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As part of the tour of the carbon capture technology facilities at the Boundary Dam and Shand power station sites, guests were shown a CO2 injection well, part of the Aquistore project, whereby CO2 is injected into a layer of porous rock three kilometres underground.
Local carbon capture projects receives international interest By Sam Macdonald email@example.com
Interest in the carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology at Boundary Dam and Shand Power Stations continues to grow, as SaskPower hosts an increasing number of guests, all of whom are looking to learn more about the first-of-its-kind postcombustion coal carbon capture technology. On Sept. 11, Estevan was host to a group of international delegates looking to learn more about how it all works. Over 170 people from 21 countries came to Boundary Dam and Shand power stations, touring the carbon capture project at the former, and carbon capture test facility, at the latter. Guests also toured the Aquistore carbon storage and research centre near the two stations, where extracted CO2 is injected into the ground and monitored. The tour of the facilities was related to the International Energy Agency Greenhouse Gas (IEAGHG) Post-Combustion Capture Conference (PCCC3), a gathering that took place in Regina to focus on the study and discussion of CCS technology and research, as well as their commercial and industrial applications. In conjunction with the two-day conference, SaskPower ran its third annual CCS Symposium, the day after, which included the tour of the carbon capture facilities in
Estevan. “We talked about our experience, our vision and invited them out to see the project for themselves,” said Jonathan Tremblay, a strategic communications consultant with SaskPower. The tour was the boots on the ground portion of the symposium, where guests were able to see the technology they had discussed in action. Guests were shown where the CO2 emissions from the burning coal are diverted to the carbon capture facility at Unit 3. Guests viewed the machinery that uses chemical solutions called amines to separate sulfur dioxide and carbon dioxide from emissions, and the processes by which CO2 was diverted to pipelines and the sulfur dioxide was converted into sulfuric acid, which is sold for industry purposes. A significant portion of the tour showed what becomes of CO2 sent into pipelines. Guests were shown the lines where CO2 used for the purpose of oilfield recovery is sent south of Weyburn, and the Aquistore facility onsite, where CO2 is injected into a layer of porous rock three kilometres underground, surrounded by layers of solid rock. On the way to Estevan from Regina, the tour made a stop at the site of the CO2 enhanced oil recovery (EOR) project in Weyburn. The Weyburn site is where 28 million tonnes of recovered CO2 has been injected into oilbearing formations to improve oil recovery.
“This conference was tagged to an international agency technical workshop concept that has a global following,” said Mike Monea, president of carbon capture and storage initiatives for SaskPower. “The conference and the follow-up plant tour in Estevan worked very well.” Monea noted that the guests participating in the tour were all highly engaged with a surfeit of questions. Guests were largely len-
Student enrollments are up this year By David Willberg firstname.lastname@example.org
While the economic slowdown has had an impact on many different sectors in the region, some local schools are still growing. The South East Cornerstone Public School Division and the Holy Family Roman Catholic Separate School Division have both experienced enrolment increases
enrolled as of September 11, including their virtual school and pre-Kindergarten programs. There were 8,181 students in the division on September 8, 2014. The figure had dropped to 8,155 students when classes ended for the summer in June. And they were projecting a total enrolment of 8,199 for the 2015-16 school year. Westview ⇢ A2
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Vermeersch appointed to college board Jim Vermeersch has been appointed to the board of governors of the Southeast College. Vermeersch, an Estevan-based chartered professional accountant will serve a three-year term. The appointment was announced at the college’s first meeting of the new fiscal year on Sept. 9 in Weyburn. The appointment was confirmed through the Ministry of Advanced Education. Vermeersch has held a number of board and executive positions within several organizations in the southeast region. He is a senior partner with the accounting firm of Siever, Vermeersch and Fonstad in Estevan. He holds a bachelor of education degree and had a number of years in the teaching profession before switching career paths to accounting. “I look forward to working with the Southeast College board and to
continue with the growth plan they have set forth,” said Vermeersch. “I believe my experience in education and financial accounting will support the board and college as we move ahead.” Vermeersch will be one of two representatives who reside in the Estevan area. The appointment came following the completion of Dale Felgate’s second term with the board as an Estevan area representative. The other Estevan area board member is Bernie Bjorndalen. “We are very appreciative of the time and dedication Dale Felgate gave to the board of governors for the Southeast College,” said Judi Jones, board chairwoman. “We would like to extend our sincere thanks to Dale for his contributions.” News of the appointment was issued through the offices of the college’s president and CEO, Dion McGrath.
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City will apply to PDAP for support The City of Estevan will apply for support from the Provincial Disaster Assistance Program (PDAP) due to the heavy rains that drenched the city during the Labour Day weekend. Estevan city council voted unanimously to apply for support during Monday night’s meet. The city received nearly 150 millimetres of rain on September 5. The downpour caused water damage to a number of residences in the community. City manager Amber Smale said they decided to apply for the PDAP support after the city was informed by an insurance company that about 40 residents suffered flooding in their basements. The insurer wanted to know if the city would make an application on the residents’ behalf. Smale needed to know the number of people affected and the total damage costs before the city applied. “They wouldn’t be covered by insurance,” Smale told the Mercury. “PDAP then kicks in and provides a little bit of assistance to those residents, so that’s why we chose to be designated as a disaster for that purpose, to get the public some funding they normally wouldn’t get.”
She expects the properties were spread out across the city, and not clustered in one area.
The city worked with PDAP to complete the necessary forms, which are due 30 days following the event. The city sent the requisite forms to PDAP on September 8. Nobody can apply for assistance until the city receives the proper designation from PDAP. If PDAP approves the city’s application, the city will inform the public of the next step. PDAP would come to Estevan to meet with affected people and help them through the process. Smale said she can’t think of any reason that PDAP would reject the city’s application. “This is something the province
will completely lead,” said Smale. “We’re just the middle man in this.” PDAP provides financial assistance for restoring essential services and property due to such events as the heavy rains Estevan received. A PDAP designation allows private property owners to apply for assistance under the program, should their home insurance not cover the damage incurred. PDAP covers damage or loss to uninsurable, essential property. For homeowners, this may include such things as beds, essential furnishings and clothing, furnaces, water heaters, fridges, stoves and electronics. For business owners, eligible items may include stock and supplies, essential work clothing and other necessities. The city never considered calling a state of emergency during the rain, Smale said. Those are reserved for very serious situations. While the storms brought a lot of rain to Estevan in a short amount of time, the water drained well once the rain stopped and the ground soaked up the water. “It was a one-time rain event, a one-in-70 years rain event, but a state of emergency wasn’t necessary,” said Smale.
Westview and St. Mary’s had the biggest increases A1 ⇠ “We’re a little surprised by the increase, because as the economy rolled on in the last few months, we thought we would be a little bit down from our projection,” said Little. Some schools in Estevan did exceed projections. The Estevan Comprehensive School (ECS), which boasts Grade 9 to 12 students, finished last year with 780 students, and was expected to dip to 774, but instead had 788 students as of September 11. Westview School was the local school with the biggest increase. The preKindergarten to Grade 8 school was projected to have 193 students, which would have been just one more than they had on June 30. But they wound up with 219 students. “We haven’t done an analysis yet to see why,” said Little. “Some is movement within the community, and some is movement with people coming in to live in that particular area.” The other three local schools had small decreases from their projections. Hillcrest School had 147 students on September 11, which was down from the 162 they finished with in June, and the 153 students
they had projected. Pleasantdale School was projected to have 223 students; they had 219 as of September 11. The school was at 216 as of June 30. And Spruce Ridge School had 430 students as of September 11. They finished last year with 432 students, and they were projecting 438 pupils. Hillcrest, Pleasantdale and Spruce Ridge are Kindergarten to Grade 8 (K-8) schools. Most rural schools surrounding Estevan came in with lower enrolments than projected. The exception was the Midale Central School, a K-12 school which had 173 students, compared with a June 30 total of 162 and a projected enrolment of 163 students. Lampman School, which is also a K-12 school, had 221 students, a slight decrease from 226 projected number, and the 228 they had in June. Oxbow Prairie Horizons School had 373 students in its pre-Kindergarten to Grade 12 classes, compared with a projected total of 385 and a June 30 enrolment of 376 students. Bienfait Weldon School, which is a K-8 school, had 125 students, which is the
same as in June, but down marginally from the 127 they expected to have. And Macoun School, which is also K-6, had 52 students, which dropped from the 58 they finished with in June, and the 60 they projected. Little said they started making projections in January. The final projection figures were set in March. “And then we’ve been watching over the course of the next six months as the economy and the price of oil dropped,” said Little. “We thought that perhaps our projections were going to end up being a little bit high. But at the end of the day, we were pretty much right on projections.” Holy Family director of education Gwen Keith said they saw increases for their two schools in Estevan. Sacred Heart School, which is a pre-Kindergarten to Grade 8 school, had 337 students as of September 9, which is up four from a year ago. St. Mary’s School, which is a K-8 school, is up 20 students from 232 to 252 pupils. An extra portable is currently being added to Sacred Heart, and there has been a lot of work
inside the building, so that they can accommodate future growth. Keith said they weren’t going to hold off on the portable just because enrollment increases at Sacred Heart slowed down this school year. “With the way we get our funding for these portables … it doesn’t just happen immediately,” said Keith. “If we get everything rolling and in place, you can’t just drop it like a dime, because you might not get an opportunity again for quite a while.” Sacred Heart received one of 33 portables approved by the Ministry of Education last year. Overall, Holy Family has seen an increase of 38 students, from 1,273 to 1,311 students, which includes their pre-Kindergarten programs. “It’s not a major increase,” said Keith. “We were worried about what might happen in terms of some of the economic conditions in the community, and whether there would be people leaving in the summer.” Keith said Holy Family should be able to accommodate the students in all their schools in the southeast, and they should have a great school year.
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It’s a relationship being forged to spread useful information connected to providing a cleaner environment. On Sept. 11, SaskPower and BHP Billiton signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that will subsequently lead to a contract that creates a partnership to accelerate global development of carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology. “It’s a multi-year commitment that will involve multimillions of dollars that we just can’t reveal right now, but will, as soon as the contract is completed and signed,” said Mike Monea, president of carbon capture and storage initiatives, whose signature is on the MOU along with that of SaskPower president and CEO Mike Marsh and BHP Billiton’s chief commercial officer, Dean Dalla Valle. Monea said the intent of the agreement is to “lower barriers for others to get involved with SaskPower because BHP will help build and run a global networking cycle regarding our Boundary Dam clean coal project. It’s not necessarily research driven, but the significance is in the validation for BD3 and our ability to tell the story to the world.” BD3 is the world’s first full chain power sector CCS project and it was no accident the agreement was signed in the midst of an international energy and environment conference staged in Regina that was attracting delegates from up to 30 countries. BHP will contribute to the establishment of a global knowledge centre to help promote research and reduce the cost and risk associated with new CCS projects. “There are many nuggets of knowledge to be found around the world on this subject so as we build the network and advance CCS, we expect there will be a return, a sharing of knowledge on this subject. There will be collaboration agreements and approvals going forward,” said Monea. The research facility at the Shand Power Station will also come into play within the agreement, to be used as a conduit for those who want to conduct research within realistic conditions at a commercial power generating station. The nearby underground storage facility, Aquistore, also enters to play a significant role in the overall plan.
Mike Monea (File Photo) “To respond effectively to climate change, we must develop and deploy a wide range of low emissions technologies more quickly than the usual commercial timeframes. But progress remains too slow. “The individual components of CCS have been successfully demonstrated for many years, but Boundary Dam is the first power project to bring all these together. Much more investment and many more projects are needed to bring down the cost of technology and accelerate its deployment. By making relevant information from Boundary Dam more widely available, we hope our contribution has a multiplier effect and promotes CCS investment around the world. “We continue to assess other investments to support the development of CCS and other low emissions technology as part of our commitment to take action on climate change,” said Dalla Valle. “We have a master plan developing with BHP. once this is established, this could bring in partners for actual work and trigger technical and funding agencies to get involved.
