel-ready projects on their schedule but were hoping to see some level of cost-sharing from the federal government. He noted the province has already agreed to share one-third of the cost on eligible proj-

ects but both are waiting for some level of commitment from the Harper government. “With the federal government not being at the table, that puts everything in question,” he said. “For at least a year they have been talking about this Canada builds and we have yet to hear anything concrete on what it means for us.” In the SUMA press release, Button said they were also disappointed that nothing was mentioned about affordable housing and that investment is needed from the government. The Federation of Canadian Municipalities also expressed disappointment about the lack of funding for housing. “Municipalities were looking to today’s budget to see real measures to address the growing housing crisis facing Canada’s families, communities, and economy,” said president Claude Dauphin. “Unfortunately, Budget 2014 fell short of that goal, failing to include any targets, timelines or a commitment to a long-term housing plan.

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rink, will speak to an audience that will once again number well over 300 who are expected to attend this popular event. The dinner, slated for Feb. 27, is co-sponsored by the Estevan Chamber of Commerce and the Estevan Exhibition Association. Another highlight of the evening will be the announcement of the region’s Farm Family of the Year. Tickets for this 49th annual event are available at the Estevan C of C.

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Holy Family holds annual meeting Holy Family Roman Catholic Separate School Division trustees were expecting to conduct their regular monthly business session in Estevan on the night of Feb. 12, rather than at their usual location in Weyburn, but nasty weather conditions and reduced visibility on the highways prevented that from happening. The storm prevented the majority of trustees from travelling so there were not enough of them to form a quorum. But the 10th annual general meeting for the Catholic school division, also slated for Estevan that same night, did proceed on schedule albeit with the reduced trustee roster consisting of two Estevan trustees and one from a nearby subdivision. Karen Melle, who serves as vicechairwoman for the board, as well as Gwen Keith (left) and Christine Arnett being one of the Estevan trustees, accepted the role of chairwoman for the AGM with with the SCC. the approval of Estevan trustee Bev Hickie Keith noted that 80 per cent of the and Subdivision No. 3 trustee Robert Holy Family students are reading at the apCossette. proved grade level or above. She also said Gwen Keith, the director of educa- that the Student First programs are meeting tion and Christine Arnett, vice-president the expectations of the new provincial secof finance, who had avoided the stormy tor plan, which is an aggressive one, and in conditions by arriving in Estevan earlier fact Holy Family was more than ready to in the day, were able to present their re- meet the provincial target, although there ports during the public session following were some concerns that the provincial a meeting with the Sacred Heart School edict is still somewhat vague. Community Council. She said she expected that by the The AGM was held in the library at Sa- official start date, the sector plan will be cred Heart following the working session clear and the boards will be ready to either

accept or reject it then. Keith mentioned that the clarity of roles for administration needed to be established yet and there were hopes that the provincial plan will accept the measurements Holy Family was already employing. “In terms of readiness, we should be OK. It’s just the role clarification we need and then what kind of budget will we have for it,” Keith said, adding that the division had spent a lot of time planning. On the financial side, Arnett reported the operational grant for the fiscal year has

been set at $5.9 million for the five-school, 1,100 student system. The division has also improved its financial status from a deficit situation to a surplus mode over the past year. A one-time capital grant of $835,000 for portable classrooms and finalizing their installation was included in the previous year, she said. Arnett also noted that over $105,000 in fundraising revenue from school community councils is part of the annual financial report. The portable classroom addi tion at Sacred Heart School came in at $431,000, she noted and the division spent $36,000 in computer hardware and updates and another $46,000 for playground equipment and over $100,000 for pre-kindergarten equipment and materials. Sacred Heart principal Mary Ellen Barreth said that school’s current enrollment is 285 with a near equal split between English and French immersion students. Sacred Heart is the only elementary school in Estevan that offers French language classes from kindergarten to Grade 8. Following a brief question and answer period that focused on poten tial growth requirements at Sacred Heart School to accommodate expected enrollment increases due to subdivision development on the north side of Estevan, the meeting adjourned.

Risk of flood minimal in southeast Unless there is a deluge of rain in the spring or a late dump of snow, southeast Saskatchewan should avoid any flooding in 2014. The provincial Water Security Agency released the February spring runoff forecast last week and it projects near normal runoff for much of southern Saskatchewan. An above normal runoff is expected for the Saskatoon, North Battleford and Prince Albert regions. “Although most of the province is looking at a near normal situation, the Saskatoon, North Battleford and Prince Albert regions could again be facing some significant challenges with the threat of higher than normal water levels,” The Minister responsible for Water Security Agency Ken Cheveldayoff said. “The Water Security Agency is continuing to monitor the situation and will have more detailed information in early March.” Overall, winter precipitation ranges from below average in the southeast to well above average in the Prince Albert region. Fall precipitation in the 30 days before freeze-up was generally below normal with the exception of central Saskatchewan, which was above normal. The February runoff forecast is based on limited precipitation data and should be used as a general guide for large areas. Local conditions may vary significantly. Above normal precipitation prior to spring runoff and/or

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You have to love this province Saskatchewan is a unique province. In fact all 10 provinces and three territories are unique and that is why our country is so wonderfully adept at taking on all types of challenges. Some of us have similar traits with other provinces, but we hardly ever agree, and we can be particularly stubborn and protective of our status within confederation. One thing that has continually struck us about our own province is the fact that while yes, our geographic borders are manmade and boring, the rest of our make-up is pretty interesting. We are blessed with all kinds of natural resources the rest of the world would love to have. We are learning how to manage and dispense them with each passing year. We’re getting rather good at it, but of course, there will always be critics lined up to tell us where we’re going wrong. Some we listen to, others we dismiss. But we still believe our province faces its biggest challenge in the form of our population disparity. We have celebrated our recent growth to nearly 1.2 million people. That’s the greatest population we’ve ever had. Yet, at the same time, that barely constitutes the population of one decent-sized city in most other domains. We have two small or medium-sized metropolitan masses we like to refer to as our major centres of commerce, and between the two of them, they constitute about 50 per cent of our total population. So here comes the problem. The rest of us are scattered all over. There are no regional resource or economic pockets of population concentrations. We’re simply scattered, and that makes governance a pretty

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More than meets the eye The problem in politics is issues are never quite as they seem ... or better put, never really about what politicians say they are about. Or so Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall demonstrated on a couple issues of late. The fi rst is the on going problem moving prairie grains, oilseeds and pulses to port by rail. Wall dashed off an angry missive earlier this month to the federal Transport Minister Lisa Raitt, demanding she intervene in a potential grainhandling dispute. In fairness to the Saskatchewan Premier, one gets his frustration with grainhandling unions at the ports because it’s one we all have seen in our lives. But the fact that CN Rail and Teamsters reached a deal the very day that Wall sent his letter suggests that some of Wall’s outrage was a little misplaced. After all, the lack of cars designated for grain movement in this year of a record crop on the Prairies has been a frustration since the crop came off. It makes one a little suspicious that

big challenge. Saskatchewan probably has more rural municipalities, hamlets, villages and towns between 50 and 4,000 people than any other province in Canada. And we settled in the far north and the deep southeast and west and then told our provincial service sectors to come and find us and give us what we expected, and it had to be just as good or better than what they provided the citizens of Regina and Saskatoon. When consolidation of population and economic forces were suggested … we rejected the idea. At least we did when RM consolidation was brought to the table. We liked our 300 RM kingdoms and told the government in no uncertain terms where to take their consolidation act. When it came to bringing school divisions and hospital district regions into a more manageable mode, governments took a different approach, a more authoritarian one that tended to work. At least from a governance perspective, it worked. Forced amalgamation for health and education happened. It is now past the 10-year point, and we’re still learning how to cope with unnatural partnerships, but we’ll stay the course until the next efficiency proposal surfaces. That’s why we need to give our provincial governing bodies a little leeway when it comes to administering to our diverse little crowd of party goers. For some reason we have always preferred to scatter ourselves into tiny pockets of population and then tell the people we choose to serve us, to come and get us and give us their best. And we don’t like it when they can’t. We are just like that and wouldn’t have it any other way.

Wall just found it politically easier to rail against unpopular grain-handling unions than do something about the rail companies themselves. In fact, after his letter, Wall announced that Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart, Economy Minister Bill Boyd, and Highways and Infrastructure Minister Don McMorris would meet with the rail companies in the hopes of dealing with the backlog in grain movement that the Premier now acknowledges had precious little to do with labour trouble in the railroad industry. “This grain movement backlog is a very serious situation for the entire province and it is a high priority for our government,” Wall said. “The delays in moving grain have led to lower prices for our producers at the farmgate and are harming our reputation as a reliable supplier.” This is all true, but shouldn’t this problem have been recognized and/or addressed sooner? Or was it simply more convenient and a better story to blame the unions? There again, the stories politicians tell aren’t always the whole story, are they? Consider Wall’s bid to sell Casinos Regina and Moose Jaw to the Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority (SIGA). To hear Wall tell it, the sale, estimated to be between $100 and $200 million, would mean more jobs, better educated First Nations people and a better return on investment among the touted benefits. And, evidently, the only thing standing in his way is NDP leader

Cam Broten and the NDP’s unanimous approval. The thing is though, Wall doesn’t need the approval of the nine-member NDP caucus to change a law in the 58-seat Legislative Assembly. Wall’s real problem is that it’s a law (and an election promise) he promised he wouldn’t change without first consulting the voters. And as for Wall’s rush to get this great business deal completed before SIGA changes its mind, is it really that great a deal for taxpayers when the casinos provide $50 million a year or so to the provincial coffers? Gee, what happened to the Sask. Party’s “no special deals” for First Nations? The suspicious among us might think that Wall is trying to deal with his own budget cash crunch problem ... while also attempting to trap the NDP with its own silly legislation forbidding the sale of such Crown corporations. If so, Broten is then doing what Opposition leaders should do — holding the government to account. Then again, why should Broten stand in the way of the aspirations of First Nations people, considering the NDP campaigned on resource-sharing with First Nations? Isn’t this a resource that could be shared? And why were the casinos put on the NDP government’s list of untouchable Crown corporations in the first place? Or, like so much in politics, is this just another issue that’s really being about something else?


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Rambling around in English, sorta

Anyone who has had to proofread my contributions to this paper on a weekly basis will know that I, as do all writers, have certain faults that keep repeating themselves. I have a love-hate relationship with commas and, on occasion, struggle with sentence structure and run-ons. So when I catch myself wincing in pain over what I hear and read coming from others, you know it has to be bad. Perhaps I’m just feeling their pain. Unfortunately, 90 per cent of the population, especially a big team of those under the age of 18, don’t even realize they are brutalizing the English language. My language and literature marks from high school will attest to my weaknesses, so I am reluctant to lecture, but jeepers creepers Sam, our Ministry of Education gurus must be doing a little grimacing when they hear some of the stuff coming out of the mouths, keyboards and papers submitted by today’s literary upstarts. Mind you, we’ve also embraced some wonderfully written tomes from young writers, so all is not lost. I believe it’s just the basic skills that we’ve come to accept as being passable and hardly worth correcting. My favourite case in point is the ever increasingly used phrase “Me and my friends went to the movie” or whatever venue. In fact I am even hearing “Me and him” in television and movie dialogues now. Do English teachers still try to correct this glaring miscue? Or do they feel it doesn’t matter any more? Phrases like “you’ve got” or “he doesn’t speak English very good,” are usually given a free pass. I’ve even seen “you’ve got” written on a billboard touting the advantages of attending a certain educational institution. Obviously, it did not specialize in language or literature. How often do we reference people as being “that” instead of “who”? People that do that, probably don’t know that they’re mistaken. So what, you say? Well, I guess that’s the point isn’t it. Does it really matter if we do a little mangling of the English language as long as we can deliver a discernable message? Communication these days is usually all about half sentences, incomplete thoughts or rambling discourses with a scrambled message in the middle. If you have to get something across in 140 characters, there is no sense in being capable of clarified communication. And I could continue with my second pet peeve … spelling. It seems somewhere down our educational path in Canada we have become inundated with Americanized spelling of a whole host of words. Two that quickly come to mind are “centre” and “cheque”. Most students, and yes, most educators are now using center and check, and I don’t know if I should be angry, bemused, frustrated or accepting. I’d love to hear what teachers say about this Americanization trend. I know in our reporting style books we were instructed a few years ago to start Americanizing words like labour to labor and neighbourhood to neighborhood. Then, about eight years ago, we were told to go back to the English/Canadian versions, probably because there were too many organizations that were spelling it the “old-fashioned” way. Like, you know, where are you on this English stuff?

