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Family smiles on McHappy Day GEOFF LEE

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.................................. The Crawford family from Lloydminster knows the importance of McHappy Day, held annually at all McDonald’s Restaurants in Canada, better than most. Ronald McDonald House (RMH) in Saskatoon, supported this year by McDonald’s Restaurants in Saskatchewan on May 8, has become a second home for the family. The Crawfords have stayed overnight at RMH in Saskatoon a total of 78 nights since the day their youngest daughter Elaina was born four years ago with a congenital defect. “She has a condition called Goldenhar syndrome—we’ve travelled back and forth since the moment she was born, so she flew from Lloydminster within hours of being born and stayed in Saskatoon,” said Elaina’s mother, Elizabeth. “We were very excited to learn Ronald McDonald House was just across the street—we consider it our second home.” It was no wonder Elizabeth and her four children spent McHappy Day at the McDona l d ’s Re s t a u r a nt o n 5 0t h Ave. helping to drive sales for Ronald McDonald House

Charities Saskatchewan. McDonald’s locations in Saskatchewan donate $1 from the sale of every Big Mac, Happy Meal, and McCafe beverages for children’s charities including RMH in Saskatoon. Since 1985, the house has supported more than 23,544 families who pay a suggested fee of just $10 per night. “We couldn’t do without the support of cities like Lloydminster and all the other towns in Saskatchewan,” said Elizabeth, who noted her family will continue to use RMH for Elaina’s care. “This is a syndrome that is never going to go anywhere, so a lot of specialists are in Saskatoon. We love being able to go down and see all the people that we’ve gotten to know as a second family over the past four years.” McHappy Day also brought Tammy Forrester, CEO of Ronald McDonald Charities Saskatchewan to the Lloydminster McDonald’s. She says she had breakfast at McDonald’s in Saskatoon, lunch at MacDonald’s in North Battleford and planned to have supper at the Lloydminster restaurant in support of RMH. “We have several Lloydminster families every year that use the house,” said Forrester.

“This year 14 families from Lloydminster stayed in the house for a period of time.” Families can stay in RMH for whatever length of time their children are receiving treatment. Forrester says RMH supports families with a child 18-years-of-age or younger receiving medical support and live at least 40 kilometres from Saskatoon. Elizabeth notes Tammy was one of the first people she and her husband Ron, who works for the City of Lloydminster, met in Saskatoon the first time they arrived in November 2014. “I don’t know what we’d do if we didn’t have that house down there; it’s just a great place to stay. I highly recommend it to anybody,” she said. She says when going away from home you want a safe, happy place to go at the end of the day, and that’s what Ronald McDonald House provides. This year was the first time Forrester has celebrated McHappy Day in Lloydminster. “It’s really good to see how all the other restaurants in the province celebrate and support McHappy Day, so this year Lloydminster was on our route,” she said. Forrester says the restau-

Geoff Lee Meridian Source You could say the Crawford family from Lloydminster was this year’s poster family for Saskatchewan’s McDonald’s Restaurants McHappy Day national fundraiser on May 8 in support of Ronald McDonald House in Saskatoon and the Prince Albert Family Room. Pictured counterclockwise from top left are Elizabeth Crawford with her four-year-old daughter, Elaina, who is in need of follow up treatment in Saskatoon, Briah Crawford, 10, assistant store manager John Matias, Ethan Crawford 12 and Tammy Forrester, CEO of Ronald McDonald House. Charities Saskatchewan.

rant expects to top last year’s total of $3,000 when the numbers are crunched. John Matias, the assistant manager who was on duty for McHappy Day, sounded like a happy man himself welcoming all comers. “It’s pretty busy today,

everyone is excited for this day to help sick children at Ronald McDonald House Charities,” he said. He also got a lot of volunteer help behind the counter including local RCMP members and staff from 106.1 The Goat among many others.


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Lloyd asphalt plan dormant GEOFF LEE

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.................................. Husky Energy says it would likely need more upstream heavy oil growth in order to put its much-talked-about asphalt expansion in Lloydminster on the front burner. Jeff Rinker, Husky’s senior vice president of downstream, says he is still thinking about it the same way as the past year in response to being asked if the company is planning the Lloyd asphalt expansion right now. “We really like to maintain this balance between our upstream heavy crude production and our downstream heavy crude processing and take away capacity,” said Rinker during Husky’s first quarter confer-

ence call on April 26. The question was in the context of Husky’s flexibility on its balance sheet and if the new United Conservative Party in Alberta follows through on some of what the NDP pre-election narrative was in terms of support from incremental downstream. Specifically, Husky was asked if government incentives could push it towards making a financial investment decision in Lloydminster sooner than later. “We’ve got a couple of years until we get to the point where the upstream growth puts us into a position where we’re kind of a short processing capacity,” said Rinker. “So the Lloydmin-

ster refinery is just an option that we have. We want to execute on that to kind of keep the balance.”

We really like to maintain this balance between our upstream heavy crude production and our downstream heavy crude processing and take away capacity.

Asphalt expansion was first talked about at an open house in Lloydminster in March 2017 and more recently in October 2018 when Husky made a hostile bid to acquire

MEG Energy and its upstream heavy oil production. Had the MEG takeover gone through, it may have made Lloyd asphalt expansion more viable to maintain the upstream/ downstream processing/take away balance. “But we’re always looking at other opport u ni t i e s ag ai ns t t h at option, expansion of capacity and other heavy crude processing facilities, for example, our additional takeaway capacity from the basin,” said Rinker. Rinker says, as a result, he sees asphalt expansion as a cover backstop. “It’s what we execute against, but we’re always looking at other opportunities too,” he said.

Walking for Alzheimer’s

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Staff from Dr. Hemstock Residence are pictured on the front row of this year’s IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s held on the Servus Sports Centre track Tuesday night.

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Lloydminster RCMP is inviting the public to the Tim Horton’s located at 5401 44 Street for Coffee with a Cop from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, May 16. Several members of the Lloydminster RCMP including Inspector Lee Brachmann, the new

Detachment Commander of the Lloydminster Detachment, will be in attendance and are excited to engage with the community. National Police Week was launched in 2017, and the Lloydminster RCMP is proud to continue the tradition. “This is a great opportunity to connect with the community,” says Const.

Michael Hagel. “It’s a chance to have everyone voice their opinions, or maybe come by and have a donut.” The event is open to everyone in the Lloydminster and surrounding area. Lloydminster RCMP thanks the public for their continued support of the Detachment, and our members.

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New federal party opens doors GEOFF LEE

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.................................. Mother’s Day and politics didn’t mix. A general meeting of the new Western Canadian Alliance (WCA) fed-

eral political party, originally set for May 12, has been rescheduled for May 19 at the Two Hills Recreation Centre. It was postponed due to Mother’s Day accord-

ing to an email from the party. An open meeting will be held this Sunday from 2-6 p.m. to search for a new WCA candidate for the Lakeland riding

to replace interim party leader Dan Onischuk. The party will run against Two Hills resident and Conservative Party MP Shannon Stubbs, who was elected

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to the Lakeland riding in the 2015 federal election. “Our focus is to empower Western Canadians as people and businesses,” said Onischuk on the party’s website. “With strong presence in Parliament, we can negotiate better treatment and equal respect for Western Canada.” The party’s other focus is to improve and revi-

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talize Canada’s Federal Government. The WCA is also seeking executives, candidates, volunteers and supporters for the next federal election to represent the four western provinces, NWT-Yukon and Nunavut. A WCA organizer says there will be a photo of Onischuk posted on the website on the weekend.

The Job Creation Tax Cut is the centrepiece of the Alberta government’s Job Creation Strategy to reignite our economy, create jobs and get Alberta back to work. This legislation will be Bill 3, and will be introduced in the spring session to begin rolling back Alberta’s General Business Tax Rate from 12 per cent to eight per cent. If the bill is passed, the tax rate on job creators will be lowered to 11 per cent on July 1, and will continue to drop one per cent every Jan. 1 until 2022. “This tax reduction will give Alberta the lowest tax on employers in the country, and is a key part of our plan

to get our province back to work,” said Premier Jason Kenney. “We’ve already heard from major Canadian and global corporations that they’re ready to invest in Alberta again – and we’re proud to be taking bold action that will create growth, jobs and prosperity for Albertans.” After the first reduction this summer, Alberta will have the lowest tax rate on employers in the country. By 2022, the next lowest provincial business tax rate in Canada will be nearly 45 per cent higher than in Alberta. This is expected to create 55,000 jobs, boost provincial GDP by nearly $13 billion and help attract new business investment.


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Li’l muckers refresh mud run

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Gold Horse Casino volunteer Cam Wheeler helps a group of Little Muckers get ready for Saturday morning’s run at Bud Miller All Seasons Park. GEOFF LEE

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.................................. Perfect weather conditions and a first-time kids’ division combined to re-energize the 7th annual Muck Run at Bud Miller All Seasons Park. The participation of about 100 kids in the inaugural Little Muckers race and a strong number of adult competitors pushed the turnout on Saturday to more than 400. The kids’ run, in particular, blew away the expectations of lead organizer Jordan Moir, events manager at Lloydminster Region Health Foundation. “This year was kind of our trial to see how it went and it looks awesome,” said Moir with the mass start underway. “Hopefully, we can keep doing it every year.”

There were about nine obstacles for kids ages five and older who were challenged by mud, foam, water, a slip ‘n slide, balance beams and bouncy houses. “They are going to come out looking pretty brown because they will be covered in mud,” said Moir. The event was a blast for 12-year-old Sienna Tannas and her 11-year-old friend Adley Hnatou, who were covered in mud from head to toe at the finish line. “It was really fun and I really enjoyed it. I’m really dirty now but it was really fun,” said Sienna, who noted the slip ‘n slide was the “funnest” part for her. As for Adley, she said, “I’d definitely do it again because it was one of the funnest things I’ve ever done.”

