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Cowboy poetry night a success for Friends of the Lodge Ya’ll did come out! On a foggy cold evening on Saturday the 17th of November, the wonderful smells of a Western roast beef supper met us at the door of the Biggar Hall, and the warmth and decorations were a cozy welcoming treat for us all. The Friends of the Lodge hosted an evening of Cowboy Poetry by the The Mitchell Brothers who entertained with everything from Robert Service to tales from a Vet, to original songs and poetry. Also part of the evening was music by Leon Ochs and friends who generously donated their talents to the evening entertainment. A full house of more than 250 people visited, laughed, and were well fed and entertained. The evening raised a total of $6,135 toward the purchase of furnishings and equipment for the new Long Term Care Facility.

Hello, Santa! . . . A wave and a smile, this wee performer gets in a “hello” before singing at the annual carol festival at the Majestic Theatre, December 4. The noon hour concert had everyone in their

holiday best, having bite to eat and, more importantly, getting into the Christmas mood. (Independent Photo by Kevin Brautigam)

Saskatchewan still only province with balanced budget Strong economy offsets downturn in resource revenue The overall strength of the province’s growing, diverse economy and prudent expense management has kept Saskatchewan on track to be the only province in Canada to balance its 2012-13 budget. The 2012-13 Mid-Year Report released November 27 projects a $12.4 million pre-transfer surplus for

the General Revenue Fund (GRF) at year end and an increased year-end surplus of $22.5 million for the Summary Financial Statements, up $7.7 million from budget. The Growth and Financial Security Fund is now projected to finish the year at $664.5 million. “This Mid-Year Report

Holiday game-face . . . Aden Zagoruy gets dolled up by Samantha Desrosiers during the annual Festival of Lights, November 30. The busy, late night shopping evening had a bit of everything for everyone: sleigh rides, food, silent auctions . . . plenty of distractions as the Christmas season approaches. (Independent Photo by Kevin Brautigam)

shows the benefits of growth,” Finance Minister Ken Krawetz said. “Despite lower than expected resource revenues, our growing population and growing economy means a larger tax base and increased tax revenues to offset the declines in resources.” Overall revenue is now forecast to be $11.24 billion, down $51.0 million from budget, largely due to lower prices and less demand for non-renewable resources. However, other key revenue sources are up from budget, including projected increases in personal income tax and other tax revenue related to the strong Saskatchewan economy. Overall expenses are up $31.6 million from budget to $11.23 billion, partly reflecting the continued costs of flooding in recent years. Much of this increase is offset by savings from expense management and by a reduction in debt servicing costs. Saskatchewan’s economy continues to perform well in 2012. So far this year,

Saskatchewan ranks either first or second in Canada in terms of economic growth, employment growth, low unemployment rate, average weekly earnings, value of international exports, manufacturing sales, retail sales, value o f b u i l d i n g p e r m i t s, number of housing starts and investment in both residential and nonresidential construction. “In the new Saskatchewan, our economy is more

diverse, so even when one revenue source is down, others are up to maintain the balance,” Krawetz said. “As a result, Saskatchewan has the only balanced provincial budget in Canada. “Sound fiscal management and balanced budgets are a fundamental principle of the Growth Plan released by Premier Wall last month and a key part of the Saskatchewan Advantage.”

More debt, less infrastructure, accuse NDP of mid-term budget update The Sask Party government is punting projects, raiding the rainy day fund and sinking Saskatchewan deeper into debt, according to its mid-year finance report, claim the NDP. “ T h e S a s k Pa r t y i s digging through the couch cushions to pay for its broken budget,” said Trent Wotherspoon, NDP finance critic. “The Sask Party is scrambling and making short-sighted decisions. In order to paint a picture that supports their PR lines and

spin, it’s punting projects in education instead of building and repairing the schools we need. It’s cutting millions of dollars from health, education and social services. The Sask Party has forced a power rate hike of nearly $100 million on families and businesses. Saskatchewan people are paying for this broken budget.” Nearly $1 billion will be added to the debt this year and $50 million drained …see budget pg 2



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Your Home, Your Health: Radon by the Public Health Officers of Heartland Health Region Heartland Health Region encourages all homeowners to have their homes tested for radon gas. Radon is radioactive and causes lung cancer with long-term exposure. Smoking in combination with exposure to radon gas significantly increases the risk of lung cancer. The gas comes from the breakdown of uranium, and seeps through the ground to the surface. Outdoors, the amount of radon is small and does not pose a risk to your health. Radon gas builds up slowly in a basement or crawlspace and over time can accumulate to a high level. Most homes have some level of radon. You should take steps to lower radon levels if the annual level in your home exceeds 200 becquerels per cubic meter. Radon can enter any home, regardless of its age. It is not possible to predict how much radon is in your home.

The level varies from house to house, and builds up in the winter. Radon comes in to your home through cracks in basement walls and floors, gaps around pipes, the sump drain and deep well water. Radon gas is heavier than air, and builds up in the lowest level of your home. Clay soils that are dry and have cracks in them can allow radon to move through the soil into a home. Your home affects your health. If your home has radon gas, you may be at increased risk of lung cancer. You cannot smell or taste radon. The only way to know if your basement has a high level of radon is to have it tested. If you spend a lot of time in your basement, you should do a radon test. If your home has high levels of radon, it is simple and affordable to remove the radon in most cases. For information about testing for radon in your home contact Vanessa Amy at 882-6413 ext. 288 or e-mail public.

Jolly Roger . . . Perdue Pirate, Kevin Fick looks to split the defence, November 30 as they faced the Hafford Mustangs. The Pirates, playing in Biggar

at the Jubilee, found themselves in a hard fought, high scoring game, unfortunately running out of gas, falling 11-8. (Independent Photo by Kevin Brautigam)

Saskatchewan launches online mineral staking The Government of Saskatchewan announced Tuesday the launch of the Mineral Administration Registry Saskatchewan (MARS), an online system for issuing mineral permits, claims and leases. These mineral dispositions allow the holder to explore for minerals such as uranium, diamonds, precious metals and base metals. “The introduction of MARS is a major milestone in the history of Saskatchewan’s

Great Plains honours grads . . . Biggar Mayor Ray Sadler, MP Kelly Block and MLA Randy Weekes pose with Great Plains College nursing grads, November 23. The newly minted health care providers celebrated their graduation from the Biggar campus with a gala evening at the Community Hall. (Submitted Photo)

mining industry,” Energy and Resources Minister Tim McMillan said. “The project was prompted by the need to modernize the province’s approach to managing Crown minerals. The new system will enhance Saskatchewan’s already strong competitive position with other mining jurisdictions.” The MARS system, which will go-live on December 6, uses highly accurate electronic maps to define the location of mineral parcels in the surveyed and unsurveyed parts of the province. MARS will allow users to identify lands available for staking and make a request online for the issuance of new minerals dispositions. MARS was developed in collaboration with Information Services Corporation (ISC) and the Ministry of the Economy. The MARS software will use mineral land information maintained by both ISC and the Ministry of the Economy. MARS will also offer industry 24/7 selfservice for a wide variety of activities related to disposition administration, including transfers of ownership and submission of work expenditures.

30,000 workers both directly and indirectly. Mineral exploration expenditures for 2012 are estimated to be about $325 million.

Mining is increasingly important to the Saskatchewan economy, directly contributing approximately 20 per cent of provincial exports. It employs more than

…Budget, cont. from front page says that those cuts weren’t deep enough. Wotherspoon pointed to a recent fire sale of public assets, including the sell-off of land, affordable homes and a Crown corporation. The public has also been put at risk with the Sask. Party’s costly borrowing schemes and privatized infrastructure. “Saskatchewan has had nearlyadecadeofaresource boom,” said Wotherspoon. “So, it’s shameful that they’re handing us a broken budget that needs a bailout from middle-class Saskatchewan.”

from the rainy day fund. This is on top of the Sask Party’s already-scheduled upcoming $150 million grab from the rainy day fund. Projects ranging from school construction and upgrades to SaskTel’s 4G wireless network upgrades and SaskEnergy’s pipeline projects will be put off. The March budget already hurt everyday families, charging seniors more for prescriptions, ambulance rides and hygiene products in care homes; gutting the film industry and asking schools and hospitals to find more cuts throughout the year. The update now

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Saskatchewan Advantage Grant for Education Savings legislation passed The Saskatchewan Government is doing more to help families save for their children’s post secondary education. Advanced Education Minister Don Morgan announced Monday that legislation was passed for the Saskatchewan Advantage Grant for Education Savings (SAGES) program. The new legislation will enable the Government of Saskatchewan to provide a grant to a Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) at a rate of 10 per cent of the subscriber’s annual contributions up to a maximum provincial contribution of $250 per year per beneficiary. This is on top of the 20 per cent federal grant, which means if a family is contributing up to $2,500 toward their child’s RESP the federal and provincial governments will add an additional $750 to that child’s account. “I am pleased that we will be able to offer the Saskatchewan Advantage Grant for Education Savings to make post secondary education more accessible,” Morgan said. “I would like to thank the opposition members for their support of this legislation and facilitation of its passage in the legislature. “SAGES stems from a commitment our government made as part of our election promise. Once proclaimed, SAGES could benefit more than 83,000 Saskatchewan children under the age of 18 through contributions made to their RESP

accounts each year.” SAGES is modelled after the Canada Education Savings Grant, which is delivered on a national level by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC). The federal government, through HRSDC, will be administering SAGES on behalf of the Government of Saskatchewan. “Our government recently rolled out the Saskatchewan Plan for Growth to build a better quality of life for all Saskatchewan

residents,” Morgan said. “SAGES complements our vision for growth by encouraging families to plan for their children’s future and promoting the importance of completing postsecondary education.” The Bill will be proclaimed at a later date to provide government time to prepare regulations. The new legislation will be implemented later in 2013 with it being retroactive to January 1, 2013.

