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Togo Figure Skating Club presents Kaleidoscope of Colours

The Togo Figure Skating Club wrapped up a successful 2018-19 season with the presentation of its ice carnival on March 3 in the Togo Centennial Arena. The theme for this year’s on-ice display was Kaleidoscope of Colours, featuring skaters from Beginners to Group 5. A group photo taken after the performance, from left, were: (back) Sierra Langan, Zachary Burback, Justus Blackwood, Levi Erhardt, Willow Davis, Kate Erhardt (coach assistant), Maison Davis, Max Stone, Jacob Burback and Aiden Stone (coach helper), and (middle) Nation Paul, Shilo Blackwood-Eliuk, Aliyah Cymbalisty, Cage Clark, Peyton Burback, Trista Palagian, Emery Laviolette, Jocelyn Mann, Kruz Martin and Meredith Burback, and (front) Lucas Stone, Harper Laviolette, Joseph Cymbalisty, Raeleigh Burback, Easton Mann, Arebelle Adam, Maelie Hilderman, Hunter Hilderman, Breah Martin, Mason Cockerill and Krista Taylor (coach.) Liam Adam was unavailable for the photograph. More photos and story in next week’s issue. Photo credit: Dustin Wilson

Winter Festival held at Duck Mountain Provincial Park Despite the minus 30C temperatures that began the day on March 2, people in attendance at the Winter Festival were bundled up and ready to enjoy some outdoor fun. “This is the first Winter Festival held at Duck Mountain Provincial Park, and we hope it will become an ongoing annual event,” said Dayna Guertin, park interpreter since 2012. Billed as “a park wide winter family fun day,” the Festival was packed with entertaining winter activities. “It was a cold day at minus 30C with the wind chill, but those that came out for the event were bundled up and ready for the day. Warm up shacks and locations cut the cold and gave people the chance to warm up before heading out for more activities,” Guertin said. “Our goal was to give

people the chance to come out to Duck Mountain and experience all the amazing activities the park has to offer during the winter season. Duck Mountain is very much a four season park.” Approximately 150 people came out to see what winter at the park is like. Food options available during the day included: a pancake breakfast at Madge Lake Bible Camp; soup and sandwich lunch sponsored by St. Michaels Camp; hot dog roasts; hot beverages served at all locations, and a perogy and sausage supper prepared by St. Michaels Camp. There were plenty of activities during the day, featuring something for all ages and interests, and they included: • fur trapping discovery table (manned by local trapper Paul Chernoff and

Nathan Dutchak, conservation officer) • ice fishing demonstration (by Mick Twardoski of Prairie Eye Guiding) • candied maple syrup (Allen Bennett and Phillip Gemme) • kids Winter Carnival at Madge Lake Bible Camp • Bluegrass concert at Madge Lake Bible Camp’s chapel featuring the group “Gospel Plow” from Russell, Man. • ice cube scavenger hunt • snowmobile Poker Derby and silent auction with a portion of the proceeds going to Duck Mountain Ski Area • learn to cross country ski (Kamsack Ski Club) • tobogganing • ice skating • downhill skiing group lessons (Duck Mountain Ski Area.) Continued on Page 16

Although the temperatures were in the high minus 20C range, attendees at the Winter Festival held at the Duck Mountain Provincial Park on March 2 were able to find warmth beside the outside fire pit.

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Whitetail watching … and learning By Kenn Wood Yellowhead Flyway Birding Trail Association (YFBTA) newsletter White-tailed deer commonly congregate in “yards” to facilitate survival in Saskatchewan winters. Our farmyard (5 miles west of Ebenezer) is surrounded by suitable habitat (aspen forest) for such a yard. This, along with some oats and hay for a lure, has resulted in our home becoming the center of a deer yard for over a decade. This article will summarize behavioural observations of these fascinating creatures; most of them made through the dining room window. Whitetails are not normally herd animals so why do they “yard up” in the winter? It seems that depth of the snow pack is the single most important factor determining the population of the yard. In years of little snow, few will gather. The day the snow is gone, they disperse. When there is little snow they will paw through it to access feed. The yards are always in a forest where browse is available for grazing and the wind doesn`t blow. A walk through the forest during a high-density winter reveals a myriad of

paths and bedding depressions in the snow. Deer can become easy prey to predators when floundering in deep snow. The labyrinth of trails provides a host of escape routes. Whitetails are not very vocal critters. One hears them emit a loud snorting / barking sound when an animal is encountered in the forest. I always hear the animal before I see it. This causes me to wonder, is it an alarm or a threat? I have never heard a vocalization from one that is feeding in a group. Compare this to cattle that employ a large vocabulary (I speculate that the vocal propensity of cattle goes along with their gregarious behaviour.) Whitetails communicate primarily with body language and their fluency is remarkable. Anyone who has seen them is familiar with the “flagging” of the organ that gives them their name. Is there a more effective way to communicate alarm? When dining together (which never happens in summer) they are constantly threatening one another. They raise their heads with ears forward and stare at an opponent. If this does not get the message through they will pin their ears and

This photo was taken by John Sveinbjornson last near his farmyard in the Good Spirit Lake area. Coyotes had half devoured the dead buck. Coyotes watched as John and his son-in-law freed the buck. To accomplish this, they had to rope the antlers to the hitch of a pickup and remove one of the tines of the live buck, with a saw. The newly lopsided buck bounded off as if nothing had happened. Talk about a once in a lifetime experience! strike with their front feet. When they really mean business they rear on their hind legs and strike out. As spring draws near (and shedding begins) bare patches may become apparent on some subordinate deer; the byproduct of this constant bickering. The most impressive communication is the alpha display of the bucks. Heads are up with full eye contact, ears forward, tail up and fanned out like a peacock, and hair on the throat latch

fanned peacock style as well. Do not try to take these males on. Avoid eye contact and walk away because the next thing might be lightning fast strikes with lethal front feet. You should know what comes next; head down and impaling you with those wicked antlers. Cervidae tend to be defined by their antlers. That is how humans determine the prize winning stag at the “Fish and Game” banquets every year. The energy

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expended every year to shed and regrow these magnificent adornments is significant. There must be more to this than providing trophies for the man cave. The fact is antlers have very little to do with selfdefence or food procurement. It`s all about courting the ladies. I have never seen giant antlers on the bucks that attend our winter yard. Mature bucks are solitary creatures and only the yearlings and two-yearold bucks hang out with the ladies and fawns at the yard. Nonetheless the visual impact of even these small antlers is dramatic. Simply raising their heads results in an immediate submissive response in does or bucks with smaller antlers. Bucks use their antlers to mark their territory. In the fall (during the rut) if you find trees or brush with broken lower branches there is a good chance it was a buck proclaiming his kingdom. The dominant-aggressive behaviour engendered by a n t le r s c an h a v e tr ag ic consequences if antlers become “locked” during a sparring match. This invariably involves large, evenlymatched bucks. The deer yard is usually policed by coyotes.

You might think the sight of such a scavenger would strike terror in a whitetail but the fact is healthy deer will almost ignore them walking through the herd. As the winter progresses the deer even start putting the run on my dog who delights in chasing them earlier in the season. Several times I have been challenged by a buck as I was carrying a pail of oats for them. I never force the issue. I learned this from the dogs and coyotes. Every year the coyotes do get rewarded for their patience. One can predict which deer will succumb. I notice a lame one or one that is noticeably thinner than the rest and within a week I am almost sure to find its remains. Often as not the end happens right in the farmyard. I wonder if the deer are seeking sanctuary from what amounts to a horrible death as the coyotes chase them, biting them in the back legs until the unfortunate whitetail can no longer run. I feel blessed to have the opportunity to observe these marvelous critters as I enjoy my morning coffee. “Deer TV” trumps reality shows.

