Thursday, October 10, 2019 • Volume 112 • Number 38
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Thanksgiving a time for families to reflect on blessings Eight-month old Pierre Chance Gervais, son of Kayla Gervais and Lloyd Shingoose of Kamsack, had fun sitting in the Thanksgiving window display at the Buck’s D o l l a r S to re , w h e n he and his mother stopped in last week to check out the décor available for the upcoming Thanksgiving weekend.
Lorne’s Butcher Block open for business Kamsack has a new business in town and it’s already very busy. Lorne’s Butcher Block opened up on Main Street right across the street from the Affinity Credit Union on September 30, in the building formerly occupied by the Flower Mill and Home Décor Store and Xcessories by Kerry, and so far there has been a steady stream of customers. The store is a full service meat market, which includes homemade smoked sausage, fresh sausage, jerky and processing wild game. The jerky has names such as wild country, pepper, cowboy, teriyaki, honey garlic and barbecue. The staff have been kept busy processing wild game as the early draw elk hunting season has been in full swing
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in the area. The first elk was processed at the shop on September 15. “It felt good to be processing meat in the new shop,” said Lorne Woytkiw. Lorne has lived in the Kamsack area for the past six years, is the co-manager of the facility, and the prime butcher. “I developed my skills as a butcher while working at Benito Meats for 19 years,” he said. “I started as parttime and became full-time, learning on-site as I went and working for two different owners through the years. “I love all aspects of this job. Cutting meat requires ‘hands on’ skills. I also enjoy working with the public, and getting to know what products my customers want. I just made a new
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New business looking for customer input Continued from Page 1 everything from sausages to packaged roasts and hamburger,” Lorne said. “One of Colin’s strengths is his fastidious eye for cleanliness with which he oversees the work area.” J es s i Woy tk iw is the store’s co-manager, and front-counter staff. “This is a very much family-run business, she said. Our niece, Natassia Adams, also working the front counter, rounds
out our current staff complement, but that may expand as business picks up. “The decision to open the Butcher Block at this location happened very quickly once this building became available. Lorne had always wanted to open his own shop, and it all fell into place very well. “The layout of the building is good so it didn’t require major renovations to get all the new equipment
set up,” she said. That equipment included a walk-in freezer, two coolers, a stand-up freezer (with a second on the way), display cases, a smoker, a stuffer and bandsaw, everything a full-service meat shop requires. Lorne’s will be carrying frozen beef and pork meat packs and will customize orders. In addition to custom cutting and wrapping of 19102TT0
domestic and wild meat, the shop carries a good selection, including gluten free products, sausages (smoked and fresh), beef, pork, chicken, homemade sandwich meat, bacon, meat and cheese trays to order, stuffed roasts and Churchill River pickerel and pike. “We are stocking products made by In Good Taste Food Service of Togo, including cabbage rolls, perogies, cookies, lamb shishliki and Nanaimo slices,” Jessi continued. “We’re also stocking products from the Roblin Bakery, including cookies, and are carrying Saskatchewan made honey and jams from different crafters. “In the future we’ll be bringing in a product line supplied by the Boreal Heartland Indigenous group of northern Saskatchewan that will include all-organic hand-picked dried mushrooms and teas. “We haven’t forgotten about the pets and we carry boxes of dog scraps and
Lorne Woytkiw moved a fresh batch of smoked sausage. bones, as well as smoked bones and ‘pet patties.’ “We are looking forward to serving our customers needs, and growing our product line to meet those needs,” she concluded. Customer service is an important part of the Butcher Block. A box on the front counter, placed in a prominent spot, invites people to
write down a “product idea” and put it in the box. For now the store will be open Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. but those hours may change. Lorne’s Butcher Block has a slogan on their business card that sums up the new business and it reads: “Pleased to meet you…Meat to please you.”
On behalf of my family, and myself, I wish you and your family a safe and
Happy ! g n i v i g anks Terry Dennis, MLA Canora-Pelly Constituency Constituency office located at 106 1st Avenue East, Canora Phone: 306-563-1363
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Legion hosts Neil Diamond tribute performer in an audience interactive concert
Jason Scott performed at the Legion during a Neil Diamond tribute concert.
Georgette Helmkay was all smiles as Jason Scott autographed a CD for her after the concert on September 19.
Vera Kuzma was one of the audience members to get up and dance to a Neil Diamond song.
Ashley Hollett, right, stopped to say hello to Jason Scott after the concert at the Legion.
Barbara Hawryluk had an opportunity to chat with Jason Scott, the Neil Diamond tribute artist.
Carol Stoyand helped prepare snacks to be served at the Neil Diamond tribute concert at the Legion on September 19.
By Jan Derwores A nearly sold out audience attended a performance at the Kamsack Legion billed as a â€œNeil Diamond party.â€? Jason Scott, a Neil Diamond tribute artist, performed on September 19, beginning the concert with a fast-paced song Cherry Cherry, which had audience members tapping their toes to the music. With a constantly changing light show trained on the performer who was dressed in glittering stage costume, and delivering spot on vocals, the audience was transported to â€œDiamond Forever; A Celebration of Neil Diamond,â€? entertained by the music and showmanship that has made Neil Diamond one of the bestselling singer-songwriters of all time. The songs are well known and Neil Diamond fans were encouraged to sing along with the tunes and get up and dance.
artists as â€œhis kidsâ€? who are keeping his music alive for audiences now that he has retired from touring live. â€œBut Neil wants us tribute artists to be creative with our performances,â€? he said. â€œI put my own twist to the songs that are so well known and loved by Neil Diamond fans. â€œSo think of tonight as a Neil Diamond party at the Legion! We will celebrate Neilâ€™s greatest hits. Welcome to the party, everyone!â€? Breaking into the hit song Hello Again, Scott mingled through the entire hall, shaking hands as he sang the tune. The next songs, Forever in Blue Jeans and Thank the Lord for the Nighttime
By the time Scott delivered the third song of the evening, Longfellow Serenade, the audience was taking part in the easy banter by which Scott turns his performances into â€œaudience interactive shows.â€? Stopping for a moment to ask an audience member why she was fidgeting so much, he found out she was having difficulty operating her cell phone camera. Then Scott shared with the audience that his wifeâ€™s grandmother had been born in Pelly a hundred years ago. That brought a round of applause. Going on to say the show would be fast-paced and audience interactive, Scott encouraged everyone to â€œMake some noise, clap along and sing along.â€? Scott kept the audience entertained between songs with interesting facts and stories about Neil Diamond, the inspiration for some of his songs, and how Diamond refers to tribute
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had audience members out of their seats, dancing along with the music. Scott next performed the highly emotional Love on the Rocks, pouring emotion into the soulful number. Beautiful Noise had the audience clapping and toe tapping, and followed with Girl, Youâ€™ll be a Woman Soon, a song to which he gave his own interpretation, with his â€œNeil Diamond voice inflection,â€? and it was easy to feel that one was in the presence of the iconic performer himself. Other songs included S o l i t a r y M a n , B ro t h e r Loveâ€™s Travelling Salvation Show, Shiloh, Desiree and Kentucky Woman, all major hits for Neil Diamond.