Minimum wage increases December 1 Employers and minimum wage earners were reminded that Saskatchewan’s minimum wage is going up effective December 1, 2012. The Government of Saskatchewan increased the province’s minimum wage from $9.50 to $10 per hour, which will also result in a corresponding increase to the minimum call-out pay to $30. “Saskatchewan’s economy has been growing and it is only right that the minimum

wage increase as well,” Labour Relations and Workplace Safety Minister Don Morgan said. “Minimum wage has increased by 25.8 per cent since 2007 - a significant increase in pay for working people in Saskatchewan.” This increase will affect approximately 22,000 minimum wage earners in Saskatchewan, r e p r e s e n t i n g approximately five per cent of the paid workforce in Saskatchewan.

Irish Crooner . . . Steven McGuire hit the Majestic Theatre, November 30 for what would be a fantastic show, featuring hits from the days of ‘ole. The audience were hard-pressed to keep from tapping toes or snapping fingers to the addictive beat. (Independent Photo by Kevin Brautigam)

…Reason, cont. from pg. 4 Armstrong, the Chairman of the Calgary Grey Cup Committee, wanted to reenact the 1948 ride through the lobby of an old hotel, he was told that security and health concerns made the stunt impossible. A few hours

later, after triumphantly riding around downtown Toronto, he was let in aboard a local nag, Marty, borrowed from a petting zoo.Thehotelspokesperson said there had been “miscommunication” earlier.

Tall Tale Santa? . . . Kalin, left, and Kenzie Harrabek listen closely to Santa, November 30 during the Biggar Day Care’s carny at the Biggar Legion - all part of the annual Festival of Lights. (Independent Photo by Kevin Brautigam)

The Stampeders’ touchdown cheerleader horse was initially banned from the Rogers Centre because of “safety concerns.” Of course. But then it was let in so long as it didn’t run up and down the sidelines. So far Toronto was true to form. Now consider the remarks of David McGuinty, echoing big brother Dalton’s views that the oil industry was bad for Ontario. Alberta MPs were, David said, “shills” for the oil industry who should stay home as municipal politicians or MLAs. They clearly had no sense of their national responsibilities. As Dalton had put it earlier, “no group identifies more closely with Canada than Ontarians.” Those McGuinty boys sure tell it like it is. Then came Justin’s twoyear old interview extolling the series of great Prime Ministers from Quebec. He lamented that Albertans now have “control” of

“our community” and that “it doesn’t work” because “this country – Canada - belongs to us.” The immediate context, and his other remarks about the Prime Minister, clearly indicate that the “us” means Quebec. Like the old world French, the French of the new also have their civilizing mission. David McGuinty was immediately fired and Justin immediately apologized. Media pundits explained their words had hurt the chances of Harvey Locke, the Liberal candidate in Calgary Centre. It probably did, but the interesting question is not that the McGuinty brothers or Justin or the Grey Cup celebrants in Toronto feel that way, but why. It’s not because we are what they want to be. It’s not about oil envy or Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi either. It’s not a mistake; they really

believe what they say. Deep down, the resentment of Laurentian Canada stems from their historical experience and the myths they tell themselves to explain it. Quebec was lost to the British;Upper Canada was initially settled by refugees from the American colonial rebellion. They have passed on a typical losers’ myth, a myth of redeeming superiority, for nine or 10 generations. Their daily lives unfold within what Northrop Frye called a garrison mentality. Ourmythsofindependent cowboys and cooperative farmers are different. The contingencies of oil revenues and Mayor Nenshi have compelled Laurentian Canada to notice, but, unfortunately, they still seem incapable of venturing beyond their imaginative garrison. Barry Cooper is a professor of political science at the University of Calgary.



Letters to the Editor . . . Letter to the Editor Your publication arrived in the mail today wherein you poured out your “Heart and Soul” extolling the virtues of West Central Saskatchewan – a fantastic place to live! This issue touched on several topics near and dear to my heart. As an educator for 30 years I prepared our able and eager students for export, export out of our communities and our province. The knowledge they had gained in our little part of the world was snapped up by the cities and businesses, literally around the world. All small town Saskatchewan is shadowed by the same spectre. We lose our most valuable resource: our children. They are the future. Why must they leave? Quite simply because we have

this attitude that the grass is always greener elsewhere. This is where your “Neighbourly News” struck a sore point. Out-of-town shopping hurts everyone in the community. It is easy to pick up a flyer from the city and note that some of the items may, in deed, be pennies cheaper than ones on our local shelves. These “buys” are designed to lure you away from your community base. These merchants have to make up for these “lossleaders” by tacking on prices to the thousands of other products on their shelves, many of which are priced higher than those on the local shelves. The big boxes can’t afford to give anything away. The shareholders won’t allow it. A comparison prices of grocery prices in your

fair town showed that some of the items were sold at lower everyday prices than those in the city flyers. In addition, local merchants are quick with help, taking orders out to the vehicles, even delivering them. So what are you saving? To go to the city takes time and money. Time is money. From Biggar you are going to invest three hours of your time. The trip to the city costs in gas and the additional cost of food and drinks usually at fast food outlets. This food doesn’t come cheap. But the city adventure costs you more. To break even you will likely spend at least 50 dollars, even if you drive a smart car. Local merchants are quick to hire and train local students. They aren’t looking for resumes with previous experience. They are looking for bright eyes

and a willing heart. When your dollars leave town, these students cannot find after school employment to hone their skills and put a little money in their pockets. Later, when they are exported, they lack the skills to put on a resume which catapults them to the top of the selection list. They are the losers. Not only are they the losers but so also are their families when they must leave home and leave their communities. Grandparents lose touch with their grandchildren and the whole idea and value of the extended family is lost to the next generation! Biggar has many amenities. It has prizewinning music and dance teachers. Some of our students have even taught at the world famous Juilliard school in New York. They have performed on world

Dear Editor This is in response to Bob Lemon’s letter in today’s Independent. The photographer who this letter is addressed to tries to apologize for insulting some of their readers, but then continues to reiterate their position, thus making the apology ineffective. Here are my thoughts: I had three uncles fight in the Second World War, two came home, one did not. I, myself have never been to a Remembrance Day service, however, just because I am not there physically does not mean I am not there in spirit. In my upbringing, my parents educated me on the sacrifices made by the men and women who fought so hard for the freedom I enjoy today. Every Remembrance Day they are in my thoughts as not to

mention the other 364 days of the year. I have educated my children also on the history of my Uncle George, who, unfortunately was shot down by the Germans over Holland on his last mission before he was to come home, he was the pilot on that mission. I have seen the letters written to my Grandmother informing her of what happened, and I have shared that with my children also. So on November 11 of every year I not only remember my Uncles and their comrades, I remember all the mothers that received letters like my Grandmother did. So, in closing, it doesn’t matter where you are on that day whether it is in a hockey rink, at work, shopping, or in the comfort of your own home, my father watches the service on

television because it is easier for him, he is 87years-old, as long as you take a moment to reflect and be grateful for the freedom we have because of those men and women that made the ultimate sacrifice. I do not think it is right to make assumptions, that people have better things to do than to go to a service, remember why we are remembering the fallen they fell fighting for the freedoms we enjoy today. I agree with Mr. Lemon, the photographer, in exercising their freedom of speech could have focussed on the positive, however, he or she chose to focus on the negative assuming that because people are not filling chairs that they have forgotten. Regards, Paul de Bussac, Biggar

The reason Central Canada hates the West by Barry Cooper, Professor, University of Alberta Distributed by Troy Media, www.troymedia. com The Grey Cup celebrations and the effect of remarks by Princeling Justin Trudeau and former Liberal energy critic, David McGuinty on the outcome of the Calgary Centre bye-election revealed significant truths about the mythical structure of Canada. The outcome of the football game, however gratifying to Argo fans, was less revealing than the spontaneous preliminaries. Eva Furgeson’s report in the Calgary Herald on pre-game festivities

stages with hopes and dreams spawned by The Majestic Theatre. The sports facilities have facilitated the beginnings of Olympic Gold Medal champions. Your shopping dollars support these local initiatives. Biggar is a community of care and friendship. People care about each other. They are honest and hardworking. Their

noted that Calgary has surpassed the host city as the most despised place in the country. Cathall Kelly, a columnist with a Toronto paper, said we were “smug jerks with their sandbox full of oil and their completely rational mayor.” This was all in good fun, of course, but a bit edgy. My colleague in the English Department at the University of Calgary, Rebecca Sullivan, herself a former Torontonian, explained the underlying sentiment: “they hate us because we’re awesome and they’re not.” She also mentioned our prosperity and our mayor. The inhabitants of the St. Lawrence valley, or Laurentian Canadians, apparently

children grow up with the same characteristics and ambitions that make them a much sought after commodity in other locals. Your shopping dollars will help keep children close and develop our prairie culture into something even better. Shop in town and bring our children home! Bill Dafoe, Perdue

want these things but don’t have them because they are “mired in corruption, bureaucracy and one-upmanship.” That’s all true enough, but it’s not the whole story. From the beginning, we’ve always known that we are awesome and they are not. In earlier days, when they were less corrupt and bureaucratized, they may not have hated us but they did look upon us as semi-Canadians living “out West,” a revealing preposition. In an equally lighthearted vein, there was the problem with the horses. Again, the preliminary responses are the most revealing. When Fletcher …see Reason, pg 3

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One Saturday in November we spent some quality time with three of our grandchildren -- we took them to see How to Train Your Dragon. This is a Dreamworks production that is based on the book and movie of the same title. Only this was the live production complete with fire and special effects. Quite enjoyable. The young hero, Hiccup, is a Viking who is struggling to find his place in his culture and his father’s eyes. The entire village is busy trying to fight dragons but somehow Hiccup thinks there must be a better way. One day Hiccup befriends an adorable dragon named Toothless, the star of the show. After an initial distrust on both sides, the two form a friendship that changes everything -- all their perceptions about each other and in the end unites the Vikings and the dragon worlds. Toothless is a Night Fury which is the rarest form of dragons (in the book he is a Garden Dragon). I know, many of you thought dragons were mythical creatures. Well, they are -- sort of. Dragons are closely related to the dinosaurs. They are often depicted


as winged reptiles and are known for their magical abilities and are easily identified by their scales. Chromatic dragons are black, blue, green, red and white. These are the evil guys and are feared as well as being dangerous. Gem dragons are amethyst, crystal, emerald, sapphire and topaz. They are neither good nor are they evil but are very charismatic, the charmers of the dragon world. Usually they are smaller than the other subspecies and are more intelligent often solving riddles. Metallic dragon are brass, bronze, copper, gold and silver. They are highly respected and are good. According to legend good dragons never work with evil dragons. Neutral dragons can work with both good and evil. Gold dragons associate with silver dragon and emerald ones can be found with sapphire. Evil dragons fight to protect their territory. Dragons have a lineage dating back to the dinosaurs. Ancient people often referred to

