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Taylor Weaver Meridian Source

“The Chief,” Ray Mitsuing, was among the field of drivers, outriders, their families and race teams to populate the Lloydminster Exh. after races in Turtleford wrapped up on Sunday afternoon. The CPCA finals are being held in the Border City this weekend and the standings are looking tight. This will also be Ray’s last career show due to CPCA retirement rules at the age of 65. Good luck to everyone this weekend! See Page 47 for more details on the weekend.



Thursday, August 15, 2019

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Winner winner, chicken dinner! Lloyd resident strikes gold with progressive jackpot

Taylor Weaver Meridian Source

Lloydminster’s Brenda Lloyd, centre right, was at a loss for words last Friday morning at the Gold Horse Casino as she was presented with a cheque for $1,885,305.52 after being the first top-tier winner of SIGA’s Smoke Signals progressive jackpot in the Border City. TAYLOR WEAVER



You may think “It’ll never happen to me,” but it’s the unknowns in life that make it that much more exciting. That’s what was going through the mind of Border City resident Brenda Lloyd on Aug. 6 when she decided to try her luck at the Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority’s (SIGA) Smoke Signals progressive jackpot at the Gold Horse Casino, which opened in Lloydminster in January. So how much richer might Lloyd be you ask? A cool $1,855,305.52 to be exact. Lloyd was also the first player to win the top-tier progressive jackpot at the Gold Horse since its opening. The first thing Lloyd p l a n s to d o w i t h h e r winnings is to go on a nice family vacation. “Maybe (we’ll go) at Christmas time, I’m not really sure, but that’s kind of the plan,” she said. “Other than that I haven’t really thought past that, I’m just speechless. It is a large sum of money and I

retired from the bank in February of 2018, and my husband wasn’t well for a while, so I stayed home with him, and that brought me here today. “It’s a great retirement gift and just puts the icing on the cake.”

To date, SIGA’s Smoke Signals progressive jackpot has paid out $37,486,111.30 with $16,564,359.38 of that being from the top tier. The game has been reset to $1M and can be won at any time.

Lloyd explained how she caught wind of the jackpot from a friend who encouraged her to “go down and put $50 in the Smoke Signals (game).” CONTINUED ON PAGE 5

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Thursday, August 15, 2019

Bea Fisher spills the beans GEOFF LEE


.................................. Start spreading the news. That’s what Bea Fisher Foundation is

doing with its plan to throw a New Year’s Eve fundraising party in Lloydminster three years in a row.

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The idea is to start by ringing in 2020 on Dec. 31 wit h a New Y orkstyle party for up to 520 people at the Stockade Convention Centre, with a steak and shrimp dinner, high-end entertainment and a dance. Tickets will go on sale at Bea Fisher Centre for $100 a person starting Sept. 3 and include cocktails, wine, live auctions, luxury draws and party favours. The event media launch took place at Bea Fisher Centre Tuesday with a threeyear goal to raise up to $300,000 to renovate and upgrade 12 homes for persons with developmental disabilities. Bea Fisher CEO Darcie Pollard approved the idea and thanked representatives on hand from platinum and gold sponsors for their three-year commitment. “We can’t do our services without you guys,” she said. Pollard noted her organization has grown to care for 130 individuals, almost half of whom live in Bea Fisher operated homes. She says Bea’s 12 24-hour support homes are crucial for people that truly cannot live and manage on their own. “It is with the support of this event that is going to support us to be able to give them quality homes,” said Pollard. She says they have a lot of homes that need some fixing and upgrades and modifications to improve the physical and developmental living conditions of the individuals that

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The Bea Fisher Foundation is throwing the first of three annual New Year’s Eve fundraising parties this year at the Stockade Convention Centre, with the support of sponsors represented at the event launch.

reside in them. “I truly want to thank you for being a huge part of this and making this a successful event,” she told those in attendance. “ Wi t h o u t t h e c o m munity of Lloydminster and the businesses of Lloydminster and without you believing in what we do, this could never happen.” Border City Concrete, Redhead Equipment, Fortune Oilfield and Nissan Lloydminster are on board as platinum sponsors with Musgrave Agencies, Rusway Construction and Astec Safety, gold sponsors. Nissan has also committed to donating $100 from the sale of each vehicle purchased over an 18-month period with $5,900 already added to the pot. Nigel Dube, head coach and GM of the Lloydminster Bobcats, says he jumped at the chance to act as the master of ceremonies on New Year’s Eve with his game calendar free.

“It’s an exciting time and Bea Fisher does so much for the community. It’s our way as an organization to give back or be a part of that,” said Dube. “Our motto is ‘Border City Built’ and we want to be in the community as much as possible from a staff perspective and our players as well.” Kim Crockett, Bea’s marketing and business development coordinator who announced the event, says all of the proceeds from the three annual New Year’s Eve parties will go toward the renovation project. Crockett explained the event is the brainchild of the foundation committee and is modelled on a New Year’s funder the former Border Kings once hosted. “That event hasn’t been on the radar for Lloydminster for quite some time. We’re looking to fill that hole in the calendar,” said Crockett. He says the fundraising will make a big difference for the individ-

uals that they serve by upgrading their homes with everything you would normally think of in a home. “They can live a normal life much like we’re used to as opposed to living in a little more isolated environment if they had to live somewhere else,” said Crockett. “The upgrades will allow them to lead as normal a life as we’re all used to enjoying.” Crockett reminds supporters Bea Fisher is holding its annual 5km Colour Within Run at the Bud Miller All Seasons Park picnic shelter on Sept. 6 at 6:30 p.m. after a hail storm cancelled the event on May 24. Funds raised at the 5km walk and run will also go toward renovating the 12 homes. “There is still time for walk-ups and people to register,” said Crockett. Registration is online by visiting the website.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

It could happen to you, too FROM PAGE 3

“I came here all by myself and I’ve never been to the casino by myself in my life,” she said with a laugh. “I had no one here to help celebrate, but of course there were people around, and it was amazing.”

I looked to the left and it said ‘You won,’ and I’m going ‘no that doesn’t mean me, it must mean someone else,’ and I’m looking around all of a sudden people are saying ‘we have a winner.

After playing Smoke Signals for roughly two and a half hours, Lloyd noted she was in a backand-forth battle of being paid out and having her credits eaten by the machine. After checking the time and establishing it was 11:09 p.m. she decided she had to be out the front doors by midnight as to not “turn into a pumpkin.” “I probably hit (the jackpot) at around 11:30 p.m.,” she said. “I couldn’t figure out why my machine wouldn’t keep playing because I still had credits in there. I looked at it and had $622 and the machine said ‘call attendant.’ “I looked to the left and it said ‘You won,’ and I’m going ‘no that doesn’t mean me, it must mean someone else,’ and I’m looking around all of a sudden people are saying ‘we have a winner.’” It’s been a tough year for Lloyd and her family with the passing of her husband David in January at the age of 66, but this win is a pretty clear sign Brenda’s late husband is still watching over and taking care of his beloved wife. “I just wished he was here (to celebrate) with me, but that’s life,” she said. Roger Anderson, gen-

eral manager of the Gold Horse Casino, was excited to share Lloyd’s joy as the first toptier winner in the Border City, something he hopes to see again. “It’s hard to explain the feelings. For us as an organization, to give back to a lady like Brenda makes you feel very special. I’m full of positive emotions right now,” he said. “It shows that as an organization, the Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority, what we do as an organization, we have seven casinos and giving back is one of the things we practise, we preach, and we’ve put roughly $600,000 back into this community in the last two years or more.” Anderson also noted that since opening in January, the Gold Horse Casino has been making strong relationships throughout the Border City, whether it

be business or community building. Anderson added how in the past SIGA has given financial support to local organizations such as the Thorpe Recovery Centre to help promote overall health. Smoke Signals is a SIGA-wide progressive jackpot that links 51 slot machines at all of the organization’s seven

casinos. There are three mystery jackpot tiers that increase over time, with specific starting and ending prize values. The largest mystery jackpot has a minimum value of $1M and pays out before it hits $2M. Each time a patron plays a Smoke Signals slot machine, any of the jackpots could be triggered.





Thursday, August 15, 2019

Lakeland grad reboots her life



.................................. At age 64 when most

older folks are thinking of retirement, Lloydminster resident Val

Hoveland is re-inventing herself. Hoveland graduated

as a health care aide from Lakeland College in May and is working at the Bea Fisher Centre caring for people with physical and mental disabilities. “I was originally hired as a casual and then I ended up getting a part-time position and now I am a threequarter position,” said Hoveland, who works at one of the Bea Fisher homes for residents. “I plan on staying at Bea Fisher for as long as I can and maybe work my way up.” Hoveland says her first paycheque went to paying bills since she hasn’t worked steadily the past few years. Her husband, Brian who worked in the oilfield, has been on disability leave since June 2013. “His illness is chronic and he’s facing more surgery so his future as a working person is unknown—life is very difficult at times,” said Hoveland. The need to put beans on the table motivated Hoveland to enrol in the employment skills enhancement program at Lakeland in 2017 and see where it took her. Hoveland completed the program’s fourweek practicum at a local nursing home and found her niche. “A friend that I made at Lakeland—she and I decided that we would apply for the health care aide program and if we got in, wonderful, and both of us got in,” said Hoveland. “So it just led to where I was able

to learn and take the health care program.” Her message for other older adults returning to school is you have to work hard, but if you put your mind to it, you can do it. “I found out that I could study still and when I studied I could remember so it was a challenge to be able to learn the stuff. My brain just isn’t a young person’s anymore,” said Hoveland. “Now I have a college diploma.” She graduated with a 3.96-grade point average with Brian cheering her on. “That was a most special thing because he was an immense support,” said Hoveland. “I didn’t have to do dishes; I didn’t have to cook meals; he did that while I was studying.” She also got “way to go” kudos from her four adult children and some of her younger classmates. “I think they

were very proud of me too,” said Hoveland. “I was very obviously the oldest in the class and if I could help somebody I would help them—I wouldn’t say a house mom, but if somebody needed some help I was always available.” Hoveland says finding a job was easier than she thought it would be, but she still had to fill out countless applications and pound the pavement. She was competing for a job in her class of 33 students. CONTINUED ON PAGE 9

Photo courtesy of Lakeland College

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Lloydfest to host multicultural party GEOFF LEE


.................................. Lloydminster’s diverse and colourful culture will be celebrated at LloydFest 2019 with free admission.

It’s bringing all the different diverse cultures of the rich mosaic of Lloydminster to come together and have a community event where we can share and learn from the different cultures and experiences.