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hits was a song he wrote which was recorded by the Monkees in 1967, Iâ€™m a Believer,â€? which again had audience members dancing at â€œthe Neil Diamond party!â€? Scott took the Kamsack audience on a trip back in time when he recounted the story of how Diamond had written the song Brooklyn Roads about his home and family, but ended up making a video about it when he returned to his childhood home 50 years later. â€œHe wrote the song in 1967, but didnâ€™t return to his childhood home for 50 years,â€? Scott told the audience. â€œThink about it. What that must have been like.â€? Continued on Page 7
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When Scott introduced Play Me, he encouraged the audience members to dance along and awarded copies of his music CDs to the couple he chose as the â€œwinners of his dance contest,â€? naming Krista Ruf and Sterling Erhardt as winners. Scott had the audience members taking a â€œtrip to Las Vegas and the Stardust Lounge,â€? where he was one of the final performers onstage at the historic venue which closed in 2006 and was imploded in 2007 after having operated continuously for 48 years. The song he sang was September Love. â€œYeah, I miss her,â€? he said as the haunting song drew to a close. One of Diamondâ€™s largest
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Cooper and Chase Kraynick of Canora won the prize for the largest pumpkin grown in the youth category of the Linda’s Garden Path Pumpkin Fest in Kamsack, showing a 154.5 pound pumpkin. ***** The two-person partnership of Steve Sobering of Dauphin and Joe Coffey of Roblin, which was owner and operator of the Sneath-Strilchuk funeral homes in Dauphin, Roblin and Ste. Rose, Man., purchased the E. Andrychuk Funeral Home in Kamsack. ***** Water treatment plant upgrades in the Town of Norquay and the Village of Hyas were among 43 projects in Saskatchewan recently approved for federal and provincial funding under the new Infrastructure Stimulus Fund, announced in Canada’s Economic Action Plan. ***** The Norquay School raised more than $2,700 in its annual Terry Fox Run. The five students who collected the most pledges won Terry Fox T-shirts, and they were: Taber Ebert and Matty Petryshyn of Grade 1; Allison Robinson, Grade 4, and Autumn Koroluk and Amber Cox, Grade 6. ***** Nearly a dozen two-horse teams belonging to members of the Qu’Appelle Valley Heavy Horse Pull Club participated in a pull demonstration in Kamsack during the Indoor Rodeo, when weights were added to a sled incrementally until a winner was declared in each of the three events: light, medium and heavy.
Trite issues dominating campaign a frustration Canada’s first female Prime Minister was pilloried a quarter century ago for saying: “An election is no time to discuss serious issues.” But she was likely right back in 1993. And she may be even more right in 2019. Consider the two issues you’ve heard the most about during this campaign. One of them would clearly be Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wearing brown face and black face makeup as younger man and a teenager. And the other issue would be whether or not Conservative leader Andrew Scheer was forthright about actually having a Saskatchewan insurance broker’s license, something he has since admitted was not the case, notwithstanding past claims by him and his party.
This is not to suggest we should discount the news value in either, especially in the middle of an election campaign where what’s deemed consequential news widens significantly. In the case of Trudeau’s brownface/blackface, it is news any time a public figure and especially one aspiring to represent us to other nations does something like this. Moreover, such issues have heightened news value when there is an element of hypocrisy and the Trudeau Liberals have had little problem implying that the Conservative Party and especially the People’s Party of Canada have racist elements within their ranks. Similarly, Scheer, with help from his party, embellished his resumé while the Conservatives are running a campaign against Trudeau under the theme
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“not as advertised.” Maybe it’s a stretch for the Liberals to now imply Scheer did something illegal by passing himself off as broker. Certainly, there really is no evidence he acted as an independent, licensed broker. But it is surely fair to consider this to be wrong and hypocritical, given the Conservative campaign against Trudeau. That said, there’s always a lot wrong in election campaigns and we need to keep the focus more on what’s most important to our future than what’s simply trite.
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What’s become the biggest problem during this particular federal campaign is that we aren’t really having a meaningful conversation on those more important issues. Despite everyone knowing the set election date of October 21, all sides are getting away with presenting platforms that aren’t properly costed. This shouldn’t happen. Ad campaigns attempt to buy your votes with things like subsidies to buy your homes, let you go camping or help pay for your kids’ hockey or music lessons,
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and there just hasn’t been enough about how much all of this will add to the public debt. However, what’s more unproductively frustrating is that they are not listening to each other, even when it comes to what voters deem to be the most critical issues. According to a University of Saskatchewan poll taken just prior to the start of this campaign, the economy was cited as the most important issue (12 per cent of voters) with the environment closely behind (11 per cent). H o w e v e r, b o t h s i d e s seem frustrated by this. From those more on the environmental side demanding governments and political parties do more to address the increase in greenhouse gas emissions causing increased global warming, we are hearing
frustrations that their views are not being heard. But equally frustrated are those in resource, agriculture and other sectors that drive the economy and create tax revenue that we need to run government. As Dan Cugnet, chair of Valleyview Petroleums Ltd. argued: «It›s not just the carbon tax killing us.” Combined with a downturn in the world oil market and increased drilling in the U.S., Canadian oil is suffering, Cugnet said. And that directly affects the Canadian and Saskatchewan economy. Yet in this federal campaign about the less consequential matters, you likely haven’t heard enough thoughtful dialogue on these issues. Kim Campbell was likely right. An election seems a poor time to discuss serious issues.
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Letters to the Editor Federal Liberals fail Canadian Grain Commission again When the Liberals appointed former grain company executive Patti Miller as chief grain commissioner at the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) most grain farmers feared she would have a bias in favour of grain companies. After all it was Miller ’s Canola Council of Canada that insisted export canola dockage was just fine at 2.5 per cent when the Chinese wanted less, which hasn’t turned out too well for
farmers but the grain companies seem to be doing all right. Recently even the major farm papers have written about the rift at the Grain Commission between the chief and assistant commissioners who have experience as farmers. It’s no surprise to hear she has marginalized the assistant commissioners to the point where staff will not even seriously consider their opinions for fear of job loss. Big grain company
apologists may simply pass this off as speculation but recent events this past winter on my farm have shown how big the rift has become. Before delivering my wheat I had it graded at five elevators and all were the same except for my local elevator which graded it lower. Of course, this was where I had my wheat contract. I simply told them that I would haul it in and use the law to have it subject to CGC grade
and dockage. Initially they said they didn’t care what the CGC graded it, their grades would stand. After getting the CGC involved, all five samples were submitted for grade and dockage. I not only won the grade, but the CGC found the moisture and dockage values claimed by the elevators were excessive. Needless to say I appreciated the extra money but have not heard from the local elevator since!
One would think all was well and the CGC was protecting farmers as it is legally obligated to do. However, I also gave the CGC inspector a copy of various bulletins put out by the grain companies where they indicated they do not care what the CGC grades are, claiming their grades are final; an obvious bluff to take advantage of farmers. I asked the CG C inspector if there had been any reprimands. He would only say it went
to the commissioners’ level and that’s where it sits, over eight months later! It would appear the i n d u s t r y ’s i n f l u e n c e i s alive and strong at the Grain Commission, even at the highest levels. So much for protecting the farmers’ interests! When is Ottawa going to clean out the conflicts of interest infesting Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada? Kyle Korneychuk Pelly
while at the same time printing thousands of copies of it on recycled trees and put it at thousands of doorsteps the next morning. The problem is how it all gets paid for. The local advertising dollars which support that local journalism are being sucked up by two massive foreign corporations, Facebook and Google. Between them, they take 75 per cent of the online advertising revenue in Canada. There’s no doubt the power Facebook and Google have to reach local people in the community. But you won’t see a reporter from Google in your city council chambers. And Facebook won’t sponsor your community’s
campaign to build that new arts centre. A n d i t ’s n o t j u s t o u r business model that’s been disrupted. The local businesses that support us with their advertising also face disruption from that same media. Ask any retailer who’s seen someone come into their store to look at a product, then pull out their phone and order that product from Amazon right in front of them. The definition of community has changed dramatically. It used to be defined simply by geography. Now the Internet and the rise of social media has redefined community t o b e a n y o n e , c o n n e c ted anywhere by shared interest. But geographic
c o m m u n i t y, w h e r e w e choose to live, still matters. And it needs support. Reading local, and making deliberate choices to shop local, is how to do it. That’s our shelter from the storm. So on this National Newspaper Week, please go to our new website, n e w s p a p e r s m a t t e r. c a , to sign a pledge of support and send a message, to Canadian businesses, advertisers, to all levels of government, to newspaper journalists and all Canadians, that what we do matters, now more than ever. Thanks for your support, and for the privilege of supporting our community by telling its stories.
