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Nominations being sought for Mother of the Year celebration by Kevin Brautigam of The Independent

It is that time of the year, once again. A time to honour that special mom in your life. If you think your Mom is the best, or you know of a special woman in your life, you have until April 12 to nominate her for Biggar Community Connections annual Mother of the Year celebrations this May 7. The Mother of the Year Tea, to be held at the Biggar Community Hall, brings together women nominated from their respective communities not necessarily mothers - all to raise needed funds for the Biggar Community Connections. It not only is a chance to treat those special women, but a great chance to treat yourself to an afternoon of pampering, good company, and entertainment. Nominations for Biggar’s Mother of the Year are currently being sought. Nearby communities will be holding nominations for their Mother of the Year, also to be honoured at the tea in Biggar. If you know someone who deserves a bit of pampering, send in a small explanation - about 150 to 250 words - to the Biggar Community Connections, Box 1690, 104 Sixth Avenue East, or to The Biggar Independent, Box 40, 102 Third Avenue West. Deadline for nominations is noon, April 12, with voting to take place throughout the month of April. Those special ladies will be introduced to the community at 2 p.m. on May 7 at the Biggar Community Hall.

Gone country . . . Country and Western songstress, Eli Barsi, along with hubby, John Cunningham, left, and Anthony Kelly (not pictured), had toes tapping, Saturday evening as the Biggar and District Arts

Council held their fifth concert of the performance season. Check out this Friday for video of Barsi’s performance. (Independent Photo by Kevin Brautigam)

Biggar youth attends Saskatchewan Youth Parliament The Saskatchewan Youth Parliament held its Christmas session December 26-31. Although the Saskatchewan Legislature

was not in session with its MLAs during the Christmas holidays, it was occupied by the 37 youth who attended this year’s session.

Attending this year’s youth sitting was Dakota Ekman, currently the youth vice-president of the Biggar Saskatchewan Party Association.

The Saskatchewan Youth Parliament (SYP) is a nonpartisan organization of young people aged 1523 that meets to discuss and debate political and

Wings have no Tiger by the tail . . . Biggar’s Liam Boyle of the Rosetown Red Wings goes after a Kerrobert Tiger, Monday. The Gary Paproski coached Wings just didn’t have it, dropping the contest 6-1. (Independent Photo by Kevin Brautigam)

social issues. Members learn about the mechanics of government, such as parliamentary procedure, decision making, and the rules of debate in a parliamentary democracy. Ekman’s highlights of the week included the mock debates in the Legislature, having the privilege of sitting in the seat normally occupied by Biggar’s MLA Randy Weekes, and the banquet with Saskatchewan’s new Lieutenant Governor, the Honourable Vaughn Solomon Schofield. Ekman also commented that most young people his age would be enjoying outdoor activities during t h e h o l i d ay s, b u t f o r these 37 youth it was a chance to learn about parliamentary procedures and to create some new friendships through a common interest. For more information on the Saskatchewan Yo u t h P a r l i a m e n t (SYP) please visit saskyouthparliament. com.



Sun West Trustee acclaimed for Subdivision 2

Second call necessary for Town of Kindersley

Four o’clock pm, on Wednesday, January 30, was the deadline for nominations for the by-election call for nominations for the Sun West School Division Board of Education. Candidates then had 24 hours to withdraw their nominations. As of 4 p.m., Thursday, January 31, 2013, Robert Dewey of Coleville was acclaimed for Subdivision 2. Dewey will represent North West Central School, Rossville School, and D’Arcy School. There will be a second call for nominations for the Town of Kindersley, which is entitled to two representatives. The deadline for nominations for the second call is February 13, 2013 at 4 p.m. All regulations pertaining to nominations that applied to the first call apply to the second call. Nomination forms are available at the Division Office in Rosetown or can be downloaded from the Sun West Web site at (under Board of Education/ Elections) or at the school in each sub-division.

Pirates impress in T-Wolves matchup . . . Perdue Pirates puckstopper, Aiden Kerslake faces a point-shot with two Spiritwood Timberwolves on the doorstep, February 2 at the Jubilee. The Pirates, with a short bench - two lines and three defencemen - did pretty

well for themselves, taking the third-place T-Wolves to OT and eventually a shootout. Unfortunately, Spiritwood went away with the shootout win, 6-5. (Independent Photo by Kevin Brautigam)

Saskatchewan birth count hits 22-year high The number of live births registered in Saskatchewan in 2012 has cracked the 15,000 mark for the first time in nearly a generation. To date, a total of 15,035 live births have been registered in the province, compared to 14,577 in 2011. “We haven’t seen a figure this high since 1991,” Minister responsible for Information Services

Corporation Don McMorris said February 1. “People are coming to Saskatchewan for the opportunities that exist here and thanks in part to a rising birth count, our population has never been higher.” The most popular name for baby girls born in 2012 was Emma. It’s the fourth year in a row that Emma took the top spot. The most popular name

Snow cruisin’ . . . Landis School students take a run down the big hill at Argo Bush, Monday. The kids hit the trails and the hill, enjoying the pleasant day, getting a bit of exercise, and a whole lot of fun. (Independent Photo by Kevin

for baby boys born in 2012 was Liam, making it the number one name for boys for the third year in a row. Olivia and Ava were the second and third most popular names for baby girls in 2012, while Ethan and Carter were the second and third most popular names for baby boys in 2012. Elizabeth re-entered the top 20 list for the first time since 2010, taking the number 12 spot. Aubree/Aubrey (17), Brielle (19), Harper (20) and Amelia (20) all made it to the top 20 for the first time on record. Addison re-entered the top 20 list of baby girl names for the first time since 2009. Mya, Leah, Taylor and Sadie all fell from the top 20. For baby boy names, Owen took the number 10 spot after falling out of the top 20 last year. Benjamin (10) and Jack (14) also returned to the top 20 in 2012. Three names made the top 20 list for the first time on record: Dominic (15), Blake (18) and Bentley (20). Aiden, a

name that has been popular for more than a decade, returned to the top 20 in 2012. Cole, James, Chase, Matthew, Hayden, Joshua and Caleb all dropped out of the top 20. This information is

compiled and published each year by ISC, which administers the province’s Vital Statistics Registry. The information does not include babies born outside the province to Saskatchewan mothers.

Record oil production in 2012 Oil production in Saskatchewan hit a new record in 2012 according to statistics released by the Ministry of the Economy, January 31. Crude oil production in the province reached 172.9 million barrels in 2012, up more than 7.0 per cent from the previous record of 161.0 million barrels set in 2008. “In 2012, Saskatchewan’s oil industry had an exceptional year,” Minister responsible for Energy and Resources Tim McMillan said. “Our economy continues to be one of the strongest in the country, and this record year in oil production proves that we have the resources and business climate the industry is looking for.” On a daily average basis, oil production was 473,600 barrels per day, up from the previous record set in 2008 of 441,200 barrels per day. The oil and gas industry continues to be one of the largest contributors to the Saskatchewan economy, representing about 20.7 per cent of the province’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The combined value of oil and gas sales for 2012 was estimated at $12.5 billion. This industry provides more than 34,000 direct and indirect jobs to people in the province. Saskatchewan is the second largest oil producing province in Canada and has an estimated 1.2 billion barrels of remaining established crude oil reserves.


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The Wiz set for the Biggar Majestic Theatre, March 15, 16, 17 Everyone may be familiar with L. Frank Baum’s “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” but “The Wiz” brings the story to life with a modern spin. This year’s New Creation Community Players production will more than entertain with Baum’s lively reinterpretation of the classic tale. Dorothy and her adventures through the Land of Oz will take centre stage with some of the same beloved characters as before: Scarecrow, Tinman, and Lion, but this retelling of William F. Brown’s book, and Charlie Smalls’ music and lyrics, will introduce the audience to new friends and foes as well. A fantasy for today mysterious, opulent, and fanciful - this musical is an exciting journey with twists and turns along the yellow brick road that few would expect. The musical debuted to much acclaim at the Majestic Theatre on

Broadway in 1975, and 38 years later will open at the Biggar Majestic on Friday, March 15 at 8 p.m. with two more shows on Saturday, March 16 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, March 17 at 2:30 p.m. The show won seven Tony Awards including Best Musical and Best Original Score and was so well-received that it was made into a movie starring Michael Jackson and Diana Ross in 1978. Now, the New Creations Community Players are sure to impress with a great story, script, score, and skills on and off the stage. The Wiz is set to music in a dazzling mixture of rock, gospel, and soul. It is humorous, lively, and lots of fun! Led with energy and creativity by director Jennifer Crane and musical director Peggy L’Hoir, the cast, crew, and orchestra are comprised of both veterans and brand new talent, bringing a great combination of

Nat/Outlaw provincial run comes up short . . . National Outlaw captain Jason deVries looks to put one behind the St. Louis Blue netminder, January 31 at the Jubilee. Facing an uphill climb, the National

Photo by Kevin Brautigam)

working hard to bring together a great production, and having a great time along the

way! Tickets for reserved seating are available on February 15 at the

experience and wisdom and fresh ideas and outlooks. Everyone has been

Outlaws nearly won Game Two, coming up short 6-5 in the Bantam B contest. The two game, total point contest ended up 12-7 in the Blues favour. (Independent

Biggar Independent $20 per person. Don’t miss this great musical!