Students versus teachers/community members fundraiser for Telemiracle KCI (Kamsack Comprehensive Institute) students emerged victorious over the staff/community hockey team with a score of 8 to 7. The game was

organized as a fundraiser for Telemiracle. After the game, comments posted on the Facebook page included “Three cheers to the

students and staff members who organized such a great evening at the rink. It was

a lot of fun,” and “It was awesome. Loved all that was done, even the baking

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activity minutes in the Go Out and Play Challenge, according to organizers.

On March 1 a team of KCI students faced off against a team of teachers/community members at the Broda Sportsplex in a bid to raise money for Telemiracle.



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KVFD newest lieutenant

Shrove Tuesday supper held in Kamsack Cooking pancakes f o r S h r o v e Tu e s d a y h e l d at the Kamsack Masonic Hall were Rod Gardner and Susan Aikman.

Robert Ritchie a n d M a r j O rr we re serving pancakes and sausages on March 5 for Shrove Tuesday.

Al and Bernice Makowsky manned the door at the S h rove Tu e s d ay supper in the Kamsack Masonic Hall on March 5. Buying tickets were Merv and Helen Polzen. Merv was the winner of the raffle.

Ken Thompson, fire chief of the Kamsack Volunteer Fire Department (KVFD) is pleased to announce that Kristin Johnson has been promoted to lieutenant. “As far as I know she is the first female officer with the KVFD,” he said. Johnson has been serving as a firefighter on KVFD since May 2016. She is currently studying Business Management but has a true passion for fitness and helping people. Along with being a “dedicated volunteer fire fighter”, she works at Eaglestone Lodge in Kamsack. “I decided to join KVFD because I knew it would be challenging, satisfying, and a rewarding experience,” Johnson said. “After being on the department for a few years you build a special connection between firefighters that can’t help but be developed when you have a group of members that, on a moment’s notice at any time of the day or night, turn up to help a neighbour. Friendship and trust are a big part of being a firefighter and are reflected in the department. It’s not for everyone, because you must be willing to put your team before yourself, but to me, being a volunteer firefighter means I get

K e n T h o m p s o n , K a m s a c k Vo l u n t e e r F i r e Department fire chief, congratulated Kristin Johnson on her promotion to lieutenant with the department. to serve people by doing something that I love. “I genuinely care for the people I help and take great joy and pride in being able to serve the community in such a way,” she said. Johnson explained that, to her it is great being a part of something knowing that she is having a positive impact on the people she encounters, and that she is protecting and preserving the community that she calls home. She plans to do ongoing firefighter training. In addition to completing

ISC (Incident Command System) 100 and 200, Johnson has completed Wi l d l a n d F i r e f i g h t i n g (grass fire) training, SCBA (self-contained breathing apparatus) training and is working toward getting her NFPA 1001 (National Fire Protection Association 1001 individual courses) professional firefighter certification. Thompson is the course instructor. Johnson will be attending officer management training at Fire School in Pilot Butte in April.

New reservation system set to launch – save your account history The Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport is excited to launch a new, upgraded online reservation system for the 2019 camping season. In preparation for the new system, campers have until March 15 to save their account history. “The new reservation website will provide a modern look and include features that will enhance the user experience,” said Gene Makowsky, parks,

culture and sport minister, in a release. “Campers can look forward to a consistent, user-friendly interface across all devices, as well as the option to book a wider array of sites and services online, such as camp-easy sites and picnic shelters.” With the transition to the new system, account details will not be carried over, including reservation history. Campers interested in saving this information

need to login to their current account and visit the “My Reservations” tab, where past reservations can be filtered by year. Users can save their account history by taking a screenshot, printing the pages from the website or writing down the details. After March 15 at midnight, previous account data and reservation history will no longer be accessible, it said. Campers are encouraged 19033TS1 19033TS2

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A Decade Ago

At the meeting of the Kamsack 2010 homecoming committee it was agreed that the slogan for the 2010 homecoming reunion would be “Because Once Wasn’t Enough…” according to Audrey Horkoff, committee chair. ***** Tara Hunter, who was in her first year of piano instruction with Diane Jones of Kamsack, performed Hearts, a selection composed by Hunter which placed first in a music writing competition hosted by the Yorkton Registered Music Teachers Association. ***** Former Kamsack resident Cindi Tomochko, who operated a healing and creative arts studio in British Columbia, Wind in the Willow Healing and Creative Arts Studio, in Penticton, was to be leading two yoga sessions offered in Kamsack through the recreation department, said Paul Keys, recreation director. ***** Musicals on Ice was the theme of the ice carnival presented by members of the Togo Figure Skating Club, held at the Togo Centennial arena, according to Claudia Zangle, club president. The Club’s power skating coach was Jared Ruf. ***** Dan Kasperski of the Saskatchewan Hockey association conducted a two-day minor hockey mentorship program at Cote First Nation. ***** The Norquay Nikes senior girls basketball team won its third Conference championship in as many years at the playoffs held in Lanigan.

Wilson-Raybould demands new accountability standard There are times in this business when it’s simply great to be wrong. And being wrong about the low expectations of Jody Wilson-Raybould’s testimony before the House of Commons justice committee was one of those times. The past couple of weeks hasn’t just been about setting Canadian politics on its head and perhaps toppling Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government. While that may very well be the result and may very well be what a lot of western Canadians, especially rural Canadians, want to see, what Wilson-Raybould has done may be more important than that. It could be that Wilson-Raybould has injected a new standard of public ministerial accountability for all governments. Her forthright testimony wreaked of credibility in its detailed and note-backed assertions of multiple examples of Trudeau and his former principle secretary Gerald Butts, and the Privy Council applying undue pressure on the former attorney-general to give SNCLavalin an out-of-court prosecution deal. Wilson-Raybould’s testimony was unprecedented and it has forced others in the Liberal government to consider that there needs to be another way to do politics. This is demonstrated by Jane Philpott’s decision to follow suit and resign from cabinet. Of course, the federal Conservatives and several of their close allies in the Saskatchewan Party are giddy at the Liberal misfortune, but maybe others in politics need to be careful here.

Murray Mandryk is a political columnist with the Leader-Post

As unlikely as it may seem, there’s always the chance the federal Liberals will get their act together. After all, what happens if Trudeau is forced out and replaced by someone like Wilson-Raybould as leader? What then happens to the Sask. Party’s entire political narrative that’s been all about opposing the Trudeau brand? But here is a perhaps the most intriguing question: What happens to the other existing governments which are now held to the same standard of credibility and accountability as the federal Liberals? That thought is worth pondering if you compare what’s gone with the SNC-Lavalin file in Ottawa to the Global Transportation Hub (GTH) file here in this province. For three years now, the Sask. Party government has been haunted by the GTH scandal in which former minister and Kindersley MLA Bill Boyd rented farmland from a businessman who made $6 million by buying 204 acres of land under government expropriation. That land

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was then sold to a Regina businessman who made $5 million when he sold it to the GTH for $103,000 an acre. Notwithstanding an RCMP investigation that found no grounds for criminal charges, and notwithstanding early attempts by the then Brad Wall-led Sask. Party to claim there was no wrong-doing here, the matter has been nothing short of a political scandal. While running for the Sask. Party leadership last year, most of the six candidates raised this as a concern, the most critical being, former Saskatchewan attorney general Gord Wyant. “We need to shine a very, very bright light on this,” Wyant told the CBC at the time. “And the only way to do that is to give the commissioner the power that he needs not only to compel witnesses and compel documents and testimony but to make some findings and so that we can put this whole thing behind us as a party.” Well, fast forward to today when Wyant is deputy premier and education minister, and suddenly sees no need for the examination into the matter. On at least 30 occasions, Sask. Party government backbenchers blocked GTH or government employees from having to testify before legislative committees examining the GTH. Suffice it to say, Saskatchewan taxpayers need more disclosure. This is also what Wyant once believed. Right now, the contrast with Wilson-Raybould could not be starker. If Wilson-Raybould is the new standard, governments everywhere will struggle to step up to meet it.