“reptile-like creatures that once roamed the earth”. Europeans called them dragons and the descriptions sounded very similar to dinosaurs. Pictures of the creatures can be found in Africa, India, Europe, Middle East and the Orient. Ancient cultures often contain references to dragons. The Chinese dragon is a well known symbol and is the highest ranking animal in the hierarchy. It is strongly associated with the emperor which gives it power and majesty. In the Chinese calendar the year 2012 is the Year of the Water Dragon. The animal appears in Greek mythology as well. Agamemnon (from the Iliad) is depicted as having a blue dragon motif on his sword belt and an emblem of a three-headed dragon on his breast plate. Mythical creatures or not; ancient beliefs or not; the show was very magical to the grandchildren, especially the six year old. She did not like the bursts of fire or the loud sound effects but she did enjoy the rest of the show. As did all of us.

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Credit Union donates to Biggar EMS . . . Biggar Credit Union’s Owen Nicklin, VP Support Services, right, hands a cheque for $5,000 to Biggar EMS’s Doug Beeson. The sizeable donation will go to Biggar EMS’s purchase of a ‘EZ Glide’ stair chair. (Independent Photo by Kevin Brautigam)

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“M” = minus muse! by Bob Mason

It gets kind of desperate up here in this room sometimes (we used to call it Jim’s room, but that is another story!). Yours Truly likes to feel a “muse” perching on his shoulder as he writes, but no! Like many other times in the past, that scribblers critic (so necessary to pen-pushing types), just hasn’t shown up! Fortunately, on the pages of the old L and T (Life and Times) is a long list of pertinent pieces, that YT wants to remember. So, muse or not, we might as well use them now - and here goes!

Many times in the past, YT has vowed to himself, that he wasn’t even going to look at that until he got old. However he heard a young fellow the other day, describe him as “That Old Bugger!” and being off the hook, decided, in a kind of alphabetical revenge to set up an article for The Independent under the letter “M”! Mother’s Picture: Every room in our old home where grew up, was decorated with some kind of art! Many of the pictures Mother had printed when she was a young school teacher, and a few huge

oil paintings that Dad’s Uncles had given them on their wedding day. All over, there were little framed mottos and sayings that our parents had placed there, hoping that we would read them. Some of them I can still remember. “If there be some weaker one, Give me strength to help them on. If some blinder soul there be. Let me guide them nearer thee. “Years and years later, in an oak, I found that arrow, still unbroke

Get smart about snow removal There are many good things about a fresh coating of snow on the ground, especially for those who are avid outdoor enthusiasts. Fresh snow also means having to clean up driveways and sidewalks. Snow shoveling is something many people do not enjoy, and it can potentially be dangerous if not done properly. The possibility of an accident or injury while shoveling snow is very real. Serious health problems may result from snow shoveling and snowblowing, including heart failure from overexertion. Many people are simply not physically fit enough to move heavy quantities of snow. Those who are may not treat snow removal as they would a strenuous exercise, which would need a warm-up period so as not to strain muscles. Furthermore, improper body mechanics can put undue stress on the lower back and cause herniated discs or degeneration in the spine. To make reduce the risk of injury when shoveling snow, consider the following tips. • Consult first with a doctor to get a health assessment. If you are

restricted from certain strenuous exercises, it stands to reason that you will be restricted from shoveling snow as well. Many people underestimate just how strenuous snow removal can be. • Choose the right snow shovel or snowblower. Tools with a curved handle or an adjustable length handle will help you feel more comfortable and minimize slouching and arching of the back. Select a shovel or snowblower that is lightweight to reduce the amount of weight you have to move in addition to the weight of the snow. • Dress appropriately for the weather by layering clothing. Layering enables you to remain warm, but then shed layers should you become overheated. Sweating and having damp clothing could put you at risk for hypothermia. Be sure to cover extremities to guard against frostbite. • Warm up muscles by treating snow removal for what it is -- a physical activity. Cold, tight muscles are more prone to injury, say experts. It is adviseable to spend 10 to 15 minutes with moderate exercise to get the body ready for the workout

ahead. Take a brisk walk and stretch your arms, legs and back. It is best to limber up to avoid injury. • Begin shoveling slowly, lifting only small amounts of snow. Remember that it is not a race, and there are no prizes offered for getting the job done in record time. • Keep your back straight while bending your knees to lift snow. Position your feet wide apart for the best distribution of weight. • Carry the shovelfuls of snow to where you want them, rather than tossing snow to the side or over your shoulders, which can only injure your body. Try to keep your arms close to your body to reduce stress on the spine. • If using a snowblower, always wear eye protection. • Never reach into the blades of a snowblower to dislodge snow or another obstruction. Turn off the snowblower first and wait for a few seconds to let the blades recoil before attempting to clear the blades. • Turn off the engine any time you are walking away from the snowblower. • Keep tabs on the electrical cord so that you don’t trip or accidentally

And the song, from beginning to end. I found again in the heart of a friend!” Wherever YT thinks of his old home (and that is quite often!), he sees those pictures again, and reads those small rhymes, wondering just how much of his past has been lost! Sure, those paintings will never be hung in some high-class gallery beside those of Michelangelo and da Vinci, now those small verses be quoted with those of Keats, and Shelley, but they are hung in the halls of our memory. And those verses guided a great part of our lives! Model “A” upset: Another “M”,and YT has to laugh every time he thinks of this one! Phyllis and YT had only been married for a few weeks, when we jumped into our old 1928 Model “A”, (which we had bought for $50) and roared down the road to show it off to my brother! A few inches of fresh snow had fallen, and when we went to turn in at their gateway, the car skidded halfway off of the fill and hung by its front bumper, over the deep ditch! We just sat there and gasped! Then the right-hand bumper bolt broke, and we cartwheeled completely upside down! We climbed out unhurt, and holding, hands, laughed as we walked up to their house (sometimes we still hold hands, but only to keep from falling down!) Moosehide mitts and moccasins: (M. M. M., eh?) We’re still going to get that “muse” if it takes all day! One of my numerous cousins shot a couple of

moose one time, up near, (if not in!) the National Park, and a resident of the local reserve offered to tan one of them for him, if he gave them the other. The result was beautiful soft buckskin that almost covered their kitchen floor. His wife took some old worn-out mitts and moccasins apart to make patterns, cut the whole skin up, sewed them with her old sewing machine and presented us with her efforts. Yours Truly sported a fine pair of moose-hide mitts for years! I’m not sure whether the mitt manufacturing people went broke or not, but we sure had some nice warm hands! I have a feeling that “muse” character is hovering around out here getting a little jealous because YT is using the L and T, instead of waiting for its “inspection”. But here goes anyway, hoping that The Independent people won’t notice . . . Moon Lake: Sounds almost romantic, eh? But in the 1930’s and early 40’s,Yours Truly did a lot of very unromantic work down there, clearing land for a marker garden! One that really impressed me was that every stump we pulled out was full of sea shells. Some of the best agricultural land in Saskatchewan is in the Moon Lake Valley, but because of his annular rings this old farmer chooses the Moon Lake Golf Course! Maps: All his life, Yours Truly has been attracted by maps, especially maps of northern Saskatchewan. Mebbe because, at that time, the northern part of

Hunching over a snowblower or shovel can put unnecessary strain on one’s back. run over it. • Do not allow children to operate the snowblower. If you are not feeling well, it is best to leave snow removal to someone else. Many lawn care

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our province was such a perplexing, mysterious place. Heck, I read a book one time, written by a university professor, who explored the north and stated that there was no hope of ever finding minerals there, and many maps showed unsurveyed lakes as dotted circles (but that is another story, eh?) Then, along came progress, and the photographical survey guys! YT gave a huge bundle of those maps to a friend who went prospecting in the north. Then along came WWII and in the confusion of things, I never got them back! Surely that “muse” must be hanging around here somewhere! Mebbe YT can lure it back by retelling a tale it did help with! Music Hath Charms: Aha, wait a minute here, eh? This is one of YT’s fondest memories - and even a “muse” can’t resist it! Rather than bore the reader with a whole paragraph of newfound sentiment, I’m just going to copy some of the thoughts I had then! “One summer, during WWII we were billeted in one of Camp Shilo’s old huts that had one time been a service centre. When suddenly the lights went out, only the odd candle and flashlight showed up here and there in the dark. “An old piano stood at one end of that hut, left over (I imagine) from the huts former use, and when the lights didn’t come on immediately, by the light of one lone candle, a few of us gathered around it and started to sing. “It was wonderful; normally shy quiet men sang out that night as they had never sung before. Voices, subdued by the identifying embarrassment of daylight, rang out in uninhibited enjoyment, singing those familiar old songs, in the dark. “It was obvious as time went on, that more and more voices were adding to each relaxing way. Basses and baritones boomed into the dark, and tenors and altos. Then, suddenly soprano! A group from the CWAC camp marching by came and sang with us. “I’ll always remember that night in Shilo, The , WWII, was at its height, but somehow that feeling of “togetherness” is awful hard to forget!”