Wotherspoon says Sask Party disrespectful of Provincial Auditor NDP MLA Trent Wotherspoon, member of the Public Accounts Committee, expressed his disappointment in what he calls the obstructionist attitude of the Sask

Farewell and thank you, Dave . . . Biggar Mayor Ray Sadler congratulates Dave Brotzel, left, on his retirement from the Town of Biggar on December 31. Dave provided 20 years of loyal service to the town, and the Town of Biggar wishes him well on his retirement! (Submitted Photo)

Party towards the Provincial Auditor. While reviewing the Provincial Auditor’s business and financial plan in the Public Accounts Committee, Sask Party members of the committee seem to let partisan self-interest get in the way of public interest, he said. “The Sask Party members of the Public Accounts Committee showed great disrespect for the role of the independent Provincial Auditor. They questioned the fact she conducts government performance reviews, which is the standard for auditors across the country,” Wotherspoon said February 1. “Performance reviews by the Provincial Auditor protect and safeguard the public’s best interests, including the health and safety of people by ensuring the proper use of public funds. It is unacceptable the Sask Party members would not support that work. “It was shameful to see the Sask Party attack the Provincial Auditor’s work and hold up the passage of her independent office’s budget and plan. As an independent officer of the legislature, the Auditor deserves to be treated with respect and allowed to do her job

without interference.” Wotherspoon was very concerned one of the Sask Party MLAs challenged the Provincial Auditor for chastising the government for the way it reports the province’s finances. “The Sask Party was completely out of line for challenging this inde-

pendent auditor for doing the job she has been hired to do for the people of our province. They are obstructing the Auditor by not approving her budget and questioning her mandate. Public interests should precede the partisan interests and tactics we saw today.”

Museum announces January Toonie winner The Biggar Museum and Gallery announced the January winner of their popular Toonie Draw. The January winner was Sarah Wilson of Biggar. Sarah pocketed $82! Congratulations, Sarah! You can participate in the draw by going into any Biggar business for your chance to win!

GAS PRICES AT THE PUMP… Wednesday, February 6, 11:00 a.m. (stations randomly selected)

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Changes are needed -- even in health care A new study on health care was released by the Macdonald-Laurier Institute which is a think tank based in Ottawa. Of course, health care costs are rising, which is nothing new and it is the baby boomer demographic that is expected to raise the costs over the years. Again, nothing new. What is surprising is that a high profile NDP figure is now championing a mixture of public and private health care, not only in Saskatchewan but across the country. Many will remember former finance minister Janice MacKinnon from the Romanow administration who is now calling for a revamping of the health system including a new payment structure. MacKinnon advocates that since baby boomers will be high users of the system in years to come they should pay more. None of this equal stuff that good old TC used in his health care model. Not only does she say boomers should pay more but she is in favour of more private clinics, home care, long term and chronic care facilities. The study shows that the average cost of a hospital bed in the public system costs $842 per day compared to a long term bed at $126 and home care at $42. This about face from the socialist NDP simply underlies the reality. Public health care costs are expensive while private delivers a more efficient and cost effective system. And, it’s time for the free ride to be over. In Alberta there are a growing number of private clinics where patients pay a yearly fee to belong. That ensures you can access a doctor when you need one. The patient load is less so doctors have more time to spend on the much needed paperwork necessary to obtain tests for their patients thus reducing wait times. Patients there claim they are diagnosed faster and thus have a better chance of being referred. Doctors like the private clinic atmosphere which given them the opportunity for greater patient interaction not to mention shorter work hours. Of course, the debate will go on re private vs public but in the end the baby boomers will make their own choices. This is a demographic that has driven public policy since the day they were born. They lived through the generation gap, the hippie era and rock n roll. They are large in number and not afraid to voice their opinions. And, they won’t stop in their “old” age. MacKinnon is right -- it is time to change the health care system. P.H.

Canadian TV consumers are still the real losers Most Canadian TV channels are only pipelines for cheap, repetitive content. It is time for the CRTC to un-bundle the channels by Terry Field, Columnist, Troy Media Distributed by Troy Media, www. You have to credit Canada’s youngest news channel, Sun TV, for getting folks to sit up and take notice. The cheeky, proudly right-wing, talkradio styled TV station is mounting a campaign to get the respect it says it deserves from the country’s broadcast regulator. At root, the issue is money. It seems the Quebecorowned channel is on borrowed time financially, having lost some $17 million in 2012. Sun TV could cut its losses, it says, if it were moved into the most basic tier of TV, making it available to all subscribers who

would then have to pay a couple of bucks extra a year, whether they watch it or not. It argues it is a Canadian alternative, that is doing 96 hours of programming a week, and that it should be more broadly available. Sun TV is trapped in the cable TV equivalent of a discounted bookshelf. In Western Canada, it is available in all-in “premium” cable and satellite TV channel bundles. In some cities, you can pick it from an à-la-carte menu and pay extra. Meanwhile, the news stations Sun TV considers to be competitors, such as CBC and CTV, sit much lower on the dial and are available to all TV subscribers.

The reality is Sun TV’s cable giant owner, Quebecor, agreed to the CRTC’s conditions for operating in the first place, when presumably it had the option of saying no. Further, Quebecor has grown to the size it is because the country’s broadcast system is regulated, and only a few companies (now all very large and diverse, such as Shaw, Rogers and Quebecor) were granted the privilege of offering cable TV services. Just as real are the myriad struggles Canada’s big media companies face in the revenue generation battle. It’s not easy being big and also being subject to regulatory restraint. Bell’s effort to buy Astral

Media was undone by the CRTC, cable TV subscribers are finding alternatives and are harder to keep, and Shaw’s recent deal to sell unused wireless phone market space to Rogers is being criticized by smaller phone companies and consumer groups. There are dozens of such issues like these at play at any one time in the telecom/broadcast world, with the CRTC as referee. The one constant is the beleaguered consumer who, not coincidentally, is the target of Sun TV’s woe-is-us campaign. With limited options, TV subscribers are herded about by cable and satellite companies. Driven

into a bewildering mix of grouped channel offerings and phone/internet/TV bundles, many will pay the all-in highest price for 500 channels just to escape the dizzying prospect of deciphering the system. If everyone were honest, they would acknowledge that most of those channels are pipelines for cheap, repetitive content. They make a few pennies from every subscriber, get to run some advertising and serve largely to provide the illusion of choice. Real choice would permit subscribers to simply choose from a list of channels and have access to as few as 15 or as many as they want. There was a ray of hope in July when the CRTC, in a dispute between Bell and TELUS, ruled in favour of Bell’s position that TV channels offered through cable and satellite could be un-bundled, meaning they could be offered separately and at differential prices. The CRTC left it to the companies to figure out the details, offering arbitration services should they not be able to do so. Once again, the consumer is left out of the picture, with little incentive for the industry to change. If you contact your cable provider, as I did this week with Shaw, you can actually pay separately to get Sun TV, but you can’t pay separately for CNN,

or BBC news. To obtain those, you either need a premium plan, or a base plan and an extra fee for about 10 news channels, most of which you don’t want. You can pay extra for sports or movie packages, or just give up and pay $200 for cable, phone and Internet, which is clearly the goal of the system. So, we shouldn’t feel sorry for poor old Quebecor or Sun TV. However, program host Ezra Levant’s You Tube plea that Sun TV’s treatment is “not fair” is instructive. You are right Ezra, in the sense that it is not fair that TV consumers are treated so shabbily, and should immediately have the option of purchasing access to only the channels they want to see. That would, as it turns out, take care of Sun TV’s problem. Consumers could choose it, just as they could choose other channels. So my suggestion for Ezra and the gang is to stop whining about the rules you accepted, and advocate instead for new rules for TV consumers. My advice to consumers is to complain to your cable provider and to the CRTC. Troy Media columnist Terry Field is an associate professor and chair of the journalism major in the Bachelor of Communication program at Mount Royal University, in Calgary, Alberta.

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“The Georgetown Conference is about harnessing the spirit that exists in every rural community and arming those local leaders -some who are elected but many who are not -- with clear ideas that they can transfer to their own communities.” I first heard about the Georgetown Conference through a community newspaper from Atlantic Canada. Intrigued I searched out the website and found a wealth of information. The conference is set to take place this October, the agenda being the revitalization of rural communities in the Maritimes. Rural communities have issues that are very different from their city cousins and each province struggles with rural population (even the more affluent provinces). What leaders in smaller communities are coming to realize is that it is up to them to build strong communities -governments will not. Every community is urged to have their own town hall meeting prior to the Georgetown Conference. The website gives some suggestions on hosting a successful meeting at the local level. First, what does the community need to thrive? Choose a date and time that does not conflict with

other events in the community. Pick a suitable location and this might mean partnering with a neighbouring community. Make sure you advertise the meeting and clearly state the intentions. Encourage the leaders in the community to attend (some might need an extra bit of push). Choose a moderator that will be able to keep the group focussed. Appoint a recorder and report on the event. There are some added points included such as considering partnerships. Really examine your community, its strengths and its weaknesses. Seek to engage people -- your Chamber of Commerce or other business organizations, volunteer groups, service groups, include all aspects of the community in the planning. When it comes to getting the leaders out keep in mind that some people need extra encouragement. Phone them, offer to pick them up. Make sure every cross section is represented from successful business people to youth, seniors and the immigrant population. The Georgetown Conference: Redefining Rural is about ideas

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and sharing. The aim is to keep it as free from government and politicians as possible. Designed to accentuate the positive organizers also realize that there are some issues that need to be faced head on. The decline of traditional industries, a growing senior demographic, rise in immigration and the trend of young people leaving are issues that need to be addressed. All in all it sounds like a great idea. This really is a grass roots effort aimed at getting people involved not just leaving it up to government. While Western Canada is growing our rural communities still have issues. Not all of them are experiencing growth for whatever reason. And it is hard to attract young people to the community. Perhaps there would be some benefit to hosting a conference such as Georgetown in these areas. Sitting down and listing all the pros and cons of a community can only help leaders draw up a strategic plan. Any kind of action is better than none. There is no easy solution to keeping a community viable. But you have to keep trying.

