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April 18, 2012


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He’s Back TSN anchor Jay Onrait kept the audience laughing throughout his roughly 30-minute speech at the Estevan Football Family fundraising dinner Saturday night at the Estevan Curling Club. For more on the dinner please see B1.

With the 2012 municipal election roughly six months away, the members of Estevan city council are mulling over whether or not they will run for re-election. The Mercury spoke with all six current councillors to learn of their plans for when voters in Estevan go to the polls in October. Of the six incumbents, three said they plan to run in October while three have yet to make a decision. In the yes camp are Councillors Roy Ludwig, Chris Istace and Dennis Moore. Moore, who is currently in his first term on council, indicated he plans to run again in the fall. Ludwig and Istace said they would also like to remain on council but are still mulling over whether they will run for a seat on council or make a move towards the mayor’s chair, which is up for grabs as Gary St. Onge has remained adamant that he

will not seek another term as mayor. Istace said the key consideration in his decision is time, noting that he would not make a push for mayor if he couldn’t fully commit to the job. “I defi nitely want to be part of council,” Istace said. “I absolutely enjoy every minute of it, even the tough decisions. I’ve had good discussions with people I respect and who have a significant impact on the community and they have expressed interest (in his running for mayor). “But what I need to watch is that I can do the position justice from a commitment level. I would hate to push hard for something and make it happen and then not be able to give 110 per cent.” Ludwig, who is the longest serving member of council, said he is definitely looking to make another run at a council seat and is giving some thought to running for mayor but has yet to make

a final decision. “I’ve had lots of feedback and it’s been good,” Ludwig said. “We’ll have to wait and see as we get closer (to the election) what shakes out.” In the undecided category are Councillors Brian Johnson, Lynn Chipley and Rodney Beatty. When contacted Monday, Beatty said he is undecided at this point while Chipley said she is considering running for re-election but has yet to arrive at a final decision. Johnson falls into the same category as he told The Mercury he has not made up his mind and added he would like to see who else is running before a decision is made. “I’m interested in seeing from the community who is letting their name stand,” said Johnson. “That’s where it’s at right now.” As for any new faces making a run at council, as of press time no one had declared their intentions publicly.

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The Estevan business community took advantage of an excellent opportunity to get a first-hand report on major projects taking place on the city’s doorstep when Malcolm Wilson and Douglas Nixon attended the Estevan Chamber of Commerce monthly business meeting. The two men were later joined by a cadre of various industry experts at an open house event at the Saskatchewan Energy Training Institute (SETI) which shed even more light on the SaskPower carbon capture project at Boundary Dam Power Station, the nearby carbon dioxide sequestration project Aquistore, which is under the direction of the Petroleum Technology Research Centre (PTRC) and the SaskPower test facility at Shand Power Station.

Douglas Nixon (left), associate manager for the clean coal project, and Malcolm Wilson, CEO of the Petroleum Technology Research Centre, were special guests of the Estevan Chamber of Commerce on April 11. Wilson, the CEO of PTRC, focused mainly on the Aquistore project for the 50 or more C of C members at Allie’s Restaurant for the noon luncheon meeting. Nixon, associate manager of the clean coal project at Boundary, gave an update on that $1.24 billion project and the two along with geologists, communication

officers, pipeline engineers and others joined forces to provide the general public attending the open house with information regarding all three projects. Wilson said the carbon dioxide capture and sequestration project, which is quickly gaining steam, has captured world-wide attention since it is now the only

one with any real cache and momentum. “This is it, this is the ground floor. Europe’s attempt to build a project is a shipwreck now, Alberta’s and B.C.’s projects have slowed as has America’s,” he said. As a result, the carbon dioxide capture project at Unit No. 3 at Boundary Dam (BD3), which is nearly 50 per cent completed, is the only credible commercial-sized project on the board right now, the two men said. Nixon said the BD3 project has gained all the expertise required for the installation of the equipment that will be used to capture the CO2. Wilson pointed out that the in ground storage site has been identified in nearby property owned by SaskPower. The storage for the CO2 will be in cavernlike structures, 3.4 kilometres underground which is

well below deep wells and any other drilling or mining zones with heavy shale and saline (salt) serving as nature’s sealants that will prevent any unexpected leakages. Wilson said Aquistore has received $22.3 million from sponsorship partners for the project that “will prove that the process is safe. And there is more experience here than anywhere else in the world to carry out the demonstration and evaluation.” Wilson said the risk assessment has been completed. Testing and observation will now follow with about 2,000 tonnes of imported carbon dioxide gas to be carried in for that purpose later this year in preparation for the CO2 that will come from BD3 in early 2014. “ We ’ r e u s i n g t h e Deadwood/Winnipeg formation which is well down, plus protected by a good ⇢ A2

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Health region hoping to land physician residency program by Norm Park of The Mercury The move to establish the Family Medicine Residency program in southeast Saskatchewan, namely Estevan and Weyburn, is catching the interest of a number of civic leaders and administrators. “The goal is to be involved. We have applied for these people to do their two-year residency in Estevan,” said Greg Hoffort, executive director for St. Joseph’s Hospital. The Sun Country Health Region recently issued a statement indicating they have arranged meetings with the provincial College of Medicine to pave the path toward welcoming four resident family physicians by the sum-

Greg Hoffort mer of 2014, but various steps had to be formalized before that. Those steps would include participation of physicians already practising in the health region, so to that end, they have arranged a meeting in May with local doctors to see where they might contribute to the project. “These residents would be physicians who have already graduated, they would be able to see

patients on a regular schedule so then the program becomes a big recruiting windfall too,” said Hoffort. The resident doctors get comfortable with their surroundings, establish working relationships with their patients and medical community and often decide to stay just where they are once their twoyear residency obligation is over. Hoffort said that in regions (Swift Current and Prince Albert) where the program already exists, the resident physician retention rate is about 50 per cent. Since Estevan has just recently emerged from an acute shortage of physicians, the St. Joe’s administrator said the residency program in the local re-

gion would mean that “we won’t have to be where we just were. We came out of that shortage. We now have 11 physicians in Estevan and if we could have four more family physicians working between Estevan and Weyburn, it would be great.” Hoffort said that he and Dr. Tsoi are slated to meet with Sun Country’s interim CEO Marga Cugnet and vice-president medicine Dr. Alain Lenferna in the near future to discuss the application more thoroughly. “I believe the College of Medicine makes the call on whether they include us in the program or not. This is done with provincial funding, of course,” said Hoffort. “Personally I would

like to see them arrive in the summer of 2013, the latest would be 2014. If we can find a way to make it possible in 2013, I’m sure we’d try for that.” The most recent addition to the local doctor pool is Dr. Jimi Akenset who received the majority of his medical training in the United Kingdom and has completed all the requirements under the provincial program that qualifies him to practise in Saskatchewan. Akenset, a family physician, has established his practice in the Estevan Medical Group clinic that is currently being served by Dr. Andre Grobler and Dr. Medhi Horri. Hoffort said that two nurse practitioners, who had formerly served in

the emergency room at St. Joe’s during the physician shortage crisis, have now expanded their operations to include clinic hours with Dr. Tsoi and his team. “We’re thrilled that they’ll be remaining in the city and can provide additional medical service for Estevan, Carlyle and other areas,” he said. Hoffort confirmed that ultrasound imaging services are being conducted in Estevan two days a week with about 20 to 30 images being taken each week since the service was restored a few months ago. “Occasionally a person might have to be sent to Moose Jaw or Weyburn to have one taken, if it’s an urgent or emergency basis, otherwise, they’re done here,” Hoffort said.

Business community gets update on local projects ⇠ A1 salt zone, and salt is the great barrier because it self-heals and closes the formation,” said Wilson. Fixed and multiple seismic surveys have been completed and ground water and soil gas baselines are being completed this month which will then make way for the first injection of the gas. Storing CO2 underground is not new technology, said Wilson, noting that commercial sized operations have been tested

around the world since 1996, including the familiar Goodwater/Weyburn field that has used carbon dioxide for enhanced oil recovery since 2000. He said the Weyburn area project is the largest in the world and more is known about it because it is an oil-based industry. “Up to now, Weyburn has been the household word for CO2 storage, now it will be Estevan that will be popping up on the world maps with the

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commercial-sized capture, storage and test facilities. While other projects, like I said, are shipwrecks, ours is the one that is under construction and the people ... the experts are looking at this as a fully integrated project.” Nixon said Saskatchewan needed the carbon dioxide capture project because it was evident that coal was going to be the fuel that would feed the future power needs in Saskatchewan along with some other alternatives. “The need was to minimize customer cost so this project got the green light in April of 2011 and most of the major contracts associated with it have been signed,” Nixon said. He said the BD3 project is being assessed economically on a very conservative assumption side and costs will decline as performance improvements are made through the life of the project using coal as a very cost-reliable fuel. “The test facility at Shand will provide a neutral platform for vendors to verify and improve

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No timetable yet for rollout of STARS beyond Regina While STARS (Shock, Tr a u m a , A i r R e s c u e Service) is about to be launched in Regina at the end of this month, not much is known as to when and how it will roll out to the rest of Saskatchewan. The service incorporates ambulatory helicopters to airlift patients and victims from accident scenes and remote locations to central acute care hospitals, as an addition to the current fixed wing and road ambulance services in the province. STARS will begin its operations in Saskatchewan from the Regina International Airport. The service is headquartered in Edmonton, Calgary and Grande Prairie where the BK 117 helicopters have

been dispatched to provide service throughout Alberta since 1985. The contract between the non-profit STARS and the government of Saskatchewan was signed one year ago with the aircraft to be dispatched from Regina and Saskatoon. It is expected that a larger helicopter, one that will be capable of flying longer distances under more extreme conditions in northern Saskatchewan, will be put in service in Saskatoon this fall. In the meantime, local paramedics and health care officials have been prepared for the new service by STARS personnel who have been visiting the various communities where the majority of the

services will be provided, including Estevan. The area where a helicopter landing pad can be built near St. Joseph’s Hospital has been identified, said the hospital’s executive director Greg Hoffort, but there has been no indication from STARS, the Ministry of Health nor Sun Country Health Region as to when it will be built, at what cost and who will be paying for it. “We’ve only heard rumblings so far,” said Hoffort. “All we know is that the service is launching in Regina April 30.” Hoffort said that when the announcement was made in April of last year, there were follow-up planning sessions where it was indicated that the service would begin this year. “We’d like to work with the City of Estevan on this. They’re building a new water plant near

here and if they have to remove a certain amount of dirt and clay and if that is what is needed to help build a landing pad, then it would be nice to work the two projects together and maybe save someone some money,” Hoffort added. The hospital’s chief administrator said he had heard rumours that the pad could cost as much as $500,000 and at first it was believed that the provincial treasury was going to be responsible for meeting these unexpected costs but now he said, “we’re hearing that maybe they’re going to try to implement the 80-20 split formula, meaning we’d be responsible for meeting 20 per cent of that cost, which might mean as much as $100,000. But so far, no official word in either direction, just rumours.” Hoffort said the health region will be made aware

of the possibility of cutting costs through the use of excavation materials from the City’s water plant project, in the event a decision to build the pad is coming down soon. A meeting with STARS is on the agenda within the month, he said, “but so far we don’t know much about it, so we’re all doing a lot of speculating and there are too many unknowns so far to make any kind of definite statement.” STARS will begin operations with 20 aero-medical personnel on hand, meaning pilots, flight paramedics and maintenance people, and there will be another six employees dispatched throughout the province as support staff. STARS will begin with daylight hour service only and will add 24hour service once it gains Transport Canada’s approval for full-time aero-

medical facilities. The Saskatchewanbased personnel have recently completed three months of intensive training which included flying emergency missions in Alberta to gain first-hand experience to augment their classroom and on-site lessons in Saskatchewan. STARS service has received $5 million in additional funding through the recent provincial budget and has received major fi nancial donations from provincial corporations that included Crescent Point Energy, Mosaic, Potash Corp., Enbridge, Enerplus, Husky Energy and Rawlco Radio. The service will include hospital transfers, trauma calls to medical emergency sites and limited roles for certain search and rescue operations in co-operation with the RCMP.

Man gets one year in jail for assault of two young girls the six-year-old victim, as it was the only spare bed in the house. When the young girl was sleeping, he would pull her pants and underwear down and touch her. She would awaken with her pants pulled down. “He touched her with a circular motion with his finger on her bum once, and on other nights she had awakened to find that he had pulled down her pants,” said Schroh. She said the 12-yearold victim said he touched her on multiple occasions, three of which she could remember. All occurred at night. “The first was when (Spyromilios) got in her bed and rubbed her stomach. When he saw that she was awake, he went and stood in the corner of the room. The second time was pretty much the same thing but went lower below her belly button. The third time at

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their cabin, she was lying on her side and the accused put his hands down her pants, rubbed between her buttocks and touched her anus.” When she rolled over, he went to his bed and shone the light from his cellphone on her to see if she was sleeping. “She pretended to sleep because she was scared, and then he proceeded to come back over and do it again.” She said the victim couldn’t sleep that night because she was scared. Both girls reported waking up to find him watching them. One girl told her parents about one incident of finding him in their room at night. “At that time it was reasoned that he might have been sleep walking, and they kind of laughed it off.” The parents were “completely” taken off guard when they heard

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A local man has pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual interference with victims who were 12 and six years old. The charges against Konstantinos Spyromilios first came about earlier this year, though the offences occurred over a span of a few months in late 2011. The 23-year-old Spyromilios, a resident of Milestone, has known the parents of the victims for about 15 years. Crown prosecutor Erin Schroh asked for a jail term of between 12 and 15 months. She told the court that the offences occurred overnight at the victims’ home. Spyromilius has some relationship with the family but is not directly related. Schroh said it wasn’t uncommon for him to spend a few nights each week at the victims’ house or cabin. He typically slept on the bottom bunk, beneath

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what was happening. “The victims’ father indicated that the girls idolized the accused. I think it’s a fair representation to say that the family was shocked.” Schroh noted Spyromilios has no criminal record, adding that the touching was brief. She said however, that there were multiple incidents, as well as more than one victim, and there was a significant violation of trust, as he was someone who was trusted by the family to be around the girls, even at night when they were sleeping. Mark Brayford represented Spyromilios and noted he had written a letter of apology to the victims and family, as well as having sought counselling. In the letter, Spyromilios wrote, “What I did was inexcusable. I don’t know why I did it. Any reason I give you will sound hollow and selfish. I did it, and I’m

sorry. I don’t want this to drag out. I don’t want the girls to have to go through this horrible situation of court procedures. All I can hope for is that my actions do not affect the girls in any long-term way. I am so ashamed of what I did and the damage to the girls and damage to the family. I am sorry that any of us had to deal with this because of my selfish, desperate and disgusting actions.” Brayford requested a period of incarceration of nine months. The minimum jail term for these offences is 45 days. Judge Kenn Bellerose said children are a “component of society that requires protection. “They just want to be children. This experience will be very traumatic for them. It is something they will remember the rest of their lives. It must have been very terrifying for them, being subjected to

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that particular experience.” Bellerose accepted Spyromilios’s remorse as a mitigating factor, along with the fact that he’s taken steps to get help. “You want to understand why you did this. There has to be some reason, which I don’t understand as to why you would do that to two children, who obviously looked up to you.” Bellerose sentenced him to two one-year jail terms that will run concurrently. Spyromilios must provide a sample of DNA for the RCMP database, he will be subject to a 10-year firearms and ammunition prohibition, will not be able to be employed or volunteer for a job which would put him in contact with children under 16 for five years and will be an occupant of the sex offender registry for 20 years. He is also to have no contact with the victims.


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About 20 people gathered to share memories of Aeramis Kolke. Organized by Aela Smith, the memorial allowed people to share some of their memories of the young girl.

Memorial held one year after girl’s sudden death Aela Smith remembers her friend and cousin, Aeramis Kolke, as a young girl who was obsessed with cookies, would chase bunnies and hide behind her smile. F o u r t e e n - y e a r- o l d

Aela organized and led a memorial for Aeramis, who committed suicide one year ago as a 12-yearold. About 20 people, both friends of the late girl and some adults, gathered at

Aela Smith organized a memorial, one year after her friend and cousin Aeramis Kolke died suddenly at 12.

Churchill Park Tuesday afternoon to remember their friend and reflect on how she passed. A banner was hanging on a fence with a photo of Aeramis making a peace sign. Aela read from a prepared speech she had written, breaking into tears as she recollected some of her memories, like spending an entire day together at the leisure centre. She said that bullying played a large role in Aeramis’s death, and that was one reason she wanted to hold a public memorial on the first anniversary of her passing. “I felt like a lot of people still don’t understand how bad it is. To have this one year as a memorial, it’s kind of an awareness (of how she died) and to honour Aeramis Kolke. I miss you everyday.” Pink Shirt Day was recognized with a march in downtown Estevan on April 4, and is an initiative to raise awareness about bullying, with the ultimate goal of empowering youth

to stand up to bullies. Aela said talking with another person about problems is a necessary way to get some of the weight off one’s shoulders. “We have to share what we’ve done and open up. To be true with ourselves is to let out our demons about things,” she added. “After one year it’s been pretty rough. There have been lots of ups and downs, and a lot of people have been upset. Getting together and talking about it can make us emotional but it can also bring us up as well, and to kind of realize that (suicide) is very real, and we can all learn from it.” She admits to having been on both sides of bullying before and said

victims of bullying can learn something from the way Aeramis died. She said victims could be “on the edge” and nobody would know. It’s something everyone needs to think about before attacking someone else, she said. Many who attended the memorial wore pink as well, and pink wristbands were handed out to those present. Some wore pink shirts with Aeramis’s photo on the front. “I just want people to know her as a girl who stood up to bullying,” said Aela. “She never gave up on anybody, and she always put her friends first.” She said the tragedy of Aeramis’s death is that she was left “broken” and “shattered.”

“Grieving together has brought us up and put us back together. This is why we’re here now, to grieve her loss. The world will change and become a better place if we take that step forward in life and helping out the people who get bullied everyday.” She said anybody can make a difference in this respect, urging people to stand up if they see something and put a stop to poor treatment of others. A few others spoke up during the memorial and shared stories of how they remember the young girl. “In honour of Aeramis it is our job to take a stand, show people who we really are and what we’re capable of and stop bullying,” said Aela.

“We have to share what we’ve done and open up. To be true with ourselves is to let out our demons about things.” - Aela Smith

Community health meeting called a positive step The City of Estevan says a recent meeting with the Sun Country Health Region was a good step towards building a better relationship between themselves and other municipalities in the southeast. Members of the Sun Country board held the first in a series of Community Leadership Network meetings April 12 in Estevan. The board met with elected officials from the southeast corner to discuss pressing health-care matters in an effort to create “formal links” between the board and the various municipalities. Councillor Roy Ludwig represented the City at the meeting and said he was pleased with the meeting and felt it was a positive step forward. Ludwig, who is also the chairman of the South East Community Health Committee, said a number of points were raised, in particular the idea of having an elected board for Sun Country. “A lot of the municipal

Roy Ludwig representatives have gone to (Health Minister) Don McMorris and suggested that the regional board be elected,” he said. “We still haven’t heard where that is going, but I guess it started the discussion as far as their representation to the region.” Ludwig said the municipal representative asked if Sun Country would explore the possibility of creating a website which would contain information such as contact numbers for board members, dates of upcoming meetings as well

what issues the board dealing with and are they being dealt with. It was unclear if the website would be open to the public or as a means of communication between the two groups. “I think (the meeting) was a step in the right direction and it gives these smaller communities which maybe don’t have a voice on the board an opportunity to bring forward their concerns face to face.” In a release from Sun Country, chairwoman Sharon Bauche said the board wants to ensure there is a clear line of communication on health issues in the region. “We are hoping these officials will go back to their communities and continue our discussions with the public.” It’s expected that Sun Country will hold the Community Leadership Network meeting twice a year, in the spring and fall. The press release noted the April 12 meeting also included a

presentation on the expansion of the primary health program to a wider area of the region. Primary Health is described as a team based approach to health care which includes a wide range of people from residents to

doctors to facility managers with all working towards the goal of providing the right care at the right time by the most appropriate health provider. “We think this first set of meetings have been a useful means of providing

more information to the public and we’re grateful for the numbers of officials who attended,” said Bauche. “We look forward to the creation of strong ties with the communities within our boundaries.”