The event, to be centred at Bud Miller All Seasons Park Aug. 24-25, is the brainchild of the International Festivals Lloydminster Society. “The purpose of Lloydfest is a multicultural extravaganza,” said Susan Cambridge, president of the nonprofit group. “It’s bringing all the different diverse cultures of the rich mosaic of Lloydminster to come together and have a community event where we can share and learn from

Geoff Lee Meridian Source

Susan Cambridge, who is organizing Lloydfest 2019 on Aug. 24-25 at Bud Miller Park and her two daughters Gabrielle, left and Angel, right, modelled some colourful event T-shirts and some face masks made by students at Holy Rosary High School for giveaways to kids attending the event.

the different cultures and experiences.” Cambridge got the idea from her Caribbean homeland of Trinidad, known around the world for staging colourful carnivals that are all about food, festivity and fun. “Coming to Canada, I did experience Heritage Day, Folkfest, Carifest and Caribana, and I am very much involved in the community regarding multiculturalism,” she said. “I go to all of the cultural festivals and I have been involved in all the diverse cultures—they’ve invited

me and I’ve gone.” Cambridge says Lloydfest will include everything about Canada including some Mounties in Red Serge. “That’s what we really want to portray,” she said. Her intention is to make Lloydfest an annual event to bring the city’s diverse cultures together for an outdoor celebration based at the Bud Miller picnic shelter. She hopes the weekend event will become as well known as Heritage Day in the city or the St. Walburg Blueberry Festival Lloydfest will kick-

off on a Saturday with opening ceremonies at 11:30 a.m. while a street parade makes it way from College Park School to Lakeland College and into the park near the Vic Juba Community Theatre. “In that parade we’ll have a little bit of Trinidad, Jamaica, India, China—we’re trying to get First Nations— we’re going to have Mexico and a bit of Filipino, ” said Cambridge to name a few. “They’re all going to be on the road showing off their colours and traditional wear to music.” CONTINUED ON PAGE 13





Thursday, August 15, 2019

Assure a jolly good company

Geoff Lee Meridian Source

Jon Rokochy, owner of Assure Occupational Testing, brought a pair of ceremonial scissors to symbolically cut his company’s 10th anniversary ribbon during a customer appreciation BBQ last Thursday. Rokochy is flanked on the left by Assure’s RN Pam Bedwell and Chamber of Commerce president, Corrinne Kelly-Hyde and on the right by the deputy mayor of Lloydminster Glenn Fagnan and Assure receptionist Carrie MacNeil. The event took place in Assure’s parking lot. GEOFF LEE


.................................. The ability of Assure Occupational Testing to roll with the economic punches earned several kudos from guests at the company’s 10th business anniversary party. The words of praise came during a customer appreciation barbecue and ribbon cutting hosted by Assure owner Jon Rokochy and his staff at his downtown parking lot last Thursday. Chamber of Commerce president Corrine Kelly-Hyde spoke about Rokochy’s secret sauce for success. “Adapting to change is important for any business, making sure you’re staying ahead of current legislation and occupational health and safety and changes are what businesses need to adapt to,” said KellyHyde. “So I commend him

for identifying that early and adapting his business accordingly.”

Adapting to change is important for any business making sure you’re staying ahead of current legislation and occupational health and safety and changes in what businesses need to adapt those.

Kelly-Hyde says it was an honour to attend the event given Rokochy’s support for the chamber and its many functions such as Chamber on Tap. “He’s been a host for us for many of the events so we are happy to be able to support him as a chamber mem-

ber and a 10-year business member in our community.” Assure’s menu of services has grown to include everything from drug and alcohol testing and substance abuse assessments to policy development, including cannabis use in the workplace. Lloydminster deputy mayor Glenn Fagnan, who read out a complete list, says Rokochy’s success is no small feat given a lot of their business is oil and transportation-related. “So he’s done extremely well pulling through these difficult times,” said Fagnan. “His extensive product line allows him many different opportunities to bring revenue in from many different streams—the ability to go out to sites is a big plus for him as well.” CONTINUED ON PAGE 14

Thursday, August 15, 2019

It’s never too late to chase a dream

Geoff Lee Meridian Source

Val Hoveland talked about her journey from being unemployed and caring for her husband Brian at home to graduating from Lakeland College this year at age 64 and landing a job as a health care aide with Bea Fisher. FROM PAGE 6

“It’s kind of a limited field, especially in Lloydminster because there are only so many places you can work at,” she said. Hoveland says she was able to project her passion for what she does in her job interview with Bea Fisher. “I like taking care of people,” she said.

“I’ve been doing that for a long time with my husband and then I worked in nursing homes during the practicums and found that I really enjoyed taking care of people.” Prior to Lakeland, Hoveland worked at Tim Hortons for about five years followed by a job at ET Enterprise Laundry for a year

and a half when Brian went on long-term disability. “There was a couple years when I just took care of a sick husband,” said Hoveland. Brian is optimistic he can eventually go back to work sometime after his next operation and with his wife’s TLC. “She’s a good help, she’s great,” he said.



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Leeway from Lloyd: Heritage Day in our future STAFF WRITER GEOFF LEE

What will Heritage Day in Lloydminster look like in 40 years? Your guess is as good as mine so I will toss my outlook out there. The most recent version focused on the lifestyles of Barr Colonists who settled in Lloyd, but 40 years from now visitors to the Lloydminster Cultural and Science Centre might be treated to a look back to life in Lloyd in 2019. There might even be an exhibit of this column on display so kids can ask their parents what a newspaper was for and why they had columnists like me? Did these guys get paid for

writing this stuff and could there be another pressing question about the olden days of 2019 communication. If they don’t have parents, they could check with their android guardian programmed to know everything about old journalism. People planning on attending the event in the future will likely check first with the climate change channel to determine when one of those scary smoke dome things is in the forecast. Daddy, why was the sky still blue in 2019 could be another question on the lips of kids 40 years yonder given the perennial smoke in the air from forest fires. This could be followed by questions about what camping was all about. As for lunch at Heritage Day

in 40 years’ time, families will be munching on fresh plasticbased food while laughing at exhibits of plant-based stuff folks ate in 2019. No doubt Heritage Day in the future will have a hilarious look back at the history channel of 2019 when people actually believed aliens built the pyramids. They should get a laugh learning folks in 2019 swore the U.S. Air Force had alien bodies on ice in some top-secret refrigerators or something like that. The sad part is 40 years from now, 2019 will be the good old days. Maybe it’s better to live in the past although I don’t know if I could churn butter like the Barr Colonists did. It’s a lot easier to get it on sale at Walmart in 2019 for under a buck. I guess living in the present isn’t so bad.



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CALENDAR OF EVENTS The Meridian Source Calendar of Events is a free service provided for non-profit organizations located within our coverage area. All events are in chronological order, as space permits and at the editor’s discretion.

EVERY TUESDAY — VOLLEYBALL Drop in volleyball from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Takes place at the Servus Sports Centre and everyone is welcome, non-competitive and no experience is necessary. Come for fun and exercise and meet some great people. EVERY FOURTH TUESDAY OF EACH MONTH There is a Parkinson Disease Support Group every fourth Tuesday of the month at Southridge Community Church from 2-4 p.m. put on by the Parkinson Association of Alberta. EVERY TUESDAY — ADAPTED YOGA From 10 – 11 a.m. at the Community Service Centre. For more information please contact Ann-Dee at 780-871-0513. EVERY TUESDAY & FRIDAY — FARMER’S MARKET Downtown Farmer’s Market at the Fred North Community Centre (5002 - 51 Avenue, Lloydminster) from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Tues) 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. (Fri) We’re on Facebook. EVERY THURSDAY – FARMER’S MARKET The Border City Farmer’s M a r ke t t a k e s p lac e every Thursday at the Servus Sports Centre (5202-12 st.) from 12-6 p.m. EVERY TUESDAY AND THURSDAY – LABIS WALKING PROGRAM Brain injury survivors are invited to join the Lloydminster and Area Brain Injury Society (LABIS) Walking Program on Tues-

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days from 1 to 2:30 p.m. and Thursdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Servus Sports Centre. It is free of charge. For more info please call 306-825-7212. PLAYSCHOOL PREREGISTRATION Southridge Playschool is open for preregistration for the 2019-2020 school year. We offer a structured, play based program for your 3-5 year old to learn & grow. For more information or to tour the facility, please call Mrs. P at 780-871-2345. We are located at 6310-50 Ave. WORLD WAR WOMEN From June 29 until Sept. 20 the Lloydminster Cultural and Science Centre is pleased to present their stories in the special exhibition, World War Women. Divided into four thematic zones, World War Women uses artifacts, images, audiovisuals and archival materials to delve into the personal stories of Canadian women during the World Wars. Visitors will meet women from volunteer organizations, wartime workplaces and branches of the military — such as Joan Arnoldi and Mary Plummer, who founded the Canadian Field Comforts Commission; Ada Sylvester, who worked at the Canadian Car and Foundry plant in present-day Thunder Bay, Ontario; and photographer Lorna Stanger of the Women’s Royal Canadian Naval Service. The exhibition also includes the stories of some of the more than 100,000 grieving wives, mothers and sisters who lost loved ones during the wars. Together, these stories paint a picture of how women’s lives and social roles were transformed in wartime. Their

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experiences forged a new understanding of women’s capabilities, both within society and within themselves. AUG. 15 – WHIST TOURNEY The Legacy Centre is hosting a Whist Tournament on Thursday, Aug. 15. Play begins at 10 a.m. and the cost to play is $10 and $10 for lunch. Everyone welcome! Call Legacy Centre for more info at 780875-4584. AUG. 16 – CHARITY BBQ On Aug. 16, Border City Furniture, 4817 50 Avenue, will be hosting a Charity BBQ from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. with 100 per cent of the proceeds going to The Lloydminster Citizens on Patrol, whose member’s are concerned citizens who want to make their community a better and safer place for all by their willingness to aid and support the RCMP in reducing c rime in o u r c ommu nity. We are proud to provide hamburgers, smokies, beverages and even RIBS ON A BUN! Cost is purely by donation, so please give generously to help such a great organization! AUG. 17-18 – LORI CRAVEN MEMORIAL BALL TOURNEY The 18th Annual Lori Craven Memorial Ball Tournament is being hosted Saturday and Sunday, August 17 and 18. Introductions of recipients take place Sunday at noon. Come down to the Legion ball diamonds and take in the silent auction, live auction, draws, food, beer gardens and a whole lot of compassion. All money raised is given to commu-

nity families in need. AUG. 17 – CHUCKWAGON CABARET Brought to you by the Border Tribal Council, the Roots and Boots Chuckwagon Cabaret will he held at the Stockade Convention Centre on Aug. 17 with music from Aaron Tippin, Sammy Kershaw, Colin Raye with special guest The Dirt Rich Band. Tickets: $45 in advance, $55 at the door. Available Lloyd Ex office, Lammle’s, and online. AUG. 21 – PUBNITE Pubnite at the Legacy Centre is being hosted on Wednesday, Aug. 21. Doors open and dancin’ at 5 p.m. and supper served at 6 p.m. then more dancin’ to the tunes of Memory Lane. Admission is $15/person at the door. All Members and guests Welcome! For more info phone Legacy office at 780-875-4584. AUG. 22 – CRIBBAGE TOURNEY The Legacy Centre is hosting a Cribbage Tournament on Thursday, Aug. 22. Play begins at 10 a.m. and the cost to play is $10 and $10 for lunch. Everyone welcome! Call Legacy Centre for more info at 780-8754584. AUG. 24 – GATHERING OF THE CLANS The second annual Flagstaff Scottlish Club’s Gathering of the Clans is being held at the Wild Rose Co-op Rec Centre in Sedgewick from 10 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. on Aug. 24. For more information and tickets visit the Flagstaff Scottish Club on Facebook.