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NDP leader speaks on casino deal The Editor: The government made a deal to sell Casino Regina and Casino Moose Jaw to the Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority in a rushed document, drawn in secret. It insisted on my unqualified support in advance, despite providing very few details. I stood firm, refusing to support that deal to sell valuable public assets, and speaking out publicly to demand proper scrutiny and consultation. Here’s why. Casino Regina and Casino Moose Jaw belong to the people of Saskatchewan. They’re profitable. They help fund health care, schools and community initiatives for Saskatchewan families. As far as I’m concerned, the casinos are not for sale. According to SaskGaming’s last annual report, Casinos Regina and Moose Jaw earned more than $137

million in revenue in just one year. They own $78.7 million in assets. But, the government was prepared to sell the whole package for somewhere between $100 and $200 million – a fire sale price that wouldn’t be fair to the owners, the people of Saskatchewan. Mr. Wall didn’t consult Saskatchewan people on this deal, and that violates the Crown Corporations Public Ownership Act, which both parties voted for, and campaigned on, in the last two elections. Now, Mr. Wall says he won’t go ahead with the deal he claims is a good one until the NDP helps him break his election promise not to violate the Crowns act. He doesn’t need the NDP’s votes in the Legislature — Mr. Wall is asking for my political cover so he can get away with breaking the rules. I take my job seriously. I won’t be handcuffed from doing my job as

the Leader of the Official Opposition. I’ll hold the government to the rules that say it must consult with the people of the province if it wants to sell the casinos or other Crowns listed in the legislation, and it must wait until 90 days after the next election to finalize the sale. The Crown Corporations Public Ownership Act is a promise made to the people of Saskatchewan. I’m keeping that promise and I want Mr. Wall to keep it, too. I am, and always have been, willing to listen to proposals and talk about options for an increased role in the economy for SIGA. What I’m not willing to support are rushed, secret deals to sell off valuable public assets without proper consultation. Cam Broten Leader of the Official Opposition, Saskatchewan’s NDP

Trudeau pushes for less accountability The Editor: Justin Trudeau’s Senate gambit with respects to Liberal Senators once again shows his lack of judgement. Although it would sever the close partisan ties Senators have to their party that appoints them, it would make the Senate even less accountable to Canadians by having them appointed by an elite, unaccountable and

unelected group. Moments after Justin announced that there are “no more Liberal Senators,” James Cowan, the leader of the Liberal Senate caucus, remarked that “not much will change” and, “I’m not a former Liberal. I’m a Liberal. And I’m a Liberal Senator.” It is like saying that changing from Liberal Senators to Senators who are liberal is

a real, substantial change. Our Conservative Government is leading the way on enhancing the Senate’s accountability. We are the only party committed to electing Senators who will be responsible to those who elect them and not to anyone else, and we have references before the Supreme Court on improving the accountability of the Senate and how to abolish

it if reform proves unsuccessful. Unlike Trudeau and the Liberals, our Government will continue to push for more accountability and more transparency in Canadian politics. Ed Komarnicki Member of Parliament Souris – Moose Mountain

Any tax increase needed by Sask. schools The Editor: Premier Wall has recently been “floating a trial balloon” about raising the education portion of property taxes in Saskatchewan. Education property tax mill rates for all classes of property have remained unchanged since 2009 when the provincial government removed the right of locally elected boards of education to set local mill rates and assumed this responsibility 14024DA00

themselves. It may well be time to turn to this source of revenue. Providing high quality education for every Saskatchewan student is goal number one for school boards and is a key component of the government’s Plan for Growth. The Saskatchewan School Boards Association, however, is concerned that the premier’s comments may infer that this revenue could be used to address

issues other than those related to education, for example, municipal infrastructure. It should be noted that school boards are currently facing an almost $700 million backlog in education infrastructure funding. Before 2009, boards had the right and obligation to go to their local taxpayers to ensure students had the safe and healthy facilities they needed to live and learn. Since boards no

longer have that ability, the ball rests in the hands of government. We respectfully submit that if education property taxes are to be sourced, these funds should be devoted to meeting the pressing operational and capital funding needs of K-12 education in Saskatchewan. Janet Foord President, Saskatchewan School Boards Association

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Estevan’s mayor brings Chamber members up to speed on local projects Estevan Mayor Roy Ludwig provided a state-ofthe-city report for members of the Chamber of Commerce during their regular monthly luncheon meeting on Feb. 12. Ludwig said it would come as no surprise to the 30 or more members present, that housing continued to be the major challenge within the city over the past year and will remain as one of the top priorities this year ,although there had been some easing of pressure on the market of late. “There was a study conducted and completed in 2013, which will provide some direction for 2014. We have seen some progress here,” the mayor said. Phase 4 of a housing development on the north side of the city will offer 29 more single-family units plus a number of duplexes, and 80 modular home units are to be built within the next year while another long-delayed development, slated for the northwest side of the city, could finally get launched this spring. A 33-unit apartment complex is also going up along Kensington Ave. and a 55-unit project is being built next to Trinity Tower in the central part of the city. Ludwig added that while these developments are underway, or are about to get underway, the city’s engineering and public works teams are ensuring the pipes, cement and roads are being built or replaced, often in partnership. He also pointed out that the badly needed upgrade to the city’s water sourcing system was completed with the installation and commissioning of a new reservoir on the city’s north side in 2013. “We also need improvements to our waste water treatment plant. That will be a $2 million upgrade,” Ludwig said. The mayor then stated he was pleased to report that contracts with the city’s unionized employees were completed successfully in 2013 as was a new contract with police. Ludwig also pointed to some changes at City Hall with the release of former city manager Jim Puffalt and the hiring of Amber Smale as his replacement. He said they expected to announce the hiring of a new police chief to replace current Chief Del Block, who announced his retirement after a 38-year career in policing. “We could be making the announcement as early as next week,” he said. The citywide recycling pickup program was launched in the fall and the mayor said it has been well accepted with the exception of a few residents in the central part of the city who are not taking them off the street after pickup day. He said a new bylaw is being enacted that will allow them to fine the non-compliant homeowners $100. “We are also consolidating and paying down our $38 million debt. We expect this could take seven or eight years,” Ludwig said.

Sled stolen A 2014 Polaris 800 RMK snowmobile was stolen from the back of a pickup truck that was parked at a man-camp on the eastern outskirts of Bienfait along Highway 18 sometime between Feb. 10 and 11. The Estevan detachment of the RCMP said the thieves loaded the machine from the truck onto the back of another vehicle and then drove away. The police issued a reminder to the public to lock and secure their property and vehicles when they know they are going to be unattended for any period of time. Anyone with information regarding this particular theft is being asked to contact the Estevan detachment at 306-637-4400 or report anonymously through Crime Stoppers 1-800-222-8477.

work, more infrastructure needs and the soon-to-bebuilt heavy truck bypass, which is mainly under the direction of the provincial Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure but will provide some relief to the city once it is completed. There was also some discussion regarding the possibility of traffic lights at a few of the city’s increasingly busy intersections (Devonian St. and Kensington Ave. and Sister Roddy Road and Highway 39 as two obvious examples). During the regular business portion of the meeting ,it was reported that Councillor Greg Hoffort has been appointed as the city council representative to the C of C for 2014 and the dates for the annual Farmers’ Appreciation Dinner and annual general meeting had been set for February 27 and March 19 respectively. C of C executive director Michel Cyrenne also noted that a credit collection seminar for small business has been scheduled for April 29. and he noted that plans are well underway for the upcoming Energy Expo. George Barker of the Canadian Red Cross was also in attendance to remind members of the upcoming Day of Pink to raise awareness of bullying. He said the anti-bullying parade and other activities in Estevan are scheduled for April 9 with the short parade route to include Fourth Street, the main business thoroughfare.

Mayor Roy Ludwig The City is also poised to welcome the rest of the province in 2016 since it was announced a few months ago that the Energy City had won the bid to host the provincial Summer Games. Ludwig continued by stating that things were not slowing down and a local fundraising and advocacy group have gathered $7.2 million in cash and pledges toward a proposed new regional nursing home. He also noted that the City, along with six surrounding rural municipalities, have pledged their logistical and financial support to cover all costs associated with the expected arrival of a CT scanning unit for St. Joseph’s Hospital in the very near future. Ludwig also gave an update on the expected rehabilitation of the Highway 47 north route through Estevan this year, which will take the road builders from the railway tracks near Sixth Street to the intersection on Fourth Street and then onto Highway 47 south after underground infrastructure work was completed. The underground and paving work on Highway 47 on a major portion on the north side of the city was completed last year in partnership with the provincial government. Ludwig fielded a few questions from the members regarding expansion of the popular walking path net-

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“The receiver is making the decisions as to whether the operations continue or don’t.” A10

– President Bryn Jones

Do All Industries placed into receivership OVER 150 EMPLOYEES LAID OFF Over 150 people in both Estevan and Nisku, Alta. are out of work after Do All Industries was placed into receivership earlier this month. President Bryn Jones said the fabricating company had a receiver appointed by the court on behalf of its secured creditors, and operations at the two locations have ceased. “As such the receiver is making the decisions as to whether the operations continue or don’t,” Jones said. “(The Estevan operation) is closed. It ceased operations on (Feb. 6).” Jones estimated that 155 people employed by Do All Industries have been laid off, but he could not provide a break down of how many worked at the Estevan and Nisku operations. Asked whether or not those employees will receive their final paycheques, Jones said that is a question for the receiver. According to information obtained by the Mercury, the National Bank of Canada filed a notice of application asking for the appointment of a receiver, in Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench on Feb. 6 against Do All Industries, P&O Assets (also described in the documents as the Do All Group) and Korf Developments Limited. Alvarez and Marsal Canada has been appointed receiver of the three companies. On the company’s website, it notes that pursuant to the court order, “the receiver is appointed over all of the Do All Group’s

current and future assets, undertakings and properties of every nature and kind whatsoever, and wherever situated, including all proceeds thereof.” According to the application filed by the National Bank of Canada, the bank advanced various loans to Do All after a credit agreement was reached on Jan. 28, 2013. The application says that Do All is in default under the terms of the credit agreement and a subsequent forbearance agreement. “Do All has, among other things, failed to make due and punctual payment of any principal amount, interest or fees due under the credit agreement, failed to eliminate a borrowing base shortfall, failed to comply with various financial covenants and reporting covenants and entered into transactions with affiliates with a view to limiting collateral value of the bank.” In all, the application states that Do All owes the National Bank CDN$30.69 million as well as USD$10.12. It also notes that the bank has lost confidence in Do All’s ability to manage its business and requires the appointment of a receiver and manager over Do All and P&O to oversee the wind down of operations and to conduct an orderly realization of both entity’s assets. Furthermore, it notes Do All has advised the bank through its legal advisers that the company has no viable restructuring options available and that its account was in overdraft to the point where it would not be able to meet its payroll on Feb. 7.

Do All Industries was recently placed into recievership in an Alberta court. The move has led to the lay off of over 150 people in Estevan and Nisku, Alta. The documents also include the receivership order, which lays out the powers of the receiver. Do All was established in 2000 by Estevan resident Kordell Korf. The company had enjoyed significant growth since it was founded, becoming one of the leading pro-

viders of various oilfield products including complete drilling rigs. Along with the operation in Nisku, Do All also opened a location in Glenburn, North Dakota. It was not made clear in any of the documents if the receivership notice impacted the U.S. operation.

Potash posing problems for government Potash is continuing to pose problems for the provincial government. The government announced last week that a drop in potash revenue means they will dip into the province’s rainy day fund to maintain a balanced budget.