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Local takes part in Man in Motion reunion Twenty-five years ago, Rick Hansen came through Saskatchewan on his way to completing the Man in Motion World Tour. In a wheelchair, Hansen completed the equivalent of three marathons every day through 34 countries. The trek took two years, beginning in March of 1985 until he completed his tour in 1987. He covered 40,000 kilometres in that time, raising millions of dollars for research into spinal cord injuries. Hansen was back in Saskatchewan Feb. 4, for the 25th anniversary of the tour. Invited to take part in the celebrations and the relay was Bienfait’s Garry Hammett. The former mayor of Bienfait was selected to take part in the festivities in White City. Hammett was one of 7,000 medal bearers from across the country to participate in the celebrations that have resulted during this year’s tour that sees Hansen going back through the cities he first passed through in the 1980s. “There were 20 different medal bearers in White City,” said Hammett. “When they started at the hall, each medal bearer would pass off to the next one, and I was the last one in White City. I carried it out to the No. 1 Highway to Lonnie Bissonnette. He was a skydiver and base jumper, and he had a spinal cord

injury from base jumping. I passed off to him and he took it on to Regina.” Hammett was injured on Sept. 27, 2003, when a construction accident damaged his spinal cord. Since then, he has been managing in a wheelchair. “We looked it up to see how (Hansen) had his accident and he was in the back of a half-ton sitting in the back on a toolbox, getting a ride, and they lost control.” He hit a tree and the toolbox pinned Hansen against it. “It’s really something to see how a person of that calibre, how he continued on and trained,” said Hammett. “When I was in Wascana taking therapy, to see people with injuries, some of them don’t get out of bed and lie there all day long. It inspired me that I’m not going to be one of them. I’m going to recuperate and get out and enjoy the rest of my days. “It’s going on nine years now,” he added about his injury. “I cope very well and get around real good.” Awareness, added his wife Margo, is something needs to continue to be pushed. “For people to understand what people need, and what accessibility really means. We’ve run into instances where you phone ahead for hotel rooms, and you phone ahead to make

sure it’s accessible, and you get there and they think, ‘Oh, you can’t get out of your wheelchair?’” Garry said that accessibility has improved since his accident. Each medal bearer carried the 25th anniversary medal about 300 metres before passing off to the next participant. Afterwards they went to Regina and attended the ceremony at Victoria

Square. Hammett said the presentations were about how people can make a difference toward spinal cord injuries and the many kinds of fundraising. Margo said Hansen spoke about what you do after an accident that results in a spinal cord injury. “He’s just doing this to make an awareness, to raise money and help in the

research of it,” she said. Everyone had to submit names across Canada to fill all the medal bearer spots that they needed. Hammett originally applied in Grenfell, but then transferred to White City because it was so close to Regina where he has some family members who were able to participate at the celebration as well. “It was a real joy and pleasure to be there and meet

(Hansen),” said Garry. The Rick Hansen Foundation has raised about $252 million since his Man in Motion World Tour, which raised $26 million. All the money goes to fund spinal cord research, accessibility projects and quality of life initiatives. The end to the 25th anniversary celebration will come in Vancouver at BC Place near the end of May.

Garry Hammett, right, shakes hands with Rick Hansen who completed his Man in Motion World Tour 25 years ago. Hammett went to White City in February as one of the 7,000 Canadian medal bearers who helped celebrate the 25th anniversary of Hansen’s original feat.

Work on heavy truck bypass continuing Although it’s not expected that rubber will meet the road until 2015, work on the heavy truck bypass around Estevan is ongoing. The provincial government announced in March that $10 million had been placed in this year’s budget to begin preliminary work on the long-awaited bypass. Ministry of Highways and infrastructure spokesman Doug Wakabayashi said all involved with the bypass are happy to see things begin in earnest. “There is a significant demand for it in the Estevan area and something that will have a positive development on traffic, particularly through the downtown,” he said. “I think a lot of the stakeholders in the area are certainly anxious to get going.”

Getting to this stage on the bypass has been a long, drawn out process. The idea of a truck route was initially broached three to four years ago and many had hoped it would be nearing completion by now. However, configuring the bypass proved to be a much tougher job than expected. The sticking point was how to connect the bypass with Highway 39 west of Estevan. The first design called for an intersection near the turn to Rafferty Dam and the Pioneer Grain Terminal. That idea was panned almost immediately as critics felt there were a number of potential safety concerns due to its proximity to the grain terminal. It was also noted that any future expansion at the terminal would be hindered by the



intersection. That prompted a lengthy delay as those involved with the bypass went back to the drawing board and came back with a plan that called for the bypass to be move further northwest of the terminal. Although that plan didn’t satisfy calls for an overpass at the intersection, it was seen as the next best option and the project moved

forward. Wakabayashi said the focus of the ministry in 2012 will be pre-construction work which includes purchasing land and allt necessary utility moves. They will also be tendering the grading work over the summer. “Whenever you do a major project like this there are certain things that have to happen before actual con-


struction starts and land purchase is one of the big ones,” Wakabayashi said. “Well over 90 per cent of our transactions are concluded on a willing-buyer, willing-seller basis. Certainly as the province grows and land values change we have had some more challenging transactions in recent years but for the most part we are able to conclude these on a willing-

buyer, willing-seller basis.” Wakabayashi said the bulk of the actual road construction will begin in 2013 and it’s anticipated that it will be open to vehicles by 2015. “Essentially we are forecasting three construction seasons to complete the work and of course that depends on the weather and contractor progress.”

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Looking for rhyme and reason It has been two weeks of mixed messages coming from our federal and provincial governments and we haven’t managed to sort them out yet. On the one hand we’ve been told that Saskatchewan is no longer on the cusp of greatness, we’re right in the middle of it, with significant population growth, fresh money and an intelligent workforce that is exploring new territory. Because we’re doing so well, our senior governments decided to do a little pillaging. Cuts to the Crowns that were also told to cut their international outreach programs. There was no need for them to be ambitious. Cut the provincial economic enterprise programs. Apparently they weren’t going to work. Cut the cultural businesses too. Museums, archives, film and video industries no longer mattered. We’re much too busy to pay attention to them. While they’re at it, senior governments decided to cut support for the small horse racing industry we’ve had and they pulled the tourism chair out from under them, stating that they could do a better job of running that show. After all, who can run tourism better than government? Certainly not the people who are actually in the business. Government said they couldn’t find another province with a tourism system that was being run like Saskatchewan’s, so something had to be wrong. They needed to pull it back into a Crown operation and run it in a more normal fashion. Yet when it came to the film and video and the tax credit regime, the argument was the exact opposite. We weren’t going to run the same kind of show as the other dogs. Our politicians would know how to do it better as the lone wolf. Mixed messages? You think? On the federal front, the communication is no clearer. They are demanding that we return to 19th century thinking for the justice and prison systems which will place an additional burden on the provinces and create all kinds of courtroom challenges that will inevitably cost us more. But to someone hidden in the PMO’s office, it apparently makes sense. Cuts to a 110-year-old agricultural/science-based prairie rehabilitation centre apparently makes sense too, as do cuts to federal pasture projects and our unique and only cross-Canada communication system. Nothing says unity better than destroying the CBC. After all, it needs to stand on its own two feet. It needs to compete and sell commercials just like all the other radio stations, just like we made their television brothers do. We don’t need any stinking original Canadian programming, those U.S. import shows are good enough. This Canadian identity thing is overblown anyway. And while they were at it, you know how we’re so proud to be building up our international presence with increased free trade with the U.S. and other markets? Well, our government’s response to that good news is, of course, corresponding cuts to the Canadian Border Services Agency. In their world, that makes sense. But quite frankly, we just don’t get it. Are our federal and provincial policy crafters really that addled? If not, will someone please provide a little logic and worthwhile explanation as to what’s really going on? Is there a master plan here that the great unwashed population hasn’t been let in on yet? Or is it just another case of short-term political expediency trumping common sense?

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Bad hair day all the time for these guys Why do NHL players sport the worst and messiest hair in North America? What we’ve seen this year for coiffed puck clubbers is simply awful and getting worse. Then to top it off, the playoffs have started, which heralds the beginning of the infamous playoff beards that only add to the overall ugliness. You match these guys and their 2012 mullets with Don Cherry’s wallpaper suits and neck brace shirt collars and you have a huge pile of NHL Ugly. Good thing the league at least has a dress code, otherwise these guys would show up in grey sweatpants with baggy knees and torn muscle shirts and sweat-stained baseball caps ... worn backwards of course, or just off to the side like the gangstas. Do these dudes not realize that their long locks of carbonated frizzes lead to one bad case of helmet hair, which is actually worse than toque heads on the ugly scale? Then they crawl out of the shower and try to put a curly cue look to their streaky bangs and mullets and ... well, it simply spells disaster for those of us viewing at home, especially if they forget to put their teeth in before talking to Cassie, Brian or Pierre. Are there no hairstylists in NHL cities? There should be a

Norm Park All Things Considered couple of barbershops at least, shouldn’t there? Just wondering. So while I’m in my sports attack mode ... (I’m a recovering sports reporter, I can’t help it), would someone please explain to me the meaning of the post game ritual that requires each and every member of the winning team to give the goaltender a head bonk with their helmets? Is this a sign of endearment? Well, I suppose it’s better than a clumsy high five or fist bump, but really ... team up and buy the guy a post-victory beer. He’s already wonky ... he’s a goaltender for crumb’s sake, no need to heap more abuse on him. Those little bench skate-by glove slaps following each goal are also unnecessary rituals me thinks. But then so are those terribly loud musical interruptions every time a whistle blows to stop play. The sounds of the game used to be a poignant part of the entertainment. Now we have to listen to 23 seconds of 1970’s rock anthems every time a whistle blows. At least they could play Brahms’ Lullabye after the opposing team scores. A little change of

You may also recall that the idea was met with a firestorm of protest, much of it from the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities who proposed a referendum on whether rural citizens favoured “forced amalgamation.” (Generally, people don’t favour being “forced” to do anything.) But equally adamant was the then Sask. Party Opposition. Then Opposition MLA Bob Bjornerud suggested that: “Garcea never did one bit of homework to find out if we save one dollar by what he is talking about.” Really? The Sask. Party couldn’t see saving in reducing bureaucracy back then when its own budget is now cutting programs and reducing the number of civil servants by 16 per cent? Well, fast-forward 12 more years and what’s intriguing is how much has changed in the rural Saskatchewan economy and how little has changed in local governance. For example, the timing of the Garcea report coincided with the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool’s “Project Horizons” that closed 235 local elevators. Yet at this year’s 107th annual SARM convention, we didn’t see any fewer rural municipalities than the 297 RMs that were around during the controversy of the Garcea report. In other words, if local governments don’t like forced amalgamation, they don’t seem particularly eager to do it on a voluntary basis, either. But given the Sask. Party’s past positions and close alignment with SARM, it would seem doubtful that the government would have much interest in “forcing” the issue. All this makes the timing of the chamber of commerce’s bold proposal to reduce the 800-odd urban and rural municipal governments to a more manageable number that much more

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tempo wouldn’t hurt. Or maybe Close to You, by the Carpenters? That would really get the crowd pumped, doncha think? I do like the idea of shaking hands with the enemy at centre ice at the end of a series. At least that sends a positive message. I guess that message might be that “we hated you while we played this game, but we’re really a band of brothers who are engaged in a special sport at a special level and we acknowledge your skills. See ya on the links and banquet circuit later this summer and we’ll swap some stories.” We just hope that when these guys do finally get to the offseason, they’ll find some razors, barbers and hairstyists who know how to handle the tough jobs. As for those handshakes ... I can hardly wait for that FlyersPenguins series to end to see what happens there! Handshakes or more bad hair pulling? Park, who is impeccably groomed every morning and even trims his fingernails once a month, will be pleased to accept your e-mails (normpark@ answering this soul-searching question. Who has the worst hair in the NHL? Is it Scott Hartnell of the Flyers or Ryan Jones of the Oilers? Discuss in 25 words or less. If you need a primer, Google and giggle and cast your vote.

intriguing. Interestingly, the chamber’s arguments are similar to those that were presented by Garcea more than a decade ago. There are surely cost-savings and other efficiencies to be found, especially since a lot ofRMs don’t have much responsibility beyond gravel and pest control and haven’t had much of role in rural governance for 40-plus years. But what may be most interesting in the chamber’s proposal, to be voted on at its annual gathering May 9 to 10, is that the argument about the untold lost economic opportunity. Also interesting is SARM president Dave Marit’s argument: “Nobody has been able to prove it’s going to be more efficient.” It’s nearly, identical to what we heard from both his predecessor, Sinclair Harrison, and Bjornerud a decade ago. Again, it would seem relatively easy to find efficiencies in reducing government size. What is truly tougher, however, is identifying the economic opportunities lost or services that can’t be delivered because their jurisdictions are just too small and disjointed. In fairness to the RMs and smaller municipalities, there is a lot of creativity and innovation at the grassroots level something I see every year as a judge for the Saskatchewan Municipal Awards. What’s also evident, however, is that there is still too much local squabbling and too little co-operation. It is for that reason the Sask. Party government should at least examine the chamber’s amalgamation proposal. Sure, some find amalgamation unpopular, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth a serious look.

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Letters to the Editor No anti-bullying message coming from NHL The Editor: You haven’t heard from me since my rant on plastic bottles was eclipsed by garbage collection (shake my head), but as I sit here

after watching most of this week’s NHL playoffs, I am struck by the irony. We spent most of the week prior to the playoffs in pink shirts supporting anti-

bullying yet this behaviour is okay on the ice because it’s “just part of the game.” That is total crap. Then we, as fans, post things on the Internet mak-

Registry killed, what has changed? The Editor: Bill C-19, the legislation to kill the long gun registry, was signed into law by the Governor General on Thursday, April 5. Since the enactment of C-68, the firearm community has been waiting since 1995 for this to

happen. Now the question is what has changed now that the long gun registry is dead? The only change will be that long guns no longer will need to be registered which are not prohibited or restricted. This applies

It’s about the children The Editor: I’ve spent the better part of my career advocating for the safety and security of Canadians. As a prosecutor, child protection lawyer, federal and provincial attorney general, and in my current job as Canada’s Minister of Public Safety, I’ve always made it my goal to put victims first. Over the years, it became clear to me that Canada’s laws were falling far behind the technology used by criminals. The frustration of police was plainly evident. After I entered politics, I heard the same story from law enforcement so many times that I began to wonder if the problem would ever be fixed. Soon after my appointment as federal justice minister in 2006, I was introduced to the concept of “lawful access,” which dealt with the challenge of fighting online crime. I was struck by the reality that our approach to the Internet had been shaped in the era of the rotary phone. This was by no means a new concept. My Liberal predecessor, Anne McLellan, made the first attempt at a new law in 2005. Marlene Jennings tried again twice in the form of private member’s bills in 2007 and 2009. The government introduced similar bills twice more: once under Peter Van Loan in 2009 and once by me in 2010. Despite the tireless efforts of people like Paul Gillespie, formerly of the Toronto Police Service and now the head of the Kids Internet Safety Alliance (KINSA), and Roz Prober of Beyond Borders, none of these attempts became law. Gillespie speaks with passion about the emotional toll child exploitation investigations take on front-line officers. Each day, they are confronted by the bleak reality that tens of thousands of children are sexually abused in graphic, unimaginable ways. The reality is that police simply don’t have the tools to effectively fight these crimes. This is true not only of child pornography but identity theft, online organized crime, and many Internet scams and frauds. More than a decade ago, police signalled they lacked the tools to keep up with changing technology. The process of gathering information for investigations was extremely slow and cumbersome. Today, police are in exactly the same predicament. In just one wrenching example reported in the Kingston Whig Standard by the Kingston Police, Detec-

tive Constable Stephanie Morgan received information via the Internet that an individual might attempt suicide. When she approached an ISP for help in locating the individual, she ran into a brick wall. Morgan said that the Internet service provider refused to give up that information because of the person’s privacy. “To this day, I don’t know who that person was who sent the message. I don’t know if they really were in distress or if they later committed suicide. I think that would not have happened if this legislation was in place.” Scott Naylor, an inspector with the Ontario Provincial Police Child Sexual Exploitation Unit recently said, “Obtaining warrants on all IP addresses involved in child pornography simply wasn’t practical. It’s still like putting a cup under Niagara Falls, that’s all we’re catching.” On February 14, our government re-introduced legislation that closely resembles the efforts of McLellan and Jennings, but with improvements to better protect the privacy of Canadians. C-30 allows police to request basic customer information to assist with investigations, but makes police more accountable through audits and obligations to report to federal and provincial privacy commissioners. We also reduced the number of basic subscriber information points that police could request of service providers - the modern equivalent of phonebook information - from 11 down to six. Let me be clear: Bill C-30 creates no new powers to access the content of e-mails, web-browsing history or phone calls beyond that which already exists in Canadian law. Some have accused me of not reading a bill I’ve been involved in shaping for over half a decade. Ironically, when I read most media coverage of C-30, I am struck by just how poorly the bill is understood by many writers. The government intends to send this legislation directly to committee for a full examination of potential amendments to update our laws while ensuring the privacy of Canadians is respected. I hope that all Canadians, and especially members of Parliament and the media, will read, discuss, and reflect on this bill. Vic Toews, P.C., Q.C., M.P. Minister of Public Safety

to the majority of rifles and shotguns. What has not changed is that you as a gun owner can still be prosecuted if you do not have a valid possession only (POL) or possession acquisition license(PAL). Most of C-68 is still intact and in effect. C-68 was sold by the Liberals under the guise of public safety when in fact these laws were merely a means to limit hard fought freedoms. We need to work hard at repealing the rest of C-68 so that law-abiding citizens do not become criminals just because they have a firearm safely stored in their home. Remember a guy by the name of Stephen Harper who said many times publicly that if elected he would repeal C-68 in it’s entirety? Do you still believe him? Perhaps you should let him know.

ing fun of other teams because of their behaviour. Is that any better? “Ya son, don’t make fun of other kids, accept them for who they are ... now just a second while Daddy posts this picture of the Vancouver Canucks Diving Team.” I grew up around hockey ... real hockey, and yes, we had bullies or enforcers, but there was respect. You didn’t hit the goalie, you certainly didn’t spin him around like a top. You didn’t spear a guy just because he grabbed your sweater. You didn’t punch someone in the back of the head while he was already in an altercation. You didn’t take a spearing penalty because you were frustrated, you didn’t put your knee on a guy’s back and pound him in the head. You didn’t sharpen your elbows on each other and you certainly didn’t swat a hockey glove

away from a player when he was going to pick it up. Brutal behaviour. We appreciated enforcers because they came out to fight because a rule had been broken, and they fought ... not this cheap junk we see now, especially when we know how dangerous head shots can be. The NHL is getting progressively worse. I say they have to man up, play smart and take advantage of situations, not retaliate. Playing smart does not mean no hitting or fighting ... of course that is going to happen. There are just smarter ways to go about it. How can we teach the generations after us not to bully if we can’t set an example? I think the saddest thing about this is knowing that somewhere deep down, we, as society did this. We wanted more WWE, more drama so hey, why not give a guy a bonus

if he takes their best player out in the first round? These players are paid millions in some cases to do a job. But that job should be to play hockey. Yes, hockey is just one of many sports that have grown increasingly violent, but for me the recent play is a sour note. We need to be better. We deserve better. We deserve good, smart players who inspire us to do better, not to angrily lash out when the game isn’t going our way. As most of us know by now, life rarely goes our way or is fair, but as people it’s up to us to change what we can. We have to be fair, we have to be smart, but most of all, we have to learn to stand behind what we say. To say we support our kids for anti-bullying and then behave like this, is just wrong. Robin Godfrey Regina

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Trip to Toronto job fair a success A number of area business made the trek to Toronto earlier this month to try and satisfy their employment needs. According to a release from the Saskatchewan South East Enterprise Region, businesses from the area played a central role in attracting record interest in jobs available in Saskatchewan from outside the province. By participating in the National Job Fair in Toronto, Ont. earlier this month, they caused visits to to surge. Approximately 12,000 job seekers attended this year’s event; in total there were 169 exhibitors. Businesses from south east Sas-

katchewan that participated with SSEER in the fair collected well over 125 resumes from qualified applicants., “Our participation with SSEER in the job fair is really paying off. We received about 35 resumes while there; since then we have received another 25 e-mails from truck drivers looking for work with our company,” said Marvin Ferris of Three Star Trucking. After receiving an invite from SSEER, four southeast businesses decided to attend the job fair. They included Hank’s Maintenance and Service/ L+C Trucking of Estevan, Three Star Trucking of

The Saskatchewan South East Enterprise Region attended the recent National Job Fair in Toronto. Alida, Southern Industrial & Truck Ltd. of Weyburn, and Nexans Canada of Weyburn. Dragi Gulevski, an HR representative for Nexans Canada, collected 26 resumes at the job fair and

an additional 27 from Saskjobs since the event. He has already interviewed six applicants. “It’s a great way to meet potential candidates in a more informal setting. We highly recommend the

opportunity as a pillar of any recruitment strategy,” Gulevski said. “I think the job fair was fantastic. We had a great response from job seekers, came home with a pile of resumes and are still receiving resumes via email,” said Stephanie Robb of Hank’s Maintenance & Service/L+C Trucking. Other companies participated in the fair with SSEER by sending job sheets describing career opportunities. These included Saskarc Industries Inc. of Oxbow, City of Estevan and Swayze Concrete of Weyburn and Carnduff. Jobs promoted at the SSEER booth included welders,

truck drivers, equipment operators, mechanics, picker operators, a public works foreman, and lifeguards. SSEER created the job recruitment opportunity for the region’s businesses in response to the growing need for qualified personnel. “The shortage of skilled labour is one of the biggest challenges facing employers in the southeast region,” said Edie Spagrud, CEO of SSEER. “We are glad the businesses that took advantage of the opportunity are enjoying promising results, and we look to their leadership in finding creative solutions to the worker shortage.”