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Dragons? by Bob Mason

A fellow has to be a little careful here, lest he give the reader the impression that he is afraid of the dark! (And we can’t have that kind of idea going on, eh?) I imagine that all of us have a little complex that way though, and Yours Truly can find a little solace in that excuse. Still, he’d better be a bit careful anyway! I understand that the human mind (and they tell me that mine is almost human!)isverysusceptible to superstitions about the evils of darkness. And many of our childhood stories, such as Hansel and Gretel, or the Black Forest (Schwarzwald) don’t help much either! This so called “mind” is very suspicious of dark places, and is apt to conjure up all sorts of evil residents in them. When Yours Truly (YT) was just a dumb little kid, he slept upstairs in a little room all by himself, and because of the slope of the roof, his bed was about four feet from the wall! That dark foreboding space beside my small bed haboured all sorts of evil reptiles, and little YT kept an eye on them every night until he fell asleep! The folks (bless them for their patience!) came to my room many times to tell me that there was

nothing there to harm me. And yet, even now, when I see a dark space, I sometimes wonder . . .! It might have been an empty space to them, but to the guy pushing this pen around, that dark space (and its inmates!) will never quite be forgotten! You’d think that an intelligent kid (kind of boastful, eh?) would forget all that stuff as he grew up a bit - but not! Years later, Dad had gone to a meeting in the old school, and it being a warm calm night YT thought he should go out and meet him on the way home. There was hardly any moon, but having been over the school trail many times, YT knew exactly where to go and sometimes had to feel the shallow ruts under foot. Suddenly, for some reason,(while going though a hollow),YT got an urge to look back. There, silhouetted against the graying western sky was the slim, form of a coyote! Boy, was YT ever scared, and started to run blindly down the trail to where he knew it rose out of the hollow, and darn near bumped into the horse and buggy as Dad was driving home! It sure felt safe and secure sitting beside my Father, all the way home!

I’m not sure just how that coyote felt! About 1933 or so (Bill was quite grown up by then anyway!), he drove Walt and I into town one Saturday night. On the way home, about 10 o’clock, was it ever dark - we could hardly see the horses head. It was kind of overcast and a real warm night without a sound but the clip-clop of old “Babe”. Thensuddenly-Whamo! There was a terrific flash of lightning that lit up the whole country, we could even see the elevators of Arelee across the river! That flash was followed by a terrific roll tothunder. Not a drop of rain fell on us - and that first sudden flash of lightening was followed many times. I think that we entirely forgot to be afraid of darkness for a few minutes there, for each flash revealed an innocent countryside of our world. I’ve never seen such an electrical storm since. They tell me that there have been lightning storms on earth for millions of years, but the memory of that one dark night many years ago, is as fresh in my mind as the words on this page! Yours Truly had probably sent in a piece to The Independent long ago, about the “Pothole

Glass house . . . Jubilee Stadium staff, Perdue Pirate fans and a referee work to get a new section of glass in, February 2, during the Perdue Pirates/Spiritwood Timberwolves contest. Didn’t take too much time, and the action was once more on the ice. (Independent Photo by Kevin Brautigam) Swamp” but even the genuine dangers of the Hochwald forest, years later, haven’t made as deep an impression on my memory, as did those few imaginative ones crossing the PS - and I must tell it again! It wasn’t so much that I didn’t know the swamp was there, for I had crossed it quite a few times in daylight, but the sudden knowledge that at night it was so full of life! All the spooky things that go with gruesome tales of dismal swamps, were there! Even the moon looked a little odd as it reflected from the water all around. Owls hooted, frogs croaked (almost beside my feet, it seemed), startled night-birds took off with a splash and whirled away among the short trees. The “yip, yip, yip” of a nearby coyote didn’t settle the nerves of YT much either! Then a sudden loud screech from a nearby clump of bushes filled the night . . . That was it! Deep water-holes or not, YT

took off and never stopped running until he reached the main road! The memory (and panic) of that dark night years ago, are still with me, and it’s no wonder I startle when I see a shadow, eh? One of YT’s uncles had a neighbour who lived a half mile down the road, through a thick, dark bluff. And because there were a lot of young people down there we used to go and “visit” now and then. It wasn’t too bad a trip during the day, but many a night we dreaded going down that dark lane, and insisted that they accompany us home. Except, when we did arrive safely at my uncle’s the neighbours kids insisted we walk them home! Dark lanes and girls and boys sounds kind of romantic, eh? But I’m afraid that if trees could talk at all, it wouldn’t be about romance! I suppose a fellow should write here about a forest that was full of danger, and young men who peered into the night

hoping that nothing moved! Also hoping that their enemy was doing the same thing! The main difference being, that some of them were from the plains of Saskatchewan, while some of “them” undoubtedly came from Schwarzwald (Black Forest). At the Christmas Eve candlelight service, in the Perdue Church, the power was cut off, and we just sat there in the darkness, knowing that “Peace on Earth” was in charge. Also knowing that in some parts of the world the “Star of the East” was a bomb that exploded, followed by a “rat-tat-tattat-” noise! Some years ago, I was talking to Less Ross, the blind piano turner of Kinley. “Look”, sez Les. “I’ve had that dragon shadow beside me all my life, and I’ve had to trust it not to harm me! Why can’t all people be like that?” Yours Truly thought that statement over for awhile, and kind of wondered a bit himself!



Diamond Lodge News Happy Groundhogs Day Everyone! From what the weather looks like right now I think we will be having winter for at least six more weeks and possibly more. Hope the weather begins to cooperate soon. To start the week here at Diamond Lodge we had our usual exercise program. Later that day, the residents had Bean Bag Toss. Tuesday morning was a very frosty day. It was terribly cold out. The hairdresser came and did hair. Some residents folded towels and later we had current events. That afternoon we had swing bowling. This game was new for a lot of our

new residents here at the Lodge. The scores varied from 80 to 120. Wednesday morning the residents had Floor Ya h t z e e. T h e t e a m s were team Frosty and team Riders. Frosty got a Yahtzee in their first throw! They were the lucky winners of that day. Then that afternoon, the residents tried to escape the cold weather and imagined that we were in sunny Hawaii. We wore Hawaiian leis and enjoyed ice cream cones. It was a great time for everyone! Thursday morning we had exercises and our favourite game of all which was bingo. Friday morning 11


residents were in the activity room and enjoyed Breakfast Club. Of course bacon was on everyone’s mind. Then at 2:30 we listened to a music video on TV, Daniel O’Donnell Live in Nashville. Saturday morning came and the residents played Home Sweet Home Bingo. Then that afternoon they watched “The Colt.” Sunday morning was spa morning. The residents also enjoyed having a coffee party too that morning. Then St.Gabriel’s Catholic Church did the service this week. That is all from us this week. Have a good February!

New Horizons Activities by Karen Itterman The courtesy car statistics for the month of January are as follows: The car made 770 trips with 80 members using the car during the month. On January 30 with Ed Kammer as the driver the car made 62 trips in the six hours of operation. Needless to say Jan. 30 was busy for myself and Ed as we dispatched these calls. On Jan. 28 Kaiser was played with Ken Pearce coming in first, Bill Fisher in second place, Gord Besse in third place and

Clarence Bender in fourth place. The highest scoring game was Ken Pearce and Geoff Cooke. Carpet bowling was played on Jan. 29 with Marie Roesch, Barb Swyryda and Rosemary Clark in first place and Pat Turner, Aileen Smith and Ed Smith coming in second place. Cribbage was played on Feb. 1 with 12 in attendance. Myrtle Althouse came in first place, Vic Besse in second place and third place to Mildred Henne. Ann Muc was the host for the afternoon

and also provided the lunch. On Feb. 27 the New Horizons will be hosting a “Beat the Blues” Card Party and Tea. Prizes will be awarded and lunch will be served. New Horizons members will be given free rides to the event, if they call before noon on Feb. 27. Members and non-members are welcome to attend. The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart. ~ Helen Keller

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PUBLIC NOTICE ZONING BYLAW AMENDMENT Public Notice is hereby given that the Council of the Town of Biggar intends to adopt a bylaw under The Planning and Development Act, 2007 to amend Bylaw No. 01-632 known as The Zoning Bylaw. INTENT The proposed bylaw will allow dwelling units below commercial establishments in the C1-Retail Commercial District. REASON The reason for the amendment to allow dwelling units with a minimum Áoor area of 44 square meters or one bedroom dwelling units with a minimum Áoor area of 28 square meters to be developed below commercial establishments in the C1 - Retail Commercial District. PUBLIC INSPECTION Any bylaw may be inspected by any person at the Town OfÀce in Biggar, Saskatchewan, Monday through Friday, excluding statutory holidays, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Copies of the bylaw are available to persons at a cost of $2.00.