There will be a link to our universities and there will be lifestyles and public policy issues that will all become a part of this. It’s pretty exciting,” said Monea. “We’ve been told we have the nucleus here, Estevan is the epicenter for a great product, so we have to get the rules out there so they can engage with us properly.” In welcoming the partnership, Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall said, “We’re very happy to have BHP Billiton and SaskPower seek to partner on next steps, and make CCS more accessible to the world. With private enterprises like BHP Billiton investing in low emissions technology, we are turning the tide today in Saskatchewan and tomorrow around the world.” “SaskPower’s CCS journey began more than a decade ago, and today we’re proud to develop this exciting opportunity,” said Marsh. Giles Hellyer, president of BHP Billiton Canada Inc., said he was proud that his company was seeking to partner with a local organization to achieve excellent work that is firmly aligned with BHP Billiton’s climate change position. “As the home of our Jansen Potash project, we have a strong connection with and commitment to Saskatchewan and it’s great to see some of the innovative work being done in the region recognized globally as part of such an important effort to reduce the world’s emissions.” Hellyer went on to say, “We know there is still much more to be done in CCS, but we are encouraged by the results we are seeing today, and the innovations we are working on for tomorrow. The Boundary Dam project offers lessons for all of us, and we look forward to being a part of it.” Monea added that at this juncture, “the big thing is operational data … what went into building this plant and the modifications that had to be made. European Union countries and companies are linking up to this and they want access to operational information and we will share all of that, but we need a main agreement such as this one with BHP, then a sign up with other agencies and countries to do applied research work.” Monea explained that “this is not esoteric. We want real movement on CCS we will approve items we can jointly work on, get with the program, and then we can link around the world.”
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Big Weapon To Fight Fires One of the province’s big firefighting tankers made an overnight stop in Estevan on Monday. This plane, or one like it, may be dispatched from the regional airport in the future if needed to fight fires in southern Saskatchewan or northern states in the U.S. The tanker, capable of handling 1,750 gallons of water or retardant was joined by a guide plane and a full crew who were en-route to North and South Dakota on Tuesday to help complete a partnership agreement for fighting wildfires.
Sixth Street closure will start Sept. 21 One of the most welltravelled areas in Estevan will be closed starting next week, as the resurfacing of Sixth Street between Souris Avenue South and 13th Avenue is slated to begin on Monday, Sept. 21. The city pledged two years ago to resurface the two blocks of Sixth Street, as well as Souris Avenue South from Sixth Street to Fourth Street, but costs associated with the project shelved it until this year. The two roads make up part of Estevan’s truck
route. Some work has already happened, with concrete replacements in sections of curbing. City manager Amber Smale said the work needed to take place before resurfacing could begin. Traffic on Souris Avenue and Sixth Street has been reduced to one lane when the work has been taking place. Not only will local motorists have to find an alternate route during the construction, but heavy
truck drivers will also be affected. “We’ll have to set up a detour route, but we haven’t determined the detour yet,” said Smale. She expects the heavy trucks will likely be sent down Fourth Street. Fourth has served as the detour route for the heavy trucks in the past when Sixth Street has been closed. The resurfacing of Sixth Street and Souris Avenue South is expected to take about a month, but that will be contingent on
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Heading into the Labour Day long weekend, Saskatchewan’s Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure reported that $250 million worth of highway projects were still underway. The work involved road improvements, bridges, culverts and one airport. A bridge replacement project was in mid-stages on Highway 3 near Hudson Bay along with another one on Highway 165 near Beauval. A large maintenance project on Highway 1 near Chaplin was completed as was another one near Blaine Lake. Paving work was underway on the heavy truck
bypass near Estevan as that project nears completion. Drivers are reminded they can check the Highway Hotline for up-to-date information on highways. Clicking on the icons located along your route will provide the information about any project that is underway and notify you of local detours, if required. Drivers are reminded to observe posted speed limits in construction zones and to slow to 60 km/hr when passing highway workers and equipment. Over the past seven years, the provincial government has invested $5.2 billion into transportation infrastructure.
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EAGM’s fall programs filled with activities The new season of art programming at the Estevan Art Gallery and Museum is underway. A number of adult art projects were announced earlier this year, and they are now about to begin, said EAGM’s educator Karly Garnier. Art Journaling classes will be conducted on a monthly basis throughout the fall beginning this Thursday, Sept. 17, and continuing through to Oct. 15 and Nov. 19. These classes will be held between 7 and 8:30 p.m. and will include photo displays, mementoes and putting thoughts on paper in a creative way. The Pinterest Challenge classes begin on Sept. 24 and will continue on Oct. 29 and Nov. 26. These classes will be held between 7 and 9 p.m. The Pinterest Challenge takes participants out of the pinning world into the activity mode. The ﬁrst class will see registered participants DIYing canvas wall art. The South Saskatchewan Photo Club gets underway on Sept. 29 and their classes will be conducted again on Oct. 27 and Nov. 24. The class times are also between 7 and 9 p.m. The photo club is designed for beginners and advanced photographers alike. The common link is a love of photography. Instructor Jon Gillies will guide each session with new tips, tricks and hands-on activities. The Drink and Draw class will be held on Oct. 20. This is one-time class that will allow participants to sketch, doodle and indulge in a glass of wine while doing so. This casual drawing class fosters creativity while providing a fun night out. It will be conducted by the EAGM’s director/curator Amber Andersen and it will begin at 7 p.m. The Christmas card construction class with Mandi Perry-Zohner as leader, will allow registrants to create original Christmas greeting cards. This class is a one-time only event as well, on Nov. 17 with a 7 p.m. start time. The Sociables class will be held on Oct. 22. This is another casual evening out that
will include a fun activity and the chance to browse through the art collection at the gallery while enjoying some snacks and refreshments. From a date night to a girls night out or if you’re just wanting to get out and meet new people, the Sociable evening is designed for you. This event will include tarot card readings in the gallery which will blend in nicely with the haunted house theme of the exhibits. The Homemade for the Holidays class is slated for Dec. 5 and it will be held between 1 and 4 p.m. with no fee being set. It will allow the public an opportunity to complete their Christmas shopping at a unique craft sale featuring handmade goods from local artists and craftspeople. The craft room will serve as a children’s activity centre while the adults shop. The children will be offered hot chocolate and a chance to work on holiday crafts while their parents browse and shop. All artists, bakers and craftspeople are invited to participate in this event with vendor tables being offered free of charge. The Family Art programs are scheduled for Sept. 17 and 24 and every Thursday throughout October and November and three straight Thursdays in December. All classes are held between 10 and 10:30 a.m. The Halloween Haunt night is on again at the EAGM. This well-know fun evening will be held on Oct. 24 between 6:30 and 9 p.m. and is open for all ages at no charge. The action-packed evening features pumpkin carving contests, costume contest, photo booth, snack vendors and arts and crafts for kids. Contact the gallery for more information on the carving and costume contests. These classes allow youngsters and family members to create and explore art together. It’s geared for toddlers aged 18 months and up with parent or guardian participation. For more information regarding these classes and the various registration fees per class or session, contact the EAGM at 306634-7644.
Record Support The Prairie Winds Motorcycle Club’s 17th annual Ride for Ronald McDonald House on Sunday afternoon received record levels of support. A total of 120 people registered for the ride, and they raised about $5,000 for the Ronald McDonald House in Saskatoon. Participants rode from the Sixth Street McDonalds in Estevan to Lampman, Arcola and Stoughton before returning to Estevan.
Envision offers new workshops Envision Counselling and Support Centre is offering relationship support to adults in the community once again. The organization has planned a series of evening workshops focused on cultivating healthy relationships and emotional well being. “It takes courage for someone to sign up, but once you start, the results are immediate,” said Envision executive director Christa Daku. “People who attend these mini workshops are able to implement these tools right away in their everyday life.” These workshops specifically teach skills like setting boundaries in re-
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It’s a messy situation out there It appears that our global situations and crises are shifting at an ever-increasing rate, which is probably a sign of the new world order. Our global communication networks are now capable of working overtime at a much more rapid clip than human minds can absorb. It seemed only a few weeks ago the focus was on Russia versus Ukraine. We then moved over to the European Union and the Greek defaults on successive payments to creditors. Then came the fall in oil prices, or should we say, the second round of oil price decreases, which led to the decrease in nonresident investments in North American oil industries. In Canada, we not only had to contend with the resourcepricing declines in the entire commodities field, but housing prices continued to escalate in Vancouver and Toronto too, for some unexplained reason, while levelling off in other sectors. Next came some natural
disasters in the form of forest fires, both in Western Canada and northwestern United States. Lately, we’ve knocked Greece out of our collective minds, and are now focused on Syrian refugees … how many each country could and should be able to accommodate, how quickly and under what conditions? Naturally, a good deal of common sense departs the room when we tackle emotional topics such as this, but it serves as a good example of how we only focus on one disaster at a time. Who is reining in Putin right now? Who is handling the Greek money crisis? Are the forest fires out? What are the consequences? We know the fires in Saskatchewan are going to add more than a few million to the provincial debt load, but nobody seems to want to talk about that at this stage of the game. And all this is unfolding while Canadians grapple with a never-ending federal campaign
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Bad job news just starting? It obviously isn’t all bad news. In fact, under the circumstances of being in another recession and the continued fall in oil prices, Saskatchewan’s August job numbers weren’t quite as bad as some thought they would be. But it clearly isn’t the good news the Premier Brad Wall government was hoping for. And, in rural Saskatchewan, where people tend to be a little closer to the resource economy and good jobs like those in the oil sector are not easy to find, the latest job news may be especially discouraging. Even with harder times hitting the oilpatch, the number of working Saskatchewan people actually increased by 1,600 from last year to an all-time high of 587,700. Moreover, Saskatchewan’s unemployment rate, although it increased slightly to 4.7 per cent compared with a year ago, remained the lowest in Canada. By comparison, Manitoba’s rate was 5.7 per cent and Alberta and B.C. were both at six per cent.
featuring the leaders of the four parties only. The new head count in the House of Commons will be 338, yet it seems only four faces are to be clearly recognized at the end of the day. The candidates, including cabinet ministers, apparently get marching orders from one source, their Leader’s offices. Autonomy on Parliament Hill is pretty well dead. Now having outlined the shifts in news-making priorities over the past few months, we would simply like to make one clear observation. It’s about the economy. Whether it be China, Russia, the United States or the European Union. It’s still all about the economy because that’s how we tend to keep score, the one thing we all have in common. And when economic conditions falter on a world-wide scale, we all suffer. Whether Greece was fudging their numbers or China was lying about their construction
However, that appears to be where the good new ends. The province’s foremost statistician, Doug Elliott of Sask Trends Monitor, told the Leader-Post the employment picture was “spotty.” While there were new jobs, there were also 37,000 unemployed people, Saskatchewan’s highest unemployment number in more than 20 years. It’s quite possible many of these unemployed might be well-paid oil workers. This seems to be what we learned in a series of stories from Leader-Post reporter Emma Graney about the Weyburn-Estevan area, where the once all-too-low vacancy rate has suddenly become all too high. Of course, there is the likelihood that oil will rebound at some point. As all too many in that industry have learned, it is a cyclical business. Premier Wall points out that Saskatchewan doesn’t seem to be taking quite as big a hit as Alberta. If we are still creating jobs in the province, we can stand on our own without oil … right? Well, it’s never quite that simple. Where job growth in Saskatchewan seems to be at its best is in part-time work and in areas such as accommodation and food services. These tend to be low-paying and part-time work. Moreover, the other areas of year-over-year job growth included health care and social workers (7,300 more jobs). These are public sector jobs that aren’t necessarily a sign of a healthy economy.
and business growth or Russia was trying to flex their muscles while under economic sanctions, it all doesn’t really matter until the global master puppeteers gather the players into one grand ballroom and force them to leave the facades behind, face realities and get back to the business of doing business, preferably with one another. No more phony mortgages and default swaps or major banks cheating governments and moving against the spirit of economic recovery by hoarding money and governments printing out stacks of new money without any domestic production as backing. Naturally, we are not so weak minded as to think the world leaders need to pay attention to a small-time editorial in a community newspaper, we are simply saying that we can observe what is happening with the hope that at least some solutions are discovered before we all get mired in self-inflicted messes.
However, the real telling number is the number relating to full-time jobs. Full-time work actually fell in August 2015 by 10,600 compared with August of 2014. Even more telling is the contrast with Alberta that managed to create 43,000 more full-time jobs. Leading in Saskatchewan’s job loss category was resource development, but jobs were also lost in agriculture, construction and manufacturing. If it were a good crop year going into harvest, one wouldn’t expect much of a loss in farming jobs. And, with all the money the government has poured into construction — going into debt by an extra $700 million in this budget year alone — it’s more than a little surprising we are losing jobs in construction. Finally, a weaker Canadian dollar should at least be good for Saskatchewan’s manufacturing sector. Evidently, that is not the case. It’s not all bad news on the job front for the Wall government. And the bad news should be properly placed in perspective that these are just one month’s employment statistics. Those numbers may change by next month. We have yet to see prolonged job loss under the Wall government and there seems little to worry about until we do. That said, with an election now only seven months away, it would be bad timing for this government if the province entered a job slump. While we aren’t in that job slump yet, we are getting closer to it.