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The 2013-14 third quarter financial report shows General Revenue Fund (GRF) revenue is down $144.2 million from budget estimates. A transfer of $135 million from savings in the Growth and Financial Security Fund (GFSF) is needed to offset the revenue shortfall, resulting in a $7.2 million GRF surplus. The government is still expecting a surplus in the summary financial statements in excess of $400 million, based on estimates from mid-year. “The Growth and Financial Security Fund is the province’s rainy day account,” Finance Minster Ken Krawetz said. “It’s there to buffer the province when extreme, unforeseen events arise, such as the global events affecting the potash price or expenses related to disaster assistance. “However, we continue to project a healthy surplus on a summary basis.” Overall, GRF expense is up $48.4 million, or 0.4 per cent compared to budget. This is largely due to higher than forecast expenditures related to disaster assistance, funding for people with disabilities, winter highway maintenance and flood damage reduction measures, as well as higher claims under the Research and Development Tax Credit. 2013 economic growth was projected to be 3.6 per cent at mid-year, up from 2.6 per cent at budget, primarily reflecting a record crop, more people working in the province, higher-than-projected personal income, and higher corporate income, which reflects more business investment. Following the transfer to the GRF, the GFSF will continue to have a healthy balance of more than $531 million. “It’s important to remember that government revenues are not necessarily a reflection of the strength of the economy,” Krawetz said. “Overall, our economy remains very strong. However, our projections at third quarter underscore the volatility of our resource sectors and reinforce the need for our government to continue to manage spending and meet these fiscal challenges in a prudent and responsible

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manner, which we have done.” The opposition NDP was quick to react to the report and claimed the Sask. Party will pile on $1.125 billion in Crown debt alone in the 2013-14 budget year and raid the rainy day savings account, despite operating during a strong economy. “First, this is the dishonest set of books that failed an audit, so we can’t trust what the government has chosen to release and what it has chosen to conceal here,” said NDP Deputy Leader and Finance Critic Trent Wotherspoon. “What we can pull from these nonsense numbers is that this government is not managing the finances well. “This government is adding more than a billion dollars onto the debt this year and ripping money out of the rainy day fund to pretend everything is OK. And when the government screws up its finances, Saskatchewan families know they have to pick up the tab.” In a press release Wotherspoon said it’s obvious the government is already turning up the financial heat on Saskatchewan people. Families are already paying more every month because every single Crown utility has a hike either in place or in the works for this year, and the premier is considering raising education taxes in the budget to cover holes in the bridges and overpasses department. The government is sharing less revenue with municipalities this year, thanks to a change it made to the revenue-sharing formula. That means homeowners in many cities will pay higher taxes or cope with service cuts. “Saskatchewan families are doing their part for the economy,” said Wotherspoon. “They’re working harder than ever, they’re investing in their communities and they’re thinking long-term. But, this government is dropping the ball. They didn’t save. They didn’t build or invest – and now they’re staring down financial problems during a period of unprecedented economic strength this government was lucky to have, and that’s inexcusable.”

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News and notes from the February 10 regular meeting of Estevan city council The meeting was the first for new city manager Amber Smale. Smale, who was hired after a lengthy career with the City of Regina, was officially sworn in by provincial court judge Karl Bazin. •••••• The Regens Disposal cart report was included in the information provided to councillors and the media. In January, Regens collected 34,130 kilograms of recycling, which came to an average of 10.5 kg per cart. With respect

to garbage, 194,682 kg was collected for a per cart average of 17.4 kg. •••••• The Estevan Fire Rescue Service report for November and December 2013 was included in the report. The department was called to just one fire in November but had to deal with seven false alarms and three calls for assistance. December proved to be a busier month however. Local firefighters dealt with two fires but one of them was the major blaze that destroyed T&T Repair on Kensington

Avenue. False alarms continued to be an issue as the department received 11 calls that proved to be false. •••••• After a strong 2013, Estevan appears to be off to a strong start with respect to building permits in 2014. According to the report for January, six permits, which had a combined value of $1.61 million were issued. The bulk of the permits were for housing as two single-family permits and one

multi-family permit was issued. The January total was on par with 2013 when $1.66 million permits were issued. •••••• Council gave final reading to a bylaw that will allow eight homeowners on the west side of Jubilee Place to purchase the land located directly behind their property along Fourth Avenue. The move was seen as a positive step for the City as they will no longer be responsible for upkeep of the land in question.

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get some kind of policy in place to determine what communities should get a unit. I guess they were too busy over the past year to come up with a policy. Whatever the case, I know if I was writing that policy, the first line would be this: if someone is willing to pay for their own machine, the installation of it and the first two years of operation GIVE THEM THE MACHINE YOU MORONS. I understand that is something of an oversimplification and there is a lot that goes into making these decisions. As Duncan said in an interview with Norm Park, they have to be sure any proposal is sustainable and that there will be employees to run the equipment. That’s all well and

good. Thing is, there’s a lot of smart people involved with the Southeast Health Committee. And I’ll go out on a limb and guess that before they decided to drop over $2 million they might have looked into whether it was sustainable or whether or not they would be able to find people to run the machine. I’ve never asked them but I’m willing to guess the answer is yes. There was another comment from Duncan that stood out. He noted that if their policy was based on the Estevan proposal, then the “optics wouldn’t be right.” Without actually saying it, Duncan basically said this whole thing has become political and the Sask. Party doesn’t want to go to other areas of the province and say, “they

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paid for their machine in Estevan so why don’t you?” Is allowing one community to buy their own machine and jump the line the fairest way to approach this matter? No, it’s not. But is it fair to ask someone from Carnduff to drive three and a half hours to Regina for a test they could get in Estevan? The people involved in the committee saw an obvious need in our community and took an out of the box approach to fill that need; one that would save the government over $2 million. As screwed up as it sounds, it now seems that approach is working against them. But that’s government for you; the land where common sense went to die. R.I.P.

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It’s a generally accepted fact that much of the public sees government as more of a hindrance than help. Given some recent happenings with our provincial government, it’s hard to blame anyone who has that opinion. As was reported last week in the Mercury, the bid to bring a CT scan unit to St. Joseph’s Hospital continues to be held up by dithering at the Ministry of Health. Clearly an organization that doesn’t know a good deal when they see it, the Ministry of Health has a standing offer from the Southeast Health Committee that would see the group purchase a CT unit and pay for the first two years of operation. A person with even a

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Hillcrest says thanks to local electrical service team The Hillcrest School Breakfast Club issued a big thank you to Tarpon Energy Services last week in recognition of the nearly three years of service and equipment support the company has provided for the program. Sara Pippus, a lead co-ordinator for the club’s breakfast program and activities, said that Tarpon has been one of those businesses that has been instrumental in supporting the program. “From the initial electrical work to get the kitchen up and running to the recent renovations for the kitchen, Tarpon has played a vital role. They not only supplied the materials, but also the cost of labour for the upgrades, all at no charge,” Pippus said. “In a community where electricians are in high demand, Tarpon has stepped up and given of their time and resources.” It has been estimated that Tarpon’s contribution for materials and labour amounted to $11,733, which includes such things as breakers, wiring, kitchen equipment and installation. In fact, the morning of the thank you event, Tarpon’s Trevor Dutka was on hand to assess the electrical hook-up needs for a newly acquired miniature dish washing machine. Pippus said the breakfast club serves a nutritious breakfast to an average of 70 students every day and it has drawn an excellent team of volunteers from the entire community to help prepare and serve the daily meal while making a connection with the students. “Tarpon Energy Services’ generosity makes it possible to direct our funding to feeding our students who may not otherwise eat breakfast. Hillcrest School extends a huge thank you to Tarpon for their generosity and commitment to their community,” Pippus said.

Tarpon Electrical’s Trevor Dutka was on hand last week at Hillcrest School to accept thanks from the school’s Breakfast Club for the company’s dedication to the program over the past three years by providing electrical materials and installation skills for the various electrical needs that accompanied the growth of the program. Back: Sara Pippus, Breakfast Club co-ordinator and Dutka. Breakfast Club volunteers in the front, from the left are: Chase Vicary, Diana Nemariam and Paige Wilson, all in Grade 5.

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Ensign’s major donation being shared in communities The Estevan United Way campaign for 2013 got another $10,299 richer last week when corporate officers of Ensign Canada Drilling appeared with a big cheque in the amount of over $117,000 to be shared among various agencies. Ensign, with a major field office in Oxbow raised cash for a new swimming pool in that community through a fundraising kickoff barbecue, which, when matched by head office, amounted to $93,750, which will be deducted from the total amount shown for the UW. Rig hands raised $23,418 in a money-raising competition and of that amount, determined that the nearly $10,300 should be directed toward the Estevan and district UW while

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Piper tells local Legion to keep adding members It is imperative for the Royal Canadian Legions around the country to bring in new and active members if they intend to remain one of Canada’s most relative and important service organizations. That was a key message brought to the membership of Legion Branch 60 in Estevan on Saturday night by Dominion vice-president Peter Piper, who was speaking to about 70 Legion members and guests at the annual Past Presidents’ Supper in the Legion Hall. Piper applauded the local Legion for its continued vibrancy and pursuit of new active members, noting that it continued to be one of the province’s major volunteer operations. Current president Troy LeBlanc later told the Mercury Branch 60 has a membership of approximately 250 but noted that about half of them are now in senior care homes with limited opportunities to remain active in the regular activities. But, LeBlanc noted, the membership is increasing.

“We will be installing 13 new members this year and we have a few projects we want to move forward with over the next few months.” For Piper, it was a belief that other Legions needed to take a page from the Estevan example and bring in new faces. “I’ve chaired the membership committee at the national level and it’s an eye-opener. Some branches don’t want to change but if we don’t, you know what will happen. We have to change. If you don’t change, you lose and lose badly. We have the foresight and the tools. There are new incentives for membership and all the information is coming out to you now. So grab it and run with it. You have a young president here in Estevan and you have new members. So now is a good time to get out and ask others if they think they might be members,” Piper said. He went on to say that if each Legion member could bring in just one new member, then it wouldn’t take long to double the current membership of 300,000 across

the nation. “It’s called the one-byone campaign and there are even prizes for those who recruit successfully,” he added. “It starts with us. Invite your friends into our facilities … let them know what we have and what we do. I’ve attended meetings where even some of our zone commanders don’t know about everything that we do. That has to change. I see positive signs in Estevan though. I see arms and hearts that are wide open so let’s accept the ideas that new members might want to share. You are a larger branch, let’s keep it going, let’s keep us going,” Piper said in conclusion. The Dominion vicepresident then participated in the swearing in duties that included the addition of two new members to the executive team. Len Grube and Doug Yee joined the executive team as two-year term members. Cort Barker was sworn in as the club’s new Sergeant-at-Arms. Eileen Rosner was also confirmed as a past president appointed to the new execu-

The executive members of the Estevan Branch No. 60, Royal Canadian Legion who were attending the 2014 Past President’s supper were, back, from the left: Doug Yee, Edmund Schell, Len Grube, Lyle Dukart, Troy LeBlanc (pres.) and Cort Barker. Front: Diane Carlberg, Eileen Rosner and Linda Betnar. tive team. LeBlanc said he and the executive will be looking at the possibilities of leading the way toward the development of a new veterans’ park in the vicinity of the proposed new Estevan Regional Nursing Home around the St. Joseph’s Hospital site. “As soon as the weather permits this spring, we’ll take a good look at where this park

Drug possession charges laid following traffic stops An argument that escalated at a fast food restaurant in the city on Feb. 14 involved two adult patrons. A 22-yearold man threatened another male, so when Estevan Police Service personnel arrived they arrested the 22-year-old and charged him with intimidation and carrying a prohibited weapon. During a routine traffic stop that same night, EPS members detected a strong marijuana odour in the vehicle, which led to a search that unveiled 19 grams of marijuana belonging to a 30-year-old man who was charged with being in possession of less than 30 grams of the controlled substance. He now has a March 17 court date. On Feb. 16, EPS applied a 24-hour driving suspension to one person who registered a warning on a roadside breathalyzer test after being pulled over for some erratic driving activity. EPS members say charges are pending against an 18-year-old male following activities at a house party involving a 17-year-old woman on Feb. 16. That same night, police were called out in response to several false alarm incidents across the city. On the night of Feb. 17, a 21-year-old male truck driver was charged with being in possession of less than 30 grams of marijuana after he was stopped on the northwest side of the city. A report of a possible impaired driver in the central part of the city led to a police patrol in the region that resulted in a vehicle being stopped on 13th Avenue. The male driver was arrested and charged with impaired driving and driving while his blood-alcohol level was over .08 per cent. The man was later released into the care of a sober friend and will appear in court at a later date. About the time police were wrapping up this matter,

they were asked to respond to another call regarding a possibly impaired driver who was entering the east side of the city. The vehicle was stopped in the 500 block of Fourth Street and when a breathalyzer test was administered the male driver did not register over the .08 legal limit but did have some alcohol in his system. Police discovered the driver had a probationary status so his driver’s licence was suspended for 30 days and a female passenger was charged for having open alcohol in a motor vehicle. Later that same night, police responded to another call regarding a noise complaint that was tended to and then reacted to another complaint regarding suspicious activity near a department store on the northeast side of the city. Police checked the matter out and discovered that the activity centred around a construction worker who was doing some night work on the site so no further policing action was required.

