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Balanced budget keeps Saskatchewan on the path of steady growth F inance

Minister Ken Krawetz last week tabled a balanced budget aimed at keeping Saskatchewan on the path of steady growth. This year’s budget avoids tax increases by controlling government spending. “Our government’s preference will always be to balance the budget by controlling spending rather than by raising taxes,” Krawetz said. “We were able to achieve that once again this year, while still making targeted investments in infrastructure, employment and job training, seniors, students, people with disabilities, children and families.” This year’s budget also sees the government moving to a summary focus as recommended by the Provincial Auditor. “Steady growth is the big picture, a vision for the long term and a full view of what’s happening in Saskatchewan,” Krawetz said. “So beginning today, the focus of our budget and our financial statements will be a summary focus, which includes all aspects of government revenue and spending.” The Provincial Auditor supports the new budget presentation. “Our office strongly supports these changes,” Acting Provincial Auditor Judy Ferguson said. ”They will eliminate confusion and help legislators and the public better understand the government’s finances.” A budget surplus of $71 million is forecast, taking into account all Government Business Enterprises including commercial Crown corporations, and Government Service Organizations which include ministries, boards of education and health regions, among others. Revenue for 2014-15 is projected at $14.07 billion, down 0.7 per cent from last year, while expense

is estimated to be $14.0 billion, down 0.2 per cent from last year. This year’s budget invests in infrastructure and people, aligning with the goals and priorities of the Saskatchewan Plan for

Growth. Saskatchewan’s commercial Crown corporations, including SaskPower, SaskTel and SaskEnergy are projected to spend $2.0 billion on capital projects in 2014-15,

up $100 million or 5.3 per cent from last year. In addition to Crown capital investments, $886.9 million will be spent on a range of government infrastructure projects this year, an increase of $39.4

million or 4.7 per cent. The capital budget includes key investments in schools, health care facilities including hospitals and long-term care facilities, post secondary institutions, r o a d s, h i g h wa y s a n d

municipal infrastructure. “Our government continues to build and upgrade infrastructure right across the province, meeting the challenges of growth and planning …see Budget pg 20

Concert to support Family Centre Shrek plays today! . . . Guitarist John MacIntyre sits in silhouette, tuning up for New Creation Community Players production of ‘Shrek, The Musical!’ prior to a dress rehearsal this past Sunday. A lot of hard

work has gone into the musical, and it will be evident in all four shows this Thursday to Sunday, with a wildly funny and entertaining production. (Independent Photo by Kevin Brautigam)

Concert to support Family Centre P ALS (Presbyterians, Anglicans and Lutherans in Service) are pleased and excited to present a unique concert and fund raiser in support of the Family

Centre at the Majestic Theatre, Saturday, April 5. Kevin and Michele Ackerman will present a musical evening of a wide

Kevin and Michele Ackerman will be in Biggar this Saturday, April 5 for a concert to support the Biggar Family Centre. (Submitted Photo)

range of genres with a guitar and flute duo. Kevin has completed his Bachelor of Arts (music major with distinction, 2012) principle instrument the guitar, and has a wide variety of experience in composition, music history, and theological education. He is a registered music teacher in the province and president of the Watrous Music Festival. Michele has a degree in microbiology and her Doctor of Medical Dentistry from the University of Saskatchewan. She is busy with a dental practice in Humboldt and Watrous. Michele is a past president of the Watrous Music Festival and accompanies

the Watrous Jubilee Choir and other choirs throughout Saskatchewan. She and Kevin have performed in very diverse situations from a Convocation to a Sunday afternoon in a park. They promise to deliver an entertaining and varied performance. T h e Fa m i l y C e n t r e focuses on supporting parents of young children from 0 to 5 years of age through parenting classes, clothing exchange, summer preschool programs and other activities. Much of their funding has been from grants over the years and as government funding gets harder to access, the Family Centre needs to support their

activities with local funding. PALS were happy to take up the Ackermans’ offer of doing a concert and playing at our Sunday service. Admission to the concert will be by donation. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Consider the good work that the Family Centre does and the opportunity that this talented duo has given our community to show our appreciation of their generosity. Please come out and enjoy their show, and join us Sunday morning at Redeemer to further appreciate their talents in accompanying our worship.











Rackets and birdies were Áying during the Biggar Central School 2000 Junior Home Tournament, Saturday, March 22. Schools from the area including St. Gabriel School, hit the courts for doubles, singles and mixed action. 1.) St. Gabriel School’s Rachel Diehl watches her serve. 2.) BCS coach Derek Argue talks gives a few tips to his players. 3.) As does St. Gabriel coach Rick Garchinski. 4.) Lara McCarty concentrates on making the return. 5.) Garrett Hawkins makes a deep lunge for the elusive birdie. 6.) The ‘holding pen’ for players about to take to the court. 7.) Danessa Hollman makes her serve. 8.) McKenna Mair sends the birdie down court. 9.) Boys double squad Nathan Hawkins (serving) and Jesse Garchinski. 10.) Barry Falcon chases the birdie, about to make a successful return. 11.) Panoramic of the action. (Independent Photos by Kevin Brautigam)




RM of Biggar council minute highlights The regular meeting of the RM of Biggar No. 347 was held March 18 at the municipal office. Minutes of Council meeting held on February 11, 2014 were approved. Prior to the start of the meeting, a Council Committee consisting of the Reeve, Councillor Aman and Danychuk met with representatives from various industries that utilize the municipality’s road network to discuss ways that the damage to roads during the spring thaw period can be kept to a minimum. Among the items discussed were altering the times that trucks are loaded and hauled so that hauls are done while roads are in the most frozen state, not hauling during rain and wet weather, et cetera. Prior to the start of the meeting, a Council Committee consisting of the Reeve, Councillor Aman and Danychuk met with representatives from the Town of Biggar to discuss the construction of a temporary landfill site to be utilized while the construction of the permanent site is undertaken. Council directed that quotes be solicited for new and used loaders. Council directed that quotes be solicited to lease utility trucks. Council provided direction and feedback for the administration to provide a draft bylaw to the next meeting to prohibit dogs running at large in the hamlet of Springwater. Cindy Hoppe, Chair of the Biggar Rural District Fire Association met with Council to provide an update on the activities of the Association. Council was also provided with the minutes of the Association’s last meeting and indicated support for approval for the request of the Town of Biggar to be included in the Association’s meetings on a regular ongoing basis. Council received and approved the Council Remuneration and the list of Accounts for Payment. Council directed that further information be brought back for Council

review of potential amendments to address a number of existing non-conforming sites that do not meet the current minimum site area of five acres. The RM agreed that it would partner with the Town of Biggar on the construction of a temporary landfill site for use while the long term site is under construction. The RM contribution will be an in kind contribution of manpower and equipment. Staff were authorized to attend a grader clinic to be hosted by Redhead Equipment. Council directed that a letter of support be sent to support the initiative to lobby for improvements to Highway 51.

Goodminton tune up . . . Popular twist on words from local teacher, Will Johnston, badminton is pretty good, and St. Gabriel Saint Sara Thompson makes a return, March 20 during exhibition play Correspondence was received from Town

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Biggar, Ministry Highways and

at Biggar Central School. The games prepared the junior athletes for the upcoming season. (Independent Photo by Kevin Brautigam)

Infrastructure, Redhead Equipment and SARM

and direction was given as required.

that are making Saskatchewan a cashcow for consultants, including one contract with an American Lean Kaizen consultant costing Saskatchewan taxpayers more than $40 million. The budget does not redirect any of the millions being spent on consultants into better health care or front-line

services, Wotherspoon said. “People tell us the government hasn’t been listening to them – this budget really shows the government is absolutely not listening, and doesn’t understand what families are dealing with today,” Wotherspoon concluded.

Only cuts and crumbs for Sask. families in budget, say NDP The provincial government’s 201415 budget squeezes families and the services they count on, ensuring for another year that the strong economy will benefit government, not people, accuses the NDP. Despite having over 50 per cent more revenue coming into government’s coffers, the budget cuts health care, offers not a single new dollar to address the seniors care crisis and heaps financial strain on municipalities, schools and universities, they continued to add.

Six out of seven budget must-haves laid out by the NDP have not been met, they continued. “The message this budget sends everyday families is to brace themselves – the things they count on and really need improvements to are going to get even worse,” said Trent Wotherspoon, NDP deputy leader and finance critic. “Saskatchewan people are working harder than ever right now. They deserve a budget that uses the strong economy to benefit them – now and in the long-term. They

deserve for the strong economy to translate into better hospitals, smaller classrooms and a better cost of living. “Instead, the government invests in pet projects, leaving just crumbs for real families and the things that matter.” Saskatchewan families have raised concerns over the high cost of living while the basics they count on – like education, health care and seniors care – get worse, Wotherspoon claimed. The NDP called on the government to end contracts

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Community Foundation comes up big for Post Secondary Project . . . Biggar and District Community Foundation President, James Rickwood presents a cheque for $1,000 to Erin Boisvert, Program Coordinator for the Great Plains Post Secondary Access Project. The cash infusion will go a long ways to making higher education more of a reality for those thinking of a career. (Independent Photo by Daryl Hasein)

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Letter to the Editor… Dear Editor, Buyer beware and aware. For travellers buying Blue Cross insurance. My experience was when I was down south and I had a health problem. I tried to call the 24-7 Blue Cross emergency number, only to have no one answer the phone. And this went on all day. I proceeded to go to the doctor and pay out of pocket. The first doctor wanted $140, the second doctor $200, the medication $196, thinking this was okay as I should be covered by Blue Cross. Wrong! Trying to get justification as to why no one answers this emergency phone call, I received no answers. That’s what you call passing the buck. I didn’t speak to anyone but I still made a claim. Okay, well, I should at least be able to get a refund for the 43 days of unused paid insurance. Called Blue Cross and they said yes, you will get a refund for $815.45 minus $20 which you have to pay to get your own money back. Go figure. Anyway, a little while later Blue Cross called and said “Sorry, you are not entitled to this refund as you filed a claim.” Didn’t talk to anyone but I filed a claim. So I said if I filed this claim then at least my husband should get his share back. Wrong. Now here’s the kicker. Turns out he and I are on the same policy, and I made a claim. Therefore he does not qualify. So I assume in a day or two if my husband needed some medical attention, he would not qualify because I already made a claim.

We were not aware that we were both on the same policy. They just do it and did not ask or inform us of was done. So folks, make sure you get separate policies! Now I get this claim form to fill out for Blue Cross. On the form it is printed for six months of medical history. But, that was scratched out and 12 was printed in. So I would like to know now if it is six months or 12? Now in order to get medical history from the doctor, there is a fee. Well, Blue Cross can do that. After all, I did

sign a paper giving them permission to check on my medical history. I’m still not feeling up to par and stressed out, so I don’t need to be doing the job for Blue Cross. Now the thing that Blue Cross needs to clarify is this business of pre-existing illness. It’s there but, tells you nothing and they still sell you the insurance. They need to make a list of pre-existing and how long of a time frame so you clearly know if you are covered. For the record, I have high blood pressure, so is this pre-existing to a

heart attack? I have had Chicken Pox and now I get Shingles – is this preexisting? I can go on and on about pre-existing! This is why Blue Cross needs to be more clear on pre-existing. We have bought Blue Cross insurance for many years. This was the first time I tried to use it. All I can say this is a system I believed in, and it has let me down big time. My loss was only $1,331.45; and if Blue Cross can’t afford to pay this, well, good luck to anyone with a bigger claim. I know that we will never buy insurance from Blue Cross again.