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How about another round of random thoughts from a scrambled mind dear diary? I knew you would agree. Topic one: I continue to be bedazzled by the human brain. Rocket scientists versus neurosurgery versus artistic achievements. Or as one friend put it recently, “hey, this isn’t rocket surgery,” in response to an easy problem and even easier solution. According to one brain studying wizard, whose name I missed while listening to a presentation, there is no such thing as someone being able to “multi-task.” That’s why we have driving distraction fines. You can’t talk and keyboard at the same time. However another friend observed one afternoon while standing at a urinal and reading a text message, “is this considered multi-tasking?” I suppose it could be, however, according to the analyst, he’d be doing a disservice to one of those functions. I’ll leave that assessment to ‘youse guys’. Topic Two: Same analyst, stated the average attention span of viewers on YouTube amounts to 23 seconds. That means we are working quickly, but our attention span has been limited. Sorting out the organized mind is done more quickly so more errors are occurring. We also waste more time. One good example is a recent YouTube adventure that features people unwrapping boxes of certain digital wonders. That’s it. We’re fascinated by simply watching people open boxes … other than on Storage Wars? Wow! I hope I never stumble on that site. Millions of viewers have been engrossed by this entry. Talk about being dumbed down! The presentation also alerted us to the fact that millions of people watch people playing Minecraft. Why? Who knows, and really, should we care? We think we can jump from one topic or job to another and back again with focus, but apparently we can’t. We may do it in spurts of three to five second flashes, but it’s still one thing at a time. The presenter of this brain-working session also studied the minds and mannerisms of artistic people such as Joni Mitchell and Stevie Wonder et al, and determined these folks are never obsessed with clocks. They will work at any hour on various fronts but generally are organized. If they are painters, for one example, their work may be scrambled in nature and they’ll work at 4 a.m. or 2 p.m. if they feel the need to drop what they were doing and tackle their newest project. But they are organized, insofar as they will have the paints, easel, and canvas ready to go, all the time. Just like you and I make sure we have fresh milk in the fridge. The good minds thrive in fresh environments and sort out the information made available to them, and are quick to discern the fact that most of the information they gather is unreliable, but still, maybe useful for some other purpose. Have you ever sat in on a song-writing session? Ob La De, Ob La Da, life goes on, Ya. lala now life goes on. (Need I say more? It made them millions). Topic Three: Now that summer is over, it’s safe to divulge further accidental research information. Canada has no fewer than five bare-all, or nude beaches. These textilefree retreats are found on Wreck Beach in B.C., probably the most well-recognized, along with Hanlan’s Point on Toronto Island; Oka Park near Montreal, Crystal Crescent Beach in Nova Scotia, near Halifax and Beechgrove (East Point Park) near Scarborough, Ont. That’s from my useless information file, just thought you’d be interested. I don’t believe any of these places do much business in mid-January.
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The Editor: Open letter to Saskatchewan people. The Quill Lakes flooding situation is no longer just a problem for a few farmers. It is soon to become everyone’s problem. Every taxpayer has a stake in this. The “dam” proposal by the Water Security Agency (Kutawagan Diversion) is just the beginning of a long and expensive mistake that is avoidable. It will cause countless expenditures long into the future, just to attempt to justify the original mistake. Recent history regarding our immediate neighbours to the southeast should be our warning. The state of North Dakota is still losing money over a forced decision made in dealing with the Devil’s Lake fiasco with expenses by federal, state and local governments exceeding a billion dollars so far. The U.S. National Weather Service describes
the new climate when talking about high water events in the North American Great Plains. Also, there are predictions from the U.S. geological survey that this current flooding cycle may last for decades. In an article by Douglas Larson in the 2011 American Scientist magazine (Runaway Devils Lake), a must read for Saskatchewan people, the final paragraph sums up the tragedy perfectly. “With the crisis unfolding, nature appears to have the upper hand, at least for now. Humans seeking a technical fix at this late hour, may have lost control of their environment, a lesson about the important of p-re-emptive action to forestall or reverse an impending environmental disaster. This may be particularly true now that unpredictable climate change appears likely across the globe. Having lost the proactive advantage, those working to solve the problem at Devils
Lake have been reduced to a rearguard strategy. That is a position that may become familiar to people around the world in years to come.” We are those “people” at the crossroad right now in this province. The opportunity to take a pre-emptive action is right now. If we try and hold back unwanted volumes of flood water we are just copying the same mistakes made to the south, all over again. This will cost the province massive expenditures long into the future. To prevent flooding upstream and down, we need an immediate controlled release of Quill Lakes water now, and a commitment to maintain a constant water level at today’s elevation or lower. Through investigations we have learned the majority of the Last Mountain Lake/Qu’Appelle waterway is concerned with flood issues already taking place. The statements almost unanimously are “we
can’t handle the water we have now.” Fall rain events are mimicking conditions that caused the 2011 spring flood. Added to the scare is a now threatening 2.1 million acre watershed that has risen vertically 6.5 metres in 11 years and rising with less than a metre to go to spill point. This is an opportunity to get downstream infrastructure fixed now to reduce the threat of repeat flooding. It will help everyone from the Quills to Hudson Bay prepare for the new realities. The man-made dam, a ticking time above Last MountainQu’Appelle system will continue to threaten fish habitat, expensive property and infrastructure through the downstream system. The short term fix proposed by WSA does not show economic losses that will be immediate and lengthy. Lost ⇢ A8
Tories have turned the clock back 115 years The Editor: Once again we have propaganda about how the federal Tories help Western Canada. Let the record show just how helpful they are to agriculture. First of all, the Tories are for big business … people who thrive on tax concessions but do not pay taxes. They live off the system and at the same time believe in the free enterprise system where it’s every person for themselves. The Tories destroyed the PFRA system. They completely closed all the offices in the west which were beneficial to Canadian farmers. They closed the tree nursery at Indian Head. Today, the tree farm is invaded with one-metre high weeds. Yet every prairie farmyard has trees grown from seedlings purchased from the tree nursery. So much for the Tories’ help in Western Canada. The PFRA community pastures were developed after the dry years, the 1930s, on land that was marginal with rocks and sloughs. They helped farmers pasture their cattle so farmers had more cash for their operation. Today the federal Tories have closed all the pastures. So much for help from the Tories. The Canadian Wheat Board was destroyed by the To-
ries. Who do you think benefited by destroying the CWB? The grain companies. In 2012 I sold wheat through the CWB. I received $8.50 a bushel. At the west coast at export position wheat was selling at $7.72 a bushel. Under the CWB I would be getting an additional $3 per bushel in 2015. To sell grain on the open market — it’s freedom to go broke. So much for the Tories’ help. The Canadian Grain Commission is being destroyed. It’s the only organization to protect farmers from the grain companies and keep them honest. So much for help from the federal Tories. Oh yes, what about producer cars under federal legislation? The producer cars help the farmer bypass the grain companies to achieve better prices for their grain. Well, the Tories destroyed this program too. The Tory government has turned back the clock 115 years. My forefathers fought for programs that benefited farmers, and the Tories destroyed them all. Sincerely, a concerned farmer Edward Sagan Melville
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Chief pays tribute to new sergeants Estevan police Chief Paul Ladouceur is lauding the abilities of the three new sergeants for the Estevan Police Service (EPS). Craig Bird, Evan Handley and Tyler McMillen were officially promoted from constable to sergeant during the Sept. 8 meeting of the Estevan Board of Police Commissioners. Ladouceur spoke on the qualifications of each officer, and presented them with their sergeant’s badge. Bird was the most senior of the three officers promoted, as he has been with the EPS for 18 years; the last 4 1/2 years were spent as an acting sergeant. “If there’s someone that’s the ideal
definition of an ideal police officer, (it’s Craig); his name should be in the dictionary,” said Ladouceur. “I’ve never seen someone so involved in the community, and so involved with youth in the community as I have with Craig.” Handley, who joined the EPS in 2003, most recently worked in the criminal investigation division. Ladouceur recalled that shortly after he arrived in Estevan, there was a homicide in the city – the first in Estevan since 2008. Handley’s investigative skills were evident at that time. “I have full faith in Evan leading as a supervisor within this organization,” said Ladouceur.
Theft in Bienfait now under investigation The Estevan RCMP is investigating a theft that took place recently in Bienfait. Sometime between 11 a.m. on Sept. 11, and 11:45 a.m. on Sept. 12, a 19-foot aluminium Lund boat, a
Honda 45-horsepower outboard motor and a white EZ Loader boat trailer were stolen from a residence on Taylor Street in the town. The boat is silver with blue striping and red trim,
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McMillen has worked in several different capacities since joining the EPS in 2001, and had been an acting sergeant for about 18 months. When Ladouceur arrived in Estevan in April 2014, he received frequent praise for McMillen’s abilities. “It was evident early on how involved Tyler is in this community, and how wellrespected he is in this community, and I think that’s very, very important, not only in a city our size, but in any city when it comes to policing,” said Ladouceur. Ladouceur said the promotion ceremony was a proud moment for him, the EPS and the community. It’s rare to have three officers promoted to the rank of ser-
geant simultaneously, especially in a city the size of Estevan. “As we move forward, one of the most important things we need to look at is our leadership and supervision within the organization, and I can tell you that the three people standing before you today certainly exemplify what it is to be a leader and a supervisor,” said Ladouceur. Ladouceur also paid tribute to the officers’ families. Without the support at home, there’s no way the members can do their jobs, so their promotion is also a celebration for the family members. A total of seven EPS officers applied for the three vacant sergeants’ posts.
Lost acreage ⇠ A7 The estimates, prepared by Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics, compare market value to lost crop production. They list an annual market loss of almost $53 million. This adds up to direct and indirect losses of $194 million, distributed between the crop sector at $57 million and personal income sector at $51 million and retail trade sector of $43 million. Regional job losses estimated at 1,150. We are looking at slightly fewer total acres than Devils Lake, but anyone can see guaranteed losses by holding back unwanted water.
The estimate does not show immediate loss to property values already flooded in the Quill Basin of 58,000 acres of crown pasture, hay and recreational lands and 37,000 acres of private land, estimated at $42 million. A decision to dam water will immediately render all those lands inside the Quill Basin’s immediate flood plain worthless to be sold or used as collateral. This creates another loss of $150 million to local residents, investors and lending institutions. The only value they retain is from the few crops
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they can produce before being flooded out. These people are left trapped with one stroke of a pen. Their history, incomes and retirement is erased. The annual loses will continue for decades after the water recedes. The taxpayer’s cost for building and rebuilding dams will multiply exponentially with each rise in water, just like it did in North Dakota. Future flooding of the Quill Lakes are almost entirely avoidable as proven by studies already provided by consultants. This is now a choice … flooding for everyone is not necessary, a controlled release will protect downstream property owners as much as it will the Quill Lakes. Who will be responsible for future losses from this decision? If it’s a federal decision, will the federal government pay? Or will the Saskatchewan taxpayers be hung out to dry. The cost of his dam project is too much, for everyone.
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Traffic incidents and vandalism part of the past week for police
Estevan Police Service (EPS) members responded to a number of different driving and vehicle-related calls, along with a vandalism incident, during the past week. O ff i c e r s w e r e i n formed of a possible stolen vehicle in central Estevan during the Sept. 8 night shift. The vehicle was found, but further investigation revealed it was not actually stolen. The matter was identified as a civil issue. No further action was required by police. Police responded to a disturbance at the corner of Hudson Road and King Street during the Sept. 9 night shift. Two people were reportedly destroying a bike and possibly the stop sign at the corner. Officers arrived and located one male who was very intoxicated. They also found the bike, which had been painted and totally destroyed. Wheels were hanging from the street signs, and pieces and parts from the bike were strewn across the area. No damage could be seen to city property. One male was arrested for mischief and held until he was sober. Police are asking for anyone with additional information on this crime to call the EPS at 306-634-4767. Members were called to a downtown establishment around midnight during the Sept. 10 night shift, for a complaint of some drug activity. Police were given the name of one man, and recognized the second male after he was pointed out. The first man tried to slip out the back when he saw police coming in the front door. Unfortunately for him, an officer was waiting outside. The 22-year-old man took off running on foot and was caught a few moments later. He faces a charge of obstruction of justice, and two charges of breaching the conditions of his release from the previous week. The second male was checked and found to be on conditions as well. He was arrested, charged and later released. A small amount of drugs were located and police are continuing the investigation. Officers responded to an argument earlier in the night at an east end parking lot. The parties were spoken to and they separated for the night. Police were kept busy
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with driving complaints during the Sept. 11 night shift. One vehicle in particular passed a police vehicle at speeds that were dangerous to the public. The officer attempted to stop the vehicle, but due to safety concerns, suspended the pursuit. The RCMP was notified. The vehicle was located and police were able to safely stop the driver. He was arrested and faces charges under the Traffic Safety Act, along with criminal code charges for danger-
ous operation of a vehicle and flight from police. Members were also dispatched to a residential area that night to investigate a complaint of a male and female who were arguing outside. Officers located the subjects and determined that one of the individuals would be arrested and held in cells until sober. No charges were necessary. Police were notified of a small car driving at an extreme speed during the Sept. 12 night shift.