SJHF readying for Spring Gala The St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation is getting ready for one of its largest fundraisers. The foundation is hosting its fifth Annual Spring Gala to be combined with awards this year on Friday, May 11. The gala is a fun charity event typically attended by people from all walks of life who are interested in supporting St. Joseph’s Hospital. Funds received from dinner ticket sales, 50/50 raffle, diamond ring raffle, and the silent auction go towards equipment purchases for the hospital. “Around $200,000.00 was spent (in 2011) on medical equipment for St.

Joseph’s Hospital including everything from a bath tub for day hospital to mattresses for Unit A to operating room sinks,” said foundation director Roxy Blackmore. The foundation purchases most of the medical equipment needed at the hospital. Blackmore added the only reason the foundation is able to sustain itself is through the generous donations of the community. “Without community support, there is no foundation which in turn means less equipment being purchased for St. Joseph’s Hospital, and so this gala is all about saying thank to the businesses and in-

dividuals who chose the hospital as their charity of choice in 2011. “I think it’s fair to say that one of the most attractive aspects of any community, whether you are raising children or entering your golden years, is a dependable health care facility.” Blackmore invites everyone in the community to help out and have a wonderful night of food and entertainment by comedian Clark Robertson. Many local merchants and individuals are contributing items for the silent auction, but Blackmore said that more silent auction items are needed.

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Three charged in sexual assault incident Three individuals were in police custody last Thursday following an incident from the weekend before. Peter Byers and Tanner Mignon, both of Estevan have been charged along with Tayler Williamson of Bienfait for sexual assault and sexual interference, which is a charge that alleges sexual touching of an individual under 16 years of age. Byers is 21, while Mignon and Williamson are both 19, and they made their first appearances in Estevan provincial court on April 12. The offences are alleged t o have occurred between April 7 and 8. A publication ban protects the identity of the complainant. The Crown prosecutor agreed to the release of all three and said they may be jointly charged, as all the charges are related. Byers and Mignon were released on undertakings in Estevan, while Williamson was released on

an undertaking to Bienfait. They are all under conditions not to have any contact with one another, along with the complainants and must report to the Estevan Police Service on the last Friday of every month. Williamson was arrested again shortly after her release for breachi n g conditions, and she was back in court on Monday. With her Legal Aid representative not present, and as the Crown decided to oppose a second release, she consented to be remanded in custody until next Monday. Byers and Mignon will next appear on May 10. In other court proceedings from Monday, Joseph Blaise pleaded guilty to assault causing bodily harm, and both the Crown prosecutor and Blaise’s defence counsel provided submissions for

Judge Karl Bazin to consider. Mitch Crumley went over the circumstances for the Crown, noting that the offence occurred at a bar in Carlyle. A friend with Blaise and a friend with the victim g o t into an altercation on the deck of the establishment. During the course of the scuffle, Blaise pushed the victim who then fell over the deck’s railing, landing on his head about six feet below. He suffered fractures to a vertebra in the middle of his back and a fracture to his skull, with some internal bleeding. Crumley noted that the victim’s friend was suggesting that he get up and move around, while Blaise suggested the man he pushed remain stationary and wait for the ambulance. He later wanted to visit the victim in hospital

but didn’t because the victim’s mother was against the idea. B l a i s e ’s d e f e n c e counsel, Lori Dunford, said that he admits to the push, but added that he, “absolutely did not intend to hurt (the victim). The way I always describe it is as a one in a million.”

She said it wasn’t foreseeable that the victim would fall so far when he was pushed. She didn’t want to minimize the injury and suffering of the victim, but said the actions of her client were not intended to inflict the kind of injury that befell the victim. She said

Blaise still must face consequences for the result of his actions, but added that the push was harmless enough that there would be no charges if the man hadn’t fallen over the railing and been seriously hurt. Bazin’s decision was reserved for April 23.

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Midale student receives award A Midale student has been recognized for his academic achievements. Jordan Martinson received a Jack Tucker Scholarship and a Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity Award recently from Lakeland College. He is a student in the animal science technology program. Lakeland College distributed $689,421 in awards to 724 student recipients during this year’s awards night celebrations.

The Vermilion campus ceremony was March 14 and the Lloydminster ceremony was March 22. Last fall, an additional $38,500 was awarded to another 81 students through Lakeland College’s bursary program which supports students in high financial need. This brings the total amount of student bursaries, awards and scholarships distributed to $733,421 to 814 recipients for the 20112012 academic year.

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Estevan to host firefighting school Over 200 volunteer firefighters from throughout Saskatchewan will be descending on Estevan this weekend. The Estevan Fire Rescue Service is playing host to the Saskatchewan Volunteer Firefighters Association’s Spring Fire School and Trade Show, which runs from Friday to Sunday. Deputy fire Chief Dale Feser said the event will include 16 different courses for firefighters at locations in and around Estevan. There will also be a trade show at the Civic Auditorium on each day of the school. “This will probably be one of the larger ones that the SVFA will hold as far as attendance. Everybody likes to come to Estevan. They know they have a good time down here and they like to play hard,” he said. “The last time we hosted was five years ago. They try to bump it around the province; it goes all over the place, you get some smaller communities and some of the larger communities host it as well. “ I t ’s a v e r y g o o d training course, you get some top notch instruction.” Feser said the courses being offered to the es-

while the hands-on training will take place at their grounds near the City yards. They have also secured a home near the water treatment plant for any training involving a house.

“We had to line up all the vehicles for the extrication (courses) and supply a house for all the search and rescue training, it had to be fully furnished just like any normal house.”

Deputy fire Chief Dale Feser timated 222 firefighters expected to be in Estevan are wide ranging. They include basic entry-level courses where the volunteers are trained in fire behaviour, basic building construction and breathing apparatuses to more advanced courses that deal with how to extricate people from newer, more modern vehicles. “As you can well understand, some of these new vehicles have high strength structural steels and (firefighters) are not able to cut people out,” Feser said. “We have to buy some beefed up mod-

els to provide a little more force when you are prying into some of those vehicles.” Feser added there is also a school bus extrication class. “Typically a school bus isn’t designed anywhere near what a car is like. The danger of entrapment is actually greater. So the guys will be cutting that all apart and learning the intricacies of how that is constructed and designed.” Feser added the weekend will also include a presentation from the STARS air ambulance

program which is scheduled to begin service in Saskatchewan later this month. He noted they are hoping to see the helicopter come to Estevan so they can provide training on how to set up a landing zone but was unsure if it would be available. “That is going to be a big thing and something I wanted to see at the school here since it’s going to be servicing the southeast in about half a month’s time.” Feser noted the theory portions of the classes will be held at the Estevan Comprehensive School

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Canada’s electoral boundaries to change Canada’s electoral map is going to change. Every 10 years, Canada’s electoral boundaries are reviewed and redrawn to account for movement and growth in the population. That time has come. Ten independent commissions have been established to propose new electoral boundaries to better reflect population shifts and growth in each of the 10 provinces. As Nunavut, the Northwest Territories and the Yukon constitute one electoral district each, they don’t require federal electoral

boundaries commissions. The Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission for Saskatchewan is dedicated to ensuring that the new electoral boundaries are fair to the people of the province. The commission will draft a proposal of the new boundaries while taking into consideration various factors, such as population fi gures, communities of identity or interest, historical patterns, and geographical factors. Your electoral district, which is where you live and vote for your member of Parliament, may be

altered as a result of the redistribution process. After the commission has drafted its proposal, the new electoral map is published and members of the public are invited to comment and make their own suggestions. Public hearings are held, and everyone is invited to attend and provide input. After the views from the public are considered, the commission will submit a report to the House of Commons, where members of Parliament will provide feedback that will then be reviewed by a

parliamentary committee. The commission will consider the feedback from members of Parliament and decide whether to make any final changes to its report, which is then submitted to the Chief electoral officer of Canada for preparation of a document called a “representation order.” This final step allows the new electoral

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Liquor related events lead to police presence Estevan Police Service (EPS) handled a number of incidents involving liquor during the past week including a couple on the night of April 13 when a 49-year-old man was charged with driving while his blood-alcohol level was over .08 per cent and driving while impaired. On that same evening, a 20-year-old man was arrested for being intoxicated in public. On the next night, two more people were charged with driving while over .08 per cent and impaired driving and five men were

arrested for public intoxication and were lodged in cells until they sobered up. Several more people were charged with having open liquor in a public place. Also on the night of April 14 and early morning of April 15, a young offender was charged for being in breach of conditions so was taken into custody and an 18-yearold woman was charged with assault and being in breach of an undertaking. She too, was taken into custody. Tw o m e n w e r e charged for being in pos-

session of a controlled substance. During the day of April 14, an all-terrain vehicle was seized following a report that the ATV was seen travelling along a street in the north central area of the city. The driver was charged for operating an ATV on a city street under the All Terrain Vehicle Act. D u r i n g t h e d a y, a number of speeding violations were identified and the drivers ticketed accordingly and several more tickets were issued for a variety of other traffic violations.

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Carbon capture project knocked in Suzuki report

David Suzuki Saskatchewan and Al“CCS has recently berta’s move to develop been embraced in Sasclean coal technology was katchewan, the province also criticized in the re- with the highest per capita port. greenhouse gas emissions The authors said the and the most staggering governments of both prov- increase in emissions since inces seem to believe that 1990,� the report said. “A clean coal is the silver significant contributor to bullet that reduces green- this is the province’s conhouse gas emissions from tinuing support for coal coal fi red plants such as for most of its electricthe Shand and Boundary ity generation. In April 2011 the government of Dam plant.

Saskatchewan signalled its intention to remain married to coal for many years to come with the announcement of a $1.24 billion plan to construct a commercial scale carbon capture and storage facility as part of upgrades to its coal-fired Boundary Dam Power Station. “The province estimates this clean electricity plant will capture one million tonnes of carbon dioxide annually. The carbon emissions are proposed to be injected and stored underground into mature oilfields. The resulting increased pressure within the oilfields from the injected emissions will be used to extract more oil.� The authors of the report also questioned the economic viability of CCS and added there is insufficient incentive for sectors to invest in and install CCS in other projects. “Until a strong price signal has been established, governments could make better use of taxpayers’ money by reallocating funding from CCS toward proven technologies and measures that achieve

coal. Perhaps what is most concerning about support from the federal government and the governments of Alberta and Saskatchewan for CCS projects is that although they claim they support cleaner technology to reduce emissions from industrial polluters, these governments oppose the policies that would make a technology like CCS economically viable for large-scale use, a necessary requirement if it is to be an effective solution. “It’s as if these governments are saying they support growing a garden (i.e., clean technology) but don’t support planting any seeds (i.e., the policies that would make CCS feasible). The world’s leading economic experts have concluded that it is critical to set a price on carbon emissions through a carbon tax or a regulatory cap to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, as this economic signal would spur the development and diffusion of clean energy and energy-efficiency technologies to replace polluting activities.�

low-impact, long-term greenhouse gas reductions. Furthermore, it is extremely difficult to justify providing public subsidies to the oil and gas sector to develop cleaner technologies given the fact that this sector - during a lengthy period of record breaking profits - has one of the poorest research and development investment records in Canada, with a meagre 0.36 per cent of revenues spent on research and development, less than one-tenth the Canadian industrial average of 3.8 per cent.� The long-term environmental impacts of storing carbon dioxide were also raised in the report which noted a comprehensive impact assessment should have been used given that CCS is an unproven technology in their estimation. “Thus, throwing unwavering support behind this one technology is risky, especially when there are proven clean energy options that are cost-effective. There are also significant environment costs for mining

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Komarnicki confirms investment in Aquistore project Ed Komarnicki, MP for Souris-Moose Mountain, while making the rounds of the constituency during the Parliamentary Easter break, said he was pleased to confirm a follow-up investment in the Aquistore project near Estevan. Komarnicki attended the Wednesday noon luncheon meeting of the Estevan Chamber of Commerce and later visited the open house event at the Saskatchewan Energy Training Institute in Estevan and met with Malcolm Wilson, CEO of the Petroleum Technology Research Centre in Regina and Doug Nixon, associate manager for the Boundary Dam carbon capture project. Both men had addressed the C of C’s luncheon crowd and made themselves available for general questioning during the six-hour open house. The PTRC is managing the Aquistore project that has involved about $22.3 million in research investment to date. Komarnicki stated the government of Canada, through Natural Resources Canada, had invested a further $9 million in the project through an ecoEnergy technology initiative and had injected $5 million earlier through the Sustainable Development Technology Department. In addition to monitoring on-site work, the Aquistore first phase will include an evaluation/ injection well to evaluate and establish that the storage process relating to carbon dioxide is safe, reliable and predictable and test CO2 injection. The second phase will

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include the completion of a commercial demonstration project with carbon dioxide which will be transported to the injection well and storage site in preparation for the CO2 supply that will come from the Boundary Dam Unit No. 3 capture facility in the first quarter of 2014. “It certainly is a world class project that aims at establishing that carbon dioxide from a coal burning plant at fairly large volumes can be safely sequestered. This, of course, would have obvious and positive benefits for Souris-Moose Mountain where we have three coal burning plants,” Komarnicki said. “The ability to capture and store carbon dioxide will not only result in significant greenhouse gas emission reductions, but also in the security of existing jobs and the creation of new ones,” he said in conclusion.

Souris-Moose Mountain MP Ed Komarnicki attended the Aquistore open house last Wednesday afternoon and had the opportunity to visit with Douglas Nixon (left), associate manager of the clean coal project, and Malcolm Wilson, CEO of the Petroleum Technology Research Centre. Komarnicki confirmed the federal government’s financial commitment and additional funding for the pilot project.

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Flood report recommends changes A recent report on the floods of 2011 says changes need to be made to ensure an event of that magnitude does not happen again. Completed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the report focuses on events south of the border but contains recommendations that would impact both countries involved in the flooding along the Souris River such as changes to the agreement governing the body of water. The report detailed many of the reasons behind the flood, noting that the snowpack in the Souris River Basin set the stage and the intense rain showers that hit the area in June further exacerbated the situation. In a span of just seven days in June, 119 millimetres of rain fell on Weyburn and another 80 millimetres hit the Estevan area. Due in large part to the rainfall, the report noted that the Saskatchewan Watershed Authority had trouble attaining the target flows set out in their agreement at the Sherwood Crossing which caused

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The report calls for governments on both sides of the border to look at additional flood control storage possibilities within reservoirs located in the Souris Basin and also on

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Housing starts flat in Estevan Although the activity is expected to pick up, there has been little in the way of housing starts in Estevan early on in 2012. The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation released its first report of the year on housing starts last week and it noted that through March, there were just eight starts in total compared to 11 at the same time last year. Of those eight starts, three were singlefamily dwellings while five were multi-family homes. While that is a slow start for a growing city, there is every reason to believe those numbers will jump as the year moves forward. Construction on the latest phase of the Dominion Heights subdivision was completed in 2011 and all of the lots sold shortly after they were put on sale. Work on some of those homes began last year and it’s expected that the remaining lot owners will be constructing their residences in 2012. As well, the group behind the Meadows of Estevan has stated publicly they hope to have lots ready later this year which would be huge as the City of Estevan

currently has no lots for sale. As for the remainder of the province, urban housing starts took a huge jump in March, up by 53.5 per cent over last March according to a report issued by CMHC. For the first quarter of 2012, urban housing starts are up 33.8 per cent over the same period in 2011. “A strong economy is bringing more people to our province, driving a demand for new housing,” Enterprise Minister Jeremy Harrison said. “The availability of jobs and business opportunities is attracting people from all over the globe and is bringing our expatriates home. More and more families are choosing our province as the

place to start a life.” Single-family dwellings were up by 30 per cent in March 2012 over March 2011, while multiple unit starts rose by 107.2 per cent. In Regina, new starts jumped by 298.4 per cent. “The construction industry is doing double time to keep up to the demand,” Harrison said. “2011 was a strong year for the construction industry, so it’s great to see the demand continue. Strong housing starts are good news for the construction industry and good news for Saskatchewan’s real estate market.” The highest year on record for urban housing starts was 2011, with 5,367 homes started in the province.

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Police begin seatbelt blitz today Police agencies throughout Saskatchewan will be on the lookout for people not using their seat belts for the next two days. According to an SGI press release, the fifth co-ordinated traffi c blitz in Saskatchewan will see law enforcement officers targeting motorists using their cellphones or not wearing seat belts while

driving. “In addition to impaired driving, two major areas of concern in terms of traffic safety are non-use of seat belts and using cellphones while driving,” said Andrew Cartmell, president and CEO of SGI. “This month, we are also starting the annual Seat belt Challenge to raise awareness

of the importance of seat belt use across rural and northern Saskatchewan, as unfortunately, that’s where numbers of improper seat belt use are the highest.” On average, 13 per cent of all injuries and 43 per cent of all fatalities in collisions involve improper seat belt use, resulting in 920 injuries and nearly 70 fatalities each year.

Distracted driving, which includes cellphone use, results in more than 8,800 injuries and nearly 50 deaths each year. “Seat belt use is something we have been targeting through programs such as MAST (Multi Agency Seat belt Team) and the Selective Traffic Safety Enforcement Program for years, and since cellphone

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“I actually thought after the condition we left the Tap in this past summer that no one from TSN would be allowed back in this town again, so I’m very grateful I was invited back.” — TSN’s Jay Onrait at Saturday’s fundraising dinner for Estevan’s football programs.

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Football fundraiser full of laughs Onrait, Narcisse, LaBatte attract packed house From the first words out of Jay Onrait’s mouth, the capacity crowd knew he was in top form. The TSN anchor joined Saskatchewan Roughriders great Don Narcisse and current Rider Brendon LaBatte in entertaining the audience at the fundraising dinner hosted by Penta Completions Estevan Minor Football and the ECS Elecs on Saturday. The dinner was emceed by Regina radio personality Michael Ball. Although the total fundraising tally was not available at press time, EMF president Steve McLellan called it the biggest crowd at any event the groups had ever hosted. “When you look back at how far we’ve come, to be able to have the company that we have up here on stage is really remarkable,” he said. Onrait’s appearance began with a video message from SportsCentre partner Dan O’Toole, who lamented that he had not also been invited to Estevan. Onrait then read aloud a text message he had sent to O’Toole: “Dear Dan, my Estevan football jersey just sold for $3,100. Yours sold for $1,200. In your defence, I baited the crowd and told them they had to outbid yours. Thoughts?” He then read O’Toole’s response: “Dear Estevan, I can’t wait to bring my family to visit … Weyburn.” In his return to the Energy City following last

Saskatchewan Roughriders great Don Narcisse shares a personal moment with graduating Elecs running back Nick Flegel during his address at the Estevan football fundraiser on Saturday. August’s Kraft Celebration Tour, Onrait regaled the crowd with various stories, including references to Estevan residents and establishments. “I actually thought after the condition we left the Tap in this past summer that no one from TSN would be allowed back in this town again, so I’m very grateful I was invited back,” he joked. Another story was the tale of Onrait getting his rental car stuck in Regina on his way to the airport after speaking at the Rams’ fundraising dinner recently. “It’s 7:30 a.m. Sunday morning. In the middle of a residential street in Regina. No one around to help me push. For a moment, I thought I was going to die that day,” Onrait

hopefully raise a lot more money for the teams, and hopefully get everybody closer to getting that field rebuilt, it’s a pleasure to be here.” He said he is optimistic about the sport’s future in the city, particularly after witnessing the way the community supported Saturday’s event. “Your continued support of Estevan football, both financially and by your attendance at games and at events like this one, help to ensure that the program has the funds necessary to continue to grow and be successful. We are just getting started with football in this town.“ Narcisse, considered one of the greatest receivers in CFL history, spoke about

deadpanned. But it wasn’t all jokes, as the veteran SportsCentre funnyman praised the people involved with Estevan’s football programs for the work they have done to get to this point. In an interview with the Mercury, Onrait said the clean-up effort that he and O’Toole took part in at the Dana Quewezance Memorial Field during the Kraft Tour stayed with him. “I was so impressed with coach (Marco) Ricci and everybody around the program last year. When we went out to the field and helped clean up a little bit and some of the younger players helped clean up with us, I was really impressed with that. “To come back and

his experiences in adjusting to life in Saskatchewan and passed on some advice for Estevan players wanting to take their career to the next level. Narcisse told the Mercury that he tries to encourage young players to work toward their dreams, partly through his football camps. “One thing I try to do is get the kids off the sideline and get them into the game, because it’s always about a dream,” said Narcisse. “Just like LaBatte. His dream was always to be a Saskatchewan Roughrider football player and his dream did come true. This is what it’s all about, giving back and fulfilling the kids’ dreams.” Narcisse called up a player from the Miners, Chargers and Elecs during

his presentation to pass on some personal advice. He also had some for the other players in the crowd. “The one thing I like to say is hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard. I was one of those guys who didn’t have the talent, but I worked hard. I beat everybody because I worked hard. You have to have the intangibles, you have to have a great attitude, you have to be on time, you gotta stay positive. With those ingredients you can go a long way.” LaBatte, a Weyburn product, said football has given him a lot and he wants to pass that on by helping organizations at the grassroots level. “Football is my livelihood right now, it’s how I make my living and it’s offered me a tremendous amount of opportunity that I never thought I would ever have. If you would have asked me in high school if I would ever be in Estevan to speak at a function, I would have told you you were nuts,” LaBatte said. He added that he’s excited to be with the Riders after spending four years with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. “I’m just happy to be back and to represent a team that means so much to the people of the province. After being an outsider and seeing it from a different point of view, there’s definitely something special going on here in Saskatchewan.”