HEALTHCARE AUXILIARY SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINE The Lloydminster Healthcare Auxiliary is offering a $600 Joan Bellward Scholarship to a Grade 12 graduate accepted into a degree nursing program, as well as a $600 Healthcare Bursary to a Grade 12 graduate accepted into health-care related fields. Applicants must reside in Lloydminster and district. Applications are available from your high school counsellor or from Wilma Bodnard at 780-875-4936. Applications are due on Aug. 20. LLOYDMINSTER LEARNING COUNCIL Books for Babies, Program for Moms, Dads and/or caregivers & babies (newborn to 1 year) 4 weeks - Mondays Sept 30-Oct 28 (No class Oct 14), 10:30-11:30 a.m. OR Thursdays Oct 31-Nov 28 (No class Nov 14) 10 - 11 a.m. OR Tuesdays, Feb 4-Mar 3, 2020 (No class Feb 18) 10 - 11 a.m. Fee: No charge, Call 780-875-5763 to register. Registration Night for English Language Programs, Monday Sept. 16, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Community Services Building, Workshop Room, 4419 - 52 Ave. Fee: No Charge, Call 780875-5763 for any questions. English Language Classes being offered: Beginner, Advanced, Intermediate, 10 weeks, Tuesdays & Thursdays, Sept. 24 - Nov. 28, 7 - 9 p.m., Fee: No Charge, Call 780-8755763 to register. English Language Classes for Women, 10 weeks, Wednesdays, Sept. 25 - Nov. 27, 1 - 3 p.m., Learn day to day conversational English, pronunciation, reading and writing for everyday activities (work, doctor appointments, children’s school), Fee: No Charge, Call 780-875-5763 to register.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Come out and celebrate multicultural Lloyd FROM PAGE 7

“From the Caribbean, we’re going to have a truck with speakers.” While the parade is going on there will be some steel pans (drums) playing in the park to keep the atmosphere going. Cambridge says when the parade arrives each country represented is going to be doing ‘a little something’ culture-wise followed by music up to 9 p.m. on the opening day. “We have local entertainers as well,” said Cambridge. There will also be a beer garden inside the Lakeland College Cafeteria from 3-11 p.m. on the opening day with DJ entertainment starting at 8 p.m.

Lloydfest will carry on in the park on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cambridge invites everyone to come dressed both days in traditional wear and win a prize.

We expect to have food from the Philippines, Trinidad, Jamaica, China, Mexico, Chile— First Nations with bannock and traditional hotdogs.

Students from Holy Rosary High School have made 65 festival masks that will be handed out to kids. “They appreciated

the opportunity to add their personal touches to make them and hope that they are enjoyed,” said Cambridge. The masks are all part of a family fun package of activities including bouncy castles. Ethnic food will also be for sale along with crafts from various vendors. “We expect to have food from the Philippines, Trinidad, Jamaica, China, Mexico, Chile—First Nations with bannock and traditional hotdogs,” said Cambridge. Lloydfest is well supported by corporate sponsors. “It’s going to be great,” said Cambridge, who planned it over two days in order to meet federal government guidelines for a grant next year.





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A cause for celebration

Geoff Lee Meridian Source

Lloydminster deputy mayor Glenn Fagnan congratulated Assure Occupational Testing on behalf of the city for marking their 10th year of business downtown with a ribbon-cutting and customer appreciation barbecue last Thursday. FROM PAGE 8

Rokochy credits his clients and customers for keeping him in business through some tough economic times. “We feel really blessed to weather 10 years, especially the difficult years of 2015 and into ‘16. We are very grateful to clients who have stuck with us.”

He says that made it important to put on the barbecue. “It’s our way to say thank you to our clients, the community of Lloydminster, to the downtown community,” said Rokochy. H e no te s Assu r e i s also extending their anniversary celebration by presenting a $1,000 cheque each month to local chari-

ties picked by himself and staff. One of Rokochy’s personal picks was the Thorpe Centre that was presented with a cheque on Aug. 14. “I worked at Thorpe for seven years prior to all of this, so it’s got a special place in my heart. They do so much helping families dealing with addictions,” said Rokochy. He went on to say their paths cross in a few different ways with occupational testing. “When we have a client who has an employee who fails a drug and alcohol test, the next thing the company does is send that employee for a substance abuse assessment,” said Rokochy. He says the company would come up with a return to work plan for the employee that could include a stay at Thorpe.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Exchange teen thanks Rotary

Geoff Lee Meridian Source

Rotary Club of Lloydminster member Charlene Rowein, left, COO of Lloydminster Interval Home, thanked Rotary Youth Exchange student Abigail Jurgens for reporting on her year in Japan. The former Holy Rosary High School student will attend Grade 11 in Hinton where her family has moved. GEOFF LEE


.................................. Abigail Jurgens gained a year of experience in Japan as a Rotary Youth Exchange program student and a new home in Alberta upon her return. The 17-year-old teen shared some of her adventures with five host families in Japan at

this week’s Rotary Club of Lloydminster that sponsored her trip. It could be her last visit to Lloyd for a while since her family relocated to Hinton while she was in Japan with the transfer of her RCMP father. “Today, I look forward to telling you about my year away,” said Abigail.

“It was just an extraordinary experience; it was over like that and I am so thankful and grateful to Rotary for sponsoring me and sending me to Japan.” She said it was a year of firsts for her while attending a school in Japan in a Grade 10 class. CONTINUED ON PAGE 16





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“I just made so many new friends. It was great to go to so many homes and see how different people live,” she said. Learning the language was her biggest challenge. “It’s just so different

from English,” she said. “When I first got to Japan I wasn’t able to speak a single word.” There were eight other Rotary exchange students who met once a month and were tasked with making a speech in Japanese. “It was nerve-wrack-

ing,” she said. Abigail says one the best moments for her came when she realized she could “kind of understand” what others were saying as time went on.

It was just an extraordinary experience; it was over like that and I am so thankful and grateful to Rotary for sponsoring me and sending me to Japan. I would say it’s such a great experience unlike anything else you’ll be able to do.

She says when she got the chance to talk about Canada she spoke about our diversity and about Tim Hortons in keeping with her love for food. “ I to l d th e m abo u t the double-double,” she said. She says her experience started two years ago in Lloyd when she applied through Rotary. Abigail recommends the youth exchange to anyone even though she forfeits her Grade 11 year at Holy Rosary High School. “I would say it’s such a great experience unlike anything else you’ll be able to do,” she said. “You just get to connect with people all over the world—I think they should definitely do it.” Abigail says she also learned a lot about herself, especially how to be more independent, more assertive and confident in voicing her thoughts. As for what’s next she said, “I am not currently sure but I know I want to go to university and maybe go back to Asia.”

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Learning from our mistakes PRAIRIE WOOL HELEN ROW TOEWS

Lately, exercise sessions on my treadmill have be c o me o p p or tunities to visit far off places on YouTube. These recordings, taken by someone on a drive or walk in Europe, have given me the ability to escape each morning on an exotic trip: rambling through the Cotswolds of England where time has stood still for 300 years, and clusters of honey-coloured, stone cottages nestle between the softly rolling hills. Or I stroll through les anciens villages Français and down Medieval cobblestone lanes as the cicadas sing their timeless song in the nearby plane trees.

Happily, I imagine I’m there rather than trudging endlessly on my machine, going nowhere fast. Only last summer we visited several of these places, and not a day goes by that I don’t think of them. Inevitably though, I’ve made some blunders. Mostly ones that cause us to walk further, take a wrong bus, or suffer acute embarrassment, but I always learn something, and that’s what counts. In Munich last summer I had us exit our hotel in order to catch a Tuesday flight that didn’t leave till Wednesday. Aliyah was up at five

(no mean feat). We packed, tidied the room and marched downstairs with heavy packs only to find I was a day early. Tom was philosophical about it as we returned to our room – Aliyah levelled a baleful glare at me for much of that day. I’ve learned that sometimes spending a little extra cash for a slightly upscale bus excursion can be money well spent, as noted during the blazing July heat in Paris when we slid back and forth in an unpleasant pool of our own sweat on the cheap plastic seats of a bargain tour.  I’ve learned that saving $15 by gobbling cheap sandwiches on the street, near St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, is no savings if your husband spies a top-end men’s wear

shop across the road and nips over to spend the next hour buying $80 shoes. I learned where an old, well-known expletive must come from. CONTINUED ON PAGE 18





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Sanitary Main replacement partially closes 45 Ave CITY OF LLOYDMINSTER


The City of Lloydminster, in conjunction with Rusway Construction Ltd., will complete a sanitary main

replacement along 45 Avenue from 46 Street to 44 St. The project is scheduled for, Aug. 13 to Aug. 30, between the hours of 6 a.m. and 6 p.m.,

weather permitting. Motorists and pedestrians are advised to follow the marked detour signage along 47 St., 46 Avenue and 44 Street (Highway

File Photo 16), and to drive courteously when passing construction crews.