EPS and RCMP members patrolled the west side of the city to try and find the vehicle. Members then received a report from a third party regarding a female who was being sexually assaulted. They located the female and she said she was not assaulted, and there had been a miscommunication through messages. Police also received a report of a hit-and-run during the night from a residential area in east-
central Estevan. The vehicle did not stop and caused substantial damage to a parked vehicle. The matter is still under investigation. A large truck was reported to have performed a stunting maneuver in the parking lot of a local drinking establishment. The vehicle was located and the motorist was issued a three-day driving suspension for being over a legal limit of alcohol. A noise complaint was later received involving young people at a
residence. Members found many youths outside the home and they were asked to disperse. No further action was required. An impaired driver was located in the early morning hours of September 13. He failed the breathalyzer test and was brought back to the police station for breath samples. T h e 2 0 - y e a r- o l d m a n was charged with driving while over .08 and impaired driving. He will answer to the charge on November 16.
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Weather services haul out long range fall and winter forecasts By Norm Park firstname.lastname@example.org
They agree on most fronts and have contrasting forecasts in a few areas of concern, but, a couple of national weather forecasters were willing to provide a long-range weather prediction for Canada’s western region. AccuWeather and The Weather Network issued fall forecasts with only slight variances on the predictions. AccuWeather’s Global Weather Center, said warm and generally dry weather will continue to dominate across Western Canada into the fall,
bringing little relief to areas dealing with drought and high wildfire dangers. Warm afternoons but chilly nights were predicted for Ontario and Quebec heading into October. Warm and unusually dry conditions have persisted during the 2015 growing season from southwestern B.C. to Alberta due in part to abnormally warm water over the northeastern Pacific and a stubborn high pressure system anchored along the West Coast. This type of pattern is expected to be the dominant one into the fall, which will lead to a continuation of warmer
and drier conditions as Pacific storms and Arctic fronts are detoured away from the region. Expect a higher-than-usual number of days in excess of 30 degrees Celsius away from the coast, even into early October. The 2015-16 ski and snowboard season, will likely get off to a late start across the higher elevations of Western Canada due to lack of late-autumn snow and sustained cold, said AccuWeather. In the late fall, the El Nino effect will take hold as it will intensify over the equatorial Pacific. “We expect this current episode to be one of the strongest
El Ninos on record by the upcoming winter,” said AccuWeather’s forecasters. “The main impacts for Canada from this El Nino should be felt from late fall through winter across Canada” Strong El Ninos typically produce unusually mild winters across the west while further east their impacts become less certain, but tend to favour reduced snowfall around the Great Lakes. Current indications are this upcoming winter will not be nearly as cold as last winter across Eastern Canada. Over at The Weather Network, their fall forecast for September, Octo-
ber and November along with their winter preview gives Canadians an idea of what they predict is coming down the proverbial weather pipeline. “Overall, most Canadian will see summer weather linger well into September before a cold snap will give an early taste of winter,” they said. “Fall is transition season where we typically see a rollercoaster of temperatures as we descend toward winter. This year, Canadians should expect more prolonged periods than usual in which temperatures are either above or below normal,” said Chris Scott, chief meteorologist
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Kitchen opens campaign office Dr. Robert Kitchen celebrated the opening of his Estevan campaign office on Saturday afternoon. Kitchen, who is the Conservative candidate in the Souris-Moose Mountain constituency, said it’s a place where his volunteers can meet and mobilize. The public can visit and speak with campaign representatives. People gathered to dis-
cuss the federal election during the office opening. The office is located on the lower level of the Beefeater Plaza. Kitchen also hopes to open an office in Weyburn. The campaign is going well, he said, as he continues to meet with the public through events and door knocking in various communities.
Souris-Moose Mountain Conservative candidate Dr. Robert Kitchen and his wife, Donna, celebrate the opening of his campaign office on Saturday.
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O’Dell meets with people in Estevan Vicky O’Dell, who is the candidate for the New Democratic Party (NDP) in Souris-Moose Mountain for the upcoming federal election, was in Estevan on Saturday for a meetand-greet with the public at Baba’s Kitchen. O’Dell listened to people’s thoughts about the government and the ongoing federal election and she answered their questions. She also discussed the NDP’s plans for Canada. She said she is happy with the campaign so far. She has been attending events and door-knocking in communities and listening to people’s concerns. O’Dell has also opened a campaign office in Weyburn. She expects it will be her only office for the election.
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The city of Estevan would like to inform the residents of Estevan, effective Monday, September 21, 2015, 6th Street between 13th Avenue and Souris Avenue and Souris Avenue from 4th Street to 6th Street will be CLOSED due to construction work. We recommend during this time to use an alternate route. It is important to watch for construction workers and equipment moving. Remember to reduce your speed in the construction zone. We thank you for your cooperation.
Join Our Public Works Team The City of Estevan is looking for an independent and self-motivated individual to join our Public Works team. The ideal candidate would possess significant mechanical aptitude and attention to detail. Responsibilities include but are not limited to: • Services, Maintains, and repairs City of Estevan equipment, machinery, and vehicles. • Schedules and performs required preventative maintenance • Identifies malfunctions in equipment and systems operations and performs repairs. • Cleans and maintains the equipment, shop, and tools. • Provides technical assistance for budgetary or project decisions. This position requires: • Grade 12 or GED equivalent • Journeyman Mechanic’s Certificate • Valid Class 3A Driver’s License • Basic computer and Microsoft Office proficiency Experience and additional assets: • 1 year of related mechanical experience • Valid Class 1A driver’s License is considered an asset The City of Estevan offers competitive wages, a comprehensive benefits package, and emphasis on work/ life balance. If you’re looking for a career that contributes directly to a growing, thriving community, then apply to: Aubrey Agarand, Human Resources, City of Estevan 1102 4th Street, Estevan, Sk S4A 0W7 Fax: (306) 634-9790 Email: email@example.com
Children’s Programs - FREE! TWEENS! Wizards In The Kitchen: Part #1 Monday, September 21 @ 6:00-7:30 Ages 10-13. This cooking Programs are FREE! program is a 4-part series held once a month from September-December. This month’s class will feature Caesar Salad using homemade dressing and Garlic Bread. Further classes will involve Roasted Vegies, Oven BBQ Chicken Drumsticks and Dessert along with learning various kitchen health and safety rules. You will be accepted into all 4 programs when you register for the first one. Please advise Library of any allergies or food intolerances. TWEENS! Basic Drawing With Brenda! Monday, September 28 @ 6:30-7:30. Ages 10-13. Join very talented artist, Brenda Wakely, for tips on pencil sketching, shading and more! TEEN PROGRAMS – FREE! Teen DIY Twine Lanterns: Wednesday, September 16th @6:00 Want a super unique way to brighten any room? Come try your hand making DIY Twine Lanterns! Ages 14-18. Registration is required. Teen Wii Wednesday Saturday! : Saturday, September 19th @2:00 Bored at home with no one to play video games with? Come play Wii with me! Ages 14-18. Teen Book Club: Wednesday, September 23rd @ 6:00 This month, up for discussion is Trapped by Michael Northrop. This scary read reminds us of the true power and destructibility of nature. You will not want to put this one down! Ages 14-18. Registration not required! Teen Wood Burning: Monday, September 28th @ 2:00 Permanently customize a wooden box with our Wood Burners down at the library! Ages 14-18. Registration is required! ADULT PROGRAMS—FREE! Role Playing Game Campaign Group 2 – Wednesday September 23rd @ 5:30 Join us at the Estevan Public Library for an evening of fun and adventure while we embark on an epic quest in our Fall Role Playing Game program. Group 2 will meet on Wednesdays until November. Ages 15+. Adult Harry Potter Club – Thursday, September 24th @ 6:00 – 7:30 This new Adult Club is a gathering of Harry Potter fans from the Estevan community and area. We will do fun Harry Potter themed activities, as well as participate in the Harry Potter Alliance Chapter at the EPL. If you’re a Harry Potter fan, read the books, or watched the movies, then consider joining us on select Thursdays each month. Our first order of business will be to discuss the brand new Harry Potter Alliance opening at the EPL. Come for the meeting and stay for our launch party! FAMILY PROGRAMS - FREE! Family Board Games: Sunday Sept. 13th @ 2:00 – 4:00 Bring your family for an afternoon of fun at the Estevan Public Library for Board Games! Enjoy all the classics such as Scrabble, Monopoly, and Trouble as well as some new favourites like Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride, and Apples to Apples. DROP-IN PROGRAM. No registration necessary! EVENTS EPL @ the Farmer’s Market – Saturday, September 19th @ 8:00 – 1:00 Join the EPL at the Estevan Farmer’s Market on Saturday Sept. 19th; where the books come to you! Harry Potter Alliance Information Meeting – Thursday Sept. 24th @ 6:00 The HPA is an international organization that promotes activism and leadership using fandoms such as Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, and Marvel Comics, to name a few. Meet new people, enter your name in a raffle draw, and see how the Estevan Public Library is partnering with the HPA to bring you more opportunities to nerd-out and also impact your community. Come for the meeting and stay for our launch party! For more information on the HPA visit their website at http://thehpalliance.org/ **Library Book Sale – Thursday Sept. 24th – Saturday Sept. 26th **
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Homemade for the Holidays Finish up your Christmas shopping at the most unique craft sale in town! Featuring all handmade goods by local artists and craftspeople, this sale will be your best chance to find that truly unique gift. Not sure what to do with the kids while you shop? Drop them off in our craft room for some hot chocolate and holiday crafts while your browse. We are currently seeking artists, bakers and craftspeople to participate in this event. Vendor tables are free! WHEN: December 5th TIME: 1 – 4pm COST: Free Children’s Art Programs Family Art Come create, explore and learn with your ones through art! This program is for toddlers aged 18 months and up. Parent/ guardian participation is required. WHEN: September 17, 24 October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 November 5, 12, 19, 26 December 3, 10, 17 TIME: 10-10:30am COST: $5/family/month The Halloween Haunt Fun for the whole family waits at our 2nd Annual Halloween Haunt! This action packed evening features a pumpkin carving contest, costume contest, photo booth, snack vendors and arts and crafts for kids. Contact Karly at 634-7644 for more information regarding the pumpkin carving and costume contests. WHEN: October 24 TIME: 6:30 – 9:00pm COST: Free for all ages to attend.
Sociables Looking for something to do in Estevan? This new program is for you! This casual evening out includes a fun activity, the chance to browse the artwork in the gallery and have drinks and snacks. From date night to girls night or if you’re looking to get out and meet new people, Sociables could be for you! This month we will be offering tarot card readings in the gallery to go along with our haunted theme exhibitions. WHEN: October 22 TIME: 7pm COST: TBA
As per Bylaw 2005 - 1711, residents must keep yards clean, including garbage/junk, junked vehicles. In summer months, please be sure to trim excessive weeds and cut grass including boulevards and behind fences.
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Western Financial Supports Breakfast Program The Western Financial Group presented the proceeds from its Support the Cause Walk to the Hillcrest School Breakfast Club on Thursday. Support the Cause was held in Estevan in May. Western Financial employees raised $1,926.05 for the breakfast program by organizing a barbecue and walking five kilometres. Participating in the cheque presentation are, from left, Western Financial insurance advisor Lorna Tester, administrative associate Rhonda Hanson, Hillcrest School community education liaison Sara Pippus, Western Financial branch manager Vicki Penney and customer care associate Janaki Patel.