Battle brewing for berths on Bruins’ blueline Defencemen, underaged players stand out at spring camp It became more apparent than ever last weekend that there will be some very tough decisions to make at the Estevan Bruins’ training camp this fall. The Bruins’ annual spring camp wrapped up on Sunday, with many youngsters giving the team lots to think about over the summer. The crop of defencemen at camp turned in a particularly strong showing, with several 18- and 17-year-olds serving notice that they intend to make the club in September. Bruins director of player personnel Rick Oakes said he was impressed with many of the rearguards at

Team Black forward Drake Lindsay powers past Team Gold forward Kyle Salaway during a game at the Bruins’ spring camp on Friday. camp. “This young group of defencemen coming up is definitely a reason for optimism in the fall. They will push some veterans

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This graphic gives an idea of what the back nine at Woodlawn will look like after the redesign is completed.

Woodlawn embarks on redesign as season nears While final preparations are being made to get the front nine at the Estevan Woodlawn Golf Club ready for 2012, work is already underway to transform the back nine. After losing nearly the entire 2011 season to devastating floods which virtually wiped out the back nine, course officials are optimistic despite entering brand new territory. “We had a couple of big rumble strips in the road, but it’s all in how you direct your energy. If you can direct it as being negative, you’re going to see nothing but the negative side of it,” said Woodlawn general manager Brian Dueck. “If you can say, you know what, yeah, it’s horrible, it happened, but sometime two or three years down the road we’re going to look back … 10 months later, here we are setting the pro shop up and getting ready to go this spring. We’re moving forward, we always will and that’s the only attitude you can have.” Reduced to a ninehole course for this season, Woodlawn is planning to open on April 25. The driving range opened on Thursday. In the meantime, the course is taking advantage of the flooding by beginning a back nine redesign project that had been in the works long before the water came. The goal is to have the back nine ready for the start of the 2013 season.

“The most important thing for us is to get a good grow and get a good start when we seed. This July, we’ll see a nice emerald green looking back there on the back nine,” said Dueck. At Woodlawn’s annual general meeting in February, the cost of the project was cited at $1,686,003, according to a budget put together by course designer Les Furber, who submitted six different designs. Dueck said a major goal of the redesign is to make the course enjoyable for the average golfer while keeping it challenging enough to host highcalibre tournaments. That will be done by having four tees on each hole. “Number one, make it playable for everybody, but yet it can still be very challenging if you don’t play the proper tees,” said Dueck. “If you bring a scratch golfer in here and have a provincial tournament, if they play the back tees they have a challenge in front of them. It’s going to be a lot different golf course back there.” The two shortest tees will see their total distance decrease, while the back two will play longer. The reds have dropped from a total yardage of 5,409 to 5,070, with no more than a 60-yard carry across water. The whites have dipped from 6,121 yards to 5,848. The blue tees, which were the longest, have in-

creased to 6,456 total yards from 6,353, and the new championship tees play a total distance of 6,865. “It’ll be a lot easier for the golfer that doesn’t carry the ball that far. They’re not necessarily tees for a gender. It’s a tee for ability, which is great for our juniors, seniors, ladies that maybe don’t carry the ball that far,” said Dueck. Golfers will also notice a difference when playing over water. “What they’re doing with the waterways back there, they were kind of cut out like canals before, but they’re actually taking some of the faces and pulling it back so that … the sight of the water will be there, but your ball won’t necessarily hit the bank and stop on the bank, it’ll deflect and continue on to the other side,” Dueck said. “Whereas before, it would hit the bank and because it was so steep, it went back in the water.” Only three holes on the back will be similar to the previous layout, with the old 13th hole becoming 12, the old 14 becoming 13 and the old 16 becoming 15, with different green sites and bunkering. “The rest of them have moved to totally different sites and places back there.” There are also some changes to the front nine, including the installation of continuous cart paths throughout the course. A water runoff issue on the fifth hole has been resolved, with the course

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The Hillbilly Hurt women’s roller derby team will host its first event in Estevan on April 21 at the Lignite Miners Centre. Doors open at 6 p.m., with the first game, a rookie game for women who are relatively new to the sport, beginning at 7. A second intermediate game will follow. Tickets are $5 at the door or can be purchased from any local member. Lorelei Lachambre of the Hillbilly Hurt said the reputation of roller derby does not match what the sport looks like today. “The typical perception of roller derby is the WWF-like pseudo-sport that was popu-

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Midget AAA Twins name 2012 roster Four locals crack Southeast squad

The Southeast Legacy Twins announced their 2012 roster last week, with four local players making the cut. Among the 15 players selected to the midget AAA baseball club were second baseman and pitcher Austin Orsted, outfielder Tanner Odgers and catcher Jolan Lingelbach, all of Estevan, as well as shortstop Lucas Lafrentz of Bienfait. Third baseman and pitcher Garret Fitzpatrick of Carnduff is also a product of Estevan Minor Baseball. The Twins are made up largely of players from Estevan and Weyburn and compete in the Saskatchewan Premier Baseball League. Twins head coach Tom Copeland said there were some hard decisions to make, but the team followed a clear philosophy in making the final cuts. “We leaned toward pitchers, we leaned toward first-years over third-years. All things being equal, with a first year, if we feel we can develop a guy (he takes priority over a veteran),” Copeland said. “Sometimes that’s hard for a kid to understand, but that’s our logic and we won’t sway from that. We’re on a continual rebuilding program trying to make this team better.” He said that despite the small contingent from Estevan, each of the locals will

Lucas Lafrentz of Bienfait will be the starting shortstop for the Southeast Legacy Twins this season. be starters and he expects the team will include more players from the Energy City in the future. “The Estevan guys are all top players, all starters,” he said. “Weyburn doesn’t have a bantam team. The future of the Twins, a lot of it is in Estevan’s bantam program. Some years you’ll see three or four from Estevan, but over the next four or five years you might see that number flip.” Team captain Nolan Axten of Minton, who is a centre fielder and reliever, is the lone third-year on the team. He joined the Twins

midway through last season and will bat cleanup. “Far and away, he’s the best character guy we have. He’s a leader, very quiet kid, strong, mature,” said Copeland, who ranked Axten as one of the Twins’ top three players. There are 10 secondyear players on the team, along with four rookies. Among those four, 15-year-old pitcher James Giroux of Weyburn could make the biggest impact. Copeland said he didn’t know anything about Giroux until he showed up at the team’s fall ball program

last year. “He’s our number two starter. He throws a lot of strikes, he throws hard, he throws down in the zone and he has good control of his breaking ball,” said Copeland. “Once he develops some stamina, he will be awesome.” The Twins also have high hopes for Weyburn shortstop Carver Krafchuk after seeing his progress in fall ball. “He’s really good defensively at short. We’re also going to convert him to a catcher to get more at bats,” said Copeland.

After a rebuilding season which saw the Twins employ 10 rookies and finish 4-15-1 in 2011, those players now have a year of midget AAA experience and the team figures to move up in the SPBL standings. “These guys still have a lot to learn about carrying the load, being a lot more responsible, being mature, not repeating mistakes and getting better every day,” Copeland said. “The kids are bigger, they have a year under their belts, they got a bit of confidence. They got a taste of what it’s like to win when we (made the semifinals) at provincials (last year).” With the league down to nine teams this year, Copeland said he’s aiming at a fourth-place finish or higher. “I feel that the strength of our team needs to be pitching and defence. I think our hitting is going to come and go at times. I

don’t think it needs to matter. I think we need to go out there and focus on our pitching and our defence,” he said. “The trouble with our team last year was we just gave up too many runs,” Copeland continued, saying he’d like to get the team’s earned-run average down into the low four range. “Our starters should throw a ton of strikes. They’ve proven in the past that they have that ability.” The rotation includes opening day starter Justin Chuckry of Weyburn, followed by Giroux, Orsted and Mackenzie Lamontagne of Wawota. The SPBL regular season schedule is up from 22 games to 32 this year. The Twins’ season opener is May 2 in Regina against the Wolfpack. Their home opener is May 4 against the Regina Athletics. Game time is 7 p.m. at Lynn Prime Park.

Here is the 2012 roster announced by the Southeast Legacy Twins last week: Name Nolan Axten Justin Chuckry Josh Ferris Garret Fitzpatrick John Gaab James Giroux Ketter Hoium Sean Jonassen Nate Koszman Carver Krafchuk Lucas Lafrentz Mackenzie Lamontagne Jolan Lingelbach Tanner Odgers Austin Orsted

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McSorley to speak at Bruins’ dinner The Estevan Bruins announced on Thursday that former NHL defenceman Marty McSorley will be the featured speaker at the team’s annual celebrity sportsman’s dinner on May 25. A two-time Stanley Cup champion, McSorley is best known for his years with the Edmonton Oilers and Los Angeles Kings, where he established himself as one of the league’s toughest players and top stay-at-home defencemen. McSorley’s career spanned 961 games with the Oilers, Kings, Pittsburgh Penguins, New York Rangers, San Jose Sharks and Boston Bruins. During that time, he compiled 359 points and 3,381 penalty minutes, the fourthmost in NHL history. After his playing career ended, McSorley had a two-year stint as the head coach of the Americ a n H o c k e y L e a g u e ’s Springfield Falcons and is currently an analyst for Sportsnet. “During his appearance at the dinner McSorley will talk about his incredible career, which included

playing alongside such legendary players as Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier and Mario Lemieux, as well as his many battles along the way,” the Bruins said in a news release. Joining McSorley at the dinner will be former Saskatchewan Roughriders defensive lineman Scott Schultz and former Winnipeg Jets star Morris Lukowich. Schultz, a Moose Jaw native, was a member of the 2007 Grey Cup team and was also a CFL all-star in 2005. “The always entertaining Schultz, who retired in 2009, will speak about his time in football, which included a stint in the NFL before he became a key piece of the Riders’ resurgence,” the release says. Lukowich, a Speers native, played nine NHL seasons with the Jets, Bruins and Kings and also played three years in the World Hockey Association. The dinner will be emceed by Rod Pedersen, the Roughriders’ play-by-play announcer. For the past five years, the sportsman’s dinner was

NOTICE OF ANNUAL PUBLIC GENERAL SCHOOL COMMUNITY COUNCIL MEETINGS St. Mary’s School and Sacred Heart School/École Sacré Coeur Public Meetings are scheduled for May 8, 2012 at 7:00 pm at both St. Mary’s School, 615 Arthur Avenue, and Sacred Heart/ Sacré Coeur School, 1846 Gibbs Road for the purpose of electing members to their School Community Councils. Nomination forms can be picked up at the schools during regular school hours. Completed nomination forms are to be returned to the schools by no later than 7:00 pm on May 8, 2012. The attendance area of each individual school is the boundary for the election of the School Community Council members. The Election Manual developed by the Holy Family RCSSD #140 may be viewed at the schools.

used as a fundraiser for Spectra Place. It is returning to the Bruins this year. “The Bruins’ organization was proud to assist in the fundraising for Spectra Place and looks forward to maintaining the high level set by the fundraising dinner committee. The club also looks forward to the continued support of the community during what is a key fundraiser for the franchise,” the release says. The recipients of the Estevan male and female athletes of the year and volunteer coach of the year awards will also be named at the dinner.

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Kjersem re-elected as EMHA president The Estevan Minor Hockey Association held its annual spring general meeting on Monday night, electing a new executive and revealing financial data for the 2011-12 season. The organization divided the board positions into one- and two-year terms for one time only, so that some members of the executive will return each year. The one-year positions will become two years when they expire next in 2013. President Kelly Kjer-

sem was elected to another two-year term after defeating Dean Seeman in a vote. Shelly Veroba was acclaimed as the new secretary, while Dana Vooys declined to continue in the treasurer’s role, but agreed to continue her duties until the position is filled. Other members returned to their positions were John Lay (equipment manager), Matt Kuntz (referee-in-chief), Scott Stein (ways and means director), Lesley Mittelholz (registration and publicity direc-

tor) and Dalton Giblett (ice scheduler). Tim Miller was elected the new coach development director after defeating Reg King in a vote. The other directors for this year are Craig Wanner (AA/A), Tia Dukart (female), Lorelei Lachambre (initiation), Lloyd Sehn (novice), Shelly Lavoie (atom), who defeated Trent Bell, Seeman (peewee) and Gary Earl (bantam/ midget). There were no nominations for the position of

learn to skate director. Any applications for the two vacancies will be voted on at the next EMHA board meeting. Meanwhile, the association lost $18,767.71 this season, with income of about $211,000 and expenses of just under $230,000. The largest increased expense from the budget was a sum of $7,357.05 spent on advertising, mainly due to the EMHA’s new website, which had not been accounted for in the

budget. Ice rentals cost over $135,000, coming in under the budget. Roughly $16,000 was spent on officials, which was under budget, while just over $14,000 was spent on jersey expenses for the A and AA teams, slightly exceeding the budget. On the income side of the ledger, registration fees totalled nearly $152,000, while tournaments brought in almost $23,000. Three awards were handed out at the meet-

ing. The Curtis Shipman Memorial Award for most sportsmanlike team was given to the Estevan Flyers. The Harris Memorial Award was given to coaches Scott Dryden and Jayson Fenwick, while the Kim Anderson Award for junior official of the year went to Storm Dayman. In other news at the meeting, a motion was made to add the issue of having affiliated players at all levels, handled on a case-by-case basis, to the agenda for the fall meeting.

Extreme wins Tier 2 silver at volleyball provincials The Estevan KPC Extreme women’s volleyball team won the silver medal in the Tier 2 division at the provincial under-14 volleyball championship held in Saskatoon on Friday and Saturday. Thirty teams entered

the tournament, with preliminary seeding and results from round-robin action on Saturday placing the teams in four tiers. The Extreme posted a 2-1 record in the roundrobin. Their first match was a

The Estevan Extreme won silver at the under-14 volleyball provincials on the weekend. Back row, from left: Lana Reich (manager), Kourtney Kobitz, Tess Lindquist, Mackenzie Ganje, Carly Kreklewich, Carmon Lindquist (coach). Middle row: Abbie Reich, Jenna Kreklewich, Rachel Mack, Paityn Greer, Jade George. Front row: Alyssa Cunningham, Cassie Blanchette, Alyssa Mehler, Eden Palmer. Missing: Cheynne Odgers.

2-1 victory over the Regina QCVC Fury with set wins of 25-8, 25-14. They then defeated the Edam Prairie Storm (25-19, 25-19) before losing narrowly to the Wakaw Warriors (21-25, 23-25). Estevan lost another close one to Prince Albert En Fuego in their crossover match (24-26, 21-25). That sent the Extreme to the Tier 2 playoffs. On Sunday, the team posted playoff wins over the Regina RVC Voltage (25-19, 25-20) and Martensville (22-25, 28-26, 15-10). That sent them to the gold medal game, where they lost to Lumsden (1025, 23-25) to settle for silver. The Extreme played in five tournaments this season and went into provincials ranked third, despite 10 of their 14 players having never played competitive volleyball before. Twelve players will move up a level next year.

Large Donation Brendon LaBatte of the Saskatchewan Roughriders presents Penta Completions Estevan Minor Football president Steve McLellan with a cheque for $12,900 on behalf of the Riders’ Centennial Legacy Fund at the football fundraiser held Saturday.

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Alf Tide, fundraising chair for the Parents of ECS Football, presents Brayden Shier with his Elecs jersey from the 2011 season for having the most sales in the annual meat sale fundraiser. Runners-up who will receive their legacy plaques in the clubhouse for free are Nolan Tide, Jaren Prokop, Bucky Strongeagle and Chris Strongeagle.



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Onrait keeps audience in stitches Any high-profile person who is asked to speak at an event in a smaller community tends to pander to his audience. Jay Onrait was no different on Saturday at the fundraiser held by Estevan Minor Football and the Elecs. But in watching Onrait work the crowd with stories and one-liners, one got the sense that this city has made a connection with the TSN anchor/ comedian. The biggest roars of

Josh Lewis Hear Me Out the evening probably came when Onrait described a typical night out at the bars in Estevan, hitting on just about every establishment in town, their reputations, and showing that

his finger is on the pulse of the city. The Kraft Celebration Tour is very much a whirlwind and it seems naïve to believe that Onrait and Dan O’Toole would re-

member much from each stop after it was over. But Onrait relived more than a few moments from their trip to Estevan last August and singled out several residents for comedic effect. It was a performance tailor-made for Estevan, yet one that didn’t feel forced or as if he was trying too hard. An enormous number of people packed the Estevan Curling Club to hear Onrait, Don Narcisse

and Brendon LaBatte tell their stories, and in the process support a staple of the sports community in Estevan. Although the two programs have rebounded extremely well from the floods of last year, they still need our help — just as the people involved in other sports, such as soccer and golf, need our help to get back on their feet. Estevan proved last summer that it is a community that will rally to-

gether to support its own, and although the crisis may be over, there is much work left to be done. Here’s betting the city rises to the occasion again. Josh Lewis can be re a c h e d b y p h o n e a t 634-2654, by e-mail at sports@estevanmercury. ca, on Twitter at twitter. com/joshlewis306 or on his Bruins blog at Let’s just forget what was written in this little space last week, shall we?

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The Estevan Flamethrowers defeated the Regina Rise 101-96 in the final of a senior men’s basketball tournament held on the weekend at Estevan Comprehensive School. It was the second year in a row for the tournament.

Battle brewing for berths on Bruins’ blueline ⇠ B1 as ’96 goalie Cody Murray of the Estevan midget AA team. Up front, there are several 18-year-olds who will have their sights set on a roster spot, including Wyatt Garagan, Dayton Picard, Brandon Halbgewachs and recent pickup Hudson Morrison, who spent time with the Waywayseecappo Wolverines last year. Garagan tied the final game of the tournament for Team Gold with 36 seconds remaining, but his squad lost 5-4 to Team Black on a penalty shot. He said he’s confident about his chances of making the team, but he knows he has to put in the effort. “ Yo u k n o w w h a t you’re doing, so you just come in, work hard and show what you can do. It’s not really a different mindset, not a cocky mindset at all, but I guess it gives you that extra boost of confidence to work a little harder to get that spot.” Picard said he was happy with his camp and

believes he can be of value to the Bruins. “I (went into) the offensive zone and tried to create some plays. That’s what I did best in Moose Jaw, so I tried to continue what I did,” said Picard. “I think I can bring a little bit of offence and also take on a bit of a grinding role on a shutdown line.” But the 18-year-olds will not be alone in their pursuit of roster spots, as Oakes believes several midget-aged players have a good shot at making the team. That group could include 17-year-old forwards Darcy Deroose, Adam Osczevski and Daniel Wanner, as well as Douglas and Hookenson on the back end. Osczevski was listed by the Bruins in mid-season after being dropped by the Kindersley Klippers. “He definitely made a good impression,” Oakes said. “He had a good year with the Prince Albert Mintos and peaked in the playoffs. He’s got a great op-

portunity as a 17-year-old to step in and contribute.” Osczevski was satisfied with his showing and wants to step up his game for fall camp. “I thought I gave them all I could for now. Next fall I’m going to bring even more to the table.” Oakes also believes Bienfait product Lynnden Pastachak — widely regarded as one of the top forwards at the spring camp — could make the Bruins as a 16-year-old, something of a rarity in the SJHL these days. “For a 15-year-old to step in and show what he showed this weekend is very impressive,” Oakes said. “When you have a guy like Lynnden Pastachak leading the pack (of 1996born players), it’s definitely a reason for optimism.” He added that Pastachak will play in some exhibition games and, if he doesn’t make the team, will be used as an affiliated player during the season.

