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First Nations Act Passed The Harper government last Wednesday announced the introduction the First Nations Financial Transparency Act in Parliament. This legislation, announced by the Honourable John Duncan, Minister Kelly Block of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development and Kelly Block, Member of Parliament for SaskatoonRosetown-Biggar, is part of the government’s commitment in the 2011 Speech from the Throne to support democratic, transparent and accountable First Nation governments by things Canadian, raising over $700 for the Majestic Theatre. Check requiring that chiefs and You can dress ‘em up, but . . . A Tiny Tot Nursery student helps her fellow out this Wednesday for exclusive photos and classmate adjust his tie while on stage at the Majestic Theatre last Tuesday councillors publish their video content! (Independent Photo by Kevin Brautigam) during the annual Canada Music Week concert. Area talent celebrated all salaries and expenses. “Our government believes First Nations, like all Cana- dited consolidated financial nity members, who have ernment is taking action tion leaders to our people,” First Nation governments dians, deserve transparen- statements. This financial said this information is to deliver results for First said Chief Darcy Bear, support a strong environChief of the Whitecap Da- ment for investment leadcy and accountability from information would be made important and necessary Nations.” “This bill will mean more available to community kota First Nation. “Trans- ing to greater economic for their communities and their elected officials,” said accountability of First Namembers and to the public parent and accountable development.” I am proud that our govDuncan. “The bill builds on through publication by our government’s ongoing commitment to ensuring the individual First NaFirst Nations have strong, tions on their Web site or Shortest time ever between election and start of session transparent and account- the Web site of a Tribal Premier Brad Wall last in the election - a growing for students, seniors, the trust Saskatchewan able governments. It will Council or partner organi- week announced that economy, responsible, families and persons people have placed in also lead to decreasing the zation. In addition, the au- the first session of the affordable spending and with disabilities,” Wall our government and we reporting burden for First dited consolidated financial newly-elected Legislative targeted measures to said, Wednesday. “We are will work every day to be statements and schedule Assembly will begin on make life more affordable honoured and humbled by worthy of that trust.” Nations.” This bill builds on Kelly of remuneration would be Monday, December 5. That will be the shortest Block’s bill that was intro- published on the Web site duced in the last session of of Aboriginal Affairs and period of time - 28 days Parliament, addressing the Northern Development - between a provincial The investigation c o n t i n u i n g were arrested on November election and the first sitting T h e issue of financial transpar- Canada, when received. “This legislation helps involved RCMP officers investigation into thefts 17, and appeared in North of the Legislative Assembly ency for First Nation leadpave the way to greater from the Battlefords, that have occurred in the Battleford Provincial in Saskatchewan history, ers by expanding the scope private sector investment Wilkie, and Unity as well Biggar, Battlefords, and Court on November 18 breaking the previous of the information to be and economic prosperity as the Battlefords General Wilkie areas, has resulted on a total of 61 Criminal record of 33 days set by publicly disclosed beyond for First Nations,” Block Investigation Section and in the further recovery of Code charges for the the current government in the salaries and expenses explained. “I have heard Forensic Identification stolen vehicles. period of November 11 to its first term following the of chiefs and councillors to From November 19 to November 16. One youth Section. The investigation include a First Nation’s au- from aboriginal commu- 2007 election. 21, Battlefords RCMP faces 31 charges and the into these incidents and The session will begin recovered an additional other two youths both the further recovery of with the election of the six stolen vehicles. In the face 15 charges each. The property continues. Speaker in the morning Anyone with information past fi ve days, 15 trucks, charges involve possession followed by the Throne about these crimes is asked one snowmobile, and a of stolen property, causing Speech in the afternoon of to contact the Battlefords cargo trailer have been damage to property by fi re, December 5. Wall said the Rural Detachment of the located in various remote fl ight from police, unlawful Throne Speech will reflect RCMP at (306) 446-1720, locations approximately possession of firearm, government’s plan to keep the commitments it made 30 kilometres south of the dangerous operation of their local detachment of a motor vehicle, assault the RCMP, or to call Crime during the recent election Battlefords. The property involved w i t h a w e a p o n , a n d stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS campaign. Saskatoon-Rosetown-Biggar MP Kelly Block, the wa s s t o l e n f r o m t h e fail to comply with an (8477), or via the Internet “Our government will Honourable John Duncan, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs keep Saskatchewan moving Battlefords, Biggar, and Undertaking given to a at saskcrimestoppers. and Northern Development, and Chief Darcy Bear, Chief forward with the vision Wilkie areas. com. Justice or a Judge. of the Whitecap Dakota First Nation. (Submitted Photo) Three young persons and the plan we outlined

Premier calls new Legislative Assembly to meet on December 5

Charges laid in area thefts




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Landis School to show off new learning process Landis School will showcase their new initiative around ProjectBased Learning (PBL) on November 30 at their Community Complex. They will be displaying their work so far this year and highlighting their projects in horticulture and student leadership. Also, there will be a guest speaker: Bryan McCrea, who is one of the founders of 3twenty Solutions, a company which builds accommodations, workspaces and specialty storage solution out of shipping containers. He appeared on Dragons Den and received support from Brett Wilson for their product. Bryan is a graduate from the Edwards School of Business. A partnership between Sun West School Division and the Edwards School of Business is currently in discussion. Have you ever heard the old saying, “Tell me and I forget, show me and I remember, involve me and I understand?” This is the logic behind Project-Based Learning. It’s based on the belief that students learn best when they are involved in the process, by researching, asking and answering their own questions, and creating something new. Project-Based Learning involves teams of students researching and learning content as they work to create something that solves a problem in their school, community or beyond. Good projects, guided by a teacher and completed by active students, can cover just as much curriculum as lectures. In addition, most students learn more and understand the content better, perform better on tests, and have more fun. On Nov. 30, the Grade 9-10 students of Landis School are going to discuss our Project-Based Learning proposal for Science and PAA (Practical and Applied Arts) classes. “We strongly believe that the PBL process is an awesome, fun way of learning,” Landis School students said. “We think you will agree that


PBL adds a totally new atmosphere to our school and is an exhilarating way to learn! We will be presenting a snapshot of our ‘Winter Garden’ proposal and telling you about our trip to the University to learn more about horticulture. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to hear firsthand from our students how we love Project Based Learning! A student presentation on their involvement in the ‘Free the Children’ movement, will also be presented, in addition to their participating in the Canadian Student Leadership Conference in Cornerbrook, Newfoundland, and an innovative recycling program carried out this year at Landis School It will be an informative evening about an innovative way of learning in a school that is embracing a new and exciting future!

He shoots . . . Pee Wee National captain, Clayton Pidwerbesky dumps the puck in versus the Battleford Barons, November 18. An exhibition tilt, the Nats played hard but lost 9-4. They redeemed themselves

on Sunday, hosting Kindersley, knotting the contest up 3-all. Go online to for more game photos this Wednesday! (Independent Photo by Kevin Brautigam)

NDP selects Acting Leader The Saskatchewan NDP has elected John Nilson to serve as Acting Leader of the NDP until such time as a new leader is chosen in a leadership race. In a meeting November 19 at Tommy Douglas House in Regina, the Provincial Council and elected NDP

MLAs met jointly and unanimously selected Nilson, the MLA for Regina Lakeview, to serve as Acting Leader. “I am honoured to be selected to serve the NDP as Acting Leader,” John Nilson said. “Our first task is to prepare for the

St. Paul’s Evening Circle concludes Sadly, St. Paul’s Anglican Church’s Evening Circle had to fold this last week. The group have been meeting for over 60 years. Over the years they have catered to many banquets, CN retirements, Rose Bowl, graduation, and Fireman’s Ball, to name a few. The group generously donated financially to many worthy causes,

particularly the commercial dishwasher in the Biggar Community Hall, jointly with CN and the Biggar Transportation Union (B.T.U.). Their last gesture financially was to divide their bank account equally between the new long-term care facility, College of Emmanuel and St. Chad, and St. Paul’s Anglican Church.

upcoming Fall Session. Our Caucus will work diligently as the Official Opposition to hold the government to account to ensure that all Saskatchewan residents benefit from our current resource boom.” Nilson was first elected in June, 1995, and has represented Regina Lakeview since then. He was appointed to Cabinet as Minister of Justice and Attorney General in November, 1995, and has served in a number of portfolios, including Crown Investments Corporation, Health and Environment. Nilson obtained his educationatPacificLutheran University (Tacoma, Washington), the University of Oslo (Norway) and St. Olaf College (Minnesota), prior to obtaining his law degree from the University of British Columbia in 1977. He was admitted to the Bar in British Columbia in

1978 and in Saskatchewan in 1979. He practised law and mediation with MacPherson, Leslie and Tyerman from 1978 until he was elected. Nilson was Consul of Norway for Saskatchewan from 1991 to 1995 and Acting Consul of Denmark for Saskatchewan from July 1994 to 1995. He is an active member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church and the Scandinavian Club of Regina, and many community organizations. He and his wife, Linda, have two daughters, Ingrid and Solveig. They live in Regina Lakeview, near the Legislature, and farm north of Parkbeg. The NDP will determine the timing and rules for a leadership competition to select a new Leader at the next meeting of its Provincial Council in late February or early March 2012.

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Pizza Pie Palooza . . . Kyle Hoogeveen whips up a pizza while Norma Back keeps a close watch last Tuesday during Kids in the Kitchen. Held at Biggar Central School, the program wound up for the year with many a tasty, healthy and nutritious meal made and tasted by the junior chefs. (Independent Photo by

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Opinions Letters to the Editor Letter to the Editor: I read with interest your November 7 edition featuring photos and biographies of soldiers from the biggar area. Every year I hear these names read at the Remembrance Day Service. This article added meaning and significance to the names read at that service. Thank you for adding this to your newspaper. Barbara-Ann de Haan Biggar

Dear Editor: “New Biggar Lodge Project” I want to boot the RM’s of Glenside, Perdue and Eagle Creek and the villages of Perdue and Kinley for not adding a few mills to your taxes to help build the longterm care facility in Biggar. There is a great chance that one way or another we may all need this facility. We need to raise the last 20 per cent (5M) to make the project fly.