Facing the storm Opinion Editorial By Tim Shoults Glacier Media It’s hard to get the sense of just how big something is when you’re right in the middle of it. In the summer of 1987, a massive tornado passed right through Edmonton, Alta., killing dozens of people on its way through. My family lived on the other side of town, far from the main tornado. But a second funnel cloud started to form near us. When we saw the entire sky turn green and start to circle itself, we ran for the basement. It sounded like the end of the world was going on above us as we huddled there. But as the wind subsided and we emerged a
half-hour later, all that was left was a lawn covered in golf-ball sized chunks of hail, not a sign in the sky of what we thought would be total disaster. Sometimes, when I look at my chosen trade of community media, I think about that. There’s no doubt we are in the midst of a storm. Will it sweep us aside or pass us by? This week, as we celebrate National Newspaper Week, it’s a good time to contemplate that storm, and our place in it. When people ask me how the newspaper business is doing, (and when they do, they often use that same tone of voice you hear when you’re asked about an aging relative
who’s been in the hospital) I usually answer with one word: “Exciting!” Yes, sometimes I may add “And terrifying!” to that, depending on the day. But even on those days, it’s an amazing time to be in our line of work. We’ve got more readers than ever, nearly nine out of 10 Canadians read community media between print and digital every week, according to the latest research from News Media Canada. And we have more ways than ever to reach them. When breaking news happens in our community, we can write a story, post it to our website and link to it on social media, add some video and maybe even make a podcast about it,
Farming on the prairies has become big business If anyone is still under the illusion that farming is anything other than big business these days, a single farm for sale in Manitoba should exhibit one of the current reality. What is being described as the “largest land package in Canada is for sale on the Prairies” in a Western Producer article rather clearly illustrates how Prairie farms in Canada have been trending to everlarger operations. The land, located near The Pas, Man., features 23,800 acres, just over 37 sections, for cultivation and is going for $53.3 million.
That would mean willing one of the largest lotto wins in Canadian history, and signing it all over to make the purchase, and then still needing money to operate the farm. It is suggested in the article the price tag is reasonable, given it’s going for about $1,640 an acre. In Saskatchewan, the article suggests prices can range from $2,000 to $3,500 per acre, while Alberta can see land go for $2,500 to $6,500 an acre. If one extrapolates a mid-value price in Saskatchewan, a quarter section is going to fetch
about $400,000, give or take a few thousand. For anyone not sure what a quarter section of land is, it encompasses 160 acres, which is the size of the plot of land the early i m m i g r a n t s t o We s t e r n Canada were given, if they met certain provisions. Certainly there are
successful smaller producers, but even a farmer on a half section doing some niched farming to generate returns has a land base valued at nearly three-quarters of a million dollars, and then requires machinery, grain storage and other farm elements, pushing the investment nearer to one
million. Of course machinery is the other side of the coin in terms of farming being very big business these days. A new fourwheel-drive tractor or new combine will each take huge bites out of a million dollars before it is rolling around a field. We often look at new small businesses popping up in a community with a certain amount of awe based on the individual taking the risk of investment in establishing the storefront. But a farmer driving a new tractor off the lot is
barely noticed although the investment in that single tractor is likely to be as large as many smaller business developments. Farms are now very big business. The size of farms has generally trended larger in major dryland farming areas around the world since the end of the First World War, and when land prices spike higher that increases farm values. When land values climb machinery tends to rise in value as well. There is a great cost to growing the world’s food, although often that fact seems to be lost for many.
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How many nutbars are out there anyhow? September 11 has come and gone, for the 18th time since the horrible events that made September 11 a memorable day in the first place. Yet today, five days later, my social media feed is still being bombarded with posts about it, and unfortunately, most of them are from nutbars. There have been, again, all sorts of videos, posts, comments, nearly all of which allege that 9/11 was some sort of inside job, a conspiracy perpetrated by America to start a war. One suggested that an airliner didn’t actually hit the Pentagon. Rather, it was likely a cruise missile, like the Tomahawk. That’s a rather important point, actually, as the Tomahawk is likely to be employed in the days before this column goes to print, as the United States military typically uses 100-plus in their opening salvo of any war these days. A To m a h a w k w e i g h s 3,300 pounds, and has a 1,000-pound warhead. These days, the warhead isn’t nuclear, but previous versions did indeed have a nuclear warhead. It flies about 550 miles per hour. When it attacks, it can either drop munitions on a target, or more typically, slam right into it, thus adding its own kinetic energy
to that of the warhead. By this point, it will have used much of its fuel, so it’s probably going to weigh closer to 3,000 pounds, or 1.5 tons. One of the statements I saw on Facebook was, “Buildings that tall would not drop straight down into their foot print, let alone three on the same day.” The implication was they were purposely demolished by an inside job. O k a y, l e t ’s c o n s i d e r what happens when you slam a Boeing 767-223ER weighing, at least 155 tons, and likely a lot more. It was full of fuel, 67 tonnes of it. And American Airlines Flight 11 struck the North Tower at a speed o f 4 6 5 m i l e s p e r h o u r. While jet fuel may not have the same energy as a high explosive warhead, there was 67 tons of it. And the plane had the kinetic energy of 100 cruise missiles travelling at 85 per cent of the speed of a Tomahawk. F u n d a m e n t a l l y, t h a t one airliner hitting one of the towers had most of the energy of a 100-missile salvo, striking in one place, at once. When the 1 9 9 1 G u l f Wa r b r o k e out, it started with 122 Tomahawks being fired at numerous targets. Let me say that again: One fully fueled airliner near top
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speed has the energy not far from the entire missile barrage opening a major war. My math may not be perfect, but it’s still within the ballpark. Of course the planes took the towers out. We all saw it. There was no need for some false flag inside job of demolition experts to destroy those buildings, or 7 World Trade Center. But the conspiracy theorists think in their deep state fantasies it was all an inside job. In exasperation, I posted, “Have you all lost your mind with these conspiracy theories? Did you not live through 9/11? Is there something fundamentally flawed with your perception of reality?” I could say no more. I’ve had one heart attack in my life, and I’m not going to drive myself to another over such idiocy. How have we come to this point? How has a common experience, so earth shaking that, like the assignation of JFK, we all remember where we were
when it happened, become so fraught with conspiracy and delusion? Perhaps using JFK wasn’t such a good example. This past week, our daughter started asking questions about 9/11, and my wife and I did our best to answer them. There was no question of saying, “just Google it,” because there is so much bovine feces about 9/11 now. I don’t trust hardly any of it to be accurate for a babe-in-thewoods, so to speak, who doesn’t have the benefit of prior knowledge. In 2002, my wife bought a book about the World Trade Centre, and what happened on 9/11. She bought it before we even had kids, but with the intention of having something to show them when they asked about this. I did just that, pulling the book out of the filing cabinet where it has remained. It was printed before wingnuts everywhere started brazenly blurting their socalled truths.
In history, false flags h a v e h a p p e n e d . T h a t ’s where an adversary stages some sort of attack, supposedly by the other side, to justify their own war. The Nazis did this on the border of Poland in 1939, dressing German soldiers in Polish uniforms to carry out an “attack” on a German customs post. The bodies left over were actually those of concentration camp victims, killed so they could be dressed up in Polish uniforms and masqueraded as supposedly dead Polish soldiers from a failed attack.
The Americans’ Gulf of Tonkin incident was used to spur their heavy involvement in Vietnam. This brings us to September 14. What really happened in Saudi Arabia to take out, at least temporarily, half its oil processing capacity? Was it Iran? Yemeni rebels? Now I’m sounding like a conspiracy theorist! Whatever happened this week, 9/11 was not an inside job. It was not a false flag. And it has shaped our lives for nearly two decades now, and more to come.