For up-to-date information, visit or

the city’s social media channels on Twitter and Facebook.


for the best. “HOLY TOLEDO!” Tom yelled with a broad grin once it had passed. Tom learned that adding a fake accent, according to each country and language spoken, to the English words we speak, is not always appropriate or appreciated when he al te re d the stand ard terminology for what he wanted, and ordered an, “El Whoppo,” in a Spanish Burger King.  I found that dragging a protesting Aliyah onto a random bus

in Edinburgh, simply because we were tired and it was “going our way” was not the smartest choice when we ended up dockside on the shores of the North Sea. My reassurance of, “Calm down. It has to turn around and go back some time,” fell on angry ears because of course, it didn’t. Ah well, we learn from our mistakes right? And I’ve made enough to fill a book ... Follow Helen at

Painstakingly, in 40-degree heat, we ascended narrow streets of Toledo, the former capital of Spain as, from around a hidden curve ahead, a van transporting several swarthy men and a swaying load of cured hams, hurtled toward us. We flattened ourselves against a wall, and as the tires crunched only inches past our toes, we closed our eyes and hoped

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Last week in the field The majority of crop damage this week was from strong winds, hail, localized flooding, insects and a lack



Harvest operations have already begun in some parts of the province, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s weekly Crop Report. As crops continue to mature in the next few weeks, most producers will begin to harvest. Some crops are oneto-two weeks behind in development and this may be of concern depending on weather during harvest. Scattered rainfall covered parts of the province this week with some storms bringing hail.  The moisture has

Provincially, topsoil moisture on cropland is rated as one per cent surplus, 60 per cent adequate, 36 per cent short and three per cent very short.

helped later-seeded crops fill and replenish topsoil moisture. Rainfall ranged from trace amounts to 94 mm in the Porcupine Plain area. Provincially, topsoil moisture on cropland

is rated as one per cent surplus, 60 per cent adequate, 36 per c e nt s h o rt a nd t h re e per cent very short. Topsoil moisture on hay land and pasture is rated as one per cent surplus, 48 per cent adequate, 41 per cent short and 10 per cent very short. Across the province, pasture conditions are rated as four per cent excellent, 28 per cent good, 45 per cent fair, 19 per cent poor and four per cent very poor.  Additional rainfall would be beneficial for the pastures as they mature before harvest.

of moisture. There are reports of ascochyta blight causing significant damage in chickpea crops in


the southern regions. Producers are haying, hauling bales and getting ready for harvest.



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Driving Canada’s canola access



The joint investment of federal government and industry to support market access and development is critical to building canola’s value and growth potential for the future,

said Canola Council of Canada (CCC) president Jim Everson. Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau announced on July 11 from a farm near Airdrie, Alta. The federal government investment

of up to $3.8 million will allow the CCC to make progress on two of the canola industry’s Keep it Coming 2025 strategic priorities: differentiated value in the marketplace, and stable and open trade. It is being made

through Agricultural and Agri-Food Canada’s AgriMarketing Program, under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership. When combined with contributions from the canola industry, more than $7.6 million will be invested over the next three years. This initiative includes contributions from the Canadian Canola Growers Association on a brand development program aimed at building awareness and demand for canola oil and meal in emerging markets. “The continued partnership of the federal government alongside industry is great news for the entire canola value chain,” said Everson. “Now more than ever, we need to invest and work together to create a positive trade environment and

opportunities to diversify markets.” More than 90 per cent of Canadian canola is exported as seed, oil or meal.

Now more than ever, we need to invest and work together to create a positive trade environment and opportunities to diversify markets.

This funding will help the industry to maintain and grow access to international markets, as well as build the reputation of canola around the world through activities such as: - Working with technical experts to have canola’s world-leading sustainability practices

recognized so it can be freely used for biofuel in the U.S. and the EU. - Building relations with our customers in Asian markets and their governments so that we address regulatory differences and concerns before they become market access issues that harm the industry. - Conducting inmarket research about our customers so that we’re strategic in how we maintain the canola brand and grow our reputation. - Proactively working to ensure our canola meets the requirements of our export customers – such as our efforts through the Keep it Clean program. Efforts will be focused on established and e me rging global markets including the U.S., China, Mexico, Japan, the European Union, South Korea, Vietnam and Thailand.

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Research team awarded to improve ag through science MERIDIAN SOURCE STAFF


Wheat, lentils and livestock will be the focus of a $24.2-million investment over four years by Genome Canada and its partners in three University of Saskatchewanled research projects aimed at ensuring Canada remains at the cutting-edge of these agricultural markets. “The agricultural sector is critical to Canada’s economic growth and to improving food security, both at home and abroad,” said USask Vice-President Research Karen Chad. “Working with our many academic, government and industry partners, this leading-edge genomics research in our rapidly growing biosciences cluster will help crop and livestock producers address key challenges and opportu-

nities, advancing our goal to be the university the world needs.” More than half the funding—about $14.22 million—comes from co-funders such as the Saskatchewan government, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), the Western Grains Research Foundation, Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission, the Alberta government, Alberta Wheat Commission, Saskatchewan Pulse Growers, USask, and partners in the beef industry. The three USask-led projects, administered by Genome Prairie, are part of a $76.7-million investment, including p artner funding , in eight new projects across the country announced July 23 by Canada’s Science and Sport Minister Kirsty Duncan to advance sustainability and productivity of Canadian

agriculture, agri-food and fisheries. “The idea for this project comes from an increasing need to ensure the safe use of antimicrobials as the world faces the growing global threat of antimicrobial resistance,” said Cheryl Waldner, USask professor of large animal clinical sciences Waldner. “Disease-causing bacteria are increasingly able to resist the antibiotics used to treat them, and the agriculture industry is being called upon to improve antibiotic stewardship in livestock.” Integrating genomic technology (such as hand-held devices to sequence samples) into diagnostic strategies will revolutionize livestock production, she said. The research team will work closely with beef industry partners, including feed-

lots and veterinarians, to ensure that the diagnostic testing methods are optimized. Genome Prairie is also the lead centre for a project awarded $1.1 million over three years from the Genomic Applications Partnership Program, and with co-funder support, the project will total $4.4 million. Led by University

of Manitoba scientist Vince Palace, the project at the International Institute for Sustainable Development – Experimental Lakes Area addresses cleaning oil spills in sensitive freshwater ecosystems using non-invasive tools. “Congratulations to the research teams at the University of Saskatchewan and IISD

Experimental Lakes Area for their diligent e f f orts w orking w ith Genome Prairie to develop first-in-class projects,” said Genome Prairie President and CEO Reno Pontarollo. “We look forward to working closely with these researchers to help achieve the best possible benefits for the Prairie provinces, Canada and the world.”



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Making sure your voice is heard



Albertans can now participate in an online survey to help shape the future of farm workplace legislation. Farm and raches are different than other employers in Alberta. Recognizing that previous farm workplace legislation changes

were passed with limited public input and in the face of strong opposition from farmers, the Alberta Government has introduced a new proposed Farm Freedom and Safety Act after a period of extensive consultation. “Alberta farmers need common-sense rules that promote

farm safety – not process, not red tape. We’re going to build legislation that works for our agriculture sector and I plan to meet with farmers this summer to develop that,” said Minister and Agriculture and Forestry Devin Dreeshen. “Minister Dreeshen will undertake a con-

sultation tour this summer, meeting with

farmers, ranchers and organizations across

the province. CONTINUED ON PAGE 26

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Sask welcomes Pacific Northwest economic region MERIDIAN SOURCE STAFF


The Government of Saskatchewan is proud to welcome delegates to the 29th Pacific NorthWest Economic Region (PNWER) Annual Summit in Saskatoon in late July. PNWER is a nonpartisan, private/public non-profit organization created to advance the common interests of its 10-member jurisdictions, which include Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Alaska from the United States and Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, Yukon and the Northwest Territories from Canada. The annual summit is PNWER’s biggest networking event, bringing together private and public sector leaders from the region to address issues impacting the regional cross-border economy. “Hosting leaders from PNWER is a great

opportunity to showcase Saskatchewan’s competitive business climate and diverse resource sectors, advance our shared interests and to continue to build strong relationships with our partners,” Premier Scott Moe said.

The United States is one of Saskatchewan’s biggest trading partners, and PNWER’s work on trade is critical to our province’s economic success.

“The United States is one of Saskatchewan’s biggest trading partners, and PNWER’s work on trade is critical to our province’s economic success.” “Many of PNWER’s current initiatives, such as its work on energy

and the United StatesMexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), align with Saskatchewan’s goals and priorities,” Cutknife-Turtleford MLA and PNWER President Larry Doke said. “Saskatchewan is proud to be a member of PNWER and to host the summit this year.” Leaders at the summit will discuss topics such as the USMCA, Indigenous economic development in the Northwest, climate policy, energy innovation and resilience, water policy, invasive species and advances in agriculture technology and livestock health planning. The province joined PNWER in 2008 and first hosted the annual summit in Saskatoon in 2012. The conference will bring together over 400 provincial and state legislators and private sector representatives.

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“I appreciate that Minister Dreeshen is seeking feedback from the farm and ranch community in advance of tabling a new farm safety act. We all value farm safety and employee protection, but recognize we are a unique work envi-

ronment with unique requirements,” said Alberta farmer Allison Ammeter. “I appreciate our collective voice will be heard by the government while crafting this bill.” In response to initial discussions with agriculture organizations, the government will

seek input on: - recognizing that a farm is unlike other businesses, and that farmers and ranchers require flexibility in meeting workplace standards - requiring employers to have workplace insurance but allowing a choice of market insurance or the Work-

File Photo ers’ Compensation Board, if basic coverage standards are met - exempting small farms from employment standards legislation, similar to New Brunswick - promoting education and best practices

to improve farm safety - minimizing red tape and reducing the regulatory burden on farmers and ranchers, while still ensuring basic safety standards. The online survey is open until Aug. 31 and Minister Dreeshen has

already met with key industry leaders and will be at events across the province throughout the summer seeking input from Alberta’s farmers and ranchers. The online survey can be found at https://

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Feast on the Farm nearly sold out the harvest season at Feast on the Farm,” said Dr. Alice Wainwright-Stewart, president and CEO of Lakeland College. “We’re grateful to have their support and look forward to sharing how they contribute to our students’ success.” Feast on the Farm 2019 will include a performance by The



Tickets for Lakeland College’s fourth annual Feast on the Farm are

selling fast. With 75 per cent of the tickets sold, time is running out for anyone interested in attending

the outdoor event on Thursday, Aug. 15. “We’re thrilled with the community’s eagerness to celebrate

Dirt Rich Band, a delicious meal outdoors, cash bar and several surprises throughout the evening for guests. Attendees will have the opportunity to try their luck with the Luxury Raffle, which features five prizes: • His and hers Citizen Eco-Drive watches (donated by Richardson’s Jewellery)

• Year-long family gym membership (donated by Lakeland College Recreation) • Flowers for a year (donated by Rural Roots) • Brewery tour with party bus transportation for 10 (donated by Ribstone Creek Brewery and Len’s Party Bus) CONTINUED ON PAGE 30



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Downpours more frequent with global warming


.................................. The frequency of downpours of heavy rain—which can lead to flash floods, devastation, and outbreaks of waterborne disease— has increased across the globe in the past 50 years, research led by the Global Institute for Water Security at the University of Saskatchewan (USask) has found. The number of extreme downpours increased steadily between 1964 and 2013—a period when global warming also intensified, according to research published in the journal Water Resources Research. The frequency of ‘extreme precipitation events’ increased in parts of Canada, most of Europe, the Midwest and northeast region of the U.S., northern Australia, western Russia and parts of China, (see maps and graphics).