I know many of you would like to pay your share, so talk your councillors into joining us or you can donate to the building fund. There is also a fund to furnish this building. If I have offended anyone by this request, I apologize. We need you to work together with us on this endeavour. A Frustrated Town Taxpayer Ray G. Parker Biggar

Canada’s health care system needs a strong dose of competition by Mark Milke, Senior Fellow and Mark Rovere, Associate Director - Health Care Policy Studies, The Fraser Institute Distributed by Troy Media Whenever talk of health care reform arises - and praise for European countries that combine universal coverage with more private sector involvement - a reflex inevitably kicks in. For some, it seems more privatelydelivered or privately-insured health care is a policy choice akin to religious heresy. It’s almost as if government delivery and government insurance were an 11th Commandment: Thou Shalt Only Provide Health Care via Taxes and the Public Sector. But wherever the reflex originates, consider a few basic facts. As a percentage of the economy, Canada has one of the world’s most expensive health insurance systems. Yet, relative to comparable developed countries, we get poor value for our money spent. Europe ranks higher For example, in 2007, and with a comparison to between 22 and 26 countries depending on the indicator, Canada was 17th for the number of CT scanners and 17th for MRI units per million people. It was tied at 19th place for the number of curative care beds and tied at 20th for the number

of practising physicians per 1,000 people. Unlike Canada, most of Europe ranks higher in the availability of medical goods and services. This is because in Europe no purchaser of health care (government, non-profit or private) is held hostage to one service provider, either on insurance or delivery. This is true regardless of the exact private/public share of total health care spending. It helps explain why most European countries have short or nonexistent patient waiting lists. In much of Europe, patients can choose between several insurers and health care providers. Even in countries that mandate basic health insurance (like Switzerland), patients select insurance which best suits their personal needs; they can switch insurers if unsatisfied with their service. Likewise, in most developed countries, patients can choose between public and private hospitals. Does this matter? Of course. In British Columbia in 2004, the Hospital Employees Union (HEU), the main provider of support services in BC’s hospitals, went on an illegal strike. They did so despite the fact their wages were above (and their weekly hours below) the national average. They struck despite generous vacation benefits

(five weeks after 10 years of service and up to nine weeks beyond 25 years of employment). But the HEU was in a monopolistic position vis-à-vis hospitals, so patients suffered. In just the first four days of the illegal strike, thousands of diagnostic tests were cancelled, including 514 MRI scans, 1,852 CT scans and at least 11,500 lab tests. More than 11,000 ambulatory care procedures were cancelled including diabetes education, cast clinics to remove casts, wound care, epilepsy management clinics, and occupational and physical therapy sessions. On a daily basis, the provincial government estimated 450 to 650 screening mammograms for breast cancer were cancelled. Surgery cancellations over four days included: A nineyear-old Campbell River boy for heart surgery; two Kelowna women who needed breast cancer surgery; a three-year-old boy who already waited months to have a growth removed; and a baby in need of a cochlear implant. In just four days, 79 children’s surgeries were cancelled at BC Children’s Hospital in Vancouver. Thus, it is here that those attached to government-run and government-insured health care misconstrue



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another important factor: human nature and its relationship to power and money. Some argue that if more health care was delivered or insured by the private sector, the profit motive would harm health care. Self-interest always at play However, human nature does not magically change because one gets a paycheque from government or from a private company. Selfinterest will still be in play, whether the “currency” is power or money, and both influence government unions and private companies alike. Sometimes the self-interest is reasonable - everyone likes a raise; sometimes it morphs into greed, but that exists regardless of the sector. To avoid gouging by unions or companies, and also to avoid the constant

politicization of health care that now exists, what’s necessary is a break-up of any particular concentration of power and influence. That requires competition, and is just as necessary in health care as in any sector that involves human beings and thus human nature, from groceries to telecom services. In the case of health care, requiring multiple providers for services and financing must also be wrapped in universal access so no one goes broke or, as is too often the case in Canada and our present quasi-monopolistic system, has pain-saving or life-saving treatment delayed. Mark Milke is a Senior fellow with the Fraser Institute and Mark Rovere is the associate director of the Institute’s health care policy studies.

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“I want a ‘56 Chevy someday,” says my husband. For some reason this car brings back fond memories of his youth -- apparently it was his first car. Way back then, in an era, when you could buy used cars for $100 (or so he tells me). First, let me say I know nothing about cars and I am not bothered by this fact. When it comes to choosing a new vehicle my criteria is it must have four wheels and get me from Point A to B without breaking down. My husband chooses all the vehicles we drive. But this year Chevy turned 100. Quite a milestone for a company that was nearly extinct a few years ago. Plus, there were a lot of great songs written about the Chevy. So bye-bye, Miss American Pie. Drove my Chevy to the levee, But the levee was dry. And them good old boys were drinkin’ whiskey and rye Singin’, “this’ll be the day that I die.” The song American Pie by Don McLean was a hit and teenagers of the day would dance to the music. Sammy Johns wrote a song about his Chevy van which became a hit single in the United States and Canada. Beastie Boys, Snoop Dog, Bob Seger were only a few that wrote songs about this icon. The Beach Boys’


verse “she’s real fine, my 409” is a reference to the 1962 Impala 409 (which featured a V-8 cubic inch motor). Who can forget Sir Elton John’s Crocodile Rock? “I remember when rock was young Me and Suzie had so much fun holding hands and skimming stones Had an old gold Chevy and a place of my own” Even Hollywood and the film industry helped solidify the American classic. Remember the fins on the Chevy Bel Air? It became a symbol of the Jet Age. Or the Corvette Stingray that became a symbol of “coolness”, especially a black one. Even a neophyte like me recognizes some of the models -Camaro, Chevy Impala, Chevy trucks like the Silverado. I understand terms like antilock brakes fuel injection, and safety glass which were design features of the Chevrolet line. The whole company started with a race car

driver. Louis Chevrolet designed cars based on his love of racing cars and started a dynasty. There were a few bumps along the way for both the owners and the company itself. It is a company that prides itself on providing affordability, performance and quality products for its customers. The V-8 block that was introduced in 1955 set a path for the future. And today, the company is still looking to new technology to satisfy customer needs. The SUVs and 4x4 trucks we buy today are a far cry from the fins of Bel Air or the original dreams of Louis Chevrolet and his racing cars. Now there is talk of electric cars and more fuel efficient vehicles and, really who knows what the future will bring. But, if the powers that be at Chevrolet have their way, the plans are for the company to be as strong in the next 100 years and beyond.

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Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority - LIQUOR PERMIT Under the provisions of The Alcohol and Gaming Regulations Act, 1997 Notice is hereby given that Jim Zavlanos has applied to the Liquor and Gaming Authority for a Restaurant with Banquet Room Permit to sell alcohol in premises known as Homestead Restaurant at 902 Main Street, Biggar, Sask. of which the following is a correct legal description: Lot 1 Blk/Par 50 Plan No. 90539804 902 Main Street, Biggar, Sask. Written objections to the granting of the permit may be filed with SLGA not more than two weeks from the date of publication of this notice. Every person filing a written objection with SLGA shall state their name, address and telephone number in printed form, as well as the grounds for the objection(s). Petitions must name a contact person, state grounds and be legible. Each signatory to the petition and the contact person must provide an address and telephone number. Frivolous, vexatious or competition-based objections within the beverage alcohol industry may not be considered, and may be rejected by the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Licensing Commission, who may refuse to hold a hearing. Write to: Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority Box 5054 Regina, SK S4P 3M3

Saskatchewan’s weekly earnings second highest in Canada Saskatchewan’s average wages are the second highest in the country for the first time since records have been recorded and, for the first time, passed Ontario in weekly earnings. Average weekly earnings were $906.22 in September 2011, the second highest among all provinces, behind Alberta, and above the national average of $872.75. “Saskatchewan continues to offer competitive wages for its workers in comparison with the rest of Canada,” Advanced Education, Employment and Immigration Minister Rob Norris saidThursday. “The fact that our average weekly earnings are second highest in the country speaks to our strong economy and why this is a great time to be working in Saskatchewan.”

Thursday’s figures on average weekly earnings were released by Statistics Canada. Saskatchewan’s average weekly earnings increased by 6.9 per cent compared to September 2010,the highest increase among all provinces and higher than the national increase of 1.1 per cent.

Over this period, Saskatchewan’s real wage rate (adjusted for inflation) increased by 3.5 per cent, compared to a national decrease of 2.1 per cent. Earnings were also up from the previous month, with a 2.4 per cent increase compared to 0.3 per cent decline nationally.



Kwyit eh? by Bob Mason “It is far better to say nothing, and be thought a fool Than to speak up and remove all doubt!” Everyone knows that YT is one of the strong quiet type . . . except for his family, friends, enemies and associates! As a boy, he noticed that everyone seemed to like hearing him voice his concerns (for a while!) but soon were attracted to something else and left him sitting all alone ideas and all! (mebbe this is why he writes so much - he thinks once readers look they can’t put this paper down!) All his young life YT wanted, in a reticent way, to be heard, and was a little disappointed when he found that some people valued silence even more! Later on they listened intensely to his military rantings before finally yawning and saying things like, “It’s nearly bedtime,” and retired without waiting to see who won the war! Most folks didn’t seem to care anyway! YT’s brother Walt was really the strong silent one in our family. He seldom had much to say

about anyone else’s views. As a matter-of-fact, he didn’t say much about his own opinions! Words like “Yes” and “nope” were often the greatest part of our conversations. “Hey Walt, did you have a good time at the fair yesterday?” “Yep!” “Did you see that young athlete clear the five-foot high-jump?” “Nope.” “They tell me that later, while waiting for the local dance to start, someone saw Roy and you clear that bar in your good suits, okay?” “Yep!” And then there was that time when, in a boxing match, Walt slugged his opponent smack on the chin. “Oops,” sez Walt. Don’t get me wrong, for all their noncommittal

ways, these quiet guys knew a lot of things! And one of those things was that they knew enough to shut up! (Sometimes YT wishes that he had shut up!) Some years ago, it was pointed out to YT just how much a few minutes of silence meant to some people! Way back in the 1970’s, when YT was on construction, and in an old hotel up north, there was a big Wurlitzer record-playing machine that many customers of the bar used. It must have had about 20 records that could be played, but one of the most selected numbers, was for a few minutes of silence. It was something, (many of us thought!) to put a dime into the machine and have 10 minutes to, ahem, “visit” without competing against its blaring away about some “Dirty Old Man” or other popular tunes of the time! Later on, some songwriter somewhere realized the value of it all, and wrote a piece called “The Sounds of Silence”. In every crowd there always seems to be a loudtalker one can hear above the voices of everybody

else. And it is these “I’ve gotta be heard” guys who cause a lot of trouble. Mebbe they do have the odd good idea, but they aren’t a darn bit better than the ideas of a quiet guy! (i.e): “By Gosh,” roars one. “Those darn elk keep coming out of the park every fall and ruin my crop. We should kill the whole works of them buggars!” Some MP heard him, and guess who got orders from Ottawa to shoot 70 some elk, eh? (ask Neil Millard!) Heck, some of the locals had to eat beef for years! Oh, we have a democracy, alright, hence those orders from Ottawa, but often YT thinks some of the bullets used were fired at the wrong things! Many, many years ago (1904 or so!), Dad attended a political meeting in Battleford, where they debated who was going to represent the area. One of the well-known, popular men spoke long and eloquently, and after some time sat down and smiled. According to Dad, the opposition member, a little foreign fellow, jumped up and addressed

the crowd. “Ladies and gentlemen, I am no spikker, I am a worker!” sat down and was elected by acclimation! A fellow named Joe and YT were trying to join a couple of telescoping pieces of pipe together, when one of our bosses came along. Joe and YT worked long and silently in an effort to make the two pipes fit, but the boss just stood there and continuously told us how it should be done! Finally Joe just set the two pieces of pipe down and announced: “Let’s go and have lunch.” Half an hour later we came back to where that white-hatted guy was still trying to assemble the stubborn pipes and muttering at them in his frustration. We both would have hollered “quiet!”, I think, but we knew that we’d be fired if we did! It didn’t take very long in the army, to find out that “talk” didn’t get a guy very far! B.S. (whatever that means!) was everywhere and sure produced a lot of military “doubting Thomases”. We had just finished one of our first meals in he forces when the Orderly

Officer swaggered into the mess hall. “Are there any complaints about the food?” he asked. Up jumps one of our greenest recruits. “Yes Sir,” he sez enthusiastically. “The bread is sliced too thick!” Guess who sliced endless loaves of bread for the next week? So we learned to shut up and accept what we were given! When we got to Europe it was much the same. A General sez to some Brigadier, who sez to some Colonel, who sez to some Major, who sez to some Lieutenant. “You attack at dawn?” We all remembered that bread thing and don’t complain. We attack at dawn! The General gets decorated because his men (who didn’t complain) took their objective . . . Life is a little like that, I think. Some person in some far-off corner of our land sez “Do this!” and we “do this”. Mebbe it is not the right thing for many of us, but decorations or not, society moves forward a little!