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Can the NDP help farmers with high inputs?

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by Calvin Daniels The Saskatchewan New Democrats held a leadership forum in Yorkton last week. Now in and of itself their forum wasn’t exactly enlightening in terms of agriculture policy for the NDP moving forward regardless of which of the four candidates emerge victorious. That should not be seen as particularly surprising, considering the provincial government regardless of its political stripe having limited impact of how farms manage to attain

proďŹ tability. The three main factors in determining farm returns are weather conditions, supply/demand pressures, and government policy, primarily those established at the federal level in an international context. The details of the American Farm Bill has greater impact on farmers here than anything decided in the Regina Legislature. When looking at the Saskatchewan budget agriculture spending is a sliver thin wedge of the

spending pie, far behind the big three expenses of health, education and debt payment. When you factor in the money the province must put into cost-shared farm support programs, there simply is not a lot of wiggle room in terms of farm program spending in Regina. That did not stop questions on agriculture being asked of the NDP leadership hopefuls. One question asked was what the NDP would do to help farmers against the squeeze on the bottom line being caused by higher inputs? Considering grain and oilseed prices have been higher in recent years than ever, that a question of price squeeze even came up speaks to how difďŹ cult farming can be. The simple answer the candidates should have used was ‘very little’. Saskatchewan government policy is

not going to boost prices higher, and affecting inputs from oil prices to four-wheel drive tractor prices is unlikely to work either. The more important question is how is it that in a time of high prices some farmers still struggle. We should be in a time where the poor operators have been weeded out of the sector. The farm economy has been through a roller coaster of high and low prices in my 25 years of writing this column, and through the lows many farmers cashed in and moved away from the

farm. So with high prices farmers should be better off now than in most any time the last quarter-of-acentury. But there is obviously still hurt out there. So another discussion point of the forum seemed at odds with concerns over thin farm margins. There was discussion about the impact of farmland being purchased by those living outside the province, and in some instances outside of Canada. There was concern Saskatchewan producers could become little more

than tenant producers for out-of-province owners. That said with margins on annual production slim for some producers, the end pay-out for retirement comes from sale of the production unit. When the decision to divest of a farm operation, limiting potential buyers by prohibiting out-ofprovince’ buyers would seem to hurt the returns a producer might realize. One might expect farmers to welcome offers from any buyer to realize better returns, something they have struggled for each year producing a crop.

Agriculture Awareness Summit gets underway in Regina Tuesday, Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart welcomed leaders and communicators from across Saskatchewan and Canada to the Agriculture Awareness Summit. The Summit, hosted by the Ministry of Agriculture, is intended to generate ideas on how to improve public perception of the agriculture industry and promote its beneďŹ ts. “Agriculture is a modern, technologically advanced industry that is essential to the future growth of our province. However, as people become further removed from farming and ranching, there are greater misunderstandings of

where food comes from and how it is produced,� Stewart said. “A positive public perception of agriculture is necessary to grow the industry, which contributes to a strong economy and a better quality of life, now and in the future.� P a r t i c i p a n t s in the summit included industry leaders, producers, communicators, g o v e r n m e n t representatives and other partners involved in agriculture. Discussions included a scan of current agriculture awareness efforts, ways to better educate the public about agriculture and how to encourage people in the industry to tell their positive stories.

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BCS2000 Pr Principal’s report by Kim Fick We had exciting news at the school last week! Congratulations to Mrs. Singer who welcomed her baby girl, Brieann Olyvia, on Thursday, January 31. We can’t wait to meet her! Mom and baby are both doing well. The Sun West School Division is requesting input from community members, parents, students, and staff about preferences for school calendar options for 2013-14. By the time this is published, you will only have one day to get your vote in. You can go to the Sun West School Division Web site and click on “2013-2014 Calendar Survey Link” to put in your two cents. The survey closes Friday, Feb. 8 at 4:30. Best Bunch for Lunch was last Friday, and the following students were recognized for displaying awesome fairness with their classmates: Hailey Flaman, Jonathan Trotchie, Levi Hoffinger, Tyson Danskin, Lane Vos, Nason Mitchell, Toby Pearce, Abby Wells, Cassidy Winslow, Riley Campbell, Daniel Ekman, and Tyler Schmidt. Way to go

you guys! I will miss eating pizza with the kids, but the lunches will continue with Mr. Braman and Ms. Chupik right up to the end of the school year. In other character news, last Wednesday was Orange Day, and the winners of the Character Counts prize bags which include stickers, pencils, wristbands, reusable bags, and a $5 gift certificate to the school canteen were: K-3: Bella Baroni, and 4-6 Madeline Ellard. Congratulations, and thanks to everyone who dressed up. Orange wasn’t an easy colour for some to find in their closets. And some of us looked more like an actual round orange than others! Our School Community Council has set a goal for to have a sign installed on the front lawn of our school to display various school and community announcements. We would love to have a digital sign rather than a non-digital sign, but of course that comes with a higher price tag. Letters were sent out to some businesses this past month regarding sponsorship opportunities. If your business is interested in

contributing or if you are just looking for more information, please contact the school and ask to speak with Mr. Braman or Ms. Chupik. Notes went home with our Pre-K students, and the Tiny Tot preschool students, this week about Kindergarten Pre-Registration for 2013-14. Anyone that is looking for more information can contact the school. Finally, as many know our school community has been impacted by cancer in different ways this year. Our final tally following pizza sales, toonie hat day, and silver collection at the Christmas Concert was $1,357.24. We are proud to be able to contribute that to the Patient Comfort Fund at the Saskatoon Cancer Centre in honour of those staff and students that are fighting, or have fought, the battle against cancer. This is likely my final writeup as I head off on leave, so have a great year everyone! Thanks again for all of your support and helping us make BCS 2000 a great place to go to school!

November wages rise for Saskatchewan workers Saskatchewan workers had more money in their pockets during the month of November, according to the latest numbers released January 30 by Statistics Canada. The report indicates Saskatchewan workers had a 3.7 per cent increase in wages in November of 2012 when compared with November 2011, the third highest percentage increase among the provinces. “The Saskatchewan economy continues to make strides, and more importantly, Saskatchewan people are seeing the real benefits of positive economic growth,” Economy Minister Bill Boyd said. “The rise in weekly earnings is significant as it helps to attract more people to our province who are looking for career opportunities.” Average weekly earnings in November 2012 were $930.97, an increase of $33.28 from a year ago; the second highest in Western Canada and above the national figure of $910.77. Occupied payroll jobs were up 1.9 per cent (8,805) on a year-over-year basis, the

third highest percentage increase in the nation. “This is an important measure of economic progress,” Boyd said. “Today’s report provides good news for working people - higher wages - and more security

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Burnt Orange - solutions for your computer Article submitted by Gareth McKee, your local certified Disaster Recovery expert, of Burnt Orange Solutions. These days just about everything is stored in the form of a computer file, whether it’s photos, documents, invoicing or business contact details. As a result, the importance of protecting computer files and data has increased greatly and should be yet another item at the top of your ‘to do’ list. It is estimated that up to 80 per cent of businesses, large and small, which have a data recovery failure go out of business within 18 months. Imagine losing your invoicing data for the past five years and you will understand the pain of the issue I am writing about. Backing up files manually is an idea but there are three major problems associated with it. First, if you back up your files yourself, it is likely that

you keep the backed up data in the same location as the computer. No use to you if there is a fire or flood! S e c o n d l y, y o u m a y choose to backup to a USB hard drive or thumb drive. The build quality here is not usually great, thus maybe there are better solutions to entrust your business and livelihood to? Thirdly, even the most diligent of us is likely to forget to back up the files regularly. Once in a while you are bound to forget and the loss of even two days of data could cause a major headache. These are the reasons why more and more people have turned to an online backup service. The online backup service solves both of the above problems since the files are stored in a separate location and regular backups are performed automatically according to a set schedule. There are many companies out there that

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Government and Royal Canadian Mint bid farewell to the penny Shelly G l o v e r, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance, and Ian E. Bennett, President and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint, Monday, marked the official transition date for the phase-out of the penny. A s o f Fe b r u a r y 4 the Mint will cease distributing pennies to financial institutions, and the supply of pennies in circulation will begin to decline. “Pennies have sat idle for too long in forgotten penny jars and couch crevices,” said Glover. “They demand too much time, for too little return, of our small business owners, and they cost too much to make: nearly 1.6 cents goes into every penny. It is time to bid the penny a fond farewell.” “Today the Mint is marking the end of an era in Canada’s coinage history with the final distribution of the penny,” added Bennett. “The Mint has produced this coin for Canada since 1908, and the sun is finally setting on one small part of our currency system which once

played a big part in our daily lives.” The phase-out of the penny will have no impact on cheque payments or electronic transactions. Moreover, the penny will retain its value indefinitely, and can continue to be used in cash transactions with businesses that choose to accept them.