But, I will know what questions to ask next time, with whomever I buy from. One more tip. When you enter where you are going on the first day,

keep a meal ticket, hotel stub, or a gas bill, and the same when returning. You may need it, so be prepared. Jean Redlich Biggar, Sask.

MP expense disclosure good, but not great by Gregory Thomas, Canadian Taxpayers Federation MPs broke with tradition recently, voting unanimously in favour of a Liberal motion (271-0) to post detailed transactions from their travel and hospitality expense accounts on the internet. This step is undoubtedly in the right direction, but stops short of being considered “enough.” And the debate in the Commons showed that while the vote was unanimous, party opinions on expenses are far from the same. On the issue of MP expense accountability, the NDP took the most principled stand. MPs and Senators each control hundreds of thousands of dollars of public funds for salaries, contracts, advertising, hospitality, travel and housing allowances. In years past, taxpayers were only provided with the yearly total spending by each MP or Senator. More recently, the number

was broken down into three categories. Then more categories were added as additional incidents of sketchy spending came to light. The most egregious example was Gilles Duceppe’s decision, as leader of the Bloc Québécois, to put his party’s executive director on the parliamentary payroll, with that person based exclusively in Montreal. Duceppe also used the Bloc’s parliamentary budget to pay an author to write a history of the Bloc – the book was published, you can still pick up a used copy. Astonishingly, net proceeds were never forwarded to the taxpayers of Canada. Sadly, the Liberal motion that passed the Commons did not go far enough. The Conservatives and Liberals blocked an NDP amendment that would have called on the Auditor General to review MP’s expenses. Peter Julian, an NDP MP from British

Columbia, needed unanimous consent to allow the amendment, but the Liberals and Conservatives refused. As well, there is no provision in the new motion that would compel politicians to show the public the receipts and contracts – the actual documentation – submitted in exchange for the expense money they receive. In progressive jurisdictions, such as the province of Alberta and the City of Toronto, receipts and contracts submitted by politicians, political staffers, and senior officials are posted online – anyone can inspect the documents with the click of a mouse. Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne says she will soon introduce legislation that will meet the same high standard of disclosure. In order to obtain these receipts and contracts from federal cabinet ministers, you need to file an access to

information request, pay a fee, and wade through puddles of red tape, often interacting with access-to-information specialists in the affected government department, and sometimes the federal information commissioner’s office. The Access to Information Act does not apply to federal MPs and Senators, an outrageous example of politicians placing themselves above the law by writing a loophole for themselves. Last fall, the Commons committee on procedure held hearings on accountability and disclosure at the behest of the federal NDP caucus. Conservative and Liberal MPs on the committee agreed in a report that, despite the Senate expense scandal, and contrary to testimony from the Information Commissioner, the Auditor General, and even the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, there’s still no need

to apply the Access to Information Act to MPs, no need for the Auditor General to audit MP expenses, and no need to post receipts and contracts online. NDP members issued a minority report, demanding these sensible reforms. In the Commons, they stuck to this principled position, enduring partisan jabs from both the Conservatives and the Liberals, who seem to prefer the appearance of financial accountability to the reality. The NDP’s Julian, reflecting on the outcome of the Commons debate, said “all that we moved was that the Auditor General be invited to audit the disclosure. Is there nothing more motherhood and apple pie than that: bring in the Auditor General just for this disclosure?” Apparently not. It’s clear Canadians will need to keep the heat on Ottawa politicians of every political stripe to do the right thing.

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Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon. Doug Larson There is nothing that smells as good as bacon. It’s an aroma which permeates throughout the house and coupled with the sound of sizzling meat you just wait in anticipation. And most Canadians agree because we consumer about 1.5 million pounds a year. In fact Maple Leaf Foods conducted a survey among 1,006 Canadian adults, randomly chosen, in which 43 per cent of the respondents said they would rather have bacon than sex. The online survey was conducted from Dec. 1-2 of 2009 but it is unlikely the results have changed in five years, if anything the percentage of bacon lovers is probably higher. Which brings me to the article which caught my attention and spawned this column in the first place. In Atlantic City there is a whole week dedicated to bacon. I’ve heard of all sorts of festivals with many different themes but never one that is totally dedicated to one single food but according to all reports Bacon Week is huge in this gaming city. On the menu for the week were such delectables as bacon milkshakes, bacon vodka, beer, margaritas, bacon ice cream sundaes, chocolate covered bacon shaped like roses. You could even get into personal hygiene with items such as bacon-flavoured toothpaste, dental floss and lip balm. Or, as a new take on an old favourite, the BLT, with a full pound of bacon (now there’s nothing low calorie about that). I decided to google bacon flavoured toothpaste and here’s the commercial: “Bacon Toothpaste solves a problem we all face. Brushing your teeth with a strip of fried bacon is tricky. If it’s too crisp it will break

apart as you brush and if it’s too limp you won’t be able to remove any of the plaque. So when it’s time to brush your teeth, leave the bacon strips for breakfast and try this Bacon Toothpaste. It’s the perfect way to keep your teeth and gums healthy while coating your mouth with the delicious flavor of smoky meat! Each tube contains 2.5 oz of potent paste.” I also came across numerous recipes for this cured pork delicacy but one that caught my attention was bacon explosion. This is promoted as the perfect dish for football season -- bacon wrapped around a filling of spiced sausage and crumbled bacon, then either


smoke the dish or bake it. Another item that was interesting was the bacon vodka. According to some experts this is a perfect base for a bloody Mary (or you could use bacon beer) as it gives it a smoky flavour a number of people like. I’m not sure about the chocolate covered pretzels with crumbled bacon bits, chocolatedrizzled potato chips with bacon or the bacon cupcakes but chocolate lovers swear that anything goes with chocolate so why not bacon. It’s probably a little bit sweet, a little bit salty. I’m inclined to stick to having my bacon with eggs or on a BLT but for the more adventuresome -- enjoy!

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by Bob Mason

Yak Yak Yak! One of Yours Truly’s (Y.T.’s) greatest faults has always been that he doesn’t know when to shut up and when to talk! Often he talks way too much . . . Bill and Walt were a little different. Bill only spoke when he knew what he was talking about, while Walt usually said “Yep” or “Nope” depending whether he agreed or not! On the other hand, Y.T. just kept yakking away as though he knew everything – or just sat there knowingly as though he knew everything! “Yak, yak, yak!” Everyone has their own personal image, and Y.T. is afraid that his is of a self-centred, egotistical type who thinks that the world revolves around him and only him, all the time seemingly unaware

of what Burns wrote: “Oh, would that we could see ourselves as others see us!” One of the ¿rst wrong impressions made, I think, was an answer to an Army interviewer’s question: “Do you milk cows?” Always trying to make some odd-ball answer, Y.T. replied, “Sure! Milk cows . . . two at a time. Only a onearmed farmer would milk one at a time!” I’m not sure why the National Defense people need to know all that stuff, but years later, we found a couple of obviously unmilked cows, mooing away in an old stable. “C’mon Mason,” says Sergeant Eby. “You can milk cows two at a time! Let’s get something to drink!” With a reputation like

that, it’s no wonder that we won the war, eh? (Incidentally: 21 April 1945, B45955 SGT Earl K. Eby, K.A.) Somewhere in England is an old fellow telling his grandchildren that everyone in Canada knows everybody else! At Aldershot a young British soldier and Y.T. were washing dishes. He stopped “pearl diving” for a minute and asked: “Where do you come from, Mason?” “Canada!” I replied, a little annoyed that he hadn’t noticed the shoulder Àashes on my uniform. “Canada,” he exclaimed excitedly. “That’s where by brother-in-law comes from! Do you know Chad Stretch from Beechy?” “Of course I know Chad!” I told him. “I said I came from Canada!” Actually Stretch and Y.T. had been Corporals in Camp Shilo at the same time, and when he went overseas he met and married the “dishwashers” sister, and was the only Canadian the guy knew! After the war was over in Europe, a few of us were sitting around, waiting to come home with what was called “The Far East Force” (F.E.F.) when a young of¿cer, carrying a huge


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swagger stick, came in to address us. As mentioned above, Y.T., never knowing enough to keep his mouth shut, couldn’t help but make a wisecrack . . . “When a Japanese soldier sees a swagger stick like that one coming at him, he’s bound to surrender!” Apparently the young of¿cer heard that, and glared at me. “In every out¿t,” he remarked, “there has to be one wise guy!” Months later, when Y.T. is standing on that big dais built onto the Legislature steps so that a crowd could witness the Governor General of Canada during an investiture, a voice in that crowd piped up. “There’s one in every out¿t!” So much for making wisecracks, eh? Probably one of the most

one-sided conversations that Y.T. ever had, was that night when Perk (Lt. Norman Perkins) and Y.T. were lying at the top of the dike at Kapelsche Veer, Holland, pretending that we were dead, and could hear a guttural whisper a few feet away, saying over and over “Hans! Hans!” Oh, they knew that we were there alright, and though they thought that we were dead, our radio sure wasn’t. Suddenly it blared into the night, “WK55 to WK52 over!” Y.T. wanted to jump up and say “Lets go for a cup of coffee, eh?” but he also knew that those would be his last words. What to do? He just squeezed on the pressel switch . . . In the report made sometime after the people back at Regimental Headquarters noted that: “He was in communication

at all times” (and he hadn’t said a word!) Some conversation, eh? We lost a lot of good men that night (so did the guttural whisperers) and when it was over, all of them were thrown like logs into a big truck that came up! It’s awful easy to give people the wrong impression by talking too much! Y.T. does his very best to look “suave” (Steel Ross had his own vocabulary), but because when Y.T. talks too much, they tell me that I am very “unsuave’! Also, it bothers me that when we eat at the local restaurant, the waitress, having been told that Y.T. is the sloppiest person in town, puts a whole pile of napkins beside my plate! There must be a moral in there somewhere, eh? Mebbe some of my friends will tell me what it is later on ...

BCS Principal’s Report by Kim Fick “I wish the school/division would change the way they __________________.” “If I had a chance, I would tell the school/division that __________________.” If you are a parent that has ever wished you could have more inpurt into decisions made at our school, then you have two great opportunities to do just that! First, the annual Tell Them From Me survey information will be sent out to parents in the next few weeks. We use the results from this survey to help us guide our decision making for the following school year, so it is particularly valuable to us. Some parents have completed this survey already at our conference nights. Secondly, the Sun West School Division has requested a system review on the division processes. The Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy has begun this process, and our school is one of the few in the division that is providing information for the purposes of the review.

BCS parents should have received a Thoughtstream e-mail requesting your participation in a second survey. Your participation in this survey will help provide information that our school division can use to improve. Both of these surveys are a great opportunity to have your voices heard and make an impact, so we encourage you to take the time to complete them. Finally, the best way for you to have input in school decision making is to become a member of our School Community Council. The SCC meets every one to two months, and assists our school in setting and attaining goals related to school improvement and student learning. Our School Community Council Annual General Meeting will be coming up in the month of May. All community members and parents are welcome to attend. We are always looking for members of the School Community Council, so if you think you may be interested please come join us. We will be advertising the date very shortly. Have a great week!

Saskatchewan keeps growing Saskatchewan’s population grew by just over 20,000 in 2013 to an alltime high of 1,117,503 people, according to

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new figures released last week by Statistics Canada. Premier Brad Wall said the continued population gains show the province is on the right track. “We have put the boom and bust cycle behind us and today, Saskatchewan’s growth is strong and steady,” Wall said. “Later today, our government will release another balanced budget that will keep us on the path of steady growth.” Saskatchewan’s population grew at a rate of 1.83 per cent in 2013 – the second-highest

growth rate among the 10 provinces, behind only Alberta. Saskatchewan and Alberta were also the only two provinces to enjoy net interprovincial in-migration (more people moving in than moving out) in 2013, as every other province suffered net out-migration to other provinces. Saskatchewan’s total population gain of 20,056 in 2013 was made up of net international migration of 13,108, net interprovincial migration of 1,368 and a natural increase (births minus deaths) of 5,580.



