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There’s more to the story than ‘meets the eye’. That’s what author Gordon Goldsborough illustrates in his book entitled “Abandoned Manitoba” which provides the reader a glimpse into more than 30 abandoned sites across the province – including locally in Brandon – describing features and what caused each site to go deserted. “The idea was that in each case, I wouldn’t just show pictures of what it looked like, I would write about what it meant and how Manitoba has changed through the years,” said Goldsborough, who was in the Wheat City recently, presenting the book to locals at the Brandon Library. The head researcher, webmaster and past president of the Manitoba Historical Society, Goldsborough has helped map out more than 6,200 historical sites across the province over the past few years – this included sites no longer in use. “About a year and a half ago, I was approached by a producer at CBC Radio if I’d be interested in coming on their radio program and talk about the things that I had seen, so I did and it was a lot of fun.” Goldsborough was eventually talked into doing a weekly radio appearance and would later be approached by a publisher who wanted him to write a book about his findings. “I guess I didn’t think through it very carefully because to fill a few minutes of radio is one thing, but to write an actual book where you’re fairly authoritative, is quite another,” he said with a laugh. “So it meant quite a bit of extra time to research a lot of those places.” Goldsborough wound up picking 36 historical sites in the book which include stories on the abandoned Manitoba Pool grain elevator, which at the time, was located in the village of Helston (which is now the municipality of Glenella-Lansdowne). The elevator, which was built back in 1905, was originally capable of holding 25,000 bushels of grain. It would later be demolished in the summer of 1946 and replaced with a 40,000-bushel structure. The elevator would eventually close in December 1978. “Underneath the story of that elevator is a bigger story about how agriculture has changed in the last 20 or 30 years,” he said. “Most people are familiar with that change,” he continued. “We’ve gone through a whole bunch of small wooden elevators to today where we have just very few

enormous concrete ones. That implies there’s been a major change in the way that farming is done today. It also means that instead of using a horse drawn wagon to tow the grain to market, a lot of farmers now have to use a whole fleet of semi trucks.” Instead of driving only a few miles to the elevator, now some farmers are often routinely driving somewhere in the neighbourhood of 100 miles or more to get to an elevator these days, he says. “What that means is that the road transportation network has had to change. Now that we have good roads over much of the province, what it implies is that if you live in a small town, in the past, you would’ve bought all your groceries in that small town. You would’ve socialized in that small town, your kids would’ve gone to school in that small town, you would’ve attended church in that small town. “Well now that there’s a road where you can go anywhere you want, that spells the end of small town life because then you can go to the bigger town, the bigger grocery store, the bigger church, to the bigger school and to the bigger grain elevator. “There’s a major story that is tied up and symbolized by that grain elevator.” Another site in the book is the Little Saskatchewan River generating station, which is also known as the Brandon Dam, 10-Mile Dam or Minnedosa River Hydro Plant. This structure was the first hydroelectric power generating station in the province. Built in 1900, it provided power to the city of Brandon via a 14-kilometre transmission line. The power station was later decommissioned in 1924 and the final remains of the dam were destroyed back in 1948.

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Gordon Goldsborough is the author of “Abandoned Manitoba.” The book focuses on 36 historical abandoned sites in the province, including locally in Brandon.

“If you asked where was the first big power dam in Manitoba was, some people who know a little about history would say the one at Pinawa out in eastern Manitoba. Well, they’d be wrong.” Abandoned Manitoba can be purchased at Coles at the Brandon Shoppers Mall as well as several different outlets in Winnipeg, including McNally Robinson and Chapters. Folks can also purchase the book online at greatplains. mb.ca, Amazon and Chapters-Indigo. Folks can also contact Goldsborough directly for a copy at 204-782-8829. Goldsborough is also a member of the department of biological sciences at the University of Manitoba. He’s also a water quality specialist and chair of the Manitoba Water Council and a representative for Canada on the international joint commission’s International Red River Board.

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to offer a hot meal to those that may otherwise go without food.” Established through the Brandon Area Community Foundation, 100 Women Who Care is a group of women who share a common desire to give back and inspire local philanthropy in their community. With files from release

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Province-wide review has local chief librarian concerned Lanny Stewart Editor lstewart@westmanjournal.com