Have a safe, fire-free holiday season by Canada Safety Council The holiday season is fast approaching. It’s a time for celebration with family and friends.Unfortunately it is also a time when the number of preventable residential fires increases across Canada. November 24-30 is National Home Fire Safety Week, and Canada Safety Council encourages all Canadians and their families to make fire safety a key component in any holiday plans. Whether it is ensuring the Christmas tree is properly watered, to hanging firesafe ornaments, to not overloading electrical outlets, there are a number of steps Canadians can take to avoid a holiday disaster. A very important holiday tip that should be followed all year long is to make sure that smoke alarms are working and that there is one on every level of the house, and outside all sleeping areas. Here are a few simple safety tips to keep your home fire-safe during the holidays: The Christmas Tree • When purchasing a real tree, check for freshness by

tapping it on the ground – dropping needles indicate a dry, highly flammable tree. Needles should be hard to pull from branches and when bent between your fingers, they do not break. • When purchasing an artificial tree, make sure it’s ‘fire resistant.’ Although this label does not mean the tree won’t catch fire, the tree will resist burning and should extinguish quickly. It should also bear the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) label. • Place your tree away from fireplaces, floor heaters and other heat sources. Heated rooms dry out fresh trees, so be sure to keep the stand filled with water by topping it up daily. • Never use lighted candles on or near the tree. • Dispose of a real tree within 10 to 14 days of purchase, or when the needles begin to fall off in large quantities; otherwise it can start to dry out and pose a fire hazard.

The Fireplace • Ensure the chimney flue is open and clean before you light a fire. • Remove all decorations that could be burned around the fireplace, such

use seasoned and dried wood. Decorations • Choose decorations that are flame-resistant, non-combustible and nonconductive.

as stockings. • Always use a screen in front of the fireplace to protect against flying sparks. • Do not burn wrapping papers in the fireplace. A flash fire may result, as wrappings ignite suddenly and burn intensely. • Never leave the fire unattended or let it smoulder. • Do not use Christmas trees for firewood. Only

• Do not use metallic ornaments on the tree. If they make contact with defective wiring they could become a shock hazard. • When decorating the tree, place breakable ornaments on the higher limbs. It will protect your children and pets as well as safeguard the breakables. Lights • Use CSA-approved lights only. Place indoor

and outdoor lights in their respective environments. • New or old, check light strings for broken or cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires, or loose connections, and throw out damaged sets. Make sure you do this before putting lights up. It is much easier to replace bulbs on the ground, than on the roof. • Do not use electric light strings/sets on metallic trees. A faulty system could energize the tree and shock or electrocute anyone coming into contact. • Turn off all lights when you go to bed or leave the house. The lights could short out and start a fire. • Do not overload electrical outlets, and never string more than three sets of lights per single extension cord. Candles • Never leave burning candles unattended, and always keep out of reach of children. • Keep candles in sturdy holders on a stable surface, well away from curtains, trees or any other

potentially flammable objects. • To eliminate the risk of an open candle flame, use battery-powered candles whenever possible, especially when using candles in a decorative setting. • Put out all candles before leaving the room or going to sleep. The Kitchen • Never leave your cooking unattended. This is the leading cause of kitchen fires. • Avoid wearing loose clothing while cooking. • Make sure items that can catch fire, such as paper towels, are kept away from the stove. • Use a timer to remind you that the stove or oven is on when roasting or baking food. • In case of a fire, never turn on the overhead fan – this could spread the fire. • If a fire starts and can’t be quickly put out, leave your home and immediately call the fire department from a safe location. Take every precaution to ensure this holiday season is one that is safe and happy.



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Perdue Credit Union . . . Perdue Credit Union’s Shelly Eaton and Adam Johb hand a cheque for $2,500 to Terry Fyson and Dale Martin, representing the Friends of the Lodge. The Biggar and District Credit Union branch made the donation recently, all the money going to the Diamond Lodge long-term care replacement facility. (Submitted Photo)

Diamond Lodge News Hello from the Residents and Staff at Diamond Lodge. We are welcoming our new Recreation Coordinator, Kendra to the team. We have enjoyed another busy week. We started off the week with Monday morning exercises. We enjoy this activity by stretching our muscles, and then we catch and throw the ball. We finish off with kicking the exercise ball back and forth around the circle. Monday afternoon we played a game of Jeopardy, with the topic of world geography.

On Tuesday afternoon we had caught up with the current events in the news. Wednesday we played various card games with the residents and in the afternoon we enjoyed a game of Wheel of Fortune. Thursday morning we were exercising again. In the afternoon we enjoyed our favourite game, bingo! On Friday morning, we played Saskatchewan Trivia. In the afternoon we took part in a sing along. On Saturday morning,

we played ‘Home Sweet Home Bingo’ followed by a movie in the afternoon. Sunday we had our church service presented the Church of God. Every morning some of the ladies come into the activity room to fold some towels. While the gentlemen drop by to read the various papers we receive. That is our weekly happenings; we are looking forward to next week. We all hope you have a great week ahead!

New Horizons News Greetings from the New Horizons. The courtesy car has been busy since the recent snowfall. We would like to remind the car users to please notify the office at least one hour before the time of their appointments. The drivers do their best to pick up individuals in time for their appointments, but due to street conditions the time required for pick-ups will be slower. Thank you for your cooperation. Our courtesy car drivers for the past week were Stan Brodzki, Jim Hoult, Donna Fines, Jim Tapp and Larry Foster. On Friday, November 18 we had 47 trips which was a lot of driving for Donna Fines. Office workers were Betty Mundt and Dinah Kegler. Our Jam Session on Nov. 16 was attended by 55 people. The entertainers were Don & Marlene Sinclair, Country Pride (Julie Prentice, Sandy

MacIntryre and Dennis Cratty), Gordon Laycock, Bill Haffermehl, Lydia Kolberg, Norm Bows, Gary Donahue and Gord Besse. Jim Hoult greeted people at the door. Lunch was provided by Dorothy Wirachowsky, Emily Liska, Marj Mackie and Lois Taylor. The master of ceremonies for the afternoon was Gord Besse. Kaiser was played by 12 people in the evening of Nov. 16. At the end of play Roland Jensen came in first place, Pat Turner in second place, Joyce Colbert in third place and Ron Arnold in fourth place. On Nov. 17 in the afternoon shuffleboard was played by six players. Barb Swyryda came in first place, Marie Roesch in second place and tying for third place was Pat Turner and Ed Smith. Pat Turner was the host for the afternoon shuffleboard games and also provided the lunch. Kaiser was held on Fri-

day, Nov. 18 with 12 players in attendance. Reg Turner was the host for the afternoon with Joyce Colbert providing the lunch. First place went to Ken Pearce, second place to Pat Turner and third place to Dick Sully. On Tuesday, Nov. 22 Carpet Bowling was played in the hall with Pat Turner’s team with Aileen Smith, Marie Roesch and Alma Redlich and second place went to June Hoppe’s team with Dinah Kegler, Florence Hammond and Ed Smith. Enjoy your week!

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by Tayler McCarty and Taylor Darroch Only in Saskatchewan would it go from -30 to +5 in less than a week! We hope you enjoy the good weather while it lasts. As of today, Christmas is exactly one month away and some of us can hardly wait! Until then, our teams are excited to get their winter sports going. We are fortunate to have two Landis players joining the junior and senior boys basketball teams this year. They’re looking to be mighty fine players. The senior girls basketball team is heading to Battleford this weekend to take on some rival teams and hopefully come out on top of the competition. Our senior boys volleyball team that was in La Loche last weekend came shy of making provincial play by a single point, but they played hard the whole tournament through. Congratulations on having such a strong end to your season! Several SRC events will be coming up in the next few weeks. Watch for posters advertising our annual Candy Cane

O’Grams. For only 25 cents you can send a greeting to anyone in the 7-12 end. We’ll also have some wacky theme days and perhaps a food sale. In the elementary end students can look forward to pictures and breakfast with Santa! In QSP news, by now you should have received any gifts you ordered. If yours has not yet been delivered, feel free to call the school and we’ll track down the student who sold the item to you.

Online magazine orders might start arriving in this next month, but paper orders won’t start arriving until January. Thanks again for supporting our school!

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and our area churches extends an OPEN INVITATION to you, your family and friends to join others in this community who have experienced a loss, to come and renew your spirit and honour your loved ones.

Service of Remembrance Biggar… Wednesday, December 7 • 7:30 p.m. Redeemer Lutheran Church (all religious denominations welcome) Local enquiries: Grondin Funeral Services • 948-2669 “Our family serving your family since 1963”

PUBLIC NOTICE Please take notice that as per the TrafÀc Bylaw No. 03-644 any vehicle, RV, trailer, etc. that is parked on any street for more than 48 hours may be impounded and stored at the Town’s compound for a period of thirty (30) days unless the costs of removal, impoundment, storage and any other outstanding costs are paid. The town is also asking that throughout the winter your vehicle be moved off the street to assist the Town in snow removal. Thank you for your anticipated co-operation.