Manitoba Plan leaves Saskatchewan Pasture Patrons at a disadvantage The Manitoba community pasture transition program was rolled out last week, making it clear that Saskatchewan pasture patrons are being placed at a disadvantage. The Manitoba approach provides the land to the patron governed corporation at no lease cost in return for an expectation that the benefits to the wider community be maintained. One patron governed corporation will continue to provide grazing services to pasture patrons from across the province. The nonprofit corporation is to be run by patrons and received the necessary start up funding to provide a smooth transition to a patron run governance. In the Manitoba budget, Manitoba pasture patrons received a $650,000 capital grant to allow patrons to purchase capital assets necessary to start the pastures under patron governance. Assets such as post pounders, chore tractors, trucks and trailers which were taken by the federal government and auctioned off for sale can now be replaced. In addition patrons were provided a $500,000 operating loan to allow patrons to continue to participate in the program with no upfront costs. While patrons in Saskatchewan have been frustrated in coming to terms with the provincial government, the chair of the Manitoba Pasture Association, Barry Lowes, spoke glowingly of support from industry and government in Manitoba. “The Manitoba Beef Producers have had our backs covered right from the get go. They have helped up organize meetings, conference calls and most anything else that we requested of them. The Manitoba Agriculture and Conservation Departments have helped us in this process every step of the way. They have lobbied the other departments on our behalf to help us all get to our common goal. Our board has invested much time and effort on

behalf of the community pasture patrons of Manitoba. I would personally like to recognize all those involved; from whatever department or organization they represent, and thank all these individuals for their efforts,” Lowes said. The Manitoba approach needs to be compared to Saskatchewan where the Patrons will be charged a full private lease fee and where any monies allotted to Patrons cannot be used for capital assets or startup funding other than accounting and legal fees. In the province of Saskatchewan the Government is insisting that each pasture develop its own corporate structure and will only disburse monies on a reimbursement basis for the accounting and legal allowable expenses. CPPAS and their membership has however, worked together through our association, to develop a legal structure, review the lease, develop bylaws, and develop management services contracts. The Saskatchewan Government is still insisting that in spite of the fact that pastures have saved patrons and the government tens of thousands of dollars by working together, there is no way to reallocate this money to uses which would be valuable to start up viable pastures. “It’s frustrating when you hear your own Agriculture Minister speak about the importance of patrons on this issue yet refuses to put in place an affordable program in this Province that not only recognizes the public good but also recognizes the vast differences of private lease land verses the Community Pasture lease land,” said Brent Cammer, CPPAS Director and rancher. “Patrons do not have similar rights on their lease contract as a private lease holder has. Instead our cattleman’s association along with the Agriculture Ministry is putting a program in place which has already proven to push many producers out of the community

pasture system and will eventually push them out of the cattle industry.” “Patrons don’t need more lawyers and advisors, we need post pounders, trailers, and a truck to move horses around these large pastures,” said Ian McCreary, chair of the Community Pasture Patrons Association (CPPAS). “The Manitoba transition plan appears to balance the cattle producer needs with the needs of the public interest. Perhaps now is the time to learn from our neighbours. Just like Alberta, the benefits to the wider community are recognized from the outset in the Manitoba approach. We have seen the costs of having an emergency order imposed on the cattle industry with the recent sage grouse fiasco. Issues around the environment are here to stay. Now is the time to be proactive and review the Manitoba approach.” The former PFRA pastures were thrown into a state of transition when the Federal Government announced the end of the pasture program in the budget of 2012. This program had been reviewed for value for money in 2006 and was one of a handful of government programs which was demonstrated to return more value than cost. In addition, this audit showed that approximately half the benefits accrued to the wider community. CPPAS is a volunteer association of Saskatchewan Community Pasture Patrons working together to attain sustainable community pastures and promote viable grassland stewardship. Our membership includes the majority of pasture patrons from 40 of the 62 pastures in Saskatchewan.

(The numbers on the graph show the land costs paid in leases and municipal taxes. All other labour and operational costs are in addition to these costs.)




The “Blame Game”

by Calvin Daniels

We exist today in a world where when something goes wrong the thing we do is point the finger at someone else. It is a time and place in our history where little we do, even when it’s a complete failure, that we look at the person in the mirror and admit to being the problem. It’s the reason we read about people suing some restaurant over their coffee being too hot, as if we should not expect coffee to be hot. The agriculture sector is seeing a lot of finger pointing going on this winter as everyone involved in the grain handling system looks to

assign blame to someone other than themselves in terms of slow deliveries to port. The farmer sits ready to deliver and when they gather in coffee shops they are quick to assign blame. Some look to the demise of the control the single desk selling of the Canadian Wheat Board imposed on the system. Others look at contracts on production and blame them since grain companies in essence own the grain, forcing storage on to the farmer, and being able to essentially squeeze farmers by not calling on deliveries.


The federal government of course takes it’s share of farmer blame. In Canada we are used to government asserting control on so many elements of our lives, we expect them to control grain movement too. In the end farmers ultimately care less about whom is to blame, and more in about getting the system working better for the rest of the crop year. There is a realization delivery lost in the months since harvest will not be realized no matter what transpires in the weeks ahead. Now the federal government has its role to play. They have been in bed with rail companies since the first tracks were laid across the country, providing the companies with large tracks of lands and creating a system which has evolved to two major companies, which afford little in the way of competition for one another since few locales remain serviced by both. The feds also create many of the rules and

regulations under which the rail lines work. In the case of grain movement it has been rather obvious for years the rail companies have little interest in serving the sector, with other commodities proving more profitable. The government’s posturing to control costs to farmers and ensure movements have been largely posturing with limited real time effect of the system. In the case of slow movements, the federal government has pointed its finger squarely at the rail companies. Not surprisingly the rail companies quickly deflected blame. It has been a cold

winter after all, which must impact a train engine rolling down the track more than the farm trucks poised to deliver grain to the elevator. The rail system also suggests the grain companies did not move enough grain in the first few weeks of the crop year, based on the mammoth crop. And of course everybody but the rail lines missed just how big a crop was anticipated, so the inaccurate information hamstrung the rail companies in the sense of being ready for it. I suspect one day a university student will do a thesis on the year the grain system failed in the face of a record crop,

and will find blame can be spread among every aspect of the system. But pointing fingers and assigning blame accomplishes little, unless in that process all sides find themselves united in fixing the system so that in the future grain moves smoothly to the benefit of all. If no plan to patch the holes currently being exposed come out of this, then the finger pointing will be no more than a reflection of ‘not my fault society’, and the grain sector will have lost out not just this season, but into the years ahead as well.

The 2014-15 Agriculture budget of $371.6 million will help to ensure farmers and ranchers have the support they need to keep the agriculture industry growing and strong after record production levels and exports in 2013.

The budget is highlighted by nearly $79 million for strategic initiatives such as research and market development, an increase of $7.5 million from the previous year. The budget also includes the new Western Livestock Price Insurance Program and enhancements to the Crop Insurance Program. “Agriculture continues to grow and drive our economy in Saskatchewan, accounting for over one third of our provincial exports,” Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart said. “This budget will build on the record crop production and exports in 2013 to help the industry continue to grow in the future.” Saskatchewan producers harvested a record crop of 38.4 million tonnes in 2013, surpassing the 2020 Growth Plan Target of 36 million tonnes. Saskatchewan also set a new record of $11.7 billion worth of agriculture exports in 2013, an increase of 83 per cent since 2007. The budget provides significant support to help producers continue to increase production and achieve the Growth Plan export goal of $15 billion by 2020. Approximately $242 million or 65 per cent of the 2014-15 budget will go toward fully funding business risk management programs including Agri-

Stability, AgriInvest and Crop Insurance. The Crop Insurance program has been enhanced to include increased yield coverage for durum and barley, a new yield-loss coverage program for corn in the east central and southeast areas of the province and a Bee Mortality Insurance Pilot Program. The Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation will deliver Western Livestock Price Insurance to Saskatchewan cattle and hog producers, providing them protection against unexpected market price declines. The $79 million being invested into strategic initiatives includes $26.7 million for research and innovation; $23.6 million for water infrastructure, including irrigation infill; and $3.4 million for pest, disease and invasive weed control. The budget also includes continued funding for value-added business development and support for rural municipalities and irrigation districts to rehabilitate irrigation bridges. “Notwithstanding the current crisis in grain transportation, the future of agriculture is very optimistic, thanks to the hard work and innovation of our producers,” Stewart said. “This budget provides investments to support the industry and help our producers continue feeding the world.”

Budget supports a growing agriculture industry



Financial Advice to make a positive difference by Kim Inglis, BCom, CIM, PFP, FCSI, AIFP | Investment Advisor and Portfolio Manager Canaccord Wealth Management As Benjamin Franklin said, “in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” Fortunately for some Canadian investors, the latter can be controlled. For those investing outside their registered plans, corporate class funds offer a tax efficient means of investing.

Many mutual fund companies offer two versions of their funds: traditional and corporate class. Generally speaking both are managed in the same fashion and hold the same investments but they are structured differently, with the corporate class structure offering greater tax efficiency. Standard mutual funds are structured as trusts but corporate class funds are corporations. The difference is that the corporate class

structure can hold different funds as a part of a single corporate tax entity, whereas a mutual fund trust generally contains a single fund. The corporate structure enables tax-free switching, tax-efficient distributions, and flexible rebalancing; ultimately enhancing the power of compounding. Under the corporate class structure, investors can switch between funds without triggering capital gains or losses. Investors are

Record health budget addresses highest priorities Saskatchewan will invest nearly $5 billion in health care in 2014-15 to continue the health system’s ‘patient first’ transformation and support improved access to high quality care for the province’s growing population. The funding is a $144 million or three per cent increase over 2013-14. “Our government’s health care priorities are based on meeting the needs of patients and their families,” Health Minister Dustin Duncan said. “This budget supports better access to services, improved quality of care and shorter wait times. We continue to focus on using resources responsibly in priority areas that will make the greatest difference in improving the quality of life for Saskatchewan people.” The budget includes investments to reduce surgical wait times and emergency department waits, advance key capital projects, develop additional Collaborative Emergency Centres, improve services for seniors and support the rural physician workforce. Capital investments in 2014-15 total $95 million. Funding for ongoing projects includes $16.0 million to complete the new hospital in Moose Jaw and $27 million to continue construction of long-term care facilities in Biggar, Kelvington, Kipling, Maple Creek and Prince Albert. In addition, the budget commits new funding of $3.5 million for facility planning. This includes renewal of Prince Albert’s Victoria Hospital, replacement of long-term care facilities in Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region and planning for more long-term care beds in La Ronge. The province has earmarked $4.0 million to reduce emergency department wait times and improve patient flow. This includes an emergency department wait time initiative, development of a program to provide house calls to seniors with complex needs and implementation of the “hotspotting” concept. “Our health system struggles to meet the needs of patients with complex and varied issues - sometimes related to mental health,” Duncan said. “These patients may not require hospitalization but they are using the emergency department.” In the coming year, a “hotspotting” pilot program will begin in Saskatoon and Regina to identify and assist these high-cost, high-use patients, helping

them receive the care they need. The budget also invests $60.5 million in surgical waitlists to support achievement of the three-month wait time target in all health regions by the end of 2014-15. The 2014-15 budget provides investments in long-term care, home care, acute care, prescription drugs and other services for seniors. It also provides an additional $7 million for improvements to seniors’ care, including funding for the Home First/Quick Response pilot program. Other priority investments include an additional $3.4 million for improved primary health care and more Collaborative Emergency Centres, and an increase of $2.6 million to continue incentives that encourage physicians to work in rural communities and provide locum physician relief for those who are temporarily away from their practices. Regional Health Authorities will use $3.25 billion - an increase of $107.5 million or 3.4 per cent compared to last year - for operating funding and for targeted initiatives. This funding will support care provided through hospitals, health centres and long-term care facilities, along with numerous health services including mental health, addictions and public health. Within this funding, $24.0 million has been provided to address population growth pressures. The Saskatchewan Cancer Agency will receive $155.7 million to provide services through its cancer centres in Regina and Saskatoon, offer prevention and early detection programs, and conduct research. This represents a $4.9 million or 3.3 per cent increase over last year. The health system continues to seek new ways to be more efficient and sustainable. In 2014-15, Regional Health Authority and the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency will work to collectively identify $51.9 million in savings through sharing of services, attendance management and reduction of lost time due to injuries, premium pay and sick time. “All of our health system partners are focused on finding efficiencies to provide the best possible health services at the lowest possible cost,” Duncan said. “We are on track to achieve better care, better health and better value for the people of our province.”