“By introducing a new approach to analyzing extremes, using thousands of rain records, we reveal a clear increase in the frequency of extreme rain events over the recent 50 years when global warming accelerated,” said Simon Papalexiou, a hydro-climatologist in USask’s College of Engineering, and an expert in hydroclimatic extremes and random processes. Papalexiou, who led the research, added: “This upward trend is highly unlikely to be explained by natural climatic variability. The probability of this happening is less than 0.3 per cent under the model assumptions used.” The USask study of over 8,700 daily rain records from 100,000 stations monitoring rain worldwide found the frequency of torrential rain between 1964 and 2013 increased as the decades progressed. Between 2004 and

2013, there were seven per cent more extreme bouts of heavy rain overall than expected globally. In Europe and Asia, there were 8.6 per cent more ‘extreme rain events’ overall, during this decade. Global warming can lead to increased precipitation because more heat in the atmosphere leads to more atmospheric water which, in turn, leads to rain.   Torrents of rain not only lead to flooding but can threaten public health, overwhelming sewage treatment plants and increasing microbial contaminants of water. More than half a million deaths were caused by rain-induced floods between 1980 and 2009.  Heavy rain can also cause landslides, damage crops, collapse buildings and bridges, wreck homes, and lead to chaos on roads and to transport, with huge financial losses. CONTINUED ON PAGE 31

Feast on the Farm a don’t-miss FROM PAGE 27

• Private shopping party with a hairstyle makeover for 12 (donated by Elevation and Simple Pleasures) Tickets for the Luxury Raffle are $50 and can only be purchased at Feast on the Farm. Feast on the Farm

2019 also marks the kick off to the Student-Managed Farm – Powered by New Holland ’s 30 th a nni ve rsary celebrations. Lakeland will mark its anniversary throughout the year at annual events such as Band in the Sand, Open House, Little Royal and Homecoming 2020.

Tickets for Feast on the Farm are $100 each and can be purchased by contacting Lakeland’s Event Services team at 780.871.5413 or online at Proceeds raised from Feast on the Farm support and enhance student leadership opportunities.

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Alternatives to using antibiotics on the farm MERIDIAN SOURCE STAFF


Antibiotics are routinely used in agriculture to prevent and treat infection.

We are building on many years of groundbreaking genomics research enabled by Genome Canada, Genome B.C. and other partners.

However, past practice of antibiotics use has caused some bacterial resistance, to certain drugs, that has seen a rise in antimicrobial resistance. In fact, the World Health Organization has identified anti-


Co-author Alberto Montanari, professor of hydraulic works and hydrology at the University of Bologna and president of the European Geoscience Union, said “Our results are in line with the assumption that the atmosphere retains more water under global warming. “The fact that the frequency, rather the magnitude, of extreme precipitation is significantly increasing has relevant implications for climate adaptation. Human systems need to increase their capability to react to frequent shocks.” The researchers screened data for quality and consistency, selecting the most robust and complete records from the 100,000 stations worldwide monitoring precipitation. Regions in South America and Africa were excluded from the study, as records for the study period were not complete or robust. Papalexiou said planning for more fre-

microbial resistance as one of the top 10 greatest and most urgent global risks. Antimicrobial resistance is driven not only by the overuse of antibiotics in people, but also in animals, especially those used for food production. A $6.9 million research project, funded by Genome Canada and Genome British Columbia, aims to use genomic tools to develop alternatives to antibiotics using antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) — naturally occurring proteins produced by various animals and plant species. There is evidence that AMPs are an effective alternative to conventional antibiotics and, potentially, bacteria are less likely to develop resistance.

quent ‘extreme’ rain should be a priority for governments, local authorities and emergency services. “If global warming progresses as climate model projections predict, we had better plan strategies for dealing with frequent heavy rain right now,” said Papalexiou. “Our study of records from around the globe shows that potentially devastating bouts of extreme rain are increasing decade by decade. “We know that rainfall-induced floods can devastate communities, and that there are implications of increasing bouts of heavy rain for public health, agriculture, farmers’ livelihoods, the fishing industry and insurance, to name but a few.”         The research was funded by the USaskled Global Water Futures program and an Italian government grant to the University o f B o l o g n a ’ s d e p a rt ment of civil, chemical, environmental and material engineering.

Dr. Inanc Birol, a scientist at Canada’s Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre and a professor at the Department of Medical Genetics, University of British Columbia (UBC) will use this funding to scale up previous proof-of-concept work funded through Genome BC’s Sector Innovation Program.

“We are building on many years of groundbreaking genomi c s re s e a rc h e na b l e d by Genome Canada, Genome BC and other partners,” says Dr. Birol. His work has already identified new AMPs that are effective against a range of bacteria while demonstrating a computational approach that

was faster and more effective at isolating new AMPs. Typically, discovering AMPs from natural sources has used methods that are timeconsuming, expensive, and labour intensive. Dr. Birol and his team aim to identify 10 effective and safe AMPs that will be tested in chicken eggs for protection from major infec-

tious diseases. The team will also conduct an in-depth analysis of the economic, ethical, and regulatory issues related to using AMPs in agriculture, and will assess the opinions of stakeholders from the farming and food industries as well as the general public. CONTINUED ON PAGE 33



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Investing in the future of Canadian beef MERIDIAN SOURCE STAFF


Earlier in July, MarieClaude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, attended the Calgary Stampede where she announced an investment of $8.3 million for six projects that will help support Canada’s world-class beef industry. The investments will help producers become more competitive and provide them with the tools they need to remain sustainable and innovative. “Our Government is proud to be working with industry to ensure Canada’s beef sector remains a strong driver of our nation’s prosperity and continues creating good jobs for our middle class,” said Minister Bibeau. “This investment will help grow markets, increase public trust in beef products, and har-


“Antimicrobial resistance threatens to send us back to a time when even the simplest of infections could be lethal,” says Dr. Catalina Lopez-Correa, Chief Scientific Officer and Vice President, Sectors at Genome BC. “AMPs have strong potential to reduce or even replace the use of conventional antibiotics in the agricultural sector, maintaining economic produc-

ness the full power of the Canada beef brand here and around the world.”

Through these projects, organizations such as the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association and Canada Beef will develop and strengthen international market opportunities for their high quality products, bolster Canada’s global beef brand, and ensure the highest standards

in animal welfare and sustainability are maintained. “By diversifying Canadian trade and encouraging innovation in the beef industry, we continue to promote Canada as world leaders in cattle production and to create new opportunities for the agriculture industry to grow the economy,” said Minister of International Trade Diversification Jim Carr. The largest portion of this investment, $5.3 million, is going towards Canada Beef to grow beef sales in important international markets, by expanding programs with retail partners and increase foreign consumer confidence in Canadian beef. “Canada Beef is pleased to partner with the Government of Canada through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership program to fund

tivity, while benefiting both animal and human health.” B.C. researchers will co-lead two additional projects announced by Genome Canada. One project co-led by Drs. Amro Zayed, York University and Leonard Foster, UBC, will use ‘omic’ tools to develop a new health assessment and diagnosis platform to identify causes affecting the declining health of honeybees. The other, co-led by Drs Paul Stothard,

University of Alberta, Ronaldo Cerri, Director, UBC Dairy Education and Research Centre, Christine Baes, University of Guelph and MarcAndré Sirard, Université Laval, aims to use genomic tools to develop new datasets and genomic tools in order to develop a more ‘resilient’ cow — one that can adapt to changing environmental conditions, without compromising its productivity, health or fertility.

This investment will help grow markets, increase public trust in beef products, and harness the full power of the Canada beef brand here and around the world.

and deliver important international Canadian beef market development programs that will help ensure the continued growth and success of the Canadian beef industry,” said Canada Beef president Michael Young. “Canada Beef shares the Government’s vision for significant growth in agricultural exports over the next five years.

International markets add over $600 per head in additional value to the beef animal and helps the beef industry to be a significant driver for economic growth.” This funding will help the Canadian beef sector further capitalize on the trade agreement the Government of Canada has advanced with Europe, the Asia-Pacific,

and North America. This also includes an investment of $1.7 million to the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association to offer producers new tools to build public trust in their product around the world. This funding will help all producers take full advantage of the Verified Beef Production Plus Program.




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Feds support Alberta agriculture sector MERIDIAN SOURCE STAFF


Bolstering innovation in Western Canada’s agriculture sector promotes enhanced production and global competitiveness. On Tuesday, the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD), announced over $1.9 million in Regional Innovation Ecosystems (RIE) funding towards Olds College to bolster Alberta’s agriculture industry. Earlier this summer an announcement was made that federal funding would also be assisting Lakeland College to support high-tech research and advancements in agriculture. An investment of $1,931,843 will sup-

port Phase Two of the Olds College Smart Farm (OCSF), a living lab for the development, testing, validation, and scale-up of agricultural technologies. Federal funding will help OCSF buy and install agricultural equipment and advanced sensor technologies, as well as recruit agricultural and technical specialists to direct Smart Farm activities and use of data. The equipment and technologies will generate information and data to benefit farm operations, support research, and provide high tech, hands-on learning for faculty and students. The investment in the Olds College Smart Farm is anticipated to create 20 jobs, generate $2.5 million in business research and development (BERD), and assist agriculture

companies to achieve $90 million in revenue growth and $27 million in export sales growth. “The Government of Canada recognizes agriculture as a source of well-paying jobs and ground-breaking research,” said Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minist er r esponsible f or Western Economic Diversification Canada Navdeep Bains. “Through these investments in Olds College, agriculture producers across Western Canada will be better equipped to address increasing consumer demands by harnessing new technologies and innovations.” Olds College is also receiving $10,000 to host the 2019 AgSmart event, which brings together technology providers with farmers, students, and academics to learn more

File Photo about how technology and data applications increase productivity and profits, while reducing environmental impact. AgSmart takes place from August 13-14. “The government is investing in the future of farming and the adoption of new tech-

nologies and processes in order to stay at the forefront of technological change,” said Minister Natural Resources Amarjeet Sohi. “By investing in Canadian agricultural innovation, we are helping the sector gain the competitive edge it needs to continue to

thrive at home and in global markets.” The RIE program stream builds on the Innovation and Skills Plan, our path forward to help make Canada a world-leading centre for innovation that creates well-paying jobs and grows the middle class.

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New attractions brewing at Open Farm Days MERIDIAN SOURCE STAFF


Albertans are encouraged to mark Aug. 17-18 on their calendars to experience this year’s Alberta Open Farm Days lineup, including an exclusive craft beer.