Agriculture Supply management key to farm future by Calvin Daniels One thing which has never made sense to me, and that is how we seem so interested in tossing aside the supplymanaged sectors of farming. In the past we have heard groups such as APAS (Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan) talk about what grain farmers really need is a pricing system reflective of the cost-of-production. At their core that is one of the foundations of supply-management systems. Dairy and poultry producers receive a price which reflects at least a portion of the industry’s general costs associated with producing a gallon of milk, or a dozen eggs, or a pound of turkey. The idea of producers recouping their costs should be central to any farm program from a coffee producer in South America benefiting from fair trade sales, to a dairy producer in Ontario, or

a grain grower on the Canadian Prairies. I n t e r e s t i n g l y consumers are only impacted marginally by having farmers recover their costs. A nickel on every loaf of bread would go a long way to helping farmers manage a consistent profit when you take that nickel on every loaf a bushel of wheat produces. However there is a feeling out there that we would be better off dismantling supply management in an effort to secure market access for other farm commodities. Now if we take a moment to consider how well the world marketplace does for farmers, we come to realize as many years as they pay prices generating farmer profits they have a seeming equal number of years where farmers need government support programs to keep them viable. That’s the other side of supply management.

There is an element to control production levels to basically match domestic consumption. Markets usually rise and fall based on supply and demand. H i g h prices send farmers into a lemminglike rush to boost production to grab the high prices. As a result supply soon exceeds demand and like those same lemmings, prices crash off the cliff. Sheldon Wilcox, manager of DLMS Alberta, a speaker at this year’s Grain Millers Harvest Showdown, summed it up rather well. Wilcox said he sees “two, three, maybe four years,” of good prices ahead in the cattle sector, adding “if I had to guess I’d say four.”

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In fact Wilcox said strong prices will stay until the industry “screws up and over produces,” adding, “And we will.” S u p p l y management h e l p s eliminate the ebb and flow of returns. B u t apparently that’s a bad thing. Many seem to want to toss of dairy and poultry s e c t o r s into the same market uncertainty as wheat

and cattle. You would think we’d be better off trying to get other farm commodities to the same place as dairy and poultry, that being one where returns at least have some correlation to costs, and consumers pay a price in the store that has greater connection to farm costs as well. Some argue supply management makes food costs higher than they should be. Perhaps higher than they could be, because dismantling the system will lead to lower farmer returns, but they are not higher than

Canadian Wheat Board Bulletin (Dated November 21) At a glance The CWB has announced that it will accept 100 per cent of the wheat and durum that farmers have offered for sale under 201112 Series A and GrainFlo delivery contracts. The CWB released its latest Pool Return Outlook (PRO) for the 2011-12 crop year on November 24. The PROs provide farmers with the latest projections for the total CWB pooled returns they will receive for the entire crop year, from all markets, for their particular class, grade and protein-level of wheat, durum and barley. The monthly PROs also include market commentary compiled by CWB analysts, explaining the factors that are influencing international grain prices. Information about the CWB’s current pricing level for wheat is also included. Friday, Nov. 25 was

the deadline for farmers to lock in a December 2011 futures value for a CWB 2011-12 Basis Price Contract (BPC). Producers with a basisfirst contract can roll the contract to March, May or July 2012 before the deadline. Any December 2011 BPCs that have not been locked in or rolled by the deadline date will be automatically locked in at the price in effect on Nov. 25. Farmers who plan to defer upcoming CWB final payments are encouraged to plan ahead and act early, well before the payment is issued. Farmers can defer online through e-Services, or by calling 1-800-2754292 with their PIN and ID number. Deferral is available for farmers using direct deposit and those who receive cheques. Past participants of GrainWorld have been enquiring about a GrainWorld 2012

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they should be because they reflect some real farm production costs. Canada’s effort to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership seems to be fueling the current debate, since supplymanagement appears a chip Canada would put in the table to get a deal. The supply management chip may get us into a new trade deal, but the dairy and poultry sectors will be dragged down into the same pit where returns often fail to meet costs, and somehow that is hard to justify as progress.

conference. The CWB will not be hosting GrainWorld in 2012. However, a number of potential hosts have been identified and it is hoped the conference can resume in 2013. The CWB has been commended by the federal privacy commissioner in her annual report, released Nov. 10. The privacy watchdog praised the CWB for collecting, using, safeguarding and sharing the personal information of grain producers “with care.” The commissioner added: “We also commended the Canadian Wheat Board for its good informationmanagement practices.” The comments were part of a decision by the privacy commissioner, which cleared the CWB of any impropriety after a complaint was lodged in 2009 by federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz.

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Government increasing opportunities for Canada’s grain industry Grain farmers and the entire grain industry will reap the rewards of added market opportunities and competition said Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz at the 2011 Grain Industry Symposium, November 22. The Symposium, titled “A Time for Change: Increasing Opportunities for Canada’s Grain Industry�, was an opportune event to reiterate the Harper government’s commitment to expanding market opportunities, investing in innovation and giving Western Canadian farmers the marketing freedom they want

and deserve. Ritz outlined how the $50 million Agricultural Innovation Program (AIP) will support industry-led science and technology, bridging the gap between ideas and the marketplace. By helping make innovative value-added products, technologies, processes and services commercially available, the Canadian agriculture sector can reduce production costs, create jobs, and boost revenue. “Cutting-edge innovation and value-added products can help our grain farmers and the entire value chain re-

main competitive and continue to drive Canada’s economy,â€? said Ritz. “Whether we’re investing in innovation or giving Western grain farmers marketing freedom, the Harper government is helping farmers and the grain industry become more competitive and proďŹ table.â€? The Marketing Freedom for Grain Farmers Act, Bill C-18, will give Western Canadian farmers the right to sell their wheat, durum and barley as they choose, whether that’s individually or through a voluntary Canadian Wheat

Board. Last Friday, C-18 proceeded through the ďŹ rst day of report stage. Once completing report stage, the bill will go to third reading and ďŹ nal vote in the House of Commons. “The Western Canadian grain industry’s true economic potential and entrepreneurial energy will be unleashed once

1,190; THT, Other Frame, 3,309; LHA, Joey Levitt, 182. Mens: MHS, Jim Nicholls, 286; MHT, Tom Davies, 572; THS, JAG, 800; THT, WWF, 2,077; MHA, Jim Nicholls, 182. M i x e d : M H S, B o b Lemon, 261; LHS, Joey Levitt, 194; MHT, Bob Lemon, 668; LHT, Joey

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Wednesday YBC: Juniors: HS, Justin Cirrico, 170; HT, Justin Cirrico, 278. Bantam: HS, Jaiden Pritchard, 137; HT, Jaiden Pritchard 362.

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Alley Katz results Monday night mixed league: MHS, Calvin Boobyer, 229; MHT, Calvin Boobyer, 509; LHS, Ann Lowny, 250; MHT, Ann Lowny, 472.



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Perdue Community Bowl Club 55: MHS, Bob Lemon, 232; LHS, Carol Lemon, 196; MHT, Tom Davies, 623; LHT, Carol Lemon, 482; THS; Fabulous Five, 1,079; THT; BeeGees, 3,114; MHA, Tom Davies, 190; LHA, Carol Lemon, 163. Ladies: LHS, Joey Levitt, 244; LHT, Joey Levitt 684; THS, Other Frame,

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Stay back and stay safe this winter Winter has hit Saskatchewan in full force and motorists will now be sharing the provincial highways with 300 snow plows from the Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure as they remove snow and treat ice on the 26,000 kilometre network. Motorists are reminded to stay back and stay safe, giving the snow plow room to work as highways are cleared using the most effective methods for varying weather conditions. “Last winter we received a substantial amount of snow, and our plows were out in full force working

hard to keep highways safe,” Highways and Infrastructure Minister Jim Reiter said Tuesday. “Unfortunately we experienced several collisions between snow plows and motorists, and we’d like to avoid the same situations from happening this winter.” Snow plows can create a mini blizzard or whiteout condition in their wake, often obscuring the plow from sight despite the checkerboard truck boxes and flashing lights meant to keep them visible. Motorists who approach a sudden whiteout should be aware it is likely a snow plow working up

ahead, and to slow down, stay back and stay safe. The plows pull over every 10 kilometres or so to allow vehicles to pass. Legislation passed in the spring of 2009 also requires drivers to slow to 60 kilometres when passing a snow plow, with warning lights flashing, whether in operation or stopped on the side of the road. There are around 300 snow plow trucks work-

ing in 85 maintenance sections throughout the province, on the road before, during and after storms. Highways are inspected frequently to determine if snow plowing or salt/ sand application is needed, and to report up-todate highway conditions to the Highway Hotline. “Night Riders” travel routes up to 500 kilometres long throughout the night to report and

treat conditions on the most heavily travelled highways. Winter maintenance is prioritized based on classification and traffic volumes: Level 1 - Snow removal or ice treatment occurs on the driving lanes within six hours of the end of the storm on highways that serve as commuter routes, major inter-provincial and international travel routes, and have an average annual daily traffic (AADT) count of 1,500 or more vehicles. Additional time may be required in extreme circumstances. Level 2 - Snow removal

or ice treatment occurs within 12 hours of the end of the storm on highways with an AADT between 300 and 1,500 without jeopardizing service to Level 1 highways. Additional time may be required in extreme circumstances. Level 3 - Snow removal or ice treatment should occur on all other highways with an AADT less than 300 as soon as possible or within 24 hours, without jeopardizing service to Level 1 or 2 highways. For more information on winter maintenance activities and snow plow safety please go to


Raymond Dollansky received his 10 year membership pin.

Wayne Meger received his 10 year membership pin.

Rick (Eric) Rann received his 20 year membership pin.

Allan Hoogeveen received his 10 year membership pin.


2 0 1 1 Legion awards were presented on November 11. Mel Selkirk made the presentations with Sgt.-atArms Don Saunders assisting. Missing: 5 year pins: Lana Zaharia, Hilda Dielsen, Connie Gibson, Bob Kral, Brian Viezko; 15 year pins: Nelson Poole, OJ Singer, Ryan Singer; 20 year pin: Dave Gibson; 30 year pins: Ed Young, Ed Cooper; 35 year pin: Debra Robinson; 60 year pin: Vic Cooper. Past officers’ medals: Brian Watson, 2nd Vice President and Membership Chairman; Kevin McLeod, Past President’s medal.

Eleanor Ries received her 25 year membership pin/

Ken Dollansky received his Sgt.-at-Arms past officer’s medal and five year membership pin.

Vic Besse received his 55 year membership pin.

Don Saunders received his 55 year membership pin.



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Canada wins World Trade Organization case on U.S. Country-of-Origin Labelling WTO decision will benefit Canadian farm families, livestock industry and economy, ministers say

Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway, and Gerry Ritz, Minister of

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Agriculture, met with livestock producers and processors at Soderglen Ranches, one of Canada’s largest purebred seedstock cattle ranches, November 18 The ministers welcomed the clear victory for Canada’s livestock industry represented by the WTO ruling that the U.S. Countryof-Origin Labelling (COOL) measure is inconsistent with its WTO trade obligations. “Today’s WTO decision is good news for workers and families in Canada’s world-class livestock industry, and further proof that our government’s commitment to defending Canadian interests in every sector of our economy gets results,” said Fast. “This decision recognizes the integrated nature of the North American supply chain in this vitally important industry.