Colton Walton, who is just five, says the water slide and the bouncy castle were the most fun for him. Lindsey Buckingham 10, was the first female finisher as she took it as a race. “It was really fun, I really enjoy doing stuff like this and I really like racing,” she said. “I really liked going through the mud pit.” All finishers got a high five from Gold Horse Casino volunteer Cam Wheeler, who also led the kids in some warm-up exercises. “I think the kids have spiced it up a little,” he

said, with this being his fourth year as a race volunteer. “They had a lot of energy. We had to get a little bit out of them before the race. We did some jumping jacks, we did some stretching.” He says the high-fiving is all about encouraging them while calling the run a great event. The Mu ck Ru n is a fundraiser for LRHF with a goal this year of $12,000 to help fund the new equipment at the Lloydminster Hospital. CONTINUED ON PAGE 8

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St. Marys students take walk through history TAYLOR WEAVER

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Students at St. Mary’s Elementary School took the minds of classmates, parents, and teachers alike on a tour through history last week. The gymnasium at the school was transformed into a sciencefair-esque atmosphere last Thursday morning,

but in place of science projects, visitors found a variety of post boards and displays for the school’s “Walk Through History” event, where students discovered the struggles and wonders of people who impacted the world in the most beautiful ways possible. The projects were completed by Janine Bolt and Mandy Sopp’s

Grade 7 English Language Arts (ELA) class, and one of the driving factors of the projects for the educators was to have students work on self-motivating projects. “Each student chose someone they were interested in which made it more of an inquiry project,” said Bolt. “They got to choose the questions they were asking about this person and they got to do the research designed by their own desires, which is way more interesting for them because they get to take ownership. “We’re not telling them what they need to do every step of the way, it was them deciding, so it’s really cool to see all of their hard work being put into action.” Bolt added the independence of the project was also a way to better prepare students for the

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Grade 7 student at St. Mary’s Elementary School, Emma-leigh Dziurzynski, chose to do her ELA Walk Through History project on “The Great One,” Wayne Gretzky.

next school year as they enter into high school. “One of the great things about this project is they’re driving it themselves, which is something we wanted so they could get a better understanding of what it’s like to work independently,”

she said. “A lot of these projects were also done on someone who is no longer living, and many of the students had heard these names before, but didn’t know too much about the actual person, so for them to learn more about who these

people were was also a big factor.” One of the projects on display was done Emma-leigh Dziurzynski, who chose Canadian hockey legend Wayne Gretzky as her subject matter. CONTINUED ON PAGE 7


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A walk through history

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Nathan Levesque proudly displays his Walk Through History project on Commander Chris Hadfield last Thursday morning. FROM PAGE 6

“I picked Wayne Gretzky because my family is obsessed with hockey and Gretzky. One of my uncles actually played in the NHL so when I had the choice I thought it would be nice to do my project on Wayne Gretzky,” she said. “One cool thing that I learned from the project was lots of kids would pick on him because he was little, so they made him feel like he didn’t deserve to play on teams

that he did. He wasn’t always the best hockey player until he got older.” Nathan Levesque decided to do his project on his space hero, Commander Chris Hadfield, the first Canadian astronaut to command the International Space Station. “For the past few years, I’ve really been interested in space so Chris Hadfield was a good fit for me. I’ve seen a bunch of his videos and you can really learn a lot from him,”

Levesque said. “He really showed people what a day was like on the ISS and how every t hing works u p there. He’s taught me a lot and he makes space interesting and inspires people to want to learn more because he makes it fun.” Bolt also noted how the results of the project blew her expectations out of the water and how it was nice to see students want to take time outside the classroom to work on them.

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Muck Run another slick success FROM PAGE 5

“The health foundation does a lot of good things for the community. It’s something I am really passionate about it,” said Wheeler. The event was presented by Bioclean Disaster Services with other sponsors providing the course obstacles. The adult run kicked off with individuals and a media race followed by teams including the Mudpie Mommas. One of the Mommas was Coralee Falsheer, who was raring to go after watching her two boys aged five and 11 take part with other the little muckers. “It was a beautiful day the kids had a lot of fun; absolutely it was fun seeing the kids all mudded up,” said Falsheer. “I’ll have some washing to do, that’s for sure.”

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This past weekend’s Muck Run competitors weren’t afraid to get a little messy during the 7th Annual charity fun run at Bud Miller All Seasons Park in support of the Lloydminster Region Health Foundation. Funds from this year’s run are being used to purchase new equipment at the Lloydminster Hospital.


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Recognize that group of fine looking muddy people up top there? Well if you don’t, that’s Reid and Wright and the Highlights, our office’s 2019 Muck Run team ... boy, do we know how to show community support while having fun! So like many other Lloydminsterites, I was a wee bit sore on Sunday. Was it soreness caused by a hangover from a late night fuelled by alcohol? Did I get hit by a Volkswagen Beetle while teeing off at the Lloydminster Golf and Curling Centre? (enter Happy Gilmore quote here) Nope, none of the above. I, like many others, participated in the Lloydminster Region Health Foundation’s

Muck Run, and oh man was it a muddy blast! I actually expected myself to be a little more worse for wear than I was and even got away with doing the responsible thing on Sunday by cleaning my house and mowing the lawn ... oh the joys of adulting. I’ve participated in the charity run once in the past, four years ago if my memory serves me right, but this time was much easier than the last. I definitely think one of the reasons it didn’t seem insanely difficult was because of our team, consisting of myself, three sales reps and a graphic designer, who all kept in high spirits and went out there to have fun. I mean, with the name “Reid and Wright and the Highlights,” and not being a bad Motown band, how could we NOT have fun? If you have ever met the sales team at the paper or Reid and

Wright Advertising you know they’re a fun group that loves to get involved in the community as frequently as possible ... so did I really think they would pass up the opportunity to dress a couple of us guys from the office up in tight and bright clothing and go for a jaunt through Bud Miller? No, no I did not. And what better way to support a local organization like the LRHF than by getting out and seeing just how out-ofshape you are? We completed the 5 km mud run in under an hour while also winning this year’s Media Challenge (go team!) against the competitive team from 106.1 The Goat. One thing I learned from the experience was it’s better to try something you wouldn’t normally do and test yourself to see what you’re made of. The results can be rewarding!

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Leeway from Lloyd: Life is video replay STAFF WRITER GEOFF LEE

I am 70-years-old but I may be able to live to be 120 or more thanks to video replays! Did I eat two pieces of toast this morning or one? Let me replay my meal time on my kitchen cam to find out and I’ll get back to you, but if it’s two, I am not

buying it. I don’t really need to re-check all my breakfasts day after day for those who doubt me. Video replays are ruining reality by becoming reality! The latest case in point is the disqualificat ion of Ke ntucky Derby horse Maximum

Security that crossed the line first only to surrender the title to the official winner Country House following jockeys’ protests. Officials watched videotape six ways to China to conclude Maximum Security drifted into the path of other horses on the final turn. All of the announcers, including me at home, swore the affected horses wouldn’t have won so

Maximum Security was the best horse. The jockey of Country House, who was among those who filed a protest, seemed like an evil gloating fellow eager to spoil the party. By protesting, he took the glory of the moment away from the real winner and fans and killed the reality of horse racing. Everyone had to wait almost 25 minutes to learn what horse won. Jockeys will be com-

ing out of the woodwork now to protest every perceived grievance. The owner of Maximum Security is mulling legal action. Video replays in other sports are just as troublesome. The Finnish women’s hockey team was celebrating their stunning world championship win over the U.S. only to have an American protest overturn the winning goal with a lame goalie interfer-

ence call. Of course, the Finns went on to lose. These are sore loser calls in my mind and it’s high time we just lived with the officiating calls as they happen without video replays. I hope it’s not true that our own life is supposed to flash in front of our eyes in our final seconds on earth. I know what horse won the freaking derby and what I ate as it happened!!

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The 5th annual Lloydminster RCMP Stuff the Cruiser Food Drive, in partnership with Lloydminster and District Co-op, kicked off with a photo op at the Co-op Marketplace Saturday. From left: Greg Mathias president of Citizens on Patrol, Janine Schatz, Co-op cashier, Const. Michael Hagel and Mayor Lisa O’Doherty Salvation Army with the first of 250 bags of food sold. That stuffed a big minivan five times which would equate to at least 10 Crown Vics used as the benchmark in previous drives.


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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 MONDAY EXCEPT LONG WEEKENDS –MODERN SQUARE DANCING Modern Square Dancing from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m, Legacy Centre, 5101 - 46 Street, BACK Door (West door) All ages welcome! No experience necessary, No partner required, No costume expected. Learning fun maneuvers to lively music in a team! Your first evening is free, only $5 afterwards. Call Kendall, 306-825-3770, or email Esther, moment101@ hotmail.com for more info. 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, noncompetitive 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 780-8710513. EVERY TUESDAY — DIABETES 102 The new schedule for PNRHA Diabetes Education Classes is ready! Everyone starts with Diabetes 101 and then follows up with Diabetes 102 (people on diabetes pills) or Diabetes 103 (people on insulin). All classes are sched-

Passport to YLL To place an event, email taylor@meridiansource.ca or fax 306-825-5147

uled on a Tuesday morning from 8:15 a.m. to noon. Please contact Nancy Johnston at 306-820-6096 or H e l e n R o g e r s a t 306-820-6291 to pre-register.

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.

EVERY TUESDAY — SENIORS MEET The Lloydminster Concerned Citizens for Seniors Care Society meets at the Legacy Centre from noon until 1:30 p.m. Lunch is available for $10. Please reserve before Tuesday morning at 780-8754584. Everyone welcome.

MAY 1-31 – CLOTHING DRIVE Coldwell Banker City Side Realty will be accepting donations of NEW CLOTHING ONLY at 3812 -51st Avenue. All donations will be given to Lloydminster Sexual Assault Services.