only subject to taxable dispositions when they sell their position in the corporation. Those with large gains can control realization of the gain or loss to fit their personal tax planning. The ability to switch also means investors can rebalance regularly without concern for tax consequences. From a tax efficiency standpoint the corporate class structure allows capital gains or losses to be spread across all funds in the corporation, which tends to minimize the need for distributions. When distributions are paid, they are classified as capital gains and/or dividend income, both of which offer preferential tax treatment over interest income. Ultimately the tax deferred structure lends itself to better compounding. Corporate class funds best serve those who truly require the tax efficiency, and are often employed by incorporated business owners or high net worth investors who have maximized their

only a handful of product offerings, they are a growing company that will likely have more in the future. Investors need to weigh the pros and cons of corporate class mutual funds versus the new corporate class ETFs and, in addition to product offerings and cost, consider whether any corporate class funds are even suitable for their personal tax situation. An investment should never be based purely on tax merits. 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.

registered plans. Seniors concerned with OAS claw-backs are another common group. It is important to choose carefully among the corporate class providers. Investors should look for companies with a solid selection of funds and, since a key feature of the corporate class structure is the tax-free switching, investors should be sure they actually want to hold the funds under the structure. In terms of product offerings, CI Investments is the largest of its kind in Canada, with over 60 funds and $20 billion in assets. One disadvantage of corporate class funds is a generally higher price tag than their traditional mutual fund trust counterparts. However, the corporate class structure is now available through low cost exchange-traded funds (ETFs). Purpose Investments recently brought out a corporate class structure for its ETFs, the first of its kind in Canada. Although Purpose currently has

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For Health’s Sake! by Carmen McGregor, B.S.P., Biggar Pharmasave Tips for sticking with your meds

It’s very important for you to take your medicines the right way. This means taking the right dose of each medicine the right number of times every day. It also means following any special directions, such as taking a medicine with food, on an empty stomach, or at bedtime. Taking your medicines the right way can help you stay as healthy as possible. For example, taking your full course of medicine for an infection will help you get completely cured. Taking your blood pressure medicine the right way will help prevent heart attacks and strokes in the long run. Taking your diabetes medicine the right way will help prevent problems with your eyes, kidneys, and nerves as years pass. There are a lot of reasons why it might be hard for you to take your medicines the right way. Be open and honest with your pharmacist or prescriber about any problems you have taking your medicines. They want to help you. They can work with

you so you get the most benefit from your medicines. Below are some “road blocks” that might come up, and some useful tips to help you get past them. The schedule for taking my medicines is complicated. • Ask if there are medicines you can take just once or twice a day to replace any that you take three or four times a day. • Ask if there are any pills you can take that combine two or more of your medicines. • Ask if any of the medicines you take can be stopped. I forget to take my medicines. • Ask for help matching your medicine schedule with your daily routines, such as eating meals and going to bed. • Use a pill organizer. • Try using technology, such as a reminder alarm or “app” on your smartphone. • Ask if your pharmacy or the company who makes your medicine has any special programs to help you remember. • Have your pharmacy prepare your meds in monthly

blister or compliance packages at no extra cost. I have trouble paying for my medicines. • Ask if there are options that cost less, such as generics. • Ask if there are any programs or discount cards that will help you pay for your medicines. I don’t like the side effects from my medicines. • Ask how long the side effects will last. Some side effects go away after you’ve been taking a medicine for a few weeks or so. • Ask what you can do to prevent the side effects or make them easier to deal with. • Ask if there is a similar medicine that won’t have the side effect you don’t like. • If you have an allergic reaction or a very bad side effect, seek medical attention right away. Do not stop taking any of your meds on your own. Always speak with your prescriber and/or pharmacist about any problems you’re having. Then together you can make sure your meds are the best ones for you.

New Horizons Activities I am writing this report on Thursday, March 20 the first day of Spring. The sun is trying to shine, much of the snow has disappeared and the roads in town are covered with the sand used to combat the ice during the winter months. Spring has arrived! For the month of February the car made 666 trips. Jim Hoult was the driver on Feb. 27 when the car made 46 trips the highest daily amount. The car has been busy with 37 being the average daily

amount. The courtesy car is truly a wonderful service in our community. New Horizons has been busy for the past three Friday’s hosting the Ministerial Lenten services at noon. These services will continue during the weeks of Lent. Carpet bowling is played on Tuesday afternoons in the hall. On Feb. 25 the winning team was Pat Turner, Aileen Smith and Mildred Henne. The second place team was Gail Herzberg, Barb Swyryda and Florence

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Hammond. March 4 had Florence Hammond, Mildred Henne, Judy Rickwood, Marie Roesch and Barb Swyryda coming in first place and June Hoppe, Agnes Small, Dinah Kegler, Ed Smith and Jean Tweedle coming in second place. The team of Emily Liska, June Hoppe, Florence Hammond, Dinah Kegler and Pat Turner came in second place on March 12 and the team of Barb Swyryda, Ed Smith, Blanche Borchardt and Marie Roesch coming in first place. On March 18 the team of Marie Roesch, Blanche Borchardt, Rose Clark, Gail Herzberg and Judy Rickwood came in first place and the team of Dinah Kegler, Florence Hammond, Ed and Aileen Smith and Emily Liska came in second place. Kaiser is played on Monday afternoons. The scores are as follows: Feb. 24: Vera McNeil, Joanne Kral, Geoff Cooke, Ken Pearce, HSG Gord Besse and Ken Pearce. March

3: Reg Turner, Ken Pearce, Wilfred Bender, HSG Ken Pearce and Reg Turner. March 17: Marie Roesche, Reg Turner, Mildred Henne, Agnes Watson. HSG Mildred Henne, Marie Roesch and Agnes Watson all tied. Bingo was played on Feb. 13 with 11 people in attendance. The half-nhalf winner was Evelyn Poletz and the blackout winner was Pat Turner. On Feb. 17 the half-n-half bingo was tied between Reg Turner and Margaret Molberg. The blackout bingo game was won by Willa McIlwain. Bingo was played on March 13 with Christine Ogrodnick as the caller, Kate Yaroshko picked up the tickets and Florence Hammond gave out the prizes. The lunch was provided by Kate Yaroshko. On Feb. 28 a card party was held with 16 people in attendance. Cribbage winners were Barb Swyryda, Donna Fines and Rita Besse. Kaiser winners were Joanne Kral, Ken Pearce and Pat

Turner. Cribbage was played on March 7 with 12 in attendance. Margaret Molberg was the host with Chris Ogrodnick providing the lunch. First place went to Gabe Silvernagle, second place to Deb Sander, and third place to Barb Swyryda. Our monthly Birthday Potluck was held on March 10 with 31 people in attendance. St. Patrick’s Day cupcakes were provided by Karen Itterman. Margaret Molberg sold the half-n-half tickets. The MC for the event was Karen Itterman with card bingo being played after the lunch. A card party was held on March 14 with 17 in attendance. Barb Archibald was the host and also provided the lunch. Kaiser winners were first place Pat Turner, second place Ken Pearce, and third place Joyce Colbert. Cribbage winners were Barb Archibald first place, Barb Swyryda second place, and Richard Boisvert in third place.

On March 19 our monthly Jam Session was held with 41 people in attendance. The MC for the afternoon was Don Swyryda with the lunch provided by Barb Beirnes, Florence Hammond and Blanche Borchardt. Some special doughnuts were also brought to share with everyone. Kaiser was played on March 21 with eight in attendance. Host for the afternoon was Mildred Henne and she also provided the lunch. Kaiser winners were first place Joyce Colbert, second place Helen Kanz, and 3rd place Mildred Henne. New Horizons will be having a “Spring Cleaning Bee” on April 23 beginning at 10 a.m. Lunch will be provided to all those who come out and help. Our Annual General Meeting will be held on May 28 at 1:30 p.m. Spring’s greatest joy beyond a doubt is when it brings the children out. - Edgar Guest

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BWF 38th Annual Awards Banquet and Dance The Biggar Wildlife Federation/Bear Hills Range held their annual Awards Banquet and Dance on Saturday, March 22. About 220 attendees enjoyed a wonderful meal featuring some great food. Highlights of the evening included the many plaques and trophies awarded to the following recipients. Award Winners: Kristan Andreas – Northern Pike Ladies, 17 lbs, 2 oz; Darren Kurulak – Northern Pike Men, 34 lbs, 8 oz; Ken Andreas – Bear, 16 15/16; Ken Andreas – Elk, 86 4/8; Ken Andreas – Goose, 17 lbs; Andrew Vancha – Whitetale

Typical, 105; Jim Vancha, Mule Deer Typical, 148 1/8; Teagan Polsfut – Whitetail Typical Junior, 124 3/8; Kristan Andreas – Whitetale Nontypical Ladies, 114; Ken Andreas – Mule Deer Typical Primitive Weapon, 201 2/8; Kelly Steeg, Mule Deer Nontypical Primitive Weapon, 206 4/8; Bob Steeg – Whitetail Typical Primitive Weapon, 146. Trophy Winners: Darren Kurulak: Northern Pike, 80.4% of Provincial Record (George Yaroshko Memorial, Best Overall Master Angler), presented by Kate Yaroshko. Ken Andreas: Typical Mule Deer, 92.1%

of Provincial Record (Adam Evashenko Memorial, Best Overall Big Game Head), presented by Spyder Autobody. Teagan Polsfut: Nontypical Whitetail (John Yaroshko Memorial, Best Overall Big Game Head – Junior), presented by Dianne Yaroshko. Ken Andreas: Typical Mule Deer (Walter Pavloff Memorial, Best Overall Big Game Head – Primitive Weapon), presented by Lena Pavloff, Bev Brown. Gifts for the raffle table and the “Wheelbarrow of Fun” were donated by generous individuals and businesses in Saskatoon, Perdue, Rosetown,

BCS Badminton report by Will Johnson Senior Badminton The Senior Badminton had another busy week. This past Saturday March 22 the team competed in a tournament in Unity. Here the highlights of the day were Mitch Lehenert and Tim Kurulack finishing fourth in Boys Doubles and Clarke Sopczak taking the gold medal in Boys singles. The team has another busy week this week. Monday, March 24 they went to Rosetown. Friday, March 28 they head to Maidsone,

and Saturday, March 29 they head to Wilkie. Junior Badminton The Junior Badminton season got off to a great start this weekend with a tournament on Friday in Unity, and then hosting our home tournament on Saturday. In Unity the team had some great showings for our first games of the year with Danessa Hollman winning gold in girls singles, Teagon Polsfut and Tyrelle Hooper were the silver medalists, while Katelynn Zagoruy and Rayel Martin claimed the

bronze in girls doubles. For our Blazer home tournament we had another great showing with girls singles, Danessa Hollman, boys doubles, Teagon Polsfut and Tyrelle Hooper, collecting gold medals, while girls doubles, Katelynn Zagoruy and Rayel Martin won the silver. The Juniors have another busy weekend coming up traveling to Wilkie on Friday and Maidstone and Elrose tournaments on Saturday.