TAX ENFORCEMENT LIST The Rural Municipality of Eagle Creek No. 376 Province of Saskatchewan Notice is hereby given under The Tax Enforcement Act that unless the arrears and costs appearing opposite the land and title number(s) described in the following list are fully paid before the 30th day of January, 2012, an interest based on a tax lien will be registered against the land. Note: A sum for costs in an amount required by Subsection 4(3) of The Tax Enforcement Act is included in the amount shown against each parcel.

DESCRIPTION OF PROPERTY Part of Lot or Block Plan or Mer Extension Title Section Section or Twp Range Number Number NE 28 38 12 W3 0 135541560 NW 12 38 11 W3 0 113857443 SE 8 38 10 W3 0 120980910 SW 8 38 10 W3 0 120980921 SW 1 40 12 W3 1 117846984 SW 1 40 12 W3 2 117846992 SE 2 40 12 W3 0 117847402 NE 11 40 12 W3 0 117847525 SW 12 40 12 W3 1 117847604 SW 12 40 12 W3 2 117847615 SW 12 40 12 W3 3 117847626 SW 12 40 12 W3 4 117847637 SE 12 40 12 W3 1 117846928 SE 12 40 12 W3 2 117846939 SE 12 40 12 W3 3 117846940 NE 20 40 12 W3 36 121660950 NE 20 40 12 W3 1 121410749 NE 20 40 12 W3 62 121660972 NE 20 40 12 W3 63 121660994 NW 20 40 12 W3 1 121660927 NW 20 40 12 W3 2 121660938 SW 5 39 10 W3 0 118333267 SE 7 38 11 W3 0 113857072 D 2 G558 0 139510155 1 1 G556 0 115903403 2 1 G556 0 115903414 14 2 G660 0 115903841 32 1 G641 0 117699452 33 1 G641 0 117699643 34 1 G641 0 117699474 12 5 G692 0 117699238 21 5 G692 0 117699249 2 3 G558 0 127744735 3 3 G558 0 127446522 A 101418533 10 113858297 B 101418533 11 113858310 1 5 G641 0 139508860 A 101507699 20 120477955 A 101874493 0 135295847 11 2 G660 0 136941161 12 2 G660 0 136941408 13 2 G660 0 136941330 A 101542430 5 118333278 B 101542430 33 118333289 C 101542430 34 118333290 A 101979018 0 137883864

Total Costs Total Arrears $2,656.37 $10.28 $2,666.65 2,173.57 10.28 2,183.85 589.17 10.28 599.45 1,148.87 10.28 1,159.15 1,301.61 1,716.97 1,002.15

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Removing onerous labelling measures and unfair, unnecessary costs will improve competitiveness, boost growth and help strengthen the prosperity of Canadian and American producers alike.” “Our government has always stood shoulder to shoulder with our cattle and hog producers against any unfair treatment, such as country-of-origin labelling, and today marks a clear win for our industry,” said Ritz. “This day has been a long time coming but, by working closely with our cattlemen and pork producers, we have paved the way for a stronger and more profitable livestock industry.”

The U.S. COOL measure has forced the livestock industry in Canada and other countries that trade with the U.S. to go through a lengthy labelling and tracking system with an unnecessary paperwork burden and additional red tape. It has led to disintegration of the North American supply chain, created unpredictability in the market and imposed additional costs on producers on both sides of the border. Thirteen WTO country members have joined as third parties in the dispute. The U.S. will now be required to bring its measures into conformity with its WTO obligations. However, if the WTO deci-

sion is appealed, it could delay the outcome. Canada and the United States enjoy the largest bilateral trading relationship in the world, with two-way trade in goods and services reaching $649 billion last year. Agriculture and agrifood bilateral trade accounted for $35 billion of this total. Reducing obstacles to trade has contributed to mutually beneficial supply chains, making both countries more competitive domestically and internationally. All told, the jobs of over eight million Americans depend on trade with Canada, and over two million Canadian jobs depend on trade with the U.S.

Asquith News Neil Millard 329-4235 Some of my neighbours used the warmer day of Tuesday,November 22 to put up all the Christmas lights and decorations. Thanks to Heather Sutherland and also to Ellie who helped me a lot. Heather was the designer and did a beautiful job. Thank you both! The Caring Clowns who “clown” in the RUH in Saskatoon are looking for new and younger clowns! If you are interested in learning to be a clown, please phone me or talk to me! The Seniors will hold their bingo night on Friday, November 25. Who In The World Said Such a Thing?”I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000

ways that won’t work.” (Terry Fox). “I’m, not a dreamer . . . but I believe in miracles. I have to.” (Thomas Edison). Sunday, Nov. 27 is the First Sunday of Advent. This is when the first candle is lit. Also people put on the Christmas and the decorations lights outside their homes for the first time. Tip of the Day: wild oat flower essence is great for when you’re feeling aimless and uncertain about your direction in life. It strengthens determination, focus and mental and “Spiritual” vitality. follow the label’s directions. The next seniors meeting will be held on Monday, Dec. 5. The Wellness Clinic

for seniors will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 13. Now, about sports: I noticed the Toronto Blue Jays new uniform for the 2012 baseball season. I think it looks great and hopefully the new ones will be much better because the old ones were so uncomfortable and sweaty! I also wanted to celebrate the idea that Sidney Crosby is back and that he is the way he was before he got hurt! Good for you, sid! I was glad to see the Operation Santa Christmas program announcement in the paper.This is a very good community project and we need to appeal to the whole area. Good Job!









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The Sky This Month -- November 2011 by Gary Boyle, The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada Of Fish and Whales As we open the second to last month of 2011, we set our sights on a couple of watery creatures namely Pisces and Cetus. On the first of the month, they are located on the meridian at about 10 p.m. local time and well placed for galaxy hunting. Our two feature constellations reside in an area called “The Water” and is also home to other such starry patterns as Eridanus and Aquarius. First we have Pisces the Fish which mythology depicts as two fishes connected by a ribbon. To escape the wrath of the sea monster Typhon, the goddess Aphrodite and her son Eros take on the form of fish and the ribbon help secure them as not to be separated from each other. Pisces is situated southeast of the winged horse Pegasus. Pisces also marks that area where the Sun crosses the celestial equator into the northern hemisphere during the spring equinox. Pisces is not a very bright constellation. Its members of the asterism all list in the magnitude four range. Derived from

the Arabic word meaning ‘the cord’, Alrescha is regarded as the alpha star and is the point that connects the two imaginary ribbons. With a value of magnitude 3.94, Alrescha consists of a very close binary star system residing 139 light years from us. Astronomers estimate the two may only orbit once every 720 years. If this is true, they will attain their closest approach in the year 2060. Each of these stars might possess a spectroscopic binary star, extremely close to its parent sun. The total dimension of sky is 889 square degrees and stands as the 14th largest in area. The one and only Messier object calling Pisces home is M74. This fine example of face on galaxy is complicated by the fact is lies 35 million light years away and has a low surface brightness. At magnitude 9.4, it could be a bit of a challenge locating it. The only plus is it measures 10 by nine arc minutes keeping in mind the Moon appears 30 arc minutes wide. Located at the northern portion of the constellation is a lovely string of five galaxies known as ARP 331. The

five are catalogued from north to south as NGC 379, 380, 383, 385 and 384. They range from magnitude 11.9 to 13.0 with NGC 379 being the only elongated member of the group. The rest are round and featureless. ARP 331 is located about six degrees west of the fantastic galaxy M33 in Triangulum and takes up a little more than 10 arc minutes of sky. The planet Uranus is currently in the southern section of Pisces. Its bluish-green fuzzy appearance shines at magnitude 5.8 and is 2.9 billion kilometres away. Even at the speed of light, a pulse would take two hours and 40 minutes to reach us. Situated below the Fishes, we find Cetus the Whale or Sea Monster that ranks fourth in area and with 1,231 square degrees of sky. In mythology The Monster was about to devour Andromeda but was foiled in its bid by Perseus. The bright star Mira was the first nonsupernova variable to be discovered. At a distance of 420 light years from us, this giant red star’s brightness varies from magnitude 2.0 all the way down to a dim 10.1. Its cycle can range from

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masses. NGC 337 is an elongated galaxy what sported a 15th magnitude supernova in it. The galaxy itself is a magnitude 11.8 smudge that measure only 2.8 arc minutes wide. NGC 337 is estimated to reside some 66 million light years away and can be found a tad more than five degrees northeast of the earlier mentioned planetary nebula NGC 246. Comet P/2006 T1 Levy is well placed in the constellation Lacerta. It is presently magnitude 10.7 and brightening. This is David Levy’s 22nd comet discovery and this one was found visually from his observatory near Tucson, Arizona. This periodic comet has a return orbit of 5.24 years. Our interstellar visitor will be around for the next few months and is expected to peak in brightness during the last week of January. The other icy mountain namely Comet C/2009 P1 Garradd is now situated in Hercules and is glowing nicely at magnitude 7.8. Two minor meteor showers are slated for this month. First we have

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the S Taurids that will peak on the fifth with a rate of only 10 meteors seen per hour. Twelve nights later the Leonids will only produce 20 or so meteors per hour. This is a far cry from the great storm from a decade ago where I was seeing rates of 35 per minute or 2,100 per hour. Hopefully these numbers will increase over the next few years. The planet Jupiter has just passed opposition and is out all night. With our two worlds still relatively close together (594 million kilometres), this is prime time to image the planet. The red planet – Mars is back in morning skies. It drifts about the star Regulus in the constellation Leo on the 7th. Brilliant Venus and moderately bright Mercury (our inner planets) rise as a pair low in the west after sunset for the first half of November. From the 15th, Venus continues to rise as Mercury starts to pull a u-turn back down to the Sun. Follow and photograph this tag team on clear nights. Until next month, clear skies everyone.



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80 to 1,000 days. Some 6,000 variable stars have been placed under its own category call Mira Variables. NGC 246 is an interesting planetary nebula. Also known as the Skull Nebula and catalogued as Caldwell 56, the outcast shell of old star material takes on a deep bluish hue which is very striking in photos. NGC 246 only measures 3.8 arc minutes wide and glows at magnitude 8.0 with a 12th magnitude white dwarf central star. Distance to the Skull is somewhere between 1,800 and 2,400 light years. To find NGC 246, first locate the second magnitude star call Diphda and then nudge your scope up a little more than six degrees. Next we will look at the spiral galaxy M77 east of the star Mira. This is one of the largest galaxy found on the Messier list of stellar object. It appears to be 120,000 wide with other sources calculating an even higher value. M77 is located 60 million light years from us and is classified as a Seyfert Galaxy. This monster of a galaxy could hold as much as a trillion solar

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Our Parents Anniversary November 27th

CARD OF THANKS Biggar Museum & Gallery would like to express special thanks to you, our friends who made cookies for our annual sale. Your support is greatly appreciated. 48c1 Thanks to everyone who helped with the ¿re that started in the Colbert yard. 48p1

COMING EVENTS de BUSSAC… Jean, November 10, 1912 - May 18, 1994 Stevie, August 21, 1922 - June 30, 1997 “We were blessed to have you as our parents, And you loved us unconditionallly. We are eternally grateful for the years we had both of you.”