Diamond Lodge News Greetings from the residents and staff at Diamond Lodge. On Monday, we had exercises with balls and balloons. That afternoon we played Wheel of Fortune. Tuesday we gathered in the activity room for current events. At 2:30 we played bean bag toss. Wednesday we had our monthly Men’s Coffee group. The men got to enjoy visiting while having coffee and doughnuts. That afternoon we had our all time favorite activity which is ice cream cart. Thursday morning we had exercises again and that afternoon we played

bingo. Friday morning was breakfast club. It was enjoyed by the residents who attended. The rest of the day was filled with doing one on ones with the residents. The staff also started decorating the Lodge for the Christmas season. Saturday morning we played Jackpot Bingo and in the afternoon they watched a John Wayne movie. Sunday morning we h a d h a n d m a s s a g e s. Church of God came for the Sunday Church Service. That is all from us this week. Take care everyone and talk to you soon.

New Horizons Activities by Karen Itterman The monthly Jam Session was held on November 21 with 55 people in attendance. Gord Besse was the MC for the afternoon with Doris Gartner and Barb Swyryda sitting at the door greeting guests and selling our raffle tickets. Ann Muc, Dinah Kegler and Florence Johnson provided the cookies for the lunch. The Jam Session is always a popular event at the New Horizons. The next jam will be Dec. 19. A card party was held on Friday, Nov. 23 with 14 in attendance. Lunch was provided by Ann Muc. Cribbage winners were Rita MacKinnon, Joanne Kral, Richard Boisvert and Marie Roesch. Kaiser winners were Myrtle Althouse, Joyce Colbert, Mildred Henne and Gord Besse. Cards were played in the hall on Friday, Nov. 30. An afternoon of carpet bowling was held on Tuesday, Nov. 20 with the first place going to Dinah Kegler, Blanche Borchardt and Mildred Henne. Second place was tied between the teams of Aileen Smith and Pat Turner. The winners for the carpet bowling games played on Nov. 27 were first place Rose Clarke, Mildred Henne and Pat Turner, second place to Marie Roesch, Florence Hammond and Aileen Smith. Monday Kaiser scores for Nov. 19 were Myrtle Althouse, Bill Fisher, Wayne McLean and Delmer Friesen. Highest scoring game was Gord Besse and Bill Fisher. Scores for Nov. 26 were

Gord Besse, Vera McNeil, Myrtle Althouse and Joyce Colbert. Highest scoring game was Gord Besse and Joyce Colbert. Bingo was played on Nov. 22 with 11 players. At the end of play Barb Swyryda was the halfn-half winner and Pat Turner won the blackout. Lunch was provided by Alma Redlich. On Nov. 26 the half-n-half winner was Rita MacKinnon with Marie Roesch winning the blackout bingo. The New Horizons will no longer be having evening bingos. The next bingo will be today at 1:30pm with our Christmas Bingo being held on Dec. 20. We will be giving different prizes to the winners at the Christmas Bingo.

Credit Union supports Biggar KidSport . . . Biggar Credit Union’s Karen Silvernagle, left, gives a cheque for $450 to Biggar KidSport’s Erin Poitras. The money was raised during the Credit Union’s “Casual for a Cause” November fund raiser - a chance for Credit Union employees to pay to wear jeans. The staff voted on who would receive the donation, and Biggar KidSport’s number came up! (Independent Photo by Kevin Brautigam)

BCS news by Sabrina Yurchak and Taylor Darroch Looks like we will definitely have a white Christmas this year! We would like to congratulate the Senior Boys volleyball team on their performance in provincials. They lost out in the quarter final 19-25 against the team who went on to win provincials. Good job guys! With the end of volleyball, basketball is officially in full swing. The

players are all looking forward to a fun and sweat-filled season. In other SRC news, the annual dodgeball tournament is underway and the competition has been tight! We would also like to inform everyone there will be a ham and scalloped potato hot lunch sale on Wednesday, December 12. Presale order forms went home on Monday and were due back today. If you missed the presale, you

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can line up with your $4 and hope for the best next Wednesday. With Christmas quickly approaching, the school is getting into the Christmas spirit. Candy Cane O’Grams go on sale next week, and the SRC will be having our annual room

decorating competition on the 14th. It’s going to be a blast as usual! We’re also going to be having another spirit week the week before Christmas holidays! Listen to the announcements and look for posters around the school for more details.

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Wild boar no boring subject

by Calvin Daniels

I grew up on a pig farm. I carried a lot of chop, ground grain, by the five-gallon pail full to feed them. And I shoveled a fair large pile of what the pigs made out of the chop. While the pigs we raised were the domesticated kind, I was immediately interested when farmers began to raise wild boar.

Wild boar hold a sort of special place for many. If you go back into the history wild boar have always had a place of some prominence, including at one time being the meat of choice at feasts like that of the upcoming winter solstice. Even today, among hunters, tagging a wild boar is seen as a major

accomplishment. In the wild, pigs are plain feisty. They are fast, mean-spirited, with sharp tusks and an ability to go places man just is not designed to follow. That all said, put a sturdy fence up and you can raise wild hogs, and there is a market. The meat is lean, more akin to wild meat than domestic pork, making it a specialty meat with a premium price. Now the market may not be as vast as the earliest proponents suggested, it still exists. Accessing the existing market, and potentially growing it have been hampered by the twin issues which have hurt

other new livestock operations, processing facilities to help get product to consumers and enough stock to make a process viable. While many producers gave wild boar a chance, like emu, ostrich, fallow deer and others, most found making a dollar difficult. Most producers have given up. Those still in the business face a new problem. Over the years more than a few wild boar have escaped pastures and they quickly went feral. I can tell you from experience even a domestic pig on its own will quickly adapt to the wild and with grain

fields as a food source and bush for shelter they settle in pretty quickly, even taking on winter pretty well. Wild boar are far closer to their wild roots so they are even more adaptable. And so wild boar have become a pest. They root in fields, ruin grain as they eat, find bale yards a cosy place to hunker down in winter, and they are not particularly good for bush either. Provincial parks have felt the impact as much as farmers and ranchers. The situation has gotten to the point wild boar gone wild have been declared a pest in

Alberta, which puts a boar in the wild on the same footing as a rat. And there are those in Alberta who are calling for the eradication of wild boar, and far more stringent regulations regarding farm fences for them, if farming would even be allowed. The situation in regards to the few of wild boar is only slightly better in Manitoba, or Saskatchewan. The question facing the sector is how to appease those aligning themselves against wild boar, and those producers who have persevered this long and found a way to make the boar profitable.

Environmental Code public review results now online The public review of the draft Saskatchewan Environmental Code has concluded and a complete summary of all comments received, along with the ministry’s responses, is now available on the ministry of Environment’s Web site at The final Saskatchewan

Environmental Code is expected to be presented in the spring as the province adopts a new, results or outcome-based model for environmental regulation that will improve protection of the environment while fostering innovation and supporting sustainable economic development. The Saskatchewan

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Environmental Code will provide directions for projects, allowing operators in many situations to proceed in an environmentally friendly manner without unnecessary permits from the ministry, while holding proponents accountable for achieving important environmental outcomes. “The code to be introduced this spring will be a first in Canada and will provide the foundation for our government’s new, results-based approach to environmental r e g u l a t i o n , ” Environment Minister Ken Cheveldayoff said. “Ensuring that our stakeholders were involved in each step of

this process was key as we meet the challenges of growth while continuing to ensure Saskatchewan’s environment remains protected.” In the report, S a s k a t c h e w a n Environmental Code: Public Review Summary of Comments and Responses, comments and responses received during the review are grouped by theme, such as qualified persons, code development, scope and implementation, as well as by each code chapter. Beside each comment is the ministry’s response so readers can see how the input was used to make the draft code better. Overall, the public review revealed strong support for the concept of the code, as well as

for the new regulatory model. Since January 2012, the ministry has met with approximately 1,300 people at more than 20 meetings to discuss the draft code and received 120 written comments. All input was considered by the content committees, whose members are subject matter experts who drafted the various code chapters. The revised code was then sent to the Code Development Committee, a 19-member stakeholder advisory group, for a final review after which the group recommended the code’s approval. “The Code Development Committee has been providing leadership and oversight in the

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development of the code since the very beginning,” Code Development Committee Chair Wayne Clifton said. “Our diverse membership, after two years of productive and respectful discussion, has reached a consensus that the draft code be recommended to the minister as a suitable foundation for a results-based approach to environmental regulation. It is particularly gratifying to see the result of this work by so many volunteers has received such strong public support. It is truly an innovative approach to enhancing environmental protection while supporting growth of our communities and the economy.”



NDP opposes Sask Party’s hands-off strategy With only one week left in the legislative session, the NDP called on the Sask Party government to stop its hands-off strategy and sell-off plans and take action and responsibility, instead. “The Sask Party has taken the lead on PR, but not much else,” said NDP leader John Nilson. “Their surprise legislative agenda sells off a profitable Crown corporation and avoids the role

the government should be playing in a smart growth strategy. Saskatchewan’s common sense people deserve a hands-on government that will tackle challenges.” Danielle Chartier, NDP critic for SGI, demanded an action plan from the Sask Party on drinking and driving. More than other years, there have already been 146 highway fatalities in the province with a

month still to go in the year. The RCMP said that impaired driving is the greatest factor in the shocking number of deaths. “I have a teenaged daughter. We deserve safer roads for her and everyone on the highways,” said Chartier. “The premier needs to take action to ensure impaired driving is not an acceptable part of our culture.” The NDP supported in-

creased orange zone fines following the tragic death of a provincial highway worker this year. Chartier called for equally responsive action to stem highway deaths. Cathy Sproule, NDP agriculture critic, called for the Sask Party to recognize community pastures as vital components of Saskatchewan’s livestock sector. New Democrats oppose the Sask Party’s

plan to sell them off. “We have seen the abandonment of this essential management by the federal government and a failure to stand up for Saskatchewan producers by the Sask Party,” said Sproule. “The Sask Party failed to stop the federal government from backing out of the vital service, so now they have a responsibility to ensure that the pastures and services

- and the ranching businesses that rely on them - don’t disappear.” Sproule added that with the Sask Party’s surprising return to their 2003 ideology of privatization at all costs, the New Democrats are concerned the land and pastures program will be the next item up in what she calls “the Sask Party’s firesale” of public assets.