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Crop insurance details announced The federal and provincial governments have announced the details of the 2014 crop insurance program. Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart announced details of the program, which includes a number of new features to help producers mitigate their risk on Feb. 10. “Agriculture plays an important role in Saskatchewan and across Canada in creating jobs and economic growth,” Ritz said. “Insurance-based programs that are bankable and predictable help to ensure that Saskatchewan farmers have the tools they need to maintain their success today and well into the future.” “Agriculture continues to be a key driver of the Saskatchewan economy and we are working to improve our programs to help producers succeed and grow the industry,” Stewart said. “The 2014 Crop Insurance Program includes improvements to assist Saskatchewan’s farmers and ranchers as they look toward a new growing season.” Improvements to the Crop Insurance Program for 2014 include a pilot program to provide yield-loss coverage for corn in the east central and southeast areas of the province. In addition, the establishment benefit feature has also been expanded to include coverage for corn of $65 per acre. New in 2014, durum and barley will be eligible for yield trending. Yield trending recognizes agronomic advancements and increases a producer’s historical yields, which

improves coverage. Yields for durum will increase 8.6 per cent and barley yields will increase 3.5 per cent, on average. Yield trending will also continue on canola, fall rye, winter wheat, hard red spring wheat, hard white spring wheat and oats. This feature has resulted in the average coverage for canola increasing by nearly 20 per cent, oats by 15 per cent and hard red spring wheat by 10 per cent. Additional 2014 Crop Insurance Program enhancements include increasing the base grade for flax, adding field peas to the contract price option and expanding the number of crops eligible for vegetable insurance. Crop Insurance enhancements made in previous years, such as expanded coverage for soybeans, unseeded acreage benefit and yield cushioning, will also continue in 2014. Crop Insurance is also making it easier for producers to conduct business online by launching a new online system called CropConnect. CropConnect provides Crop Insurance customers the flexibility of completing their business online, from a home computer or mobile device. This includes adding land to a contract, filling out forms, calculating their premium and coverage levels, reporting production data and filing claims. Crop Insurance coverage for 2014 is $162 per acre, on average, the fourth highest coverage in program history. Crop Insurance premiums for 2014 average $7.47 per acre, a 25 per cent reduction from 2013. The lower coverage and premium is largely the result of lower forecasted crop prices in 2014-15.

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seemed to be several guys in that situation. We just didn’t seem to be making the right decisions at times with the puck and it cost us.” Cody Thiel scored both Kindersley goals. The first came with less than two minutes left in the second period when Marc Dubeau found him in the slot with a spectacular pass from the corner. Thiel added another goal late in the third. The first period was full of fireworks, as hits by Bruins forwards Ben Johnstone and Corey Kosloski sparked tempers, and in the case of the latter, a fight between Bruins defenceman Nick Egan and Klippers forward Sean Naish. It was Egan’s fifth fight of the season, which earned him a one-game suspension under the Junior A Supplement. Johnstone was ejected for a hit that was deemed charging. Lewgood took issue with that interpretation, noting that Johnstone didn’t leave his feet and glided into the hit. He added that the first period was his team’s best of the night. “I thought we took the play to them physically. I thought we were the better team in the first period. I think our guys were out executing our game plan and we were not rewarded for it.” The Klippers outshot the Bruins heavily in the sec-

Bruins forward Tanner Froese keeps the puck away from Notre Dame Hounds defenceman Kale Derkson during a 5-1 win on Thursday. ond period and dominated the play at times, but only came away with one goal, as Bruins starter Matt Gibney made some big saves. “Gibney is Gibney. He was great. He was our best player. You expect your 20-year-old goaltender to do that for you,” Lewgood said. “He gets a ton of credit within the room, maybe not enough credit outside of the room. Too many guys look at numbers and don’t spend the time on the actual facts. Gibney’s one of the best

players in the league and he proved it again tonight.” Shots on goal were 4227 for the Klippers. Defenceman R.T. Rice aggravated an ankle injury during the second period. The ankle won’t heal until the off-season and he will be a game-time decision each night as to whether he can handle playing. On Thursday, meanwhile, the Bruins scored four unanswered goals to pull away from the Hounds. Johnstone struck first

blood midway through the second period, taking a feed from Michael Sagen and putting it into a yawning cage. Ian Williams tied the game midway through the second, jamming the puck past Bruins goalie Brett Lewchuk on a power play. Bruins winger Austin Daae countered just seven seconds later though with a five-hole shot. Sagen tipped a David Robertson shot home later in the period on a power play

to put the Bruins on top 3-1. Estevan captain Tanner Froese added two goals barely three minutes apart in the third, tapping in a pinpoint pass from Daae on the first and popping in a rebound on the second. The Hounds outshot the Bruins 38-31. The Bruins visited the Melville Millionaires last night and will host the Battlefords North Stars on Friday (7:30 p.m., Affinity Place) before heading to Melville again on Tuesday.

Coalers to face Huskies in second round of provincials Two familiar rivals will go head-to-head in the second round of senior hockey provincials playoffs. The Bienfait Coalers and Oxbow Huskies are set to kick off their A series tonight in Bienfait. Game 2 is Feb. 26 in Oxbow, with Game 3, if necessary, going Feb. 28 in Bienfait. All game times are 8 p.m. The Huskies got to the second round by finishing off Langenburg in the first round, winning the third and deciding game 5-1 on Saturday. Bienfait took care of Milestone in two games in the first round. Elsewhere in provincial action, the Carnduff Red Devils and Wawota Flyers were both knocked out of the draw last week. Carnduff lost 5-1 to Balcarres in the second game of their first-round series on the B side, dropping the twogame total-goal series 15-4. Wawota, meanwhile, came up one goal short in a 2-1 loss to Bredenbury, giving them a 7-4 defeat in the C series. The Redvers Rockets were the third Big Six Hockey League team to advance to the second round, taking out Ochapowace by scores of 10-2 and 9-2 in the C bracket. The Rockets get Bredenbury next in the C south semifinals. Dates for that series had not been set as of press time. Meanwhile, the Big Six playoffs are down to the final four. First-place Bienfait will take on fifth-place Carnduff in the second round, while second-place Midale will face third-place Wawota. The Coalers had a bye to the second round, while the

other three teams won their best-of-five opening series. Midale took care of seventh-place Redvers in four games. They won Game 3 by a 2-1 score on Friday and closed out the series with a 5-2 win on Sunday. Wawota knocked off sixth-place Arcola in four games, winning the last two games by identical 3-2 scores last Tuesday and Friday, respectively. Carnduff also needed four games to oust the fourthplace Huskies. The Red Devils took a 2-0 series lead with

a convincing 9-3 victory on Feb. 11. Oxbow rebounded with a 5-3 win on Thursday, but Carnduff took the series on Sunday with a 4-1 victory on home ice. The Bienfait-Carnduff series gets underway on Friday in Bienfait. Game 2 is Saturday in Carnduff and Game 3 is Tuesday back in Bienfait. Further games had not been scheduled as of press time. No dates had been determined for the Midale-Wawota series as of Tuesday.

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Tough week for Midget AA Apex Bruins With three losses and a tie that looked like a guaranteed win, it was not an ideal week for the Estevan Apex Bruins. It appeared as though the midget AA team would wrap up the four-game slate on a positive note on Sunday, but they inexplicably blew an 8-2 lead against the 10th-place Melville Millionaires and had to settle for an 8-8 draw. They had previously lost 4-2 to the Regina Wild on Saturday, 6-5 to the Moose Jaw Warriors on Friday and 9-4 to the Notre Dame Argos on Feb. 11. The Bruins (17-12-4) are in fourth place in the South Saskatchewan Minor Hockey League with three games left, although several teams still have a chance to overtake them. On Sunday at Affinity Place, the Bruins appeared to be cruising to victory with an 8-2 lead halfway through the second period, but the Millionaires surged back with four goals before the end of the frame and two more in the third. “I think we just stopped working. We had things working for us, that’s why we had the lead. Then we got a power play and they scored two shorthanded goals, and it gave them some momentum and we just stopped working. It showed,” said Bruins head coach Dalton Giblett. “We just didn’t win battles and we weren’t strong on the puck. We were turning it over, turning it over and you just can’t keep doing that. We’ve talked about that. This isn’t the first game that’s happened to us, where we’ve been turning it over.

Apex Bruins forward Dylan Lay drives inside on a Melville defenceman during Sunday’s 8-8 tie. We’ve been doing it for the last two or three weeks.” The Bruins took a 4-1 lead after the first period, including three goals in a span of just 29 seconds from Blaine Herzberg, Kyle Salaway and Kaelan Holt. Kolten Ganson also scored for Estevan in the period, while Mitchell Cook had the Mils’ lone goal. Estevan’s Tyler Hengen and Melville’s Gordie Wasteste traded goals early in the second. The Bruins followed with three straight goals, two of them by Salaway and one by Kale Little. Then it all came apart

at the seams. The Melville comeback began about 90 seconds after Salaway’s hat trick marker, with Darcy Kayseas scoring twice, followed by goals from Kyle Rathgeber and Cody Jarocki, the latter coming on a rocket off the crossbar and in with less than a minute left in the period. Marial Beny got the Mils within a goal early in the third, firing a shot from the right faceoff circle on a power play. Wasteste scored the tying goal seven seconds later when a blocked shot saw the puck land on his stick. There was plenty of

time left for either team to take the lead, and Giblett bemoaned his team’s inability to convert on its chances in the third. “Right at the end, we have a 2-on-1 with the top two scorers in the league and don’t even get a shot on net. That compounds things,” he said. “It was kind of like the Canada game (against Finland on Sunday). We had some pressure on, but never generated any shots.” In Regina on Saturday, the Bruins got goals from Herzberg and Cole Piche, while Christopher Belanger (2), Colby Brandt and Fraiser Belanger replied for the Wild.

“That game, we had nothing but chances in the first period and never scored. It was 1-0, but we had 2-on-1s, 3-on-2s, shots on net, that we didn’t score on and that came back to haunt us,” Giblett said. At home on Friday, the Bruins fell behind 6-2 before making a third period comeback bid that fell short. Holt (2), Ganson, Herzberg and Dylan Lay had the goals for Estevan, while Bhody Magnusson (2), Brett Reidy, Kale Clewis, Braydon McCarthy and Kelton Kouri scored for Moose Jaw. “Moose Jaw is a good team. They don’t turn the

puck over. They controlled the puck and we were chasing it. I think we played a lot better in the third period and yeah, we did score three goals, but we were causing turnovers then. If you’re waiting for them to throw the puck away, they don’t do that,” Giblett said. The Bruins will finish their regular season slate this week. They visit Weyburn tonight, Swift Current on Saturday and Moose Jaw on Sunday. They will have to do it without Dayton Westerman (broken arm) and Ryley Giblett (arm laceration), who are both expected to miss the rest of the year.