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Quebec jobs trump western jobs for Trudeau First, I should have made myself a bowl of popcorn before listening to the Jody WilsonRaybould testimony before the House of Commons Justice Committee on February 27. For a political junkie, it was more riveting than anything John Grisham, Stephen King or Steven Spielberg could cook up. And it was live; over 3.5 hours. Secondly, I’m certain she tested the bladders of every politician, and journalist, in the room, as the chair kept suggesting between each round of questioning. Do you want to take a ten-minute break, perhaps to use the washroom? I’m certain he wanted to. But I think Wi l s o n - R a y b o u l d w a s intent on making sure that while she had the rapt attention of the nation, she wasn’t going to interrupt it. Commercial breaks be damned. Third, the underlying tone of her interactions with Prime Minister Justin Tr u d e a u , a n d h i s s t a ff , kept coming back to the idea of losing Quebec jobs if SNC-Lavalin was convicted of bribing Libyan officials, as they would be locked out of federal contracts for ten years. That’s no idle threat, e i t h e r, a n d l i k e l y p r e cisely why it was brought into law in the first place. For instance, the Boundary Dam Unit 3 Integrated Carbon Capture and Storage Project was helmed by SNC-Lavalin. It has $240 million in federal money in it. If SNC had, at that point, been debarred (banned) from federal contracts for 10 years, they would not have gotten the contract. Someone

else would have, but they would not. And it is on this point I want to delve much deeper. While it is clear the prime minister ’s office (PMO) was acutely aware of the threat to SNC-Lavalin’s future (and apparently their Plan B of moving to London), it was not Justin Trudeau’s, or his office’s, fault SNC-Lavalin was in this mess. It was ultimately that of the leadership of SNC-Lavalin during that time, and in particular, the buck stops on the CEO’s desk. If your company felt it was a good idea to allegedly spend $30,000 on hookers for the son of the Libyan dictator, that falls on your head, not the prime minister’s. Where the PMO appears to have failed Canadians here is in trying to rescue SNC-Lavalin from a conundrum of its own m a k i n g . I r e a l l y d o n ’t care if they’ve changed all their leadership, and claim to be goodie-twos h o e s n o w. S u c k i t u p ,

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buttercup. Hookers aren’t cheap if they cost you your company. T h e n t h e r e ’s t h e k e y point of the potential of losing thousands of jobs, thousands of Quebec jobs, I must emphasize. This had me, and many people much smarter than me, scratching our heads as to how those jobs were so important, but many, many more jobs in the oilpatch out west apparently don’t count for squat. Former Premier Brad Wall tweeted, “The lengths to which this Prime Minister will go to protect jobs in Quebec and the comparative disinterest in and damage to jobs in the western Canadian energy sector stand in stark

contrast today.” Bronwyn Eyre, Saskatchewan energy and resources minister, said, “The concern must always be with all sectors, and the impact on all jobs, in all provinces. “I would hope that the Prime Minister would acknowledge that this is a p r o b lem in a n umber of sectors across the country,” she said while in Ottawa to emphasise S a s k a t c h e w a n ’s s t a n c e against Bill C-69. This is no idle discussion, either. I have said in these pages, over and over again, that the oilfield services companies I spoke to in 2017 had, almost universally, half the staff of what they had in 2014.

I’ve heard all sorts of numbers for job losses in Alberta, but over 100,000 seems to stick out. The federal government does not control the price of oil. That power rests with the Saudi oil minister more than any other person on the planet. But this federal Justin Trudeau-led Liberal government did ban oil tankers off the West Coast and kill Northern Gateway. It did move the goalposts on Energy East and kill that project. It did fumble the ball on Trans Mountain. It is currently trying to pass the no-more-pipelines bill, Bill C-69, which will be devastating to any future growth in the resources sector in this country. Where was/is his concern about our jobs? That’s what Wall wants to know. That’s what Eyre wants to know. And that’s what I want to know. We’ve been getting the b o o t s ap p lied to u s f o r years, by our own federal government.

In the meantime, over the last decade or so, our one customer has nearly tripled its oil productions. North Dakota once produced a quarter to a half of Saskatchewan’s production. Now it is nearly three times what we are producing; and that’s with the same price of oil. We’ve got oil-friendly provincial and state governments in both jurisdictions, and some of our geology is common. So what’s the difference? Federal governments, that’s what. For all the hate of the Trudeau Liberals in the west, what’s going to really stick in our craw the most in the coming months is how Wilson-Raybould detailed Trudeau’s great concern for the Quebec jobs of a company in court for corruption charges, but has spent three years not giving much of a damn about our jobs. We a l w a y s k n e w w e weren’t the favourite child. But it hurts to be reminded of it.

SNC-Lavalin would not have received the contract to build the Boundary Dam Unit 3 Integrated Carbon Capture and Storage Project, seen on the left, if they had been convicted of these current corruption charges. Photo by Brian Zinchuk

Future farmers need to take advantage of opportunities The future of farming may well rely on its ability to backfill raw products as society becomes more aware of just what its decisions as consumers mean to the natural world. Without a doubt there is increased awareness regarding what the impact of what we do has on the environment. Society is increasingly concerned when we hear about elephants being killed for their tusks, or what destruction of grasslands might mean to burrowing owls or black-footed ferrets, and that is generally a positive thing. Moving forward, consumers are also going to send messages with what they decide to purchase. For example, a recent online Regina Leader-Post article detailed “a report on tissue paper use gave failing grades to the leading toilet paper, tissue and paper towel brands for using only virgin fibre pulp, mostly from Canada’s old boreal forests.” The report called The Issue with Tissue, noted that the United States in particular drives the demand for the softest tissue “with the average American using almost three rolls each week and major manufacturers spurning alternative fibres.

“The U.S. is followed by Germany and Britain in annual toilet paper consumption. They far out-pace the other nations. Canada isn’t in the top 10.” Instead of looking at alternative fibres, manufacturers turn to soft woods predominantly from Canada’s forests. The report is quoted as noting, “When the boreal and other forests are degraded, their capacity to absorb manmade greenhouse gas emissions declines. In addition, the carbon that had been safely stored in the forests’ soil and vegetation is released into the atmosphere, dramatically undermining international efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.” The solution would be to have tissue paper made from

alternative materials and that is where farmers could play a significant role. The story even suggests a couple of alternatives, bamboo, and of more interest to farmers here is wheat straw. Another obvious answer would be hemp, a fibre source that has long been overlooked because of concerns with its relation to marijuana. The potential for hemp fibre in a wide range of products, and when you consider the tissue industry is valued at $31 billion in revenue every year in the U.S., it would be a massive market for farmers. But the industry is unlikely to rock a $31 billion boat without a push from somewhere. There are two possible ways to push an industry, one being government legislation, created to protect the softwood forests. The second, and certainly the preferred method, would be for consumers to seek out tissues with alternative source materials, pushing manufacturers to make changes to hold market share. Consumers can make a difference based on their purchasing choices if they choose to use that power effectively. And, that might open new markets for farmers.