Principal’s report BCS2000 Pr by Kim Fick This week saw two celebrations for our Character Pillar of Responsibility - on Monday, we celebrated the Best Bunch for Lunch pizza lunch. Haley Mantyka, Connor Schofield, Hayden Hoogeveen, Justice Pritchard, Hailey Baroni, Jason Hammond, Darian Bartusek, Ethan Massie, Abbey Dolman, Bessie Stone, Kaleb Carter, Katherine Fellehner, and Jarrett Watson-Lorenz were recognized for their responsible behaviour. Way to go guys! Also, We d n e s d a y wa s o u r Green Day to dress in the pillar colour, and I will let you know next week who our two lucky winners were that dressed in their colours. Congratulations to the students that were recognized at Term Awards last week for their own academic and athletic accomplishments, as well

as contributions they make to our school. Students of the term were Czarina Catambing and Calvin Lichkowski, both of whom make contributions through leadership in our school regularly while maintaining a high academic standard. Athletes of the term were Jaeda Hoppe, Emmett Keith, Edyn Keith and Nicholas Garchinski. On the academic side, our Highest Averages were handed out to Destiny Hammel (Gr. 10), Argel Alcobilla (Gr. 11), and Bailey Seidl (Gr. 12). Most Improved students were Michael Fellehner and Patricia Edwards. These students should be proud of themselves! Congratulate them if you get a chance when you see them. Last week, I started a discussion on bullying and supporting our students’ character development. One of the prob-

Informing Purpose is to keep people safe When you need help from an adult Behaviour is on purpose Behaviour is dangerous, harmful, or threatening Important

lems both parents and educators often struggle with regarding behaviour is trying to help students distinguish between “tattling” and “informing”. Students often either want to tell every small thing that happens to them, or go the opposite way and are worried to become a “tattletale” and don’t share any incidents, even when they are serious. A medium ground is very beneficial for the children, the school staff, and parents, so that we can all trust that when something is reported, the appropriate response can be given. Here is a guideline several of our teachers use to distinguish to students when something can be considered “informing” or “tattling”, and you may feel is helpful to use at home as well! Have a great week everyone, the countdown is on until Christmas!

Tattling Trying to get someone in trouble Could solve by yourself Behaviour is an accident Behaviour is a harmless situation Unimportant

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Province introduces Global Transportation Hub legislation Legislation moves GTH development from municipal to provincial jurisdiction

A bill introduced in the legislature will move the control of the development and operations of the Global Transportation Hub (GTH) from municipal to provincial jurisdiction to further ensure the business success of GTH clients.

The Global Transportation Hub Authority Act establishes the GTH as a Statutory Corporation; as an Agency of the Crown. It streamlines governance and formalizes responsibilities and ownership of infrastructure assets within the GTH footprint. “Positioning the GTH as a more effective authority will further contribute

FOR SALE BY TENDER The Central Plains Co-op has for sale by tender the following fuel delivery unit: 2003 Freightline FL106, tandem, Detroit diesel engine, 13-speed Eaton Fuller transmission, 16,800 litre tank, gas and diesel pumps, 374,000 kms and 10,276 hours. For more information, please contact Ed Lavigne, Petroleum Manager at 306-882-2608. The highest or any tender may not necessarily be accepted. GST and PST will be charged on the tender purchase amount. Tenders will close on December 7, 2012 at 12:00 noon. Sealed tenders may be submitted to the following: Central Plain Co-operative Ltd. Box 970, Rosetown, SK S0L 2V0 Att: M. Moon, General Manager “Fuel Truck Tender”

to the level of success the GTH has achieved to date,” Minister responsible for the GTH Bill Boyd said, November 28. “The new legislation will help transition the GTH into a full inland port operation to grow Saskatchewan’s warehousing, transportation and logistics sectors in accordance with the Saskatchewan Plan for Growth.” Since the start of this project three years ago the city has worked together with the province to assist in the develop-

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3 of operation. The new CP Rail intermodal facility at the GTH is a 300-acre development, which will increase capacity for container lifts from 40,000 to 250,000 annually and will be operational later this year. To meet the specific needs of its clients and further its vision as a world-class facility, the GTH will become responsible for its own land use planning and development regulations, governance structure,

subdivision approvals and building permits. The GTH will assume jurisdiction and responsibility for infrastructure design, construction, operations and maintenance including service provision within the GTH boundaries. The new Act will provide the powers and authorities which will enable the GTH to respond quickly to new opportunities and client needs. It is hoped that the new model will be up and running by summer 2013.

Mineral research results presented at 43rd Annual Geological Open House Mineral industry stakeholders are in Saskatoon Monday, attending the 43rd Annual Saskatch-

Give the gift that gives all year . . . While planning your seasonal party you should consider any food allergies your guests may have. Life threatening allergies are on the rise, especially among children. Symptoms may be a drop in blood pressure and swelling of the face and throat. Reactions can become severe quickly. Ask beforehand if anyone has a food allergy. Make available an ingredient list. Eliminate cross contamination by using separate utensils, work spaces and trays. A little extra planning will make your party merry, and safe, for all!

ment of what has become one of the most important economic development projects in Saskatchewan. The GTH has experienced rapid growth and has been an economic benefit to the province and the City of Regina. The Loblaw Group of Companies warehouse, operated by Canadian Logistics Services has created more than 800 hundred jobs, with additional jobs to be added later this year. The warehouse is ahead of schedule and is now in Phase

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ewan Geological Open House. The event is a much anticipated annual meeting that includes presentation of geoscience research carried out by the province and its partners over the past year. The event, organized by the Ministry of the Economy, in partnership with the Saskatchewan Geological Society, will be held December 3-5 at the Delta Bessborough Hotel. More than 700 delegates are expected to attend from Canada and around the world from the mining and mineral exploration industry,

investment community and educational institutions. Participants will be presented with various research results and hear updates from the industry on mining and exploration activities. “Our government believes in a competitive and thriving mining industry,” Energy and Resources Minister Tim McMillan said. “The Saskatchewan Geological Open House has become a permanent event in the calendars of many stakeholders in the minerals sector. The geoscience information provided at this event is key to sustaining the growth this industry has seen year over year.” Sessions include geosci-

ence research presentations on uranium ore systems, gold, base metals and generative mapping, and industrial minerals. Greg Johnson, a professional storm chaser and severe weather expert, will deliver this years’ free public lecture titled “I’m just a tornado hunter”, held December 4 in the Battlefords Room at the Delta Bessborough Hotel. Mining is Saskatchewan’s third largest industry. The value of mineral sales in 2011 was approximately $8.1 billion. Mineral exploration expenditures for 2012 are estimated to be about $325 million compared to $293 million spent in 2011.

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Winter weights take effect Saskatchewan’s winter weights took effect Saturday, December 1 for all applicable provincial highways. “As a land-locked, exportbased economy, trucking plays a major role in getting Saskatchewan made goods to market,” Highways and Infrastructure Minister Don McMorris said. “Winter weight season allows shippers to haul heavier loads during colder winter months, resulting in fewer trips and cost savings

for the industry and strong economic activity for the province of Saskatchewan.” When the roadbed freezes, both primary and secondary weight highways have the same strength. Shippers using secondary weight highways benefit the most from winter weights because it allows for more efficient movement of goods from secondary to primary weight highways. The winter weight season can start as early as November 16 and remains

in effect until March 14, but may be restricted through a minister’s order because of weather and roadbed conditions. In the past, the ministry has removed winter weights in some areas of Saskatchewan if temperatures rise and roadbeds become soft. Winter weights are typically removed on March 15, depending on the weather, however shippers are asked to check the status regularly. Truckers can find the

latest road restriction orders and related information online at or by calling the Highway Hotline as follows: Regina and area at 306-787-7623; Saskatoon and area at 306933-8333; across Canada at

1-888-335-7623; and on the SaskTel Cellular Network at *ROAD. For technical and regulatory information during the winter weight season, commercial carriers within Saskatchewan can also phone the Transport

Compliance Branch Inquiry Line at 1-866-9335290. Truckers outside of Saskatchewan can call the same line at 306-9335290. The line operates weekdays, except statuary holidays, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Senior Bowling Tournament held in Perdue Senior Bowling Tournament was held November 30 at Perdue Community Bowl. First place: George and Arlene Bartley, Joey and

Al Levitt. Second place: Jim Brown, Bob Mason, Tom Davies, Dot Curtiss. Third place: Joan Taylor, Joan Dolan, Frances Strate, Joey Levitt.

Half-n-half winners: Bob Mason and George Bartley. LHS: Joey Levitt, 209. MHS: Dave Curtiss, 251. Hidden score: Al Levitt, 170.

Perdue Bowling results Club 55: MHS, Al Levitt, 273; LHS, Dot Curtiss, 221; MHT, Al Levitt, 667; LHT, Carol Lemon, 489; THS, Hopefuls, 1,158; THT, Hopefuls, 3,249; MHA, Al Levitt, 187; LHA, Kay Munro, 166. Ladies: LHS, Joey Levitt, 265; LHT, Joey Levitt, 669; THS, Bleepers, 1,055; THT, Bleepers, 0,000; LHA, Dorrie Laberswieler, 190. Mens: MHS, Dennis Notschke, 217; MHT, Jim Nicholls, 580; THS, JAG, 768; THT, JAG, 2,151; MHA, Curtis Watson, 190. Mixed: MHS, George Bartley, 255; LHS, Joey Levitt, 201; MHT, George Bartley, 690; LHT, Joey Levitt, 504; THS; DJ’s,

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The Community of Perdue and area are putting on a BeneÀt Supper and Auction to raise funds for Gerald Nicholls. Gerald has lost his face from cancer and is now ready to start the long process of having his face reconstructed. This will take up to a year with many trips and long stays at Edmonton.

Please join us for a Roast Beef Supper and Auction on Saturday, JANUARY 19, 2013 at the Perdue Complex at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are $20 each and can be picked up in Perdue at The Store, Co-op, Moody’s, Cam-Don Motors and Credit Union; in Biggar, tickets may be purchased at NAPA Auto Parts and MacLeods. Monetary donations will be accepted at the Credit Union in Perdue and Biggar.