Weyburn keeps McLeod Series Panthers close out regular season The second leg played out the same way as the first, and the result was another resounding loss for Estevan in the McLeod Series. The senior boys’ and girls’ basketball teams from Estevan Comprehensive School and Weyburn Comprehensive School played the second leg of the annual series in Weyburn on Feb. 11, one week after starting the series in Estevan. The Elecs took it on the chin in a 92-23 defeat in the boys’ game, while the girls kept it close in a 50-46 loss. The result was a 295-188 series victory for the Eagles, marking the 31st straight year they have won the McLeod Series. Weyburn now leads the all-time series 42-37.

The Estevan PowerTech Panthers finished up their inaugural regular season with a loss and a tie on the weekend. The female midget AA team fell 2-1 to the Regina Ravens in the Queen City on Saturday, then tied the Weyburn Drillers 2-2 in Weyburn the next day. The Panthers (14-10-3) wrapped up the regular season in fourth place in the South Saskatchewan Female Hockey League, only one point behind the third-place Prairie Storm. The SSFML’s playoff format sees the top six teams make the post-season, with the top two teams earning a bye. That means the Panthers will face the fifth-place Ravens in the first round of the playoffs, with the winner of the series playing Weyburn. Dates for the first-round series had not been deter-

mined at press time. On Sunday, most of the scoring took place in a short span in the first period, with the Panthers taking a 2-1 lead. Weyburn’s Twylla Tendler opened the scoring halfway through the period. The Panthers replied 51 seconds later, with Brooklyn Dukart lighting the lamp to tie the game. They took the lead 32 seconds after that on a goal by Taylor Colbow. After a scoreless second period, Tendler struck again for the Drillers five minutes into the third to give them the draw. The Drillers outshot the Panthers 27-25, with Litesha Spittal in goal for Estevan. No information was available from Saturday’s game in Regina.

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Chargers win provincial series The Estevan Power Dodge Chargers defeated the Regina Blues 6-3 on Thursday to advance in the Saskatchewan Hockey Association female bantam A provincials bracket. The Chargers had taken the series opener 3-1 on Feb. 10, giving them a 9-4 series win on aggregate.

Captain Megan LeBlanc led the way on Thursday, scoring four of her team’s six goals. LeBlanc, who led the South Saskatchewan Female Hockey League in scoring with a staggering 62 goals and 93 points in 24 games, potted a natural hat trick in the first period.

The Blues got on the board a minute into the second on a goal by Sydney Schmidt. The Chargers replied quickly though, extending their lead to 5-1 on LeBlanc’s fourth goal and another by Jasynn Monteyne. Natasha Brezinski got the Blues within three goals with a marker late in the period. Estevan’s Kamryn Friars and Regina’s Mackenzie Herrington traded goals in the third period. The Chargers outshot the Blues 4527. Estevan goalie Ashlyn Taillon made 24 saves. Meanwhile, the Chargers closed out a dominant regular season with two victories

over the Springside Lions on the weekend. The Chargers won 3-1 on Saturday and 4-1 on Sunday at the Civic Auditorium. On Saturday, the Chargers got goals from Makenna Morrison, LeBlanc and Ashton Magotiaux, while Brooke Hausermann replied for the Lions. The next day, it was LeBlanc (2), Monteyne and Teanna Sieben fuelling the Chargers’ attack, with Hausermann again scoring for Springside. With a 22-1-1 record, the Chargers finished in first place in the SSFHL and will face the fourth-place Moose Jaw Warriors (13-11) in the first round of the playoffs. Dates for the series had not been set as of Monday.

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TS&M Bruins fall in Yorkton in finale After sitting in third place for most of the year, the Estevan TS&M Bruins dropped to fourth after losing their last game of the regular season. The Bruins took it on the chin in a 9-3 loss to the Yorkton Terriers in Saskatchewan Bantam AA Hockey League action on Friday in Yorkton. With the Weyburn Wings winning their last game of the year, they passed the Bruins for third place in the standings. Estevan (17-10-4) will now face the fifth-place Melville Millionaires in the first round of the playoffs. The series is expected to start this week, but the dates had not been confirmed as

of press time. On Friday, the secondplace Terriers had the game virtually wrapped up after 20 minutes, taking a 5-0 lead. K a e d e n Ta p h o r n opened the scoring two minutes in, and Yorkton also got two goals from Carson Welke and singles from McKenzie Welke and Brett Kemp in the period. The Bruins came to life in the second period, with Josh Skjonsby finding the back of the net four minutes in and Wyatt Haux getting the club within three later in the frame. But the Terriers restored their five-goal lead late in the period, courtesy of a Carson Miller power

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ECS curlers lose B final at regionals The Estevan Comprehensive School girls curling team bowed out of regionals with a loss in the B final in Lumsden on the weekend. The team is comprised of skip Karlee Fessler, third Taylor Marcotte, second Amanda Wilson and lead Rachel Kramer. Their coach is Wade St. Onge. Because they won the district championship earlier in the week, the Elecs got a bye to the A semifinal, where they lost to

Esterhazy, the defending provincial champions, in six ends. That dropped them to the B side, where they defeated Carnduff 7-4 and Yorkton 10-2 to reach the B final. The Elecs ran up against Esterhazy again in that game and lost for the second time. Esterhazy was the only team ECS lost to in districts or regionals. St. Onge noted that Fessler is used to playing

third at a competitive level with her brother Colby and is skipping this year for the first time since Grade 8. “She calls a brilliant game and has a phenomenal grasp on strategy. She is a clutch shooter and has made some superb shots this year to get her team out of trouble. She always remains calm and has executed some big comebacks. She has all the qualities that make for a great skip,” St. Onge said. He added that Mar-

cotte is “one of the most technically sound curlers” in the region. “She and Karlee have curled together for many years and they have a great chemistry, which has been a huge benefit for Karlee and the team.” Wilson and Kramer are in their second year in the sport and St. Onge said they have made “incredible progress” this season. The Fessler rink reached regionals by winning districts in Carlyle last week. They earned a 6-5 win over Oxbow in their opener after needing a measurement to determine a steal in the final end. Next, they defeated Weyburn 12-4 to advance to the A final, where they got past Carnduff by a score of 7-3. The ECS mixed team also made it to regionals after winning the B side at districts in Oxbow. The team includes skip Tate

The ECS girls curling team competed at regionals in Lumsden on the weekend. Team members, from left, are Wade St. Onge (coach), Karlee Fessler (skip), Taylor Marcotte (third), Amanda Wilson (second) and Rachel Kramer (lead). (Submitted photo) Wrubleski, third Tiara Kofoed, second Curtis McGillivray and lead Selena DeBruyne. The team beat Carlyle and Gladmar before losing to Maryfield in the A semis to drop to the B side. They then won three in a row to qualify, beating Gladmar, Maryfield and Oxbow.

At regionals in Kelliher, the mixed team won their first game and lost their second before losing 7-6 to Yorkton in the B semifinal. The team was coached by Wade Wrubleski at districts and Megan Greenwald, filling in for Wrubleski, at regionals.

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Preliminary events were also held in the solo and duet disciplines on Monday. Kruger placed third in solo, while Potoma was seventh, Mantei was eighth and Dyck was 11th. In the duet preliminaries, Irwin and Whitman were third and Palmer and Wieting were sixth. Finals in both disciplines were to take place on Tuesday. Meanwhile, in figure skating, three Estevan athletes took part in the free skate on Monday, which was divided into two groups. Emily Hanson was fourth in her group, Nikki Kistanov was fifth and Madison Folkerts was sixth. Also on Monday, the South East boys hockey team defeated Regina 7-4 in their opening game. Estevan’s Cole Fonstad is a member of the team. The Winter Games wrap up on Sunday.

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Bruins still have a shot at sixth

Despite losing to the Kindersley Klippers on Saturday night, the Estevan Bruins still have a shot at finishing in sixth place in the SJHL standings. The Bruins were two points behind the Humboldt Broncos entering last night’s game in Melville, with a game in hand. Still, even with an extra game in their pocket, the Bruins’ schedule between now and the finish line on March 1 isn’t easy. They have two games in Melville, including the one last night, and a home game against Battlefords in between before closing out the regular season with a home-and-home set against Weyburn. That’s three games

Dame are on hot streaks and no one who was at Saturday’s game needs to be told how good Kindersley is. And Humboldt has hit a bit of a snag, losing six of their past 10 games, including an 8-2 walloping at the hands of the Millionaires on Friday. In order to win the sixth spot, the Bruins will have to play some clutch hockey on the road, and they’ll have to do it shorthanded. Forwards Austin Roesslein and Keaton Longpre are still out, while defenceman R.T. Rice reinjured his ankle Saturday and will be touch-and-go from here on out. Nick Egan was facing a onegame suspension for his

Josh Lewis Hear Me Out against very good teams, and while Weyburn is battling for one of the last playoff spots, they’re not a club many teams want to face right now. The season series is tied at three wins apiece and the standings go out the window when the Highway 39 rivalry renews. The Broncos, meanwhile, were in La Ronge last night and now have three games at home to finish the year, against Kindersley, Yorkton and Notre Dame. Yorkton and Notre

fifth fight of the year. On the hit Ben Johnstone threw in the first period on Saturday, someone will have to explain to me where the charging call came from, let alone a major and game miscon-

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Synchro coach Lyons earns another award In a year filled with recognition for an Estevan coach, another award was added to the pile recently. Estevan Mermaids synchronized swimming head coach Brenda Lyons received Saskatchewan Sport’s coach dedication award earlier this month as part of the organization’s annual provincial awards. Lyons had previously received the Synchro Canada grassroots volunteer of the year award and the Synchro Saskatchewan Sadie Caulder Knight coach of the year honour this season. Her citation for the Sask. Sport recognition noted her work as president of Synchro Saskatchewan and chair of its human resources committee, as well as the fact eight of her athletes qualified for the provincial high performance program.

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WEDNESDAY

February 19, 2014

“Maybe I could be a Congresswoman or maybe a Member of Parliament.”

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Lampman student ready to learn leadership lessons By Norm Park Of The Mercury She’s a young woman who admits she likes to push herself, likes to take on new challenges and feels that maybe some day she can make a difference in a leadership role either in business or politics. With those lofty ambitions, Elusha Baird is striking out in both those directions, and since she’s just 17, she has time to sort her priorities. Elusha is a Grade 12 student at Lampman School and is president of their Student Representative Council. She has fast-tracked her classes by taking advantage of the South East Cornerstone Public School Division’s Cyberstone online classes in calculus over and above her regular classroom duties. After graduation she hopes to land a scholarship that will help her out as she pursues a bachelor of commerce degree with a major in marketing at the University of Calgary. On the political side, Elusha notes that she is vitally interested in both Canadian and American political scenes and since she holds dual citizenship, she’s considering both sides of the border. “Maybe I could be a Congresswoman or maybe a Member of Parliament,” she said with a laugh, but still, a somewhat serious laugh since there is no tomfoolery in her ambitious planning. She’s serious about it, and that is why she is seeking some financial assistance in her efforts to attend the Forum for Young Canadians in Ottawa March 2-7. She intends to handle some expenses by herself since she holds down three part-time