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SUNDAYS in December: Presbyterians, Anglicans, Lutherans will be worshipping at St. Paul’s Anglican Church, corner of 7th Ave. East and Ontario St., Biggar on December 4 and 11 at 10:30 a.m. December 18, an evening service of Lessons and Carols, starting at 7:00 p.m. with coffee and treats to follow. December 24, Christmas Eve Service at Redeemer Lutheran at 7:00 p.m. December 25 and January 1 at Redeemer Lutheran at 10:30 a.m. Everyone is welcome. 48/10tfn NOVEMBER 7 - DECEMBER 10: Biggar Museum & Gallery’s Annual Christmas Magic Silent Auction held in The Credit Union Gallery in the Biggar Museum. Open Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. through noon hour for your bidding convenience. Bid often on this year’s fantastic items and purchase your half and half ticket. 44c6


COMING EVENTS WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 30: St. Paul’s Church Tea & Bake Sale, 2 - 3:30 p.m. at Biggar New Horizons. Truden Books in attendance. 46p3 TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6: The annual Carol Festival at The Majestic Theatre at 12 noon featuring school groups AND an evening concert at 7 p.m. featuring community groups and church choirs. Please join us in Celebrating the Season! Noon performance, $2/person (bag lunches are available, $4/bag). Evening concert, $5/person and a food bank item. Proceeds go to the Spring Music Festival 47c3 WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 7: Biggar New Horizons Craft & Bake Sale, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. at Biggar New Horizons. 48c2 SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10: Join us for an afternoon of entertainment in The Credit Union Gallery at the closing of Biggar Museum’s 12th Annual Christmas Magic Silent Auction. Bidding closes at 3:00 p.m. Half and Half draw. Be in attendance for door prizes. 47c3 SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11: Prairie Notes Community Choir and Friends present Happy Holidays, 2:30 p.m. at The Majestic Theatre, Biggar, an afternoon of Christmas music with special guests, Christina Bakanec and Katie Finch, cellists. Admission $10. Everyone welcome! 47c3 LCBI High School (Lutheran Collegiate Bible Institute), Outlook, Saskatchewan is accepting applications for the second semester beginning January 30, 2012 as well as for the 2012-13 school year. LCBI provides Grade 10-12 Saskatchewan curriculum in a faith-based, co-educational boarding school environment and has done so for 100 years. LCBI provides a rich extra-curricular program in sports and ¿ne arts. For more information: www.lcbi. 306867-8971

AUCTIONS Online Land Auction: 2 Quarters R.M. of Hudson Bay, SK #394, SE & NE 16 42 5 W2. Bidding closes December 10. Harvey Balicki 306-922-6171, Lorne Campbell 306-921-9736. P.L. 915694


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NOTICE Doreen Monson, mother of Valerie, Richard, Robert and Elizabeth Proctor, Michael and Mary Ellen Aylward, died peacefully at the age of 91 in Leduc, Alta. on November 23, 2011. Her Funeral will be held at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church, 12810-111 Avenue, Edmonton, Alta. at 1:00 p.m. on TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2011. 48c1 Families, clubs, churches and businesses are invited to do a Heritage Page to be on permanent display at Biggar Museum. Share your history! Do yours prior to the centennial celebrations! For more information call 948-3451 or visit museum 1 - 5 p.m., Monday - Friday. 7tfn This newspaper accepts advertisements in good faith. We advise that it is in your interest to investigate offers personally. Publications by this paper should not be taken as an endorsement of the product or service offered. tfn Advertisements and statements contained herein are the sole responsibility of the persons or entities that post the advertisement, and the Saskatchewan Weekly Newspaper Association and membership do not make any warranty as to the accuracy, completeness, truthfulness or reliability of such advertisements. For greater information on advertising conditions, please consult the Association’s Blanket Advertising Conditions on our website at tfn


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Agronomist or Ag-Manager The position involves… • Recommending economic solutions to agronomic problems, including seed, crop protection, equipment. • Managing a chem shed and inventory compliant with law and industry standards. • Tracking sales and programs. • Working with suppliers. • Working with Co-op Ag-Team, and the Co-op Retailing System. • Other duties. Duperow Co-op is a farm supply located right in the farming community. It is well supported by community farmers and has been a proÀtable Co-op, returning savings to its members. Advancement from Duperow Co-op to other retails and CRS positions is available. Compensation is competitive, based on qualiÀcations and experience. BeneÀts program includes Superannuation, Disability, and Dental.

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Discover 5 legendary Alpine Bowls, 29 feet of powder and a wide variety of ski-in/ski-out lodging. New Polar Peak Lift. The most ski runs and vertical in the Canadian Rockies. For great deals call 866-693-3764 and talk to our live agents or visit



FOR SALE: 55 PLUS ACTIVE ADULT Living. Large Ground Level Townhomes. 306-2410123. LAKE VIEW HOMES Vernon, BC. Convenient location in Okanagan Landing. Established neighborly landscaped community. Low maintenance quality built homes. Pool, Tennis, Picnic & Fitness Center. On Site Boat & RV Storage. Next to Beach, Boat Launch & Marina. Direct access to walkways & bike trails. Level entry & 2 storey homes available $429,000. Call Scott 250.558.4795 www. Two serviced lots, side by side in Biggar, 100’x140’, $79,900. Call 717-4681 (cell) 5tfn



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BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY If YOU are… • Moving • Expecting a Baby • Planning a Wedding • Anticipating Retirement Call WELCOME WAGON at 948-2563 - Lisa Haynes We have gifts and information Need somebody to tend bar at your function, wedding, anniversary, etc. Contact Biggar Arts Council members, Denise, 948-5146 or Marilyn, 948-2792. tfn CRIMINAL RECORD? Guaranteed record removal since 1989. Con¿dential. Fast. Affordable. Our A+ BBB rating assures employment/travel freedom. Call for free information booklet. 1-8-NOW-PARDON (1-866-972-7366).

GRANDE PRAIRIE older well kept 44 unit, one storey motel. Booming again! Owned since 1997. $3.2 million. Consider farm etc. as trade. May ¿nance. 780-488-7870. WORK FROM YOUR CASTLE! Do you have 10 hrs a week? Teach over the internet. Free online training. Flexible hours. Great retirement income. www.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY MEAT CUTTER and Sausage Maker. Full-time employment. $18.50/hour. Bene¿t plan. Accommodations available. Monday to Friday. Contact Provost Packers 780-753-2415 or fax 780-753-2413.

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W1172 LOCATION MANAGER required for Rack Petroleum in Biggar. Duties include: inventory control, pricing and selling fertilizer/ checmical/seed, operating yard equipment and managing location staff. Competitive wage based on experience. Please apply to tmcdougall.therack@; fax 948-5091 or call 948-1800 48p3 Part-time help needed, please drop resume off at de Moissac Jewellers, Biggar 47c3 Hallcon Crew Transport DRIVERS WANTED: in Biggar and surrounding area. Must have Class 4 or willing to upgrade. Clean abstract, hauling CN and CP rail crews, 24 hrs/day/7 days/week. DOT regulated, 24 hr call out. Equipment supplied, Training available. Email…; cell… 306-203-1275. 47p3 HEAVY EQUIPMENT REPAIR in Slave Lake, Alberta requires heavy duty mechanic and industrial parts person. Experienced apprentices may apply. Call Herb 780-849-0416. Fax resume to 780-849-4453.

Speedway Moving Systems Requires O/O for our 1 ton and 3 ton Àeets to transport RVs throughout N. America. We offer competitive rates and Co. Fuel cards. Paid twice monthlydirect deposit. Must have clean abstract and ability to cross border.1-866-736-6483; www. WANTED PROVOST, Alberta area: Derrickhands and Roughnecks. Current ¿ve year driver’s abstract required when applying. Tri 3 Well Servicing. Phone 780-753-2927. Fax 780-753-2982. Email: tri3well@ SASKATCHEWAN TRADE WORKERS WANTED. Carson Energy Services, a division of Flint Energy Services is hiring trade professionals for various locations in Saskatchewan. We offer competitive wages and bene¿ts! Please apply at www. À or call 1-(866)463-5468 DOG LOVERS! Enjoy a healthy, pro¿table career as a professional dog trainer. Government accredited program - student loans and grants. Ben Kersen & the Wonderdogs. 1-800961-6616.





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Canada’s health ministers meet in Halifax Saskatchewan Health Minister Don McMorris went to Halifax to meet with his counterparts from across the country November 24-25. Health ministers from several provinces and territories have been recently appointed to the portfolio, and McMorris said he was looking forward to meeting his new colleagues face-toface for the first time. Some of the topics that were discussed included healthy living, Multiple Sclerosis research and how provinces and territories remain focused on ensuring quality health care and improving patient outcomes. Ministers also received an update on efforts to reduce costs and improve patient outcomes and quality of care through the development of a Pan-Canadian purchasing alliance for medical supplies and equipment. “Health Ministries are increasingly focused on efforts that help Canadians live healthier lives and make healthier choices,” McMorris said. “Saskatchewan hosted a Healthy Weights Roundtable in June, and I look forward to hearing what other jurisdictions are doing to address issues like childhood obesity.” A update on the status of the federal

government-funded clinical trials into the “liberation” treatment

for MS sufferers and the development of a national registry will

also be provided to the ministers.

Retail sales nearly double national average September’s retail sales shot up 8.1 per cent over the same month in 2010, the highest percentage increase among the provinces and almost double the 4.2 per cent recorded nationally on a seasonally adjusted basis. “As incomes in Saskatchewan rise we are seeing that translating into busy stores across

the province,” Enterprise Minister Jeremy Harrison said Tuesday. “This is excellent news for our economy as we approach Christmas.” On a monthly basis, Saskatchewan’s retail sales were up 1.7 per cent in September 2011 over August 2011, the fourth-highest increase in Canada. Nationally,

retail sales were up just 1.0 per cent. “This is another sign of the confidence and optimism people in Saskatchewan have for the future,” Harrison said. “With so many jobs and opportunities available, consumers are able to enjoy a higher quality of life in our province.”

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Business & Professional … FOR RENT




Housing for families and seniors Rent based on income

Call: 948-2101

DUANE NEUFELDT Licensed For: • Residential • Acreage • Farm

Serving BIGGAR and Area




Fax: 306-948-2763

The sign you want. The agent you need.