Bullying continues to be a serious problem in Canada On the heels of this year ’s return to school, children across the country have started getting back into their routines, spending their days with friends and
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release. October 17 to 23 is National School Safety Week and this year, the Canada Safety Council’s message is simple: there can
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be no tolerance for bullying, said the release. “Whether you’re a student, an educator, a parent or a caregiver, everyone has a duty to keep children safe,” it said. According to the Promoting Relationships and Eliminating Violence Network (PREVNet), a network of researchers and organizations shedding a light on bullying prevention, 75 per cent of people say they have been affected by bullying. This can take shape either as a victim, a bystander or an aggressor, and includes three primary forms of bullying: • physical bullying, which can take the form of hitting, destruction of property and physical humiliation; • verbal bullying, which can include teasing, threats and name-calling; and • social bullying, which can include rumours, gossip and exclusion with the intent of lowering the victim’s social worth among their peers. Additionally, the role that technology plays in day-today life has contributed to the rise of cyberbullying. This means that victims aren’t easily able to escape the torment. Bullying
h a s b e c o m e a 2 4 - h o u ra-day phenomenon, and has caused children to not even feel safe in their own homes. PREVNet reports that one in five teenagers report being victimized electronically, a number which has been steadily on the rise since the Internet and smartphones became ubiquitous. “Be on the lookout for signs of your child being bullied,” it said. These are numerous and varied, but can include: heightened anxiety, low self-esteem and excessive self-deprecation, low performance in school, visible injuries, irritability, unhappiness, withdrawal from activities they once enjoyed, isolation and fear of going to school. “Conversely, you should also look for signs that your child may be a bully.” These signs can include: aggression, manipulative behavior, unexplained money or items and a minimal concern for others’ feelings. The role of parents in the bullying discussion is simple, yet crucial, and begins long before their child is put in a situation where bullying may arise. “Open a conversation with your child and make it clear that bullying is not
acceptable and will not be tolerated,” it continued. “Let them know you will always be prepared to listen and be their advocate. If your child is being bullied, they won’t always be open to discussing it unless they know they can trust you. “ A d d i t i o n a l l y, m a n y children will not report cyber-bullying incidents to their parents for fear that their phone or computer will be confiscated or restricted. Make it clear that this will not be the case if such a situation arises. If your child tells you that they are being bullied, document the bullying as best as you can.” Keep text messages, emails and any other examples that demonstrate the inappropriate behavior. Report the bullying to the proper authorities, either school administrators or police, depending on the severity. Monitor progress in managing to the desired change and be vigilant in followup to ensure that the bully behavior stops. “Bullying can escalate quickly and your intervention can make a difference in your child’s quality of life, both in the short- and long-term,” concluded the release.
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Tribute turns into “Neil Diamond Party” Continued from Page 3 The crowd-pleasing song Sweet Caroline had the audience singing and dancing along once again. “Thanks for being here tonight, Kamsack, you’ve been a wonderful audience,” Scott said as the concert drew to a close. “Give yourselves a round of applause. “My show tours all over and I work exclusively with
the Royal Canadian Legions across the country,” he said “When you come to events like this the money filters back into the community, and the Legion appreciates the support.” A 50/50 draw of $105 was held, after which Scott sang an encore song, Holly Holy, keeping the audience mesmerized with his powerful vocals. Making himself available
to chat and greet audience members, pose for photos and autograph CDs, Scott left his audience with memories. “Very enjoyable concert,” said Warren Andrews. “It was better than I expected. I never knew that Neil Diamond had so many hit songs and I like songs from the 70s era.” “Fantastic!” commented Audrey Girling.
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YTC Regional Opioid Gathering held at OCC Hall in Kamsack The Yorkton Tribal Council (YTC) recently sponsored a Regional Opioid Gathering at the Kamsack OCC Hall. On September 26, members of the Cote, Keeseekoose and The Key First Nations (FNs), including Chiefs and councillors, attended what was day two of the event, with day one being held at the Keeseekoose Chief ’s Education Centre (KCEC) on September 25. Day two at the OCC Hall began with a Pipe Ceremony by Albert Musqua, who also said the opening prayer. Registration was taken on-site and participants were entered for a number of door prizes. The prime organizer and emcee for the program was Ivan Cote, director of health with YTC health and social development, and he acknowledged the youth in attendance “who are the future.” Seven information tables were set up for all to visit and acquire pamphlets and useful items to take home, including T-shirts, mini-backpacks, re-useable plastic cutlery for
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Burton O’Soup of YTC mental health. had written. Morley Watson, first vice chief of the FSIN (Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations), was introduced as the first speaker and he included a personal presentation of his past memories of his youth and his connections to Cote and Keeseekoose FNs and the team sports he participated in. “If we can work together, we can face these challenges presented by the opioid crisis. We can equate our efforts to working towards our goal of healing as a team,” Watson said. D r. I b r a h i m K h a n o f Indigenous Services Canada, regional medical health officer, spoke to the group about all the supports that are available for those with addictions,
including transportation, referring to that as being “one of the biggest issues facing those seeking assistance with addictions. “We need more and more partnerships, more and more understanding,” he said. “In my day-to-day job I deal with a lot of infectious diseases. In the Kamsack area I see a lot of partnerships being formed, I see intelligence and wisdom. We need to have local understanding to deal with the opioid crisis and crystal meth usage which is very addictive and inevitably leads to crime and violence because of it.” Ted Quewezance, chair of the 20-bed Saulteaux Healing and Wellness facility at Cote FN spoke to those present in blunt terms. He said there has
D r. I b ra h i m K h a n , Indigenous Service Canada and regional medical health officer.
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one at KCEC. His main message was the implementation of a “harm reduction approach as opposed to abstinence with opiates.” Ominika is the Indigenous program director at the Northwood Recovery Treatment Clinic in Ontario. Servicing the FN communities, the clinic is referred to as a “wholistic model for FN communities that utilizes physicians and incorporates cultural and traditional, including outdoor, aspects into the healing process.” Ominika was responsible for designing and implementing the program. Back in 2008, having seen a need in the community for treatment for opiate dependency, he understood that travel for those seeking treatment resulted in “a disconnect” between the Continued on Page 9
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Opiod gathering promotes wholistic treatment model Continued from Page 8 individuals’ and their families. “By having a wholistic treatment model, these individuals are reconnected with their families and
communities,” he said. “I work directly with physicians in my position as a collaborator and communicator. I share information on a community level and it is the collaboration
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of services that makes this effort so successful.” Since 2014, Ominika has worked directly with opiate replacement treatment clinics. He also serves his community as an elected councillor, currently in his third term. The final presenter at the OCC Hall was Dr. Peter Butt of the College of Physicians and Surgeons in Saskatoon, and he was accompanied by Dr. Werner Oberholzer, the
deputy director of the College who is responsible for setting the standards, policies and guidelines for physicians who administer the medications for addictions recovery. Dr. Butt gave his presentation on the wholistic approach to the recovery from addictions, which supports personal growth and development. In addition to the draws for door prizes, the day included a lunch and snacks.
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FIRE PREVENTION WEEK OCTOBER 6-12, 2019
Did you know that cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and home injuries? By following a few safety tips you can prevent these fires.
Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. If you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove. If you are simmering, baking, roasting, or boiling food, check it regularly, remain in the home while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking.
If you have a small (grease) cooking fire and decide to fight the fire...
Why is there a fire prevention week? Why is it held at the beginning of October each year? A brief story…
On the stovetop, smother the flames by sliding a lid over the pan and turning off the burner. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled.
CO alarms should be installed in a central location outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home and in other locations where required by applicable laws, codes or standards. For the best protection, interconnect all CO alarms throughout the home. When one sounds, they all sound. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for placement and mounting height. Choose a CO alarm that has the label of a recognized testing laboratory. Test CO alarms at least once a month; replace them according to the manufacturer’s instructions. If the audible trouble signal sounds, check for low batteries. If the battery is low, replace it. If it still sounds, call the fire department. If the CO alarm sounds, immediately move to a fresh air location outdoors or by an open window or door. Make sure everyone inside the home is accounted for. Call for help from a fresh air location and stay there until emergency personnel declare that it is safe to reenter the home. If you need to warm a vehicle, remove it from the garage immediately after starting it. Do not run a vehicle or other fueled engine or motor indoors, even if garage doors are open. Make sure the exhaust pipe of a running vehicle is not covered with snow.
For an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed.
It is October 9, 1871, in Chicago. A major fire is raging. It is brought under control only 27 hours later, leaving only ruin and devastation in its wake. More than 250 people lost their lives/died and 100,000 others were left homeless. The fire destroyed more than 17,400 buildings and ravaged over 4,800 hectares of land.