Elusha Baird jobs and has paid for trips to the Shad Valley International four-week camp in Ottawa last year, a $5,000 commitment that allowed her to learn more about entrepreneurship and team-building in an academic setting at Carleton University. This is a program that boasts of 26 Rhode Scholars among its alumni. She has also participated and raised funds for We Day participation, another leadership training venue for young students. Elusha feels the Forum for Young Canadians, which focuses on helping young leaders from across Canada become a voice, is something that is very exciting and an opportunity she can’t miss. “We get to meet members of parliament and senators, we have a parliamentary simulation experience where we get to create and

debate. We’ll watch the House of Commons in action and near the end we get to have a meal with MPs. I hope to visit with my MP Mr. Komarnicki and get a chance to talk about political issues. I really would like to discuss the depth of the job and their role as an MP in a little detail. I’d love to get a bit of background information about what the job is all about.” Elusha added that a tour of the Supreme Court and Parliament Hill is also part of the agenda. The Shad Valley experience, which she undertook in 2012, was a catalyst for her to look more closely at perhaps pursuing a career in politics. “Students aren’t involved in politics. Young people don’t even know their rights and responsibilities. I believe that if you don’t like something, then get out and get informed and get involved,” she said with a smile, adding that it was pretty obvious she was one who was willing to get engaged. “That’s what I want to do, get ahead, not behind. That’s why I also want to be an entrepreneur. I love the competitive world, I’d love to run a campaign and help people. I’m pretty stubborn, and I want to be a role model for my three younger sisters. Our family hasn’t had money, Dad just had a heart attack, I’ll be the first in the family to graduate high school, but even with financial difficulties, doors still open if you want to open them.” Elusha said she has found stability in southeast Saskatchewan by living, attending school and working in Lampman/Estevan after starting out in California then British Columbia and Calgary before the move to

Saskatchewan. “But I can’t wait to get out on my own, I’m willing to work and trying to make something positive happen. I raised money for Shad Valley, and I’ve picked up some sponsorship money from TS&M and the Lampman Lions Club to help with the Forum for Young Canadians that will cover my travel and accommodations. “I go from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. I think I’m pretty motivated. I do want to make a difference,” she said. When she’s not busy with school or her jobs, she pursues her other interest, drama, as a member of the Lampman School Drama Club, which is deep in rehearsal mode for their next couple of productions. Joining about 100 other young leaders in Ottawa though, poses some interesting challenges that she doesn’t want to pass up. To that end, anyone wanting more information or expressing interest in assisting a young leader in realizing a goal, may contact her at: elusha.baird@gmail.com She’s confident that the experience will pay dividends. She may be a Congresswoman for the state of California, where she was born, right in the state capital of Sacremento or perhaps an MP from Saskatchewan or Alberta or maybe a business leader with a fresh marketing concept. If determination means anything, she’s well on her way. “When you work your hardest, then there is no failure,” she said with an emphatic lift of her shoulders and a firm grip on reality as well as the dream.

Midale community happenings Catrina Moldenhauer Midale Correspondent Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Midale Oilmen’s 26th Annual Curling Bonspiel has been RESCHEDULED for March 13 through 15. The Oilmen’s take a maximum of 16 teams and it is already at eight for sure. It begins on Thursday evening; Friday is curling throughout the day but ends early as that is the night of their supper at 6 p.m, Dutch auction after supper and dance to start around 9 p.m. Saturday is the playoffs that wrap up in the afternoon or early evening. All they ask is that a minimum of one person per team be employed in the oilfield. The cost is $240 per team entry and it includes some drink and supper tickets. Extra supper tickets may be purchased in advance for $15 each. You may register a team by emailing your contact information to: midaleoilmens@ gmail.com or calling Bruce Palmer, Glenn Wiens or Catrina Moldenhauer. Former Midale resident, Pat Messer passed away due to a tragic house fire in Estevan on Feb. 11. Pat is the son of Mainprize Park residents Matt and Margaret Messer. Pat also left behind his son Jaxon, step-sons Travis and Mason, brothers Matt (Kim Massett) and their children Tyler, Nicole and Becky (her daughter Melanie), William and his daughter Miranda and Chris as well as numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. His funeral service was held on Feb. 15

in Estevan. High school curling continues for all senior students on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4 p.m at the Midale Civic Centre. Drama practices have begun and will take place every day but Wednesdays during lunch break at 12:15. Practices will be starting after schools at 3:20 as well on the stage. You may talk to Mrs. Wilgenbusch or Miss Adams for details about the play. Junior badminton practices started on Feb. 10. The following week they will run on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school. High school band/choir

will be held after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:20 – 4 p.m. Free public skating will most likely be held on Feb. 22 and Feb. 23 from 2 - 4 p.m. *Please note that these times are subject to change as sometimes teams need to make up games and may need this ice time. Please feel free to call or text the rink cell phone @ 458-7555 for any questions. The rink schedule is also posted in Google Calendars under Midale Rink. If you cannot access the link, please text the rink cell phone with your email and the link will be sent to you, or email midalerink@gmail.com.

Happy 70th Wedding Anniversary

The Midale Mustangs’ second home playoff game against the Redvers Rockets was played on Feb. 14. Game two was played in Redvers on Feb. 9 and the Mustangs were very short of players and lost 10 – 0. Curling ice is booked through Janice Vilcu, so

please give her a call if you need to rent it. The Midale Farmers’ Curling Bonspiel will be held from March 5 through to the 9th. If you would like to enter a team, please call either Brad Eggum or Neil Martinson. Midale Public Library

has started a pre-school kids program on Fridays from 10:30 – 11:00 at the Midale Civic Centre. For more information give the library a call. Their hours as of Feb. 14 will be Tuesdays from 2:30 – 5:30 and 6 – 8 p.m and on Fridays from 9:30 – 12 and 12:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Chloe is not ready for adoption yet, but really likes attention! Come down to visit her!

Mom & Dad Chewy is a large shepherd who has lots of energy. He loves to play outside.

Harley is a friendly boy who loves running and playing fetch. He isn’t a big fan of cats, but likes other dogs his size.

Spayed and neutered pets are much happier pets.

The Estevan Humane Society reserves the right to refuse any adoption.

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Card of Thanks Thank you for coming to my “Special Birthday Party”. To my family who made it happen and to all the family and friends who came from near and far to make my day. So nice to have a visit with each of you. God Bless. -Donna Wilson

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2010 MAZDA 6 69,000 kms ............................................................$15,995 2010 FORD FOCUS SE 80,000 kms ..............................................$14,995 2008 MAZDA 3 GT SPORT 144,000 kms..........................................SOLD 2004 TAURUS SE 123,000 kms .......................................................$6,995

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CARS

TRUCKS, VANS & SUV’s

13 Jeep Compass North 4x4 factory warranty, 25,948 km .....................$23,995 13 Jeep Patriot Sport North 4x4 factory warranty 23,120 km.................$23,995 11 Chev Equinox AWD factory warranty .................................................$20,995 11 Chev Silverado HD 2500 LTZ Crew Cab 4x4 warranty......................$28,995 11 Dodge Dakota SXT Crew/Cab 4x4 factory warranty ..........................$22,995 11 Jeep Liberty Sport 4x4 factory warranty.............................................$19,995 10 Chev Silverado LT Crew/Cab 4x4 Z-71 factory warranty, Flexfuel ....$25,995 10 Ford Edge LTD AWD 4dr warranty....... .............................................$24,995 10 Ford Escape XLT AWD factory warranty ............................................$19,995 10 Toyota RAV4 Sport AWD warranty....................................................$19,995 09 Dodge Grand Caravan Stow-N-Go 7 passenger, warranty ...............$14,995 09 Dodge Journey SXT AWD 7 passanger, factory warranty..................$18,995 02 Chev Avalanche Z-71 4x4 warranty......................................................$8,995 02 Nissan Pathfinder Chilkoot 4x4 warranty............................................$6,995 99 Ford F150 Super Cab warranty.............................................................$4,995 98 Chev Silverado E/C 4x4 warranty.........................................................$6,995 95 GMC SLE E/C Diesel warranty..............................................................$5,995

Heavy Duty Mechanic/Apprentice required for preventative maintenance, repair and service of heavy equipment fleet. Experience with CAT, JD, and Hitachi. Appropriate credentials and/or certifications. Valid drivers license. Both camp and shop locations. Service truck and accommodations provided. Wage negotiable. Send work references and resume to: Bryden Construction, Box 100, Arborfield, Sk. S0E 0A0; Fax: 306-769-8844 Email: brydenconstruct@ xplornet.ca

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WINCH TRACTOR OPERATORS. Must have experience operating a winch. To apply fax, email or drop off resume at the office. Phone 780-842-6444. Fax 780-842-6581. Email: rigmove@telus.net. Mail: H&E Oilfield Services Ltd., 2202 1 Ave., Wainwright, AB, T9W 1L7. For more employment information see our webpage: www.heoil.com.

AFTER HOURS: Cell: 306-461-7805

General employment

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Days Inn is now hiring servers and housekeepers. Please fax resume to 306-634-8733

Most of Our Vehicles are Covered by Lubrico Powertrain Warranty

Prices Reduced! ~ We Take Trades Reasonable Offers Considered

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Utility trailers

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We are just a call aWay! Obituaries

Obituaries

Anna Mary Tessier 1922 - 2014 On Sunday, February 9, 2014, Anna Tessier, late of Estevan, SK, passed away at the age of 91 years. Anna is survived by her daughter Mim (Cliff) May; son Harry (Vonda) Tessier and granddaughter Christina (Justin) Tessier; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Wilfred Tessier; parents, Samuel and Adele Laframboise; siblings, Alma Sylvestre, Dora Moroz, Estelle McCray, Bill Laframboise, and Neal Laframboise. A private family graveside service will be held in Anna’s honour at a later date. Those so wishing may make donations to the New Estevan Regional Nursing Home, c/o 1201 2nd Street, Estevan, SK, S4A 0M1 or the Hillview Manor Activities Fund, 1401 - 1st Street, Estevan in Anna’s memory. Arrangements were entrusted to Hall Funeral Services, Estevan. Louise Rasmussen 1935 – 2014 Louise Isabelle Rasmussen, late of Lampman, SK passed away at the Lampman Community Health Centre on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at the age of 78 years. Louise (Weezy) will be forever remembered and loved by her husband Ralph Rasmussen of Lampman; children, Loretta (Wally) Cameron of Weyburn, SK, Neil Fornwald of Bienfait, SK, Aaron (Melody) Fornwald of Saskatoon, SK and Shauna (Kirk) Johnson of Lampman; grandchildren, Scott (Jennifer) Cameron and their daughters, Hayden and Kylee of Weyburn, Tara Cameron (Jason Culp) of Calgary, AB, Ashley (Daen) Rakose and their daughters, Cadence and Scarlett of Langley, B.C., Stacey Cameron of Weyburn, Kayd Fornwald of Bienfait, Brady, Emily and Katie Fornwald of Saskatoon and Carter, Lindsay and Jamie Johnson of Lampman; brothers, Frank (Anne) Johner of Estevan, Bob (Jeannette) Johner of White City, SK and Don (Linda) Johner of Fort Qu’Appelle, SK; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Cliff & Arlene Rasmussen of Estevan and sister-inlaw Louise Johner of Regina, SK, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Louise was predeceased by her parents, Michael and Alice Johner; siblings, Ann (George) Kirby, Martin Johner, Kay (Hugo) Zohner, Tillie (Fred) Symcox, Rose (Bill) Ross and Bill Johner. A Funeral Mass was celebrated on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. in Our Lady of Seven Sorrows R.C. Church, Lampman, by Rev. Leonardo Tamayo Jr. Interment followed in the parish cemetery. Those wishing to make donations in Louise’s memory may do so directly to the Lampman Community Health Centre Trust, c/o R.M. of Browning, PO Box 40, Lampman, SK, S0C 1N0. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Hall Funeral Services, Estevan. Thank You The family of Louise Rasmussen would like to personally thank all of our friends, relatives & coworkers for their expressions of sympathy. All of the thoughts & prayers, cards, flowers, food, messages, visits, mass readings and donations in her memory are very much appreciated. You all hold a special place in our hearts. Thank you to Dr. Morin of Arcola Family Health as well as the Allan Blair Cancer Centre staff for their excellent care over the past four years. Also thank you to the staff at the Lampman Health Center for everything you did for our family over the past few months. You made a difficult situation so much easier. Thank you to Father Leonardo and the Lampman Catholic Church choir & parishioners for their help with the service and beautiful lunch after. Thank you to the pallbearers for taking mom to her final resting place. Thank you to Dustin Hall and Hall Funeral Services for your compassionate and professional service during this difficult time.