EVERY TUESDAY & SATURDAY — 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. (Sat) We’re on Facebook.

MAY 16 – SPRING TEA AND BAKE SALE The Pioneer Lodge Spring Tea & Bake Sale is being held on May 16 at 5722-50 Street. Bake sale starts at 1:30 p.m. and tea at 2 p.m. Admission $4. Everyone welcome.

EVERY THURSDAY – FARMER’S MARKET The Border City Farmer’s Market takes place 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 Tuesdays 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

MAY 16 – 500 CARD TOURNAMENT The Legacy Centre is hosting a 500 Card Tournament on May 16. Play begins at 10 a.m. and the cost is $10 to play and $10 for lunch. Everyone welcome! Call Legacy office for more info at 780875-4584. M A Y 2 3 – C R IB B A GE TOURNAMENT The Legacy Centre is hosting a Cribbage Tournament on May 23. Play begins at 10 a.m. and the cost is $10 to play and $10 for lunch. Everyone welcome! Call Legacy office for more info at 780875-4584. MAY 24 – AL-ANON INFO LUNCHEON Lloydminster Al-Anon Family Groups will hold a free public information luncheon Friday May 24 from noon t0 1 p.m. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. at the Guide/Scout Hall, 3707

– 49 Ave. If you are troubled by someone else’s drinking, consider attending this free luncheon. There will be a presentation from an AA and AlAnon speaking. RSVP to Irene at 780-875-4792. MAY 31 – SPRING GARAGE SALE The St. Anthony’s Catholic Women’s League will be hosting a Spring Garage Sale and lunch on May 31 from 1-6 p.m. (garage sale only) and June 1 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (garage sale and lunch) at St. Anthony’s Parish Hall at 2704 – 56 Ave. (west of Home Hardware). JUNE 4 – SAFE FOOD HANDLING COURSE Grace United Church is hosting a “Safe Food Handling Course” on Tuesday, June 4. Deadline to register is April 30. Cost is $94.50. To register and pay please see Caroline at the Grace United Church Office. Office hours are Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Everyone welcome. If you require more information, please call Deb Lundquist at 780-871-1652. JUNE 6 – ANNUAL SPRING SALE The Lloydminster Continuing Care Auxiliary Annual Spring Tea is being held at 7402 – 29 St. on June 6 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. There will be a bake sale, tea, door prizes, raffles, and mystery parcels. Admission is $3. Everyone welcome! Guided tours of the cottages will be available. JUNE 7-9 – GOSPEL JAMBOREE The 11th Manitou Lake Gos-

pel Jamboree is being held on June 7-9 at ML Bible Camp Neilburg, SK. Free Concerts in heated Tabernacle. Tax receipts for donations. Keepers of The Faith, Daae Family, Potter’s Clay Quartet, Kenny Mac, Touch of Grace, Ben Johnsons, Fraser Valley, Budds, Neilburg Youth Band, Fri. 7 p.m. and Sat and Sun.10:15 a.m. Free banana splits Friday night. Concession. Sat. Fundraiser Turkey Supper. Free camping. Come out and enjoy an inspiring weekend of gospel music. JUNE 14 –CHARITY BBQ On June 14 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 Snowflake House Respite Foundation, which provides a safe, compassionate environment for children with special needs, whether it be for a few hours of a few days. 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! LLOYDMINSTER LEARNING COUNCIL - Google Series, four weeks, Thursdays, March 14 - Apr 4, 2019, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Fee: $100. JULY 6 – RIDERS GAME The Legacy Centre is off to Regina for the Riders game on July 6 for their 8 p.m. home game and coming home July 7. Trip price includes bus ride to and from Regina, hotel room and ticket to Riders’ game against Calgary. Call Legacy office for more info at 780-875-4584.


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Young sponges soak up safety

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Alex Miazga, a Grade 4 student at St. Mary’s Elementary School, is encouraged by RCMP Const. Michael Hagel to check the sighting of this C-8 carbine rifle during a hands-on firearms safety talk during Progressive Agriculture Safety Day on May 9. More than 400 Grade 4 students rotated to roughly 10 different safety demos staffed by volunteers at the Lloydminster Exhibition Grounds. GEOFF LEE

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.................................. Learning about agricultural and outdoor safety at a young age can save a finger, a limb, or a life. That’s the thinking

behind the Lloydminster Progressive Agriculture Safety Day presented by Lloydminster Agricultural Exhibition Association on May 9. “The purpose of the annual event is to cre-

ate awareness to teach Grade 4 students the dangers associated with being on a farm and rural areas,” said Sydney Lake agriculture manager of Lloyd Exh. “The goal is that we

can create safe behaviours for them to take forward throughout their lives.” About 475 Grade 4 students took part in interactive hands-on safety demos covering topics ranging from firearms, fire and water safety to animal, electricity and grain and machinery safety. Bicycle and ATV safety were also covered. “It’s very exciting; the kids are very excited to learn all about farm safety,” said Gloria Wangler, who teaches at St. Mary’s Elementary School. “With the summer months and the warmer weather, I think they have to know what kind of warning signs are ahead and to be on the lookout and be safe.” The Progressive safety day program was created to prevent farm-related injuries and deaths by show-

ing kids how to follow some simple safety precautions. It’s taught by volunteers like Chuck Manly from Agland, who brought in a tractor and a bailer as safety props to deliver his safety lesson. “I’m going to be showing them PTO safety and just general awareness of how

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fast things can happen when you are working around machinery or your lawn mower or anything like that,” he said. “If we save one kid or finger or limb, the whole day is more worthwhile coming down to.”

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The classes spent a b o ut 10- 15 mi nutes at each safety station, including one on fire safety taught by firsttime volunteer, Jeff Mulligan who co-owns

Astec Safety Inc. “Fire safety is what we’re working on today, so we are going to give the kids a chance to learn about where fires occur and how to put them out,” said Mulligan.

Like many of the other volunteers on hand, Mulligan agrees these safety messages are important to learn at a young age. “I think it is—safety in general—we see too many injuries and too many accidents still today,” he said. Lake says the Grade 4 target group is a good age to get kids thinking about safety and thinking about what to do and not to do when they get put into those situations. “It’s a really important aspect at the exhibition for education and for getting the youth involved in the industry, and it’s something we always look forward to,” said Lake.

The event includes lunch for all of the kids from both school divisions. “It’s a very busy day. but it’s a great day. I think the kids really enjoy it,” said Lake. The basis of the program is provided by the Progressive Agriculture Foundation, in conjunction with the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association. Safety day is sponsored by Saskatchewan Agriculture Societies Exhibition, SAASE, the

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Ron James jazzed to return to the west

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Beloved Canadian comedian Ron James is excited to return to the west on his Full Throttle tour, which will bring him to the Vic Juba Community Theatre on May 24. Throughout a storied career in television, film and stand-up comedy, James explained how stand-up has always been a life force and a staple, something he never wants to give up. “It’s what defines

me, it’s what makes me happy, and it’s what makes me fulfilled,” he said. “They say ‘do something you love and you’ll never work a day in your life,’ and I know that sounds like a lazy man’s way of making a living, but comedy’s been so hard and not without its disappointments and failures and long stretches on the road. It’s a calling and it deserves respect.” James’ stop in the Border City will feature

fresh material that concentrates on difficult aspects of mid-life, of generational change, little aches and pains getting in the way here and there, and of course just change and how you adapt to it. “I usually try to keep politics out of my act and let the politicians polarize the country,” he said. “It’s my job on stage to unify, and the country being as fractured as it is and everything being sensitive, in a country of 37 million people you have to be of equal opportunity offender, and the older I get as a comedian the more apolitical I become.” A product of Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, James noted how the west has always been good to him and how one of his TV specials, “Quest for the West,” shot in Calgary in 2006, was his most successful to date. Being from eastern

Canada, he has always tailored his comedy to the region he is playing while keeping true to his eastern heritage. “It’s not like we’re all cheery little leprechauns playing the accordion in a kitchen,” he said with a laugh. “But, I think because we were without for so long and since there was an integrity of love for people, neighbours and place, and there’s a great generosity of spirit there that’s undeniable. There’s something about people from the east that I think permeates every aspect of my comedy.” After spending almost two decades living in Los Angeles and returning to Canada in 1997, James is grateful to be able to make a living doing what he loves in his nation of origin. “No matter where I travel in Canada I can tell the audience ‘I ate some muktuk by an inukshuk in Tuktoyak-

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when she brought her second baby home. With Eden, her first, she had typical baby blues that went away and things went smoothly, but with Willow things were drastically different. Without warning, April and her husband Marty were thrown into a long, unwelcome and unexpected journey. After a difficult pregnancy, early birth and countless complications, April was already at risk for Postpartum Depression when they welcomed Willow, April 17, 2014. Having already been through the first year at home with a new baby, April wasn’t too concerned about PPD however, it hit her and her husband harder than she ever thought possible. 