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Interest remains firm in S.E. oil As far as recent Crown land sales go, it was pretty modest, but last week’s sale of petroleum and natural gas rights indicated that interest in southeast Saskatchewan’s rich oil-laden land base remains firm. The sale generated $16.4 million, bringing the year’s total to just over $45 million for the two sales. Although the sale was smaller in terms of what was being offered, there were exploration options made available which caught the attention of bidders. “Our land sales revenues have been fairly consistent over the past five sales, averaging $20 million a sale,” said Energy and Resources Minister Bill Boyd. “This sale continues a trend we’ve seen of companies concentrating on working their considerable existing dispositions and adding to their inventories in recent sales. “Last year was our second-best for both oil production and oil well drilling and more than 5,000 oil well licences were issued in 2011. With drilling ahead of last year’s pace, 2012 is shaping up to be an excellent year for activity in our oilpatch and these new acquisitions by

industry will only increase that activity.” There were 173 lease parcels that brought in $16.3 million and just one exploration licence that was sold for $160,500. The southeast sector attracted the most bids and sales with $11.5 million and Lloydminster was next at $2.2 million followed by Swift Current at $1.4 million and then Kindersley at around $1.3 million. The highest price for a single parcel was $1.6 million paid by Federated Co-operatives Ltd. for a 259 hectare parcel northeast of Carlyle. The highest price on a per-hectare basis was $12,159 paid by Scott Land & Lease that bid a total of just under $197,000 for 16 hectares northwest of Edam. The average price for the entire sale was $625.51 per hectare which compares with the $532.36 per hectare paid in the last sale in February. That sale, which offered more land, brought in just over $28.7 million. There were three exploration licences up for grabs, with just the one being purchased, while 173 of the 184 lease parcels offered were

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Saskatchewan has lowest unemployment rate There is all kinds of good news when it comes to the employment picture in Saskatchewan. It was announced recently that the province’s unemployment rate in March was 4.8 per cent, down from fi ve per cent in February. The province’s jobless rate was the lowest in the country and well below the national unemployment rate of 7.2 per cent. “With these positive job numbers, a growing population and record high earnings for workers, we are continuing to build momentum for the rest of the year,” Advanced Education, Employment and Immigration Minister Rob Norris said. “Confidence in our economy is strong. More Saskatchewan businesses are looking to hire new workers immediately and in the long term.” Other highlights from the monthly job report include: • An increase of 5,200 jobs in March compared to a year ago. Employment of 522,000 is a record high for the month of March. • Full-time employ-

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area continues to have the most available jobs. As of Monday, there were 1,220 job openings which is reflective of the red-hot economy in the region. The trades, transport and construction sector has the most openings (367) while the sales and service sector is right behind (339). Not surprisingly, the oil, gas, farming and mining sector also has a number of openings (283).

The Petroleum Technology Research Centre is committed to community engagement and interaction. As the Aquistore project progresses we hope to see you at our future events. For more information or to book a presentation about Aquistore: 

The 2012 Safety Orientation for all Contractors and their employees will be held in the Month of April.

is now operational. The new mobile site allows browsing by location, job category and key words, all from mobile devices. “ is now more accessible to people anywhere and anytime,” Norris said. “In March alone, there was a 356 per cent jump in the number of visits from mobile users compared to March last year.” Outside of Saskatoon and Regina, the Estevan

Thank you for the opportunity to present the Aquistore Project at the Community Open House on April 11th.

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Brad Wall and Advanced Education, Employment and Immigration Minister Rob Norris led a labour recruitment mission to Ireland along with 27 Saskatchewan employers. “More people than ever before are going to to find great opportunities to work and live in Saskatchewan,” Norris said. In order to serve job seekers better, a brand new mobile site

1-800-248-1412 Aquistore: Saskatchewan’s Deep Saline CO2 Storage Research Project A First for Saskatchewan… Aquistore will be the Àrst integrated CO2 Carbon Capture & Storage into deep saline formation from a coal Àred power plant.

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Mondays & Wednesdays @ 3:00, 3:30 & 4:00 - Hello Computer! – Come and get answers to your computer questions in one-on-one sessions. Bring your laptop or use a public computer. When registering please indicate what you would like to learn. Please pre-register @ 636-1621. “Freedom to Read” Contest: Celebrate by taking part in some banned book trivia. Each day in March we will post one quote from a banned book on Facebook and Twitter. The Àrst person to identify the quote on Facebook and the Àrst person to identify the quote on Twitter will be entered for a chance to win a prize. Thursday, April 19 @ 6:30 pm – Cover to Cover Book Club – This month we will be discussing the Impverfectionists by Tom Rachman. Pick up your copy today! Call 636-1621. New members always welcome! Saturday, April 21 @ 2:30 pm – Refresh Your Wardrobe Session One: Watermark Tees – Ages 12-16 – Recycle your old clothes to create a unique new look. This is a two part series. Everyone welcome. * Participants must bring an old t-shirt for session one and an old pair of jeans for session two. Participants will leave their projects at the library to dry. Projects can be picked up Monday, April 30. Saturday, April 21 @ 2:30 pm - Refresh Your Wardrobe Session One: Watermark Tees – Ages 12 -16– Recycle your old clothes to create a unique new look. This is a two part series. Everyone welcome. *Participants must bring an old t-shirt for session one and an old pair of jeans for session two. Participants will leave their projects at the library to dry. Projects can be picked up Monday, April 30 Tuesday, April 24 @ 6:00 pm – Refresh Your Wardrobe Session Two: Jazz Up Your Jeans Thursday, April 26 @ 10:30 to 11:00 am – Baby Time – Ages 0 to 18 months old & their caregivers. Spend a close & happy time with your little one using songs & rhymes along with a short story & simple activity! This is an interactive program & adult participation is encouraged! Thursday, April 26 @ 6:00 pm – Tune into Twitter – Stop by the library for a short introduction to Twitter. Afterwards Jill will assist you in making and using your own Twitter accounts on our public computers. Sunday, April 29 @ 1:30 pm – Author Reading: Marie Donais Calder – Local author Marie Donais Calder will be doing a reading from her latest book, The Other Side of Rescue. There will be refreshments and a book signing after the reading. Bring your copy or purchase one at the library! No registration required. Mondays & Wednesdays @ 3:00, 3:30 & 4:00 pm– Hello Computer! – Come and get answers to your computer questions in one-on-one sessions. Bring your laptop or use a public computer. **When registering please indicate what you would like to learn. * There will be no classes April 23 Please pre-register for programs unless otherwise indicated. Call 636-1621. BOOK SALE! – April 12 – 14 during library hours. Getting StARTed at the EAGM Beginner Adult Art Classes Estevan Art Gallery & Museum Annual General Meeting WHERE: The Estevan Art Gallery & Museum WHEN: April 19th @ 7:00 pm All are invited to attend. We are currently seeking more board members. If you are interested in joining the EAGM Watercolour Painting Workshop Whether you have never used watercolours before or are a beginner wanting to hone your skills, this class will introduce you to a variety of techniques. Experience the broad capabilities of this medium in a day long workshop perfect for those wanting to try something new but not wanting to make a long term commitment. Lunch included. WHEN: Saturday May 26 WHERE: The Estevan Art Gallery & Museum COST: $150 (materials and lunch included) TIME: 10 am - 4 pm INSTRUCTOR: Gerry Oliver Call Karly at 634-7644 for more information or to register.

WHAT’S HAPPENING at the ESTEVAN ARTS COUNCIL? Energy City Film Circuit: “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen” is the featured Àlm scheduled for Saturday, April 21ST – Orpheum Theatre at 4:00 p.m. Stars for Saskatchewan: Audrey Andrist, pianist to perform on Sunday, April 22nd at St. Paul’s United Church – 2:30 p.m. Calling all students (grades 7 – 12) to apply for a Scholarship in the Arts (band, drama, dance, etc.). May 11th deadline! For further information, visit or call the ofÀce 634-3942



Taxpayers are encouraged to take advantage of the pre-payment discount the city offers on 2012 Property Taxes if paid before June. Please note that you will not receive a prepayment notice. If you wish to take advantage of the discount please stop into City Hall or call 634-1812 or 634-1811 to determine what your 2012 discount will be.

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The “KEEP IT CLEAN” Campaign is a Community Pride Program to keep our City clean all year long. In conjunction with the “KEEP IT CLEAN” campaign the landÀll will also be open free to residents of Estevan For the week of April 16th – 22nd 2012. You can assist by: • Walking through a park near you and picking up litter • Picking up litter on your property, back lanes and boulevards around your property • Picking up litter anywhere you see it Guidelines for free Disposal (Proof of Residency) • Items allowed to be dropped off for free include furniture, tree branches and regular household garbage and does not include appliances that contain Freon. • Items “not” allowed anytime: all hazardous materials, tires, paint, computer components, televisions, propane tanks, oil and petroleum by products. • All loads must be completely covered or secured to prevent littering while in transport • Any waste from rural customers “ Will not be accepted Free”

Museum and Gallery Assistant We are looking for an energetic individual to assist in the day-to-day activities of a museum and art gallery. Tasks will include the setting up and striking of contemporary art exhibitions, cataloging and researching of artifacts and assisting in the design, construction and maintenance of the museum. The successful candidate will provide occasional tours of our art exhibitions and our museum and will work alongside our Educator and Director/Curator. Requirements: • proÀcient in both Windows and Mac operating systems • proÀcient in Microsoft OfÀce Suite and Photoshop • able to do light physical labor Assets: • possess a current drivers license • knowledge of/interest in Canadian history and contemporary art • experience working with the public The position begins on May 18, 2012 and will end on August 25, 2012. SpeciÀc hours are negotiable, but it is a 35 hour work week. Wage: $15.00/hr. Education Assistant We are looking for an energetic individual to assist in the development and implementation of educational programming currently offered at the Estevan Art Gallery & Museum. Tasks will include leading gallery and museum school tour groups, organizing senior art workshops, developing and assisting with various art and heritage summer camps, and researching and creating immersive education packages based on our current contemporary art exhibitions and museum exhibitions. The successful candidate will provide occasional tours of our exhibitions and museum and will work alongside the Educator. Requirements: • experience working with the public (speciÀcally children) • must submit to a criminal record check Assets: • programming experience • ability to work independently • possess an active drivers license • enrolled in a post-secondary/tech school education program The position begins on May 18, 2012 and will end on August 25, 2012. SpeciÀc hours are negotiable, but it is a 35 hour work week. Wage: $15.00/hr

RCI The City of Estevan and Province of Saskatchewan Rental Construction Incentive Program is now taking applications for funding. The Rental Construction Incentive Program provides a $ 5,000 grant per door for new rental units or conversions of housing to rental units. This $ 5,000 is matched by the City of Estevan through the CANDO Rental Construction Program full property tax abatement for the year of construction and 1st four years after. To be eligible: - The housing units must be rental and cannot be converted to condos for a minimum of Àve years - This grant cannot be stacked with other rental grant programs For further information please contact: Jim Puffalt, City Manager 1102 - 4th Street, Estevan, SK, S4A 1Z9 306-634-1802

SUPPORT WORKERS NEEDED Southeast Regional Victim Services is looking for volunteers in the Estevan City Police / Estevan RCMP detachment area to work with victims of crime and traumatic events by providing information, advocacy, support and referral. Victim Services is a police-afÀliated program. The following qualiÀcations are needed: * 18 years of age or older * pass a police security screening and take an oath of conÀdentiality * sincere interest in and the ability to work with people * successfully complete initial training program and participate in ongoing training and staff meetings Training is provided free of charge. Funded by Saskatchewan Justice. For further information, please call 634-8040.

Tip of the Week The Estevan City Police Service would like to take the opportunity to remind residents of the following TrafÀc Safety Act violations: • According to Section 113 of the TrafÀc Safety Act and Section 66(3) of the Vehicle Equipment Regulations Act- It is unlawful to have sunscreen/reÁective material (Window Tint) on front side windows. The Àne for this offence is a minimum of $115.00. • According to the TrafÀc Safety Act – It is unlawful to pass in either direction a school bus that has its safety lights and stop arms in operation. All drivers must remain 5 meters behind or in front (when approaching) of the school bus until the safety lights and stop arms have been deactivated. The Àne for this offence is a minimum of $360.00. • A reminder that drivers are only permitted to make right hand turns at the intersection of Souris Avenue and King street.

Thank you, Cst Danielle Stephany #44 Estevan Police Service

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Construction Bulletin KENSINGTON AND ROONEY ROAD The City of Estevan is undertaking construction for Concrete and Surface Works The affected area includes Rooney Road and Nesbitt Drive and Kensington Avenue intersection. Property access and parking restrictions are to occur. This work will commence April 2, 2012 and will take approximately four (4) weeks to complete (subject to weather) Glen Peterson Construction Ltd and Souris Valley Paving will perform this work within the current Bylaw regulations and speciÀcations. Safety Construction site could be dangerous. If you have children, please ask them to keep a safe distance from the site. We will take every precaution to ensure public safety, but we need your assistance to constrain the natural curiosity of younger children. Please DO NOT attempt to go close to areas affected. Theft or Vandalism If you see any act of vandalism, theft or anyone suspiciously tampering with equipment, signage or barricades please contact 421-7110, the Site Foreman or after hours call Police. Questions and Concerns The City of Estevan, Engineering Services apologize for any inconveniences that this work may cause and thank you in advance for your cooperation and patience. If you have any question or concerns, please call at 634-1818 or approach the supervisor or foreman on site.

Water Main Replacement The City of Estevan is undertaking concrete work and road works at: Souris Avenue – Seventh Street to King Street The purpose of this work is to provide timely and cost effective replacement of existing cast iron water main with PVC pipe, replacement of existing water and sanitary sewer services from water & sewer main up to the property line and surface restoration. This work would require closure of immediate areas of excavation and may necessitate parking restriction in adjacent areas. This work will commence during the week of April 9, 2012 (from Seventh Street) and will take approximately Four (4) Weeks to complete (subject to weather). Glen Peterson Construction Ltd. will perform this work within the current Bylaw regulations. Safety Construction site could be dangerous. If you have children, please ask them to keep a safe distance from the site. We will take every precaution to ensure public safety, but we need your assistance to constrain the natural curiosity of younger children. Please DO NOT attempt to go close to areas of open excavation. Theft or Vandalism If you see any act of vandalism, theft or anyone suspiciously tampering with equipment, signage or barricades please contact 421-3474, the Site Foreman or after hours call Police. Questions and Concerns The City of Estevan, Engineering Services apologizes for any inconveniences that this work may cause and thank you in advance for your cooperation and patience. If you have any question or concerns, please call at 634-1818 or approach the supervisor or foreman on site.

Woodlawn Reservoir The City of Estevan is undertaking construction of a Treated Drinking Water Reservoir. The affected area includes The Woodlawn Avenue Right of Way North of the St. Joseph’s Hospital. This Right of Way is not a though road and no trafÀc will be allowed in the area that is not involved with the reservoir construction. This work will commence March 5, 2012 and will take approximately ten (10) months to complete. Ledcor Construction Ltd. and JV&M Constructors Inc will perform this work within the current Bylaw regulations and speciÀcations. Safety Construction site could be dangerous. If you have children, please ask them to keep a safe distance from the site. We will take every precaution to ensure public safety, but we need your assistance to constrain the natural curiosity of younger children. Please DO NOT attempt to go close to areas affected. Theft or Vandalism If you see any act of vandalism, theft or anyone suspiciously tampering with equipment, signage or barricades please contact call Police. Questions and Concerns The City of Estevan, Engineering Services apologize for any inconveniences that this work may cause and thank you in advance for your cooperation and patience. If you have any question or concerns, please call at 634-1818 or approach the supervisor or foreman on site.

The Estevan Police Service was established in 1906 and has been built on a tradition of excellence. The City of Estevan has experienced a great deal of growth in the past three years, especially in the energy sector including oil, coal mining and power generation. This growth and economic boom has created several challenges within the City of Estevan including the Police Service. The Estevan Police Service is increasing the size of the Police Service and currently has two vacancies for the position of Constable. The Estevan Police Service has a rigorous application process; however, this process is to ensure that the people we hire to wear the Estevan Police Service uniform are the right people for the job. If you are hired as a new recruit you will enter a rigorous training period of 42 weeks. The Àrst 18 weeks will be at the Saskatchewan Police College in Regina, Saskatchewan where you will receive instruction in criminal law, ofÀcer safety, self defence, Àrearms, report writing and cross cultural training. After graduating from the Police College you will receive a further 24 weeks of Àeld training under the guidance of a Field Training OfÀcer. Experienced members are encouraged to apply. The Estevan Police Service offers an exciting career in law enforcement with excellent beneÀts and a competitive salary. If you would like to receive an application package or would like to receive further information please contact:

The Estevan Police Service 301-11th Ave., Estevan, Saskatchewan. S4A 1C7 or call 306 634 4767. You can also email: schartrand@estevanpolice or

City of Estevan PUBLIC NOTICE The Council of the City of Estevan, pursuant to Section 207 of the Planning and Development Act, 2007, gives notice of its intention to amend Zoning Bylaw #2010-1834 & the corresponding Zoning Map as hereinafter provided: Consideration is being given to amend the Zoning Bylaw Map by rezoning the following property as described below; “All that portion of Parcel A, Extension 3 Plan 101998851 located in the North West Quarter Section 24, Township 2, Range 8, West of the Second Meridian, Estevan, Saskatchewan, encompassing approximately 7.63 hectares, as shown on a Plan of Proposed Subdivision prepared by R.J. Denys, PPS, MCIP, City of Estevan, and dated the 20th Day of February, 2012,” as follows; Proposed Parcels N, O, & MR8 Block 504 from the existing URBAN HOLDING ZONE (UH) to COMMERCIAL SHOPPING CENTER ZONE (C5); Reason: Rezoning is being undertaken to support the proposed development of the land for uses provided for under the Commercial Shopping Center Zone (C5). (Boundaries of Rezoning are shown within bold-dashed line on the plan below)


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. Please return the completed package with an updated resume in a sealed envelope to: Chief of Police Estevan Police Service, 301-11th Ave., Estevan SK S4A 1C7 Only successful candidates will be contacted.

GUARD/MATRON The Estevan Police Service is seeking applications for the position of Guard/Matron. Successful applicants must be honest, trustworthy and able to work independently with little supervision. The Guard/Matron will provide constant observation of persons who are being held in custody. Retired persons are also encouraged to apply. Successful applicants will be on call and will have the right to turn down shifts. If you would like to apply or would like to receive further information please contact the

Estevan Police Service 301-11th Ave., Estevan, Saskatchewan. S4A 1C7 or call 306 634 4767. You can also email: Del Block – Chief of Police, Estevan Police Service Sealed bids marked "Bid for City of Estevan, Northwest Sewer Main" will be received at the ofÀces of Associated Engineering, 1922 Park Street, Regina, SK S4N 7M4 up to 2:00 pm local time on Thursday, April 26, 2012. The work involves the construction of approximately 1.2 km of 450 mm diameter PVC and 2.4 km of 350 mm HDPE gravity sewer main and associated appurtenances. Contract Documents may be examined at the ofÀces of Associated Engineering, 1922 Park Street, Regina, SK S4N 7M4.