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Once fully implemented, the estimated ongoing savings for taxpayers from not making pennies is $11 million every year. The transition date fulfils a commitment made in Economic Action Plan 2012. On May 4, 2012, Minister Flaherty struck the last penny at the Mint’s high-speed manufacturing facility in Winnipeg. The transition date was announced in July 2012 following initial consultations with small businesses and retailers, who requested the transition date occur early in the new year to ensure ample time to prepare their business, train staff and better inform consumers. I n s u p p o r t o f t h i s, the government has likewise undertaken a cost-efficient public awareness campaign prior to Monday’s phaseout date, featuring an online toolkit that includes point-of-sale signs that retailers can download and display i n t h e i r s t o r e s, a n d answers to frequently asked questions tailored to businesses, consumers and charities. These efforts have been complemented through a dynamic social media campaign spearheaded by the Mint that is currently underway. In addition, information was made available at over 2,500 urban and rural Canada Post outlets and prominently displayed in Service Canada offices nationwide. “As a way to put Canada’s remaining pennies to the best possible use, I encourage Canadians to consider giving their pennies to one of the many deserving charities trying to effect real change,” said Glover.






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Changes coming for charitable gaming Groups and organizations that raise money through charitable gaming may soon be using electronic technology to conduct bingos and raffles. “Our government continues to revise its regulatory functions where appropriate,” Minister responsible for the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority Donna Harpauer said January 30. “The changes being made will provide new opportunities for groups and organizations that raise important dollars for their communities through charitable gaming.” On the bingo side, charities will be able to enhance their operations by introducing electronic bingo minders. Bingo minders allow players to play bingo on a handheld electronic device rather than using traditional paper and dabbers. “Bingo minders are something that our players have been asking

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Landis Locals Helen Buxton 658-2115 The Knights of Columbus held their annual Ski-Doo Rally last Saturday. Happily, the weather had warmed up considerably form the -30˚ we had last week. The wind has created some very hard finger drifts, which made for a rough ride. Winners are: First in the Driver’s Pool - Preston Vaessen; Second Beran Mann. In Pool A:

First - Glenn Archdekin; Second - Sam Whitfield; Third - Kevin Hadley. In Pool B: First - Mervin Roth; Second Stacey and Katie Kolensky; Third - Dwayne K orp. One hundred and one drivers registered for the event. Thanks to Central Plains Co-op for supplying pop for the fire stop, and to G-Mac for supplying hotdogs for the fire stop. The

Knights served a chili supper at the Landis Skating rink for the skidooers and friends. Albert Kammer is home and doing well after undergoing knee surgery last week. Alex (Johnny) Kammer has been brought out from the city to Biggar Hospital. He enjoys having company for short visits.

Expressions of Interest HEARTLAND HEALTH REGION The Heartland Health Region (HHR) express their interest in receiving well considered proposals for the sale of the building, Biggar Diamond Lodge, and property at 402-2nd Ave. West in Biggar, Sask. Proponents wishing to receive the full RFP package are to submit their requests to: Wayne Pierrepont Director of Environment Services/Capital Projects Heartland Regional Health Authority Box 70 Kyle, SK S0L 1T0 306-375-2251 ext. 247 The closing date for RFP submissions is:

March 15, 2013



Biggar skaters medal at Kindersley comp

Photo: from left to right - coach Alix Tuffs, Gillian Massie, Cassidy Burton-Green, Shelayna Elliott, Kaidree Elliott, Summer Jimmy, Kiara Larochelle

Members of the Biggar Skating Club attended the Region 10 Skating Competition in Kindersley Saturday, February 2. Clubs from various places in Saskatchewan and some from Alberta were in attendance. The girls represented the town of Biggar very well.

Gillian Massie received a bronze medal in prepreliminary freeskate and a gold medal in Introductory jump. Summer Jimmy received a bronze medal in Introductory Elements. Kaidree Elliott received a bronze medal in preliminary elements. Shelayna Elliott received a bronze medal in Junior

Bronze Jumps. The Introductory Team consisting of Kiara Larochelle, Summer Jimmy and Gillian Massie received a gold medal. The Preliminary Team consisting of Cassidy Burton-Green, Kaidree Elliott and Gillian Massie received a bronze medal.

Alley Katz results All tied up . . . Perdue Pirate Keaton Silvernagle is brought down by a pair of Spiritwood Timberwolves at the Jubilee Stadium, February 2. The Saskatchewan Prairie Hockey League (SPHL) match-up had the

Pirates taking the visitors to OT, having to decide it all with a shootout. Unfortunately, Spiritwood went home with the 6-5 shootout win. (Independent Photo by Kevin Brautigam)

Bowling scores from January 28 to 31. Tuesday mixed league, MHS -- Jason Raschke, 271; MHT -- Gerry Devenny, 516; LHS -- Lindsay Hooper, 273; LHT -- donna Foster, 533. New Horizons, MHS -- Jack Eckart, 218; MHT -- Jack Eckart, 578; LHS -- Mona Davidson, 149; LHT -Mona Davidson, 404.

Wednesday YBC, Bowlarsaurus HS -- Kiersten Raschke, 89. Bantam HS -- Tristan Cirrico, 130. Juniors HS -- Jaden Rensby, 126. Thursday Senior League, MHS -- Glen Shockey, 216; MHT -- Jack Eckart, 563; LHS -- Donna Eckhart, 207; LHT -Donna Eckhart, 490.

Perdue Bowling results

Stick on the ice . . . Midget Red Wing, Cody Thompson, centre, waits for the puck, Monday at the Jubilee. Facing the Kerrobert Tigers, the Wings came up short, 6-1, with Biggar product, Thompson, nabbing the only goal for Rosetown. (Independent Photo by Kevin Brautigam)

For the week ending January 31. Club 55: MHS, Al Levitt, 214; LHS, Elizabeth McMahon, 163; MHT, Tom Davies, 538; LHT, Kay Munro, 452; THS, BeeGees, 1,081, THT, BeeGees, 3,095, MHA, Al Levitt, 191, LHA, Kay Munro, 160.

Ladies: LHS, Dorrie Laberswieler, 238; LHT, Dorrie Laberswieler, 624; THS, Dolls with Balls, 1,120; THT, Bleepers, 3,095; LHA, Dorrie Laberswieler, 188. Mens: MHS, Dennis Notschke, 258; MHT, Dennis Notschke, 647; THS, WWF, 838; THT, WWF,

2,207; MHA, George Bartley, Tom Davies, 180. Mixed: MHS, Al Levitt, 219; LHS, Joey Levitt, 222; MHT, Al Levitt, 605; LHT, Joey Levitt, 605; THS, Smilin’ 5, 1044; THT, Smilin’ 5, 3,054; MHA, George Bartley, 189; LHA, Joey Levitt, 173.



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OBITUARIES Harry William EATON 1925 - 2013 It is with great sorrow that the family of Harry William Eaton announces his sudden passing on January 29, 1013. Harry was born on the farm to Henry and Eva (nee Ross) on January 22, 1925, spent his entire life doing what he loved, farm; and true to his wishes passed away on the farm. Harry is survived by his loving wife, Gladys; son, Russel of Victoria, B.C.; daughters, Faye (Bill) Brownbridge of Calgary, Alta., and Joy of Lethbridge, Alta; ten grandchildren, seven greatgrandchildren; and his sisters, Audrey Mason and Leona Lindsay. He is also survived by Gladys’ sons, Dwayne (Tiffany) and Wendell (Edie) and their families as well as many nieces and nephews. Harry was predeceased by his wife of 54 years, Lila Margaret (nee Miller) in 1997; an infant son, Daniel William; and his brothers, Ronald and Murray. In accordance with Harry’s wishes there will be no funeral service. A private family graveside service will be held at a later date. In lieu of Àowers, donations may be made to the Kinley Cemetery Fund, P. O. Box 176, Perdue, SK, S0K 3C0. Prairie View Chapel and Crematorium, Saskatoon, Sask. is entrusted with arrangements. “To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.” …Thomas Campbell. 6p1

Darlene Darl Da rlen ene e Marie Mari Ma rie e LASLO LASL LA SLO O September 30, 1943 - January 29, 2013 It is with sadness that the family of Darlene Laslo announces her passing at Biggar, Sask. on January 29, 2013 at the age of 69. Darlene grew up in Middle Lake, Sask. and then moved to Vancouver, B.C. and resided there until 1991. Then she moved to Ruthilda, Sask. in 1991 and in 2001 she moved to Biggar, Sask. She had many interests. Darlene is survived by her partner, Cliff Charlton; brother, Albert Svab; sister-in-law, Norma; many nieces and nephews. Darlene requested no funeral services. 6p1