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Seniors continue to be left behind Opinion Editorial by Danielle Chartier, NDP critic for seniors For those of us with aging parents, the growing need for appropriate, high-quality seniors’ care is a major preoccupation. My own family has faced challenges trying to support our parents at home. When we could no longer do this, we waited months for long-term care for our dad. Then when our dad did get a long-term care bed, we saw firsthand how short-staffing negatively impacts residents and staff. People across the province know we must do better for our seniors. After years of pushing

the government to act on this important issue, we continue to see little progress when it comes to staffing levels in long-term care facilities. As seniors’ critic, I’ve heard so many stories from families and employees about understaffing and all the stress, suffering, loss of dignity and increased risk of injury it brings. It took these heartbreaking and sometimes tragic stories and a damning report from the Ombudsman to push the government to act, or at least promise to act. In the 2016 election campaign, this govern ment committed to cut $7.5 million from health

care administration and put that money into increasing hands-on help in long-term care within the next four years. Three years into the government’s mandate, this continues to be a broken promise that hurts some of our province’s most vulnerable citizens. Numbers provided by the Minister of Health show the government did cut administration by about $6 million but redirected only about $1 million of that back into long-term care. Short-staffing in longterm care is a reality across the province, as we hear more and more as struggling Saskatchewan people step forward to tell

their stories. During the fall legislative session, we heard from a daught e r o f a S e c o n d Wo r l d Wa r v e t e r a n w h o c a m e to the legislature to talk about the concerns she had for her father who has been in two long-term care homes in Saskatoon. She talked about the state of disrepair of one of the homes in which her father had spent time, and the undeniable staffing shortages in both facilities, which compromised residents’ care and quality of life. We also heard from a resident of a Saskatoon long-term care home who spoke out about her own

experiences. She shared that she loved the staff that worked at her care home, but there just weren’t enough of them to ensure dignity and quality of care. She spoke with great courage about the discomfort and indignity she has experienced when staff assistance simply isn’t available when it’s needed. Families, residents and staff continue to tell me about what a lack of staffing looks like for resi dents, and how stressful and demoralizing it feels for staff to go home at the end of their shift knowing they did not have time to do the work they’d like and need to do for those in

their care. It is impossible to not be moved by these stories. I have twice put forward a private member ’s bill calling on the government to put in place minimum care standards in longterm care. Each time, the government has defeated the bill. If this government can’t recognize the need for minimum care standards for our elderly, they should at least take to heart their promise in the last election and immediately direct the money saved on administration costs to hands-on care in long-term care. Following through on their promise is the least they could do.

St. Lazare derailment spilled at least 6,290 bbl. of oil Brian Zinchuk/Pipeline News St. Lazare, Man. – The Tr a n s p o r t a t i o n S a f e t y

Board (TSB) on March 1 released an update to its investigation into a crudeby-rail derailment and

spill in the Assiniboine River valley southeast of St. Lazare, Man., which occurred on February 16.

“On February 16 at 2:31 a.m. CST, a Canadian National (CN) unit train, consisting of 110 tank cars

Water and oil flows downhill, and a team of excavators worked to stop the oil from flowing to the bottom of the Assiniboine River Valley, and the river it contained.

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ROUNDTABLE MEETING Seed Royalties • Carbon Tax • Climate Change Renewable Energy • Drainage • Mental Health Everyone and all opinions welcome! Have your say and be part of building a better Saskatchewan. 

Yens Pedersen, NDP MLA Agriculture & Environment Critic will be present to listen to your feedback.

When: March 16, 2019 - 10 a.m. Where: Canora Golden Age Centre 888- 4th Street South • 1.306.757.9367

loaded with petroleum crude oil (UN1267, Class 3 PG I), was proceeding eastward at about 49 mph on the CN Rivers Subdivision when it experienced a train-initiated emergency brake application at Mile 198.3 near St-Lazare, Manitoba. The temperature at the time was about −27°C. TSB site examination determined that 37 Class 117R tank cars had derailed near mile 197.0. “The fifth and sixth cars remained upright and had no visible tank damage or leaks. The remaining 35 derailed cars came to rest piled up in various positions over a distance of approximately 300 to 400 feet. About 16 tank cars sustained breaches and released at least 1,000,000 litres of product, which was mostly

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contained in a low-lying area adjacent to the track. There was no fire, no injuries and no evacuation. The TSB is investigating,” the update said. One million litres is equal to 1,000 cubic metres, or 6,290 barrels of oil. That is the equivalent of the full contents of nine rail cars, if they were loaded to a 700-barrel capacity. The derailment spilled substantially more than a January 2012 derailment near Oxbow, when 22 cars derailed after a rig worker departing a nearby drilling rig drove his pickup into the side of the train at night. In that instance, two-thirds of one car was spilled. The TSB work on-site at St. Lazare has been completed. All 35 of the damaged tank cars were examined and seven of them were selected for a more detailed examination to be conducted at a later date in order to evaluate tank car performance. The TSB has also recovered select track components and wheel sets of interest, which are being forwarded to its engineering laboratory in Ottawa for detailed failure analysis. CN resumed operations on the mainline the following day.


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Rehearsing for the Norquay School senior drama production were Keely Foster and Easton Raabel.

The Customer is Always Wrong, a play by Ian McWethy, will be presented by the Norquay School senior drama club. Working on the production, from left, were: Easton Raabel, Keely Foster and Haley Griffith, all Grade 12 students.

The Norquay senior drama club is in rehearsals to stage the production called The Customer is Always Wrong, a play by Ian McWethy. The play is about four teenagers as they

Grade 12 in the cast. Laura Blender, another teacher at the school, and Chorneyko are the directors. “We started with auditions back in November. We will be performing the

Norquay senior drama to present one-act comedy experience what it is like to have a job for the very first time. The work they do is being a waitress, a nanny, a movie theatre attendant, and a “passer-outer” of flyers for a restaurant, and the play follows

their misadventures as they get their feet wet as employees. “We have a cast of nine, and a crew of three,” said Barry Chorneyko, teacher and drama coach. “We have acto rs fr om G rade 8 to

play at the Region 4 Drama Festival on April 4, at SHHS (Sacred Heart High School) in Yorkton. “We will be performing the play at our 19th annual Dessert Theatre at Norquay School at the end of April.

The show is about 40 min long,” Chorneyko said. Among the cast members are Grade 12 students Keely Foster and Easton Raabel. Haley Griffith, also a Grade 12 student, is the stage manager.

Commonwealth Day Message from Her Majesty In her 2019 Commonwealth Day message, Her Majesty acknowledges the 70th anniversary of the London Declaration, which marked the birth of the modern

Commonwealth. “Like other nations in the Commonwealth, Canada cherishes equality, diversity, and respectful collaboration,” Upcoming Events: Mar. 15-16

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON-THE HIDDEN WORLD is playing at the Playhouse Theatre, 7:30pm on Fri and Sat. Matinee Sat. 2pm.

Mar. 16

St. Patricks Tea & Bake sale at St. Stephen’s church basement, all welcome from 2pm to 3:30pm.

Mar. 18

Kamsack Arts Council presents RED MOON ROAD at the Playhouse Theatre, $30 for tickets available at the theatre or from any drama club members, visit their Facebook page for info!

Mar. 20

Children’s Literacy Expo at the OCC Hall for kids 6 and under, free lunches, save the date 10:30am to 1pm.