The amending Bylaw (#2012-1873) may be inspected by any person at the Legislative Services Business Division, City Hall, 1102 4th Street, Estevan, Saskatchewan, between the hours of 8:00am-4:30pm Monday to Friday. City Council, at it’s meeting to be held on Monday, May 7, 2012, at 7:30pm in the Council Chambers, City Hall, 1102 Fourth Street, Estevan, Saskatchewan will hear any person(s) wishing to be heard with respect to the proposed rezoning bylaw and will further consider any written submissions respecting the proposed zoning amendment, provided such intentions and/or submissions are received by the City Clerk’s OfÀce, Legislative Services, City Hall, 1102 Fourth Street, Estevan, Saskatchewan, S4A 0W7 no later than 12:00 pm on Thursday, May 3, 2012. Dated at the City of Estevan this 3rd Day of April, 2012. 2011 was a remarkable year of growth and excitement as the City of Estevan opened Spectra Place, provided entertainment opportunities for the community and managed the facility in our new operating model. As we move through our Àrst quarter of 2012 we know that this year has already been just as exciting with major events and our 1st year of operation in the new operating model. The City of Estevan’s Management Team and Members of Council would like to thank all of our employees for their exceptional efforts and contributions over the past year. Whether it’s completing daily duties or picking up additional projects, your efforts are greatly appreciated and don’t go unnoticed. The work ethic and achievements ofthe City of Estevan’s employees are solid - they are the collective results of each and every person. The employees whose Business Divisions are based out of City Hall plan and consult on property development and management, handle public inquiries and reception services, deliver cash management assistance and tax administration, provide managerial support and services to our internal customers (our employees), and oversee our Bylaws and Policies; all while providing exceptional customer service to the public.

Thank you, Mayor St. Onge& James Puffalt, City Manager

Thank You City Hall Employee List Jim Puffalt – City Manager, Corporate Services Employees:

Contract Documents will be available for pickup by interested General Contractors at the ofÀces of Associated Engineering, 1922 Park Street, Regina, SK S4N 7M4 on or after April 10, 2012. Contract Documents will be available upon receipt of a refundable deposit by cheque payable to Associated Engineering Ltd. in the amount of $200.00 per set, GST included. Deposits will be refunded upon return of Contract Documents.

Kelvin Pillipow Janelle Schwartz Jillian Zorn

Technical inquiries by bidders are to be directed to Chris Reese at 306-721-2466.

Glenys Baerg Marlene Eagles Helen Fornwald Owen Hein Lori Holden Jeri-Lee Jones Dilip Patel

Bids must be accompanied by the speciÀed Bid Bond payable to the City of Estevan and Consent of Surety. The lowest or any bid will not necessarily be accepted.

Judy Pilloud – City Clerk, Legislative Services Employees:

Tim Leson – City Treasurer, Financial Services Employees: Sharon Carlson Melissa Evert Mandee Frank Sarah Monteyne April Sandhoff Trina Sieben

Rob Denys – Land Development Manager, Land Development Services Employees: Eric Bjorge Murray Fischer

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Day of Mourning observed April 28


Saskatchewan and Canada will join more than 100 countries around the world in observing the Day of Mourning on April 28. It is a time to remember those who have been killed on the job. In Saskatchewan more than 39,000 workers are injured each year while on the job and 37 died on the

job or from work-related injuries in 2011 alone. The International Day of Mourning for Workers Killed or Injured on the Job allows their counterparts and the general public to pay tribute to those workers and to renew our commitment to safety for all in the province. In Estevan, the Day

of Mourning is usually acknowledged through a short but poignant memorial sunset ceremony on the court house lawn beside the old-style coal car monument that pays tribute to the early mining pioneers in the region, many of whom sacrificed their lives while engaged in their labours and early labour movements.

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COMING EVENTS Wednesday, April 18 - Sunday, April 22: *City of Estevan “Keep it Clean” Campaign continues - Estevan residents have free access to landfill this week; Weekdays - 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Weekends - 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 21: *Energy City Film Circuit presents Salmon Fishing In The Yemen - Orpheum Theatre - 4 p.m. *Estevan Bruins - Early Bird Season Ticket Blitz - Spectra Place - 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Purchase your ticket and receive a tour of the Turnbull Redi-Mix Bruins Complex/Estevan Bruins Dressing Room.

• Born to Joshua and Kristin (nee Simonson) Biggs, Estevan, on March 29, 2012, a daughter, Annabella MacKenzie. Proud grandparents are Judy Inch, Arne Simonson, and Rick and Mary Biggs. • Born to Cory and Dawn Penill, Estevan, on April 7, 2012 at 3:11 p.m., a son, River Memphis, weighing 9 lb. 2 oz.; a brother for Rayla and Aneka. Proud grandparents are Albert and Margaret Penill of Midale, and Peter and Brenda Wiens of Tisdale.

Sunday, April 22: *Estevan Arts Council, Stars for Saskatchewan presents - Audrey Andrist, Pianist - St. Paul’s United Church - 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 25: *14th Annual Women of Today Awards Luncheon - Wylie-Mitchell Building - 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Guest speaker: June E. LeDrew. Sponsored by Quota International/Lions Club of Estevan and SaskPower.

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In the summer of 2011, the Saskatoon Children’s Choir performed and did a humanitarian tour in South Africa.

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The Saskatoon Children’s Choir, will be on stage in Estevan on Friday, May 11 at St. Paul’s United Church. An added feature for the concert will be their version of a curling opera.

Saskatoon Children’s Choir set to entertain Estevan audience The Saskatoon Children’s Choir is coming to Estevan with an additional treat in store for their audience. The choir will be adding a special part to their concert in the Energy City, their version of an opera about curling. The concert will be held at St. Paul’s United Church on Friday, May 11

starting at 7:30 p.m. The choir was founded in 1996 by Phoebe Voigts, its present artistic director . During that 16 years, the choir has developed an international reputation for artistic excellence, creative performance practices and their commitment to humanitarian initiatives. T h r o u g h a n i n t e r-

national repertoire, with imagination and courage, the choir draws attention to issues of global concern. They have appeared on stages in Europe, Asia, the United States and across Canada and in the summer of 2011, they returned from their South African performance and humanitarian tour. The choir collabo-

rates frequently with other ensembles. They have performed as guest artists with the Canadian Chamber Choir, Prairie Virtuosi and the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra. They have also accepted invitations to appear during Canada Day in Ottawa, in a pre-concert performance with the National Arts Centre Orchestra during

their Western Canadian tour and at the 2007 Juno Awards. The choir’s recording credits include four compact discs, a DVD and performances on national and international radio and television broadcasts. The Saskatoon Children’s Choir is sponsored by the Saskatchewan Music Educators Association.

The performance in Estevan is presented with the assistance of the Organization of Saskatchewan Arts Councils, Saskatchewan Lotteries, Saskatchewan Arts Board, Canadian Heritage and the City of Estevan. Advance tickets for the concert are available at Henders Drugs in downtown Estevan.

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The Estevan Co-op had its best year ever financially. That was the good news delivered at the 55th annual meeting of the Estevan Cooperative Limited on April1 5 at the Beefeater Plaza. For the year ending January 31, 2002, Estevan Co-op’s sales totaled $26,494,589, an increase of $4,000,799 (17.8 per cent) over the previous year.

of water per minute and had a carrying capacity of 700 gallons. Fire Chief Ron Hawes noted the unit would allow the department to use high volume hoses, and that it also had a deluge gun stationed on top. A 55-foot ladder was also to be part of the equipment on the truck. Local teams fared well at the 10th annual Estevan Strippers Oldtimer Hockey Tournament held April 2-5, winning four out of six divisions while two other clubs finished in second place. The Estevan Flyers topped the Bob Forbes Division with a 6-3 decision over the Estevan Eclipse; the Estevan Blues defeated Weyburn Houston Pizza 7-0 to win the Tower Restaurant Division; the Estevan Rookies downed the Avonlea Antiques 6-2 to top the Derrick Motor Hotel Division; and the Estevan Vikings downed the Estevan Oilers 6-1 to place first in the Beefeater Motor Inn Division. The presentation of

awards and paying tribute to a charter member of the Royal Canadian Legion highlighted the Estevan branch’s celebration of the 75th anniversary of Vimy Ridge on April 11. A special tribute was paid to 100-year-old Wallace Lynd of Estevan. In the tribute given by Bob Kohaly, it was noted that Lynd was a charter member of the Legion that had been formed in 1926. He was also a member of the Great War Veterans Association, an organization that preceded the Legion for two years. Lynd was one of three First World War veterans still living in the Estevan area. The others were Joe E. Brown and Ken John, who were also both in attendance, as was First World War widow Daisy Knight.

Weyburn Cloverleafs had been admitted to the league, as well as additional teams from Midale and Torquay. There would now be nine teams with two from both Torquay and Midale, as well as the one Weyburn team, along with returning squads from Tribute, Maxim, Goodwater and the defending champion Ambrose team. Three southeastern Saskatchewan communities were among 31 across the province that would benefit from the federal government’s community services contribution program. Estevan would be receiving two payments, one for $43,678 for residential water supply mains and street repair, and another for $46,322 for water treatment plant repair. Lampman would be receiving $45,234 to go toward a water treatment facility, while Benson would also receive two payments, one for $1,109 for street improvements, and a second for $281 for street lights.

TEN YEARS AGO: Estevan had a new city treasurer. Tim Leson, who brought over 15 years of municipal experience to the position after serving as town administrator in Maple Creek, started work at city hall on April 15. Leson’s credentials also included a bachelor of administration with a major in finance. Five newly minted Canadians pledged their official oath of citizenship on April 11, with about 200 young students from Sacred Heart School and a class of visiting students from Pleasantdale School witnessing the ceremony. The event took place in the gymnasium at Sacred Heart with Estevan’s Marguerite Gallaway, a member of the Order of Canada as well as the Saskatchewan Order of Merit, performing the official swearing-in duties. She was joined by Garnet

Quigley, supervisor of Citizenship Courts in Saskatchewan, and Const. MarieLise Leduc of the Estevan detachment of the RCMP in the official party. Gallaway and Quigley administered the Oath of Citizenship and presented certificates to Melanie Graham, Xiao Rong Yu, Jessica Sorenson, Sherry Bringedahl and Kathleen Rose. A funeral service for well-known Estevan businessman Gerald Ross was held on April 19 at St. Paul’s United Church. Ross, who also had a long career in municipal politics, died in Mexico City, Mexico on April 12. He was 71 years of age. Ross had served Estevan city council both as an alderman and mayor, and during his time on council had also been a director with the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.

TWENTY YEARS AGO: The Estevan Fire Department had a brand new state-of-the-art model fire engine. The $236,880 vehicle arrived in the city around 5 p.m., April 1, several weeks ahead of schedule. It would be about a month before the unit would be put into service, however, as the 25 volunteers, chief and deputy chief would have to be trained to operate it once it was outfitted with equipment. The new engine, which would replace the 1957 International, was capable of pumping 1,250 gallons

THIRTY YEARS AGO: It was announced that the Souris River Fastball League would be expanding when the new season kicked off this spring. The

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60 and Over Club notes Drewitz students examined Submitted by Shirley Graham Club Secretary Words of wisdom: Red meat is not bad for you; blue-green meat, now that’s bad for you! Winners of the bridge played on Wednesday, April 4 were: Zella Reed, first; Doris Heidinger, s e c o n d a n d M a rg a r e t Sawyer, third. Cribbage was played o n T h u r s d a y, A p r i l 5 with first place going to Bertha Andries and Jim Wa r d , c o m i n g s e c o n d were Adele and Louis Belanger, while placing third were Grace Carlson and Shirley Graham. Bridge was also

played on Wednesday, April 11 with the following as winners: Coming first was Bernie Collins, second went to Pat Parent, and third to Audrey Loustel. The Thursday, April 12 cribbage winners were: Jim Ward and Dennis Zimmerman, first; Elizabeth Olson and Brian Callfas, second; and Art Friesen and Bert Parent, third. T h e c l u b ’s b r i d g e tournament will be held on Wednesday, April 25. Coffee and muffins will be served at 9:30 a.m., with play to begin at 10 o’clock. Cost is $10, and lunch will be served at noon. There will also be

door prizes and a 50/50 draw. Hope to see you there! Our potluck supper will be held on Thursday, April 26 beginning at 5 p.m., with cribbage played at 6 p.m. following the meal. Well, it’s income tax time again. Here’s one for you: A businessman on his death bed, said to his friend, “Jim, when I die, I want to be cremated.” His friend said, “OK, but what should I do with the ashes?” “Pack them up and send them to the IRS with a note saying, ‘Now you’ve got it all!’” See you next week!

North Portal happenings By Betty Baniulis North Portal Correspondent The bridge club met at the home of Arva Walters on Monday, April 9 with two tables in play. Linda Baker took high honours with second high going to Jo-ann Sheldrup. Of interest: Born to Chelsea (nee Fair) and Curt Bergstrom, of Camrose,

Alberta on April 12, a son, Chase Curtis, weighing 8 lb. 12 oz.; a brother for Ryder. Proud grandparents are Doug and Cheryl Fair of North Portal, and Randy and Connie Bergstrom of Camrose; proud great grandmother is Dorothy Fuchs of North Portal. Mrs. Val Vo th spent two weeks recently visiting with her daughter and son-in-law, Cara and Trevor

Hauber and children Tucker and Lily at Dawson Creek, B.C. Betty Baniulis spent the weekend in Oxbow with her aunt, Maxine Amos. On Monday, April 16 they drove to Melita, Man. to visit Maxine’s sister, Neta Skelton who is a resident in the nursing home. They also had coffee with friends, Muriel and Maurice Chester of Carievale.

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for tap, jazz and ballet skills Students from the Drewitz School of Dance in Estevan were engaged in a series of examinations that were held in two separate sessions in late 2011 and early 2012. Gaetane Hughes of Toronto was the certified Canadian Dance Teachers’ Association who examined the skill levels of the dancers. The results of these examinations have just been released and are as follows: Tap: Grade 1 Honours – Kia Rosenbaum and Kaira Schwengler-Kyle. Grade 3 Honours – Teagan Graham. Highly Commended – Madison Frehlick and Michala Brasseur. Elementary Major: Honours – Bailey Holzer. Highly Commended – Becky Blackburn. Intermediate Major: Honours – Hunter Hildebrand. Commended – Corinn Zieglgansberger. Advance Major: Honours – Kiera Baryluk. Preliminary Badge: Successful – Hailey Yaremko, Haley Copeland, Shayla Gill, Jersey Long, Paige Anderson, Kylie Armstrong, Bryanna Morrow, Taylor Geisel, Brielle Wakely, Tenley Pratt, Lauren Kobitz, Katie Milbrandt, Emily Phillips and Eva Salamon. Pre-Bronze Medal: Honours – Emily Beahm, Taryn Buhler, Kailey Kowalchuk, Cazlynn Barnstable and Mackenzie Knobel. Highly Commended

– Madison Yunick, Kiera Renaud, Macie Hall, Sarah Leverton, Macey Menzies, Gemma Bittman and Renee Lavoie. Commended – Taylor Geisel. Pass Plus – Faith Haberstock. Bronze Medal: Honours – Reese Handley and Kayla Brodziak. Highly Commended – Karlee Ross, Madison Dame, Mia Hanson and Amy Brook. Commended – Kelsey Fonstad. Pass Plus – Makenna Mack. Silver Tap Medal: Honours – Madison Frehlick, Kelsey Romanyk, Kia Rosenbaum and Kaira Schwengler-Kyle. Highly Commended – Michelle Fergusson and Camryn Brown. Commended – Mary Parker and Tamira Krall. Gold Tap Medal: Honours – Michala Brasseur and Becky Blackburn. Jazz: Grade 4: Honours – Kayla Brodziak. Highly Commended – Michala Brasseur and Teagan Graham. Commended – Madison Frehlick. Elementary Major: Honours – Bailey Holzer and Hunter Hildebrand. Highly Commended – Becky Blackburn. Commended – Corinn Zieglgansberger. Advanced Major: Honours – Kiera Baryluk. Jazz Badges and Medals: Pre-Bronze Medal: Honours – Destiny Adams and Madison Zandee. Highly Commended – Isabella

Beahm, Billie Jaworski, Madison Yunick and Chelsea Kramer. Commended – Taeisha Michel, Rachel Kramer, Macey Menzies and Ashley Wilson. Bronze Medal: Honours – Emily Beahm. Commended – Taylor Kuntz. Pass Plus – Marie Luedtke. Silver Medal: Highly Commended – Mackenzie Knobel and Karlee Ross. Commended – Kourtney Kobitz, Shelby Tytlandsvik and Tamira Krall. Gold Medal: Honours – Becky Blackburn and Michala Brasseur. Ballet: Grade 1: Honours – Kia Rosenbaum, Shaina Graves, Kelsey Fonstad and Zoe Wagner. Grade 4: Honours – Becky Blackburn and Teagan Graham. Highly Commended – Kayla Brodziak and Michala Brasseur. Commended – Madison Frehlick. Grade 5: Honours – Kiera Baryluk and Bailey Holzer. Highly Commended – Hunter Hildebrand. Commended – Corinn Zieglgansberger. Ballet Badges: Preliminary Badge: Successful – Jersey Long, Hailey Yaremko, Shayla Gill, Maya Sands, Jenny Lee, Laura Swirski, Kate Schmidt, Emily Tarnes, Halle Adams, Jane Fingler, Samantha Carritt, Logan Hase, Hailey Taylor, Bryse Wheeler, Shelby Piper, Alyssa Saccary and Lana Sterz.

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ROBERT (ROB) NESTOR Our family sincerely thanks the many friends from Estevan and area for their acts of kindness in the unexpected loss of our son, brother and uncle, Rob, who passed away in his sleep March 17, 2012. Thank you for the cards, floral tributes, food, phone calls, other gifts and the donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation in his memory. The number of e-mails, Facebook entries, and guest book messages was overwhelming. We appreciate those who travelled to Saskatoon under terrible weather conditions to attend the memorial service. God Bless You All. - Marge, Jody, Don, Barry, Michele and the Kids.

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IN MEMORIAM In Loving Memory of MELVIN VEROBA July 3, 1955 - April 22, 2009 We remember believing, You could do anything at all, You were always there to pick us up, And comfort us if we should fall. To us you were as tall as the sky, No one could compare to you. We loved you then with all our hearts, And today this is still true. Everything you did was wonderful, No matter what you had to do. We felt you knew everything, We were always close to you. A good, kind man is what you are, We have learned a lot from you. A wonderful example to anyone, Honest through and through. We just wanted to let you know, What we feel in our hearts is true. We are very, very blessed To have a husband, father and grandfather like you. - All our love forever, Val, Jody and Chad, Cory, Colby and Rylee.

The family of Ethel Patterson would like to express their gratitude for all of the kindness and caring shown to us at the time of Mom’s passing. The beautiful flower arrangements, food trays, and your many thoughts and prayers through cards and calls were greatly appreciated. We are very grateful for the donations to the Warmley Cemetery fund as this was Mom’s request. She had great interest in seeing that the cemetery is maintained, so would be very pleased with the generosity shown. And lastly to the staff of New Hope Pioneer Lodge in Stoughton, “Bless You All.” Your kindness and care of our Mom for the last four years was “exceptional.” - With our sincerest thanks, Jim (Kathryn), Don (Phyllis), Shirley (Roger and their families.