Shelley Mortensen, the chief librarian at Brandon Public Library, is concerned about what’s to come after the provincial government recently launched a policy review of public libraries province-wide. “I guess you never know when they start a review what direction they’re going to go in,” she told the Journal. A release issued last week states that while public libraries have undertaken significant modernization efforts, provincial policies have changed very little over the past 30 years. The review by the province is expected to look at the issues impacting public libraries – and at the same time, “identify priorities and opportunities for efficiency,” says Rochelle Squires, minister of sport, culture and heritage. “We want to ensure the support we provide and the services that are offered are delivered as efficiently and effectively as possible.” Squires went on to say in the release that stakeholder surveys and forums will be used to guide the province on developing improved policies, adding that the goal is to “achieve high-quality service at a reasonable cost to taxpayers.” Mortensen says there has been some initiatives from library boards asking the province to look at the funding formulas that have been in place for some time for public libraries. “Whether that’s part of what has created this initiative I’m not sure,” she said. She went on to say that there is concern

The City of Brandon has hired a contractor to widen and strengthen portions of Brandon’s south dike system as part of its 2016 south dikes work project. Permission has been granted to conduct 24-hour work along specific areas of the dike, which began Nov. 25 and will conclude Dec. 16. The 2016 south dikes work project will see a number of areas of the city’s existing dike system on the south side of the Assiniboine River from 26th

on her part about a possible reduction in services. “I guess you go in thinking maybe they’re going to say, ‘hey we’re going to give you more money’. But you never know that for sure.” The official opposition meanwhile is of similar belief urging the provincial government to guarantee that the review of the system doesn’t result in reduced library services. “We are deeply concerned what this will mean for valuable social and cultural assets like libraries,” said NDP Interim Leader Flor Marcelino in a statement. “The government should listen to Manitobans and ensure it preserves and supports our important cultural institutions.” Trevor Surgenor, director of the Manitoba public library services branch, says there’s no reason for stakeholders to be fearful. “The review process is focused on determining how we can best support library development in Manitoba. So we’re going to work with stakeholders across the province to better understand their needs.” There are currently 56 public libraries which consist of 118 service points in the province. The Western Manitoba Regional Library consists of a Brandon branch as well as branches in Carberry/North Cypress, Neepawa, Glenboro and Hartney/ Cameron. The province says more information on how library service providers can contribute to the review will be available in the coming weeks.

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Street to the Third Street dam reinforced and widened as part of the larger, multi-year Brandon flood protection system enhancements project. Conducting such work prior to the onset of winter is being done proactively to prepare for any potential spring flooding that Brandon may experience as a result of 2016 excessive moisture levels. As per the extension, overnight work being conducted will be limited to the area north of Hilton Avenue between 24th Street and 18th Street North;

and the area north of Parker Boulevard between 18th Street North and Eighth Street North. Activity will be limited to the movement and placement of material on the dike only and will not include any truck travel through the affected areas. In being granted this extension, the contractor is required to hand-deliver notification ahead of the scheduled 24-hour work to all residents in the area between Third Street North and 34th Street, from the Assiniboine River over to the Cana-

dian Pacific Railway tracks. In addition, the contractor must adhere to the requirement not to undertake any of the above 24-hour work in the residential-adjacent areas between the Third Street Dam and the Brandon Co-op Feeds terminal, and further, that any lighting used in this 24-hour work faces toward the Assiniboine River and not affect traffic flow. The City of Brandon asks for the public’s understanding and patience while this period of 24-hour work is completed.

However, if members of the public with concerns regarding this work should require, the following phone numbers have been made available for followup questions or concerns: Allen & Bolack Excavating Ltd (204573-7544); Tri Wave Construction (204-761-2564); City of Brandon Engineering Services (204-729-2214); Brandon Police Services (204-729-2345). With files from release

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Trolls. No, I’m not talking about those little dolls with the wacky hair from years ago. I’m referring to those on the internet. Unfortunately, in today’s society, there are those behind a keyboard who have a penchant for spewing awful things to people. Those who look to initiate vicious insults – or even worse, threats of violence. For as much as I enjoy social media and what it represents, a quick Google search on my computer shows a long list of deplorable tweets from a select few in society that make me shudder in disgust. Some of these ‘trolls’ are racists, bigots, fascists – you name it, they’re out there. Social media has provided these types a voice, a microphone to showcase their disgusting thoughts for the world to see. This type of behaviour is despicable and because these views are showcased

online practically on a dayto-day basis, I’m afraid of what’s to come in the future. So what do we do about this? Maybe those at the top, those selected to represent, will provide a good example‌(Sigh) I was disheartened with the amount of hate showcased online by folks during the U.S. election campaign. Through all of it – all the negativity, all the amped-up criticism – so many people fell victim to threats, were belittled, were

harassed. Yes, the candidates didn’t help. But that’s an excuse. A ‘cop out’ for people to lash out. Political ideologies aside, where’s the respect? For many, there’s none. I remember a time before social media, before we doled out our thoughts, our instant analysis. Back then, I watched the six o’clock news for political unrest and racial tension around the world. Now, I see it on a continual basis on my Twitter timeline.