Authorized Appliance Depot Electrical Wiring Trenching Licensed Journeyman Adrian de Haan

Tim Hammond Realty Licenced for:

•Farm •Residential •Commercial •Acreage

113 - 3rd Ave. W., Biggar


948-5052 (office)


Cell 948-9168

Tim Hammond, BSA, P.Ag., Broker

Proud to handle Biggar’s Real Estate Needs

Tim Hammond Realty

• Residence • Commercial Wiring For free estimates Ph: 948-5393


Residential & Commercial Painting contact… NCM Home Maintenance - Nick Maguire -

948-3325 948-4558 (cell) or The Design Goddess - Heather Hawkins -

948-3702 948-7958 (cell) McCARTY CONSTRUCTION • Commercial • Residential • Design Builder • Insurance Claims • Renovations • Drafting Service

“Big or Small -We Do Them All”

113 - 3rd Ave. W., Biggar

Licenced Journeyman Carpenters Troy McCarty 948-5627 (H) 948-9280 (C) Mitch McCarty 373-8254 (H) Serving Biggar ... Since 1968

948-5052 (office)

Northland Foaming

Cell 948-7995

Spray Foam

Licenced for: •Residential

Cari McCarty Residential Sales

Biggar’s Top Performing Residential Agent

Tim Hammond Realty

Cell: 306-221-6888


For all your home, business and rural needs Owners/Operators • Travis Young • Dallas Young • Claude Young

Licenced for: •Farm •Acreage •Residential • Commercial

113 - 3rd Ave. W., Biggar

Biggar, Sask.

948-5052 (office)


Cell 948-4478

Journeymen Plumber, Gas Fitter, & Electrician on staff

Dave Molberg BSA

Exposure, Experience and Effort.

of The Battlefords Independently Owned and Operated

FOR ALL YOUR REAL ESTATE NEEDS… • Selling/Buying • Residental • Farm/Acreage • Commercial • Recreational

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT Bear Hills Rural Development Corporation Box 327 Biggar, SK S0K 0M0


Wally Lorenz Sales Associate 1391 - 100th St. North Battleford, SK S9A 0V9 Day or Night

Cell: (306) 843-7898 Bus: (306) 446-8800


9Residential 9Commercial 9Automotive 9We tint vehicles too!

Helping you Help yourself

For all your glass needs,

Kent Dubreuil, E.D.O. Phone: 306-948-2295 Fax: 306-948-5050

104 - 2nd Ave. West Biggar

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available to do…

• painting & Ӿnishing • decks & small buildings • light plumbing • windows & doors • laminate & hardwood ӿoors • general repairs


Call Jim @ 948-3333


306-948-2805 Cell: 306-948-6062 Email: Want to insulate your quonset, farm/commercial buildings, house or cabin? Lower your heating and cooling costs and add strength to your buildings!

MADGE CONTRACTING LTD. For all your rooÀng needs… ¬New Construction ¬Metal ¬Torch-on ¬Re-roofs ¬Tile ¬Asphalt ¬All repairs ¬Shakes We offer 10 Year Workmanship Warranty and Liability/Torch On Insurance Excellent Local References For a FREE estimate please call… 306-948-5453

306-717-2818 www.madgerooÀ Biggar, Sask.


Bear Hills Rentals & Machine Works • Machine Shop Service • Rentals • MASTER FEEDS dealer • COMMERCIAL SOLUTION Ag Parts dealer • Drive line parts & service • KANE VET supplier


Wylie Farms Ltd. SEED CLEANING Canadian Seed Institute Accredited Pedigree, Commercial & Custom Cleaning FULL line of Cleaning Equipment including Gravity Table

Excellent Quality at a Reasonable Price! For all your Cereal and Pulse Cleaning Call: Bill: Dale:

948-2807 or 948-5609 948-5394

Plant located 8 miles south of Biggar on Hwy #4, ¼ mile west on Triumph Rd.


Wayne Dollansky 306-948-7247 Custom Combining JD9770 with draper or hydraÁex headers


Custom Cleaning of H.R.S. & C.P. S. Wheat

Jerry Muc Phone: 948-2958 Fax:


Located in Angie’s Hair Salon 219 Main St., Biggar Call 948-7274 or 948-3696

Michelle Spuzak, R.M.T. (NHPC member) NEW LOCATION… 219 - 4th Ave. E., BIGGAR

Other Services available… • ParafÅn Wax • Thai Herbal Massage • ReÆexology • Hot Stone Massage • Engergy Work

~ Gift CertiÅcates ~ Evening, Saturday and in-home appointments available.

948-2548 or 948-9710

Phone: 948-5678

DENTAL DR. GLENN RIEKMAN Dentist 115 - 1st Ave. W. Rosetown, Sask.

OFFICE HOURS Monday to Thursday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Phone: 882-2123 Emergency (after hours) 882-2006

BIGGAR DENTAL CLINIC 104 - 6th Ave. East, Biggar, Sask. Southeast entrance of Nova Wood Bldg. Hours… Monday - Thursday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m. - 11 a.m.


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Ladies Only

30 min. Circuit Gym …owned and operated by Diane Larouche Ellard

Located in the Nova Wood Centre (back entrance) 104 - 6th Ave. E., Biggar

948-2208 NEW BEGINNINGS WELLNESS CENTRE “Putting PERSONAL back into fitness training!” Wayne Baldwin, W

NO Certified Fitness Trainer, N Health Consultant, OPE NaturalPhysical Therapy Aide Over 20 years resistance training experience!

• Personalized Fitness/Nutrition Programs • One-on-One PersonalTraining • Injury Prevention and Rehab • Active Isolated Stretching • Limited Memberships to Private Fitness Studio Gift Certificates available.

Visit us @ 219 - 4th Ave. East, Biggar Where you can feel right at home! Phone… 948-2548 Cell… 948-8048


Kirk Ewen Doctor of Optometry

Fax: 948-4845

• Wood, metal, plastic signs • Vehicle & window graphics • Banners, stickers and Magnetic signs

Consultant & Coach Anne G. Livingston •Ideal Protein Weight Loss Clinic •Epicure Selections •Walden Farms Products •Young Living Essential Oils •Beauticontrol Skin Care

Phoenix M4 Mobile Grain cleaning and sizing

A Sign of

ADVERTISING is an investment in your business.

“Annie Things Possible” Health, Beauty & Spa

Weight Loss Clinic

Phone: 948-4844



In Biggar Every Tuesday. Biggar Professional Building, 223 Main Street, Biggar

For appointments… 1-855-651-3311

To advertise in this directory, please call Urla at The Independent • 948-3344 • This feature will appear Weekly. ASK ABOUT OUR SPECIAL DIRECTORY RATES.



Business & Professional LEGAL SERVICES




Rebel Landscaping

BUSSE LAW PROFESSIONAL CORPORATION Barristers & Solicitors Stuart A. Busse, QC Larry A. Kirk, LL.B. 302 Main Street, Biggar, SK

948-3346 …serving your community since 1972

Roe & Company is a full service law office that practices… ¾Family and Criminal law ¾Commercial law ¾Real Estate ¾Wills and Estate, and our lawyers, William Roe, Q.C. Jason Peszko, Ian Mokuruk, Treena Sikora look forward to assisting you and can be contacted at:

306-948-5352 or 306-244-9865

223 Main Street Biggar Box 580 Biggar, SK SOK OMO

OPEN: Mon.-Fri. • 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday • 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

948-2183 Email: Website:


Service Truck Full Mechanical Service Mon - Fri • 8 a.m.-5 p.m. phone: George

948-3376 after hours George: 948-4042 Corner of Main Street & 1st Avenue West, Biggar

948-3996 Open Monday-Saturday Mike Nahorney, Interprovincial

info@twhÀ www.twhÀ



KRF Automotive Detail Centre 100% handwash “Where we do it all for you!!” • Detailing • Vortex Spray-In Box Liners • Granitex Baked-on Coatings for Decks and Cement Flooring • Auto Accessories • Trailer Rentals Owned & operated by Kevin Fick

948-1722 1st Ave. West, Biggar

100-128-4th Ave. South, Saskatoon, SK S7K 1M8


Phone: 244-7464 for appointment

Your Auto Parts and Accessories Dealer


Open: Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Sat. • 8 a.m.-4 p.m.


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Ivan Young, Biggar Tree services available… • cut trim and removal • post holes • landscaping • cement removal • trenching • holes for piles • driveways • garage pads • basements

948-3381 NORTHLAND PAINTING and SANDBLASTING •Texas Gates •Spray Foam Insulation •Sandblasting & Painting •Internal Coatings •Rock Guard Coatings g

Mobile Units Office: 948-2805 05 Cell: 948-6062 email:

Chartered Accountant Notary Public 201B-2nd Ave. West P. O. Box 1480 Biggar, Sask.

Phone: 948-5133

JIM VANCHA, PAg Consultant (306) 948-4393 jim.vancha@


948-2222 or 948-2029

To fax…stop in at The Independent

Prairieland Collision Rosetown, Sask.


YH Truck, Ag & Auto

Photos by Jocelyn

Portraits, Family, Weddings & Sports Photography Biggar, Sask.


• Heavy truck parts • Agriculture parts • Automotive parts & accessories

521 Main St., Biggar 948-2109

(306) 948-3776 cell: (306) 260-6503 Ph:

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Residential Commercial Automotive

For FREE estimates or enquiries CALL Wayne or Dorothy at



Sales & Service Call Steven 948-2489

Check out our new website: Judy Judy Kahovec: Kahovec… 882-4313, Cellcell 831-7935 306-882-4313, 831-7935 Carey Krchov: 882-3213

Carey Krchov…882-3213

The Country Clipper • All Breed Dog Grooming • Boarding Kennels (Bordetella Mandatory) • Pet Supplies • Saleboard for dog and cat related items

Bob Kobelsky


Mon. - Fri., 8 a.m. - 6 pm. 2 mi N on Hwy #4, 2-½ mi E on Golf Course Rd.

Pssst...Did you hear that you can still buy REGAL?

Box 736, Biggar


Mr. John G. Smith Handyman/Drayman Available for … Local Moving/Hauling jobs

Phone: 948-3856

BIGGAR COURIER • Biggar to Saskatoon • Same day Service • Monday to Friday • 24-hour Answering Service

~Brian and Cathy Fick~

Cell: 306-948-7524


Custom Grain Hauling 306-948-9278 Landis, Sask.

Atkinson Trucking Landis, Sask. …For all your Local Grain Hauling Needs Bailen Atkinson 658-4460 or 948-4450

Rockin D Trucking & Cattle

MONARCH MEATS Modern Licenced Abbatoir • custom slaughter, cut and wrapping • sausage making, curing and smoking

• sides of Pork & Beef available



For appointments and inquiries, call Janet at 948-2091



Fax: 948-2484

Cliff Forsyth


Beadle’s Computer Solutions



Call me to Ànd out more about how The Plan™ can help you prosper now …and over time.