It’s also a great way to buy local and support our rural economy and agriculture sector, with fun events for the whole family.

People can visit more than 150 host farms across the province for open houses, tours and an opportunity to buy locally grown and homemade products. “Open Farm Days is a fantastic event that gives Albertans a chance to get to know neighbours and learn where our food comes

fro m ,” said Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Tourism Tanya Fir. “It’s also a great way to buy local and support our rural economy and agriculture sector, with fun events for the whole family.” Culinary farm-to-fork events that highlight local ingredients have been popular at Open Farm Days. This year, six Alberta breweries have developed a craft beer featuring four Albertagrown products. The Open Farm Days cream ale showcases Alberta-grown wheat, oats, corn and haskap berries. The ale is available n o w at p artic ip atin g breweries and select restaurants. “Alberta has some of the world’s best farmers, food producers and processors,” said Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Devin

Dreeshen. “Now is a great time to step up and show support for Alberta’s agriculture industry. I encourage Albertans to buy local food, meet a farmer in their community and get to know the people who put food on their tables.” Overall, there are 29 culinary events and 11 tours to enjoy this year. Other fan-favourite activities such as corn mazes, hayrides and mini golf are also making their return. Admission to farms is free, but there may be costs for some activities and many are cash only. It is also recommended to bring a cooler to store produce and other products. Tickets for culinary events are available for purchase. Space is limited, so people are encouraged to buy tickets ahead of time.

File Photo Alberta Open Farms Days is a collaborative project presented by the Government of Alberta, the Alberta

Association of Agricultural Societies, Travel Alberta and participating farms and ranches. Visit albertafarmdays.

ca for more information, including details about tickets and where to buy the Open Farm Days cream ale.



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Gardening and comedy aren’t all that different.

Timing is everything with both, but it’s also

Yes, and …

how we deal with the unexpected that makes gardening and comedy

a lot alike. The first rule in improvisational comedy (or, “improv”) is that you cannot say “no.” Participants must accept their partner’s statement and expand on it with a “yes, and …” This philosophy yields such creative results, it has even caught on in organizations as a way of promoting innovation and open communication. In comedy and in business “yes, and …” works as it forces us to respond creatively rather than defensively. In gardening, it works because Mother Nature does not take “No” for an answer. Have you ever cursed at the weather? Expect more rain in the forecast. Or a heat wave. Spite just happens

to be Mother Nature’s favourite punchline, but nobody said she was the comedian. How can we apply “yes, and …” to the garden? Here is what we think: Whatever the weather, we weather the weather You can always separate the amateur gardeners from the pros by how they respond to a rainy day. Ben recently helped with a plant sale put on by his Master Gardener group where it poured rain throughout the entire day. The volunteer Gardeners/plant sellers carried on in their rain gear and the loyal customers lined up to exceed last year’s sales. We look to the Brits, who are known not just

for their gardening culture but also for laughing at themselves, where you find the dreariest weather but also the world’s best gardens and rain gear. Have you seen what they charge for a pair of Wellingtons made in the UK? No joke. Embracing failure On a recent backyard tour of a gardener-friend’s yard, she laughed her way through the plant collection. “Yeah well, I kind of created a competition between this dogwood and this juniper, and it looks like the dogwood is losing. Poor dogwood, maybe I will move her.” A positive way of saying that your dogwood is dying. Only from a true gardener. CONTINUED ON PAGE 37

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Going with the flow inside and out FROM PAGE 36

Company is comi n g and y ou ’ve be e n caught up in the yard all day, playing in the dirt. It’s the worst possible time for your guests to show up early, as they often do. The ultimate “yes, and …” moment. You could panic, run upstairs and clean up – or greet them with a filthy handshake and offer them a garden tour, playing it off like that was your plan for the evening all along. We have found that our guests are often receptive to helping harvest dinner, even when they are dressed for the patio. They won’t even notice that you’re still in your ‘gardening clothes’, because they’ll be covered in dirt also. How many tomatoes does it take, to be totally sick of toma-

toes? The tomato harvest always seems to happen all at once. Thankfully, we don’t make our living selling fresh tomatoes. We could turn them into the soil or dump them in the compost (saying “no” more tomatoes), but instead we find new recipes, tomato sandwiches for lunch and spaghetti with tomato sauce for dinner, and we’ll give lots away. Have you ever showed up at a friend’s house with the trunk of your car literally filled with tomatoes? It is sure to make them smile. Be the Zucchini Fairy. Ben’s sister/ Mark’s daughter, Lynn had a running joke while at university for being the “Fenwick Fairy.” She left gifts for fellow residents in Fenwick Towers with a note, “from the Fen-

File Photo wick Fairy.” Everybody knew the Fairy, but nobody knew it was Lynn. A few laughs and now part of family lore. You can do this with excess zucchini harvest by carving a message

into a growing zucchini and letting it scab over. Mark did so with a six quart of zucchini-messages by leaving them in a neighbour’s topdown convertible. What a surprise. Garden humour is

usually harmless and none the less entertaining. “Yes, and….” Mark Cullen is an expert gardener, author, broadcaster, tree advocate and Member of the Order of Canada. His son Ben

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Walk-In Services available across Sask MERIDIAN SOURCE STAFF


Walk-in mental health counselling services are expanding to communities across the province, thanks to a $1.2 million investment from the Government of Saskatchewan. Free counselling services will be available through Family Service Saskatchewan (FSSask) member agencies for anyone looking for help with a range of issues, including stress, depression, anxiety, family conflict and urgent mental health needs. “These walk-in counselling services in communities throughout Saskatchewan are free to anyone experiencing a mental health challenge,” Rural and

Remote Health Minister Warren Kaeding said. “People will receive local help and will be connected to any ongoing supports they may need to manage their mental health. With more communities offering these important services, more Saskatchewan people can receive timely care closer to home.” Walk-in counselling services have already been piloted by FSSask member agencies in Regina, Saskatoon, Yorkton, Humboldt and Melfort. In collaboration with the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA), services are now expanding to the following communities:


Battleford Estevan Humboldt Indian Head Kamsack Kelvington Melfort Nipawin North Battleford Prince Albert Regina Saskatoon Southey Swift Current Tisdale Weyburn Wynyard Yorkton

These services will be available in 23 communities, some in multiple locations within a community. The SHA is working with FSSask to determine the locations of five additional sites. “This new funding is

dedicated to improving access to mental health services in Saskatchewan for everyone,“ Chair of FSSask Trish St. Onge said. “The great thing about walk-in coun-

selling is that people don’t have to wait for a first appointment. It can be a big step reaching out to a counsellor and we are able to serve people immediately.”

Funding for these walk-in services is part of a record $402 million investment in mental health and addictions in Saskatchewan’s 2019-20 Provincial Budget.




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Modernizing auto insurance MERIDIAN SOURCE STAFF


Giving Albertans more choice and convenience with their car insurance caps off 100 days of red tape reduction. Since the Red Tape Reduction Act was passed this spring, Alberta has made significant progress and cut red tape across government. The latest initiative, now in effect, allows automobile insurers

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Associate Minister Grant Hunter announces a red tape reduction initiative with Celyeste Power, Western Insurance Bureau of Canada, Rob Jesso, Alberta Motor Association Insurance Company and George Hodgson, Insurance Brokers Association of Alberta.

in Alberta the option of offering drivers a new way to access and provide their proof of automobile insurance – by displaying it on a mobile device. “For too long, Alber-

tans have been faced with unnecessary regulatory burdens that are slowing down Alberta’s economy. We have more work ahead of us but we are making progress in reach-

ing our goal of cutting red tape by one-third,” said Associate Minister of Red Tape Reduction Grant Hunter. CONTINUED ON PAGE 42

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Old bylaws reduced waste odours WHISPERS OF THE PAST SANDRA L. BROWN

Bylaws in 1907 covered a variety of regulations. A pig yard could not be erected or maintained within 300 feet from an occupied dwelling or well in town. All were to be “kept clean and in such a state as to not become a nuisance to the neighbouring dwellings” within the Municipality. Between April 1 and Oct. 31, no animals could be slaughtered for consumption within the municipality limits. The Municipality was responsible for the waste removal including “manure, ashes, vegetable or animal matter, garbage, stagnant water, filth or other offensive matter that may affect public health and place and deposit the same on the nuisance ground provided by the Council of the Municipality.” Council appointed a scavenger who provided wagons, teams and equipment for the waste removal. Streets were to be kept clean of garbage and deposited at the nuisance grounds. Reports were to be provided for council meetings of his completed work. A poster was hung in each outdoor privy as to his duties, fees and

penalties. Fees ranged from 15 cents per emptying of each pail, 50 cents for cleaning out a privy, 75 cents per wagon load of ashes or other material, 60 cents per wagon load of manure and partial loads were a minimum of 15 cents. The scavenger and his team of horses earned 40 cents per hour.

All were to be “kept clean and in such a state as to not become a nuisance to the neighbouring dwellings” within the Municipality.

Premises were subject to inspections by the health inspector or officer at any time with written notice given for violations. Eventually, a question was raised with what to do with all their wood-burning ashes. This issue was important enough for the town of Lloydminster to establish a further bylaw in 1913. No one was permitted to deposit ashes on the street, lane, road or public property. They were to be deposited in a metal container at least 27” high by 3” in diameter

until cool. Folks making the choice not to abide were fined $10 or 20 days in jail. No bylaw was adopted in November 1919 for the early closing of retail stores on Saturdays. Apparently, stores were open until midnight and would now be closed at 8 p.m. After a lengthy discussion with merchants, this would take effect in January. Apparently, the amount of shopping done between 8 p.m. and midnight wasn’t enough to pay for the amount of light used. Merchants were asked to oblige in order to provide fairplay for all. If there was any unfairness, council would place a bylaw in effect. The Dominion Forestry Branch Exhibition Car stopped in Lloydminster (1919). School children visited during their Monday classes to learn about this industry. Near its entrance was an inscribed placard, “One tree will make one million matches, but one match will burn one million trees.” Today’s column may appear to have random whispers from our past, but it’s still relevant for all of us in current times. There is still a need for fire awareness, fair business trade and keeping our communities’ clean, healthy and safe.