COMING EVENTS SUNDAYS in February: Presbyterians, Anglicans, Lutherans will be worshipping at Redeemer Lutheran Church at 10:30 a.m. Potluck lunch after service on the 24th. Everyone welcome. For pastoral services or information, please contact Pastor Mark Kleiner at 306-9517122 or leave a message at the of¿ce, 306-948-3731. 48/10tfn SUNDAYS… You are invited to the weekly services of Biggar Associated Gospel Church, corner Quebec St. and 8th Ave. West; Sunday School at 9:45 a.m.; Worship Service at 10:50 a.m.; an Ladies Bible Study at 9:45 a.m. on Tuesday mornings. Everyone is welcome to join us. Contact our church of¿ce 948-3424, Tuesday through Thursday. 36tfn FRIDAYS during LENT: Interdenominational services at 12:05 p.m. followed by lunch at St. Paul’s Anglican Church, corner of King St. and 4th Ave. East, Biggar. Sponsored by the Biggar and District Ministerial Association. Everyone welcome. 6c6 FEBRUARY 1 - 22: Carl Beam & The Columbus Suite showing in the Credit Union Gallery at The Biggar Museum, MondayFriday, 1 - 5 p.m. 5c3 SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9: ‘Friends of the Lodge’ Valentine Dine & Dance Fundraiser, Biggar Community Hall. Doors open 5:30, supper 6:30 p.m., $30 per ticket. Tickets available at de Moissac Jewellers, Biggar or any member of Biggar & District Health Service Foundation Inc. To donate items for silent and live auction, contact Louise Singer, 948-2934 or Jo Angelopoulos, 948-3429 or drop off at Biggar Town Of¿ce. 2c4 TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 12: Biggar Wildlife Federation meeting at Westwinds Motor Hotel, 7:30 p.m. 6c1 TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 12: St. Paul’s Church Pancake supper, 5-7 p.m. at Biggar New Horizons. Pancakes, sausages, ham, beverage. $5 per person (preschool FREE). Everyone welcome! 4p3

COMING EVENTS WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 13: Ash Wednesday Service at Redeemer Lutheran Church at 7:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome. 5c2 THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14: Biggar Museum Annual St. Valentine’s Tea and Pie Sale, 2 4 p.m., $3.00 at Biggar Museum Credit Union Gallery. Everyone welcome! 5c3 ANTIQUES & COLLECTIBLES SHOW & SALE. FEBRUARY 18 to 24 (inclusive) at Market Mall, Preston & Louise, Saskatoon, during mall hours. SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24: 7:00 p.m., Biggar Associated Gospel Church are having a Family Night and showing the ¿lm, “Undaunted”. You are welcome to join us for this evening. 6c3 WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 27: “Beat the Blues” Card Party & Tea at Biggar New Horizons, 1:30 p.m., $3 per person. Games of Cribbage, Whist and Kaiser. Prizes awarded. Members and non-members are welcome. FREE courtesy car rides to New Horizons members. Please call 948-5115 before noon on February 27 for a ride. 6c3 FRIDAY, MARCH 15: 8 p.m.; SATURDAY, MARCH 16: 8 p.m.; SUNDAY, MARCH 17: 2:30 p.m.: NCCP annual musical production of “The Wiz” adapted from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, arranged through Samuel French @ The Majestic Theatre, Biggar. Tickets for reserved seating available Friday, February 15th at The Biggar Independent, 102 - 3rd Ave. West, Biggar or phone with visa/mastercard to 306-9483344. Tickets: $20 per person. 3c9

TENDER Town of Biggar TENDER TOWN OFFICE FURNACES Tenders sealed and marked “Town OfÀce Furnaces” will be received until 4:00 p.m. on February 15, 2013. The work consists of supplying and installing a new furnace and the removal of the old furnace. For information on the current furnace please come to the Town OfÀce for viewing located at 202 - 3rd Ave. West in Biggar. The Town of Biggar reserves the right to reject any or all tenders and the lowest tender will not necessarily be accepted. Submit tenders to the Town of Biggar, P. O. Box 489, Biggar, SK, S0K 0M0, or drop off at Biggar Town OfÀce.


AUCTION Mid Winter Classic Antique & Collectible Auction Sale Sunday, FEBRUARY 10, 10:00AM Delisle Town Hall, Delisle SK www. 1-877-494-2437 PL#312800SK 1 HOME QTR & 18 Parcels of Farmland Davidson, Saskatchewan. Sorgaard Ranches Ltd - 2290+/- title acres. 3 bedroom bungalow, 30 X 50 ft. garage, selling at the Saskatoon Auction March 19/13. Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers: 1-800-491-4494;

TENDER Tenders are being received by Biggar Majestic Theatre for janitorial services. Duties to include: • janitorial cleaning of the theatre front, back and basement following each performance and show; • snow removal from walkways in front and northside of building; • monitoring and reporting of any maintenance issues. Tenders to be submitted by Friday, February 15, 2013. Any or all tenders not necessarily accepted. Send tenders to Box 40, Biggar, SK S0K 0M0


BOILER for Biggar Aquatic Centre TENDER Tenders sealed and marked “Boiler for Biggar Aquatic Centre Tender” will be received until 2:00 p.m. C.S.T. on February 15, 2013. The work consists of installing a new boiler and removal of old boiler. Please provide one quote for each option: Option 1: Replace existing boiler with equivalent boiler. Option 2: Replace existing boiler with energy efÀcient boiler. Information regarding speciÀcations for the tender may be obtained from the Town OfÀce. The Town of Biggar reserves the right to reject any or all tenders and the lowest tender will not necessarily be accepted. Submit tenders to: Town of Biggar, P. O. Box 489, Biggar, SK S0K 0M0

Biggar & District Credit Union has the following fundraising opportunities available to local service groups and/ or organizations: • Cater supper for the Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, March 20 at the Biggar Community Hall (approx. 170 people attend). If interested, please submit proposal by February 8, 2013 to ca or for further details contact Cathy/Shantelle at 948-3352 Families, clubs, churches and businesses are invited to do a Heritage Page to be on permanent display at Biggar Museum. Share your history! For more information call 9483451 or visit museum 1 - 5 p.m., Monday - Friday. 7tfn This newspaper accepts advertisements in good faith. We advise that it is in your interest to investigate offers personally. Publications by this paper should not be taken as an endorsement of the product or service offered. tfn Stop in to…

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WANTED Old battery collection, Fisher #300 Cadet Squadron. Drop off at the Biggar LandÂżll OR contact Quentin Sittler at 658-2132 3tfn Main Street Garage Sale is accepting donations of all items in clean and working condition. Please phone 948-1773 or 9485393. Pickup available. 32tfn Wanted All Wild Fur. Shed antlers and old traps. Call Phil (306) 278-2299 or Bryon (306) 278-7756.

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Farm Land for Sale by tenderâ&#x20AC;Ś RM of Glenside #377, NW-0838-14-W3, approx 158 acres, assessment 53500. Any or all tenders not necessarily accepted. Please forward all tenders to Mark D. Ackimenko, Box 1555, Biggar, SK S0K 0M0. Tenders will be accepted no later than February 25, 2013. 4p4

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- EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY M & N Repair are in need of a Journeyman Mechanic or an individual that is mechanically inclined. We are a busy truck and automotive shop.





Part-time pianist/organist required for Biggar United Church commencing March, 1-2 Sundays/month. Negotiable. Inquiries, phone 948-2825. Apply in writing to: Biggar United Church, Box 1259, Biggar, SK S0K 0M0 4c3

â&#x20AC;˘ Must be a hard worker, a team player, have a positive attitude and work well with others. â&#x20AC;˘ Must have own tools. â&#x20AC;˘ Will pay top wages to the right person with experience. Hours are Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Send resume to M & N Repair, Box 418, Biggar, SK S0K 0M0 or email: Electrician required for trailer manufacturer near Perdue, Sask. Job entails minor electrical repair, wiring trailers, etc. Minimum three years experience or journeyman status. Contact Vern at Monarch Trailer Factory. Phone 306-237-4748. Fax resumes 306-237-9100. 5p3 PYRAMID CORPORATION is now hiring! Instrument Technicians and Electricians for various sites across Alberta. Send resume to: hr@ or fax 780-955-HIRE.

Part-time dishwasher required. See Maggie at Snow White Family Restaurant, Biggar. 4c3 NEWCART CONTRACTING LTD. is hiring for the upcoming turnaround season. Journeyman/Apprentice; PipeÂżtters; Welders; Boilermakers; Riggers. Also: Quality Control; Towers; Skilled Mechanical Labourer; Welder Helpers. Email: resumes@ Fax 1-403-729-2396. Email all safety and trade tickets.

MAINTENANCE PLANNER PRAIRIE MALT LIMITED has an immediate opening for a qualiĂ&#x20AC;ed Maintenance Planner. This opportunity is currently a full-time contracted position reporting directly to the Maintenance Manager. The Planner is central to the effective functioning of the plantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s entire maintenance program. Primary duties include: Administration of the Maintenance Program and scheduling repair work among all trades persons. Purchasing related to maintenance parts, supplies and services. Utilizing software programs and computerized management tools to maintain Repairs databases, including daily data input, output and reports. Managements of parts and supplies inventories. Receiving of goods and services at the plant. Accurate accounting processes for purchases and vendor payments. Candidates MUST have: Post-secondary education in a technical Ă&#x20AC;eld with some relevant industrial maintenance work experienceâ&#x20AC;Ś OR high school diploma with signiĂ&#x20AC;cant industrial maintenance work experienceâ&#x20AC;Ś OR Journeyman Millwright/Electrician Ticket. Minimum two years relevant work experience required. Advanced computer skills and Ă uency in English a must. Knowledge of factory or industrial maintenance processes and methods. Proven commitment to worksite safety. Ideal candidates will have additional maintenance-related education, training, skills and industrial experience. Grain or food industry experience also a plus. A qualiĂ&#x20AC;ed Planner contractor can expect to be remunerated +$70K per year, plus possible additional terms negotiated in a contracted Services Agreement. Prairie Malt Limited, part of Cargillâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Global Malt Business Unit and Saskatchewanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only malt processing facility, has been in business for 35 years serving Canadian and International Brewers with the highest quality brewerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s malt. Prairie Malt Limited was awarded â&#x20AC;&#x153;Best Quality Malt Supplier Worldwideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; by a major Japanese brewery the past two consecutive years. We are only accepting emailed applications, no in-person, faxes or phone calls please. Send your detailed resume attached as MS Word document to: All applications will be held in the strictest of conĂ&#x20AC;dence.