Mar. 20

Digital camera workshop at the Broda Sportsplex, $5 and you have to register with the town, just call 542-2044. The workshop begins at 5:30pm and you must bring your own digital camera.

Apr. 8

Ladies Auxiliary Eaglestone Lodge Annual Spring Tea 1:30pm to 3pm, all are invited to attend.

Apr. 8

Town Council meeting at 6:30pm

Apr. 13

2nd Annual KCI Band Program Tradeshow Fundraiser – tables are $35, first come gets the spots.

Apr. 19

Office Closed – Good Friday

HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY GO Paperless!! You can now have your water bills and tax notices emailed to you – Contact the town office for details at 542-2155. Broda Sportsplex Schedule The Broda Sportsplex is open for Public Skating & Shinny throughout the week so check our schedule on the Town website or contact the rink staff at 542-4100.

Kamsack seniors – If you are interested in bringing an activity to Kamsack please get in touch with us to see if we can help, just call Kev the Recreation Director at 542-2044.

WINTER LANDFILL HOURS! Tuesday and Fridays 1-5pm. Saturdays from 9am-1pm. Landfill tickets must be purchased in advance from the Town Office. If you have old tickets they are still good for use at our landfill. For information on our landfill fees and details you can call the Town Office at 542-2155. We have a few spots left in the Jr. NBA basketball program at Victoria School for 7- 9 year olds. The 6 week course starts from 6pm -7pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays each week starting March 19th the program will cost $50 per person + tax.

JOB OPPORTUNITY The Town of Kamsack is inviting applications for the following vacancy in our Utilities Department: - one full time permanent Water Treatment Plant Operator 2. This position requires scheduled weekend work, call back, overtime and standby including nights, weekends and holidays. For more info please visit

Town of Kamsack, P.O. Box 729, 161 Queen Elizabeth Blvd., SK SOA1SO | 306-542-2155 Email: | Office Hours: 9:00am - 4:00pm

said W. Thomas Molloy, lieutenant governor, in a release. “Commonwealth Day is a great opportunity to celebrate this historic and evolving partnership of nations.”

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is Head of the Commonwealth. Commonwealth Day is celebrated on the second Monday of March each year.


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Kamsack SWF members attend annual awards banquet Members of the Kamsack branch of the Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation, who were successful in hunting and fishing during the past year, were recognized on March 2 during the group’s annual awards banquet. Held in the Ukrainian

Ty Thomas took home an award for a whitetailed deer in the boys youth hunter category.

Catholic Hall, the event began with Riley Barrowman, branch president, and emcee for the evening, welcoming everyone to the banquet. There were approximately 160 persons in attendance, including around 40 youngsters. After a moment’s silence in honour of members who died during the past year, Barrowman encouraged members and guests to look over the items for the silent auction, which featured prizes that had been donated. The banquet tables were stocked with salads, perogies, cabbage rolls, fried chicken, meatballs, potatoes and gravy and dessert for those in attendance, and Barrowman thanked the Ukrainian Catholic women for the “excellent meal.” Tyson Leis, Kamsack branch vice-president, also thanked the crowd for coming out on such a cold evening to support the Kamsack SWF. Saying that this winter broke records for cold

weather, he said that may have hurt the deer population, but the coyote population is up. He mentioned that during the past year the Kamsack SWF had made a donation to the NASP (National Archery in the Schools) program and had sponsored a kids fishing derby at Jack Fish Lake which drew 44 participants. He also made note that efforts by Walter Lesiuk were successful in getting 800,000 walleye fry for Madge Lake that will be in place for 2019. Scott Green, RVAC (River Valley Archery Club) president, was called onstage and gave an update of the first year’s activities of the Club, including shoots and fundraisers held. He said the Club has both adult and youth bows available for use at Club shoots by those interested in trying them before investing in their own equipment. In the awards portion of the Kamsack SWF branch evening, Jeff Leis received

the award for having taken the best non-typical mule deer at 174 4/8 points. Kelly Slusarchuk received the award for best typical mule deer with 166 5/8 points, and Jody Koroluk was presented with the award for having taken the best nontypical white-tailed deer at 160 2/8 points in the men’s categories. Amber Barrowman received the womens award for non-typical white-tailed deer (140 6/8), and Lorne Leis the men’s typical white-tailed deer (139 3/8.) Kyle Leis received the plaque for having taken the best typical elk, which measured 306 points and Laurie Leis was presented with a plaque for the best typical elk in the womens category at 271 6/8 points. Ty Thomas had the best white-tailed deer among junior hunters. It measured 96 5/8 points, and Sienna Koroluk won an award for her white-tailed deer in the youth girls category.

Kelly Salahub was presented with plaque for having taken the best typical whitetailed deer at 146 5/8 points, and the best pike at 40 inches and 17 pounds in the womens categories. Walter Lesiuk had the biggest northern pike, which weighed 17.3 pounds and was 39 inches in length, while Carter Salahub had the best pike among junior members. It weighed eight pounds and was 34 inches long, and

Slade Shankowsky had the best perch at 12 inches and nine ounces. Kira Salahub was given an award for her lake trout (27 inches), and Clint Chernoff was presented with an award for reeling in a walleye (14.2 pounds. Leis mentioned that Lesiuk, Jim Beauchamp and Clint Leis attended the 90th annual SWF convention in Moose Jaw in February, and Continued on Page 9

Walter Lesiuk was presented an award for a pike which he reeled in.

Kira Salahub won an award for catching a lake trout.

Faith and Justus Jaquet, along with all of the approximately 40 youngsters in attendance at the SWF banquet, were gifted with fishing nets.

Winning the award for having taken the best nontypical white-tailed deer in men’s category, was Jody Koroluk, receiving his award from Tyson Leis, Kamsack Wildlife’s vice-president. Unavailable for photographs were: Jeff Leis, best (men’s) nontypical mule deer; Laure Leis, best (women’s) typical elk; Kyle Leis, best (men’s) typical elk; Kelly Slusarchuk, best (men’s) typical mule deer, and Clint Chernoff for walleye in the fish category.

R i l e y B a r r o w m a n , S a s k a t c h e w a n Wi l d l i f e Federation, Kamsack branch president, was emcee for the awards ceremony held on March 2 at the Ukrainian Catholic Hall during the banquet and awards night.

Sienna Koroluk was presented with an award in the youth girls category for a white-tailed deer which she harvested.

Slade Shankowsky was presented with an award for having reeled in a perch.

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Awards banquet honours Kamsack SWF achievements Continued from Page 8 said all resolutions passed at that convention are now on the website on the Internet. A new president, Clark Shultz, was inaugurated at this convention, according to a release. Outgoing president, Heath Dreger, served 3 years in that role with the SWF, and will continue as past president on the board of directors for the duration of Clark’s term. The 90th Annual Convention of the S a s k a t c h e w a n Wi l d l i f e Federation drew members from across the province to engage with policy makers on conservation issues facing Saskatchewan’s outdoor community. Guest speakers included Dustin Duncan,

Saskatchewan minister of environment, it said. “The convention is an opportunity for dialogue between researchers, program managers, and resource users on issues that matter to the people in this province,” said Darrell Crabbe, SWF executive director. One such issue was the new trespass legislation coming in to effect later this year, and the SWF held an extensive workshop to begin developing processes to mitigate impact on hunting and other outdoor activities. Gains were also won for the future of Saskatchewan’s fish and wildlife. Nearly $200,000 was raised through generous donations by branches and those in attendance, and a new partnership

with Troutreach Canada was announced, with the establishment of a $600,000 trust to provide funding for

fisheries research. Next year’s convention is to be held February 20 to 22 in Weyburn, hosted

Lorne Leis received an award for a typical whitetailed deer in the men’s category.