“There were days I had to fight for the will to live,” she explained. “It was a very dark place. I had anxiety which led to waking up everyday with panic attacks. Sleep was almost impossible at the beginning and I actually e x p e ri e nc e d p s y c h o sis and am sad to say attempted suicide. It’s very hard to share that.”  At first April felt ashamed and hid her confusing and overwhelming reality from many family members and friends. Unfortunately, Marty noticed the changes but didn’t know what was going on at first. Once a family memb e r p o i nt e d o u t t h at April’s condition might need medical attention, Marty realized that rather than pulling away from her, April’s mood changes were an illness and an opportunity to support. “It’s not easy seeing someone you love experience such dark and depressive state,” he said. “I wanted to help her feel better but it seemed that while she could acknowledge something positive she could only experience the negative. I didn’t blame her for any of this as though she had done something wrong or that she simply needed an attitude adjustment. I knew that she was not herself.” April credits much of

Photo courtesy of My Why Revolution her recovery and understanding of how PPD continues to impact her life from the support she has been given by her husband and to their faith. Marty continued, “In my vows to her in marriage I removed any such conditions as in sickness and health. Furthermore I believe in the law of Christ where Jesus said, ‘Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.’ Obviously it’s not always easy and I would have never imagined we would both experience so much pain and darkness throughout this trial in our marriage. With all of this there was a lot

of pressure, Pressure to meet people’s assessment of whether I was handling the situation properly And pressure not become depressed myself.  Sadly, I can’t say I was successful in any regard. “But that’s just how life goes sometimes and a person just needs to be able to rise above their current circumstances, let the feelings pass and do the right thing especially when it’s hard.” The couple looks back at those trying times as a stepping stone to strengthen their relationship and now the wants to share their story with others. CONTINUED ON PAGE 17


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April now writes open and candidly on a blog to support others going through similar experiences and emotions in hopes that sharing her story will inspire others to ask for help and reach out for support. Fortunately through the will to live and support of loved ones she reached out to doctors to start the daunting journey of finding the right antidepressants. During the first six months, April struggled to get out of bed each day.

“Minutes felt like hours and days would drag on and on,” she recalls. “The first thing I noticed was I didn’t sleep well. My concentration became very blurry and it felt like I was in a deep brain fog. Since in recovery, I am so glad to say I am still here to raise my precious daughters and be a wife today. Many days I wondered if I’d ever be the same again, and the truth is you really never are, your experience changes you. It makes you find who

you are truly meant to be. It helps you to find strength from the depths of despair. For me, that strength came from God. In all honesty, I’d do it all over again to have my daughter Willow, she has been worth the fight.” And, that is just how April describes the recovery process from PPD, a continual fight.   “You learn to advocate for yourself until you feel like ‘you’ again. During my times of despair when I didn’t feel I could go on, I am so grateful for my husband, and the

friends and family who helped lighten the load for us in so many ways. Although very difficult, the fight for my mental health has been worth it. Now that I’m recovering I’ve learned how important prayer, diet and lifestyle is for your mental health.” Not only has April, bounced back but she has bounced forward stating, “I can honestly say this is the best I’ve felt since before I got sick. I’m so grateful!” If you would like to follow more of April’s journey you can check

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Everyone can enjoy affordable adventures over the May long weekend and all summer at Alberta’s heritage facilities. The summer season began May 15 as provin-

cial historic sites, museums and archives open the doors or start summer hours. From antique vehicles, Ukrainian dancing and vintage food, to dinosaurs and ancient bison-hunting culture, there is something for

people of all ages. “We are opening our doors and calling all Albertans to discover our beautiful province through our historic sites, museums and archives,” said Leela Aheer, Minister of Culture, Multiculturalism

and Status of Women. “I know you will be inspired and moved by the stories and people that have shaped Alberta.” For a full list of exciting locations to visit throughout Alberta this summer visit alberta.ca.

out her blog: The Mental Health Mama @https:// thementalhealthmomma.wordpress. com. The My Why Team would like to thank April and her family for par-

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With the upcoming long weekend being an exciting “save the date” time for many, the Lloydminster RCMP would like to remind the public to not, under

any circumstance, drink and drive. “The long weekend is really the first weekend for camping, and everyone gets really excited to get the trailer out and get the boats out,” said Const. Michael

Hagel on the Lloydminster RCMP. “If you do consume any alcohol, find another driver. It doesn’t matter if it’s one or two, or a few. You don’t know how alcohol is going to impact your system.

You’ll always see more police presence on the roads during long weekends and you’ll see more integrated traffic units, including the Sheriff traffic units, and they’ll be looking for impaired drivers.

“Finding someone else to drive for you is always highly recommended.” Hagel also noted the operation of a boat, a quad, a motorcycle, dirt bike, or anything with a

File Photo motor while impaired, is also a crime. To follow suit with the long weekend, as well as National Impaired Driving Week, which falls from May 12-20, Lloydminster RCMP members will be a little more visible than usual with overall safety being top of mind. “You’ll always see

more police presence on the roads during long weekends and you’ll see more integrated traffic units, including the Sheriff traffic units, and they’ll be looking for impaired drivers,” said Hagel. Nearly 6,600 people have been injured in impaired driving collisions over the last 10

years in Saskatchewan. While the number of injuries has continually trended downward over the past decade, there were still 368 people injured from impaired driving collisions on Saskatchewan roads in 2017, and there were 39 impaired drivingrelated deaths, down from 57 in 2016.


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Spring clean your indoor air

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There are several house plants that can actually clean out air polluting toxins in our

homes; all while delivering fresh clean oxygen, and surrounding us with some relaxing nature, indoors. Scientists have discovered that there are

certain plants that are super good at cleaning up our indoor air. Our indoor air can become stagnate and filled with toxins from the gassing off of chem-

icals from the interior finishes in our homes and the consumer products that we buy. Not only are house plants healthy, but they are also Instagram worthy in a white-walled home. One of the top plants for cleaning the air is the snake plant, also called mothers in law tongue. It is a very easy keeper and tends to be the last plant left alive, even when neglected. It absorbs carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, xylene, nitrogen monoxide, benzene, chloroform and various other air toxins. At night a snake plant will absorb carbon monoxide and release oxygen making it a good choice for the bedroom. The spider plant has been found by NASA to remove 90 per cent of cancer-causing formaldehyde in a home. Formaldehyde can

be found in grout and adhesives so it might be a good idea to have a spider plant in your kitchen or bathroom. The spider plant looks great in a hanging pot or on a plant stand. A golden pothos is a vine plant that is well placed near the exit door to the garage, as it can clean the air of the toxins that may come in from vehicle exhaust. The peace lily consists of green foliage with slender white lily type flowers. It removes indoor air pollutants from electronics, furniture and cleaning products. It only needs to be watered every 4 or 5 days. The Palm tree works as an air purifier, eliminating toxins in the air and releasing oxygen, it also is a natural humidifier. It releases approx-

imately one litre of water a day into the air, making it perfect for our dry prairie air, or for those with difficulty breathing. For optimal indoor air quality, there are a couple of different recommendations. One is to have six plants per person, and the other is to have one plant per 100 square feet of space. Plants are also a great way to clean the air in your work environment. In addition to cleaning the air, green leafy plants are known to boost productivity, reduce stress, improve mood and increase our creative thinking. It’s almost as if they are clearing our mind as well.


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Planning a renovation this summer? Check out the top trends in design, products, and techniques for transforming your home. Kitchens and bathrooms If you’re looking to make a big change this year, a kitchen or bathroom renovation is the way to go. These two rooms continue to top lists as the most popular remodelling projects, especially if you’re looking to sell your home as they typically provide the highest return on investment and add significant value in the eyes of potential buyers. Florals Floral-print furniture is a popular way to incorporate this trend in your home. A bold patterned chair or sofa is a great option and really pops

File Photo when paired with a solid wall colour to keep the space grounded. Or, try a fun wallpaper in a floral pattern in the bedroom or bathroom. Double islands When you’re graced with a large open kitchen space, go big with double islands. This custom feature can do a whole lot more than offer extra prep space. With plenty of room for storage, you’ll be able to conceal appliances like the dishwasher and microwave, freeing up even more counter space. For an easy way to add a dish-

washer to your islands, check out the Sanivite pump system from Saniflo. Home offices Working from home is more popular as the number of people who work freelance or remotely continues to grow. A stylish home office can be a great way to keep your independent workspace separate from the rest of your home living area. For a productive home working environment, include functional pieces like custom built-in shelves, a comfortable chair and great lighting.

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Managing expectations GREEN FILE MARK & BEN CULLEN

Do you hear that? It is the sound of Canadian gardeners celebrating the beginning of a new gardening season. More than 80 per cent of Canadians claim to engage in the world of plants somehow.

That makes gardening the most popular outdoor leisure activity. Many of us are gearing up for a spectacular season, after a long, cold winter. Often our dreams of a great garden aren’t real-

ized. Beginner gardeners always enter a new season with a warped sense of reality. Experienced gardeners – even Mark – can get carried away with plans for a garden that are not likely to materialize as imagined. We take this moment to breathe deeply, and help you manage your expectations:

There will be failures We are not talking about catastrophic let downs, but the experiences that teach us something by their occurrence. A gardener who has never failed has failed to take necessary risks. Gardeners learn best by

their failures. It is liberating to fail in the garden as it is essentially harmless. The consequences of failure in many other parts of our lives can be difficult to bear, but a plant that didn’t grow is not failure. It is a composting opportunity. Be prepared to fail.

Embrace it. There will be triumphs And you will not see them coming. You might grow the largest or earliest tomato on the block, but don’t count on it. CONTINUED ON PAGE 23

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There are too many factors that will influence your success, like weather, insects, disease and did we mention weather? It is best not to begin the season with expectations of success. Much better to take it when it arrives and be surprised. A monarch caterpillar spins a cocoon on your milkweed, a hummingbird buzzes in your ear in the quiet of some morning while you are weeding or the zucchini that you planted over produces, providing an opportunity for you to be a big shot ‘round town, giving away fresh produce like there is nothing to it. You become the zucchini champion. Relish in your successes. Nature has her own ideas You have a plan for the best looking or most

productive garden ever. We remind you that anything that occurs after you prepare the soil and plant has little to do with you.

A study at Olds College in Alberta, proved that uncultivated land, left to the devices of nature produce over 75 per cent non-native invasive weeds.