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The Sky This Month December 2012

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by Gary Boyle, The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada Long Cold Nights (Part 1) Here we are – the last month of 2012. If you do not have a blanket of snow on the ground where you live, it is only a matter of time till it arrives. But before that happens, let’s do some late autumn observing. Cetus the Whale is the fourth largest constellation in night sky. Within its 1,231 square degrees lie more than 50 NGC objects down to magnitude 12.0 with that number tripling when you go down to 13th magnitude. Cetus plays a role in the mythological story of the Royal Family of Constellations. Mira is the second variable star ever observed but first pulsating one. In fact when first discovered in 1596, Mira was thought to be a nova but with a period 332 days and a range in

brightness from 2.0 to 10.1, Mira came back to its original brightness. At a distance of 400 light years the Hubble Space Telescope was able to imagine this red giant and as you can see is not perfectly round. Adding to the mystery is the extended feature to the left of the star. This comet like tail (seen in the ultraviolet) could be as long as 13 light years, consisting of material ejected from Mira itself. This parent star has a smaller companion located 0.1 arc seconds away. Mira B appears to lie some 70 astronomical units and orbits once in 400 years. This star is also a variable ranging from magnitude 9.5 to 12.0 as is also referred as VZ Ceti. Now on to some choice objects such as NGC 246 aka the Skull Nebula. Located an estimated 1,600 light years from Earth, this planetary nebula is not like others of its kind, this one is

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December 21, 2012 to January 3, 2013

on the move - literally. Ploughing through space at 50 kilometres per second, the Skull’s outer shell is clashing with the interstellar medium and forms a bright arc. This impact arc is generating heat in the order of 200,000 degrees Kelvin. The bottom is the trailing portion. NGC 246 is now in its later stages of life, a process that has been occurring for the past 1,000 years. To locate the Skull, simply move you scope a bit more than six degrees directly north of the star Diphda. Before leaving the Skull, check out NGC 255 to the north. In fact both would fit nicely in a wide angle eyepiece. This face-on barred spiral is 65 million light years hovers around the 12th magnitude range. From the Skull, move four and a half degrees north-west to another galaxy NGC 157. This lovely ‘S’ shaped spiral lies 65 million light years and shines at magnitude

10.4. Its overall measurement in arc minutes is 3.5 X 2.4. Another well defined galaxy is NGC 908. Dubbed the Starburst Galaxy, many young stars are developing from numerous clouds seen in the galaxy’s arms. It was discovered by William Herschel in 1786. The tail like appearance is probably the result of a close passing more massive galaxy yanking on it and pulling out of place. Now turn back to the star Mira and then continue almost three degree to the north east till you come across another detailed spiral galaxy NGC 936. This magnitude 10.1 galaxy lays 67 million light years away and resides with four other galaxies such as NGC 926 and 934 to the north as well as NGC 955 and 941 to the east of it. Until next time, clear skies everyone. Part 2 continued next week.

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OBITUARIES Emma Theresia Germsheid December 7, 1927 - November 5, 2012 It is with heavy hearts that we announce the peaceful passing of our precious Mom, Grandma and Greatgrandma. Emma was born at Leipzig, Sask. to Frank and Barbara Bengert. She was the third youngest of 16 children. Left to cherish her memory are her children, son, Garry (Linda) Germsheid of Handel, Sask. and children, Lisa, Jason, Christina, Amanda; daughter, Barb (Bob) Kolenosky of Landis, Sask. and children, Michael, Travis, Shea; daughter, Cheryl (Bob) Smith of Plenty, Sask. and children, Tanner, Deanna, Raelene, Brandi-Lea; 18 great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Anne Bengert of Unity, Sask., Elda Bengert of Calgary, Alta and Joyce Bengert of Edmonton, Alta. She was predeceased by her husband, Charles (Bill) (1989); her mother and father, Frank and Barbara Bengert; brothers and sisters. Prayers were held Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. and Mass of Christian Burial was held Friday, November 9, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. both from St. Gabriel’s Roman Catholic Church, Biggar, Sask. with celebrant Father Albert Ulrich. Readers were Barb Kolenosky and Bill Roesch, music was supplied by St. Gabriel’s Church Choir. Honourary Bearers were all those who shared in Emma’s life. Active Urn Bearers were Cheryl Smith and Barb Kolenosky. Ushers were Allan Germsheid and Laurie Flash. Interment followed in Handel Cemetery, Handel, Sask. Tributes may be directed to Kidney Foundation of Canada, Sask. Branch, #1-2217 Hanselman Court, Saskatoon, SK S7L 6A8 Grondin Funeral Services, Biggar entrusted with arrangements, “Our family serving your family since 1963.” nc1

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Our sincere thanks to everyone who came to help us celebrate our 50th Anniversary. A special thank you to those who took part in the program, for the cards, Àoral arrangements and good wishes we received, also the Perdue UCW for serving the lunch. Homer and Dorothy Anderson 49p1 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. 49c1

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 16: 2 p.m., Our Lady of Fatima and Friends Parish Choir presents ‘A Gift of Music’ at Our Lady of Fatima Church, Landis. Desserts to follow. Silver collection, proceeds to the choir. 48c3

COMING EVENTS SUNDAYS in December: Presbyterians, Anglicans, Lutherans will be worshipping at St. Paul’s Anglican Church at 10:30 a.m. except December 16 which will be a service of Lessons and Carols at 7:00 p.m. with a visit from Santa and treats and fellowship to follow. For pastoral services please contact Pastor Mark Kleiner at 306-951-7122 or the of¿ce at 948-3731. 48/10tfn SUNDAYS… You are invited to the weekly services of Biggar Associated Gospel Church, corner Quebec St. and 8th Ave. West; Sunday School at 9:45 a.m.; Worship Service at 10:50 a.m.; an Ladies Bible Study at 9:45 a.m. on Tuesday mornings. Everyone is welcome to join us. Contact our church of¿ce 948-33424, Tuesday through Thursday. 36tfn November 13 - December 15: Biggar Museum Annual Christmas Magic Silent Auction held in The Credit Union Gallery at the Biggar Museum. Open Tuesday to Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Saturday, 1- 5 p.m. through noon hour for your bidding convenience. Bid often on this year’s fantastic items and purchase your Toonie Lotto ticket. 45c6 FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7: Biggar Associated Gospel Church Christmas Banquet at Biggar Community Hall. Tickets available at Tim Hammond Realty. Get your tickets soon. 47c3 SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8: Santa Claus Day at Biggar Legion from 1 - 2 p.m. FREE movie at The Majestic Theatre, Biggar, 2 p.m. 48c2 SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9: Prairie Notes invites you to join them and The Group for their Christmas concert, “Christmas Is…” at 2:00 p.m. in The Majestic Theatre, Biggar. Admission, $10; family, $25. 47c3 SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9: Bereaved Parents are holding a Candlelight Service at the Lionel A. Jones Wheatland Regional Library in Biggar, starting at 6:00 p.m. Candlelight Service is world-wide at 7:00 p.m. We will be lighting candles in memory of our lost children. Contact Trudy Buxton, 948-5358 or Jan Bachman, 948-2756 if you have questions about the program or would like to talk. 46c4 TUESDAY, DECEMBER 11: Biggar Wildlife Federation meeting, 7:30 p.m. at Westwinds Motor Hotel. 49c1 SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15: Join us for an afternoon of entertainment in The Credit Union Gallery at the closing of Biggar Museum’s Annual Christmas Magic Silent Auction. Bidding closes at 3:00 p.m. Toonie Lotto draw. Be in attendance for door prizes. 48c3

CHRISTMAS IS COMING! DECEMBER IN-STORE SPECIALS! Bras all women, all sizes 30AA - 52K PINK TREE 701 - 2nd. Ave. N. Saskatoon 1-800-929-6544 *mastectomy *wigs *compresion/support stockings/sleeves Christmas hours: closed Dec. 24, 25, 26, 31 Jan. 1, 2013 Happy Holidays! SATURDAY, JANUARY 12: Biggar & District Arts Council presents…JOHN WORT HANNAM, 7:30 p.m., Biggar Majestic Theatre. Adults/ Seniors $25 (advance $20); Students, 13 and older $15 (advance $12); children, 12 and under $5. Advance and Season Tickets available at de Moissac Jewellers, Biggar, 948-2452. 48c6



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NOTICE Families, clubs, churches and businesses are invited to do a Heritage Page to be on permanent display at Biggar Museum. Share your history! For more information call 9483451 or visit museum 1 - 5 p.m., Monday - Friday. 7tfn 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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PROPERTY FOR RENT Commercial building with 940 sq. ft. store front and 2200 sq. ft. workshop. p. Heat Heated. H ted (fo (former J2 Glass). ss) Located Located at 104 104 - 2nd Ave. West West, Biggar. For viewing call 948-7022 or 948-9517. 46tfn

HOUSES FOR SALE 402 - 7th Ave. East, Biggar… well-built, 3-bedroom home, completely renovated, gutted down to framing, custom cabinets, maple hardwood Àooring, energy ef¿cient package and many more up-grades. REDUCED, now $209,000. Must Sell. Call Brenda, 306-373-8254 or 948-9280. 38tfn

1 Bedroom, 2 Bedroom Heat and water supplied, wired for cable TV and satellite systems, laundry facilities, appliances, some suites with dishwashers, air conditioning, parking with plug-ins. For more information call: Karen/Kevin • 948-9115 302 - 8th Ave. W. • Biggar

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BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY RESTAURANT & GAS BAR FOR SALE: Hwy 5, Margo, SK. Ten mins from Two Resorts. Semi Parking, 40x60 Building, 2x2500 Above Ground Fuel Tanks, Renovated 50 seat Dining. All Equipment Included: Pizza Oven, HP Chicken Cooker, etc, New HE Furnace, New Water Heater. Reputable Business Absolute Turn Key MUST SELL..... Asking $139,900. Phone 1-306-272-7762