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JOHNER In Loving Memory of My Dad, Nick who passed away on April 21, 2000 If I had all the world to give, I’d give it yes, and more, To hear your voice and see your smile And greet you at my door. But all I can do, Dear Dad, Is go and tend your grave, And leave behind tokens of love, To the best Dad God ever made. I like to think when life is done, Wherever Heaven may be, That you’ll be standing at the door Up there to welcome me. I miss you Dad. - Love your daughter Dayleen


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2012 RAPTOR SUPERCREW 4x4 only 1,075 kms ........................$64,995 2011 FORD RAPTOR CREW CAB 4x4 .........................................$59,995 2011 EDGE LIMITED ALL WHEEL DRIVE, fully loaded with Navigation & moon roofs, only 26,000 kms .....................................$38,995 2011 LINCOLN NAVIGATOR 4x4, loaded with only 20,000 kms...$58,995 2011 EXPEDITION MAX, loaded with Navigation, 23,000 kms ......$51,995 2011 EDGE LIMITED ALL WHEEL DRIVE with only 10,000 kms .........................................................................................SOLD 2010 F-150 XLT SUPERCAB 2 wheel drive, 56,000 kms ..............$20,995 2010 F150 FX4 SUPERCREW 4x4 OFF ROAD, only 45,000 kms ..............................................................................$31,995 2010 F150 PLATINUM SUPERCREW 4x4, loaded with 30,000 kms...............................................................................$41,900 2010 F350 CABELLA CREW CAB 4X4, 6.4L diesel, loaded .........$30,900 2010 F150 FX4 SUPERCREW 4x4 loaded with only 45,000 kms .........................................................................................SOLD 2009 NISSAN TITAN PRO 4X4, Fully loaded with only 60,000 kms .......................................................................$25,995 2009 DODGE RAM LARAMIE QUAD CAB 4X4, loaded with 142,000 kms ....................................................................................$22,995 2009 ESCAPE XLT 4x4, 3.0L V6, loaded, with 100,000 kms .........$17,995 2009 F150 PLATINUM SUPERCREW 4x4, loaded, 73,000 kms ...$31,995 2008 EXPLORER SPORTRAC LIMITED 4x4 4.6L, V8, loaded, 80,000 kms ......................................................................................$23,995 2008 EXPEDITION LIMITED MAX 4x4, fully loaded with 126,000 kms.............................................................................$29,995 2008 GMC SLE CREW CAB 4X4, 6.0L, V8, 86,000 kms ...............$24,995 2008 EDGE LIMITED, All wheel drive, loaded with Navigation and Power Roof, 108,000 kms ........................................................$21,995 2008 EXPLORER SPORT TRAC LIMITED 4x4 4.6L, V8, only 45,000 kms .................................................................................SOLD


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USED CARS 2009 MAZDA CX-7 40,000km......................................................... $29,900 2009 SEBRING TOURING Very nice car ....................................... $15,995 2008 DODGE CHARGER 68,000 kms............................................ $17,500 2008 VW NEW BEETLE CONVERTIBLE 64,000 kms ................... $17,995 2006 SATURN ION ........................................................................... SOLD $9,995

USED TRUCKS/VANS 2011 FORD F150 CREW CAB 24,500 kms .................................... $32,995 2011 DODGE 1500 SXT CREW CAB 17,000 kms ......................... $27,995 2011 TOWN & COUNTRY .............................................................. $31,900 2011 GRAND CHEROKEE ............................................................. $39,500 2010 GMC SIERRA 1500 CREW CAB 59,000 kms ....................... $27,995 2010 DODGE CALIBER ................................................................. $13,995 2010 RAM 3500 Diesel SLT ............................................................ $36,995 2010 DODGE 1500 C/C LARAMIE 4x4 .......................................... $28,995 2009 FORD ESCAPE LTD Loaded, nice, 24,000 kms ................... $23,900 2009 RAM 1500 CREW CAB LARAMIE Loaded ........................... $32,500 2009 DODGE JOURNEY RT Loaded ............................................. $27,995 2009 JEEP PATRIOT LTD.............................................................. $21,995 2008 FORD ESCAPE...................................................................... $13,900 2008 FORD EDGE LTD 62,000 kms............................................... $22,995 2008 DODGE GRAND CARAVAN SXT ......................................... $15,995 2008 GRAND CARAVAN 78,000 kms ............................................ $16,995 2007 RAM 1500 4x4 SXT hemi....................................................... SOLD $18,995 2007 GRAND CHEROKEE 57,000 kms ......................................... $19,500 2007 ENVOY SLE 55,000 kms ....................................................... $18,500 2007 FORD F-150 XLT ................................................................... SOLD $17,995 2007 TOWN AND COUNTRY ......................................................... $12,995 2006 GRAND CARAVAN 40,500 kms ............................................ $10,995 2006 RAM 1500 ST 4X4 Nice shape .............................................. $17,995 2004 CHEV TRAILBLAZER Loaded .............................................. SOLD $15,995 2003 FORD F-150 XLT ................................................................... $13,995 2003 DODGE 1500 Q/C SLT 2WD ................................................... $9,900

TRAILERS/MOTORHOMES/RVs 2008 RPM TOY HAULER, 26 Ft. .................................................... $24,900 2008 ROCKWOOD WINDJAMMER, 28 Ft. .................................... $20,900 2006 BRISTOL BAY 5TH WHEEL LOADED ................................. $31,995

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TRUCKS, SUVS, VANS 2011 DODGE DAKOTA CREW 4X4 19,200 KMS ...................................... $26,900 2011 CHEV SUBURBAN leather, 4x4, 34,000 kms ...................................... $39,700 2011 GMC TERRAIN SLT2 V6 leather, roof, dvd, nav, 1,800 kms................. $38,700 2011 FORD ESCAPE LTD loaded, only 12,500 kms ...................................... $29,900 2010 FORD F150 4X4 CREW leather, very nice, only 38,000 kms local........ $33,981 2010 CADILLAC SRX loaded, red jewel, AWD, local trade, only 17,000 kms ..... $39,900 SOLD 2009 GMC EXT 4X4 buckets, remote start, 6.0L V8, great for trailers, 106,000 kms ................................................................................................. $18,700 2009 BUICK ENCLAVE CX AWD 64,685 kms, very well equipped ................ $32,880 2009 GMC SIERRA SLT 1500 72,785 kms, Crew, loaded ........................... $25,900 2008 TAHOE HYBRID 4x4 leather, roof, navigation, 34,000 kms.................. SOLD $34,700 2008 SATURN VUE AWD a/c. cruise, tilt, pw, pl, 78,000 kms...................... $18,990 2008 DODGE NITRO 4X4 loaded, only 48,911 kms .................................. $21,800 2008 FORD EDGE LIMITED AWD, black, local trade, 101,300 kms ................ $19,900 2008 ACADIA SLT AWD, Red Jewel, tint coat, leather, local trade, 93,000 kms.. $26,900 2008 BUICK ENCLAVE AWD, leather, 83,000 kms ........................................ $27,900 2007 GMC YUKON DENALI AWD loaded, local trade, 145,000 kms............ $22,600 2007 PONTIAC TORRENT A/C, pw, pl, cruise, tilt, AWD 110,000 kms ........ $15,700 2007 DODGE GRAND CARAVAN 7 pass, 145,611 kms.............................. $9,900 2007 SATURN OUTLOOK FWD quad buckets, rear air & heat, very clean, 81,000 kms ................................................................................................... $18,700 2006 GMC CREW local trade, 111,000 kms ................................................. $15,981 2006 NISSAN MURANO local trade, 90,800 kms ....................................... $12,700 2006 CHEV AVALANCHE cloth, 6 passenger, very clean, 113,000 kms........... $17,900 2005 PONTIAC MONTANA EXT 105,300 kms .......................................... $10,700 2004 CHEV AVALANCHE 4x4 only 117,314 kms....................................... $15,700 2002 CHEV 3/4 CREW DURAMAX 4X4 286,000 KMS .......................... $14,981

TIME TO GO ROW 2011 GMC TERRAIN SLT-2 AWD 19,836 kms, GM company unit, leather, sunroof, memory seats, heated seats, remote start, V6, power roof, rear DVD, nav system, was $34,900..............................................................................................NOW $31,400 SOLD 2009 CHEVROLET SILVERADO 2500 53,260 kms, E/C, 3/4, was $31,700 .......................................................................................NOW $28,700 2009 ACURA MDX 46,632 kms, heated leather, sunroof, 7 passenger, white diamond, super handling, AWD, sharp, was $37,770 .........................NOW $35,900 2008 JEEP COMPASS 13,400 kms, loaded, as new, was $19,900.......NOW $18,700

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TRUCKS, VANS & SUV’s 11 Jeep Liberty Sport 4X4 36,450 km factory warranty .......................... $23,995 10 Dodge Grand Caravan SE Stow-n-go 54,000 km, factory warranty .. $19,995 09 Dodge Dakota SXT crew/cab 4x4 64,000 km, factory warranty......... $19,995 08 Chev Trailblazer 4x4 71,000 km, factory warranty ............................. $19,995 08 Honda CRV LX AWD loaded, warranty ............................................... $18,995 08 Nissan Rogue SL AWD sunroof, warranty.......................................... $19,995 07 Chev Silverado LT crew/cab 4x4 Z71 loaded, warranty .................... $21,995 07 Chev 2500 HD crew/cab Diesel warranty ........................................... $26,995 06 GMC Wrangler 1500 crew/cab 4x4 warranty ..................................... $13,995 05 Buick Rendezvous AWD CXL, 4dr, 7 pass, warranty ......................... $7,995 04 GMC Denali AWD 7 pass., leather, sunroof, warranty ........................... SAVE 03 Chev Venture Van EXT 8 pass, 92,000 km, warranty........................... $7,995 03 Chev Silverado LS E/Cab 4x4 loaded warranty ................................. $13,995 00 Pontiac Montana Ext Van loaded warranty .......................................... $4,995

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2009 DODGE CHALLENGER White, 83,005 kms..........................$22,900 2008 DODGE CHARGER RT Orange, 20,148 kms ...........................SOLD 2008 PONTIAC G5 5 spd, blue, 30,345 kms ..................................$12,900 2008 CHEV MALIBU LT Silver, 72,340 kms...................................$14,900 2005 CHEV SSR - Collector Very clean, 79,000 kms ....................$34,900

Used Trucks, SUVs & Vans 2011 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE LAREDO Black, 30,078 kms ....$39,900 2011 CHEV TRAVERSE Loaded, white, 21,000 kms .....................$36,900 2011 CADILLAC ESCALADE White, 39,500 kms..........................$62,900 2011 JEEP PATRIOT Silver, 17,444 kms .......................................$23,900 2010 DODGE JOURNEY RT Red, 41,021 kms ..............................$27,900 2009 FORD ESCAPE XLT Red, 65,761 kms..................................$20,900 2009 JEEP PATRIOT Red, 46,905 kms .........................................$17,900 2009 GMC YUKON XL SLT Leather, 45,607 kms ..........................$33,900 2009 FORD ESCAPE LTD 86,507 kms ..........................................$20,900 2008 FORD ESCAPE XLT Red, 57,258 kms..................................$18,900 2008 CHEV SILVERADO LT Blue, 82,385 kms .............................$18,900 2008 JEEP LIBERTY LTD Black, 78,987 kms, leather...................$24,900 2008 CHEV SILVERADO LT 2500 60,821 kms..............................$29,900 2008 FORD EDGE XLT Blue, 79,000 kms......................................$25,900 2007 TOYOTA TACOMA CREW CAB Blue 147,454 kms .............$20,900 2007 NISSAN MURANO SE AWD, loaded, blue, 59,000 kms .......$24,900 2007 CHEV SILVERADO Reg. cab, short box, 76,000 kms ...........$19,900


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Catherine Helen Porath July 3, 1974-April 9, 2012 Catherine Porath passed away at Estevan, Sask. on Monday April 9, 2012 at the age of 37 years. Survived by her husband, Trevor Porath; daughter, Theresa Beutel; chosen daughter, Keelin Duxbury and stepkids, Ryan, Sean and Katlin; her mother, Helen MacRobert; brother, John Wade (Sherry) and their family, Jaynei and Kaila; grandmother, Theresa MacGregor; special grandson, Jessie Lukey; godchildren, Nicky McLean and Kayle Duran; her in-laws, Bill (Kelly) Porath, Brenda (Peter) Lehoux and family, Kim, Melissa and Amanda; Emma (Steve) Toma and family, Lane and Savana. She was predeceased by her father, John MacRobert; grandfathers, Jack MacRobert and Wilfred McLean; grandmother, Beatrice MacRobert; grandfather, Alfred MacGregor; mother-inlaw, Betty Porath and fatherin-law, Nelson Porath. Celebration of Life was held at 1:30 p.m. Friday, April 13, from Indian Head Memorial Hall, Indian Head, Sask. If friends so desire, donation may be made to Allan Blair Cancer Clinic, 4101 Dewdney, Avenue, Regina, Saskatchewan S4T 7T1, or to the Victoria Quilts Canada, 454-1568 Merivale Rd., Ottawa, Ontario K2G5Y7. Arrangements entrusted to Hall Funeral Services, Estevan.

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Walter Stanley Carr October 2, 1923 April 2, 2012 Walter “Mickey” Carr passed away at Estevan, Sask. on Monday, April 2, 2012 at the age of 88 years. Walter is survived by his loving wife, Patricia; children, Gerald (Dianne), Susan Jensen, Nelda (Dave) Beecroft, and Jeff; grandchildren, Jessica, Alison, Rachel, Aaron, and Samantha; and one-great-grandson; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended family. Predeceased by his parents, Robert and Nellie; brothers, Gordon, Bob, Bill, Jack, Eric, and Dick; sisters, Phyllis, Eleanor, and Margaret. Memorial Service was held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 7, from Trinity Lutheran Church, Estevan, with Pastor Stewart Miller officiating. Those wishing to do so may make a donation to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, 279-3rd Avenue N. Saskatoon, SK S7K 2H8 in memory of Walter Carr. Arrangements were entrusted to Hall Funeral Services, Estevan.

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Philippe Tessier Philippe Tessier, born December 26, 1925, late of Radville, Saskatchewan passed away March 30, 2012 at the age of 86 years. Left to mourn, sons: Duane (Susan) of Gladmar, Sask., Neal (Joan) of Fort Qu’Appelle, Sask., Brian (Marilyn) of Gladmar, Sask. and Hartley (Cathy) of Weyburn, Sask.; grandchildren: Leah (Chris) Petersen, Colin (Kyla) Tessier, Paul (Erika) Tessier, Nicole Tessier, Sam (Hallie) Tessier, Ryan Tessier, Danielle (Brett) Park, Michelle (Jarret) Tessier, Devin (Jaymee) Tessier and Sheena (Ben) Tessier; seven great grandchildren: Ethan and Reese Petersen, Ryder and Dane Tessier, Maverick and Rylynn Tessier and Boe Gill; brothers: Armand (Rita) Tessier, Everett (Darlene) Tessier and Dominic Tessier; sister, Celia (George) McGillicky and numerous friends and other family. He was predeceased by his wife, Sylvia; parents, Maurice and Alice Tessier; sister, Bernadette (Felix) Gawel; and brother Henrie (Marie) Tessier. As per his wishes there will be no funeral service. A Private family interment will be held at a later date. For those so wishing donations may be made to a charity of donor’s choice, or to the Radville & District Health Centre Foundation Inc., Box 310, Radville, SK S0C 2G0.

Thank You The family of the late Philippe Tessier of Radville, Sask. would like to express their deepest appreciation to all who aided in the search for our father. Many miles were made by many people, some we are not even aware of. -Duane (Susan), Neal (Joan), Brian (Marilyn), Hart (Cathy), and families would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to one and all. Condolences may be left at: Arrangements have been entrusted to: Fletcher Funeral Chapels Ltd. Weyburn, Saskatchewan 306-842-5432

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

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

Pastor: Josh Permann Sunday: Family Bible Hour 10:00 a.m. Worship 11:00 a.m. Weekly: Bible Studies, Youth Group, Prayer Meeting An Associated Gospel Church

Shortline railways German Freundschaft Society meet receive grants The province has announced $700,000 in grants is being awarded for 11 shortline railways through the Shortline Railway Sustainability Program. “Our government recognizes shortlines are an effective transportation alternative for grain producers and other shippers to get products to market,” Highways and Infrastructure minister and minister responsible for the Saskatchewan Grain Car Corporation Jim Reiter said. “In addition to supporting economic development in rural Saskatchewan, shortline railways help reduce heavy truck traffic and road wear on our highways.” This 50-50 costshared infrastructure grant program, funded provincially by the Saskatchewan Grain Car Corporation and matched by eligible recipients, is designed to improve provincially-regulated shortline railways and can be used for projects such as track maintenance, railway tie replacements

and bridge repairs. “Funding for this grant program is consistent with last year, which increased 40 per cent from the previous year,” Reiter said. In the southeast, the Stewart Southern Railway based out of Fillmore will receive $54,796. “Our association appreciates the provincial government’s ongoing commitment in supporting shortline rail in Saskatchewan,” Saskatchewan Shortline Railway Association president Conrad Johnson said. “These grants have provided the funding necessary to grow our transportation sector.”

Submitted by Audrey Biberdorf Secretary

The Estevan and District German Freundschaft Society met on April 12 at 6 p.m. at the Estevan Art Gallery and Museum with eight members present.

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The Mercury Classifieds Are Bursting With Great Buys!

L.C – C. Isabelle & Souris Church OfÀce: 634-2024 Reverend Randy Kleemola WORSHIP SCHEDULE 9:30 a.m. - Bible Study 10:30 a.m. - Divine Service with Holy Communion and Sunday School


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Must have 2 pieces of ID with address or picture ID.


St. Giles, Estevan: 317 - 12th Ave. 8 a.m. 10 a.m. with Sunday School

Pastors: Bob Schultz, Daniel Krauss & Caleb Rieger Phone 634-4757

p/p d.o.

Toll Free 1-866-879-2191

Sunday Worship Times:

Sunday Worship & Sunday School 10:30 a.m. Evening Worship 7:00 p.m.


42 10th St., Weyburn, Sask. S4H 2W5

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




St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church Corner 12th Avenue & 2nd Street Phone: 634-2190 Fax: 634-6845

Elections were held and arrangements were made for the May 6 trip to the choir festival. The next meeting of the group will be held at the EAGM on May 17. New members are always welcome.

738 - 2nd Street, Estevan Church Office: Phone: 634-5684

Pastor Stewart Miller SUNDAY WORSHIP 10:00 a.m. - Family Worship


email: •

Senior Pastor: Geoff Thiessen Music /Youth Ministries: Josh Marvin OfÀce Admin./Kidz Clubz: Alicia Kavalench

Sunday Services: 10:30 a.m. - Worship Service with Children’s Church (Ages 3-11) • Nursery Provided Family Focus Night: Tuesday at 7 p.m.

1920 Wellock Road – 634-7955

Sunday Worship 10:30 a.m. Nursery provided to ages 0-23 months Treasure Seekers for ages 2-3 Caraway Street programs for ages 4 - grade 4

Pastors Rev. Christopher Smith Pastor Waylon Klix

Sunday School for all ages 9:30 am

Relevant Teaching, Meaningful Worship, Caring Community 140 King Street, Estevan 634-2601 Check out our website at: For coming events, recent messages and information about programs and ministries Join us on facebook at

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Saskatchewan strengthens ties with India The provincial government is looking outside its borders to improve its knowledge economy. Advanced Education, Employment and Immigration Minister Rob Norris signed a memorandum of understanding with Dr. Braj Sinha on behalf of the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute which formalizes an academic relationship between Saskatchewan and India. The MOU supports a commitment made by Premier Wall in India in March 2011 to strengthen economic and academic relationships with India. “India has become an increasingly important partner for Saskatchewan,” Norris said. “Saskatchewan is India’s largest trading partner in Canada, but this MOU will broaden the scope of our relationship to include education and innovation. This MOU will facilitate and foster even closer ties between our two jurisdic-

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ORLOWSKI LAW OFFICE Barrister & Solicitor

“In the business of creating , enhancing and insuring client’s net worth”

Stephen J. Orlowski, B.Ed., LL.B. 1215 - 5th Street, Estevan Phone: 634-3353 Fax: 634-7714

Reynold Bert CertiÀed Financial Planner

Ron Areshenkoff Mutual Fund Advisor Life Insurance Representative


Manulife Securities Investments Services Inc. is a Member MFDA IPC.

Funeral Directors

Carnduff Redvers Carnduff Agencies Carlsen Bldg. Bldg. Wednesday P.M. Thursday P.M. Phone: 452-3377 Phone: 482-4077

Kohaly and Elash Law Firm Barristers & Solicitors

LAMPMAN: Fridays • R.M. Building • 487-2880 MIDALE: Tuesdays • 233 Main Street • 458-2277

TROBERT LAW FIRM James F. Trobert B.A., LL.B.

Estevan Wicklow Centre 305 133 4th St. Estevan SK S4A 0W6

Fax: (306) 634-6901 Carnduff: Thursday p.m. Phone: 482-3731

Ph: 634-2616 Fax: 634-9881 Email:


Trailblazer Scooter

OPEN THURS: 12:00 - 8:00 Suite 329 - 12th Ave, Estevan (1st door South of CIBC, CALL: 306-483-2430 formerly Sun Life Bldg) TOLL FREE: 1-800-472-5063

Branch OfÀces:

1312 - 4th Street, Estevan

• 13 in. Black Tires • Full Suspension • Deluxe Light Package • 1.2 HP @ 8 MPH • Power Seat or Lge. Batteries

Phone: (306) 636-2020

1017 Third Street Estevan, Saskatchewan, S4A 0R4

Barrister & Solicitor

1506 4th Street, Estevan (306) 634-8233 12 Warren Street, Redvers (306) 452-6020

Dr. Sarah Sliva, Optometrist 4 - 102 Souris Ave Estevan, SK


Paul D. Elash, B.A., LL.B. Aaron Ludwig, B.Sc., LL.B.

Gainsborough: Thursday a.m. Phone: 685-2250



Phone: (306) 637-3710 Fax: (306) 637-3719

Telephone: 634-3631

Dustin Hall - Owner/Funeral Director Allan Styre - Funeral Director Jeff Sully - Funeral Director


Branch ofÀces at: Arcola Arcola Agencies Wednesday A.M. Phone: 455-2277

403B 9th Avenue, Estevan, SK S4A 2V4 PH: (306)634-7979 Toll Free: (877)779-0948 info@spectraÀ Insurance Offered Through Spectra Financial

international education best practices in India. “Over the past few decades, the Shastri IndoCanadian Institute has supported teaching, research and cultural partnerships between the University of Regina and a number of institutions in India - partnerships that will continue to grow with the signing of this important Memorandum of Understanding,” University of Regina president and vice-chancellor Vianne Timmons said. “As part of the Canadian Member Council of institutions, we have been privileged to receive and take part in numerous programs and activities delivered by Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute,” University of Saskatchewan president Peter MacKinnon said. “We’re honoured to be involved with an organization that promotes bilateral education linkages in Canada and India.”