Often called the invisible killer, carbon monoxide is an invisible, odorless, colorless gas created when fuels (such as gasoline, wood, coal, natural gas, propane, oil, and methane) burn incompletely. In the home, heating and cooking equipment that burn fuel can be sources of carbon monoxide.
Call your local fire department’s non-emergency number to find out what number to call if the COalarm sounds.
Keep anything that can catch fire — oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains — away from your stovetop.
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Cooking Safety Be on alert! If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol don’t use the stove or stovetop.
It’s time for Fire Prevention Week, and the Kamsack Fire Department is joining forces with the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to remind local residents ‘Every Second Counts – Plan 2 Ways Out!’ Fire Prevention Week is actively supported by fire departments across the country. Fire Prevention Week is the longest running public health and safety observance on record.
If you have any doubt about fighting a small fire…
During and after a snowstorm, make sure vents for the dryer, furnace, stove, and fireplace are clear of snow build-up.
Just get out! When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire.
A generator should be used in a well-ventilated location outdoors away from windows, doors and vent openings.
Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number from outside the home.
Gas or charcoal grills can produce CO — only use outside.
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It was forty years later, in 1911, that the oldest member organization of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the Fire Marshals Association of North America, organized the first fire prevention day to commemorate the great Chicago fire. The event grew to such proportions that 11 years later, the first Fire Prevention Week was launched in the United States.
Why commemorate the date of a fire that occurred in the United States? It seemed only logical for the two countries to pool their efforts to highlight the event on the same date. Thus, Fire Prevention Week has always been held in the first full week of October in the United States as well as in Canada.
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In Canada, it was Ontario that held the first provincial Fire Prevention Day, in 1916. The first national Fire Prevention Day was held in 1919. The Governor General of Canada proclaimed the first Fire Prevention Week in Canada in 1923. And the Ministère de la Sécurité publique du Québec has held a Fire Prevention Week since 1990.
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Halloween is a fun and spooky time of year for kids. Make trick-or-treating safe for your little monsters with a few easy safety tips.
Halloween Fire Safety Tips When choosing a costume, stay away from long trailing fabric. If your child is wearing a mask, make sure the eye holes are large enough so they can see out.
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Provide children with flashlights to carry for lighting or glow sticks as part of their costume. Dried flowers, cornstalks and crepe paper catch fire easily. Keep all decorations away from open flames and other heat sources like light bulbs and heaters. Use a battery-operated candle or glow stick in jack-o-lanterns. If you use a real candle, use extreme caution. Make sure children are watched at all times when candles are lit. When lighting candles inside jack-o-lanterns, use long, fireplace-style matches or a utility lighter. Be sure to place lit pumpkins well away from anything that can burn and far enough out of the way of trick-or-treaters, doorsteps, walkways and yards. Remember to keep exits clear of decorations, so nothing blocks escape routes. Make sure all smoke alarms in the home are working. Tell children to stay away from open flames including jack-olanterns with candles in them. Be sure they know how to stop, drop and roll if their clothing catches fire. (Have them practice stopping immediately, dropping to the ground, covering their face with their hands, and rolling over and over to put the flames out.)
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SMOKE ALARMS ARE A KEY PART of a home fire escape plan. When there is a fire, smoke spreads fast. Working smoke alarms give you early warning so you can get outside quickly.
SAFETY TIPS Install smoke alarms inside and outside each bedroom and sleeping area. Install alarms on every level of the home. Install alarms in the basement. Large homes may need extra smoke alarms. It is best to use interconnected smoke alarms. When one smoke alarm sounds they all sound.
Decorations are the first thing to ignite in 900 reported home fires each year. Two of every five of these fires were started by a candle.
People, animals, and property are in danger when fire breaks out on the farm. Inspect your barn and outbuildings for fire hazards to reduce the risk of tragic loss. Heat lamps and space heaters are kept a safe distance from anything that can burn.
FACTS Smoke alarms should be installed inside every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level. Smoke alarms should be connected so when one sounds, they all sound. Most homes do not have this level of protection. Roughly 3 out of 5 fire deaths happen in homes with no smoke alarms or the alarms are not working.
Heaters are on a sturdy surface and cannot fall over. Electrical equipment is labeled for agricultural or commercial use. All wiring is free from damage. Extension cords are not used in the barn. Lightbulbs have covers to protect them from dust, moisture, and breakage. Damage is identified quickly and repairs are completed with safety in mind. Dust and cobwebs around electrical outlets and lights are removed.
Test all smoke alarms at least once a month. Press the test button to be sure the alarm is working.
Oily rags are stored in a closed, metal container away from heat.
There are two kinds of alarms. Ionization smoke alarms are quicker to warn about flaming fires. Photoelectric alarms are quicker to warn about smoldering fires. It is best to use both types of alarms in the home.
Feed, hay, straw, and flammable liquids are stored away from the main barn. The barn is a smoke-free zone. Exits are clearly marked and pathways are clear.
A smoke alarm should be on the ceiling or high on a wall. Keep smoke alarms away from the kitchen to reduce false alarms. They should be at least 3 metres (10 feet) from the stove.
Fire drills are held frequently with everyone who uses the barn.
People who are hard-of-hearing or deaf can use special alarms. These alarms have strobe lights and bed shakers.
Everyone in the barn knows personal safety is the first priority if a fire breaks out.
Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.
Hazard checks take place on a set schedule.
Workers are trained to use fire extinguishers.
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Canora business releases internationally-recognized new health product A Canora-based business has released a new oral spray which offers potentially life-changing benefits in human health. M y S h r o o m s E n e rg y,
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Nick Martinuik of MySpray Therapeutics in Canora has released MyShrooms Energy, a new natural product with proven health benefits.
“It’s great to see results and be able to put things together,” he said. “Seeing benefits and helping people overcome illness and maintain health is the greatest reward.” “We need to be more proactive with our own health and focus on improving health and preventing disease, rather than just waiting until we’re sick. That’s the downfall of our present approach.” Martinuik said MyShrooms Energy is a powerful combination of the Cordyceps mushroom and vitamin B12. “Cordyceps has long been used by traditional Chinese herbalists for its energizing properties,” he explained. “It has been used in Asia to increase oxygen uptake for strenuous activities and for higher elevations. Athletes and physical fitness enthusiasts have traditionally used Cordyceps to support improved perf o r m a n c e . B e c a u s e i t ’s long lasting, there are no problems with the ‘crash’ associated with caffeine products. It supports many areas of health including energy production, respiration, libido, kidney and adrenal
health. It’s been used in to complement conventional medicine in fighting cancer by activating the immune system.” Since the Cordyceps mushroom naturally contains B vitamins except B12, Martinuik saw great potential in combining it with the original Vitamin B 1 2 E n e r g y, a n o t h e r MySpray product, to create MyShrooms Energy. “B12 is involved in the maintenance of the nervous system, red blood cell production, energy metabolism and the proper functioning of our brain, heart, liver and kidneys,” said Martinuik. “It’s essential for optimal health, wellbeing, performance, mood, vitality and energy.” MyShrooms Energy is recommended for people from all walks of life. “It can help elite athletes with their stamina and endurance, while it can benefit senior citizens in dealing with fatigue,” said Martinuik. “For the average individual it helps maintain energy and alertness throughout daily life, including the long work days.” Continued on Page 13
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Martinuik continues efforts to improve health Continued from Page 12 In 1993, Chinese athletes were breaking numerous world records. Martinuik said many accused them of using performance-enhancing drugs, but it turned out they were taking Cordyceps. Since then, it has been more commonly used by elite athletes. Martinuik said the Cordyceps mushroom has been used as a medicinal product in the Asian culture for thousands of years. There are over 400 different types of the Cordyceps fungi, and each is specific to different insects. “The one most popular in medicine grows on a caterpillar, controls its mind
and body and has it climb high in a tree,” he said. “The fungus consumes the insect as its host and grows off that insect. Throughout history, Monks would consume that fungus to improve their lung function and oxygen utilization. This would allow them to climb to higher elevations and thrive there. The Cordyceps grows at elevations of over 4,500 feet.” Martinuik said it’s the most valuable product in Chinese natural medicine, but the quality of the mushrooms grown in China has declined due to pollution of Chinese soils. The Cordyceps mushrooms used in MyShrooms E n e rg y a r e o rg a n i c a l l y
MyShrooms Energy is made with the Cordyceps mu s h ro o m , w h i c h h a s l o n g b e e n u s e d by traditional Chinese herbalists for its energizing properties. grown in North America. “The Chinese look at North American products
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spray is taken directly into the mouth. As a spray it takes effect quickly at about 90 per cent efficiency compared to 10 to 20 per cent for pills. It’s cinnamonflavoured and is recommended to be taken at a rate of six sprays, once or twice per day. Martinuik said MyShrooms Energy is a significant achievement which has gained worldwide recognition, “pretty good for a small Canora company.” “Later in October we will be part of a delegation of eight Canadian companies with medicine, medical devices and natural health products that have been invited to attend the China
Export and Import Fair, in Canton, China.” The development and release of MyShrooms Energy took about a year, including testing and going through the Health Canada approval process. It can be purchased online or at clinics, pharmacies and health food stores. “If it’s not in your favourite store, ask them to bring it on,” said Martinuik. He’s working on a number of products for release in the near future. The first is for dealing with stress, to be followed by products for the mind to help with areas such as concentration, focus, Alzheimer ’s, and dementia.