Landis Credit Union Limited

Part-time Member Services Representative The Position As a member of the team the Member Service Representative will be committed to providing solutions and will proactively promote a full range of credit union products and services with a primary focus on deposit, investment and estate services. QualiÀcations • 1 to 2 years Ànancial experience or a combination of education and experience • Good working knowledge of Microsoft OfÀce suite of products • Effective communication and interpersonal skills to develop and maintain a high standard of member service • Demonstrated commitment to continuous learning and personal development. Compensation The credit union offers a competitive compensation package. Closing QualiÀed applicants are invited to submit their resume in conÀdence, by Monday, February 11, 2013. Contact Information Gail Peterson, General Manager P. O. Box 220 Landis, SK S0K 2K0 Email:


We appreciate the interest of all applicants; however, only those under consideration will be contacted.

MEMBER SERVICES REPRESENTATIVE Casual Position - Career Opportunity We require a Casual Member Services Representative for our Biggar and Perdue Branches.

WW1304 QUILL PLAINS CHEV BUICK GMC LTD. Wadena, SK is looking for careerminded individuals to fill the following positions: 1. Apprentice Automotive Technician, 2. Journeyman Technician, 3. Service Writer. On-the-job training Competitive salaries Compensation/School/ Relocation compensation Benefits plan call NORM at 306-338-2577 (w) or 306-338-2569 (h) or email resumé to

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 Perdue Branch. QUALIFICATIONS: The position requires an individual that is conÀdent, has a positive attitude toward learning and change, shows initiative, can work independently, and is friendly, outgoing and reliable. Minimum Grade 12 education is required. A working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and general PC operations, as well as cash-handling experience, would be considered beneÀcial. COMPENSATION: The salary for the position will be commensurate with qualiÀcations and experience. Interested applicants should submit their resume by February 13, 2013 to: Biggar & District Credit Union P. O. Box 670 Biggar, SK S0K 0M0 Attn: Cathy Archibald, Human Resources Email: We appreciate the interest of all applicants; however, only those under consideration will be contacted.

STOCKROOM HAND AGI-Envirotank requires a full-time person for our stockroom/purchasing department. Duties include shipping and receiving, inventory control, and other general stockroom duties. Requires some lifting. MUST have valid Class 5 license. Wage/Salary is DOE. Company offers comprehensive beneÀt package. Please forward resume with references to or fax to 306-948-5263.

Speedway Moving Systems requires O/O for our 1 ton and 3 ton Àeets to transport RVs throughout N. America. We offer competitive rates and Co. Fuel cards. Paid by direct deposit. Must have clean criminal record and passport to cross border.1-866-736-6483; www. NEED A HOME PHONE? Cable TV or High Speed Internet? We Can Help. Everyone Approved. Call Today. 1-877-852-1122 Protel Reconnect

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Tim Hammond, BSA, P.Ag., Broker

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Tim Hammond Realty Licenced for: •Residential

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

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113 - 3rd Ave. W., Biggar


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Journeymen Plumber, Gas Fitter, & Electrician on staff

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Cari McCarty Residential Sales

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113 - 3rd Ave. W., Biggar

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McCARTY CONSTRUCTION • Commercial • Residential • Design Builder • Insurance Claims • Renovations • Drafting Service

“Big or Small -We Do Them All” Licenced Journeyman Carpenters Troy McCarty 948-5627 (H) 948-9280 (C) Mitch McCarty 373-8254 (H) Serving Biggar ... Since 1968

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

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

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

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

Call Jim @ 306-948-3333

FRE E Es timat Call us for… es • Insurance jobs • Renovations • New home building • Drywall & Painting • Flooring (hardwood, ceramic, etc.) • Residential/Commercial • CertiÀed installer for Logix ICF

• Five Inch Seamless • Fascia Dan… 306-281-5090 Chad… 306-280-1524




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

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

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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

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

Visit us @ 114- 2 Ave. W., Biggar Phone… 948-2548 Cell… 948-8048

Your Healthy Living

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Wood and Steel Buildings Floor & Trusses GEORGE STAHL Ph: cell:

(306) 948-3776 (306) 260-6503

Cell: 306-221-6888


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.

306-948-3408 DR. GLENN RIEKMAN Dentist 115 - 1st Ave. W. Rosetown, Sask.

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


Wylie Farms Ltd. SEED CLEANING

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

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


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

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

948-2807 or 948-5609 948-5394

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

Mundt’s Mobile Custom Grain Cleaning ^PSSJSLHU^OLH[IHY SL`K\Y\T*7:^OLH[ VH[ZWLHZHUKSLU[PSZ

9LHZVUHISLYH[LZ For bookings, call Jason


Box 327 Biggar, SK S0K 0M0

For appointments… 1-855-651-3311

Where you can feel right at home!


Bear Hills Rural Development Corporation

Biggar Professional Building, 223 Main Street, Biggar



In Biggar Every Tuesday.

948-2548 or 948-9710

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

• framing • additions • windows & door sales • siding • rooÄng • drywall & Änishing

Kirk Ewen Doctor of Optometry

Evening, Saturday and in-home appointments available.

…owned and operated by Brett Barber



Jacklin Andrews, MSW, Counsellor

30 min. Circuit Gym


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

available to do…


Exposure, Experience and Effort.

of The Battlefords Independently Owned and Operated




Helping you Help yourself Phone:

306-948-2295 Fax: 306-948-5050

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


948-2887VY JLSS948-6969 McNULTY’S MOBILE SEED CLEANING Custom Cleaning of H.R.S. & C.P. S. Wheat

Phone: 948-5678



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

948-3346 …serving your community since 1972





Chartered Accountant Notary Public 201B-2nd Ave. West


P. O. Box 1480 Biggar, Sask.

Phone: 948-5133

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

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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:

B I G G AR I N S URAN CE SERVIC ES • Notary Publics • Home & Agro Insurance • Auto & Commerical Insurance • Health Insurance • Motor Licence Issuer Office Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday 304 Main Street • Biggar

Phone: 948-2204 or 948-3886

223 Main Street Biggar Box 580 Biggar, SK SOK OMO

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

Tridem & Super B trailers

Your Auto Parts and Accessories Dealer

…for bookings contact

Open: Mon.-Fri.

Rockin D Trucking & Cattle

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


A small Àrm that provides quality professional services to our clients on a personalized and timely basis.

Services include: •Auditing and Accounting •Corporate and Personal Tax •Financial Statement Preparation •Farm Tax and Agristability We are accepting new clients in Saskatoon and surrounding area. 624 Duchess St. Saskatoon, SK S7K 0R1

Ph: 306-933-2970 Jeff Gorman, C.A.

Spencer Beaulieu, C.A.

For all your investment needs, Visit…

Prairieland Collision Rosetown, Sask.


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


Dean McCallum, CFP, CIM, FCSI

Lyndsey Sacher

Investment Advisor Credential Securities Inc.

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

SGI Safety Inspection Auto Repair TIRES

KRF Auto Centre

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306.237.7671 Take’n the pain outta haul’n your grain!


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

Hwy 14 East, Biggar 948-2109

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

• sides of Beef available

948-3384 The Country Clipper • All Breed Dog Grooming • Boarding Kennels (Bordetella Mandatory) • Pet Supplies • Saleboard for dog and cat related items

For appointments and inquiries, call Janet at 948-2091

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

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

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

Sewing & Embroidery • Jackets • Windsuits • Shirts • Hunting Gear • Bunnyhugs • Caps • Toques • Bags Check out our new website: Judy Judy Kahovec: Kahovec… 882-4313, Cellcell 831-7935 306-882-4313, 831-7935 Carey Krchov: 882-3213 Carey Krchov…882-3213

Anne G. Livingston

Kevin Kurulak Investment Rep Insurance Broker P. 306 948 5200 F. 306 948 5207 Appointments Preferred

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

Your authorized

LG, Frigidaire, Shaw, Yamaha Audio Dealer; and Your authorized

SaskTel Mobility and High Speed Internet Dealer


Owned & operated by Kevin Fick


222 Main Street 306 948 5377

J. G. Smith

Super B outÀts hauling grain and fertilizer in Alberta and Saskatchewan

Mutual Fund Investment Specialist Credential Asset Management Inc.

Financial Planning Estate Planning Life Insurance

Ph/fax: 948-3856 or cell: 948-7896

“Where we do it all for you!!”