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Removing hurdles for day-to-day life FROM PAGE 40

“Together, we are working with Albertans to create more opportunity for businesses and are creating jobs by working towards making Alberta one of the freest and fastest-moving economies in the world.” Supported by stakeholders, this latest initiative comes after consultations with provincial insurance companies and allows for greater consumer choice as a safe, efficient and reliable means for Albertans to access their proof of automobile insurance without the hassle of a paper copy. “The insurance industry welcomes the government announcement that will allow

digital proof of insurance in Alberta. We are supportive of any changes that help make insurance easier and more accessible for Alberta’s three million drivers. Electronic commerce is available in most other sectors and much needed in the insurance sector,” said Celyeste Power, vice-president Western, Insurance Bureau of Canada. “Already, many U.S. states and two other provinces allow digital proof of insurance and we anticipate other provinces will follow.” Insurance companies will be responsible for creating and providing applications for enabling digital proof of insurance and the timeline for implementation will depend on

the insurer. ‘Consumers will be able to continue with the original option of the traditional paper-based system if they prefer. The red tape reduction actions to date have been a direct and positive result of the passing of the Red Tape Reduction Act. Items of note include: - Relaxed alcohol consumption rules for parks, campgrounds and festivals. - Simplified banking opportunities to allow non-profits easier access to funding, allowing them to focus on delivering important programs and services. - Removed hurdles for seniors, enabling automatic enrolment of AISH program recipients to Seniors Benefits.

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Legionnaires inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame

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Lawrence Sloan will be inducted into the Saskatchewan Baseball Hall of Fame this Saturday. JAMIE HARKINS



The 1948-52 Mervin Juvenile Legionnaires

and its primary shortstop are receiving the honour of induction into the Saskatchewan

Baseball Hall of Fame. Lawrence Sloan was 12 years old when he first stepped on the

field as a Legionnaire in 1948. He proceeded to help lead the team to five straight Neil Palenstein trophies as Turtle River Juvenile Baseball League champions between the late 40’s and early 50’s. “We played lots of ball together,” said Sloan. “Our coach, Walter Lockhart, had us continually playing and I guess that’s why we got pretty good.” The Legionnaires were a powerhouse in juvenile ball thanks to their strength off the mound, athleticism of the players and the camaraderie they shared. The club featured pitchers Royce Hill, Gordon Haug and Oscar Tesch, who was inducted into the Saskatchewan Baseball Hall of Fame in 1998, as well as Calvin Saunders and his powerful arm behind the plate. Sloan rarely let a ball get past the infield from his position at short. He could also get on base with regularity and usually found a way to advance when called upon to steal thanks to his outstanding speed. “It came easy to me, but I kept playing all the time,” said Sloan, who went on to compete with Burnstall, Wey-

burn, North Battleford and the Mervin senior team following his time

with the Legionnaires. CONTINUED ON PAGE 44



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Mervin shortstop makes Sask hall of fame FROM PAGE 43

“When I was young

I was always up at the ball diamond where

a few of us kids got together.” Sloan married Faye Gudmundson and the newlyweds moved to Fairholme in 1963 to farm and raise a family. He stayed close to baseball in the following decades helping build a ball diamond in his new community and coaching mosquito, beaver, bantam and midget teams through the 70s and 80s. A love for the game and a d et erminat ion to provide meaningful activities for his community’s youth fueled this passion. A chance to teach his players the importance of respect for their teammates and opponents, the effort needed to attain success and the benefits of fair play are his legacy. “Once you’re out there you like to win all the time, but of course

that doesn’t always happen,” said Sloan. “We always had fun though whether we won or lost.” Sloan said he’ll be attending the induction ceremony at the

Saskatchewan Baseball Hall of Fame in North B at t l e f o r d al o ng s i d e family and friends this Saturday. He said the Legionnaires are definitely deserving of being in

the Hall, but it did come as a surprise and honour that he’s also been called to join. “I feel pretty good about it,” he said. “It’s quite an accomplishment.”


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Javelin athlete throws at Summer Games JAMIE HARKINS

Jamie Harkins Meridian Source

Sonics javelin thrower Quinton MacMillan will compete at the Western Canada Summer Games in Swift Current this weekend.


.................................. Injuries have stalled Split City Sonics athlete Quinton MacMillan’s attempts to reach a new personal best. But, it hasn’t stopped the 20-year-old javelin thrower from excelling in his new open level senior division. MacMillan has captured a gold or silver medal in each of the four competitions he’s entered over these summer months and the Hughenden, Alta., product will attempt to gain a fifth at the Western Canada Summer Games in Swift Current this weekend. “It’ll be a lot of good athletes,” said MacMillan, who hit the standard distance to qualify for Team Alberta at the Caltaf Track Classic in Calgary this past June. “Hopefully, it’ll be something similar to the Canada Games because that was pretty

fun and it was a really good competition. That’s what I’m hoping, to get some good competition out of it.” MacMillan captured a gold medal at the Canadian Track and Field Championships with a personal best throw of 60.68 metres last summer. He hasn’t reached that distance since due to a few different ailments, but the down time has allowed him to increase work on his technique while gaining more conditioning off the track. That has included practising his throw height, crossovers and steps along the runway. He’s also added swimming to the routine in an effort to strengthen his joints. “I’ve been training every day I can,” he said. “I’m going to the gym as much as I can, practising in my yard

and just trying, every moment I can, to do

more work on my technique.”



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How to get through the season SPORTS EDITOR JAMIE HARKINS

All right, it’s time to relax. Pull your eyes away from the phone. You should have exhausted all curses known to man two or three times over on Twitter by now. Get the Jays jersey out of the trash, scrub out those pizza stains and toss it into the washer. You’ve done this before, so you know the drill. While you’re at it, see if you can wash that boot print out of your ball cap. Turn on the Jays

game and settle in for a long last two months of the season. They do play the Orioles six more times, so there are a few bright days ahead. Tune out any talk and turn off all footage of the Astros and Mets. Who really wants to watch the Mets anyways? Send the kids outside, not just out of the room, when the Jays are playing. They don’t need to be in earshot when Derek Fisher attempts to catch another fly

ball with his teeth. Accept the pieces the Jays got back for Marcus Stroman, Aaron Sanchez, Joe Biagini, Cal Stevenson, David Phelps, Daniel Hudson and Eric Sogard.

Pull your eyes away from the phone. You should have exhausted all curses known to man two or three times over on Twitter by now. Get the Jays jersey out of the trash, scrub out those pizza stains and toss it into the washer.

Hopefully, you’ve already done that for the Josh Donal d son, Russell Martin, Kendrys Morales and Kevin Pillar trades. Check out Anthony Kay’s stats in doubleA. He has some upside and is a pretty decent return no matter all that talk of selling low. Put your faith in Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Bo Bichette, Lourdes Gurriel Jr., Danny Jansen and Cavan Biggio. They’re doing all right now and will get better. Try to believe what Mark Shapiro and Ross Atkins are selling. And imagine a bountiful return for Ken Giles this winter. If all else fails, read Steve Phillips. He’s always the optimist. When the season comes to a merciful close, put away the Jays gear and take out the Oilers garb. Smith is in for Talbot and Neil is replacing Lucic, so they’re bound to be a playoff team.

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CPCA to wrap up in Border City MERIDIAN SOURCE STAFF


It all comes down to one race as the Denham Ram Tough Canadian Professional Chuckwagon Association’s (CPCA) 2019 season wraps up at Halstead Downs this weekend. Race teams took over the Lloydminster Exh as early as Sunday night after races in Turtleford came to a close, as drivers prepare their horses to do battle on the track in the Border City. After three days of racing in Turtleford with lap times as fast as one-minute flat from the likes of veteran driver Kris Molle, the driver standings going into this weekend are tight. Todd Baptiste is sitting in the top slot with 873 points, Ray Mitsuing is behind him with 819 followed by Kris Molle at 801. Dale Mitsuing sits fourth overall with 787 points and

File Photo Brad McMann sits fifth with 780 points. The spread between fifth and top 10 is less than 60 points so it’s still anyone’s game. Championship weekend kicked off last night at the Lloydminster Exh. with nightly races at 6:30 p.m. until Saturday night.

Final heats are scheduled for Sunday at 2 p.m. Looking to the outriders, the top five going into the weekend are Kale Lajeunesse with 5,088.5 points, Tyler McKenzie with 5,052, Cody Hodson with 4,851, Tyson Whitehead with

4,608.5, and Basil Mosquito with 3,553. A five-day reserve pass is available for $95 and one-day rush passes are $20. Kids 12 and under are free. The Chuckwagon Cabaret is also being held on Saturday with tickets available at the Lloyd Exh. box office.



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Making sure they’re managing money at school


ending your children off to college comes with its own set of challenges, but have you considered credit card literacy to be one of them? After all, as parents, you know the importance of managing good credit, but your kids may not be as financially savvy. Start with a clean slate. Once your child is old enough to have their own credit card, it may be best for them to first check their own credit bureau report to confirm there is no fraudulent or incorrect information on their file and ensure they are starting off their credit history with a clean slate. Visit the websites for

Equifax Canada and TransUnion Canada to find out how to obtain a free credit report from each credit bureau. Make sure they open a bank account. Having a chequing and/or savings account and keeping them in good standing can be an important part of your children developing financial literacy. They should be made aware that certain negative activity like writing a cheque without the funds to cover it may end up reflected in their credit bureau report. Review credit card options. Credit cards are not one size fits all. It’s important to find a credit card that suits your child’s lifestyle and spending habits. A good start is apply-

File Photo ing for a no-annual-fee credit card with a loyalty rewards program, such as the PC Financial Mastercard. This card lets them earn PC Optimum points on every purchase. Students are already strapped for cash as it is, so not having the b u rd e n o f a n a n n u a l fee on their credit card makes life that much easier and earn-

ing points that can be redeemed towards free groceries is always a bonus. Pay bills on time. Knowing how interest works and how to avoid paying it is a staple when it comes to credit card do’s and don’ts. No one likes having to pay extra when they don’t need to, so making sure your child is well versed in paying off credit card bills on

time is a must. Get and keep a steady job. That student job never looked so good. Employment history is one of the most important factors that financial institutions

look at when determining whether to lend you money, like through a credit card. Having a part-time job throughout the school year or during the summers is a great start.

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December 22 – January 19 If you have young children, you’ll spend a lot of time preparing for the beginning of the school year. You might move or start to make big changes to your home. If you’re single, be prepared for love at first sight.


January 20 – February 18 You won’t keep your opinions to yourself this week. Expressing what others are thinking will allow you to resolve an unpleasant situation. A member of your family will inspire you.


February 19 – March 20 At work, don’t be surprised when you’re courted by the competition. You’ll be running in all directions preparing your children for the beginning of the school year. A good friend may make a declaration of love.


March 21– April 19 A dynamic new beginning is underway. A job change or a move is on the horizon and you’ll be more than enthusiastic about the opportunity presented. You won’t be bored this week.



April 20 – May 20 You’ll need more coffee than usual this week. Health wise, new treatments will help you find the quality of life you’re looking for. Stress might give you a boost of energy.