Weather delays continue in long, drawn-out harvest In a harvest where a lengthy stretch of warm, dry weather has never really materialized, producers in the Canora/Preeceville/ Norquay/Kamsack region continue to battle the elements to get the crops into the bin. Most areas had two or three decent days of harvest weather in late September, but then numerous small rain showers set in over a period of several days and the harvest once again mostly came to a grinding halt, said Liam O’Halloran of Prairie Soil Services last week. As a result, harvest progress is well behind normal for this time of year. Instead of waiting for crops to dry naturally in the field, a number of farmers are utilizing grain dryers to speed up harvest and also preserve crop quality as
much as possible. The harvest of peas and barley is complete for the most part with close to average quality and yield. These crops were generally harvested first, and were off the fields in late August and early September in most cases. The wheat harvest has been a “mixed bag” to this point. Yields have been average to above average, but quality has varied considerably. Quality was generally good in those fields that were harvested before conditions turned wet, but has suffered considerably in later fields due to the delays caused by the rains. There has been significant sprouting in wheat, which often means the crop will be downgraded to feed at the elevator. For the majority of
canola producers, the harvest has just barely begun. O’Halloran estimates that under 20 per cent of canola has been harvested across the region. He said the majority of the crop has either been swathed or is still standing. A significant number of producers have started straight cutting their canola and have been pleased with the results. Like most new techniques, O’Halloran recommends starting with a relatively small number of acres in order to get comfortable with the new system. The majority of crops have matured sufficiently that frost isn’t going to cause significant crop damage. At this point frost can be a good thing, as it dries the stems down so that it feeds through the combine more smoothly. But while they wait for harvest to continue, frost is
causing headaches for those trying to control weeds in preparation for seeding next spring. If the weeds are frozen, pesticides won’t achieve a good killing rate. Producers have to wait for the weeds to thaw out after a frost and determine if they
were killed or if herbicide application is still needed. Soil temperatures have dropped to around 10C or less across most of the area, which means producers are encouraged to begin anhydrous fertilizer application if they have time. At
that temperature, fertilizer losses between now and next spring should be minimized. O’Halloran estimates that a week or two of warm, dry weather with a good breeze should be enough for most producers to complete the harvest.
SIGN walk‐in counselling expands to Kamsack An increase in provincial government funding for mental health walk-in counselling has allowed the Society for the Involvement of Good Neighbours (SIGN) to expand that service to Kamsack. SIGN has been providing the free counselling service five days per week in Yorkton since the program was expanded in June and has now expanded the service to once a week in Kamsack. Starting October 17, SIGN will be providing the free service every Thursday at the Crowstand Centre in Kamsack, Room 225, starting at 10 a.m. on a firstcome first-served basis. The last session will start at 2 p.m., and will conclude by 3 p.m. The service is available to all individuals, couples and families to help address their concerns.
Walk-in counselling is a free, immediate and accessible form of brief counselling. Brief therapy involves providing direct intervention for a specific problem that creates solutions by focusing on the structure of a current problem rather than why the problem developed, said information found on the Internet. With brief strategic therapy, both the client and the therapist are completely focused on creating a strategic plan that will eliminate the presenting problem. People can drop in for free services without an appointment, similar to the medical walk-in clinics. The services are provided by qualified counsellors, who also help people to connect to the community and health services they may need. The province announced in its budget in March that
it has allocated $1.2 million for 11 agencies to provide walk-in counselling in 18 new communities across the province, of which Kamsack is one. “The provincial funding allowed us to expand the service in Yorkton, and also add Kamsack to the locations where it is offered,” said Andrew Sedley, SIGN executive director. “We have found, since we started the service, that there is a huge need for this type of walk-in, unscheduled counselling.” SIGN was one of five participants in a two-year pilot project conducted by Family Service Saskatchewan to study walk-in counselling. Evaluation of the project shows that when people have access to immediate services, they can begin to feel better in just one session.
The harvest continues to drag on across the region as lengthy stretches of wet weather have caused significant loss of crop quality.
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A total of five candidates are running in the riding of Yorkton-Melville in the federal election on October 21. The candidates, from left, are: Carter Antoine (NDP), Connor Moen (Liberal), Ryan Schultz (PPC), Cathay Wagantall (Conservative) and Stacey Wiebe (Green Party).
Five candidates competing in Yorkton-Melville riding The 2019 federal election on October 21 will involve a total of five candidates in the YorktonMelville riding. The candidates are: Carter Antoine (NDP), Connor Moen (Liberal), Ryan Schultz ( P P C ) , S t a c e y Wi e b e (Green Party) and Cathay Wagantall (Conservative). Carter Antoine Carter Antoine studies Economics at the University of Regina because he wants to understand how to use the economy to improve the lives of ordinary Canadians. He wants a society where it’s not only the needs of the super-rich that are heard in Ottawa. A r e t a i l w o r k e r, h e understands the devastating effects of precarious work, low minimum wage and the struggle of living paycheque to paycheque. That’s why he’s fighting to make life more affordable for families, by improving access to healthcare, implementing pharmacare, building housing that’s a ff o r d a b l e , a n d e n s u ring people are working for a living wage, so that
everyone can thrive. He is a dedicated community builder who is not afraid to work with the Saskatchewan Federation of Labour to protect workers’ jobs or protect Saskatchewan’s Crown Corporations from Government selloff. He has the courage to invest in people and will be a strong voice in Ottawa. Connor Moen Connor Moen was born and raised in Saskatchewan, and holds a strong connection to his Ukrainian heritage like many who live in the province. Having started learning Ukrainian at the age of 14, he became fluent over time by practicing with his Baba and Gido and also singing with the renowned Lastiwka Ukrainian Orthodox Choir in Saskatoon. From there, he went on to become a leader in the Saskatchewan U k r a i n i a n c o m m u n i t y. I n h i s f i r s t y e a r s t u d ying at the University of Saskatchewan, he revived the local Ukrainian Students’ Association, www.ukrainetzauction.com
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and was recognized for his efforts by the board of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) Saskatchewan Provincial Council. He then joined the board himself, and was one of the youngest board members. In 2016, he had the unique opportunity of representing Saskatchewan in Ottawa when he started working for the national UCC, where he led digital communications for the organization repr e s e n t i n g C a n a d a ’s 1 . 4 million-strong Ukrainian community. He simultaneously worked as a fundraiser and program coordinator for the Ukrainian Canadian Students’ Union (SUSK), helping over 25 Ukrainian student clubs a c r o s s t h e c o u n t r y. H e was also an election observer in April 2019 for the two rounds of the Ukrainian presidential election. He built on his experience working on Parliament Hill for the Liberal Research Bureau. During this time, he has been an advocate and a strong voice for Saskatchewan in the nation’s capital. In 2016, he received the University of Saskatchewan Vera Pezer Award for volunteerism. He has enjoyed volunteering for the Vesna Festival, St. Thomas More Students’ Union, as well as for Start Proud, which facilitates the professional developm e n t o f L e s b i a n , G a y, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ2) students as they transition from school to career in order to build a national network within the LGBTQ2 community.