Scott Green, president of the River Valley Archery Club (RVAC), presented an update of events of the past year for the Club. From left, were: Alvin Quewezance, Lenora Quewezance, Lilyanna Quewezance, Rhonda Streelasky, Green and Tyson Leis (Kamsack SWF vice-president.)

by the Weyburn Wildlife Federation. Door prizes and a ping

pong ball auction concluded the evening at the SWF awards banquet in Kamsack.

Kelly Salahub received an award for largest pike caught in the women’s category.

The Ukrainian Catholic Women’s League (UCWL) catered the SWF banquet on March 2. From left, were: Nat Slivenski, Anne Hudye, Marie Hudye, Georgina Harambura, Sharon Hovrisko, and Marianne Manchuk. Unavailable for the photograph was June Chernoff. 19033CN0 19033CN1

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The KCI (Kamsack Comprehensive Institute) junior girls basketball team won its first game against the Canora team with a score of 33 to 30 during the district playoffs hosted by Kamsack on March 1 and 2.


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KCI junior girls lost this match to the Norquay Nikes.

In the semifinals, KCI played against St. Henry’s of Melville.

Junior girls basketball districts hosted by Kamsack T h e K a m s a c k Comprehensive Institute (KCI) junior girls basketball team hosted the

district playoffs on March 1 and 2. On Friday the junior girls Spartans team played

Canora and won 33 to 30. In the next game the team was pitted against St. Henry’s School of Melville

in a semi-final match-up. The Kamsack team played its final game against the Norquay

Nikes, which was a loss for Kamsack. The team ended the season in fourth place.

“We had a great basketball season,” said Leanne Fissel, coach. “Everyone played well.”

Kamsack Gymnastics Club supports Go Out and Play Challenge The Go Out and Play Challenge was well underway last week, and the Kamsack Gymnastics Club which meets at the Victoria School was doing its part to help the Kamsack Recreation Board in its bid to try to win $10,000 to be used for recreation programming within the community. The Challenge is sponsored by Saskatchewan Blue Cross and Saskatchewan in Motion. Persons who had registered online had the opportunity to log in their daily minutes of activity, to be counted toward the cumulative total. The community which entered the most minutes of activity during the period from March 1 to 10 were to be rewarded with $10,000. T h e K a m s a c k

S a ra h Ro z e m a h e l p e d h e r s o n s , Corban (holding bat), four, and Kaiden, three, both in their first season, engage in fun activities with both a ball and bat and a large yellow ball at the Victoria School gymnasium on March 6. Gymnastics Club has two levels: the active start group has participants under the age of six, and the artistic group is six and

Matthew Bedore assisted his son Nate on the horizontal bar while daughter Quinn looked on. Both Bedore children are in their third season of gymnastics.

older. Sandy Bedore and Megan Peters are the club coach/instructors. Meesha Romaniuk and Ella Ruf help coach the active start

group. Tamara Auchstaetter is a coach with the artistic group and Talisha Pelly is a coach helper. On March 6, the Club

Emmett Marsh, five, in his fourth season with the Kamsack Gymnastics Club, spent time on the balance beam while his father, Simon, lent a hand.

had invited parents to join their children to participate in co-operative activities in support of the Go Out and Play Challenge, according

to Bedore. “This is an opportunity for creating fun and memories with the parents and their children,” she said.

Kamsack air cadets host zone three curling bonspiel and win gold The Kamsack air ca det squadron hosted zone three curling at the Broda Sportsplex on February 24

and won the top spot, taking home gold medals. The five teams com peting were: Kamsack,

Yo r k t o n , P r e e c e v i l l e , Melville and Foam Lake. “Members of the Kamsack team had no prior


opportunity to play together before the bonspiel,” said squadron CI (civilian instructor) Karen Bodnaryk.

“They won every game, and captured the gold.” K ams ack w ill be ad vancing to the provincial


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bonspiel which was to be held in Oxbow on March 9 and 10. Karen Tourangeau, commanding officer (CO) of the host Kamsack air cadets team, presented the winning teams with medals. Curling for the Kamsack team were: Cade HenryMartino, skip; Keanna Romaniuk, third; Josh Hilton, second, and Gerri Basaraba, lead. Foam Lake captured silver and Preeceville won bronze.

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The 12th annual Benito Open Bonspiel held The 12th annual Benito Open Bonspiel was held from February 12 to 17, with a total of 26 rinks participating. The first event winner, sponsored by W.F. Schneider & Son Ltd., was the Ken Newell Rink of Norquay/Benito consisting of Ken Newell, skip; Evan Rosteski, third; Rubieann Kluke, second, and Eugene Kluke, lead. Second in the first event was the Scott Schneider rink of Benito, third was the Lorne Mydynski rink of Benito and fourth was the Jason Mydynski rink of Regina. The second event was sponsored by J.A. Lyons M e m o r i a l Tr o p h y a n d won by the Lionel Hansen (skip) rink of Benito with

Tyler Kushniryk, third; Jennifer Homeniuk, second, and Michael Maga, lead. Second in the second event was the Rick Kinaschuk rink of Benito, third was the Dale Jersak rink of Swan River and fourth was the Norquay Agencies rink of Norquay. Winning the third event, sponsored by Benito Premium Meats, was the Presley Sagert (skip) rink of Swan River, with Bryn Zamzow, third; Madison Sagert, second, and Eden Betcher, lead. Second in the third event was the Jeremy Hrycenko rink of Arran, third was the Brad Knutson rink of Norquay and fourth was the Byron Zbirun rink of Benito. To p p i n g t h e f o u r t h event, sponsored by the

Swan Valley Credit Union, was the Kelly Tibble (skip) rink of Swan River,

with Sandra Tibble, third; Nathan Chess, second, and Ryan Alford, lead. Second

At the Benito Open Bonspiel, the first event was sponsored by W.F. Schneider & Son Ltd. From left, Scott Schneider presented the trophy to the winner, the Ken Newell rink of Norquay/Benito, made up of Ken Newell, skip; Evan Rosteski, third; Rubieann Kluke, second, and Eugene Kluke, lead.

in the fourth event was the Ed Nelson rink of Benito, third was the Jeff Osatchuk

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rink of Benito and fourth was the Jerry Peesker rink of Kamsack.

The second event of the Benito Open bonspiel was sponsored by the J.A. Lyons Memorial Trophy and presented by Jody Lyons to the Lionel Hansen rink of Benito. From left, were: Lyons; Hansen, skip; Tyler Kushniryk, third; Jennifer Homeniuk, second, and Michael Maga, lead.

Norquay host World Day of Prayer service T h e c o o k s fo r t h e WDP from left, were: Patrick Livingstone, pastor Arden G u s t a f s o n , Ja m e s Nelson, Norman Johnson, Darin Jansen and Eldred Hamm.

On March 2, reader participants during the N o rq u ay Wo rl d D ay o f Prayer service written by the women of Slovenia, from left, were: (back) Judy Nelson, Marcia Gustafson and Marlene Hamm, and (front) Joanne Jenner, Marge Stratechuk, Diane Romanow and Marge Cherewyk. Although there was not a large number in attendance at the pancake breakfast in Norquay t h e m e s s ag e f ro m t h e wo m e n of Slovenia was very powerful. C h u rc h e s p a r t i c i p a t i n g we re : Norquay United Church, Evangelical Covenant Church (host church), St. Thomas Roman Catholic Church, Emmanuel Lutheran Church and the Norquay Sacred Heart of Jesus Ukrainian Catholic Church.