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60 & Over Club notes Shirley Graham Correspondent Well, I’m back! And I get a warm fuzzy feeling when I think of all the people who missed my report. It’s so nice to be appreciated. Here is something I thought would be appropriate — If a politician rubs his nose, he is telling the truth. If he pulls his ear, he’s telling the truth. If he opens his mouth … We are very proud of our jam sessions. We’ve had such a great response,

not only from our loyal musicians from Estevan but also to those who come from out of town. Without you there would be no entertainment and then of course there are those who love to dance, and don’t forget the great lunch! It’s a good time. I thought I’d remind our new members of our regular activities. Canasta is played on Monday at 12:30, bridge on Wednesday at 1 p.m., and cribbage on Thursday also at 1 p.m. Our meeting is the first Thursday of the month at

12:30 with cribbage to follow. “Jams” is every second Sunday of the month. My job, as you know, is to report the winners of bridge and cribbage. Winners of bridge on Feb. 12 are: first place of Margaret Sawyer, second place was Irma Lesiuk, and third went to Angie Friesen. Winners of cribbage were: first place going to Peter Wall, second went to June Engelke, and third was Jean Oshmak. Here’s a story to enjoy. It was the end of the year and the teacher was

getting presents from the pupils. The florist’s son handed her a gift, “I’ll bet its flowers” said the teacher. “It is,” said the boy. “How did you know?” “Just a wild guess,” the teacher replied. The next little girl’s father owned a sweet shop. The teacher said, “I’ll bet it’s a box of chocolates. “That’s right. How did you know?” “Just a lucky guess,” said the teacher. The next boy’s father owned a liquor store. When the boy handed her the box it was leaking. After tasting the moisture the teacher said, “Is it wine?” “No” replied the boy. Tasting it again, “Well, is it cham-

pagne?” “No, it’s not,” he said. “I’m afraid I don’t know. What is it?” asked the teacher.

With great glee the little boy hollered, “It’s a puppy!” It’s great to be back!

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Your Guide to Area Estevan Gospel Chapel

St. Peter’s Lutheran Church

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

Isabelle & Souris Reverend Randy Kleemola Phone: 306-634-2024 email: st.peters@accesscomm.ca

1202 - 2nd Street Phone: 306-634-3761

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

www.estevangospelchapel.ca An Associated Gospel Church

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 & 10:30 a.m.

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

Faith Lutheran Church Nicholson Centre, Estevan

LC-C

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

100 Kin g St ree t Est evan , Sa sk (306) 63 4 -81 33 www.livinghope-ca.org NOW 2 Sunday services to choose from NOW 2 Sunday choose * 9:00 am and 11:00 services am * Withtocoff ee in from between Only one at 10:30 oncoffee Dec. 22nd & 29th 9:00 amservice and 11:00 am am With in between

REAL LIFE LIFE REAL REALPEOPLE PEOPLE REAL REALGOD GOD

LIVE RUSSIAN RUSSIAN TRANSLATION LIVE TRANSLATION during the 11:00 am service during the 11:00 am service

ST. PAUL’S UNITED CHURCH

Where We Get Grace, Get God, Get Going!

Corner of 14th Avenue & 3rd Street Phone: 306-634-2885 – Fax: 306-636-2611

SUNDAY WORSHIP & SUNDAY SCHOOL - 11 AM Coffee Fellowship Before Church

WELCOME!

MINISTER: REV. BRENNA NICKEL Email: stpaulsuc@sasktel.net Website: stpaulsestevan.ca

738 - 2nd Street, Estevan

Pastors: Danny Krauss & Joshua Lowe Phone: 306-634-3773 Cell: 306-471-8130 Brad McKenzie- Youth Leader

SUNDAY WORSHIP AND SUNDAY SCHOOL 10:00 a.m. Coffee and fellowship after worship Pastor Stewart Miller

Come and Worship With Us

ALL ARE WELCOME email: trinity.luth@sasktel.net • www.etlc.ca

St. Joseph’s Prayer Centre

His Glory Bible Church

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

306-634-9191

1302 - 8th Street, Estevan

Tim Pippus

Office: 306-634-3116 Sunday Services:

Bible Class - 10:00 a.m. – Worship - 11:00 a.m. Evening Worship - 7 p.m. Wednesday Meeting - 7 p.m.

Free Clothing Outlet

First & Third Thursday of Each Month - 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.

THE SALVATION ARMY

ESTEVAN COMMUNITY CHURCH 1107 - 4th Street Phone: 306-634-2074 www.facebook.com/salvationarmyestevan Youth Program Wed. 6:30- 8:00 pm

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

Church of God

Pursuing God Building Relationships Impacting Lives

1920 Wellock Road, Estevan • (306) 634-7955 www.estevancog.com Estevan Church of God 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 ministries and events.

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

Sunday Worship & Sunday School 10:30 a.m.

Everyone welcome to join our daily prayers, inspirational Bible DVD viewings and lively discussions

CHURCH OF CHRIST

Church Office: 306-634-5684

(Light of Life Ministries International) Join us in Glorious Praise and Worship With: Pastors Dr. and Mrs. Jimi Akinsete Where: St. Joseph Bookstore 1033 4th Street, Estevan S4A 0W4 (opposite court house) When: 10am on Sundays Experience Healing, Deliverance and Breakthroughs

Sunday Worship 10:30am

Nursery and Children’s Ministries available Sunday School at 9:30am Friday Night Youth 7:30pm (Gr. 7-12) Children’s Clubs - Wednesdays: 7:00-8:00pm

140 King Street (accross from Staples) www.estevanalliancechurch.com /estevanalliance 306 634 2601


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Estevan Mercury

Focus on Faith Submitted by Rev. Brenna Lea Nickel

always manages to make me grumpy. Mostly it is the implication of all the ads we see for this holiday, mainly aimed at men shopping for women. Both genders have reason, in my mind, to be a bit irritated at these ads. They seem to imply that A. men are perpetual screw-ups, always in the doghouse for something and needing a way out, and that B. women are always irrationally upset and can easily be bought off with the right piece of jewelry/box of chocolates/ expensive house cleaning item, etc. I don’t know about you, but most of the couples and relation-

“Love is not a box of chocolates” Perhaps last week some of us celebrated Valentine’s Day with our sweethearts and families. Others of us might have celebrated what a friend of mine calls, Singles Awareness Day (SAD for short), which occurs on the same day. Valentine’s Day for me ranks just under New Year’s Eve on the list of holidays that I wouldn’t miss at all if they just fell off the calendar next year. With or without a significant other, this day

ships I know are much more complex than these one-dimensional notions of “man” and “woman” would have them be. At many of the weddings I officiate, the couples choose to read Paul’s words to the Corinthians: “Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.” While Paul was not actually talking about romantic love between couples, but Christian love in general, in any case, he was saying it is hard

work, that love requires on-going communication and dedication. It takes faith in God and support of a faith community, friends and family. Love cannot, in other words, be summed up or fixed or manufactured on one day with one expensive present. We are called to this kind of tough love in all

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Betty Baniulus Correspondent

Betty MacDonald and her granddaughter Nicole Davis, arrived home from Hawaii last week after a 10-day visit with Alan and Shirley Davies, Gene and Cathie Davis are also visiting there. They had gone to help Alan celebrate his birthday

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in February. Reg and Darlene Nelson drove to Brandon, Manitoba Feb, 10 to help Darlene’s mother celebrate her 84th birthday. Visiting Dale and Michelle Milne on the long weekend were their family, Chris and Amy Milne, children Abbey and Dale, Julie, her mate, and son Egan, all of Saskatoon.

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there is a place where you can show more patience. This work of love is not as easy as the whole Valentine’s Day industry would have us believe, which is why we pray for God’s grace to be with us in all of our relationships. May we all know love and give love in the coming days.

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of our relationships. So now that the day of what I would call “easy” love is over, how can we enact this kind of tough love? Maybe instead of buying another present, you can have a meaningful conversation with your partner. Maybe God is calling you to the difficult work of forgiving someone. Perhaps

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Career Opportunities

February 19, 2014 B11

FOOD SERVICE WORKERS We are accepting resumes for full-time positions.

Walmart wants

Duties include: Food preparation, stock and inventory, serving customers, some baking, making sandwiches, operate cash register and be able to give proper change as well as general cleaning and equipment maintenance

Starting wage - $11.01/hr. If you are interested in joining our team apply in person with resume or fax to:

306-634-6616

101 Supreme St. (Shand access road)

SERVICE RIG PERSONNEL

®

Class 1A & 3A Preferred Above Industry Wages Benefits Packages Opportunity for Advancement

EXPRESS SOUTHEAST TRADER

is looking for a

Please email or fax resume to:

Carrier

Email: sleibel@suncountrywellservicing.ca Fax 306 634 1200 • Cell 306 421 3418 WW1451

Lilydale Inc - A Sofina Foods Company Is currently seeking full-time Production Workers for their chicken plant in Wynyard, Sask. Starting wage is 13.84/ hr with a comprehensive benefits package and pension program. All applicants welcome! Call Linda @ (306) 554-2555 EXT 238 for more info Send Resumes to: Linda Karakochuk Sofina Foods Inc Box 760 Wynyard, SK SOA 4T0 Fax: (306) 554-3958 Email: LKarakochuk@sofinafoods.com

for Cundall Drive and Woodend Place

Papers are delivered to your home Thursday for delivery to customers on Friday. 100 papers~ earn $27.00 every week. Carriers are eligible each month for a $100 bonus draw. If interested please call Gayle

 Flexible scheduling  Benefits  Stock Ownership Program

 Scholarships  Employee Discounts  Career Opportunities

Apply online at www.YourWalmartCareer.ca

306-634-2654

COOKS We are looking for 5 full time cooks. Must be able to work until 1 AM nightly 2 years cooking experience preferred but not necessary, will train if needed. Wage is $13.00/hr Duties: • Prepare and cook meals for a full menu • Oversee kitchen operations • Work with minimal supervision • Monitor supplies • Supervise kitchen helpers • Follow safety and sanitation requirements • Ensure food quality • Clean kitchen & work area

Western Star is looking for : Sales & Marketing Team Members

Our stOre is grOwing Part-time and full time positions available. Grocery, Over-Night Stocker, Cashier

To apply contact: Nick Sereggela, Manager In Person Fax: 306-634-5636 Email: nsereggela@sasktel.net

R.M of Benson No. 35

Foreman-In-Training

REQUIRED IMMEDIATELY for overseeing shop duties, operating grader and other miscellaneous equipment, as well as miscellaneous duties requested by council. State qualifications, hourly wage expected and include references. Forward applications to: Box 69 Benson, Saskatchewan, S0C 0L0 rm35@sasktel.net or fax to 306-634-8804 For inquiries call 306-634-9410

Career Opportunities The office of the R.M. of Souris Valley No. 7 is currently accepting applications for:

Part-time/Casual Administrative Assistant

Preference will be given to those applicants who have office and computer experience. Experience with Microsoft Word and Excel is an asset. Wage based on experience.

Western Star is a growing company of Hotel Inn & Suites. Our ever growing chain is looking for motivated, experienced people to help us be leaders in this busy, client based industry. Apply to:

1124A - 4th St., Estevan, SK

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SERVICE RIG PERSONNEL

all positions available

• Class 5 license required • Class 1A or 3A preferred • Above industry wages • Benefits package

Full-time Seasonal AND Full-time Permanent Grader/Equipment Operator

The R.M. of Souris Valley # 7 offers a competitive salary based upon applicants experience and qualifications, as well as health and benefits package. Duties and responsibilities include: • Operating road grader and other operating equipment • Maintaining equipment on regular maintenance schedule • Willingness to take operating and other relevant training as required • Any other duties as assigned by and under the direction of the Foreman Applications will be accepted in person, by mail, e-mail or fax until Monday, March 31st, 2014 by 3:00 p.m. Box 40, Oungre, SK S0C 1Z0 rm07@sasktel.net Fax: 1-306-456-2480

E-mail resume to:

cliff@grimeswell.com Fax resume to:

306-634-7754

Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspector Opportunities

The Technical Safety Authority of Saskatchewan (TSASK) is seeking a number of dedicated Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspectors to join their team. Our inspectors enjoy an environment of empowerment, being able to work independently and exercise sound judgment based on inspection information, training, experience, and safety codes. Inspectors ensure the safety of boiler and pressure vessel operation in Saskatchewan through the conduct of inspections, the investigation of accidents and incidents, the interpretation and enforcement of legislation and regulations, the approval of licenses and permits, the review and authorization of technical plans and the provision of technical advice to clients and operators. In addition to several years of related experience, the successful candidates will have a degree in Mechanical Engineering, a diploma in Mechanical Engineering or a Power Engineering Certificate (either First or Second Class) Knowledge of CSA and ASME codes is a must.