Ryan Schultz Born in Saskatoon and raised in rural Saskatchewan, Ryan Schultz is an electronic systems technologist and general contractor. He and his wife and two sons are involved members in the community of Young. Elected councilor for the Village of Young in 2016, he has been (and continues to be) involved with numerous committees in the community: he has served on the pool committee, the pool construction committee, parks and recreation, the playground committee, as well as the local school committee. “I’m not afraid of hard work. I’ve spent the last 15 years building my career. I learned a trade; I put myself through tech school: I’ve relocated (twice) for work and when I had to, I took a pay cut to get work in the mining industry. So I know what it takes to do what you have to do, to keep raising a family in rural Saskatchewan.” “The experience of working with village council reinforces, for me, the importance of teamwork and cooperation. When working around a tab le w ith f iv e co u n cil members, we are each one vote. Better solutions come when every vote at the table can contribute to the solutions we bring forward.” He believes strongly in individual freedoms, in personal responsibility (and accountability), in fairness, and in respect. Ryan’s decision to enter politics is founded on his desires to: 1. lower the cost of living for all Canadians.
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2. eliminate the federal deficit and return to a balanced budget as quickly as possible. 3. kick-start Canada’s economy. Cathay Wagantall Businesswoman and administrator Cathay Wa g a n t a l l w a s e l e c t e d in 2015 as Member of Parliament for YorktonMelville for the Conservative Party of Canada. She serves as Opposition deputy shadow minister for veterans affairs where she has passionately informed Canadians about the antimalarial drug, Mefloquine, which was originally prescribed to members of the Canadian Armed Forces. MP Wagantall advocates for federal recognition that Mefloquine is a dangerous drug and assistance for those who are suffering from the severe neurological and physical effects. In her first year as a member of Parliament she had the privilege of tabling a Private Members Bill entitled, Cassie and Molly’s Law which sought to provide justice for mothers and their pre-born children. It is her priority to stand up for the most vulnerable in society and to continuously work to defend and protect the fundamental Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms; freedom of conscience, religion, belief, and expression. She is honoured to be the incoming chair of the Canadian National Prayer Breakfast. Married for 43 years, Cathay and her husband Marty have travelled on missions’ trips, planted two churches, and led communities of faith. They have three married children and 10 grandchildren. Stacey Wiebe Stacey Wiebe is a farmer near Sturgis, married and has two children, aged 6 and 4. She values spending time with her family and teaching her children skills for the future. Using holistic management and planned rotational grazing on her farm, she raises certified organic,
grass-fed and finished cattle, and meat goats. Committed to helping goat producers in the province, she is a member and secretary of the Saskatchewan Goat Breeders Association board. She believes in the right of farmers to save their own seed and in providing assistance to those wishing to transition to organic production. She values regenerative agriculture, organic growing practices, mitigating climate change and keeping wildlife habitat intact. She also supports the Green Party of Canada’s vision for the return of small family farms by assisting in re-establishing the architecture of local food production in canneries, slaughterhouses, and other value-added food processing. Stacey graduated from the University of Calgary in 2007 with a degree in ancient and medieval history with a minor in archaeology. During the summer months, she is the curator at the Sturgis Stationhouse Museum where she is also a member of the Museum’s board of directors. She has worked as a landscape crew foreman, an urban tree planter and a learning assistant. She has volunteered for Big Brothers and Big Sisters, and as a respite worker for families w i t h c h i l d r e n a ff l i c t e d with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder. Stacey decided to be the Green Party’s candidate in the 2019 federal election because she feels that the triple bottom line (social, environmental and economic approach) to every policy is in line with holistic management, which also uses this model and is committed to representing her constituents to the best of her ability in Ottawa as a representative of the Green Party of Canada. She looks forward to the opportunity to speak with many of the folks in the Yorkton-Melville riding during the 2019 election campaign.
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HOLY TRINITY ANGLICAN CHURCH Kamsack 306-542-2458 Sunday, October 13 Morning Prayer 11 a.m. Sally Bishop ST. THOMAS ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH Norquay, Sask. Phone: 548-2042 Pastor Fr. Michal Pajak, O.M.I. Saturday, October 12 Mass 4 p.m. UKRAINIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH Canora - Kamsack Swan River Fr. Petro Tsenov Saturday, October 12 Sturgis 10 a.m. Sunday, October 13 Hudson Bay 10 a.m. Monday, October 14 Canora 10 a.m. EMMANUEL LUTHERAN CHURCH Norquay, Sask. Sunday Service 12:30 p.m. ST. STEPHEN’S ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH Father Franklin Emereuwa Phone: 542-2240 Saturday, October 13 Kamsack 11 a.m. (Children’s Liturgy) St. Philip’s 12:30 p.m. ST. JOSAPHAT UKRAINIAN CATHOLIC CHURCH Rev. Fr. Warren Dungen Cell: (306) 590-7900 Rent Hall: 306-542-2988 or 306-542-7389 Sundays Kamsack 9 a.m. Norquay 11a.m. For weekday services see website: http://kamsacknorquaydistrict.com WESTMINSTER MEMORIAL UNITED CHURCH Kamsack Church: 542-2600 Rev. Kevin Sprong Sunday Services 11 a.m. PARKLAND EVANGELICAL FREE CHURCH Carment and Decorby Office: 542-4140 Pastor Stephen Ruten Phone: 542-3948 Sunday School for all ages 10 a.m. Worship Service 11a.m. Tuesday Youth 6 - 9 p.m. Wednesday Prayer Time 7 p.m.