216 Main St., Biggar

109 Main St., Biggar

• Jackets • Windsuits • Shirts • Hunting Gear • Bunnyhugs • Caps • Toques • Bags

Ph: 237-4777

Let Vortex protect your truck and your investment with the Vortex Seamless Sprayed on Liner System


Phillips Radio Shop

Independent Rep

Wood and Steel Buildings Floor & Trusses

Panasonic, StarChoice, Bell, Xplornet Internet dealer and Your authorized SaskTel Mobility and High Speed Internet Dealer

Battery Chargers Electric Fencers Repaired/Rebuilt/ Built



Chartered Accountant Credit Union Building 302 Main Street P. O. Box 1750 Biggar, SK S0K 0M0

• photographs • paintings • art prints • memorabilia • collages, etc. Call Anne @ 948-7274

in Biggar Insurance Bldg.


Garry A. Faye

Anne G. Livingston

CertiÀed Custom Picture Framer

Contact Nancy Duns

304 Main St., Biggar

Your authorized


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Phone: 948-2204 or 948-3886


• Snow Removal • Fences …and much more

Sewing & Embroidery

227 - 1st Ave. East, Biggar


• Topsoil • Lawn Care • Leveling • Sod • Patio Blocks

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301 - 1 Ave. E, Biggar

SGI Safety Inspection Auto Repair

222 Main Street 306 948 5377

• Driveways • Concrete • Garage Pads • Pruning • Planting


Heavy Truck Repair

Financial Planning Estate Planning Life Insurance

948-2879, evenings 948-7207, daytime Ed Kolenosky


Heavy Duty Journeyman Mechanic


• Notary Publics • Home & Agro Insurance • Auto & Commerical Insurance • Blue Cross • Motor Licence Issuer Office Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday 304 Main Street • Biggar



• Cattle hauling with 21 ft. gooseneck trailer • round and large square bale hauling with step-deck or highboy semi-trailers • also buying and selling straw and forage • also machinery hauling Home • 306-948-2037 Alex • 306-948-7291 Dan • 306-948-7843 Biggar, Sask.


available at Grape Moments located in The Independent, 102 - 3rd Ave. West, Biggar




$375,000 investment in Canadian beef research Last Wednesday at Canadian Western Agribition, Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister Bob Bjornerud announced $375,000 in funding for a beef genomics research project led by the Canadian Simmental Association. “Research is an important part of our agriculture industry and essential to ensuring our farmers and ranchers remain at the forefront of production throughout the world,” Bjornerud said. “This funding will improve the competitiveness of our beef industry and help producers continue to provide safe, highquality products to feed a growing world population.” The Enhancing Canadian Beef Production through Genomic Innovation project aims to develop genetic selection tools that will allow producers to better identify and utilize superior genetics to improve the quality of their product. The project will initially identify superior genetics within Simmental-influenced cattle to improve carcass compositions and beef quality. The tools developed by this project are not limited to Simmental breeds and will benefit the entire cattle industry. The project has also received funding from the Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency as well as Agriculture and AgriFood Canada. “This generous contribution from the Saskatchewan Ministry

of Agriculture, the Canadian Simmental Association, and our project partners allows us to continue to work to ensure Canada’s seed-stock sector is at the forefront of genetic research and ultimately global competitiveness,” past Canadian Simmental Association president Rick McIntyre said. “This project will assist all Canadian cattle producers in our ongoing efforts to supply premium beef to both the domestic and international

marketplaces.” Provincial funding was provided through the Agriculture D e v e l o p m e n t Fund (ADF). ADF provides funding to help institutions, companies and industry organizations conduct research, development and value-added activities that will benefit Saskatchewan farmers and ranchers. In 2011, the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture committed $14.5 million for 71 ADF projects.

Best September wholesale numbers in Canada for Saskatchewan Saskatchewan wholesalers were stocking up in September more than anywhere else in Canada, according to a report released by Statistics Canada Monday. The province scored the highest percentage increase both on a monthly and year-over-year comparison (seasonally adjusted). “When wholesalers are doing well we know that our economy is growing and businesses see a bright future in the province,” Enterprise Minister Jeremy Harrison said. On a monthly basis, Saskatchewan’s wholesale trade increased by 7.3 per cent in September 2011 when compared with

the previous month, surpassing the 0.3 per cent recorded nationally. Annually, wholesale trade was up by 22.5 per cent in September 2011 over September 2010, more than three times the 7.4 per cent posted in Canada. “A major source of September’s increases came from the agricultural supply industry, laying the groundwork for what will be a busy year for Saskatchewan farmers,” Harrison said. “Saskatchewan’s businesses are thriving and demand for products will likely carry on as Saskatchewan continues to produce the food and energy the rest of the world needs.”

Landis Locals Helen Buxton 658-2115 On November 16, it was -20˚C with a bitterly cold wind, and now, one week later, it’s 0; and will be warmer this afternoon. Last Saturday, Theresa Johnson and Daryl brought Phyllis Munton to her daughter Alberta’s home in Landis. Phyllis will be staying with Alberta for a few weeks. She is growing stronger every day after her repeated surgeries last year. Family members gathered at the church last Saturday for a double baptism service. Colin Leinenweber and Jolyne’s son, Martin Brady, and Kyle and Jamie Leinenweber’s daughter, Keslia Angela, were received into the Christian faith. After the service, everyone moved to the complex for a luncheon and fellowship. Cheryl and Bernie Cey spent a few days in Airdrie, Alberta visiting Ed and Chris Cey and family. Bernie lent a hand with the work of finishing the basement. Muriel and Alcide Mason of Makwa, were overnight guests at my house on Saturday. They recently celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary.

Karen Kammer is presented with the Roy Ellis Bursary by Nicole Goldsworthy, chairman of Saskatchewan Association of Recreation Professional for student excellence in second year recreation therapy.

Heartland Health Region encourages you to take an active role in your health care by asking questions, listening to the answers, and talking about any concerns you may have. It’s important to understand your health – discuss any symptoms you’ve had and make sure your healthcare provider knows the concerns you have. Ensure your doctor knows everything about your health history. Talk about your medications. Make sure you fully understand why you’re taking a medication and how it will improve your health. If something doesn’t seem right, don’t just think it, say it. For toll-free health information 24 hours a day. Please call 1-888-425-4444(TTY) if you have hearing or speech difficulties Smokers Helpline 1-877-513-5333 or Questions about Medication? Call 1-800-665-DRUG (3784). Ask questions online

See Pages 11-16 for great holiday savings!

Mental Health & Addictions Centralized Intake Line 1-866-268-9139 Monday to Friday 8:00 am—4:30 pm

Heartland Health Region

TAX ENFORCEMENT LIST Rural Municipality of Grandview No. 349 Province of Saskatchewan

2008 PONTIAC Torrent FWD, Pdium Edition, 3.4V6, air, tilt, cruise, PW, PL, PM, black, 96,535 km, Sask. Tax Paid

For only………………


For more information contact Ron Amy at the dealership toll free

1-877-979-7999 or 948-9605

Rosetown Mainline Motor Products Ltd.

Notice is hereby given under The Tax Enforcement Act that unless the arrears of taxes and costs appearing opposite the land described in the following list are fully paid before the 28th day of January, 2012, a tax lien will be registered against the land. Note: A sum for costs in the amount of $11.55 as required by subsection 4(3) of The Tax Enforcement Act is included in the amount shown against each parcel. Parcel Lot/ Blk/ Plan/ Rge M Title Total Arrears Pt Sec. Twp. Number & Costs 150190545 NE 05 36 18 3 137138171 $2,185.71 146343809 NW 14 36 20 3 114268631 1,035.59 117405569 SW 14 36 20 3 117858606 1,921.39 146343540 SW 23 36 20 3 114268260 196.27 117405895 NE 25 36 20 3 117859348 1,562.53 117393802 NW 25 36 20 3 117859360 1,609.47 117405884 SW 25 36 20 3 117859371 1,606.43 117405873 SE 25 36 20 3 117859359 1,606.43 117403433 NE 36 36 20 3 117860058 2,137.90 117393903 SE 36 36 20 3 117860070 2,136.17 117406212 SW 36 36 20 3 117860092 2,133.36 117580967 27 4 G305 114376642 13.72 114376653 A penalty of 1.0% per month applies to these arrears of taxes effective January 1, 2012 with 12% being added to and forming a part of the tax arrears on December 31, 2011. Dated at KelÀeld, Saskatchewan, this 28th day of November, 2011 Patti J. Turk, Treasurer



by Delta Fay Cruickshank, of The Independent Plants provide so much to our welfare. In my quest to discover the source of many of the products I use each day, I learned about ‘shea butter’. This ‘butter’ is used primarily in the cosmetic industry in the Western world, and yet in Africa, it is used as a food, a source of dietary fat and for medicinal purposes! Shea butter comes from the nut that grows on the Shea tree (Vitellaria paradoxa), native to the dry savannahs of West Africa. These trees grow wild, and are in constant threat from drought and African mistletoe, a parasite that will eventually kill the tree. I imagine they could also be tempting firewood too. The nut is picked by hand, and then the outer pulpy casing is removed to get at the seed. From this oil-rich seed the butter is extracted. All the labour performed to produce shea butter is performed by women and young girls. After extract-

ing the seed, it is then crushed, roasted, ground into a paste, ready for the task of separating the oils. The paste is kneaded by hand in big vats of water until the oils float to the top, looking like butter curds. The curds are then melted and slowly boiled to allow excess water to escape through evaporation. Then it is all collected, allowed to cool and shaped into balls! In Africa every part of the nut is used. Once the outer shell is removed, the pulp is a source of food energy during times of famine. The wood is used to make tools and the roots and bark are used as a medicine. The butter is a cooking fat in every home. In order to come to the West, the butter is refined a little more, sometimes using chemicals. Here it is used in cosmetics, lotions, salves and as a substitute for cocoa butter in the manufacture of chocolate. European and Japanese firms use the butter in pastry.

Native to the hot and dry savannahs of West Africa, the shea nut trees grow naturally. The nuts are collected by women and young girls. Inside each nut is a seed. After it is dried, roasted, crushed, ground and melted, the butter is used in Africa as a food source, and in the West as an ingredient in moisturizing lotions and salves. (Photos from

The properties of shea butter are ideal for the cosmetic industry. It does not give a greasy feeling, does not clog pores and penetrates deep into the skin to help improve dry,

cracking skin. It has antiinflammatory properties, so will aid in the healing of wounds. It contains high volumes of Vitamin

A and E. The less refined the shea butter, more natural properties are still available. Again, not a Saskatch-

ewan native, and yet a very important ingredient in getting through our dry and cold winters.

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