The gardener is merely a moderator. Mother Nature is in charge and if she wants to change your plan, she has the power to do it. The apples in Mark’s 30-tree orchard were hit by hail a couple of years ago. A picture-perfect crop became “seconds”

in seconds. No matter. They tasted just as good and made great sauce. The #1 lesson is patience Your garden is a classroom where you learn from your experiences. You can “want” your sunflowers to produce a bloom in June. Truth is, it takes at least 80 days for even the fastest sunflower seed to mature into a plant worth its keep. We plant bean and radish seeds with youngsters as they grow so f ast . Bu t e ve n be ans and radishes need a few weeks to perform. This is not like clicking on YouTube for a tutorial. Gardeners plan, prepare, plant, nurture and wait. That is our game. There is only one way to enjoy the satisfaction of winning and it takes patience. It is yours Finally, a reminder

that your garden is yours. If you allow your lawn and garden to simply be controlled by nature, you will be very disappointed. A study at Olds College in Alberta, proved that uncultivated land, left to the devices of nature produce over 75 per cent non-native invasive weeds. Indeed, there is only one way to squeeze the

joy of the gardening experience into the palm of your hand and that is to take the initiative to make it so. Gardening is full of surprises. But most of them are fun and satisfying. A fiction writer could not imagine what you will experience this season in your own garden. Which is why you need to manage your own

expectations of it. Mark Cullen is an expert gardener, author, broadcaster, tree advocate and Member of the Order of Canada. His son Ben is a fourth-generation urban gardener and graduate of University of Guelph and Dalhousie University in Halifax. Follow them at markcullen.com, @ markcullengardening, and on Facebook.


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Growing your own vegetables is a fun and rewarding experience that can improve your health and save you money – but it does take time and care. Plan it out If you don’t have an existing garden space, mark the shape with string and remove your sod to expose the soil. Start off with a small space; one of the biggest mistakes first-time gardeners make is planning an area that’s too large to maintain. When you have success in your first attempt with a small garden, it’s easy to expand. Pick a spot that gets as much sun as possible – you need at least six hours each day.

You’ll have to water your vegetable and herb garden regularly, so close proximity to a water spigot is ideal, whether you use a garden hose or watering can. Remove rocks from the soil Remove any rocks or debris from your soil and enrich it with at least two inches of Nature’s Care Organic Garden Soil. This will help stimulate root growth and ensure that you get the very best produce in your garden.

Plant your vegetable or herb seedlings Keep in mind how big your plants will grow, and make sure to space out your garden accordingly. Feed and water To maximize growth, feed your garden with an organic and natural vegetable food every two months and water as needed. Water in the early morning until the soil is moist but not soggy. Remember to keep watering as needed and remove weeds when necessary.


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Did you know that floods are among the most frequent and costly natural disasters in Canada? Whether it’s a spring thaw or summer flash flood, there are lots of things you can do to make sure your property is ready for excess water. With Emergency Preparedness Week being May 5 to 11 this calendar year, now is the perfect time to inform yourself of ways to flood-proof your home. Here are some are relatively quick and easy tips on how to help protect your home from potential flood damage: Safeguard your roof: Check that your roof and eavestroughs are draining properly in

heavy rains. Make sure your downspouts extend at least 2 metres (6 feet) from your basement walls. Use a rain barrel to catch runoff from your roof. Raise your appliances: Raise large appliances in the basement above the potential water level. If an item can’t be raised, consider anchoring it and protecting it with a floodwall or shield. Secure your furnace, water heater and/or oil tank so they won’t tip over in a flood. Check your perimeter: Inspect sidewalks, patios, decks and driveways to make sure they haven’t settled over time and are causing water to drain toward your property. In the winter, be

sure to clear snow away from the building’s foundation. If the ground is sloped one inch per foot near the building, moving snow just three to five feet from the building will help reduce problems. Seal your windows: Use poly-urethane outdoor sealant around basement windows and the base of groundlevel doors. Install flood shields or barriers for basement windows and doors – the tops should extend above ground level. Upgrade your yard: Consider planting a “rain garden” by using landscaping as a way to catch and disperse water in the soil near your property. Use native plants and vegetation that will resist soil erosion.

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Salads are always a great accompaniment for summer barbeques and outdoor entertaining. Macaroni and potato salad are classics, and I have added an easy beet salad for variety. I like this macaroni salad recipe because it uses a small amout of mayonnaise and adds in

healthy olive oil. The vinegar, olive oil, cheese and ham help to steady the blood sugar and reduce the glycemic index of the pasta. Cubed canned or roast chicken can be substituted for the ham. For an Italian flavour, skip the cheddar cheese and instead add diced black olives, chopped sun-dried tomatoes, mozzarella cheese,

chopped sweet pickles, green onions and Italian seasoning depending on your preferences. For a Greek twist use feta cheese instead of cheddar, add black olives, chopped red onion, cucumber and some oregano for seasoning. Classic Macaroni Salad with Cheese and Ham - 2 cups uncooked

macaroni - 1 cup diced celery - 1 cup diced red and/ or yellow pepper - 1 cup grated or cubed cheddar cheese - 1 can of ham cubed, or 1 cup cubed roasted ham - 2 tablespoons of vinegar - 3/4 teaspoon sea salt - 1/4 teaspoon pepper - 1/3 cup mayonnaise - 2 tablespoons olive oil - 3 tablespoons minced onion Cook, drain and cool the macaroni. It is a good idea to add a little cooking oil to the pot when cooking the pasta to help prevent it from sticking together. While the macaroni is cooling chop the celery, the peppers, the cheese and the ham. Combine the remaining dressing ingredients with the macaroni and chopped foods and mix

gently to combine. For potato salad, red potatoes have a nice firm texture. Potatoes can be boiled with the peel either on or off for salad. Retaining the potato peel on garden potatoes will provide more nutrients, as the peel and the area just below the skin are the highest in nutrients. Always peel storebought potatoes, as they are usually sprayed to prevent sprouting. Do not over boil the potatoes or your salad will be mushy. Cold potatoes have a lower glycemic index than hot potatoes and do not spike blood sugar the same as hot potatoes. Surprisingly, when selecting eggs, very fresh eggs are not the best, as they will be too difficult to peel. Older eggs will peel much easier. To hard boil eggs, place eggs in

a pot of water, with a tablespoon of vinegar and bring to boil. Once boiling, shut the heat off and cover the pot, leaving the eggs in the pot for 15 minutes. Cool the eggs by running cold water on them before you peel them. If the eggs are left to cool n the hot water the yolks they become overcooked and will become blacken around the outer edge. This is caused by a reaction between the sulphur and iron in the egg and it does not affect the eating ability. This recipe can be cut in half or doubled to suit your needs. It serves 8 people.

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Potato Salad - 8 cups cooked and cubed potatoes - 10 Eggs - 1 cup chopped green onions or 3/4 cup chopped sweet onion - 1 1/2 teaspoon dried dill or 2 tablespoons fresh Dill - 1 cup Mayonnaise or Salad Dressing - 3/4 teaspoon salt - 1/4 teaspoon pepper Boil, drain and cool the potatoes. Boil, cool and peel the eggs. Cut the potatoes and eggs into cubes. Stir in the mayonnaise, dill, onion, salt and pepper. Taste to see if you need more mayonnaise, salt or pepper. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Potato salad can be garnished with paprika. Variations include omitting the radish and adding 1/2 - 1 cup any of the following: radish, diced celery, cooked peas, apple, cooked beet, and cooked corn. This beet salad adds wonderful colour, buttery texture and a hint of dill. It is super easy to make and adds a unique colour to the menu. Beet salad is great to accompany almost any home cooked meal, and

even better beets have some important health benefits. The phytonutrients in beets are called betalains and work in the body as antioxidants, strong anti-inflammatories and agents for detoxification. Beets help the liver detox of toxins, which in a world of chemical-filled foods makes beets a super yummy star player. Beet Salad - 2 cans of beets, drained - 1/4 cup mayonnaise - 1 teaspoon dried dill ( or fresh) - 1/4 teaspoon pepper - 1/2 teaspoon sea salt Combine all the ingredients, serve.

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Bare spots happen on almost every lawn. They can be caused by heavy foot traffic or rough winter weather. Whatever the reason, if the spot is larger than a foot wide, it’s important to patch it. Otherwise, weeds will quickly fill the space, or a deep rut can develop if

the soil erodes without grass to hold it in place. Fortunately, fixing bare spots is easy, and we’re here to help. Choose your seeds A good rule of thumb is to try to use the same mix of seeds planted in the surrounding area so the new growth will match what’s already there.

If your bare spot is from high traffic, it might be a good idea to patch it with a seed blend meant for hightraffic areas. Also, if the bare spot is in a shady spot under a tree, use a shade mix. Spread the seeds Spread out the grass seeds according to package directions,

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Lawn Fertilizer, all over the patch. You can cover the patch with straw to keep the seeds in place. Hydrate the area Water lightly early in the morning and keep it damp until you see the new grass sprouting, which should happen within about two weeks. Make sure the area

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Besides helping to save the planet, an energy-efficient home can help you save on your monthly hydro bills, making your living environment warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. To get started, check out these easy projects even first-time do-ityourselfers can do: Inspect your perimeter Much of the money you spend on your home energy bills is wasted through leaky windows and drafty doors. So it’s a smart idea to regularly inspect your home for any issues, which usually have quick fixes. For example, you can caulk air leaks, weatherstrip your windows, clear your gutters and clean your outside dryer vent and air conditioning unit.

Insulate your basement Subfloors are a necessity for saving on heating costs and protecting your basement from mould production and moisture damage.

Besides helping to save the planet, an energy-efficient home can help you save on your monthly hydro bills, making your living environment warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.

Choose a high-quality subfloor like DriCore, which has been designed specifically for concrete. The panels are designed with air gap technology to protect against mould and to keep basement floors

feeling warm and comfortable throughout the year. And installation is easy – one room should only take half a day. Boost your greenery Did you know that trees can reduce the air temperature surrounding your home? You can plant trees strategically to shade windows, rooftops and even your AC unit in the summer. Experts recommend deciduous trees that offer shade in the summer but shed their leaves to allow sunlight in during the winter. Another option is evergreens, which are better at reducing strong, chilly winds when they are planted away from the home at a distance that’s two to five times their height. As a bonus, you’ll enjoy more fresh air and a prettier landscape when looking out your window.