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HOUSES FOR RENT Two bedroom house, fridge, stove included. For viewing, call 948-3674 or 948-7022 44tfn

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY Part-time waiter/waitress needed. See Maggie at Snow White Family Restaurant, Main Street, Biggar. 49c3


EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY Taking resumes for enthusiastic person for waiter/cooking position. Person must be Àexible in hours, could be lunch or supper hours. Experience required. Drop off resumes in person at 212 Main St., Biggar. 47c3 Help wanted…2-3 full time drivers in Biggar area to drive from Edmonton-Melville and all points in between. Unionized, 13.40/hours, 24-7, equipment supplied. Email resume to or call 306-203-1275. 48nc2 Coram Construction is hiring Carpenters and concrete ¿nishers to work PCL sites in Saskatchewan. $32.55, Good bene¿ts, 3-5 years experience. Join, ¿t and install formwork. E-mail: Fax: 306-525-0990 Mail: 205-845 Broad Street Regina, SK S4R8G9 Seeking Experienced Registered Nurse’s for contract work throughout Saskatchewan. Visit or call 1 866 355 8355 JOURNEYMAN AUTOMOTIVE SERVICE TECHNICIAN. Hanna Chrysler Ltd. (Hanna, Alberta) needs a few more good people. Busy, modern shop. $25. - $31./ hour + bonus, bene¿ts. Great community. Inquire or send resume. Fax 403-854-2845; Email Chrysler@telusplanet. net. PUMP & COMPRESSOR Technician required for our Grande Prairie location. Experience an asset but will train suitable candidate. Submit resume to: hr@ ROADEX SERVICES requires O/O 1 tons for our RV division and O/O Semis and drivers for our RV and general freight deck division to haul throughout N. America. Paid by direct deposit, bene¿ts and company fuel cards. Border crossing required with valid passport and clean criminal record. 1-800-867-6233; NEED A HOME PHONE? Cable TV or High Speed Internet? We Can Help. Everyone Approved. Call Today. 1-877-852-1122 Protel Reconnect REQUIRED IMMEDIATELY: Journeyman Technician or Apprentice for large volume GM dealership in central Saskatchewan, town of 2000. Flat rate shop with lots of hours, excellent wage plan plus bonus, pension plan and health plan, moving allowance. Good sports community. Great place to raise children. Send résumé to: Watrous Mainline Motors, Box 70, Watrous, SK S0K 4T0 or call Gerald Merri¿eld or Don Campbell, 306-946-3336 or email or dcampbell@watrousmainline. com. WANTED IN NORTHERN ALBERTA-Log truck drivers with off-road experience. Immediate openings, Good wages, accommodation supplied, forward resumes: johnwb@ WANTED; RED SEAL Diesel Truck & Trailer Mechanic in Northern Alberta. Full time, permanent position. Initial accommodation supplied. E-mail: for immediate response.

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BIGGAR HOUSING AUTHORITY Accepting applicastions for part-time Laundry/Housekeeping, contract position under Sask. Assisted Living Services. Contact Bernie for details @ 948-2101.

Guards/Matrons Needed Biggar RCMP has positions available for anyone interested in becoming a guard/matron for the detachment. This is a great opportunity for anyone seeking a part-time job. This opportunity may appeal to the retired community or those adult students attending the local college and are looking to supplement their income in a Áexible work environment. As condition of employment with the RCMP, all guards/matrons must have a valid basic Àrst-aid and CPR certiÀcate, as well as successful completion of the Assessing Prisoner Responsiveness Course and the Guard and Matron Course Training Standard. Guards and matrons will work directly with members of the Biggar RCMP detachment. Guards would be responsible for the handling and care of prisoners which includes: conducting searches, incarcerating and monitoring prisoners. For more information, please attend the Biggar RCMP Detachment or phone 948-6600. Don’t miss out on this excellent opportunity to become a responsible part of your community!

OfÀce Coordinator St. Gabriel School Biggar, Sask. Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools invites applications for an OfÀce Coordinator. This 10 month (210 days/year) - 7.0 hours/day ofÀce coordinator position is responsible for coordinating ofÀce activities including providing administrative support, leadership, clerical assistance, maintaining conÀdentiality and other duties as assigned by the principal in the operation of St. Gabriel School. Please visit the Employment Opportunities section of our web site at for a description of the position, responsibilities and required qualiÀcations. Application forms are available on the web site. Submit written applications and resume by 3:30 p.m., Monday, December 10, 2012 to: St. Gabriel School Box 1177 Biggar, SK S0K 0M0 Fax: 948-5254

GREAT OPPORTUNITY Member Service Representative $1000/week Guaranteed Farm Business Consultants (FBC) Inc., Canada’s Small Business/Rural Tax Specialist requires motivated individuals to collect financial information from our clients. You will be: -A Good communicator -Proficient with numbers -Able to travel within rural Saskatchewan and have a reliable vehicle We Offer: -Guaranteed weekly minimum pay of $1000/week -Ongoing training with potential for long term career development Please submit resume with cover letter to: Saskatoon: Regina: Please visit our website:

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Kirk Ewen Doctor of Optometry


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306-948-3408 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


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

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Offering… One-on-One Rehab & Therapy Sessions


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

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

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M & N REPAIR 701 - 4th Ave. E., Biggar

948-3996 Dean McCallum, CFP, CIM, FCSI

Lyndsey Sacher

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Investment Advisor Credential Securities Inc.

Mutual Fund Investment Specialist, Wealth Consultant Credential Asset Management Inc.

Mike Nahorney, Interprovincial Heavy Duty Journeyman Mechanic

Pamela Eaton

Robert Hoesgen, CFP

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Located at the Biggar & District Credit Union 302 Main Street, Biggar, SK • 306-948-3352 Mutual funds are offered through Credential Asset Management Inc., and mutual funds and other securities are offered through Credential Securities Inc. ®Credential is a registered mark owned by Credential Financial Inc. and is used under license.

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Financial Advice to make a positive difference by Kim Inglis, BCom, CIM, PFP, FCSI, AIFP | Investment Advisor and Portfolio Manager Canaccord Wealth Management According to Credit Suisse, inflows into dividend ETF products in the U.S. increased from $2.5 billion in 2009 to nearly $17 billion in 2011 and year-to-date are nearly $11.4 billion of net new assets. The number of dividend-centric ETFs has doubled, from 24 in 2007 to 50 at present, with 14 launched since 2011. This dramatic increase in popularity of high dividend equity products has raised questions of a dividend bubble, and many investors wonder if the trend can continue or whether it is now over-inflated and due for a correction. Credit Suisse doesn’t believe a bubble has formed and they point to economic price earnings multiples as a gauge of overall valuations. Their research shows stocks

with a dividend yield higher than the S&P 500 are trading at an Economic P/E multiple of 16.9 times earnings, representing a 0.4x multiple discount to the market. Although these high dividend yield companies have historically traded at a higher discount to market, Credit Suisse sees evidence of the valuation discount disappearing and considers the post credit crisis era a more plausible benchmark for the valuation of high dividend yield stocks going forward. Canaccord Genuity analyst Martin Roberge agrees that the yield trade remains intact and believes it is largely due to a new class of “income” buyers: baby boomers and pension funds. According to Roberge, the portion of baby boomers in the Canadian population will increase from 21 per cent today to just over 39 per cent in the next 15 years. Ageing baby boomers will increasingly seek low



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four most expensive sectors on Economic P/E are also the highest yield sectors: Consumer Staples (20x), Utilities (28x), and Telecom (21x). According to their analysis, the valuations of dividend paying stocks with an above average payout ratio are starting to look stretched and they prefer those that pay out a smaller portion of their earnings. The median Economic P/E for dividend paying companies with a low dividend payout ratio is 15.1x, which represents a 2.1x discount to market. Credit Suisse believes the potential

for this group to grow dividends and increase their payout ratio could offer an attractive way to invest in the dividend theme. Roberge agrees that more discrimination is warranted, and examined the three types of dividend yielders in the S&P/TSX– cyclical resources (energy, materials), cyclical nonresources (financials, industrials, consumers), and defensives (telecoms, utilities, pipeline, REITs) – to determine growth potential. Roberge found that cyclical non-resource stocks offer the most value and cautioned that

resource yielders could be considered “value traps”. Although they provide the highest dividend yield, they also come with greater potential for volatility. Kim Inglis, CIM, PFP, FCSI, AIFP is an Investment Advisor and Portfolio Manager with Canaccord Wealth Management, a division of Canaccord Genuity Corp., Member – Canadian Investor Protection Fund, The views in this column are solely those of the author.

Landis Locals Helen Buxton 658-2115 Winners in the KC’s Western Final Pool are: First quarter - Mervin Roth; second quarter - Ken Johnson; third quarter Evanne Weber; and fourth quarter - Gail Peterson. In the Grey Cup Pool: First quarter - Quentin Sittler; second quarter - George Geary; third quarter Marie Schwebius; and fourth quarter - Doreen Silvernagle. Take note of the schedule of operation for Wheatland Library over the Christmas holidays. Last day open

before Christmas will be Thursday, December 20. Library will be closed on Tuesday, Dec. 25, Thursday, Dec. 27, and Tuesday, Jan. 1. It will open again on regular hours on Jan. 3. About a dozen local residents, including eight from our seniors group, braved the stormy weather on Sunday to attend the dinner theatre in Dodsland. As always, we enjoyed a terrific meal, and a hilarious play. An hour-long power outage put us all in the dark, but

they managed to arrange enough lighting to feed us supper by candlelight, and fortunately, the lights came back on just before curtain time.The play kept us all in stitches. everyone connected with Dodsland dinner theatre is to be commended on doing an excellent job, in less than great circumstances. Get well greetings to Irene Zipchen, Mary Kammer and Irene Sarvis, who have all been on the sick list recently.