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tions and continue to support the growth of our knowledge economy.” “The SaskatchewanShastri MOU heralds a new era of Saskatchewan and India education collaboration,” Dr. Sinha said. “This is the first provincial MOU to go forward in a tangible way and supports the agenda of the Canada-India Education Co-operation MOU announced by Prime Ministers Stephen Harper and Manmohan Singh recently.” AEEI will work with post-secondary partners in Saskatchewan to deliver on the objectives of the MOU that include: * Promoting Saskatchewan-India education cooperation and collaboration; * Raising Saskatchewan’s education profile in India; * Facilitating academic partnerships between postsecondary institutions in Canada and India; and * Sharing information

For Booking

Tim McGeough, B.A., LL.B. Lisa Zepick, B.A., LL.B. 1222 - 5th Street Estevan, SK S4A 0Z6 Ph: 306.634.8822 • Fax: 306.634.8837 Email: Stoughton Branch OfÀce: Thursday Afternoons (306) 457-2509

Carlyle Branch OfÀce: Wednesday Afternoons (306) 577-5520

Information Call 634-2654 or email:

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Estevan Mercury

Contractors Contact us for ALL of your renovation needs

• Windows & Doors • Fascia • Soffit • Decks & Fences • Seamless Eaves • Siding • Metal Cladding

• New Construction & Renovation • Commercial & Residential • All types of roofing • Metal Buildings & Garage Packages Warren Seeman


Hot Shot

Kitchen Designs

Saxon Construction Residental & Commercial Buildings Kitchen & Bath Renovations Windows & Doors – Vinyl Siding SofÀt & Fascia


Bus: 306-634-4224 Fax: 306-636-2173 719 Jubilee Place – Estevan

Fence Experts

24 HOUR / 7 DAYS A WEEK HOT SHOT SERVICE for oilÆeld, commercial & agricultural serving Saskatchewan, Manitoba & Alberta

Your Dream Kitchen Starts Here

Trevor Ledoux Sales and Design

3-8 Coronation Street Estevan, Saskatchewan S4A 0C7

Ph: 1•306•461•0320

Fax: 1•306•340•0228

Cabinet Systems Commercial cabinets to make your ofÀce function. • Reception Desks • Service Counters • Copier Room Storage • Lunch Room Areas • Vanities



(306) 634-8140

Mechanical Repairs

Diamond Clear Designs


Designed to Àt, Built to perform. t: 306 483 5118

Real Estate

Bruce’s Plumbing & Heating • Plumbing • Heating • Air Conditioning • Oil Furnace • Boilers • Drywalling • Complete Home Reno’s Servicing your oilfield needs!

Serving Alberta, Saskatchewan & Manitoba

Dennis Sabourin

Recently completed projects: • Southeast Training Institute • Spectra Place Arena • Enbridge Pipelines • Weatherford • Cresent Point Energy

Over 30 years of combined Real Estate Experience. Diane Jocelyn, CRES Owner/ Broker/ Sales 306.421.3170


Winnona Johner

tial • Comme rcial • Fa rms •

Owner/ Sales 306.421.5725


Bruce Craig 306-421-2591

Journeyman Heavy Duty Mechanic


Estevan, Saskatchewan

P.O. Box 177, Oxbow, SK SOC 2B0

634-9898 ~ 24 hours

Insulation Estevan tevan! NEW to EsAIRTIGHT Spray Foam

SUPPLIER/INSTALLER FOR Spray Polyurethane Foam Loose Fill Attic Insulation

Brent Sauter Cell 306-421-3724

Evening Calls Welcome

MaryAnn Sauter Cell 306-461-9388

Spray foam is your ultimate insulation choice for basement & above grade walls, attics, crawl spaces, rim joists, quonsets & more!

422 - 2nd Street Estevan, Sask


Now taking bookings for May Call Today


Ph: 1•204•529•2185 Cell: 1•701•412•5862


Check out our Classified section online at:

1339 4th Street, Estevan Ph: 634-1020

Call 634-2654 to advertise!

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Must have a valid drivers licence. Experience operating & maintaining equipment an asset. Competitive salary and excellent benefits package offered!

Positions Warehouse Associate

Submit resume and 2 references to: R.M. of Griffin, No. 66 P.O. Box 70 Griffin, SK S0C 1G0 Application deadline: Noon April 20, 2012

The R.M. of Benson No. 35 requires a

FULL-TIME EQUIPMENT OPERATOR until freeze-up, for road repairs, Àxing culverts, mowing, rock picking and other miscellaneous duties. State qualiÀcations, hourly wage expected and references. Forward applications by:

May 1, 2012

• Experienced Operators Only

Labourers • Water & Sewer Line Installations • Construction Experience an Asset We offer full time, year round employment, top wages, beneÀts package, proÀt sharing and more for the right individual. Valid drivers license & safety tickets required. Talk to us soon and join our team. Send Resume to:

Attn: Dave Mack Estevan, Sk. • Fax: (306) 634-6639 email:

At WESCO Distribution, our people go the extra step to ensure 100% customer satisfaction. It’s through their expertise and dedication that we’re the leading distributor of electrical products to industrial customers seeking advanced supply chain solutions.

Please forward your resume, in confidence, to: JARET MEADE WESCO Distribution Canada F: (306) 347-0706 E:

OUR chain of success starts with OUR people.

Only qualifying candidates will be contacted for an interview. No phone calls please. Employment Equity Employer

To Box 69, Benson, Saskatchewan, S0C 0L0 (634-9410) or fax to 634-8804 or


Inside Sales Associate

Counter Sales Associate Branch Administration Assistant



EXPRESS is looking for a


for Ambassador / Willow Park Greens. Approximately 210 papers, To be delivered Friday. The papers are brought to your door for delivery.

If interested call Gayle


Three Star Trucking Ltd. Crude Oil and Water Hauling Alida SK S0C 0B0

Dispatching Position Available • Must have oilfield experience • Wages negotiable upon experience • Benefit package available • Send resumes to

FOOD SERVICE WORKERS We are accepting resumes for part & full time positions. 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 call: Margaret - Subway 517 - 4th Street, Estevan • 634-6616


FULL TIME DAY WASH PERSON Monday to Friday Apply in person to:

238 4th St.


TOWER CAFÉ Help wanted for 5 food and beverage servers. Full time permanent employment to serve food, greet customers, present menu and bill. Salary $11.00 per hour. Previous experience preferred but not required. Contact Pete at 634-2220 or apply with resume in person.

MAINTENANCE/LUBE PERSON Duties will include: • car wash maintenance • some lube bay work Apply in person to:

238 4th St.

Your future starts here!

General Managers If you have a drive for excellence and the commitment to provide great leadership in the family casual food service industry this may be the opportunity for you. Send your resume today to:

Help Wanted Stampede Drilling Ltd. is now taking applications for the position of OfÀce Administrator H&R and Safety Co-ordinator

Send all resumes to Attention: Bill

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Estevan Mercury

Full-Time Dental Assistant Looking for a hard working, self motivated individual for a busy cosmetic & restorative practice. Dentrix experience preferred but not necessary. Please apply in person to:

Dr. Crooks 1322 3rd St. ~ Estevan, SK S4A 0S2 Rearden Well Servicing requires individuals interested in continuing their career in the Service Rig Industry for the following positions.


EXCAVATING, SAND AND GRAVEL • REDE-MIX CONCRETE is looking for individuals to fill the following full time positions:


• 1A licence • 3A licence • Resume & driver’s abstract required

LABOURERS CONCRETE FINISHERS Competitive wages are offered and a benefit plan is available. Interested individuals can fax, email or drop off resume to:

The Pure Energy Early Learning Centre & Estevan Daycare Co-operative is currently seeking energetic and enthusiastic educators to join our team. Interested applicants should possess ECE Level I or higher or be willing to obtain. Transferable credits include Registered Nurse, Social Worker, Licensed Practical Nurse, Homecare/Special Care Aide, and Education Assistant. Applicants should also possess strong communication skills and an interest in on-going learning and professional development. A Criminal Record Check, Child Abuse Check, TB Test, and First Aid/CPR Level ‘C’ are required. Wage scale is in place depending on education. Full benefits package is available for full time employees after a three (3) month probationary period. Please apply with a resume including references by fax, e-mail or in person to the attention of: Kayla Mathison 322 Souris Ave N, Estevan, SK S4A 1J7 1-306-634-5868 (Phone) • 1-306-634-5861 (Fax)

314 - 6th Street, Estevan • Ph: 634-2741 or fax resume to: 634-4643 Email: Directional Drilling Coordinator - Estevan Phoenix Technology Services LP is a progressive and innovative Calgary based directional drilling company. Driven by our client’s needs, we are committed to providing more efÀcient and costeffective drilling operations.

Has an opening in their

Production Department The Estevan Mercury requires a full time ad builder in their production department for a maternity leave position. Applicants must be able to muti-task in a fast paced, deadline driven environment, He/she must be a team player with an eye for detail. Knowledge of Mac Computers and Adobe Creative Suite is an asset, but we are willing to train the right applicant. The position is Monday to Friday during business hours. Our company offers a health beneÀt package. Please mail or e-mail resume to:

We have an opening for a Directional Drilling Coordinator based out of our Estevan, Saskatchewan location. Reporting to the General Manager - Estevan, the Directional Drilling Coordinator is accountable for providing directional drilling services for domestic customers. This position also requires close coordination with the MWD Coordinators. Responsibilities include: • Coordinating the distribution of directional drilling consultants, employees, supplies and third party services to Àeld jobs in order to consistently meet customer service needs. • Controlling directional drilling costs and approving all directional drilling purchase orders, invoices and expense accounts. • Maximizing individual employee and department performance by administering timely and effective recruiting, new employee orientation, performance management, compensation and training programs. • Working with the Sales Department to ensure the smooth interaction and coordination of Sales and Operations Departments; including participation in pre-stud or well meetings and assisting in the design of well proÀles and drilling programs. The successful candidate will have a minimum of 5 years of experience in Directional/Horizontal drilling, will be proÀcient with standard computer software, and will have strong administrative skills, including the ability to coordinate a diverse workforce comprised of employees and consulting personnel. Please submit your application to: Scott Nichol, General Manager - Estevan E-mail:

Melanie Tribiger, Production Manager The Estevan Mercury Box 730 Estevan, SK., S4A 2A6

ENVIRONMENTAL CONSULTANTS Marquis Alliance Energy Group, a division of Secure Energy services is a young and enthusiastic company focused on quality and growth. We are Calgary based and employ individuals with experience in numerous aspect of the environmental Àeld throughout Western Canada. We are currently recruiting for consultants in Southern Saskatchewan possessing a degree, diploma and/or equivalent skills in the environmental Àeld. Successful candidates will have the opportunity to lead and manage a designated area in Saskatchewan based on their skill level and performance. Up-to-date safety tickets speciÀcally H2S Alive, First Aid, TDG, and WHMIS are necessary. Consultants must also have a reliable 4x4 pick-up, computer and GPS. Job responsibilities may include but are not limited to landspraying while drilling (LWD), sump sampling, site inspections, pre site assessments, reclamation, spill response and reporting. We thank all applicants for their interest in this position, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Please email resumes to:

Has an opportunity for employment within our lending department. The position is for a Loans OfÀcer and reports directly to the Manager of Lending. QualiÀcations include: • Grade 12 education and 1 to 3 years of related job experience. • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills. • An understanding of the legal and legislative requirements associated with lending. • An agriculture background • Effective computer skills and the ability to communicate well with others Salary will commensurate with qualiÀcations and experience. A comprehensive beneÀt package is provided. Credit Union owned housing is available if required Please submit your resume by April 20, 2012 to: Attn: Adele Terrett, Manager of Lending Torquay Credit Union Tribune Branch Box 129 Tribune, Sask. S0C 2M0 Ph: (306) 456-2215 Fax: (306) 456-2558 Tribune Branch Only those under consideration will be contacted.

•• OPERATOR OPERATOR • DERRICKHAND DERRICKHAND • EXPERIENCED SERVICE RIGHANDS • SERVICE RIGHANDS Please fax resume complete with any valid training certiÀcates and valid driver’s license to 306-842-1877. E-mail: or contact Curtis at 306-861-4851.

POSITION AVAILABLE The Estevan Arts Council is seeking a

Program Assistant to work under the direction of the arts council. Individual will assist with arranging and promoting the council’s programs, grant applications and follow-up reports and be available for media interviews and presentations to community groups. Position will be part-time with Áexible hours up to 15 hours per week. Starting salary $16/hour. Information on the council programs may be found on our website: Apply, with resume by May 4, 2012 to: Estevan Arts Council 701 Souris Avenue ESTEVAN, SK S4A 2T1

Glacier Interactive Media a division of Glacier Media Inc

CAREER OPPORTUNITY Job Title: Digital Sales Specialist, Prairie Region Company: Glacier Interactive Media, a division of Glacier Media Inc Location: Regina or Saskatoon Background: Glacier Media Group is a leading information Communications Company focused on the provision of essential information and related services through print, electronic and online media. The Digital team is responsible for the growth of visitors engaging in our digital products and for the generation of revenues via the digital channel. Glacier’s interactive products include numerous consumer and business verticals including, content, news, real estate, deals and more. Role: The successful candidates’ objective will be to drive online advertising sales revenue in Glacier Media’s local newspaper group through the continued development and implementation of our digital sales strategy. Your primary focus will be to drive online revenue for Glacier’s present and future online properties (including but not limited to:, newspaper websites, directories, social media, e-newsletters, etc.) Responsibilities * Develop and enhance existing tools/materials and sales/marketing kit that is active across multiple locations * Identify local advertisers who are high-potential online clients; generate proposals and effectively demonstrate the benefits of local online advertising * Help maintain, manage and grow a sales pipeline * Contribute to specific revenue targets * Build enthusiasm and momentum around digital sales activities at a local level * Occasionally accompany sales representatives on “four-legged calls” to maximize training and impartation of digital presentation skills * Provide accurate and timely reporting with respect to all sales activity (including, but not limited to: call reports, pipeline, revenue target tracking) Confidentiality is not a duty but a requirement and an expectation. Special Requirements and Other Responsibilities: * Ongoing, regular travel throughout Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba (up to 75% travel required) * Perform various duties as assigned * Consistently acquiring and sharing knowledge around current industry trends and formats Skills / Qualifications * Negotiation, Knowledge of Interactive Marketing, Marketing Strategy, Social Media (Facebook, Twitter, Google +1, LinkedIn), Prospecting Skills, Selling to Customer Needs, Presentation Skills, Vendor relationships, Internet Presence, Technical Understanding, Closing Skills. Reliable vehicle and driver’s license. Interested Candidates should submit a completed resume and cover letter to: Jennifer Gibson, Manager Digital Sales; Deadline for Submissions: Please reply by April 30, 2012 Only qualified candidates considered for this position will be contacted for an interview.

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Northern Blizzard is a midsized private oil and gas company focused on heavy oil, primarily in western Saskatchewan. The company is headquartered in Calgary with offices in the Lloydminster area. We are currently seeking a Maintenance Superintendent. The successful candidate will be responsible for: o Managing a diverse team of tradesmen to support a reliability based maintenance strategy while utilizing the existing CMMS program o Maintaining and refining equipment reliability and integrity programs to meet proactive maintenance objectives; anticipate potential failures and work towards eliminating reactive equipment breakdowns o Championing the objectives of cost, schedule, safety, and quality o Assisting with Contractor/Vendor selection and management o Supporting projects; coordinate project planning and turnaround activities o Monitoring workload and resource capacity for regular maintenance activities and reassigning resources for critical production equipment (as required)

Boundary Dam Mine Sherritt Coal is Canada’s largest thermal coal producer, with nine surface mines in the provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan. Producing more than 94% of the thermal coal produced in the country, Sherritt currently supplies domestic utilities and international companies with fuel for electricity generation. The Bienfait mine is located approximately 12 km east of Estevan. The Boundary Dam and Bienfait Mines operate 6 draglines and provides employment to over 400 employees.

Besides being an independent self starter and a team player, the ideal candidate will have the following skills and attributes: o Excellent communication and organizational skills o Well developed problem solving ability o At least 10 years’ experience in a leadership role within the oil and gas industry o Valid driver’s license o Above average PC skills Northern Blizzard offers a competitive compensation package and a unique opportunity to participate in the growth of a new oil and gas company. To apply for this position, please forward your resume via email to:, or fax to 403-930-3001 before April 27, 2012. All correspondence will be held confidential. We thank all applicants for their interest in Northern Blizzard. Only applicants that meet our requirements will be contacted.

Bienfait Mine has immediate opening for:

Class 3 Power Engineer Position Summary The Bienfait Plants division requires a plant operator for an Activated Carbon Plant that was commissioned in mid 2010. QualiÀcations: The ideal candidate will possess a Class 3 Power Engineer ticket. Ideally possess a valid passport. Sherritt Coal offers a competitive beneÀts package and wages. Interested candidates should email or fax a resume and cover letter. E-mail: Fax: 306-634-7058 Applications may also be submitted in writing to: Human Resources, Sherritt Coal, Boundary Dam Mine, Box 3000, Estevan, SK S4A 2W2 We thank all candidates for their applications, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Canyon is the fastest growing fracturing company in North America. We deliver quality customized pressure pumping and service solutions to the oil and gas industry, improving our industry one job at a time. If you’re looking for a career with a leading organization that promotes Integrity, Relationships, Innovation and Success, then we’re looking for you. Now hiring Canyon Champions for the following positions:

Class 1 or 3 Drivers / Operators: Fracturing, Nitrogen, Coil, Cement & Acid Supervisors: Fracturing, Nitrogen, Coil, Cement & Acid Applicant Requirements: f Self-motivated f Willing to work flexible hours f Current abstract

f Team oriented f Clean Class 1 or 3 license an asset f Safety Focused

Why Canyon? f Dynamic and rapidly growing company f Premium compensation package

f Paid technical and leadership training f Career advancement opportunities

We thank all applicants; however only those selected for an initial interview will be contacted.

How to apply:


email: fax: (403) 356-1146 website:


Southern Plains Co-op invites applications for the position of a

PETROLEUM DRIVER SALES REPRESENTATIVE This position reports to the Petroleum Manager. The candidate must have a Class 3 A license. A key job duty of this position will be fuel delivery and promoting a strong customer contact program as well and keeping high standards at the location. Applicants must possess a positive, ambitious attitude with outstanding interpersonal skills. Previous experience in fuel delivery and/or previous experience at a retail Co-op will be considered an asset. Southern Plains Co-op offers a comprehensive salary and beneÀts package, and excellent opportunities for advancement. Please apply with resume to Carol McKay - Human Resources Manager Southern Plains Co-op 826 4th Street Estevan Fax 634-3199 or Email

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Estevan Mercury

c ommun i ty campaign Helping build the New Estevan Regional Nursing Home

... The Future Of Elder Care In Estevan A new facility is urgently Goal of $8 Million needed to provide ongoing care for the elders of Estevan and surrounding communities who Our elders living in the current building have led long, cannot live without around the productive lives, contributing to clock assistance. the community and to society. The Estevan Regional Nursing A new nursing home will allow residents to live in dignity, with Home is outdated and cramped. Now the elders of Estevan the level of special care they require at this stage in their lives. deserve the best we can offer. The Hearthstone Community Campaign was formed to raise $8 million from the local community. The province, through Sun Country Health Region, will fund the remaining 80 percent of the total cost.


The Problem: • The current nursing home, built in 1967, does not meet provincial standards for space, infection control and accessibility ndard • Rooms are 45% smaller than the current standard • Cannot accommodate modern equipmentt • No storage, not even for personal belongings • Washroom facilities are not private, only curtains are available for privacy.

The Solution: • A new state of the art 72 bed facility • Located adjacent to St. Joseph’s Hospital

• Will become a Centre of Excellence for senior care • Warm home-like environment with a philosophy of care that strives to eliminate the feelings of loneliness, helplessness and boredom

You can be part of the Hearthstone Community Campaign to build a new regional nursing home in Estevan. Spread the word, volunteer to help, make your thoughtful, generous gift. Phone: 306-461-8306 • E-mail: • Website:

c om mu n it y ca m pa ig n Helping build the New Estevan Regional Nursing Home

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