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Driven by the past, reaching for the future WHISPERS OF THE PAST SANDRA L. BROWN

Railways played an important role in settling our area as towns grew alongside its tracks. With its catchy slogan and small town charm, Marshall, our neighbour to the east, is full of prairie spirit. Two railroad builders, McKenzie and Mann, bought the land for what was to become the town site. This land was mostly a slough, but the price was right. In fact, folks boated on it. Many thought this town site would have been built where the Stringers and Earlys homesteaded. This early settlement was originally named Stringer and was located about one mile from the railroad’s chosen site. Nearby established businesses were forced to move to the new location or risk losing

the local trade. When the railway came through in 1905, this little hamlet was renamed Marshall after the engineer on the first construction crew. The Farmers’ Institute began circa 1903 with members from the Stringer district each paying a nominal fee to join. Meetings were held nearly every two weeks during the winter. Its purpose was, “That the objects of the Institute be for mutual instruction on all subjects, more especially with regard to farming knowledge, by means of lectures or otherwise and for the promotion of social union amongst its members.” The writer commented on how these meetings proved highly interesting from “time to time” which makes me wonder if he was serious or just plain bored.

He thought the meetings wer e t he means of passing a winter’s afternoon away. These discussions gave an opportunity to learn from the more experienced farmers in the district. In 1905 an area farmer expected to harvest between 30-40 bushels of wheat per acre. Potato crops were plentiful and of good quality. One of the farmers unfortunately lost 11 acres of oats due to a strong wind which blew out the grain before cutting began. The Stringer church was one of the first churches in the area. A prayer desk and lectern were made by Mr. Stringer from pine purchased from Onion Lake. Designing the details himself, both items were similar in size to those found in the Log Church in Lloydminster. Folks in England sent gifts for the church including three

Camping season opens at Sask Provincial Parks MERIDIAN SOURCE STAFF

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The time of year that many campers look forward to is finally here. Saskatchewan Provincial Park campgrounds are set to officially open for the 2019 season today. “Opening week-

end for provincial park campgrounds is always an exciting time for us,” Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Gene Makowsky said. “This year we are encouraging campers to get out to the parks early to make the most of the 2019 season.”

New this year, visitors can camp in a provincial park from Thursday, May 16 up until Monday, June 24, 2019, at a discounted rate of $5 per night off in any electric, non-electric or economy campsite. CONTINUED ON PAGE 32

red silk book markers and two offertory bags. The organ was d o na t e d b y a c h u rc h member. From June 1903 to Easter 1905 a total of $75.47 was collected by the church’s congregation. This church was moved to Marshall and became the chancel of a much larger building. Evidently, the tower was built too high and the wind caused it to break away. Eventually, in 1922, the tower was shortened by four feet. Its first bell was a length of railway steel accompanied by a hammer. This was eventually replaced with a bell given by the railroad. It’s interesting to discover how towns began and developed. Each one has a unique story. Marshall began from the relocated settle-

ment of Stringer and is truly “driven by the

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Camping season kicks off in Saskatchewan FROM PAGE 31

This spring discount provides an opportunity for guests to enjoy the

parks at a very affordable rate. Spring is the perfect time to get out and explore while the parks are still quiet.

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Campsites are still available in many provincial parks; nightly reservations can be made at www.saskparks.goingtocamp. com. During the Victoria Day Weekend (Thursday, May 16 to Monday, May 20 inclusive), the alcohol ban will be in place once again and will include cannabis. The alcohol and cannabis ban applies to all campgrounds and picnic areas within provincial parks and recreation sites. The ban is also in effect at several regional parks. For additional information on the alcohol and cannabis ban, please visit www.sask-

parks.com. Saskatchewan Parks offer something for everyone, from familyfriendly sandy beaches to back-country hiking trails. Throughout the summer months, many parks will once again be offering a variety of programs and special events that appeal to guests of all ages. A list of programs and events can be found at www.saskparks.com, under the Events tab on each park page. The Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport continues to invest in provincial park facilities and infrastructure to provide the best experience possible for visitors.

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$1.6 million for capital maintenance. Saskatchewan’s provincial parks continue to be important destinations, attracting visitors and bringing economic benefits to the entire province.

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The Saskatchewan government recently released its response to the Domestic Violence

Death Review (DVDR) Report. Interpersonal Violence and Abuse: Response to the Domestic Violence Death Review Report highlights government-wide initiatives working to prevent and end interpersonal violence and abuse in Saskatchewan. The response paper is the result of a collaboration between several government ministries, led by the Status of Women Office and the Ministry of Justice and Attorney General, and involving numerous community and government partners. “Each of us has a role to play in ending interpersonal violence and abuse in Saskatchewan,” Minister Responsible for the Status of Women Office Tina BeaudryMellor said. “We all must challenge attitudes and behaviours that permit

or condone violence. We must support survivors and create a culture of safety for everyone.” The Government of Saskatchewan remains committed to addressing interpersonal violence and abuse. In 2019-20, more than $20 million will be provided for a range of prevention and intervention services and responses for children, survivors and offenders to reduce the impact of interpersonal, domestic and sexual violence. Of this, the Ministry of Justice and Attorney General is providing $11.9 million to programs and resources dedicated to violence and abuse prevention and intervention, and to providing support to survivors. This includes $427,000 to maintain and expand upon commitments made in 2018 in the initial response to the DVDR Report. Monday, the Govern-

ment of Saskatchewan introduced and passed amendments to The Saskatchewan Employment Act through all stages to allow survivors of interpersonal violence to receive five days of paid leave from their places of employment. They can also access five days of unpaid leave. “This paper represents government’s continued commitment to supporting survivors of interpersonal violence and abuse,” Justice Minister and Attorney General Don Morgan said. “ As a p r o v i nc e , w e must do everything we can to protect and create safe and healthy communities.” The DVDR Report was created by a panel of experts and released in May 2018, with the intention of addressing Saskatchewan’s high rate of domestic violence.


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Two wheels that move the soul PRAIRIE WOOL HELEN ROW TOEWS

My brother recently purchased a handsome Harley Davidson. It’s his pride and joy. He keeps it safely tucked away under lock and key until he needs to slip away from everyday toil; sending the cares and worries of life tumbling into the breeze that whistles past his ears. I understand. There are few things better than swinging onto a motorbike and hitting the open road on a hot summer afternoon. Back in the day, I used to ride one myself. Surprised? Well, it’s quite true. There was a 250 Suzuki trail bike that took me on many grand adventures, and then, for a period of time, I owned a street bike. A black leather jacket and sparkly, red, full-face helmet were part of my con-

stant attire, complete with a black visor that, when opened for conversation sake, looked for all the world as though I survived, somewhat like Darth Vader, inside a hermetically sealed microwave oven. It was I who taught my oldest son Chris to ride a motorbike, which may or may not have been a good thing, but it’s too late to take back now. A couple of summers ago I was quietly tending flowerbeds when I heard what sounded like the angry whine of a low-flying jet and looked up, shading my eyes against the sun. Some lunatic was doing a wheelie across the entire length of the field across from our house! Then, this crazy person roared down into the ditch and ramped off the other side, flying high in the air –

and into our driveway. Evel Knievel? Speechless, I stood holding my trowel as the bike skidded sideways to a halt in a shower of gravel and Chris hopped to the ground, beaming happily.

There are few things better than swinging onto a motorbike and hitting the open road on a hot summer afternoon.

“Isn’t it great?” he cried, brushing a few impaled bugs from his brow. “It’s a CRF 450 Honda dirt bike. I’d like you to take it for a spin and try it out,” he finished proudly, as the rest of the family emerged hesitantly from the house. I edged toward the gleaming machine. Good grief, I hadn’t ridden a bike in 20 years, let alone a monstrous one like this. Was it even possi-

Theft of and from motor vehicle in Macklin MERIDIAN SOURCE STAFF

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On April 27 RCMP received a report that a vehicle had been broken into at the industrial park road area in Macklin. A dark coloured Chevrolet or Dodge truck was

observed at the scene around the time of the incident. On April 28 RCMP received a report of a stolen white Ford F-250, a trailer and a New Holland skid steer from an oil site north of Macklin.

An older model white Chevrolet Silverado was left at the scene. If anyone has information that will help with the investigation please contact the Unity RCMP at 306-228-6300, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS(8477).

ble – or wise? Would I careen headlong into the ditch and require several sturdy men wielding an acetylene torch and wire cutters to extricate my mangled body from a barbed wire fence? End my days in horrible disfigurement after grinding face first along our gravel road in a heap of twisted metal? Be forced to ride on into infinity because my feet couldn’t reach the ground to slow down and turn the blasted thing around? The engine rumbled loudly as I thought. No, I couldn’t refuse and disappoint my son when he so clearly had faith in me. Plus, there was a certain amount of pride involved. I had to do it. Strapping on his helmet I grimly accepted a boost in order to get on the thing, but eventually managed to growl

off down the driveway mouthing a silent prayer. In the end, however, it all went quite well. It f el t go o d to sp e e d through the gears and

feel the wind rush past my face as it had so many years ago. I like riding bikes. Maybe I should get one again – if only I had my flashy red helmet.