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Province recognizes World Aids Day S a s k a t c h e w a n marked World AIDS Day, December 1 by highlighting provincial efforts to address HIV/ AIDS and support people living with the disease. Health Minister Dustin Duncan spoke, November 30 at the All Nations Hope AIDS Network HIV Conference and reiterated the government’s commitment to continue efforts to address HIV/ AIDS in collaboration with provincial partners. “We recognize HIV is a serious issue for Saskatchewan, and we’re committed to reducing the HIV incidence in our province and improving the quality of life for people living with HIV,” Duncan said. “We are into the third year of implementing the provincial HIV Strategy and we have made significant progress on a number of initiatives in partnership with our stakeholders.” The province has invested over $8.5 million in the first three years of the strategy.

Year one and two focused on recruitment of frontline service providers, increasing social supports, encouraging testing, and increasing access to public education, testing, prevention, care and treatment. The strategy is now focusing on educating and mentoring health care and allied professionals to work in multidisciplinary teams, continuing to expand outreach clinics for HIV/Hepatitis C/ Tuberculosis/Sexually Transmitted Infections and reducing HIVrelated stigma. The ministry recently compiled a toolkit with information on how to address HIV-related stigma. The toolkit provides resources for individuals, communities and health care and allied professionals and is available on the Ministry of Health Web site at and the HIV Provincial Leadership Team Web site at skhiv. ca.

As of 2010, Saskatchewan’s HIV rate was the highest in Canada. Also, the province continues to have the highest rate of new HIV cases, at over twice the national average. The Ministry of Health has just posted the 2011 HIV Annual Report, currently available on the ministry’s Web site. In 2011, there was an eight per cent increase in the number of new cases compared to 2010 but a seven per cent drop from the highest level in 2009. The recent increase in new cases is due, in part, to enhanced efforts to promote HIV testing. The ministry of Health recently conducted an HIV awareness campaign, developed in partnership with First Nations and Inuit Health Branch of Health Canada. Phase one was rolled out in winter 2011/spring 2012 and was aimed at encouraging people to get tested and access treatment and support. Phase two was launched in October 2012 and is aimed at challenging HIV-related stigma and creating greater support

for people living with HIV. The campaign includes YouTube videos featuring champions who have a close connection to HIV and offer their perspective. The videos can be viewed on the

Ministry of Health Web site. A series of events and activities are being organized by health regions and communitybased organizations in Saskatchewan to

mark AIDS Awareness Week November 24 to December 1, World AIDS Day, December 1 and Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week, December 1-5.

Saskatchewan introduces legislation to protect foreign workers and immigrants The Foreign Worker Recruitment and Immigration Services Act received first reading in the Saskatchewan Legislature Monday. The intent of the legislation is to protect foreign workers and immigrants against abuse and exploitation. It will also improve transparency and accountability when being recruited to work in Saskatchewan or in the process of immigrating to the province. “This is a critical new piece of legislation,” Minister responsible for Immigration Bill Boyd said. “In recent years, we have seen many instances of mistreatment of foreign

nationals that will be stopped by this Act.” Since 2007, approximately 39,000 immigrants have made this province home. Last year the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program nominated 4,000 principal applicants, which with accompanying family members will result in 12,000 new residents. These increasing numbers mean more people are vulnerable to mistreatment when they are recruited or immigrate here. The Ministry of the Economy’s Program Integrity Unit received a total of 335 foreign worker case files for the period August 2008

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to August 2012; 30 per cent were not covered by any existing federal or provincial legislation. “Saskatchewan will require as many as 75,000 to 90,000 skilled workers in the next five years,” Boyd said. “Skilled foreign workers are a key element of our labour market strategy, as laid out in the Saskatchewan Plan for Growth by the Premier in October.” Five Canadian provincial jurisdictions have some form of regulation of foreign worker recruiters, immigration consultants or employers of foreign workers. Saskatchewan’s legislation will provide the most comprehensive protection in Canada.

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Government one step closer to creating a new Provincial Park Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Kevin Doherty introduced first reading of Bill 62, The Parks Amendment Act 2012 (No. 2) which includes establishing a new provincial park in the area of Anglin and Emma Lakes. “With our growing province, and our provincial parks setting another new attendance record in 2012, we want to create opportunities for as many visitors as possible to enjoy one of our beautiful provincial parks,” Doherty said. “This new park will result in an additional 12,821 hectares of Crown lands being protected in a park that will also include the existing Anglin Lake and Emma Lake Recreation Sites, resulting in a total park area of 16,010 hectares.” The new park is identified in this Bill as Anglin-Emma Lakes Provincial Park. This is an interim name and it will be amended prior to third reading after local jurisdictions, including local communities, Aboriginal communities and school groups are given a chance to comment and recommend

a new name. Designating this new park will result in improved protection to an area of the midboreal upland eco-region of Saskatchewan, local watersheds and natural resources, of which, several plant and animal species are endangered or considered species of concern. Two years of consultation has shown overall support for the proposed park at Anglin and Emma Lakes and has resulted in a decision to proceed with designation of this new provincial park. The Bill will go for third reading in the spring of 2013 and then, if passed, will become an official provincial park. Public engagement will continue for the detailed management and development plan for the park. The second proposed park in the Porcupine Hills (Hudson Bay) area has shown further consultations are required to better understand the nature of people’s views on a provincial park in that area. The consultation process for this proposed park area will be

Festival of Lights . . . The annual Festival of Lights had Main Street Biggar buzzing with activity, November 30. The Biggar Museum and Gallery was a hub of activity, featuring their popular silent auction (above picture), and served as a pit-stop for any one

with a good hunger (below). The ever-popular sleigh ride had people lining up on the cold for their chance to take a quick open-air tour of Biggar (bottom, left). (Independent Photos by Kevin Brautigam)

extended. Saskatchewan’s provincial parks have seen an estimate of 3.56 million visits in 2012 and our province continues to grow. Government has invested $33 million to improve Saskatchewan’s provincial parks from 2008 to 2012.Government is continuing to improve Saskatchewan’s provincial parks by investing, over and above base capital funding, an additional $10 million in park upgrades from 2012 to 2016.

Alley Katz bowling scores for week beginning November 27 by Karen McPherson Tuesday mixed league: MHS -- Jason Raschke, 247; LHS -- Brett Tilsley, 177; MHT -- Jason Raschke, 641; LHT -- Nicole Cirrico, 454. New Horizons: MHS -- Glenn Shockey, 251; LHS -- Mona Davidson, 170; MHM -- Glenn Shockey, 666; LHS -- Donna Eckart, 444. YBC, Wednesday: Bantam HS -- Austin, 103; Junior HS -- Jaden Rensby, 158. Thursday Senior league: MHS -- Gabe Silvernagle, 212; LHS -- Dianna Meger, 254; MHT -- Howard Newton, 528; LHT -- Dianna Meger, 574.



planting, pruning & puttering by Delta Fay Cruickshank of The Independent Open Sesame! Do you remember these magic words that Ali Baba used to open the cave full of treasure in “The Thousand and One Nights”? Does this phrase refer to the little seed that elevates the flavour of a bun, or a stir fry to a whole new level? Apparently, it does, referring to how the sesame seed pod bursts open with a pop, like a lock springing open! Must be similar to the way the caragana seed pods burst out their seeds! Have you ever thought about where do sesame seeds come from? Are they from a grass, a tree, herb . . . what does a sesame seed plant look like? This is one very important seed plant! Considered to be one of the very first condiments and plants to be used for edible oil. Every culture from warmer climes seem to have used sesame seeds in some form throughout the history of man! Cultivated as far back as 5,000 years ago, the sesame seed is an annual herbaceous plant. After flowering, a pod is formed and in these pods are the seeds. Known as a survivor crop, this plant can grow on the edge of a desert

The sesame seed plant is a herbaceous annual grown on poor soils in countries far away from us. And yet, Texan growers are getting into the market! The number one source of cooking fat in the Far East, here, it brings a nutty flavour to baking and stir frys. (Photos from google/ where no other crops can grow! Sesame grows in drought conditions, in high heat, but then can also survive in monsoon seasons. In the year 2010, the world harvested 3.84 million metric tonnes tons of sesame seeds . . . Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) is the largest producer of sesame seeds. India and China also are large producers. But now, farmers are growing this crop in West Texas, U.S.A. . Because sesame, although not labour intensive to grow, is so in its harvest. The American sesame seed growers have developed a strain that is considered a ‘non-dehiscent’ variety - that is it when dry, the pod does not completely open, spilling out the seed. A dehiscent variety pods open completely and so must be harvested by hand. The plants are carefully

threshed by hand while still green and stooked to ripen, and then the seed shook out, by hand! The non-dehiscent type can stay in the field and be harvested and stored like other grain crops. There is a myth that the gods drank sesame wine the night before they created the earth. That’s just how long sesame seeds have been a part of the history of the world. In the Near and Far East it is still the main source of cooking fat. Here sesame seeds are on our hamburger buns, or in oil to flavour stir fries. There is a nice snack available consisting of sesame seeds and honey in a thin wafer, yummy! The black variety are in our California rolls, if you are in to the sushi style of foods. The Africans that were forced to come to America as slaves brought the seeds with them, calling them

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benné seeds. Benné seeds are in so many Southern dishes. 5,000 years ago the Chinese burned sesame oil as a light source and used the soot as ink. From the Far East, to our buns, this humble little seed can really bring a light nutty flavour to a plain bun. Toasted lightly and sprinkled over rice dishes, it just gives a final flare to the meal. Another plant from so far away that has become a part of our diet here in snowy Saskatchewan.


OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT Parrish & Heimbecker Ltd. is pleased to announce that it will build a new 40,000 mt High Throughput Elevator (Hanover Junction), located 9.6 km north west of Biggar on Highway 14, adjacent to the CN main track. Construction of the elevator will commence in March 2013 with anticipated opening late fall 2013. Partnering with Parrish & Heimbecker at this location will be Grain Millers Inc., who will add 7,500 mt of capacity for collection of organic and speciality grains which they market. Construction of the Crop Inputs Warehouse has commenced and will be certified and open for business prior to seeding 2013. For further information contact Jim Vancha, PAg, General Manager.

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