Is seeking a

PARK ADMINISTRATOR/MANAGER

Reporting to the Board of Directors of Woodlawn Regional Park you will be responsible for overall management and administration including:

• To Seek & Aquire Grants & Funding Sources • General Administration Duties • Financial Operations • Human Resources • Marketing/Planning

• Monthly Board Meetings • Scheduling & Supervising of Staff including Office & Ground Staff • Purchasing • Staff Training • Safety Compliance

Attractive wage and benefits package available. This is a full time, year round position. Applicants are invited to submit resume with references and salary expectations by March 7 to: Fax: 306-634-2223 Email: adminrm5@sasktel.net

CHECK US OUT ON THE WEB Please refer to www.tsask.ca for further information about TSASK and this Opportunity

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B12 February 19, 2014

Estevan Mercury

Rig Manager Sun Country Well Servicing currently has an opening for a Rig Manager for the Estevan Area. Sun Country Well Servicing is a locally owned service rig company based in Estevan. We currently have 11 free standing mobile doubles working in the area and are growing.

101 Supreme St. (Shand access road)

Responsibilities: • Overseeing rig operations including the work activities of rig employees . • Preparing/monitoring work schedule so work is completed on schedule and safety procedures are followed correctly. • Monitor employees performance and progress. • Provide the crew with the appropriate tools/supplies. • Provide guidance and direction to the rig crew on specific tasks. • Work closely with the Equipment Manager, Area Manager and Well site Supervisor • Control costs to the rigs • Perform accident safety investigation Qualifications: • 5 or more years of experience as a Rig Manager • Valid DL 1A/3A • Valid , H2S. First Aid, BOP • Safety knowledge preferred. • Ability to deal and communicate effectively with employees, vendors and customers. • Proven, extensive working knowledge and experience in Service Rig operations. • Knowledge of rig safety regulations and safety issues. • Live in or close to Estevan.

Please email resume or fax it to:

Office (306) 634-1221 Cell (306) 421-3418 sleibel@suncountrywellservicing.ca

Personnel Coordinator Sun Country Well Servicing

Box 1656, Estevan, SK S4A 1C8

Shipper Receiver for Estevan, Saskatchewan The successful candidate will be responsible for:  Receiving and shipping all branch product in an accurate and timely manner  Sort material, stock shelves, pick orders, package and label materials  Handle lost shipments as an enhancement to customer service  Organize and maintain all applicable records and files  Maintain up to date knowledge of the company’s service offerings  Maintain cooperative and productive inter-departmental relationships to deliver exceptional customer service  Take personal responsibility for and actively engage in product, systems and skill training and development Preference will be given to candidates who possess the following qualifications:

Sun Country Well Servicing offers a very competitive compensation and benefits package including medical, vision and dental coverage, life insurance, short term and long term disability coverage and RRSP. We pay above current CAODC rates.

Shannon Leibel

Applied Industrial Technologies LP. a group of industrial distribution companies located throughout Canada, and we are currently seeking qualified individuals to fill the position of:

 Customer service driven  Experience in shipping and receiving  Forklift operation experience  Proficient computer skills  Detail oriented  Organized  Basic mathematical aptitude  Self-motivated  Can work independently or in a team environment Applied Industrial Technologies offers competitive salary, company sponsored RRSP/DPSP, career development opportunities and a full benefit package. Please submit resume in confidence via email to aithire@aitcanada.com or fax to 403-214-1423 attn. Chris Babyak.

CITY PAGE

Invitations to Tender The City of Estevan WT/WWT Services Division is constructing a Steel framed building for the purpose of containing the equipment to de-water the bio-solids generated at the WWTP. The Building will be built on a slab on grade supported by footings and will be clad with metal siding. The building dimensions are 12 meters by 20 meters and will be serviced with water, gas, electrical, telephone as per drawings. An air handling unit will be used for the HVAC. Please refer to the specs and drawings available at City Hall and submit a tendered cost to erect the building as specified. Tenders will be accepted until 3:00PM February 28th 2014. Label submitted tenders WWTP Bio-Solids Building and send to: Legislative Services Business Division Main Floor City Hall 1102, 4th Street Estevan, Saskatchewan S4A 0W7 If there are any questions, please contact Mr. Kevin Sutter, WT/WWT Services Division Manager at 306-634-1822.

THE LOWEST OR ANY TENDER NOT NECESSARILY ACCEPTED.

City of Estevan - 2013 Notice to consumers for Water Quality Estevan Waterworks Call 634-1822 for further explanation Parameter Required Testing by Number of Tests Number of Tests Permit each year Completed in Not Meeting the 2013 Permit in 2013 154 Regular Samples 160 0 1. Bacteriological A harmless form of bacteria called Total Coliform is routinely monitored in the distributed water. If found, coliform show a break down in the disinfection process or possible outside contamination. Positive results require additional testing to test for pathogens

2. Turbidity (on-site) - Turbidity is a measure of the clarity of the water. - For our water supply, turbidity shall not exceed 0.3 NTU from any filter.

1. After each filter on a continuous basis. 2. Daily from the storage reservoir before entering the distribution system 3. At the same frequency and locations as for bacteriological samples.

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3. Fluoride (on-site) - Fluoride is added as a dental aid - Levels not to exceed 1.5 mg/l

4. Fluoride (off-site testing) Levels not to exceed 1.5 mg/l

5. Chlorine Residual (on-site)

- Chlorine is added to disinfect the water and the levels must be maintained at: - a chloramine residual of not less then 0.5 mg/l throughout the distribution system. - free ammonia of >0.1 mg/l < 0.5 mg/l

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A sample after each main repair or construction

Chemical & Health Panel alkalinity; bicarbonate; calcium; carbonate; chloride; conductivity; hardness; magnesium; nitrate; pH; sodium; sulphate; and total dissolved solids; aluminium; arsenic; barium; boron; cadmium; chromium; copper; iron; lead; manganese; selenium; uranium; and zinc

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2. At the same frequency and locations as for bacteriological sampling, for free and total residuals.

1. Every 2 hours operators perform an analysis and also monitored continuous with on-line instruments 2. Completed for the bacteriological samples 196 samples and 296 spot checks

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1. Every four (4) hours per day for treated water entering the distribution system

7. Pesticides and Organics

1 every 2 years

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THM’s are a disinfection by-product and are not an immediate risk but over time THM ingestion is a suspected carcinogen. Each individual sample is not to exceed 350 ppb and annual average not to exceed 100ppb

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The levels of TTHM’s have been reduced by switching to Chloramination but the annual average is still above 100 ppb. We working toward another raw water source in Rafferty that contains less organics and therefore less TTHM’s will be formed during disinfection.

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The City of Estevan Water Treatment Plant is a surface water plant that focuses on the removal of suspended solids and the inactivation of pathogenic organisms through a multiple barrier approach, i.e. chemical aided settling, filtration, disinfection. All limits that each parameter must be within, comes from the Environmental Protection Act 2002 and associated Regulations to that Act. Go to www.saskh2o.ca for details and a complete listing of all levels throughout the province. A full detailed listing of all the levels of these parameters as well as the Waterworks Annual Report is located at www.estevan.ca or is available at the Estevan Library and City Hall.

ESTEVAN THE ENERGY CITY

Career Opportunities COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER

(Dispatcher)

Duties and Responsibilities: The successful candidate will demonstrate excellent interpersonal communication skills. This person will handle incoming telephone calls, general public inquiries and complaints, and will communicate via radio transmissions with members on patrol. Must be able to work independently under stress as well as produce a high degree of accuracy. Application packages can be picked up at the Estevan Police Service or mailed out upon request. Only successful candidates will be contacted. Please return the completed package with an updated resume in a sealed envelope to: Chief of Police Estevan Police Service 301-11th Ave.Estevan, Sask. S4A 1C7

The City of Estevan has an opening for a

Temporary Full-Time Payroll Coordinator

(Out of Scope). Summary: Coordinates, verifies data, processess and distributes payroll; Reconciles and balances benefits.

Duties: • Perform basic administrative payroll duties including data entry, filing and faxing • Accurate keyboarding skills, strong data entry skills and proficiency in a computerized accounting environment. • Displays tact, ability to be diplomatic and professional in dealing with the public, and work cooperatively in a team environment. • Receives, verifies data, processes, prepares and distributes payroll bi-weekly. • Liaise directly with Managers regarding employee timecards. • Initiates and/or performs corrective action for payroll errors. • Recognizes and identifies data, procedural and system problems. • Maintains, recommends, develops & implements improvements to the payroll system. • Oversees payroll records system, procedures, and data into the human resources system and performs complex calculations as required. • Ensures service agreements are maintained, while ensuring a consistent high level of service to both internal and external clients. • Completes Payroll and Human Resource reports • Registers new employees and ensures that required forms are completed. • Reconciles payroll accounts to the General Ledger. • Provide consultation and advice on a wide range of pay and benefit issues to City employees. • Administers Employee Benefits Plans and personnel records. Education: - Grade 12 - Formalized Accounting Diploma - Formal Payroll courses such as Canadian Payroll Assoc. - Payroll Administrator Certificate - Proficiency in Computer Software including MS Word, Excel & Outlook Experience & Additional Requirements: - 3 years - Demonstrated ability to maintain confidentiality The City of Estevan offers a competitive salary and an outstanding benefits package. Interested candidates are invited to apply, in writing, including a cover letter, resume and three current references to Aubrey Agarand, Human Resources, 1102-4th Street, Estevan, SK S4A 0W7 Ph: (306) 634-1841 F: (306) 634-9790 E: apply@estevan.ca We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

Public Notice

It has been noted that some public streets have been littered with Regen carts please be aware that the following is a condition of Bylaw 2013-1926 8. STORAGE OF RECEPTACLES (1) Except as otherwise herein provided, no person store an approved receptacle, upon any portion of a street or boulevard. (2) The owner or occupant of every premise shall provide sufficient space on that premise for storage of the approved receptacles. (3) The owner or occupant, where front street collection is estabilished, shall place the approved receptacle on the street against the curb or at or at an approved alternate location no ealier that 6:00 p.m. on the day prior to

scheduled collection and removed prior to 8:00 p.m. on the day of collection.

Please contact Judy Pilloud City Clerk 306-634-1852 if you have any questions regarding the full bylaw.

WHAT’S HAPPENING AT THE ESTEVAN ARTS COUNCIL? “promoting the arts in OUR community”

STARS FOR SASKATCHEWAN

Guy and Nadina – April 12, 2014 7:30 pm at St. Paul’s United Church (Sponsored by Assante Wealth Management & Enbridge) Everything Fitz – May 4, 2014 2:30 pm at E.C.S. (Sponsored by Enbridge & Level best Technology)

KONCERTS FOR KIDS

Fubuki Daiko – March 11, 2014 7:00 pm at Estevan Comprehensive School (Sponsored by Dayman Trucking) Massive Munsch – April 10, 2014 7:00 pm at Westview School (Sponsored by Sherritt Coal)

ENERGY CITY FILM CIRCUIT Next Film: Mandela – March 1, 2014

4:00 Orpheum Theatre

VISUAL ARTS

Watch for more information on our new upcoming Visual Arts programs starting in February!

• Acrylic Painting • Scratch Art • March Break Art Camp

Contact us for more information on our programs

• Adult Pottery • Pottery: Wheel Throwing • Hand Built Teapot

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February 19, 2014

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