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The third event was sponsored by Benito Premium Meats. From left, were: Hunter Pierce, presenting the trophy to the Presley Sagert (skip) rink of Swan River; Bryn Zamzow, third; Madison Sagert, second, and Eden Betcher, lead.

From left, were: Kim Pierce, presenting the Swan Valley Credit Union trophy to the Benito Open Bonspiel fourth event winner, Kelly Tibble (skip) rink of Swan River; Sandra Tibble, third; Nathan Chess, second, and Ryan Alford, lead.

TOWN OF NORQUAY NOTICE OF PREPARATION OF ASSESSMENT ROLL Notice is hereby given that the assessment roll for the Town of Norquay for the year 2019 has been prepared and is open to inspection in the office of the assessor from 8:30 am to 12 noon and 1 pm to 4:30 pm on the following days: Monday to Friday, March 6 to April 8, 2019. Any person who wishes to appeal against his or her assessment is required to file his or her notice of appeal with: The Assessor, Town of Norquay Box 327, Norquay, Sask. S0A 2V0 by the 8th day of April, 2019. Dated this 6th day of March, 2019. Denise Sorrell, Administrator

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CALDER - Marjorie Calder passed away at the Kamsack Hospital on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 just short of her eighty-eighth birthday. Marjorie Ruth Calder was born on March 6, 1931 at Glen Elder (now Danbury), a daughter of Lilian and David Calder. She attended elementary school at Swan Bluff and completed high school at Sturgis Composite. In her youth she belonged to the Glen Elder 4-H Baby Beef Club, where she won many prizes at the competitions and Fair Days. Marjorie helped out at the farm and was at peace there. Throughout her life she loved the outdoors, going for walks, picking berries, enjoying nature and tending to her garden and pets. Other sources of enjoyment included reading, movies and family gatherings, where the family all appreciated her sense of humour. Part of the time she lived in Sturgis but also lived for a time in Courtenay, BC, and in Regina and Balcarres. Marjorie enjoyed her travels throughout Canada and to parts of the USA. Following a brief hospitalization at Kamsack, she transferred to the Kamsack Nursing Home in 2006. Marjorie’s family would like to express their gratitude to Drs. Bishop & Davies, and to the nurses and caring staff for the kindness and compassionate care shown to Marjorie during her time as a resident there. Predeceased by her parents, sister Frances, brothers John and Robert and grandniece Amanda. She will be lovingly remembered and dearly missed by her sister Jean, sister-in-law Mary, brother-in-law Lloyd, nieces and nephews, great and great-greatnieces and nephews, as well as her many other relatives and friends. The Graveside Funeral Service was held on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at Sturgis Community Cemetery with Reverend Miles Russell of Grace United Church officiating. A musical selection, “Country Roads� by John Denver was included as well as the hymn, “Beyond the Sunset�. Alysha Leonard served as the urn bearer. Memorials in memory of Marjorie may be made to the Kamsack Nursing Home as gifts of remembrance. Condolences can be sent to the family at Funeral and cremation arrangements were in care of Preeceville Funeral Home.

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Annual Gun & Hobbyy Show Tables are available Contact Bernie or MaryAnn Call: 306-338-3682

Attend the Draggins Car Show April 19 and 20 at Prairieland Park, Saskatoon, headlining the 2018 Detroit Ridler Award winner. See our website; BIG RIVER FISH DERBY on Cowan Lake. SATURDAY, MARCH 23, 2019 For info visit: or email: To register call: 306-469-7990. Live Performance: The Kamsack Arts Council live performance Red Moon Road, Monday, March 18, 7:30 p.m., Kamsack Playhouse Theatre.

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Why we have below normal temperatures By Kaare Askildt I’m going to put the blame for below normal temperatures on the Norwegian trolls, and here is why. Tr o l l s a r e f o u n d i n Norwegian folklore and are used to explain events that happen but can’t be logically explained. For example, a beautiful young woman is actually a troll and is called a Hulder. She always wears an ankle length skirt to hide her bovine-like tail. When she’s been courted by a human male and has agreed to marriage, her tail will fall off and disintegrate as she stands in church with her hapless husband-to-be in front of the preacher and utters the words “I do.” A few years later when the union is well established, she will turn out to be a cranky, SERVICES FOR HIRE

despicable and downright mean person. That’s how many men might explain their sad choice of a life partner, by stating that they obviously married a Hulder. A troll family was being forcefully squeezed out, evicted in fact, from their mountain home by the Norsk Avdeling for Varigmen (NAV) (A Norwegian government department for lost causes) for not filing the required annual paperwork on time. It was mid-June and they needed to find a new mountain home, but not in Norway. As we all know, trolls are not particularly smart, and most of them have a hard time with reading and comprehension. But they can perform some magic and have access to supernatural sources and old Norse deities. SERVICES FOR HIRE


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Somehow, they had gotten a hold of a Saskatchewan Tourism pamphlet, and they focused on the words Blackstrap Mountain and Nut Mountain and decided to move to Saskatchewan and settle in either one of those mountains. The members of this troll family varied in size from the two, four-feet tall babies to the two huge 10-feet tall women and two bigger yet 12-feet tall males. The head of the household stood 16-feet tall and weighed 800 pounds. His name was Trym. An old hag had provided them with magic potions to make them invisible. They made their way unseen to the coastal city of Kristiansand, where they roamed the harbour and found a freighter bound for Montreal. Still invisible, Trym lifted everybody from the dock and on to the freighter, and then he stepped on board himself. The vessel shifted to the side that Trym stepped on, and the skipper thought they had caught a large wave from a passing freighter. LAND FOR SALE

Trym hid himself and his family under some tarps in the first cargo hold. They had brought with them enough food and water to last them during the journey. They were still invisible upon arrival in Montreal, where they found the CN train yard and parked themselves on top of a freight train heading for Saskatoon. In Saskatoon Trym and the adults donned their magic boots so they could take strides that measured about five miles, put the little ones in baby carriers and headed for Blackstrap Mountain. What a let down! They had expected a huge granite mountain, not a heap of dirt that wasn’t large enough to even make it as home for them. On to Nut Mountain. All they found there was flat prairie and a little hamlet with a sign that said Nut Mountain. Trym got mad and called upon Aesir the Norse god of storms, who passed him on to the Norse weather god Frey. After a quick consultation it was agreed that Frey would put a deep freeze LAND FOR SALE


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PRAYER CORNER HOLY TRINITY ANGLICAN CHURCH Kamsack 306-542-2458 Sunday, March 17 Morning Prayer 11 a.m. Rev. Nancy Brunt ST. THOMAS ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH Norquay, Sask. Phone: 548-2042 Pastor Fr. Michal Pajak, O.M.I. Saturday, March 16 Mass 4 p.m. UKRAINIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH Canora - Kamsack Swan River EMMANUEL LUTHERAN CHURCH Norquay, Sask. Service 12:30 p.m. ST. STEPHEN’S ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH Father Franklin Emereuwa Phone: 542-2240 Saturday, March 16 St. Philip’s 7 p.m. Sunday, March 17 Kamsack 9 a.m. (Children’s Liturgy) ST. JOSAPHAT UKRAINIAN CATHOLIC CHURCH Rev. Fr. Warren Dungen Cell: (306) 590-7900 Rent Hall: (306) 542-5670 Sundays Kamsack 9 a.m. Norquay 11a.m. For weekday services see website: 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.