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Infrastructure still a priority in the face of Saskatchewan deficit By Sam Macdonald firstname.lastname@example.org
After a spring prediction of a surplus in the provincial budget, the announcement from the Ministry of Finance that Saskatchewan is now anticipating a $292 million deficit is certainly not as optimistic an outlook. Much has changed since the former Finance Minister Ken Krawetz predicted a $107 million surplus in April. Now, Finance Minister Kevin Doherty is certain that the government can recover before the end of this fiscal year. Doherty said the government will use a strategy of spending restraint to balance the budget, rather than tax increases or borrowing. “We’re not going to go down the path of increasing taxes, and we don’t anticipate borrowing any more money,” said Doherty. “We’re going to spend three fourths of the fiscal year managing our expenditure side.” In a call with the Mercury, Doherty noted that the Energy City’s infrastructure projects, includ-
Finance Minister Kevin Doherty ing the Boundary Dam Carbon Capture Project, are among many in the province that will continue to be supported by the government. “We want to keep the economy strong and deal with the growing population, introducing new technologies like carbon capture to deal with greenhouse gas emissions,” said Doherty. While the projected
deficit for Saskatchewan only makes up just over two per cent of the province’s $14 billion budget, Doherty noted it requires government action to remediate. The two main stressors on the economy that brought about the deficit were the recent summer forest fires and the price of oil. The forest fires that engulfed huge portions of the boreal region in
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business goes away. The government’s diligently trying to deal with this, but it’s a large amount of money they’re missing.” Warren Waldegger, president and CEO of Fire Sky Energy described energy industry companies as being in “protective mode.” “In terms of cash flow, if oil is down, then royalty revenue would be down. Royalties are tied to the price of oil, so the drop in the price per barrel of oil definitely influences us,” said Waldegger. “There’s been a significant reduction in our cash flow, and there’s not enough activity or cash to invest back into development, or drilling and exploration.” Waldegger notes that a recovery for the price of oil is warranted and coming, but that it’s difficult to predict when that’s going to happen. Because of this, he suggests the best strategy for businesses is similar to the one the government plans to use in the meantime: control spending. “You have to budget with what you’ve got, and deal with what’s in front of you,” said Waldegger. “Right now, everyone is pretty cautious, protecting their balance sheets and trying to reduce spending.”
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today or can we wait, or do we need to fill that position at all?” said Doherty. In reviewing expenses, the government will consider the areas in which the majority of government spending goes: healthcare and education. Travel and discretionary expenditures will also be scrutinized in the process in an effort to trim fiscal excess. Comparatively, Saskatchewan is in a better financial position than its neighbors, Manitoba and Alberta, with their projected deficits of $422 million and $5.9 b i l l i o n , r e s p e c t i v e l y. The deficit-pushing low oil prices have had a significant impact on business in the Energy City. Jim Wilson, owner and president of Wil-Tech Industries, said he is aware many companies in the energy industry have seen revenues drop by 40 to 50 per cent, and that he’s not surprised that a deficit has arisen in a province in which energy is such an important industry. “It’s something that goes hand-in-hand with businesses. I don’t think it’s avoidable when there’s a downturn,” said Wilson. “It was significant enough so that there’s no place to run and hide when that much of the
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A vessel similar in size to this carbon dioxide stripper vessel will be arriving at Boundary Dam within the next day or two. The stripper vessel shown here measures 70 feet in length and is 26 feet in diameter. (File Photo)
Large cylinder making its way to SaskPower’s BD3 site A huge piece of equipment belonging to SaskPower will be arriving at Boundary Dam within the next couple of days. A 90,000 kilogram cylinder, the size of a six-storey building, 20 metres in length and nearly 12 metres in diameter, lying on its side, is making its way from Biggar to Estevan, using secondary highways as much as possible. The move will require several power lines to be temporarily lifted. Where possible, power will be rerouted to avoid outages. Localized power outages may be necessary along the route. These outages could be expected in the Estevan area on Sept. 17. The vessel left Biggar on Sept. 14. The cylinder is one of the major components in SaskPower’s carbon capture and storage (CCS) process. It will improve the reliability of the storage for the amine solution
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News and notes from the September 14 regular meeting of Estevan city council
Council tables Fifth Street project Estevan city council tabled a proposed new development for Fifth Street during their meeting on Monday night. The developer, Daniel Gebrekidan, would like to build a new three-storey, mixed-use building that would serve commercial and residential purposes. The first storey would be a laundromat, while the second and third storeys would boast eight residential suites over the two floors. The new development will replace two older existing commercial buildings, which also contain three upper level suites. But council members voiced concerns over parking. A minimum of 19 on-site parking stalls would be required. The development can only provide up to 10 on-site parking stalls, five of which would be located in front of Fifth Street. The other five would be located behind the building. Front yard parking would also result in the loss of two on-street parking stalls. Gebrekidan indicated he would be willing to lease nine parking stalls from a nearby city-owned parking
lot to create the necessary number of stalls. Council referred the development until their next meeting so they can resolve the parking issue. *** The annual usage fee at the airport will increase. Council approved an increase of $400 per year for all planes. Small planes will see their rates jump from $200 to $600 per year, while large planes will increase from $600 to 1,000 each year. The money will be used for infrastructure improvements at the airport. *** A deed of gift for the Estevan Art Gallery and Museum (EAGM) was approved. The EAGM wanted the deed of gift for two works that are in their permanent collection. The EAGM needs the legal title without restrictions. Mayor Roy Ludwig expects the two works were likely given to the city years ago, and then turned over to the EAGM. *** Council approved a property realignment for the
1200 block of Sixth Street. A city-owned property at 1230 Sixth Street will be sold to Wendy Lacoste and Guy Knight, who own the properties to the east and the west, respectively, of the city-owned lot. Ludwig said the sale has been lingering for some time. *** The building permit report for August shows there were 10 permits, with a total value of more than $2.03 million, issued last month. Six of the permits were under the miscellaneous category. The overall numbers for the year are 56 permits with a value of more than $7.8 million. *** Council gave first reading to a bylaw to realign parking in the 300 block of 11th Avenue in front of city hall. Two-way traffic will continue, and the west side of the street will retain its current parking alignment. The east side of the street will be converted to angle parking for city employees. Councillor Brian Johnson voted against the motion due to concerns over traffic flow.
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“Whether it’s good or bad, I think the information is valuable because it’s what we’re looking for to make the community better.”
Local residents have been receiving calls from Praxis Analytics recently as part of a citizen satisfaction survey initiated by the City of Estevan. Between 300 and 500 Estevan residents will be randomly selected and contacted by Praxis to participate in the phone survey. The city encourages everyone contacted to participate. The survey is expected to wrap up this month, and results should be known later in the fall. City manager Amber Smale said the survey is among the projects the city wanted to complete this year after tourism and economic development became in-house services. The survey is also part of the city’s strategic plan for communicating with the public. “The citizen satisfaction survey is about getting information from the public on the city’s performance, their satisfaction with our performance and the delivery of services that they expect, and the overall quality of life in Estevan,” Smale told the Mercury. “That data, in itself, is very valuable to a city in determining where they need to put their focus to make it a better community.” Questions will focus on such issues as housing, parks, roads and community pride. Residents will also be asked for their thoughts on the city’s communications strategies. The survey is expected to cost about $19,000, which was a few thousand dollars more than the pro-
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Amber Smale jected amount of $15,000. “These surveys run anywhere from $10,000 to $60,000, depending on what’s being looked at,” said Smale. The city doesn’t have the resources or the expertise to handle such a survey in-house, she said. They don’t have statisticians on staff, and they don’t have the ability to randomly select and contact 300 to 500 people. “If we committed those resources, I am almost certain the cost of it would be much higher than having a company do it for us,” said Smale. Praxis is also a neutral company, so their r e p r e s e n t a t i v e s d o n ’t have a bias when receiving and compiling the results. “It’s true information with a very high confidence rate that we can use,” said Smale.
Her previous employer, the City of Regina, would do the survey annually. Smale said most cities will tackle a survey
once a year or every two years. “It’s never been done in Estevan, and that’s why I wanted to do it,” said
Smale. Smale believes it’s a valuable tool. While the survey might reinforce some things about operations and services to the city’s management team, Smale said it could also bring forward some things that aren’t as well known. She’s not concerned the results will be overly negative. “Whether it’s good or bad, I think the information is valuable because it’s what we’re looking
for to make the community better,” said Smale. “That’s the ultimate goal: to make the community better. And we’re inviting the public to be part of that.” The results of the survey will be reviewed with city departments and Estevan city council. Smale said it will help the city to prioritize its budget, and it will help frame some upcoming strategies for tourism and economic development.
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Domestic calls might be on the rise Estevan may be experiencing an increase in the number of domestic violence situations. Speaking at the Sept. 8 meeting of the Estevan Board of Police Commissioners, police Chief Paul Ladouceur said the Estevan Police Service has been consulting with the Envision Counselling and Support Centre regarding the number of domestic situations. Domestic incidents often aren’t reported, he said, so it might not show up in the numbers the police release. But the
chief believes the economic slowdown in the Estevan area has resulted in more incidents. “When people are laid off work, or if the economy is down, we tend to notice an increase … of these situations,” said Ladouceur. “People start stressing out over finances and things like that, and it increases tension in the home.” Anyone who is a victim of domestic violence is urged to call police. As for the monthly numbers, police responded to 596
incidents and calls for service in August. Twenty-two were unfounded. A total of 217 were cleared by charges, and 44 were listed as cleared otherwise, for a clearance rate of 45.5 per cent. A year earlier, there were 1,116 total incidents and infractions in August, with 26 listed as unfounded. The clearance rate was 62.3 per cent, with 620 cleared by charge and 59 more as cleared otherwise. Also during the meeting, the bylaw enforcement officer’s August report was released.
There were 198 occurrences for August. Among the calls were 44 for general clean-up, 42 for parking violations, 24 were for animal calls and 20 were for unkempt properties. The financial statements were also released during the meeting. The EPS had revenues of $658,374 during the first eight months of the year. The total budget for the year is $860,500. Total expenditures through Aug. 31 were at about $2.84 million, while the total budget for the year is nearly $4.8 million.
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Bruins forward Lynnden Pastachak tries to get a shot off against the Kindersley Klippers Thursday night at Affinity Place during the first game of the Bruins’ pre-season ending home tournament.
Big Bad Bruins end pre-season with hard fought home tournament By Jamie Harkins firstname.lastname@example.org
The CanElson Drilling Estevan Bruins came out of the pre-season with a 4-2 win over the Minot Minotauros Saturday at Affinity Place in a penalty filled game that featured outstanding saves from goaltender Tyler Fuhr and hard hits by players from both benches. “The team came together and battled hard,” said Bruins forward Lynnden Pastachak, who lined up with Keegan Allison and newcomer Braden Oleksyn during the game. “We knew it was going to be a physical game and we knew we were going to have to bring that too. We came out battling and won every battle that we could.” An even first period resulted in a 10-9 shot advantage for Minot, but no goals on the board for either team. Bruins veteran defenceman Zach Douglas changed that on a power play 1:57 into the second period when he delivered a shot from the blue line that made its way past Minot goaltender Jon Flakne. Douglas factored in on Estevan’s second goal of the period at the 13:02 mark when he unloaded a shot from the point that was tipped over Flakne’s blocker and into the top half of the net by Bruins forward Darcy DeRoose, who was standing at the edge of the crease. Minot got that one back a little
over three minutes later when Minotauros forward Zach Bross slammed a shot past Fuhr to make the score 2-1 Bruins heading into the third. With the shots 31-23 in favour of Minot and 8:09 remaining, Bruins forward Logan Froberg found the back of the net after skating down the wing and unleashing a wrist shot that went off the post and into the top corner. After the goal, the emotions boiled over with a tilt between Levi Barnstable and Minotauros’ Austin Martinsen at the 12:35 mark, which was followed by a scrap between Bruins defenceman Josh Rieger and Quinn Fuchs seventy seconds later. A Minot goal by Tyler Jeanson with two-and-ahalf minutes left pulled them to within two, but that would be all they could get past Fuhr who made 34 saves on the night. “ T h a t ( g a m e) w a s more indicative of what you see in a regular season SJHL game, probably even the second half of the year on average, than we’ve seen in the two previous exhibition games,” said Bruins head coach and general manager Chris Lewgood. “I really liked the level tonight. I thought it was a high tempo hockey game.” Minotauros head coach Marty Murray said the game was hard fought, but sloppy at times as most exhibition games usually are. He said both teams played hard nonetheless
and he’s happy his team made the trip up to Estevan for the tournament again this year. “It gives us somebody other than Bismark to play, which we play plenty of times during the season,” said Murray, noting they beat the Kindersley Klippers 5-4 Friday in their first game of the tournament. “Some of our kids come up and they have no idea what to expect and I think both years we’ve come up here it’s been a real positive experience and a learning experience for our guys.” Estevan’s first game of the tournament was a chippy 4-1 loss to Kindersley on Thursday at Affinity Place. Lewgood said the Bruins didn’t play very well as a team in the loss, which was due in part to the coaching staff not shortening the bench for the sake of evaluating a few players. “I like that they stick up for each other,” he said. “That side was okay, but I thought we were undisciplined, acted on things that didn’t need to be responded to and retaliated where we didn’t need to. We got some emotional guys on this team and we knew we’re going to have that a little bit. We just got to make sure it doesn’t get carried away and some of that aggressive play comes on our terms and not the terms of the other team.” Klippers head coach Geoff Grimwood said neither coach was looking for their team to get involved
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in the chippy play, but the game was still a good test for his team. He said they were able to get some of their veteran players into the game for the first time this pre-season and continue evaluating the talent on their roster. “It’s really important as a league to try to do these types of events,” said Grimwood. “My hats off to the Estevan Bruins and Chris Lewgood for organizing it. I’d like to see these things grow into four, five or six teams and you can have a bit of a showcase even though it’s not regular season. It’s a good idea. It gives us a chance to get on the road. It gives us a chance to play some teams that we normally don’t get to play.” Pastachak said the tournament also gave his line a chance to gel before their regular season starts this Thursday and Friday with away and home dates against the Melville Millionaires. He said they play together in practice, but game action enables them to build on their chemistry. “It takes these exhibition games for guys to get to know each other,” said Pastachak. “I know where they are on the ice, know their habits and everything like that. The last game against Kindersley it was my first game with my two new line mates and (we) felt a little more comfortable tonight. Even one game difference and you feel more comfortable.”