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May 21 – June 21 Stressful circumstances surround you and you have no choice but to tackle a major obstacle. You’ll find yourself listening attentively to many people. Your social circle will expand considerably.

ACROSS 1. Resort hotel 4. Thunder noise 8. Happy 12. Beret, e.g. 13. Intense dislike 14. Portrayal 15. Tennis shot 16. Observer 17. Fit 18. Road sign 20. Kiddie pie ingredient 22. Uncover 25. Fellows 29. Choir singer 32. Lounge around 34. This bird gives a hoot 35. Payable 36. Literary composition

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DOWN 1. Swindle 2. Gait 3. Rich Little, e.g. 4. Baby bird’s comment 5. Put 6. Feasted 7. Salon treatment 8. School division 9. Toss 10. Everyone 11. Letter after cee 19. Sticky material 21. “The ____ Duckling” 23. Differently 24. ____ around (snooped) 26. PBS science series 27. Duplicate 28. Winter slider

29. Cooling drinks 30. Hawaiian party 31. Expression 33. Woman 36. Clearly outline 40. Swimsuit top 42. Book of maps 44. Makes flush 46. Type of exercise 48. Molten rock 49. Is beholden to 50. Emit fumes 51. Kind of evergreen 52. Hymn of praise 53. Got hitched 55. Affirmative gesture 56. New England cape


June 22 – July 22 At work and in your personal life, everything will be urgent and need to be completed as of yesterday. Your friends will help you take your mind off things with a new activity.

LEO July 23 – August 22 In need of a vacation, you’ll start to plan an exciting family trip. Preparing everything in advance assures that it will be an unforgettable experience.


August 23 – September 22 Large-scale projects cause you to worry but perseverance is the key to success. Don’t be afraid to change your plans. Your emotions will rise to the surface, but a better view of the situation will calm you.


September 23 – October 22 Before making a major decision, consult with everyone involved to get their okay. At work or in other aspects of your life, long negotiations will lead to a profitable agreement.


October 23 – November 21 If you’re worried about your health, it’s time to start taking care of yourself. By changing a few habits, you’ll have more energy and a new, contagious zest for adventure. Life is about finding balance.


November 22 – December 21 One way or another, you’ll be in the spotlight. You might take charge of a group or defend your community. This will put you in an important position, which will be good for your self-esteem.

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May you grow up with love & gracious hearts & people who care. Welcome to the world little one. It’s been waiting for you!

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INDEPENDENT AUDITORS’ REPORT To the Council of Rural Municipality of Manitou Lake No. 442 Marsden, Saskatchewan Opinion We have audited the accompanying consolidated financial statements of the Rural Municipality of Manitou Lake No. 442, which comprise the consolidated statement of financial position as at December 31, 2018, the consolidated statements of operations, change in net financial assets and cash flow for the year then ended, and notes to the consolidated financial statements, including a summary of significant accounting policies. In our opinion, the accompanying consolidated financial statements present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of the Rural Municipality of Manitou Lake No. 442 as at December 31, 2018, and its financial performance and it’s cash flows for the year then ended in accordance with Canadian public sector accounting standards.

Basis for Opinion We conducted our audit in accordance with Canadian generally accepted auditing standards. Our responsibilities under those standards are further described in the Auditors’ Responsibilities for the Audit of the Consolidated Financial Statements section of our report. We are independent of the Rural Municipality of Manitou Lake No. 442 in accordance with the ethical requirements that are relevant to our audit of the consolidated financial statements in Canada, and we have fulfilled our other ethical responsibilities in accordance with these requirements. We believe that the audit evidence we have obtained is sufficient and appropriate to provide a basis for our opinion. Responsibilities of Management and Those Charged with Governance for the Consolidated Financial Statements Management is responsible for the preparation and fair presentation of these consolidated financial statements in accordance with Canadian public sector accounting standards and for such internal

control as management determines is necessary to enable the preparation of consolidated financial statements that are free from material misstatement, whether due to fraud or error. In preparing the consolidated financial statements, management is responsible for assessing the Rural Municipality of Manitou Lake No. 442’s ability to continue as a going concern, disclosing, as applicable, matters related to going concern and using the going concern basis of accounting unless management either intends to liquidate the municipality or to cease operations, or has no realistic alternative but to do so. Those charged with governance are responsible for overseeing the municipalty’s financial reporting process. Auditors’ Responsibilities for the Audit of the Consolidated Financial Statements Our objectives are to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the consolidated financial statements as a whole are free from material misstatement, whether due to fraud or error, and to issue and auditors’ report that includes our opinion. Reasonable

assurance is a high level of assurance, but is not a guarantee that an audit conducted in accordance with Canadian generally accepted auditing standards will always detect a meterial misstatement when it exists. Misstatements can arrise from fraud or error and are considered material if, individually or in the aggregate, they could reasonably be expected to influence the economic decisions of users taken on the basis of these consolidated financial statements. As part of an audit in accordance with Canadian generally accepted auditing standards, we exercise professional judgement and maintain professional skepticism throughout the audit. We also: • Identify and assess the risks of material misstatement of the consolidated financial statements, whether due to fraud or error, design and perform audit procedures responsive to those risks, and obtain audit evidence that is sufficient and appropriate to provide a basis for our opinion. The risk of not detecting a material misstatement

resulting from fraud is higher than for one resulting from error, as fraud may involve collusion, forgery, intentional omissions, misrepresentations, or the override of internal control. • Obtain an understanding of internal control relevant to the audit in order to design audit procedures that are appropriate in the circumstances, but not for the purpose of expressing an opinion on the effectiveness of the municipality’s internal control. • Evaluate the appropriateness of accounting policies used and the reasonableness of accounting estimates and related disclosures made by management. • Conclude on the appropriateness of management’s use of the going concern basis of accounting and, based on the audit evidence obtained, whether a material uncertainty exists related to events or conditions that may cast uncertainty exists, we are required to draw attention in our auditir’s report to the related disclosures in the consolidated financial statements or, if

such disclosures are inadequate, to modify our opinion. Our conclusions are based on the audit evidence obtained up to date of our auditor’s report. However, future events or conditions may cause the municipality to cease to continue as a going concern. • Evaluate the overall presentation, structure and content of the consolidated financial statements, including the disclosures, and whether the consolidated financial statements represent the underlying transactions and events in a manner that achieves fair presentation. We communicate with those charged with governance regarding, among other matters, the planned scope and timing of the audit and significant audit findings, including and significant deficiencies in internal control that we identify during our audit. North Battleford, Saskatchewan June 6, 2019 Chartered Professional Accountants

Rural Municipality of Manitou Lake No. 442 Consolidated Statement of Financial Position as at December 31, 2018



Cash and Temporary Investments (Note 2) Taxes Receivable - Municipal (Note 3) Other Accounts Receivable (Note 4) Land for Resale Long-Term Investments (Note 6) Debt Charges Recoverable Other (Specify) Total Financial Assets


10,071,207 702,960 327,535

10,381,712 345,012 199,898





LIABILITIES Bank Indebtedness Accounts Payable Accrued Liabilities Payable Deposits Deferred Revenue Accrued Landfill Costs Liability for Contaminated Sites Other Liabilities Long-Term Debt Lease Obligations Total Liabilities





NET FINANCIAL ASSETS (DEBT) NON-FINANCIAL ASSETS Tangible Capital Assets (Schedule 6, 7) Prepayments and Deferred Charges Stock and Supplies Other (Note 9) Total Non-Financial Assets

10,967,676 16,568,3221 207 67,765 34,752 16,671,046

716 60,821 34398 15,773,296




2018 Budget 4,109,400 217,910 7,400

2018 4,124,344 274,438 33,007 (170,783)

2017 4,360,253 243,434 29,530 (7,300)







529,620 27,000 4,605,380 111,000 15,000 100,000

582,020 27,068 2,576,000 140,588

482,381 25,616 2,432,423 106,285



Taxes and Other Unconditional Revenue (Schedule 1) Fees and Charges (Schedule 4, 5) Conditional Grants (Schedule 4, 5) Tangible Capital Asset Sales - Loss (Schedule 4, 5) Land Sales - Gain (Schedule 4, 5) Investment Income and Commissions (Schedule 4, 5) Other Revenues (Schedule 4, 5) Total Revenues EXPENSES General Government Services (Schedule 3) Protective Services (Schedule 3) Transportation Services (Schedule 3) Environmental and Public Health Services (Schedule 3) Planning and Development Services (Schedule 3) Recreation and Cultural Services (Schedule 3) Utility Services (Schedule 3) Total Expenses


Provincial/Federal Capital Grants and Contributions (Schedule 4.5) Surplus (Deficit) of Revenues over Expenses Accumulated Surplus (Deficit), Beginning of Year Accumulated Surplus (Deficit), End of Year Surplus (Deficit)


1,627,587 33,258 1,660,845 24,893,345 26,554,190 1,660,845

2018 (2,365,400) 888,656 415,000 170,783 (890,961)

2017 (845,753) 783,238 14,750 7,300 (40,465)



(924,290) 10,780,894 9,856,604

(354) 509 (6,789) 186,782 10,780,894 10,967,676

(572) (716) (1,373) 1,619,007 9,161,887 10,780,894

Remuneration 17,917 3,417 1,250 7,333 833 5,083 8,240 7,584 3,733 55,390

Reimbursed Costs 8,958 1,708 625 3,667 417 2,542 4,120 3,792 1,867 27,696

Total 26,875 5,125 1,875 11,000 1,250 7,625 12,360 11,376 5,600 83,086

2018 Budget

(Acquisition) of tangible capital assets Amortization of tangible capital assets Proceeds on disposal of tangible capital assets Loss (gain) on the disposal of tangible capital assets Surplus (Deficit) of capital expenses over expenditures (Acquisition) of supplies inventories (Acquisition) of prepaid expense Consumption of supplies inventory Use of prepaid expense Surplus (Deficit) of expenses of other non-financial other expenditures Increase/Decrease in Net Financial Assets Net Financial Assets (Debt) - Beginning of Year Net Financial Assets (Debt)-End of year Position Reeve Councillor Div 1 Councillor Div 2 Councillor Div 3 Counvillor Div 4 Councillor Div 5 Councillor Div 6 Councillor Councillor Total


1,051,110 33,422 1,084,532 26,554,190 27,638,722 1,084,532

(955,290) 31,000 (924,290) 26,554,190 25,629,900 (924,290)

Surplus (Deficit) of Revenues over Expenses before Other Capital Contributions

Name Ian Lamb Travis Lindsey Brian Graham Norman Wright Jason Patterson Rick Swanstrom Joseph Koch Kevin Bossert Robert Walde

10,780,894 15,677,361



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