He pulled out a small compass and located true north, withdrew a steel ruler from his pocket and measured the precise length of the shadow cast by the vertical stick. He grabbed a slide rule from another pocket and did a quick calculation. Then he packed up the stick and all his tools, turned to Sven and said, “It is now exactly 2:43 p.m., provided that today is the September 5, which I truly believe it is.” Sven shook his head in amazement and set his watch accordingly. “I couldn’t help but be impressed by your demonstration,” said Sven. “That was really quite remarkable. I have never seen anything like this before.” “Thank you,” said the young man. “By the way, what do you do on a cloudy day or at night when the stick cannot cast a shadow?” asked Sven. The young man looked at Sven, held up his left arm, smiled and pointed at his left wrist with the middle finger of his right hand and said, “When there is no sun, I just check my wristwatch.”

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on Saskatchewan and let it spread across Canada. And that ladies and gentlemen is how we ended up with all this cold weather. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. This is an unrelated story, but it might make you laugh and thus warm you up. Sven was walking past the yard of a mental hospital, and suddenly remembered that he had an important meeting. Unfortunately, his watch had stopped, and he needed to know the time. He noticed a disheveled young man keeping pace with him on the other side of the hospital fence. Sven stopped and the young man stopped as well. “Excuse me young man,” said Sven, “but do you by chance know what time it is?” The young man said, “Just a moment sir.” Wh er eu p o n h e th r ew himself on the ground, pulled out a short stick and pushed it into the ground. Then he pulled out a small carpenter ’s level, set it against the stick and made some minor adjustments to make the stick true vertical.

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Saskatchewan residents located in the southern part of the province have a new way to get information about criminal activity in their area directly from the RCMP. RCMP detachment commanders will use the Saskatchewan Crime Watch Advisory Network to send text messages, emails or phone calls to residents. People can sign up and choose how they would like to get these advisories, according to a release. The Government of Saskatchewan is providing approximately $50,000 for the RCMP to initially launch this system in southern Saskatchewan. The RCMP will evaluate the effectiveness of the program and the possibility of using it across Saskatchewan, said the release. “We know that people across our province want information to help keep their family and home safe,” said Christine Tell, corrections and policing minister. “The Saskatchewan Crime Watch Advisory Network allows people to get reliable information right from the RCMP.” “When an RCMP detachment becomes aware of an incident or crime, they can issue an advisory via the

system and local residents who have signed up for the program will become aware of what happened,” said Mark Fisher, Saskatchewan RCMP commanding officer assistant commissioner. “Equipped with this information, citizens will be in a better position to provide tips and information to their local RCMP.” “We want rural residents to feel safe in our communities,” said Ray Orb, Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities president. “With the reinvigoration of Rural Crime Watch Associations in the province and the addition of the Provincial Protection and Response Team, this mass notification system adds to the basket of tools and peace of mind for our members.” “By receiving advisories and reporting crimes or suspicious activities, residents can help foster resilient hometowns that actively prevent crime, enhancing public safety,” said Gordon Barnhart, Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association president. Visit, or https:// index/453003085619333#/ login to sign up for the Saskatchewan Crime Watch Advisory Network.

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Anglers reminded of March deadline to remove ice fishing shelters With ice fishing season winding down, anglers are reminded that all fishing shelters south of Highway No. 16 must be removed by March 15, and shelters in areas north of Highway No. 16 must be removed by March 31. If shelters are not removed, owners may be prosecuted, and the structure and contents may be moved off the ice and confiscated, according to a ministry of environment release. Every year, ice fishing shelters are abandoned on

the ice, which can later pose a danger to boaters, waterskiers and others enjoying our lakes. Pieces can also wash up on shore and cause environmental hazards, said the release. Litter must also be removed when ice shelters are taken off the ice. Structures must be moved to a location where they can be loaded and transported to the individual’s residence or property. Ice fishing shelters must have the owner’s complete

name, address and phone number on the outside in legible letters that are at least 2.5 cm high. Anyone travelling on the ice should take extreme caution. Slush indicates that ice is eroding from above and below at an advanced rate. Changing temperatures can cause thermal cracks and pressure ridges, which are indicators of unsafe conditions. Information about fishing in the province can be found in the Saskatchewan

Anglers’ Guide and online at fishing. Anyone who suspects wildlife, fishery, forestry or environmental violations is asked to call the local ministry of environment office, Saskatchewan’s toll-free TIP line at 1-800-667-7561, call #5555 for SaskTel cellular subscribers, or report a violation on line at Callers may be eligible for cash rewards from the SaskTip reward program.


The deadline for the removal of fishing shelters is rapidly approaching.




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Festival features entertainment for all ages Continued from Front Page “The Festival was a success,” said Guertin. “We would have had a larger attendance if the weather had

been better, but those that participated had an awesome time. We had many positive comments.” “Going forward, the Park,

in tandem with the commercial lessees of Madge Lake Developments, St. Michael’s Camp, Madge Lake Bible Camp and

the Duck Mountain Ski Area, plan to hold a Winter Festival every year to continue to showcase the many exciting winter activities to

be enjoyed in the Park,” said Greg Podovinnikoff, Park superintendent. “Duck Mountain Provincial Park is a four

A bluegrass concer t was held at Madge L a k e B i b l e C a m p ’s Chapel featuring the group Gospel Plow from Russell, Man.

The Winter Festival featured roasting hot dogs.

Allan Bennett of the Sugar Shack in Kamsack, assisted by Philip Gemme, was at the Duck Mountain Winter Festival on March 2, set up with candied maple syrup for all to enjoy.

A fur trapping discovery table was manned by Nathan Dutchak, conservation officer and local trapper Paul Chernoff.

season resort. We are excited to see people enjoy nature while trying different activities, and we are excited to see this initiative grow.”

Ice skating was enjoyed during the Duck Mountain Winter Festival held on March 2.

KCI art student of the week Ti a r y n S t r a i g h t n o s e , a Grade 5 student at the Kamsack Comprehensive Institute (KCI), not only has an interest and talent in art, she has discovered the creative pastime helps to relieve her stress. “I realized I had an interest in art in Grade 3,” she said. “It’s become a way to express my feelings, to display how I feel through the content of the drawing I am working on. “I find if I am feeling happy, I like to sketch anime. If

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I’m stressed, I choose an art theme that will give me calm thoughts and help relieve my stress.” The word anime is the Japanese term for animation, which means all forms of animated media, according to Wikipedia, on the Internet. Outside Japan, anime refers specifically to animation from Japan or as a Japanesedisseminated animation style often characterized by colorful graphics, vibrant characters and fantastical themes. Nature is another theme featured prominently in Tiaryn’s artwork. “In my spare time, I like to sketch, hang out with friends because they are like family, and hang out with my sister,” Tiaryn said. “I love my sister, and we don’t always see eye-to-eye, but sometimes she’s the inspiration for my art.” Tiaryn also lists “creepy

Tiaryn Straightnose, a Grade 5 student at Kamsack Comprehensive Institute (KCI), is the featured art student for this week. She enjoys doing nature scenes and anime art. Hanging on the wall are three pencil sketches, and a nature-themed fourscene picture done with chalk pastel. pasta” as one of her favorite things. Drawing/sketching and painting are Tiaryn’s preferred mediums. In a sketch she made of a cross, circled with a climbing vine and

flower, she included the following words: “Hurting someone is as easy as throwing a stone in the lake, but you know what? You’ll never know how deep the stone will go.” 19033JJ0

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