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The joys of Thanksgiving By Kaare Askildt Thanksgiving is the proof that Canada, is as usual, ahead of the U.S. The earliest recorded Canadian Thanksgiving dates back to the year 1578, long before the Pilgrims and the Native Americans feasted at Plymouth Rock in 1621. H o w e v e r, m a n y p e o p l e believe that the Canadian Thanksgiving is based on the start of the harvest, which begins earlier in Canada than it does in the U.S. Canadian Thanksgiving is celebrated on the second Monday in October each year, whereas the US Thanksgiving is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November. After some misguided use of Wikipedia and Googling other history sources, I have come up with my own version of how the celebration of Thanksgiving in North America came to be. Leif Erikson and his band of Vikings had landed and settled in L’Anse aux Meadows in Newfoundland over a thousand years ago. The Vikings had little time for farming and hunting upon their arrival as they spent most of their time building a long house and various other structures and survived on the provisions they had brought
with them on their voyage. They had made friends with the local natives and traded with them for food to supplement their supplies, also for logs, cloth and other sundry items. One day, it was the second Monday in October, the native chieftain invited the Vikings to his village where they were served wild turkeys roasted on beds of embers. The Vikings enjoyed the feast so much that they invited the natives to their settlement the following year and served their version of roasted turkeys which had been stuffed with breadcrumbs and herbs. The natives brought sweet potatoes, squash and cranberry jam, to go with the turkey, and the Viking ladies had baked pumpkin pies. This feast then became an annual event which they alternately celebrated at each others’ settlements, thanking the native deities along with Thor and Odin for their friendly coexistence. But then the Vikings left, and the settlement stood empty for many years until Leif’s sister Freydis arrived with her crew of ornery Vikings. They arrived just in time for Thanksgiving. The native chieftain invited Freydis and her crew to the Thanksgiving feast, and the natives had
added brussel sprouts to the menu. Freydis abhorred brussel sprouts, but the chieftain insisted that she had to at least taste one. Freydis refused and threw a temper tantrum, she and her cohorts drew their swords and the fight started. Thanksgiving was never celebrated there again until the year 1578. In the meantime, the word had spread among the various North American native tribes about how the men from the ocean vessels enjoyed stuffed roasted turkey and pumpkin pie. The natives around Plymouth Rock were ready for the pilgrims, and the Thanksgiving feast was celebrated on what happened to be the fourth Thursday in November of 1621, hosted by the chieftain with the pilgrims as honoured guests. That’s why the Canadian Thanksgiving is celebrated a month before the US. Sven was operating a very successful grocery store in the middle of a strip mall and became somewhat dismayed when a national chain opened a store right next door. Sven struggled a bit, but was able to hold his own, but then he got horrified when another national chain opened a store on the other side of him. Thanksgiving
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was approaching, and Sven had stocked up on frozen turkeys. The competitor on his left erected a huge sign that read “Best turkey deals in town.” The other competitor on his right erected an even larger sign that read “Lowest turkey prices in town.” Sven panicked thinking of the big stock of turkeys, but then an idea struck him, and he erected his own large sign that read “Main Entrance.” Truls and Knut were in the Bottoms Up Bar sipping on their Akevitt and swapping stories. Truls was laughing and telling Knut how he had overheard a lady in the grocery store trying to find the right size turkey in the freezer. She asked the grocery clerk, “Do these turkeys get any bigger?” “No Madam, “they are dead,” said the clerk with a deadpan face. They kept sipping their Akevitt. “I heard Jens got arrested for shooting his first Thanksgiving turkey this year,” said Knut. “Oh?” wondered Truls, “was he poaching?” “No, but he scared the hell out of everyone else in the grocery store!” answered Knut. They were looking around
in the bar and observed Moe the bartender placing a bowl of turkey soup in front of an elderly gentleman. The gentleman looked at Moe, grabbed his spoon and tasted the soup, then he made a grimace and asked Moe to take the soup back to the kitchen because it had a fowl taste. (Stop groaning!) Ole and Sven came into the Bottoms Up Bar and got their Akevitt with beer chasers. Sven told Ole that he was quitting smoking cold turkey, he would only smoke cigarettes now. Ole told Sven that he got a ticket yesterday. “What happened?” asked Sven. “Well,” said Ole, “it was kind of strange, I hit a turkey.” “You got a ticket for hitting a turkey?” asked Sven. “When I hit it, it flipped over my car and landed on the car behind me,” said Ole. “That was a police cruiser, and the turkey landed on the windshield. The officer pulled me over and gave me a ticket for flipping him the bird.” If you want to talk turkey, you just have to say gobble, gobble. But enough turkey talk. Confucius say that a duck flying upside down is quaked up!
SaskTel and six other Crowns announces labour disruption due to impasse in labour negotiations Labour negotiations between SaskTel and Unifor have reached an impasse and as of 12:01 a.m. on October 4 its members were on strike. The six other Crowns affected by the strike are: SaskEnergy, SaskPower, S e c u r Te k , D i r e c t w e s t , SaskWater, and the Water Security Agency. Nearly 5,000 employees represented by Unifor at seven Crown corporations are no longer working, according to information found on the Internet. NOTICE TO CREDITORS
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Directwest will make every effort to minimize the impact of a labour disruption to its customers by having its management team maintain services, said a release. While Directwest will do its best to continue to serve customers, delays in response times may be experienced. SaskTel Stores will be closed during the labour disruption, said a release. During this time, SaskTel will be unable to activate
new home services or transfer services when moving. SaskTel will make every effort to minimize the impact of a labour disruption to customers by having its management team maintain services. While SaskTel will do its best to continue to serve customers, delays may be experienced as the primary focus will be on maintaining the networks and services for customers. Contract negotiations between Unifor and
SaskTel have been ongoing since January 29 when initial proposals were exchanged, the relapse continued. On March 25 Unifor advised SaskTel that, in their opinion, a bargaining impasse had been reached and that they would be applying to the Federal Minister of Labour’s office for conciliation. A conciliator was appointed and bargaining between SaskTel and Unifor continued until September
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continues to see steady job creation in spite of headwinds created outside our province,” said Jeremy Harrison, immigration and career training minister. “We will keep standing up for our province against policies that threaten our economy and the jobs of Saskatchewan people, and continue our efforts to diversify export markets for Saskatchewan goods and products.” The unemployment rate in the province dropped to 5.1 per cent in August (seasonally adjusted), down from 6.6 per cent a year ago and 5.4 per cent last month. Saskatchewan had the third lowest unemployment rate in the
country, below the national average of 5.7 per cent. Other August highlights: • All-time records were set in August for the working-age population (890,200), labour force (625,700). • Major year-over-year gains were reported for accommodation and food services up 4,400 jobs; manufacturing up 3,400 jobs; professional, scientific and technical services up 3,200 jobs; • Off-reserve Aboriginal employment was up 3,800 jobs (+8.2 per cent) for the second consecutive month of year-over-year increases; and • Private sector jobs up 6,200 (+1.8 per cent).
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Norquay athletes place at Cherrydale cross-country meet On September 10 athletes from Norquay School participated in the district cross-country meet at Cherrydale in Yorkton. From left, were: Makayla Shankowsky, taking third place for beginner girls; JT Foster, finishing in second place for bantam boys, and Jordyn Severson, district Page 14 champion, finishing in first place in peewee girls. Kamsack Times
David Marit, agriculture minister, proclaimed September 23 to 29 as Biotech Week in Saskatchewan to celebrate the role biotechnology plays in the agriculture industry. “Agriculture is a constantly evolving industry, and biotechnology helps us to keep up with the demands that come along with that,” Marit said in a release. “Thanks to cutting-edge research, our industry is making significant strides in areas such as environmental stewardship and disease resistance in crops.” Saskatchewan is considered a biotechnology leader, with roughly one-third of Canada’s agricultural biotechnology sector calling the province home. Biotech Week, first proclaimed in Canada in 2003, celebrates the work of these researchers, as well as raises awareness of the role
the sector plays in agriculture and the life sciences. Biotech Week in Saskatchewan is celebrated at the same time as both National and Global Biotech Week. “The innovation and creativity of researchers in Saskatchewan’s bioscience sector is extensive and deserves to be celebrated,” said Wilf Keller, Ag-West Bio president and CEO. “Advancements due to biotechnology are helping feed a growing population in a more environmentally friendly manner. I look forward to seeing where they take us in the future.” The government of Saskatchewan supports agricultural innovation through a variety of research-focused programs and initiatives, the release said. This includes a $30.8 million commitment to agricultural research for Thursday, the 2019-20 fiscalJune year. 7, 2018
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Rubicon Pharmacies Canada Inc. donates $10,000 to support long-term care residents The Health Foundation is pleased to announce that Rubicon Pharmacies
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our long-term care homes throughout east central Saskatchewan. This donation reflects a commitment Rubicon made last year to support long-term care on an annual basis, said a release. “ We a r e g r a t e f u l t o Rubicon for this very generous donation and for their desire to work with the Foundation to improve the care available in our region,” said Ross Fisher, executive director of The Health Foundation, in the release. “Rubicon has a strong presence in east central Saskatchewan,” said Melody Kelts, pharmacy operations specialist for Rubicon Pharmacies. “Each of our local pharmacies have longstanding relationships with the region and the long-term care homes in each community. “These stores continue to be the focal point and face of the relationship with staff, residents, and their families. We are an integral part of the fabric in each community, something very important to us, and we look forward to continuing that legacy for
Ross Fisher accepted a donation on behalf of Rubicon Pharmacies from Melody Kelts. years to come.” “We are very proud to support the needs of local healthcare in the community, through resident programs, infrastructure investments, equipment, and technology. This donation is just another way we can help our residents live
better, live longer and live healthier,” continued Kelts in the release. “Rubicon operates pharmacies in Canora, Esterhazy, Ituna, Kamsack, Langenburg, Melville and Yorkton under both the Pharmasave and PharmaChoice banners.
We’ve re-invested heavily into each of our local markets, and our teams are committed to advancing both resident safety and care, as well as working collaboratively with the region and our care home partners for many years to come,” Kelts concluded.