227 - 1st Ave. East, Biggar

403 Main Street, Biggar

Small moves and deliveries with ½ ton truck

• Detailing • Vortex Spray-In Box Liners • Granitex Baked-on Coatings for Decks and Cement Flooring • Auto Accessories • Trailer Rentals

Robert Hoesgen, CFP

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.

• Driveways • Concrete • Garage Pads • Pruning • Planting


Troy May, owner/operator Fax #306.237.TROY

Mutual Fund Investment Specialist Credential Asset Management Inc.

Do you just want to know if your premiums are fair with the right coverage?

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

Biggar, Sask.

Heavy Duty Journeyman Mechanic

Pamela Eaton

Located at the Biggar & District Credit Union 302 Main Street, Biggar, SK • 306-948-3352

• 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

Mike Nahorney, Interprovincial

Heavy Truck Repair

Toll Free: 866-403-2298

Email: Website:

Open Monday-Saturday

100% handwash

Are you looking for Life, Living Benefits Insurance and/or Investment Strategies?

222 Main St., Biggar Tel: 306-986-2600

Rebel Landscaping


Email: Website:


Want a truly independent advisor who will find your unique solution?

Gareth McKee

Cell: 306-948-7524

Custom Grain Hauling

306-948-5352 or 306-244-9865


Rural/Urban • Computer Sales • Support and Consultancy • Cloud Backup and Disaster Recovery • Cloud Email • Wired/Wireless Neworking

~Brian and Cathy Fick~

1st Ave. West, Biggar

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


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




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

Garry A. Faye


For FAX service, see us at The Independent, 102 - 3rd Ave. West, Biggar

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

948-3955 Battery Chargers Electric Fencers Repaired/Rebuilt/ Built

Phillips Radio Shop 109 Main St., Biggar



Fax: 948-2484


658-4474, Landis, SK

Biggar Sand & Gravel • trenching • trucking • water & sewer • sand & gravel • excavating Call Colin Graham at 948-5455 ‰ CWB CertiÀed ‰ Light Fabrication ‰ Mobile Welding

230 - 1st Ave. W., Biggar Phone: 948-7117 email:


…call 948-3344



Report from the Legislature by Randy Weekes, MLA, Biggar (23 January, 2013) Affordable and Quality Health Care Access to affordable, quality health care is one of the most important services a government provides for its citizens. That is why our government has been working in conjunction with other provinces and territories to provide lower cost generic drugs. This plan will see a great reduction in cost on six of the most commonly used drugs. The new prices will come into effect April 1, 2013 on: • Atorvastatin - used to treat high cholesterol; • Ramipril - used to treat blood pressure and other cardiovascular conditions; • Venlafaxine - used to treat depression and other mental health conditions; • Amlodipine - used to treat high blood pressure and angina;

• Omeprazole - used to treat a variety of gastrointestinal conditions; and • Rabeprazole - used to treat a variety of gastrointestinal conditions. By working with other provinces and territories we will save close to $10 million for Saskatchewan residents, private insurers and the provincial government. While this is good news for Saskatchewan families we recognize that this change will impact community pharmacies. We will work with pharmacies to identify opportunities to reinvest a portion of the savings back into the services they provide. While it’s important to ensure people have medication that’s affordable, it’s as equally important to educate youth about the benefits of living a healthy lifestyle. This is why we are continuing our efforts to reduce the use of tobacco,

especially in our youth. The Ministry of Health has launched the second phase of the youth antitobacco campaign which will include television, cinema ads, online and Facebook ads about the negative impact of tobacco use on your health. This campaign will feature messages from Saskatchewan youth directed to the ages of 11 to 14. This is one element of an overall effort to reduce tobacco use. Right now, stats show that the daily smoking rates in Saskatchewan are at an all-time low. Another important aspect of preparing our youth for successful futures is through education. To that end, our government is taking action to ensure our students have uniform instructional time across Saskatchewan. Until now instructional times have varied throughout the province which was a noted concern for the Provin-

2012 NEW Model 2012 Chev Camero Convertible SS 6.2L V8 - 400 HP - 45th Anniversary pkg., Rally Sport Pkg, black leather appointed seats, auto, 245 watt Boston acoustic Stereo, heads up display, rear camera.

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$382.00 bi-weekly


2012 GMC Terrain SLE-1 FWD Black, 2.4L, 6 spd auto, air, tilt, cruise, power windows, locks, mirrors, Bluetooth, Sirius XM Satellite, rear camera, black cloth

$171.00 biweekly

$24,900 Only 2 Left!!! 2012 Buick Regal Turbo white diamond, 2.0 Turbo, 6 speed auto, air, tilt, cruise, power windows, locks, m i r ro r s , seats, s u n ro o f , air, ,tilt, cruise, power windows, locks, mirrors, seats, sunroof, Bluetooth, Sirius XM Satellite, Cocoa/cashmere leather

$226.00 bi-weekly

$29,900 If we don’t have the vehicle you want, we will FIND one for YOU!

Rosetown Mainline Motor Products Hwy #7 West, Rosetown, Sask.

Toll free:1-877-979-7999 or 306-882-2691 Dealer License #311284

cial Auditor in 2011. After extensive consultations beginning in 2011 with the Saskatchewan School Boards Association, the League of Education Administrators, Directors and Superintendents, the

Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation and the Saskatchewan Association of School Business the school year will now be set at 950 instructional hours. This change will bring us in line with our

Western Canadian counterparts and take effect in the 2013-14 school year. If you have a question about this Legislative report or any other matter, just contact Randy.

Global Institute for Food Security announces founding board and senior management appointment New directors bring leadership in industry, government and academia

The Global Institute for Food Security (GIFS) is pleased to announce the appointment of three directors to its founding board: Dallas Howe, current Chair of the Board of Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc.; Alanna Koch, Deputy Minister of Saskatchewan Agriculture; and Peter MacKinnon, former President of the University of Saskatchewan. The province of Saskatchewan, the University of Saskatchewan, and PotashCorp formally established the Global Institute for Food Security in Saskatoon in December 2012 with initial commitments of up to CDN $35 million from PotashCorp and CDN $15 million from the province over the next seven years to address the increasing global demand for safe, reliable food. “We are delighted to welcome these highly respected and distin-

guished leaders to our board table,” Dr. Roger Beachy, founding Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of GIFS said. “Their considerable leadership, vision and insight will help us chart a clear and strong course for the future and establish GIFS among the most pre-eminent food security research institutes in the world.” Howe is a recognized business leader, innovator and entrepreneur with expertise in agriculture, information technology and governance. As a corporate director, Howe has served on the boards of Canada’s leading agriculture, crop input and agri-marketing companies including PotashCorp and Viterra (formerly Saskatchewan Wheat Pool). He has been recognized with the Institute of Corporate Directors Fellowship Award for his leadership in board governance. Koch is a strong advocate for Saskatchewan and Canadian agricul-

ture and has served on the boards of Agricore United and the George Morris Centre at the University of Guelph, and as the executive director of the Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association. She is a former president of the Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance and currently serves on the boards of the Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation and Saskatchewan Trade and Export Partnership. MacKinnon is a legal scholar, writer and advisor to governments and post-secondary institutions in the areas of innovation and justice; he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada in January 2012. MacKinnon was a member of the federal Science, Technology and Innovation Council from 2007-12 and served as chair of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada from 2003-05. In addition to these founding board members, three additional directors will be nominated and appointed to the GIFS board in 2013. The Institute is also pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Ernie Barber, P.Ag., P.Eng. as Deputy Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer. Barber has held many leadership positions at the University of Saskatchewan, including as former Dean of the College of Agriculture and Bioresources (199907) and Acting Provost and Vice-President Academic (2007-08). He will oversee the administration and operation of GIFS, leveraging his deep understanding of the university and its partners in the agriculture and food sectors.



Impaired driving strategy critical in making roads safer: NDP NDP SGI critic Danielle Chartier urged the Sask Party government to listen to the chorus of voices calling for action and put in place a meaningful strategy to lower the province’s high rate of impaired driving. Speaking January 31 in Regina with Andrew Murie, CEO of MADD Canada, Chartier said impaired driving is a serious problem in Saskatchewan and the province can no longer ignore it. MADD Canada’s research shows the province has the country’s worst per capita impaired driving

Randy Weekes, M.L.A. for the Biggar Constituency 1-877-948-4880 OfÀce Hours: Monday - Friday 1 - 5 p.m. Phone: 306-948-4880 106 - 3rd Ave. West, Biggar Fax: 306-948-4882 e-mail:

Web site: P. O. Box 1413 Biggar, SK. S0K 0M0

death rate. “MADD’s research and advocacy shows our province needs a real strategy and strong leadership to combat the high impaired driving rate,” Chartier said. “The Sask Party government needs to do more than just reiterate what has already been

done. We should lead the country in lowering the rate of impaired driving and save lives.” Saskatchewan’s impaired driving contributed in part to an alarmingly high number of highway fatalities in 2012. The NDP believes a new strategy specifically targeted at

impaired driving can be the first step in reducing the number of highway deaths. “We have heard from everyday families that an impaired driving rate of 2.5 times the national average is a clear sign the Sask Party government must take action now to save lives.”

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