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T.J. Lloyd named Canada’s best defenceman JAMIE HARKINS WRITER

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The Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL) presents the Top Defenceman Award to a player in recognition for their efforts during the season, but it’s a strong next campaign that this year’s recipient is keeping his eyes on. T.J. Lloyd, captain of the AJHL’s Spruce Grove Saints, captured the nation’s defenceman of the year award this past weekend. The 19-year-old Lloydminster product earned the honour through a balloting and voting process completed by each of the CJHL’s 10-member leagues. Lloyd, who also won the AJHL’s Most Outstanding Defenseman award, recorded a career-high 11 goals and 45 points in 53 games for the Saints in 2018-19. He also captained Team Canada West to a bronze medal victory at the 2018 World Junior A Challenge this past fall. Being able to help with breakouts and moving pucks up the ice have always been a big part of his game, said Lloyd, but a chance to add some leadership to the Saints as a third-year AJHL player also came into play this season. He said then getting rewarded with a few

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T.J. Lloyd, a Border City blueliner, captured the Canadian Junior Hockey League’s Top Defenceman Award this past weekend.

points along the way can be attributed to the guidance of the Saints coaching staff and the help of a few Border City instructors. “Kyle Tapp with IHD, he does a great job with skill development,” said Lloyd. “Also Cujo

Conditioning, (they) help a bunch with offseason training and get guys feeling really ready for the season. I’ve got to give credit to those local guys who I think have helped me a ton over my career.” Lloyd’s many accom-

plishments as a junior hockey player include a World Junior A Challenge gold medal in 2017, an AJHL championship with the Saints during the spring of 2018 and twice being named to the AJHL North All-Star team.

He will suit up for the Bowling Green State University Falcons this fall on an NCAA Division 1 scholarship. A bit of early off-season rest is the focus right now, but Lloyd noted it won’t be long before he’s back in the

gym and on the ice. He added the plan is to head down to Bowling Green around the middle of August for orientation and to start training with the Falcons in preparation for an early-season tournament that a familiar on-ice adversary will also be playing in. “RIT is one of the first games we have this year,” he said. “So, that will be cool to suit up against Kobe (Walker). Then right after that, the next week, I play against two of my former teammates from Spruce Grove. They played in the Lloydminster rinks, Parker Saretsky and Logan Ganie, and they’re at Michigan Tech.” Lloyd said winning the CJHL Top Defenceman Award is a great accomplishment and he’s very fortunate to have had an incredible group of friends to play with these last three years. He said junior hockey has left him with many wonderful memories, but staying focused on the future is his priority. “I’ve got to get ready for college,” said Lloyd. “Guys are going to be bigger and stronger. I have to enjoy my summer and living at home, but I definitely need to have a hard-working off-season so I’m ready to go to the NCAA.”


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Track time Bishop Lloyd Middle School Lancers athlete Kadyn Dudding, right, participates in the midget boys javelin competition during a track and field meet at Lloydminster Comprehensive High School (LCHS) on Monday. The Lancers, including Emma Carson, above, in the bantam girls long jump event, were competing against each other to see who would represent the school at the Lloydminster City Track and Field meet at LCHS this Wednesday and Thursday.

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Pirates learn a few lessons in home-opener JAMIE HARKINS WRITER

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The Northwest midget AAA Prairie Pirates found the first keys to season-long success during their Saskatchewan Premier Baseball League (SPBL) home-opener. The Pirates fought back from an earlyafternoon 3-1 loss to the Swift Current 57’s to earn a four-run lead on their opponent midway through the second half of a doubleheader at Wallace Field on Saturday. Unfortunately, a series of missed plays in the field coupled

with cold bats in the late innings proved their downfall as the 5 7’s took the second contest 7-4. “It would have been nice to get a couple of wins out of it, but it could have gone worse,” said Pirates coach Dylan Flasch. “The guys made some adjustments, learned a lot today and got the nerves out. So, hopefully we’re a little bit better tomorrow.” Flasch noted they’re running with a young squad consisting of primarily Grades 10 and 11 players this season. He added they started practising indoors during

January and increased the work outside once the snow melted, but the two games against the 57’s still marked their first taste of actual on-field play. “The first game was more defensive, for sure,” said Pirates catcher and third-baseman Logan Schmahl. “Our pitching really helped us out, but we couldn’t figure out how to hit. In this game, we couldn’t play any defence. When you let teams run around the bases and don’t do anything about it you lose.” Pirates shortstop Kaiden Evans-Anderson

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Pirates right fielder Kaiden Chase takes a swing during the second game of the team’s home opener against the 57’s on Saturday.

started the scoring during the latter half of the doubleheader by legging out a drive to the centre-field fence for an inside-the-park home run in the bottom of the third inning. Dylan Stephenson, Leighton Veitch and Schmahl increased the lead to 4-0 shortly after on a flurry of free passes to the plate thanks to off-the-mark throwing by 57’s pitcher Brock Wall. Dray Souchotte held the Swift Current bats in check through the

first four innings, but a couple of errors in the field during the top of the fifth put the Pirates pitcher in trouble. Souchotte battled hard to mitigate the damage by getting a couple of 57’s to harmlessly fly out to left field before retiring with the score 4-2. Evans-Anderson pitched well in relief, but the momentum had already swung the opponent’s way. The 57’s scored five runs in the top of the sixth to take the lead 7-4 and didn’t

look back from there. Schmahl said a few guys showed what they can do with the sticks and their pitching proved strong in the home-opener. He said they’ve already come a long ways since the start of January and the belief is they’ll be right in the playoff mix this summer. “We want to be the No. 1 team in the province, but making provincials is the goal,” said Flasch. “We’ve just got to go (at it) one game at a time.”


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Xtreme come out strong against Posse JAMIE HARKINS WRITER

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Playing to their strengths seems to be working just fine for the Lloydminster Xtreme jr. B lacrosse team. The Xtreme used speed, continuous drives to the opposition goal and relentless pressure on defence to annihilate the Spruce Grove Posse 14-3 at the Centennial Civic Centre on Sunday. A high turnover of players from last year’s provincial championship squad has made the Xtreme change their style from a heavy and physical attack to one focused on upping the pace with the lopsided home-opening win proving the switch a master stroke. “Our first game, we tried to rely more on strength and how we played before,” said Xtreme forward Duncan Knorr, referring to a 16-10 road loss to the Cold Lake Heat on May 4. “But now we’ve figured out that if we keep the momentum of the game towards us and keep on the attack we can do really good.” The Xtreme burst

out of the starting gate hemming the Posse in their own zone for the majority of the opening 20 minutes. Xtreme assistant captain Tyler Merilees and forward Brad Gorrigan each potted two goals while Knorr picked up one to give the team a 5-0 lead after the first period. Merilees, with two, Brody McNaughton, Logan Simon and

captain Logan Blize found holes around big Posse netminder Andrew Reierson in the second, while Cole McCotter made the only replies for a 10-2 score after 40. Frustrations seemed to boil over in the third resulting in a steady stream to the penalty box, but the Xtreme’s prowess in the offensive zone continued as

Knorr scored his second and third of the afternoon while Merilees recorded his fifth and Gorrigan notched the hat trick. Xtreme goalie Darius Petrie stood tall when tested to pick up the win. Knorr said they were fired up to play their first game at home in front of the big crowd who made their way down to the Civic to

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take in the action. He said they found a groove of maintaining speed to keep the Posse on their heels and did what was needed to get the victory. “Coming in for our home opener and getting a big win like this

sets the pace for the season,” said Simon, who recorded a teamleading seven assists against the Posse. “It tells the fans that we’re coming back strong again this year and hoping to keep the pace going.”


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Sports teams need to stop the tanking SPORTS EDITOR JAMIE HARKINS

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Here’s a solution for hockey and baseball’s obsession with the rebuild. Let the teams lose as many games as they want. Leave them to trade away all their highpriced talent for an assembly of misfits and prospects. But eliminate the draft. Let the kids eligible to be signed choose their own destination. The draft is supposed to ensure parity among the league’s teams. Instead, it’s turned the NHL and MLB into organizations that have upper and lower tiers. There are the few teams that have a shot at winning and then there’s the rest which would rather rebuild than glide along for years in supposed mediocrity. The clubs still battling for the Stanley Cup can be placed in the latter category, but the belief in tanking still holds for many others. Of course, stopping the willingness to tank a season isn’t going to happen because hope sells merchandise and t icket s bet t er t han a decade of losing in the first or second rounds of the playoffs. Well, at least in the short term.

The problem with going all-in for the rebuild is some teams don’t escape from the bottom.

The Washington Capitals, Pittsburg Penguins, Chicago Blackhawks, Los Angeles Kings and Boston Bruins have combined to win the last 10 championships and none of the five clubs can be accused of holding a rebuild in a long while.

They sold hope and got their star, but still can’t make the playoffs. Now, I’m not accusing my Toronto Blue Jays or Ottawa Senators of tanking. But, the Jays obviously aren’t playing to win a World Series this year and the Sens will be lucky to break .500 in 2019-20. The Jays are banking on Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Bo Bichette to right the ship in the next few years, while the Sens have Erik Brannstrom and Brady Tkachuk to lead the way. Eventually, both clubs will add more pieces to compliment

these, hopefully, future stars. Tanking for a couple of years to gain young assets worked in the MLB for the Chicago Cubs, Houston Astros and Kansas City Royals during the past decade, but its ability to get an NHL team’s name engraved on the Cup hasn’t been quite as prosperous. The Washington Capitals, Pittsburgh Penguins, Chicago Blackhawks, Los Angeles Kings and Boston Bruins have combined to win the last 10 championships and none of the five clubs can be accused of holding a rebuild in a long while. During that time, the Buffalo Sabres, New Jersey Devils, Toronto Maple Leafs, Edmonton Oilers (with four), Florida Panthers, Colorado Avalanche and New York Islanders have picked first overall. Only the Avalanche, Maple Leafs and Islanders made the playoffs this season. Get rid of a team’s incentive to lose and maybe the results will be better. The draft obviously isn’t working in the way it was intended, so eliminate it. I hope the rebuild is a fad that soon enough will go out of style. Life’s too short to write off a year or two in the hope of future success.