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North Battleford and the Biggar area. Raffle tickets were filled out with the purchasers name and put in a drum. All prizes were announced and awarded after the band “Rusty Augers” played their first set. The Silent Auction carried on until later in the evening and featured some great items, which were hotly contested by bidders. A new raffle was introduced this year for a draw for a Savage .17 rifle with scope and case. The photo contest featured both Wildlife and Scenery photos from around Saskatchewan. There was only one entry in the Junior (under 18 category) won by Lara McCarty for here photo of a sunset over a row of grain bins. There were many good entries and it was difficult to pick the best ones. Attendees at the banquet voted for the best in each category. Brett Darosh won the Scenery category and Bob Steeg claimed the prizen in Wildlife for his photo of a family of bears. These two photos will be entered in the provincial

photo contest at the SWF convention in February of 2015. Banquet goers were encouraged to enter their photos at the next BWF banquet in 2015. Amon the guests at the banquet were Kelly Block, MP for Saskatoon, Rosetown, Biggar and her husband Milton. After supper and the awards presentations, the band “Rusty Augers” entertained the crowd until the wee hours. The music was enjoyed by all, whether they danced or perfered to sit and visit with friends. As always, the Biggar Wildlife Federation ensures that everyone has a safe trip home. The Biggar and Landis Insurance Services picked up the tab for taxi rides from the hall. The Biggar Wildlife Federation appreciates the community support evidenced by the enthusiastic attendance. Wild meat for the supper is donated by generous hunters. Some of the meat is prepared by our tireless volunteers and their efforts are appreciated and applauded.

As this event is the mail yearly fund raiser, the money raised helps the Wildlife Federation ensure the continuation of provincial programs such as: Habitat Trust, Wildlife Tomorrow, Youth and Adult Outdoor Education, Fisheries and Wildlife Enhancement, Henry Kelsey Big Game Records and Provincial Angling Records. Local BWF programs include the ownership and management of habitat lands around Biggar. Money raised from the banquet also helps to maintain and improve the Biggar trout pond. The aim of the Wildlife Federation is to ensure habitat preservation so that the wildlife legacy that we leave to our children surpasses that which we inherited. We acknowledge first and foremost that the wildlife of the province is a public resource belonging to all Saskatchewan residents and we work diligently to ensure that the resource remains equally accessible to all residents of the province for the enjoyment of all outdoor activities.

Trophy Winners, left to right: Teagan Polsfut, Ken Andreas, Darren Kurulak. (Photos for The Independent by Wayne Yaroshko)

NOTICE MONDAY, APRIL 7… 7:00 p.m., Biggar Jubilee Stadium Lobby Biggar National Senior Hockey Public Meeting to form and elect new executive.

Goal is to bring Senior Hockey back to Biggar! If you are interested in helping in anyway, please attend.

Some of the winners in the photography competition. (Photos for The Independent by Wayne Yaroshko)



Alley Katz Bowling scores Tuesday Mixed League: MHS – Gerry Devenny, 236; MHT – Jason Raschke, 580; WHS – Judy Hammond, 181; WHT – Leisha Desrosiers, 494. New Horizons League: MHS – Bill Roach, 278; MHT – Bill Roach, 630; WHS – Donna Eckart, 155; WHT –

Donna Eckart, 397. Thursday Senior’s League: MHS – Glen Shockey, 221; MHT – Bill Roach, 614; WHS – Dianna Meger, 234; WHT – Dianna Meger, 564. Y.B.C. League: Bowlasaurus: High Score – Sawyer Heimbecker, 71. Pee

Wee: High Score – Alara Ormiston, 113; High Score Double – Maggie Genaille, 195. Bantam: High Score – Cassie Raschke, 143; High Triple – Cassie Raschke, 378. Juniors: High Score – Justin Otterson, 154; High Triple – Justin Otterson, 404.

Perdue Bowling Scores (week ending March 21) Club 55: MHS – Gerald Nicholls, 204; MHT – Gerald Nicholls, 469; LHS – Carol Lemon, 175; LHT – Carol Lemon, 485; THS – Hopefulls, 1,081; THT – Hopefulls, 2,962; MHA – John Latta, 159; LHA – Carol Lemon, 159. Ladies League: LHS – Wendy Munro, 219; LHT – Joey Levitt, 584; THS – Other Frame, 1,082; THT – Bleepers, 3,108; LHA – Dorrie Laberswieler, 192. Men’s League: MHS – George Bartley, 249; MHT – George Bartley, 645; THS – J.A.G., 727; THT – J.A.G., 2,052; MHA – Al Levitt, 189. Mixed League: MHS – George Bartley, 224; MHT –

George Bartley, 590; LHS – Joey Levitt, 204; LHT – Joey Levitt, 539; THS – Smilin “5”, 1,125; THT – D.J.’s, 3,148; MHA – Al Levitt, 189; LHA – Joey Levitt, 174. Y.B.C.: Juniors – Dakota Anderson, 135; Bantam Girls – Jerzie Richards, 84; Bantam Boys – Emmette Hamilton, 129; Bowlasaurus – Haydyn Wegwitz, 48. Four Person open bowling tournament, March 23: First place – George andArlene Bartley, Al and Joey Levitt; Second place – Gerald and Esther Nicholls, John Latta and Carol Lemon; Third place – Erma Bettschen, Joan Dolan, Kay Munro and Marilyn Moon. Halfn-half winners: Glenn

Shockey and Dot Curtiss. MHS – Al Levitt, 261; LHS – Marilyn Moon, 223; Hidden Score – Arlene Bartley, 119; Turkey Pins – George Bartley, Al Levitt, Erma Bettschen, Marilyn Moon. Lunch was served by the Perdue Oddfellows Lodge.

Atom Nats crowned B side champs . . . Congratulations to the Biggar National Atom Black team for winning the Highway 14 North, Atom ‘B’ championship. On their winning journey, they defeated Unity and then went on to defeat Wilkie with great team playing, and from all accounts, fantastic entertainment, making their families and friends proud! (Submitted Photo)

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Diamond Lodge News by Karen Kammer Welcome spring! What some nice plus-5 weather we have had. The residents are very excited to go outside for walks, have barbecue and enjoy the fresh air. We had a very busy week here at Diamond Lodge this week. I would love to share what happened here. Monday was St. Patrick’s Day so we started with exercises. In the afternoon we had a St. Patrick’s Day party. We had Irish music, green rice krispies and green ginger ale. Tuesday was current events and Blast from the Past. Wednesday was curling. The red team had 17 while blue was behind with 12 points. Then in the afternoon we had a very special event. We had the Singing Grandpa’s over. They played some old time songs for us. Of course the residents loved them and took part in some polkas.


Thursday was exercises. At 2:30 we had bingo with the Perdue United Church Ladies. They gave us chocolate flower bouquets and pretzels as prizes. After we had cookies, frozen yogurt and coffee. Friday was our second last Breakfast Club of the Season. At 10:45 we tried a new question game called “Celebrating somebody very special . . . you”. We had a jar filled with “us” question so we had the residents give their answers. It was a very good reflection activity. Sing-along was on later that day. Saturday was dot bingo and a movie. Sunday was cards and 1-1 time. Then the PAL’s did church. It was great having them here. Thank you to all who came to the Lodge this week and helped us out. It was very much appreciated and we look forward to having you back again.

Rural Municipality of Perdue No. 346 Notice is hereby given that the assessment roll of the Rural Municipality of Perdue. No. 346 for the year of 2014 has been prepared and is open to inspection in the ofÀce of the assessor from 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the following days: Monday to Friday, except all public holidays. A Bylaw pursuant to Section 214 of The Municipalities Act has been passed and the assessment notices have been sent as required. Any person who wishes to appeal against his or her assessment is required to Àle his or her notice of appeal with: The Assessor, Rural Municipality of Perdue No. 346 Box 208, Perdue, Saskatchewan, S0K 3C0 by the 30th day of April, 20114. Dated this 28th day of March, 2014. Allan Kirzinger, Assessor R.M. of Biggar No. 347


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Public notice is hereby given that the Council of the Rural Municipality of Biggar No. 347 intends to adopt a bylaw under The Planning and Development Act, 2007 to amend Bylaw No. 4-2011, known as the R.M. of Biggar Zoning Bylaw and Bylaw No. 2-2010, known as the R.M. of Biggar OfÀcial Community Plan.

Saskatchewan wholesale figures for January released by Statistics Canada hit an all-time high for the month, totalling $2.1 billion. Wholesale trade was up 11.4 per cent on a year-over-year basis in the province, the highest percentage growth rate in the nation and well ahead of the 2.4 per cent posted nationally. “Wholesale business is all about supply and demand,” Economy Minister Bill Boyd said. “Economic and population growth in Saskatchewan has increased the need for products which is keeping wholesalers very busy.” On a month-over-month basis, wholesale sales were up 9.4 per cent (seasonally adjusted) between December 2013 and January 2014. Saskatchewan ranked first among the provinces. “Saskatchewan continues to see growth where it counts – more jobs – more people – more opportunity,” Boyd said. “It is keeping us on a steady course of prosperity, allowing us as government to balance budgets, and more importantly giving Saskatchewan people the opportunities they deserve.”

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INTENT The proposed Bylaw No. 2014-01 and Bylaw No. 2014-02 will provide for textual amendments to amend the number of animal units for an Intensive Livestock Operation to increase it from 100 animal units to 300 animal units in order to be consistent with the requirements of the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture. AFFECTED LANDS There are not currently any registered Intensive Livestock Operations in the Municipality and therefore, no existing operations or land are affected. PUBLIC INSPECTION Any person may inspect the proposed Bylaw at the R.M. of Biggar No. 347 ofÀce at 201 Second Avenue West, Biggar Saskatchewan, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding holidays, up to 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, 2014. PUBLIC HEARING Council will hold a public hearing on Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at the R.M. of Biggar No. 347 OfÀce to hear any person or group that wants to comment on the proposed Bylaw. All written comments received by 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, 2014 will be forwarded to Council. Issued March 27, 2014 at the Town of Biggar, in the Province of Saskatchewan. Tammy Knuttila, Administrator


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All lands zoned Agricultural District, Commercial District and Industrial District. PUBLIC INSPECTION Any person may inspect the proposed Bylaw at the R.M. of Biggar No. 347 ofÀce at 201 Second Avenue West, Biggar Saskatchewan, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding holidays, up to 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, 2014. PUBLIC HEARING Council will hold a public hearing on Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at the R.M. of Biggar No. 347 OfÀce to hear any person or group that wants to comment on the proposed Bylaw. All written comments received by 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, 2014 will be forwarded to Council. Issued March 27, 2014 at the Town of Biggar, in the Province of Saskatchewan. Tammy Knuttila, Administrator



There is always something happening in the museum! By Delta Fay Cruickshank for the Biggar Museum and Gallery It has been another busy week at the museum and Credit Union Gallery! Students and their teachers came from both schools this week to admire the student art displayed in the gallery. Almost 100 students were here to show off their contributions, or to admire the work by other students. Some even got to tour the museum to discover parts of Biggar’s past. The bus came and took 47 travellers down to Moose Jaw for a couple of days. The watercolour group met again, all were glad to see each other. It has been a long winter and the club hasn’t been able to meet much. But things seem back to normal creativity again!