Jody Harris can lay claim to being the top Estevan athlete to participate at the Saskatchewan Credit Unions Queen City Marathon in Regina on Sunday. Harris finished 95th overall among the 2299 participants that competed in the Running Room 21.1 kilometre half marathon by completing the race with a time of 1 hour, 40 minutes and 23 seconds. With that result, she also placed 18th among the 1432 women who participated in the event and second in the female aged 45 to 49 age group. “It’s my fifth half marathon this year, so I’m really pleased with the results,” said Harris, noting she completed an advanced training program in the 12 weeks leading up to the marathon. “I battled a lot of head games going into (the) race.” Harris said she competed in a race in Calgary on May 31 and despite having a strong body, she lacked determination leading to a poor finish. She said since then she has had many serious chats with herself about what she wants to accomplish doing this and told herself if she was going to train then it had to be all or nothing come race day in Regina. “I had that mentality going in,” she said. “Running is a huge mental game. The physical is there, but they say when you’re run-
ning it’s all mental. You hear of the walls runners hit and there is big battles. Do you give in? Do you walk?” A sign Harris saw along the Queen City Marathon route that read ‘Your legs are strong, keep breathing’ helped push her ahead and persevere. She said a determination to follow her own words that she uses to motivate her young charges when she coaches lacrosse also played a factor as she decided to not just talk the talk, but also walk the walk. “My mindset going into (the marathon) was I trained hard, my body’s strong, I need to want this,” she said. “I trained for 7.8 miles per hour over the course. That would have gave me a one hour, 40 (minute), 22 (second time) and I got one hour, 40, 23. So to me that tells me that my training was bang on and that I’m obviously doing the right things with setting the appropriate goals and not trying to overachieve as well.” Harris calls the Queen City Marathon her home track. She said the race pulls together a small community of runners from this area to take part in it every year and it was a pleasure to see them once again. “It’s just one happy group,” she said. “The positive energy is just ridiculous. I talked with them and they definitely like the new course that (Queen City) laid out for us this year. It sounds crazy, but although it’s 13 miles it didn’t feel that long this year.”
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Elecs’ fierce attack leads to B side title By Jamie Harkins email@example.com
The Estevan Elecs senior girls volleyball team started their season on a winning note this Saturday by capturing the B side championship at a University of Regina tournament. Elecs head coach Myles Fichter said the team entered the 32-team tourney with only two weeks of practice, so from a coaching perspective the objective of the games was to work on the development of the team for the latter part of the season more than be concerned with how they place. He said they worked on team combinations and got all their players into the games in the round robin, where they went 1-2 and fell into the bottom 16. “From there we won everything,” said Fichter. “We won the B side and we dominated in all of our matches. We won all four matches on Saturday in two sets, so in that scope I’m extremely pleased with the success of the team and the development of the team to this point.” Fichter said the girls continued to work on reﬁning their play entering the B side championship against
Invermay, such as discussing things they needed to improve on from one match to the next. However, he said the Elecs level of execution in that match left no doubt as to the ﬁnal result. “At this level of play we probably had one of the highest amount of kills I’ve seen in a game,” he said. “We just literally blew the other team out in the second set. The ﬁrst set was fairly competitive up to about seven points and the other team just seemed to fall off. They couldn’t keep pace with us with their defence. They just couldn’t stop our attack.” The Elecs will play in a tournament basically every weekend except the Thanksgiving holiday until conference playoffs begin in November. Their first year head coach said he’s familiar with about half of the girls on the team as he coached them with the Estevan Extreme volleyball club over the past two years, but he doesn’t know what to expect from the whole group until he gets a better view of how the girls work together. “You don’t really get a feel for it until you see them perform,” said Fichter. “Even in practice it’s tough until you’re actually in a
Elecs Taylor Boan attacks a set from Sheldon’s Kourtney Kobitz on Friday at a University of Regina volleyball tournament. Photo submitted. game situation and you see how they respond (under) the pressure and unfamiliar-
ity of an opponent. “My assistant (Colin Tajcnar) is also a very ex-
perienced player and both of us were really pleasantly surprised at their level of
execution as a team this weekend. The team far exceeded our expectations.”
Vikings run past Elecs for gridiron win By Jamie Harkins firstname.lastname@example.org
The Vanier Vikings senior boys football team handed the ball to their star running back again and again in their 36-14 defeat
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Elecs (0-2). Kouri also accounted for four of Vanier’s (1-1) ﬁve touchdowns. “They gave the ball to their running back on their ﬁrst play and he ran about 75 to 80 yards down the ﬁeld for a touchdown,” said Elecs head coach Mark Schott. “We had some issues containing the running back in the first half and he put up a couple more touchdowns and we were down 20-0 at half. As a defence we were making him cut back, which is what you want to do, but he was such a high level running back that he could make something out of nothing. It was a little frustrating as a coach and a defence, but at the same time you have to give him credit.” It was more of the same
in the third quarter. After the Vikings’ Brett Ross ran in a two-yard touchdown with 10 minutes left in the frame, Kouri got on the board again with a two-yard punch in for his fourth TD to make the score 33-0. The Elecs got on the board in the fourth quarter with Keaton Tarnes catching a nine-yard pass from quarterback Andrew Kehler with 4:39 remaining before Dallas Dowhanuik scored on a 19-yard pass and run play with 1:19 left. Tarnes also scored two on the ﬁnal convert to bring the Elecs up to 14 points. “We ﬁnally started to click as an offence in the fourth quarter connecting on some passes and getting some good power running plays in, but we got to be
able to do that right at the start of the game,” said Schott. “Otherwise we’re going to dig ourselves a big hole week in and week out and it’s tough to come back from 24, 28-0 against teams in this league.” Schott said there were a few members of their team playing new positions on defence due to a few guys missing for the game and the Vikings “deﬁnitely outweighed” them leading to a successful running environment. He said despite those odds heading in his defence played hard and contributed some tackles for losses in the backﬁeld, which they’ll need to do again this Friday when Estevan hosts the Yorkton Raiders in their home opener at Dana Quewezance Memorial Field.
“We’re hoping to get a good week of practice in,” he said. “Our numbers at practice have been a little up and down recently and that makes it difficult to accomplish much as a team when we’re out on the practice ﬁeld, so if we can get a good week of practice in and we can get guys familiar with positions that they played against Vanier and a little bit more reps on the practice ﬁeld then I think that we will be a little bit more prepared for Yorkton as a defence. “Offensively we need to get ﬁring right from the start of the game, so we’re hoping to ﬁne tune that and just execute better over the practice week and hopefully transfer it into the game on Friday.”
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In the Coaler Rollers first recruitment session Sunday, Haylie LeMoine, right, paired up with Yuma Ponomarenko to help her learn how to fall to one knee and properly stand back up on her skates. Photos by Jamie Harkins.
Chargers tame Lions in defensive gem By Jamie Harkins firstname.lastname@example.org
The Century 21 peewee Chargers football team are 2-0 this season after a strong defensive effort propelled the club to a 24-8 win over the Lions Saturday at Elks Field in Moose Jaw. “The kids played really well,” said Chargers head coach Jason Bresciani. “We could tell we were the stronger team out of the two. Even though the heat probably was a factor the kids actually pulled together and stayed on the game plan.” Chargers quarterback Kaleb Bechtold got the team off to a solid start at 7:04 of the ﬁrst quarter when he dived into the end zone for a touchdown from the oneyard line before kicking the convert to make the score 8-0. He was back at it at 9:44 of the second quarter when he ran for a 44-yard score to put Estevan up 16-0 with the convert. “The play was called for him to option to the outside and he chose to keep it, got to the corner and away he went,” said Bresciani. The Chargers’ only blemish of the game came at the 3:28 mark of the third quarter when the Lions’ Dallas Erickson intercepted a pass and ran the ball back 64 yards to the end zone. Hugh Nester then kicked the convert to pull the Lions within eight points. Bechtold made up for the errant throw at 2:17 of the fourth quarter when he
punched in another touchdown from the one-yard line. He completed the scoring with a convert after the play to put the Chargers up 24-8. Bresciani said the Chargers’ defence as a unit can be credited with the win as they shut down the Lions play after play making for many two and outs. He said Kyler Dutka, the Chargers’ Booster Juice player of the game, helped the defence with many of their tackles for losses from his position as defensive tackle, but he was only one part of a larger effort by everyone tasked with protecting their goal line. “Really our defence or anybody on our team, it would have been tough
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to choose a player of the game,” he said. “Everybody deserved it.” A focus on playing as a unit instead of pursuing individual goals can be attributed to the Chargers strong performance out of the gate this season, noted Bresciani. He said the guys will have to keep that up as they prepare to host the Moose Jaw Riders at Dana Quewezance Memorial Field this Friday. “We’re going to continue what we have been doing, just working hard in practice and get our little wrinkles that happened over the weekend ironed out and focus on our execution,” said Bresciani. “With this league anybody can win, so I’m basically expecting a good hard football game.”
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Ladies Wind Up Golfing Season Sixty-three golfers, including, from left, Tammy Melle, Robin Wilson, Jane Moriarty and Diane Wrubleski, played in the annual Ladies’ Night Wind-Up tournament on Saturday at TS&M Woodlawn Golf Club. The ladies enjoyed 18 fun holes of golf, prizes and a supper at the season ending event. Photo by Jamie Harkins.
Golfers shoot for good cause at fun fundraiser By Jamie Harkins email@example.com
A fun-focused crowd of golfers enjoyed a day out at Hidden Valley Golf Club on Friday during the Young Focus Charity Tournament. The golfers raised just shy of $16,000 for Young Focus Canada, which is this country’s arm of youth charity Young Focus Philippines. The money will go towards helping underprivileged children in the Smokey Mountain Tondo area of Manila with education and personal growth. J e ff P i e r s o n , w h o played 18 holes at the
charity competition and is also a volunteer with Young Focus Canada, said this year’s golf tournament was the group’s third annual event and every dime that is raised during the day goes to the Philippine charity. He said they have raised more than $16,000 and attracted a bigger crowd to the golf tournament before, but have lessened their goals due to the economic downturn. “We’ve had about 60 golfers out this year, which is great,” said Pierson. “Having it at Hidden Valley, they’ve been very accommodating to our organization. We’re thankful
Sabrina Hockey hits a shot off the eighth hole tee. for that.” Tareina Hunt, who organized the annual tournament, said Young Focus is a small organization and they are happy to help raise money and awareness for their cause. She said the support they receive from the community each year for the tournament is fantastic and they are pleased they are receiving support again this year, considering
the downturn in oil and the low Canadian dollar. “Last year we raised $27,000 at the golf tournament alone which was amazing,” said Hunt. “Year one we raised $15,000 to $17,000. And this year, honestly, I don’t have a goal. I’m just thankful we have golfers.” Pierson said this is the only major fundraiser he and Hunt run each year
Vern Symons chips onto the fourth hole green during the Young Focus Charity Golf Tournament Friday at Hidden Valley Golf Club. and it is the main Canadian event of the charity arm. He said they use the tournament to raise money and awareness for a good cause, but they also want to make sure everyone enjoys themselves on the course.