Agriculture Protecting trade

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The world has become protectionist. There is, justifiably, much focus on issues with China. But it is not just China. Canadian agriculture commodities are blocked in India, Italy, Saudi Arabia, and Vietnam and face issues in key markets like Peru. Countries are turning inward, finding new ways to block trade. How do we protect our trading relationships when the rules of trade have been thrown out the window? A critical component of protecting our trade is using the dispute resolution tools that are part of the agreements we have signed. Canada has a very competent diplomatic

service that works with our scientific regulators to help resolve issues that threaten to block trade. The value of these efforts, which almost always occur behind the scenes, cannot be overstated. However, this dedicated work cannot combat the political agendas that are driving protectionism. There are times when we need to move out of the back rooms of diplomacy and publicly defend ourselves. Canada is the only G7 country that has a free trade agreement with every other G7 country. But when our partners put up trade barriers the question quickly becomes “so what?” What good are

trade agreements when countries refuse to follow them? We have tools at our disposal through the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) to challenge Italy’s protectionist country of origin labelling requirements. But these tools have not been utilized. We are also able to initiate WTO dispute resolution processes with China, but have not chosen to do so. D i s p u t e re s o l u t i o n processes are long and can be expensive. But the willingness to defend trade agreements sends an important signal to other would-be protectionists, namely Canada is willing and able to

defend itself if it is bullied by countries pursuing a protectionist agenda. Canada also needs to be engaging in proactive measures to prevent trade barriers from cropping up in the first place. This will take resources – time and money – from both industry and government. One of the ways to proactively prevent border closures is to work together with importing countries to build their regulatory capacity. Canada exports wheat to almost 100 countries around the world. Some customers, like the United States and Japan, have well-developed science and risk-based regulatory systems that facil-

itate open trade. But this does not apply to the majority of the markets to which we export. If regulatory systems are not welldeveloped, or lack the human resources necessary to implement a science and riskbased approach, they

can become vulnerable to political or activist interference. When these systems are responsible for approving the importation of Canadian grains, oilseeds and special crops our agriculture sector becomes vulnerable. CONTINUED ON PAGE 39


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Getting Canadian ag commodities to market FROM PAGE 38

Canada needs to develop outreach and development programs that are focused on increasing the science and risk-based regulatory capacity in key markets. Examples include growing markets in West Africa, Bangladesh, new partners in the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement and neighbours in Latin America. The mandate of regulatory agencies like the Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) should be adjusted to explicitly include regulatory capacity building in key export markets. And the agencies need to be given dedicated funds and people to carry out this work. Trade barriers can also arise because of a lack of understanding of the sophisticated nature of Canada’s production and logistics systems and the regulatory oversight that helps ensure we continue to deliver safe, high-quality food. For example, there are markets for Canadian crops where the capacity and technology employed in Canadian on-farm storage exceeds that of the importing mills. Many concerns raised in these markets are already addressed

File Photo within the Canadian value chain. Bringing regulators from these markets to Canada, to gain a better understanding of the capacity of the Canadian system, would go a long way to preventing barriers to trade from arising. There are other areas where additional proactive focus can help prevent future trade disruptions. This includes work through international bodies like CODEX. We need to continue efforts to reform of the WTO. And we need to be a leader in the development of strong science-based rules that will facilitate the trade of new varieties developed through new plant breeding techniques. All of these options require revisions to the mandates of regulatory agencies to explicitly include facilitation of trade and new resources, money and people, dedicated to proactively pre-

venting non-tariff trade barriers. We have entered a new age of protectionism. A new barrier to agriculture trade is brewing someplace in the world. I don’t know where, I don’t know what commodity will be hit next time, but in our current environment I am sure it is coming. When new barriers arise, Canada needs to be ready to quickly and actively respond using the dispute resolution tools we currently have available. We also need to see governments and industry cooperatively engage in capacity building, regulatory exchanges and other proactive trade facilitative measures aimed at preventing barriers from rising up in the first place. World attention has shifted away from multi-lateral cooperation. This is not good for Canada. We need to adjust our focus and resource allocation to address the new reality.


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Obituaries & Memoriams

IRENE MARIA STRONG (NEE HIPPE) Irene passed away peacefully May 4, 2019 under the care of our favourite Nurses at Haven Hill retirement centre. This gracious lady was born January 14, 1934 and grew up on a farm near Blackfoot AB with her 9 siblings. She attended business college in Lloydminster and met

her future husband Ray in North Battleford SK. Irene was a homemaker through the 60’s and her children grew up only knowing fresh baked bread. Irene and Ray decided on beautiful Penticton as a place to prosper and Irene as business woman partnered with her husband in various successful enterprises. Irene’s passion was entertaining and pampering her guests. Family and friends benefitted as much from Irene’s effort with the gourmet meals as from the elaborate table settings. Irene loved her family and revelled in family card and board games. Many happy childhood memories were

made in their backyard by the pool, eating treats and playing games. Irene is survived by her daughter Laurie and son Fred (Jody), her grandchildren Janet (Brad and their daughter Ellie), Niall and Shane (his Mother Lesa), her sister Violet (Lawrence), and she will be greatly missed by her nieces and nephews. Irene delighted in her great granddaughter Ellie! Irene was predeceased by her husband Ray, her daughter Janet, her son Richard, and Laurie’s husband Brendan. Irene was a long-time member and president of Soroptimists Penticton, supporting women to

achieve in life and business. In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Soroptimist Foundation of Canada is appreciated or do something in your community to advance the interest of aspiring women. Mom, Nan, Irene, you showed us so much love, you are dearly missed. Extend condolences by visiting www.everdenrust.com

CLAYTON JOSEPH JOHN GRAF AUGUST 17, 1995 – APRIL 30, 2019 Clay Graf went to his final resting place unexpectedly on Tuesday, April 30th at the age of 23. Clay will be lovingly remembered by his parents, Joseph and Jan Graf; brothers Cole (Trista) Czerniak; Tyler (Stephanie) Czerniak and his nieces and nephews

Miller, Tripp, Caiden, Walker, Evelyn, Sage, and Arlo Czerniak. Clay also leaves behind numerous beloved family members and friends. Clay was predeceased by his grandparents, Richard and Dorothy Graf; John and Evelyn Oleksyn; and cousin David Romaniuk. Clay was born in Saskatoon and raised in Lloydminster, Alberta. He received his Bachelor of Science in Engineering Physics from the University of Saskatchewan in June of 2018. Following his convocation, he became employed with the Canadian Light Source in the Electron Source Lab designing and modeling accelerators, while pursuing his Masters

degree. Clay was preparing to present at the upcoming International Particle Accelerator Conference in Melbourne, Australia this May, to be followed by a six-month internship in France/Switzerland at CERN. As his professor Mark Boland commented: “You only had to open the door for Clay and he ran through”. From a young age, Clay was a gifted singer and musician, eager to share his talent of music through performing and teaching. Clay spent several years as a DJ at many events and venues, but jamming and creating music alongside his close friends was always one of his favorite pastimes. A celebration of Clay’s life will be held 11 A.M. on

Saturday, May 18, 2019 at Circle Drive Alliance Church, 3035 Preston Ave S, Saskatoon. In lieu of flowers, Clay’s family would appreciate donations to establish a Physics / Canadian Light Source Student award in Clay’s memory at the University of Saskatchewan. Donations can be made online at https://donate.usask.ca, by phone at (306) 966-2219 or by mail to University Relations, G15 Thorvaldson Building, 110 Science Place, Saskatoon, SK, S7N 5C9. Condolences may be left at www.saskatoonfuneralhome.com. Arrangements have been entrusted to SASKATOON FUNERAL HOME (306) 244-5577

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HOROSCOPES CAPRICORN

December 22 – January 19 You distinguish yourself with your accomplishments and no one can accuse you of being all talk. If you have a move coming up, you’ll start packing ahead of time — the sooner you begin, the sooner you’ll be done.

AQUARIUS

January 20 – February 18 Your exhaustion is growing and your health is becoming more delicate. Not one to give in easily, you’ll take steps to recover your vitality. Determination and organization are your watchwords.

PISCES

February 19 – March 20 You may lose trust in a friend. This experience will teach you to better detect parasites and you’ll derive more joy from your true friends.

ARIES

March 21– April 19 Your enterprising nature will benefit you. Your effective handling of new challenges will demonstrate your abilities to others and put you in a good position to get a promotion.

TAURUS

April 20 – May 20 You’ll be overcome by the sudden desire to go on a trip. You’ll waste no time making travel plans and consequently have an unforgettable summer holiday. Also, you’ll feel unusually curious.

GEMINI

May 21 – June 21 Your emotions will come powerfully to the fore for one reason or another. You’ll also be overcome with an urgent need for change. Some new clothes or a new haircut could do the job.

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CANCER

June 22 – July 22 Your morale might not be particularly high throughout the week. To turn things around, simply bring the people you love together and take part in stimulating activities.

LEO July 23 – August 22 When you arrive at your desk on Monday, you’ll find enough work to keep you busy for two weeks. By being organized and methodical, you’ll manage to get everything done by Friday.

VIRGO

August 23 – September 22 While participating in an event, you’ll perform a feat that takes you out of your comfort zone and pushes you beyond your limits.

LIBRA

September 23 – October 22 You don’t need to look far to achieve happiness. In your home and among your family is where you belong. Don’t hesitate to bring your loved ones together, no matter how modest the set-up.

SCORPIO

October 23 – November 21 Once you can no longer tolerate the situation you’re in, you’ll make the necessary changes. You’ll secure the financial means for a new start.

SAGITTARIUS

November 22 – December 21 Some physical exercise will dispel your worries. You need to attach yourself to someone new. Or, if you just started a new relationship, you’ll benefit from defining it more clearly. In a different area of your life, you’ll discover your freedom.


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