Exhibits are being changed, redesigned and rebuilt. Like the weather, the exhibits in the museum change! Some

are finished, make sure you plan on visiting to see them, and some will be awhile yet, something to look forward to.

Past and Present . . . Ms. Moldenhauer’s kindergarten class poses on the bench from an old pool hall in Biggar. Above them is a painting of a Plesiosaur. This ‘dinosaur’ lived in the inland sea that stretched from the West Coast to Manitoba, about 230 million years ago. Plesiosaur bones were found near Biggar, just outside of Herschel. (Photos for The Independent by Delta Day Cruickshank) A little bird told me . . . there is a new exhibit in the museum, open to the public Monday – Friday, 1-5.

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OBITUARIES Leonard Karl Thurmeier 1939 - 2014 The family of Leonard Thurmeier announce his passing on Monday, March 17, 2014 at Sunnyside Nursing Home in Saskatoon, Sask. at the age of 74. Leonard, formerly of Southey, Sask. and Perdue, Sask., died peacefully after suffering from Parkinsons and Dementia for the past few years. Leonard was born and raised on a farm near Southey where he went to a country school and later attended Campion College in Regina. He began working for Farm Credit Corporation 1964 where he worked in Prince Albert, Whitewood, Regina and Swift Current. In 1977 his love of farming brought him ad his family to the Perdue area where he farmed until recently when his health made it dif¿cult to continue. in the community he was active in the National Farmers Union, Oddfellows Lodge, the Co-op, and various other groups. His Catholic faith was an important part of his whole life. Len was predeceased by his parents, Karl (1988), Minnie (1991); brother, Ernie (1999); and sister, Janet (2001). He is survived by his daughter, Liane of Calgary, Alta.; son, Evan of Saskatoon, Sask.; and son, Colin (Dawn) of Brooks, Alta.; also his six grandchildren, Luke, Britney, Austin, Colton, Brody and Brock; his sister, Agnes of Calgary; brother, Ed (Ann) of Calgary; brother, Robert (Marlene) of Southey; and sister, Marilyn (Murray) of Victoria, B.C., as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews; and also survived by Carol, the mother of his children. Funeral arrangements are pending and a notice will follow at a later date. 13p1

Helen Jane Weir August 30, 1934 March 19, 2014 Mom passed away peacefully at her home in Perdue, Sask. on March 19, 2014 at the age of 79 years. Helen was born in Rose Valley, Sask. and was the third child in a family of six children, born to Sophie and Walter Stachera of Poland. Helen married Harvey Weir in 1951 and together they raised six children, while tending the family farm. Helen is survived by her children… James (Janet) Weir, Jessica and Jamie of Calgary, Alta.; Monica (Bob) Fleming, Jeffrey (Paige), and Lowell of North Vancouver, B.C.; Jeffrey (Gail) Weir, Becky, Marnie, Patrick, Carleton of Biggar, Sask.; Darrel (Sarah) Weir, Mark of Outlook, Sask.; Janeen Weir of North Vancouver, B.C.; and Christina Weir of Saskatoon, Sask. Helen is also survived by her brother, Chester (Marilyn) Stachera of Chilliwack, B.C. and Jeannie Ackerman of Kindersley, Sask. along with several nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Helen was predeceased by her husband, Harvey Weir; parents, Walter and Sophie Stachera; brothers, Stan Stachera, Mike Stachera; and sister, Mary MacKenzie. A service for Helen was held on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. from the Perdue Community Complex, Perdue, Sask. with Pastor Mark Kleiner of¿ciating. Organist was Cathy Donahue. Eulogist was Heidi Bates. Honourary Bearers were all those who shared in Helen’s life. Active Bearers were Kerry Bates, Lisa Stanley, Joelle Johnston, Loral Degenstein, Jeffrey Fleming, Robert Fleming. Ushers were Michael Gray and Scott Weir. Interment followed at Leney Cemetery. Mom will be forever loved and missed. In lieu of Àowers, donations may be made to Leney Cemetery, c/o Kelly Dwyer, Box 188, Perdue, SK, S0K 3C0 Grondin Funeral Service, Biggar entrusted with arrangements, “Our family serving your family for 50 years”, 306-948-2669. gfsc1

George Schafhauser July 1, 1921 - March 21, 2014 The family of George Schafhauser are sad to announce his death on Friday, March 21, 2014 at the age of 92, at St. Ann’s Home. He is survived by his two sons, Richard (Marlene) and Gordon; two grandchildren Amanda (Jeff) Chilibeck and Aaron (special

OBITUARIES friend Christine), his sister Doris Lukac, his brother and sisters-inlaw Don and Olga Heitt, Bernice Runka and Jean Lindgren. He was predeceased by his wife Beatrice in 2006; his parents John and Tekla Schafhauser; his father and mother-in-law John and Mary Heitt; his brothers John, Gilbert, Joe, Leonard and Alfred; his sisters Hilda Scott and Luella Zimmer; his brothersin-law John Zimmer and Gabe Lukac, Leo, Wilfred, Clarence (a.k.a Scotty), and Ray Heitt, Mike Runka and Ed Lindgren and by his sisters-in law Bertha and Bert Schafhauser, Alice (in infancy), Kay and Annette Heitt. George was born the ¿fth of nine children to Jack and Tillie, at their home in the Landis District. In 1944, he married Beatrice and they farmed near Landis. In his later years of farming he especially enjoyed the harvest crew. They sold their farm and moved to Saskatoon in 1981 where they lived on Tache Crescent for 25 years. Dad worked for years at building maintenance and he and mom enjoyed years of travelling and camping with the Zimmers and Lindgrens. Dad’s last 4 years were spent at St. Ann’s Seniors residence, ¿rst at St. Ann’s Place and for the last 15 months at St. Ann’s Home. We, the family are very grateful to Dr. Tymchak and the staff of St. Ann’s for all the love, care and kindness they gave Dad. We very much appreciated the welcoming atmosphere we experienced whenever we visited. The Funeral Service for Dad will be held Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at the St. Ann’s Home Chapel (2910 Louise St., Saskatoon). Arrangements entrusted to Paula Olson, HILLCREST Funeral Home, Saskatoon (306) 477-4400. 13c1

CARD OF THANKS I would like to thank everyone who gave money, donated items and all those who came out to my bene¿t dance. Your kindness is greatly appreciated. Thank you for your prayers, support and encouraging words. Brad, Amanda, Callie and Jyles 13p1

COMING EVENTS SUNDAYS in MARCH: Presbyterians, Anglicans and Lutherans (PALs) will be worshipping at St. Paul’s Anglican Church at 10:30 a.m. Potluck after church on the 30th. Everyone is welcome. For more information or pastoral services, phone Pastor Mark Kleiner at 306-948-3731 or 306951-7122. 48/10tfn SUNDAYS… You are invited to the weekly services of Biggar Associated Gospel Church, corner of 8th and Quebec Street @ 10:50 a.m.; Sunday School at 9:45 a.m. Everyone is welcome to join us. Pastor Wicks can be reached in the of¿ce at 306948-3424, Tuesday through Thursday. 36tfn First Five FRIDAYS IN LENT: Interdenominational services at 12:05 p.m. at Biggar New Horizons followed by lunch. Sponsored by Biggar and District Ministerial. Everyone welcome. 9c6

COMING EVENTS THURSDAY, MARCH 27, FRIDAY, MARCH 28, SATURDAY, MARCH 29, 8:00 p.m. and SUNDAY, MARCH 30, 2:30 p.m.: Reserved Seating TICKETS NOW ON SALE for New Creation Community Players production of “Shrek The Musical”, $20 per person. Available at The Biggar Independent, 122 Main St., Biggar, visa and mastercard accepted. Phone 306-948-3344. 7c7

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TUESDAY, APRIL 1, 2014 7:00 p.m. at H.M. Bielby Hall in back of The Majestic Theatre SATURDAY, APRIL 5: PALS presents Michele and Kevin Ackerman in concert, 7:30 at The Majestic Theatre, Biggar. They are a guitar and Àute duo who play a wide variety of popular music. The concert is in support of The Family Centre. Michele and Kevin will lend their musicianship to our worship the next day at Redeemer Lutheran Church, so come enjoy them again. 11c3 SUNDAY, APRIL 6: Ruthilda United Church Women Spring Supper from 5- 7 p.m. in Ruthilda Hall. Dabber Bingo to follow. 13p3

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 9: 7 p.m. at New Horizons. PALS is hosting a “Conversation about Refugee Sponsorship.” Ljiljana Knezevic will speak about her experience in Biggar and Klaus Gruber, Refugee Co-ordinator for the Anglican Diocese of Saskatoon, will be on hand to speak to whether there is an interest in sponsoring again or other ways of supporting refugees. Everyone is welcome. 12c3 THURSDAY, APRIL 24: Biggar & District Arts Council presents… “GORDIE MacKEEMAN and HIS RHYTHM BOYS”, 7:30 p.m. at The Majestic Theatre, Biggar. Adults/Seniors, $25 (advance, $20); students, 13 and older, $15; children, 12 and under, $5. Advance and Season tickets available at de Moissac Jewellers, Biggar, 306-9482452. 11c6

INVITATIONS SATURDAY, APRIL 5: 1:30 p.m., Please join us for a Bridal Shower honouring Stacey Shewchuk, bride-elect of Mark Sagon, in the Centennial Room of the Westwinds Motor Hotel. Cards are in drugstores. Please consider this as your invitation. 13c2 SATURDAY, APRIL 12: Friends and family are invited to join Marj and Robbie Robertson of Zealandia, Sask. as they celebrate their 65th Wedding Anniversary, from 2- 4 p.m. at the Rosetown Senior Citizens Hall. 13p3

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RECREATION 1985 Yamaha Virago, 1,000 cc, new rubber, carbs and forks redone. $2,000 obo. Phone 306948-7521. tfn 1985 Honda Goldwing, new rubber, shocks redone this spring, new battery, $3500 obo; phone 306-948-3344 tfn P R O V I N C E - W I CLASSIFIEDS. Reach 550,000 readers weekly. this newspaper NOW or 649.1400 for details.