“We have a barbecue for everyone,” he said. “We have a video for everyone to show what we’re raising money for and we have prizes. It’s just a great day and I am grateful for the support that we get.”
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St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation Festival of Trees attracted a variety of creative Yuletide trees last year that were auctioned off during the fundraising evening. Submitted photo.
Date and talent set for third annual Festival of Trees The stage and the date is set, all that is needed now are the activities. The third annual Festival of Trees, organized by the St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation, with Enbridge as the lead sponsor, has been set for Nov. 21 and 22 at Afﬁnity Place. The two-day fundraising event will include interactive activities as well as an arena full of Christmas spirit, and angelic ambiance, said Becky Conly, executive director for the Foundation. The Canadian award winning country and western band Doc Walker will headline the Saturday night dinner and social . The action begins with the fundraising dinner on the Saturday and it will include Christmas carols as the guests arrive followed by a turkey dinner and a silent and live auction of the decorated trees that are donated for the event. There will be a variety of other items up for grabs too as part of the auction action. The headliner band then takes to the stage. Doc Walker is one of the most recognized Canadian country acts of the past two decades. They have received multiple Canadian Country Music Awards, including the Fans’ Choice Award, Group or Duo of the Year and CMT Video of the Year, as well as single and country music program of the year awards. They have also been nominated for several JUNO Awards for Country Album of the Year, including a win in 2009 for their Beautiful Life album. This will be a second visit to the Energy City by this energetic and talented
Doc Walker, the well known country and western team, have been announced as the feature entertainment for the annual Festival of Trees in Estevan Nov. 22. Submitted photo C&W band, who said they are looking forward to putting on an intimate acoustic Christmas concert for the guests with a combination of entertaining hits and their version of several classic Christmas carols. Conley noted the event brought in a proﬁt of over $90,000 for the Foundation last year, which she noted, “allowed us to continue on with our goal of ensuring the hospital is ﬁnancially sound when in need
of new services and equipment.” The table sales, to seat eight guest have already begun. The second part to the event is the exciting Santa’s Breakfast with the Bruins that takes place on Sunday, Nov. 22, also at Afﬁnity Place. This family day event will be the community’s opportunity to view the beautifully decorated trees and to gain
the ambiance of a peaceful Christmas. The event will include a free pancake breakfast, scavenger hunt, a sleigh full of gifts, interactive crafts, photos with Santa and the Estevan Bruins, with the players volunteering to participate in all capacities including an autograph signing session. The children from southeast Saskatchewan will receive a free ticket to the event through their schools and will have a chance to participate in all the fun from 9:30 to 11:30 on Sunday morning Nov. 22. “This event was a huge success in the previous year. Our main goal is to create exposure for the Foundation, promoting its causes,” said Conly. “Our secondary goal is to raise funds. The Hospital Foundation exists to fund the capital purchases the hospital needs on a daily basis, as well as the major requirements necessary to bring new services to our community. For virtually all capital purchases at St. Joseph’s, the Hospital Foundation is the sole source of funding for the hospital. This event is our largest fundraiser of the year and we look forward to putting on a well-produced and highly entertaining show for the third year in a row.” The invitation is now being extended to the business community to utilize the event as their company Christmas function. Purchasing a table(s) will not only allow employees to enjoy an unprecedented evening of Christmas fellowship and entertainment, but they will also receive a charitable donation receipt for a portion of the table cost.
Show Some Love... Adopt a Pet! Well hello there! They call me Hulk. I am a very loving boy who is about 2 to 3 years of age. I will exchange kisses for pets! They are not sure what I am, maybe a collie cross or heeler cross? I am a mystery! But what they do know for sure is I am a big sweetie.Will you give me a fur-ever home?
Hello! I’m Joe! I’m a very sweet boy who likes long walks in the park and belly scratches. I am about 5 years old. Please call the shelter and ask about me!
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Expo mixed fun with a multitude of vendors The fourth annual Estevan Bump, Baby and Toddler Expo proved to be a great opportunity for current and good parents to learn more about the products and services available to them. Approximately 400 adults attended the event on Saturday at the Icon Centre. Event chair Chelsea Driedger noted they didn’t track the number of children. Fifty-four exhibitors were present. “I think it went really well,” said Driedger. “There was a good turnout of people through the door.” The warm weather on Saturday might have deterred some people from
attending the indoor expo, she said, but the exhibitors were still pleased with the attendance. “We are waiting to get our feedback,” said Driedger. “We sent out an email with a bunch of questions to ask the vendors, so hopefully we can get some feedback as to what they would like to see changed, and what we can do to improve it. But all in all, it was a great show this year.” The vendors were selling hand-crafted homemade goods, holistic products, photography, baby products and more. Entertainment included a baby crawl, a photo booth and a magician. The
photo booth allowed children to have their pictures taken with the stars of the Disney movie Frozen. Driedger noted they had 36 children visit the photo booth. Adam Elliot was the magician. “He was fantastic,” said Driedger. “I heard nothing but good things about him. There was quite a bit of laughter coming from the audience.” A rafﬂe offered a number of items that would appeal to parents and young children. Proceeds from the expo will be directed towards the obstetrics unit at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Estevan.
Harbyn Rucks played with moon sand during the Bump, Baby and Toddler Expo on Saturday.
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The View from the desk of Marga Cugnet, CEO, Sun Country Health Region Think carefully about your safety
Sixty thousand Canadians are injured every year as a result of slips, trips and falls. And then there’s transportation safety, falls and crushes and injuries from hazardous materials. And then there are sports injuries and those that occur at home. The ability for us to hurt ourselves, or others, as we go about our daily business seems to be almost endless. WorkSafe Saskatchewan says this province has one of the highest rates of preventable injuries in Canada. There were already 21,264 injuries in Saskatchewan this year, as of September 8. This is all of great concern to a health care organization, not only because of the suffering and loss that accompanies those numbers, but because these injured friends and neighbours will need our health care services as a result. As we enter a new school year and ramp up activities again after the summer break, we all need to be thinking seriously about the best way to prevent injuries. WorkSafe Saskatchewan, at http://www. worksafesask.ca/, is a great source of information for your business and home for ideas about injury prevention. The organization is actively promoting its Mission Zero campaign, trying to move the province to zero injuries. Your business can start down the road by sending someone to the 2015 WorkSafe Saskatchewan Regional Workshop in Yorkton on Thursday, October 29 to begin developing a safety program. You can find someone in your organization who deserves an award for safety. Applications for the 2016 Safe Worker and Safe Employer Award will be accepted by WorkSafe SK until October 30, 2015. You can have staff take the online training courses provided by WorkSafe Saskatchewan. There are a lot of options to help organizations and individuals learn more. The point is to educate everyone in your organization about the safe way to work and play, and then continue to draw attention to the need for constant vigilance at home and elsewhere. As one of the health care organizations that contributes to the high injury statistics in the province, Sun Country Health Region has developed an aggressive internal campaign to reduce patient and staff injuries to zero by March 31, 2020. From several different directions at once, we are working on the creation of a “culture of safety,” in conjunction with other health regions and health partners in the province. We encourage you to join us in this important work.
Bridge winners were: 1st – Wilma Tedford 2nd – Joan Derosier 3rd – Lorna Stubel Cribbage winners were: 1st – Murray Fowler 2nd – Angie Friesen
3rd – Joan Francis John had been convicted and sentenced to death. The last day of his life had come. The warden awakened him and asked him what he would have for breakfast. “Since it’s your last day, John, you can have anything you want.” “Thank you. I reckon I’ll just take watermelon.” “But this is December! Watermelons aren’t planted yet, much less ripe.” “I can wait.”
Provincial building pace soars Building permits in Saskatchewan took a big jump in July, rising 59.8 per cent over June (seasonally adjusted), the highest percentage increase among the provinces. On the national front, permits dropped 0.6 per cent over the same period. The total for building permits was $336 million,
the highest ever for the month of July. “The monthly increase is deﬁ nitely good news for the Saskatchewan economy,” said Bill Boyd, Saskatchewan’s minister of the economy. “It shows we have a resilient and strong economy that is outperforming what is happening in other prov-
inces and nationally.” On an annual basis, building permits increased 25.4 per cent over last July, ranking Saskatchewan second among provinces when it comes to percentage increases. Nationally, building permits dropped 13.4 per cent year over year. Seasonally adjusted
non-residential permits increased by 131.6 per cent between June and July 2015. “The rise in non-residential permits is very positive,” Boyd added. “It shows that larger construction projects are moving ahead, creating jobs and providing opportunities for local businesses.”
In the photo of the blackcapped chickadee that appeared in last week’s edition, the name of the photographer was misspelled. The photo was submitted by Heliana de Souza-Wagner who resides in Hitchcock. The Mercury apologizes for this error in misidentiﬁcation.
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Walter Carl Buck July 18, 1942 August 17, 2015 Walter (Wally) Buck passed away peacefully on August 17, 2015, at the Estevan Regional Nursing Home, where he had been a resident since 2004. Wally was predeceased by his parents, Frank and Emma Buck and sisters-inlaw, Marlis Buck and Lois Buck. He is survived by his children, Curtis (Selena) of DeWinton, AB, Wendy of Calgary, AB and Tracey (Rich) Loney of Kelowna, B.C. and grandchildren Erin, Kyle, Brittany and Zachary. Wally will also be dearly missed by his brother Vern Buck of Estevan, SK; sister Jean (Jim) Olson of Winnipeg, MB; brother Frank Buck of Regina, SK; aunts, Bertha Mielke of Assiniboia, SK and Mary Mielke of Regina, SK, as well as numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. Wally was born on the farm south of Bromhead, SK, moving north of Torquay SK. where he attended Gilbertson School and later Torquay School, where he graduated in 1961. Throughout his life, Wally struggled with many health issues, but always maintained his sense of humour. He loved music, sang in the glee club and went to many dances. His all-time favourites were “Okie from Muskogee”, peppermint candies, coffee and cake. He was a hard worker and had many jobs including drywalling, working in the oilfield, Coronach Plant, and while he was a resident of the nursing home, he shovelled snow and tended to the gardens. Wally loved the fellowship of the Salvation Army, and we thank them for their support over the years. The family is especially thankful to the numerous doctors and the nursing home staff for their care and compassion. Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 19, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, Estevan, with Pastor Stewart Miller officiating. A family interment will take place at Lac Qui Parle Cemetery, near Torquay. In lieu of flowers, donations in Wally’s memory may be made to the Estevan Regional Nursing Home, 1921 Wellock Road, Estevan, SK, S4A 2B5 or the Salvation Army, 1107 - 4th Street, Estevan, SK, S4A 0W6. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Hall Funeral Services, Estevan.
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Betty Baniulis 1929 - 2015 Betty Isabelle Baniulis, formerly of North Portal, SK passed away at the Estevan Regional Nursing Home, Estevan, SK on Friday, September 4, 2015 at the age of 86 years. Betty’s memory will be forever cherished by her husband Joe; sons, Wendell, Gene (Margaret), Lorie (Bonnie Shewchuk) and Barry (Rosemary); daughters-inlaw, Cheryl Baniulis and Faye Schmidt; grandchildren, Jennifer (Jeff) Nunns, Michelle Baniulis, Christopher Baniulis, Lisa (Chris) Kelly, Trisha Mattson, Todd (Kim) Baniulis, Miranda Baniulis, Mitchell (Sheryl) Baniulis, Alex, Ian, Heather, Logan and Kyle Baniulis, as well as numerous great grandchildren; sister Shirley Ackert, and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her sons, Darryl and Reginald; great grandchildren, Amery Baniulis and Declan Kelly; parents, Roy and Gertrude Trenouth; sister Olive (Arnold) Murray; brother-inlaw John Ackert; nephew Danny Murray and niece Lynn Ackert. The Funeral Service was held on Tuesday, September 8, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at Knox United Church, North Portal, SK, with Sandy Dalziel officiating. Interment took place at Souris Valley Memorial Gardens, Estevan. If friends so desire, donations in Betty’s memory may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 1910 McIntyre Street, Regina, SK, S4P 2R3. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Hall Funeral Services, Estevan. David Craig Hawkins David Craig Hawkins passed away peacefully on September 2, 2015, lovingly surrounded by his family. He was 46 years of age. David is predeceased by his father, John (Jack) Hawkins. He is survived by his wife Karene (Susey); his son Jack and daughter Grace; his mother Yvonne; siblings Mark (Marcy), Wade (Pam), Wanda (John) Spooner and Dale (Cindy); parentsin-law, Edward and Edna Vanderburg; sister-in-law, Shelley; nieces and nephews, Travis, Cole (Rebecca), Bailey, Jordan, Mikaela, Carly, Ryan, Courtney, Justin, Kylie and Matthew as well as many aunts, uncles and friends. David grew up in Estevan, Saskatchewan where he graduated from Estevan Comprehensive School in 1987. He later achieved a BA (1992) & BEd (1998) at the University of Regina. Before becoming a teacher, David worked with adults with special needs. In 1992, David met his loving wife, Karene while working in Ituna, Saskatchewan. They later married in Regina in 1997. David started his teaching career in Yellow Grass in 1998 and transferred to Milestone in 2000 where he served as an educator and vice-principal. David made significant contributions to the Milestone School and the community including starting a high school and elementary school football program. David loved his students. This is apparent by the many testimonials found on social media. He was an avid sports fan, enjoyed the outdoors, history and spending time with his family. David was a loving and caring father who was very proud of his children. In the last year, he amazingly completed his Master’s Degree in Education while he battled his illness. David will be truly missed by many. A public viewing and visitation will take place at Speers Funeral Chapel, 2136 College Avenue, Regina, SK, on Monday, September 7, 2015 from 3 - 5 p.m. A Celebration of David’s Life will be held at Holy Family Parish, 1021 McCarthy Boulevard North, Regina, SK, on Tuesday, September 8, 2015, at 10:30 a.m. At David’s request, mourners are invited to wear their favorite team jersey to the services. In lieu of flowers, please donate to either the Brain Tumor Foundation of Canada or the Allan Blair Cancer Clinic. To leave an online message of condolence, please visit www. speersfuneralchapel.com
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Motorcyclists who participated in the Heretics Motorcycle Club Poker Rally had to wait a day before they could hit the road, going north along Hwy 47. Stormy conditions and rains leading to flash flooding on Sept. 5 forced organizers of the event to postpone it to the next day, which turned out to have dramatically better riding weather.