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Bond Industrial SEA Containers Selling New Used and Modified Sea Containers for storage. Guaranteed wind water and rodent proof. Delivery available. Ask about modifications eg. doors, windows, insulation, new paint, power, etc. Modify your container for your specific needs. Call Bond Industrial at 306-373-2236 email or visit our website at

WANTED Four Bourgault Titan II packer arms, 306-948-3474 40tfn Old battery collection, Fisher #300 Cadet Squadron. Drop off at the Biggar Land¿ll OR contact Quentin Sittler at 306-658-2132 3tfn Main Street Garage Sale is accepting donations of all items in clean and working condition. Please phone 306-948-1773 or 306-948-5393. Pickup available. 32tfn FIREARMS. All types wanted, estates, collections, single items, military. We handle all paperwork and transportation. Licensed Dealer.1.866.960.0045

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LAND FOR SALE Quarter section of land for sale in Argo Bush. Ideal for recreation, hunting or acreage development. Phone 306-7173232. 3tfn

LAND for RENT CASH RENT: 120 acres on NE & NW 22-33-15 W3, RM #317. Please email best offer to 13c3


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FOR RENT Charter/ Sherwood Apartments 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

SERVICES Hwy 2 South Prince Albert

House for sale in Landis, Sask. Double corner lot, directly across from the school. Three bedrooms, full basement, good size kitchen with lots of cupboards; washer, dryer, fridge, stove, built in dishwasher and microwave included. Large shed with good garden spot; deck on back of house. REDUCED to $40,000 obo. Would make a great starter home or retirement home. For more information call (306) 948-7161. 38tfn NEW MODULAR Housing Dealership! Advertising lowest prices in the prairies for Shelter Home Systems (SRI). Grand opening special now on. Call 1-855-358-0808; www. RTM SHOW HOME. 1594 ft.; feature front, shake and stone, rear verandah, high LR vault, ¿replace. $185,000. Swanson Builders, Saskatoon area. 306493-3089

SPRING SALE ON NOW! Canadian built by Moduline 1520 sq. ft. Temora $99,900 1216 sq. ft. Oasis/Villa $79,900 960 sq. ft. Tuscan $69,900 Call Stan 306-496-7538 1-888-699-9280 www. Yorkton

HOUSES FOR RENT Three bedroom house with garage in Biggar, available May 1st, ¿ve appliances, four blocks from main street, mature persons preferred. Phone 306948-3676. 13p3 One-bedroom house, comes with washer, dryer, stove, fridge and garage. Phone 306-9482702 10p3 Three-bedroom house for rent, close to downtown and school, Fridge and stove included. Twobedroom home available March 1st. For viewing call 306-9483674 or 306-948-9517 or 306948-7022. 50tfn

Please arrange to pick up photos that have been used for publications. …Thanks, The Independent

If YOU are… • Moving • Expecting a Baby • Planning a Wedding • Anticipating Retirement Call WELCOME WAGON at

306.948.4141 - Sherry Thompson We have gifts and information Biggar & District Arts Council are available for bar tending services at your functions/events. Contact Denise at 306-948-2452. 40tfn (ORGANS ELECTRONIC PIANOS - KEYBOARDS) Organ & Keyboard Service Corp. is organizing service trips again to this area. Call us toll free to inquire at: 1-888-256-8188, email: CRIMINAL RECORD? Pardon Services Canada. Established 1989. Con¿dential, Fast & Affordable. A+BBB Rating. RCMP Accredited. Employment & Travel Freedom. Free Consultation 1-8-NOW-PARDON (1-866-9727366)


OPPORTUNITY For Sale: The Wakaw Recorder, a weekly newspaper located in central Saskatchewan with over 1600 subscribers. For more information contact Marjorie (306) 233-4325. GET FREE VENDING MACHINES Can Earn $100,000.00 + Per Year. All Cash-Retire in Just 3 Years. Protected Territories. Full Details CALL NOW 1-866-668-6629 Website WWW.TCVEND.COM

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CAREERS START NOW! Complete Ministry approved Diplomas in months! Business, Health Care and more! Contact Academy of Learning College: 1-855354-JOBS (5627) or www. academyoÀ We Change Lives!

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY Wanted: Housekeeper to come weekly to a farm south of Biggar. Phone 306-948-2858 if you are interested. 13p1 Attention Semi Operators! Are you looking to downsize? Haul RVs from USA to western Canada! 5-6 day round trip. Looking for 1 ton and 3 ton O/O. 1-800-867-6233; www. Full Time Community/Sports Reporter pasquia Times in The Pas, MB requires a full-time reporter. Reliable and able to work Àexible hours incl. evenings/ weekends. Writing experience necessary. Wage dependant on quali¿cations Please send resume, writing samples to Trent Allen, Editor, Opasquia Times email: opeditor@mymts. net 204-623-3435. Long haul SEMI DRIVERS AND OWNER OPS REQUIRED to haul RVs and general freight. O/O paid 85% of invoiced amount with open invoice policy. Signing Bonus currently being offered to O/O. Drivers paid 40¢/ running mile + pick/drop/border. Bene¿ts, co fuel cards and subsidized insurance. Must have ability to cross border. Call 800867-6233; www.roadexservices. com Town of Strasbourg and RM of McKillop No. 220 are seeking quali¿ed applicants for the position of Administrator at their of¿ces in Strasbourg, SK. Class ‘ A’ Certi¿cate preferred, minimum Class ‘ C’ Certi¿cate. Contact or phone 306-725-3707.

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R.M. of Rosemount No. 378 SEASONAL PATROL OPERATOR Written applications are being accepted for the position of Seasonal Patrol Operator. Duties to include maintenance of municipal roads and other duties as prescribed by Council. Submit work experience, references, wage expectations and criminal record check by April 3, 2014 to: R.M. of Rosemount No. 378 Box 184 Landis, SK S0K 2K0 Fax: 306-658-2028 Email: rm

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Lilydale Inc - A Sofina Foods Company Is currently seeking full-time Production Workers for their chicken plant in Wynyard, Sask. Starting wage is 13.84/ hr with a comprehensive benefits package and pension program. All applicants welcome! Call Linda @ (306) 554-2555 EXT 238 for more info Send Resumes to: Linda Karakochuk Sofina Foods Inc Box 760 Wynyard, SK SOA 4T0 Fax: (306) 554-3958 Email:

Customer Service Representative -Biggar, SK, Canada 12 - 16 month Full Time contract term SpeciÀc Responsibilities Include:

MEMBER SERVICES REPRESENTATIVE Perdue Branch - Casual Position - Career Opportunity We require a Casual Member Services Representative for our Perdue and Biggar Branches. The successful candidate will provide vacation coverage and assistance in peak periods at the Perdue Branch, and will also be required to work occasionally in the Biggar Branch. Hours may be scheduled or on a call-in basis. THE POSITION: This position reports to the Member Services Team Leader. The core function of the position is to respond to members’ needs by delivering cash services and other Credit Union products and services, and to promote member use of the Credit Union. The successful applicant may also be required to work occasionally at the Biggar Branch. QUALIFICATIONS: • Minimum Grade 12 • Demonstrated ability to build and sustain effective working relationships with staff, members and community • Positive attitude towards learning and change, displays initiative and can work independently • Strong organizational and time management skills to handle multiple priorities • Cash-handling experience and a working knowledge of Word, Excel, and general PC operations would be bene¿cial COMPENSATION: The salary for the position will be commensurate with quali¿cations and experience. Interested applicants should submit their resume by April 7, 2014 to: Biggar & District Credit Union P.O. Box 670 BIGGAR, SK S0K 0M0 Attn: Cathy Hicks, Human Resources Email: We appreciate the interest of all applicants; however, only those under consideration will be contacted.

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2 Tickets to Biggar Arts Council presentation… “Gordie MacKeeman AND HIS RHYTHM BOYS” on THURSday, APRIL 24 at 7:30 p.m.,

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• Tracks customer orders • Processes weight tickets • Adheres to policies and procedures • Complies and maintains database for inventory records • Maintains company and customer records • Ensures superior customer satisfaction (internal and external) • May be responsible to dispatch delivery of products • Other Duties as assigned

QualiÀcations of the position include: • ProÀciency in Microsoft OfÀce, good keyboarding skills • Ability to work effectively, independently and as part of a team • Excellent telephone and communication skills • 3 - 5 years previous customer service experience • Strong organizational, planning and time management skills • Conducts themselves in a professional manner, and able to keep information conÀdential. ß Ability to multi task, work quickly and accurately in a fast paced environment ß Agricultural background an asset ß Ability to meet the CPS policy requirements by completing a Criminal background check,, Drug/alcohol testing, and Driving record abstract, when applicable.

Start date: May 1, 2014 Apply in Person to 801 Hwy 4 South, Biggar, SK Any questions, you may call the ofÀce 1-306-948-1753, ask for Robbie Bell.

Western Sales, a John Deere dealership with locations in Biggar, Central Butte, Davidson, Elrose, Outlook and Rosetown is looking for a Sales Representative to work closely with the Salesperson at their Biggar location. The successful candidate will report to the VP of Sales. The Sales Representative’s primary responsibilities will be selling new and used Agriculture farm equipment within their given territory. You will work one on one with customers to help build productive, long term business relationships, identify opportunities to help them succeed and manage the account to the beneÀt of the customer. As you will be supporting the existing sales team you will be assisting in attending client visits, closing deals as well as answering any technical queries. You will be involved in Sales, marketing and community relations activities such as grower meetings, supplier meetings, community events, Àeld tours and other promotional activities. Desired Requirements: • Knowledge in an Agriculture service business environment • Excellent interpersonal, communication and leadership skills • Selling skills • Strong problem solving, decision making and organizational skills Compensation: • Based on commission and base pay • Excellent beneÀts and matched pension Forward resumes to or fax to 1-306-882-3389. Only qualiÀed applicants will be contacted.




Retail sales continue to climb in Saskatchewan

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES Parrish & Heimbecker, Limited Biggar, SK About Parrish and Heimbecker Parrish and Heimbecker, Limited is a private, family owned business, founded in 1909. We are involved in many aspects of agri-business including grain procurement and merchandising, milling, animal nutrition programs, poultry farming and food processing. P&H supplies and services both local and international markets with an established network of assets that include strategically located exporting facilities. We offer a positive working environment, competitive compensation and beneÀts, and the opportunity to contribute and succeed within a growing Canadian company. We are currently seeking motivated individuals for the following positions: _

Customer Service Rep


Facility Assistant III (Shift Supervisor)


Facility Assistant II

How to Apply: Interested and qualiÀed applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to Charlene Bradley at by April 15, 2014 Website: Parrish & Heimbecker, Limited is an equal opportunity employer and is in compliance with the Employment Equity Act.

The cold weather didn’t keep Saskatchewan shoppers from hitting the stores in the New Year, as January retail sales in the province soared to $1.54 billion. This marks a 2.5 per cent increase from December 2013, one of the busiest shopping months of the year, and a 4.0 per cent increase from January 2013. Overall, Saskatchewan and British Columbia tied for the third highest year-over-year retail sale increases in the country. “We’ve seen a lot of job growth, population growth and economic growth in our province, so it’s great to see that the retail sales are following that pattern,” Economy Minister Bill Boyd said. “It tells us that the people of Saskatchewan are reaping the benefits of our growing economy, and have more disposable income to spend on the goods and services they desire.” Year-over-year, the areas that saw the largest retail gains include: used car dealers (44.1 per cent increase), jewellery, luggage and leather



goods stores (15.6 per cent increase), gasoline stations (14.5 per cent increase) and specialty foods stores (12.6 per cent increase). Nationally, retail sales rose to $40.7 billion in January, a 1.3 per cent increase from December 2013 and 3.7 per cent year-over-year increase;

Saskatchewan is ahead of both national averages. “When our hard working men and women have more money to spend at local retailers, it not only supports economic growth, but it helps build upon the great quality of life that we have come to appreciate in this province,” Boyd said.

… Budget, cont. from front page for future growth,” Krawetz said. “Whether schools or hospitals, highways or high-speed data networks, power generation plants, bridges or natural gas transmission lines, our government is building for the future.” Government will invest $664.5 million to build, maintain and operate Saskatchewan’s highways and transportation system, keeping the government on track to meet its commitment to spend $2.2 billion on transportation infrastructure over four years. Government has also chosen to maintain the current provincial tax provisions for credit

unions, including the special income tax reduction and the exemption from paying the provincial capital tax, recognizing the restraints credit unions face related to raising capital as well as their important place in the economy of our province. “This budget strengthens government’s fiscal accountability, while meeting the challenges of a growing province,” Krawetz said. “It helps secure a better quality of life for all Saskatchewan people and it represents another confident step forward by our government on the path of steady growth.”