Your Guide to Area Faith Lutheran Church Sunday Service 10:30 am Nicholson Centre Pastor Dan Krauss Phone: 306-471-8130 All Are Welcome Faithlc.ca
ST. PAUL’S UNITED CHURCH Sunday Worship 10:30am Nursery & Children’s Ministries Available Sunday School at 9:30am
Friday Night Youth 7:30 pm (gr 7-12) Children’s Clubs -Wednesdays- 7-8 pm 140 King Street (across from Staples)
PASTORS: REV. JIM KEDGE & WAYLON KLIX
Trinity Lutheran Church
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Coffee & Fellowship after Worship 738 - 2nd Street, Estevan Church Office: 306-634-5684 E: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.etlc.ca
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1920 Wellock Road, Estevan • (306) 634-7955 Estevan Church of God • www.estevancog.com 10:30 a.m., Sunday Worship with Children’s Ministries & Nursery. 7:00 p.m. Sundays Young Adults 7:00 p.m. Tuesdays “1st Contact” Youth Please call us or visit our website for more information about other ministres and events.
His Glory Bible Church
(Light of Life Ministries International)
Followed by coffee time
1107 - 4th Street Phone: 306-634-2074 www.facebook.com/salvationarmyestevan
Join us in Glorious Praise and Worship With: Pastors Dr. and Mrs. Jimi Akinsete Where: Westview School 1607 2nd Street, Estevan When: 10am on Sundays
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Pastors: Lieuts. Brian & June Bobolo SUNDAY: 11:00 a.m. Worship Service with Children’s Program
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1202 - 2nd Street Phone: 306-634-3761
“Holding fast the faithful word”
Pastor: Josh Permann Sunday:Worship 11:00 a.m. Tuesday: Prayer Meeting 7:00 p.m. Youth Bible Study 7:00 p.m. Wednesday: Club DJ for kids 6:30 p.m.
An Associated Gospel Church
St. Joseph’s Prayer Centre Everyone welcome to join our daily prayers, inspirational Bible DVD viewings and lively discussions
2 - 4 pm Monday - Friday Series topics change monthly Call for more information 1033 3rd Street Estevan
ESTEVAN COMMUNITY CHURCH
St. Peter’s Lutheran Church Isabelle & Souris Reverend Randy Kleemola Phone: 306-634-2024 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday Worship 9:30 a.m. - Bible Study 10:30 a.m. - Divine Service with Holy Communion and Sunday School A Congregation of LUTHERAN CHURCH - CANADA
St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church Corner 12th Avenue & 2nd Street
Pastor: Father Brian Meredith MASSES: Saturday: 7:00 p.m. Sunday: 10:00 a.m.
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Sunday Worship: 8:00 & 10:00 am September - May Children’s Sunday School: 10:00 am The Rev. Mark Osborne ALL ARE WELCOME! Church Office: 306-634-4113 www.estevananglican.com
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Students urged to get educated about credit cards Students should consider adding the Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority’s (FCAA) credit card tips to their fall reading list. “Credit cards can be powerful financial tools when used properly, but when used improperly they can tie people down with debt for years,” said Cory Peters, FCAA Consumer Credit Division director. “It’s important for students to be proactive and learn how credit cards work so they can avoid common mistakes.” When choosing their credit card, students should carefully consider options.
Interest rates, annual fees and rewards vary among cards. Figure out which card is right for you. It may be worth paying a fee for a lower interest rate or extra rewards and what to expect when carrying a balance or if the value of the rewards outweighs the fee. After getting a credit card, students should keep a number of things in mind. The first solid tip is to pay the balance on time and in full. If this is always done, and the card-holder doesn’t take cash advances, they can avoid being charged interest altogether.
Another good tip is to always make at least the minimum payment by the due date. Being late or skipping payments will seriously harm credit ratings. Avoid cash advances, as they usually have a higher interest rate than purchases made directly with the card and begin accumulating interest right away. Stay under the card’s credit limit. The penalty for going over the limit can be expensive. Having a credit card does not mean you have more money. Students are reminded that if they can’t afford it without the card, you can’t afford it with the card either.
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O V E R 5 8 Y E A R S S T R O N G IN O IL F I E L D C O N S T R U C TI O N
Over 58 years strong, Arnett & Burgess Oilfield Construction Limited, (A&B) safely provides quality pipeline construction, facility installation, custom fabrication, pipeline integrity, maintenance and related contruction services to the energy industry. Competitive Salary
3 Weeks’ Vacation
Health & Dental Benefits
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Construction Manager (Estevan, SK)
Fitness Benefit Plan
Full-‐time (Mon-‐Fri). 7am – 5pm, Weekends as needed.
SCOPE OF JOB Plan, coordinate, direct, control and implement pipeline construction projects from start to finish according to schedule, specifications and budget, while maintaining strict adherence to A&B’s Quality Control and Safety guidelines and procedures. Experience with facility construction and pipeline integrity projects is considered an asset.
RESPONSIBILITIES • Responsible for the efficient and profitable execution of divisional projects, including accountability for project, safety, quality control, costs, revenue, scope changes, personnel and administration. • Provide leadership that results in enhancing A&B’s safe work culture, and takes on responsibility and accountability for the safety of the staff under his direction. • Overall people leadership accountabilities for all staff reporting to the role with a strong desire to provide structured influential mentorship and ongoing personnel development. • Assist with bids by providing input into bid strategy, planning and costing. This position will collaborate with the Estimating department to ensure complete, competitive and sustainable submissions. • Assist with developing the future outlook of your division of responsibility and, in conjunction with applicable departments, pursuing all opportunities with securing new work. • Develop, establish and maintain regional and local customer clientele and contacts. • Identify and record construction nonconformities and participate in their resolution. • Ensure construction milestones are met and monitor progress against established schedules. • Identify scope of work based on bid specifications and drawings. • Identify and manage project trends, issues and changes. • Allocate and supervise the activities of subcontractors and subordinate employees. • Prepare progress reports and issue progress schedules to clients. • Possess a thorough understanding of A&B’s project specific pricing models, billing procedures and capabilities. • Effectively report relevant project information to superiors in a consistent manner. • Help ensure timely and accurate billing. • Proactively resolve or escalate issues in a timely fashion. • Participate and contribute to all project related meeting including pre-‐bid meetings, as well as internal and external. • Ensures the reputation of A&B is maintained at all times by promoting respectful and courteous communication and behavior toward all clients, employees, visitors, contractors and others that may come into contact with divisional staff. QUALIFICATIONS • Extensive experience in a leadership/managerial role working on pipeline and facility construction projects is required • Minimum 5 years’ experience managing large construction projects within the oil and gas industry • Completion of Construction Management Certification or related courses an asset • Well versed in Quality Control requirements • Strong leadership and development skills • Ability to plan and manage to a project schedule • A team player with excellent attention to detail, a strong work ethic and excellent oral communication skills • Strong computer skills, including MS Word, Excel, scheduling software and Outlook • A valid driver’s license • All candidate are required to undergo and pass a Drug & Alcohol screening as a condition of employment
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RM OF BENSON No.35 CAREER OPPORTUNITY ASSISTANT ADMINISTRATOR COMMENCING DECEMBER 1, 2015 3 DAYS PER WEEK (FLEXIBLE) SALARY NEGOTIABLE PLEASE SEND RESUME BY OCTOBER 1, 2015, AT 4:00 P.M. BY MAIL TO BOX 69, BENSON, S0C 0L0, BY FAX TO 634-8804 OR BY EMAIL TO RM35@SASKTEL.NET
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Joy Global Inc. is leading supplier of advanced equipment, systems, and direct services. Joy Global is comprised of employees worldwide who have an unparalleled passion for the mining industry. Whatever your career goals, Joy Global is committed to the professional development and recognition of our employees. Joy Global is a premier player in a vital industry. Join our team to discover your career potential today. Joy Global is seeking qualified candidates for:
FIELD SERVICE TECHNICIAN Estevan, SK Canada Maintenance, repair, service and inspection of the mining equipment and able to diagnose faults and malfunctions. Adjust, repair or replace all defective equipment parts, components or systems serviced at customer sites then test the repaired equipment for proper performance. Qualifications: • Journeyman Heavy Duty Mechanic and/or Welder and/or Millwright including Red Seal Certification • 3-5 years of mining or construction related experience For this and other opportunities, visit us at
Life takes energy
Talented people keep Enbridge moving forward. At Enbridge, we recognize that it is the talent and inspiration of our dedicated team that have positioned us as a leader in the safe and reliable delivery of energy in North America. Innovation and vision have secured our standing as one of the ‘Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World’. We are focused on growth and value the contributions of every employee and support each of them in reaching their full potential. Join our ESTEVAN, SK team in a rewarding role as an:
Construction Coordinator Req#11361 Provide administrative leadership, technical direction and pipeline operations expertise to the coordination and execution of capital and expense projects and emergency response activities. Ensures that engineering, construction and maintenance activities are planned and executed in accordance with the Company’s health, safety and environmental standards, construction specifications, and applicable regulations. Provides inspection services and/or coordinates contract inspection activities required throughout the execution phase of projects. Qualifications: • Minimum Grade 12 education. • Five or more years of progressively responsible operations, construction or maintenance experience associated with oil pipelines and facilities. • Frequent field work (60-70%) throughout the Enbridge operating area in SE Saskatchewan and SW Manitoba. If you are interested in this exciting opportunity, please apply online through our website at careers.enbridge.com, quoting competition # 11361. Only candidates being considered for interviews will be contacted. Enbridge was named one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers and Alberta’s Top 60 Employers for 2014. Enbridge is an equal opportunity employer.
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900 to 1100 blocks of Valley Street. 1000 to 1300 blocks of 1st Street. Earn $22.00 per week. The papers are delivered to your door for delivery to your customers Friday. If interested please call Gayle at 306-634-2654
PARTS TECHNICIAN For over 65 years Redhead Equipment has been dedicated to supporting the customers and communities in which we live and work. Doing whatever it takes to meet their trucking, construction and agricultural equipment needs, we have enhanced our lines of equipment and expanded to seven locations across the province. With nearly 500 employees now committed to providing exceptional customer service, Redhead Equipment has grown to become one of the largest heavy equipment dealers in Saskatchewan. Join our growing team. Redhead Equipment has an exciting, permanent career opportunity for an experienced Parts Technician in Estevan. Qualified candidates will possess the following skills/qualities: ► Minimum 3 years experience in parts sales ► Demonstrated experience in construction/agricultural equipment and/or heavy duty truck products ► Works well with others in a team environment ► Excellent communication and sales skills with ability to demonstrate a functional level of computer literacy Redhead Equipment offers an industry leading compensation package, RRSP plan, advancement opportunities, on-going training and a positive work environment. If this sounds like a perfect fit with your experience and knowledge, we want to talk to you! Please forward your resume today indicating the position title and location to email@example.com
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