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Saskatoon - Biggar Office

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113 - 3rd Ave. W., Biggar


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948-5052 (office)

403 Main St., Biggar

Licensed For: • Residential • Acreage • Farm

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

Cell: 306.843.7898 Bus: 306.446.8800 Web site:

FOR RENT BIGGAR HOUSING AUTHORITY Housing for families and seniors Rent based on income

Call: 306-948-2101

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Proud to handle Biggar’s Real Estate Needs

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113 - 3rd Ave. W., Biggar

948-5052 (office) Cell 948-7995 Cari McCarty

Residential Sales

Biggar’s Top Performing Residential Agent This space in this directory is available for only

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Leslie’s Drugstore Monday -•Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Wednesday, 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. • Pharmasave 304 Main St., Biggar 100 - 2nd Ave. W., Landis • Quick Stop Phone: 306-948-2204 Phone: 306-658-2044 • Super A Foods Toll Free: 1-855-658-2044 Toll Free: 1-855-948-2204

Website: • Shop Easy FoodWebsite: Email: Email:

• Weasie’s Gourmet “We’ll getcha covered” Blends • Feudal Co-op, Perdue • The Store, Perdue

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

ELECTRICAL BIGGAR ELECTRICAL & REFRIGERATION SERVICES Authorized Appliance Depot Electrical Wiring Trenching Licensed Journeyman Adrian de Haan


DMH ELECTRIC for all your electrical needs Construction, consulting and Maintenance Licensed Journeyman

Dion Harrabek 306-948-2657 cell: 306-948-9136

PHILLIPS ELECTRIC • Residence • Commercial Wiring For free estimates Ph: 306-948-5393

Cell: 306-221-6888


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

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“Putting PERSONAL back into fitness training!” Wayne Baldwin, PFT, CPTA, CNHC

Specializing in Exclusive Seasonal Personal Training Sessions! …for weight loss, body sculpting, strength training.

Offering… One-on-One Rehab & Therapy Sessions * Limited Memberships available to fully equipped Private Fitness Studio & Cardio Room Gift Certificates available

Weight Loss & Wellness Centre

• ‘Ideal Protein’ Weight Loss • ‘Slender You’ Figure Salon Weight Loss Coach Anne G. Livingston 317 Main St., Biggar


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Visit us @ 114- 2nd Ave. W., Biggar Where you can feel right at home! Phone… 306-948-2548 Cell… 306-948-8048

• residential or acreage • FREE estimates and fence designing • full service or premade for the do-it-yourself handyman • tongue and groove style

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• Five Inch Seamless • Fascia • Call now to secure your spot

Dan… 306-281-5090 Chad… 306-280-1524 Email: chadnixey@


Michelle Spuzak, R.M.T. (NHPC member) Located @ New Beginnings Wellness Centre, 114 - 2nd Ave. W., BIGGAR

Services available…

• Shamanic Healing • Psychosomatic Therapy • Massage • Emotional Release Therapy

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For all your home, business and rural needs


Biggar, Sask.

306-948-3389 Journeymen Plumber, Gas Fitter, & Electrician on staff


- together with -

Fitness Centre Healthy Lifestyle Weight Loss 30-minute Circuit Personal Training Fitness Classes

…owned and operated by Brett Barber

102 - 3rd Ave. W., Biggar

306.948.2208 OPTOMETRISTS

Monday to Thursday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Phone:306.882.2123 Emergency (after hours) 306.882.2006

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

Doctor of Optometry

Family Therapist and Marriage Commissioner (Wilkie)


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306-948-3346 …serving your community since 1972

Roe & Peszko is a full service law office that practices… ¾ ¾ ¾ ¾

Criminal Law Commercial Law Real Estate Law Wills and Estate Law and our lawyers, William Roe, Q.C. Jason Peszko Lisa Watson look forward to assisting you and can be contacted at:

306-948-3408 ACCOUNTING

Hair Salons


Christina Prpick of

Garry A. Faye

P. O. Box 1480 Biggar, Sask.

• Taking appointments Wednesday, Thursdays and Fridays. (Saturday and evenings on request) Contact Christina @

Phone: 306-948-5133


Chartered Accountant Notary Public

Kirk Ewen

Stuart A. Busse, QC Larry A. Kirk, LL.B.

306-948-5352 or 306-244-9865

201B-2nd Ave. West

Evenings and Saturday appointments available.

Website: www.perdue perduemassageclinic

Owners/Operators • Travis Young • Dallas Young • Claude Young

115 - 1st Avenue West Rosetown, Sask.


Nick Maguire 306-948-3325 (home) 306-948-4558 (cell)



Mane Essence Hair Salon

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

For appointments… 1-855-651-3311


NEWSSTANDS @ • Esso • Leslie’s Drugstore • Pharmasave • Quick Stop • Super A Foods • Shop Easy Food • Weasie’s Gourmet Blends • Feudal Co-op, Perdue • The Store, Perdue

223 Main Street Biggar Box 580 Biggar, SK SOK OMO

OPEN: Tues.-Fri. • 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

306-948-2183 Email: Website:

Photos by Jocelyn Portraits, Family, Weddings & Sports Photography Biggar, Sask.

306-948-2814 BOOKS Pat Wicks,

Living Books Distributor

Roderick B. Campbell, CMA • Bookkeeping • Tax Returns • Financial Statements

Ph: 306-948-4430 or 306-948-4460 Box 988, Biggar, SK

205-3rd Ave. East, Biggar Books, gifts, cards. Shop at my home! Call 306-948-3427 for appts.

This space in this directory is available for only $161.20 plus gst… one column x 2 inches for 26-week prepaid commitment (regular price is $19.88 per week = $516.88 plus gst)

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INVESTMENTS For all your investment needs, Visit…




Panasonic, Samsung,

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

~Brian and Cathy Fick~ Dean McCallum, CFP, CIM, FCSI

Lyndsey Poole

Investment Advisor Credential Securities Inc.

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

Cell: 306-948-7524

LG, Frigidaire, Shaw, Yamaha Audio Dealer;

216 Main St., Biggar


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.


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

222 Main Street 306 948 5377

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306.948.3996 Open Monday-Friday Mike Nahorney, Interprovincial

Heavy Truck Repair

KRF Auto Centre “Where we do it all for you!!” • Detailing • Vortex Spray-In Box Liners • Granitex Baked-on Coatings for Decks and Cement Flooring • Auto Accessories • Trailer Rentals

306-948-3376 after hours George: 948-4042


1st Ave. West, Biggar

McNULTY’S MOBILE SEED CLEANING Custom Cleaning of H.R.S. & C.P. S. Wheat


Phone: 306-948-5678

Your Auto Parts and Accessories Dealer

Wylie Farms Ltd.

Open: Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Sat. • 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Let Vortex protect your truck and your investment with the Vortex Seamless Sprayed on Liner System Prairieland Collision Rosetown, Sask.


YH Truck, Ag & Auto • Heavy truck parts • Agriculture parts • Automotive parts & accessories

Hwy 14 East, Biggar 306-948-2109

Rebel Landscaping 306-948-2879, evenings 306-948-7207, daytime Ed Kolenosky • Driveways • Concrete • Garage Pads • Pruning • Planting

Troy May, owner/operator Fax: 306.237.TROY email: Super B outÀts hauling grain and fertilizer in Alberta and Saskatchewan


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




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

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

306- 948-2807 or 948-5609 948-5394

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

HAULS TO THE DUMP Small moves and deliveries with ½ ton truck

Ph/fax: 306-948-3856 or cell: 306-948-7896 J. G. Smith


• custom slaughter, cut and wrapping • sausage making, curing and smoking

• sides of Beef available


Biggar Sand & Gravel • trenching • trucking • water & sewer • sand & gravel • excavating OfÀce …




The Country Clipper

Bob Kobelsky

306-658-4474, Landis THUR-O CARPET & UPHOLSTERY CLEANING Cliff Forsyth Box 736, Biggar

• All Breed Dog Grooming • Boarding Kennels (Bordetella Mandatory) • Natural health care for pets • Massage “Acupressure”

For appointments and inquiries, call

306-948-2091 Mon. - Thurs., 7 a.m. - 5 pm. 2 mi. N. on Hwy #4, 2-½ mi. E. on Golf Course Rd.

Phone: 306-948-5600 A Sign of


Rockin D Trucking & Cattle

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

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

Jerry Muc Phone: 306-948-2958 Fax:


• Snow Removal • Fences …and much more

“Your complete decal and signage shop”

Modern Licenced Abbatoir

Owned & operated by Kevin Fick

227 - 1st Ave. East, Biggar


Corner of Main Street & 1st Avenue West, Biggar

Toll Free: 866-403-2298

Email: Website:


SGI Safety Inspection Auto Repair

100% handwash

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Frozen Vegetables: The Powerhouse Convenience Food

During every trip to the supermarket we must make choices between the price, health, and convenience aspects of the foods we buy. Most people tend to believe that fresh is always the best option, and in many cases it is, but what about frozen vegetables? Are they just as nutritious as their fresh counterparts? Studies have shown that most frozen vegetables are just as nourishing. Other than a quick blanching process to kill any bacteria, they are virtually unprocessed and flash frozen to preserve freshness. By staying frozen from shortly after harvesting until the time they reach your kitchen, they are by far a better product than most people think. Unless fresh goods are harvested locally, they must travel great distances in order to be available to you in the produce section. This usually means that they are harvested before full ripeness occurs in hopes of them being at their peak by the time they arrive for one to purchase. This timely arrival is not always the case however, and you may be left with a more inferior product than if you were to get it direct from the farm. Full ripening on the tree/vine before harvesting also always produces a far more healthful product. This being said, if you live in a farming area where fresh local produce is available then by all means buy fresh, otherwise frozen is another viable option. For many households frozen is far more convenient for their busy lifestyles: cutting, washing, and in some cases peeling has already been done for them. The chance of food spoilage is also greatly reduced, unless it is forgotten about in the freezer for long periods of time. Most frozen vegetables are recommended to be stored in the freezer for up to six months. They are not immediately bad or freezer burnt in the seventh month, but should be used up sooner rather than later for optimal results. I am not by any means suggesting that one should always buy frozen when it comes to imported fruits or

THE INDEPENDENT, BIGGAR, SK - 23 vegetables, but merely that there are other healthy and convenient options to fresh when applicable. One last note is to always read the labels on all packaged foods to ensure that you are aware of any added ingredients that may be present. Dear Chef Dez: Whenever I buy a bag of either frozen peas or frozen corn, they are nicely individual but after say one-and-a-half weeks in my freezer they are turned into one big hard lump. Any suggestions? Barbara T. Maple Ridge, B.C. Dear Barbara: This usually happens because the frozen vegetables partially thaw, waters collects on the vegetables, and then when they get put back in the freezer they clump together because the newly formed moisture freezes everything together. This can start happening even from the time you place them in your shopping cart, while you wait at the till, get them in your car, travel home, and then finally make it into the freezer. Even in this time frame, the vegetables become partly thawed and will cause this clumping. The only thing I can suggest is to make sure you do the following: 1.) Shop for frozen foods last when making your grocery store trip. 2.) Keep frozen foods together in your cart/bags to help keep them cold. 3.) Get them immediately into the freezer when you get home. It is hard to always keep this clumping from happening at all, but the only other thing to suggest is bring a cooler with ice packs with you in your car and as soon as you leave the grocery store place them in this cooler for the trip home. Send your food/cooking questions to dez@chefdez. com or P.O. Box 2674, Abbotsford, BC V2T 6R4. Chef Dez is a Food Columnist, Culinary Instructor and Cookbook Author. Visit him at Show off the best side of your business!

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