Is this over-stimulation? Should we go back to the days of before Facebook, before Twitter? At least then, I can pretend. I can go back to actually believing every once in a while that society in general has grown up. I wouldn’t be reminded so many times that there remains people out there who continually spew hate. I’ll leave you with a quote from Mike Zimmer, the head coach of the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings. It resonates with me when it comes to this topic. “Faith is belief without proof.� I have faith that maybe one day, it’ll be different. But do I believe it’ll happen? I’ve yet to witness any proof.

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opinion Dear Premier Pallister, I have concerns and am speaking out for the despair of Lake Winnipeg and our precious water sources in Manitoba. On the website of Canadian Dimension magazine, of June 30, 2007, author, Cy Gonick wrote about hog politics. He tells us: “This kind of intensive hog production causes air pollutionnoxious odours, toxic gases and drug pollution. As well, antibiotics, growthpromoting chemicals and other veterinary drugs end up in the animals themselves and enter the environment through their manure and urine, contaminating the water, the soil and our food. And also with this, more evidence has emerged connecting mega hog barns to increased damage to Lake Winnipeg.” I will remind you premier, that when the NDP

An open letter to the Premier were in opposition, and prior to becoming government in 1999, they too expressed grave concerns of the hog industry attaining a foothold in Manitoba. They also voiced concerns about the vast quantities of manure, the water contamination, the environment and implications of social sustainability. Yet, basically nothing has evolved for the better in the past years of the NDP banner. They became government and those concerns apparently disappeared as they exchanged seating positions in the Manitoba Legislature – and the swine herd continued to steadily increase by several million animals. Those same concerns are prominent and with us, even today. Sixteen-plus years have gone by and yes, there have been some minor changes and promises to improve. Recently, however, there has been a resurgence in

Manitoba’s factory hog industry and plans to further increase hog production are presently being undertaken. Hog feces stored in more of the cheaper structures promises more nutrient leaching and increases the danger and probability of contamination. Pig waste is appropriately categorized and recognized as a hazardous waste. What odour control measures are being put in place and how is that going to be addressed? For this is also a health issue. A questionable and threatening undertaking Mr. Pallister, for research has determined that hog manure is the biggest single risk to Lake Winnipeg. And furthermore, studies carried out in Manitoba over the past several years, and reported by Manitoba Conservation, have concluded that earthen storages seep and are a threat to ground and surface water. This is not the advanced

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technical protection that is required and needed to protect the environment and our water sources from pollution. The red tape reduction task force being conceived needs to be reminded that the enactment of the Save Lake Winnipeg Act was totally supported in the Manitoba Legislative in June of 2011. The NDP government passed the Save Lake Winnipeg Act to keep phosphorus out of Lake Winnipeg, cracking down on hog manure entering our waterways and protecting wetlands. Lake Winnipeg has recently been declared as the most polluted fresh water lake in the world. What a shameful example and cost we bear to conduct ourselves in the name of opportunistic development, that pollutes our most vital and life resource: water. It is time for all governments to deal with water issues and address the

sources of contaminates and pollution, otherwise Canada and particularly Manitoba, will be known as the land of dying lakes and rivers. Governments can no longer be in denial about water problems and simply turn their backs on the situation. It is also time to recog-

nize that there is a better way of raising hogs for meat export and to implement the necessary changes to have this accomplished. Yours truly, John Fefchak Virden

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President elect Donald Trump is a tweeting twit. It seems that if ‘The Donald’ doesn’t like you he goes on a tweeting rant on Twitter. Doesn’t this remind you of the spoiled brat we all knew? The kid who would go home with his bat and ball if we didn’t play by his rules? Do you get the feeling that once elected, ‘Twitter Trump’ might be spending two-to-three hours a day tweeting? Is it too late to buy shares in Twitter’s parent company? – Now that Santa has officially arrived in Westman...tis the season. Falalalala. If you’re looking for a way to make a little extra cash this holiday season and to help make it a little more bearable, how about starting a Christmas pool?

Co-workers, friends and family could each chip in $5 or $10. Some of the topics for the pool could include: How many times will you hear Feliz Navidad between now and Dec. 25? How many times will you hear Happy Holidays? How many times will you hear Merry Christmas? How many times will someone say you can’t use one of the above phrases? How many Christmas cards will you get by old fashioned ‘snail mail’? How many times will you hear the phrase “best holiday prices ever!” How many times will you actually get kissed

under the mistletoe? How many slices of fruitcake will you actually eat during the holidays? How many insincere ‘Happy Holidays/Merry Christmas’ will you hear from store employees? Feel free to add your own suggestions to the pool… – It’s the one thing everyone loves about the holidays: You pull up to your favourite store and spend about 15 minutes trying to find a parking space and it seems everyone else and their mother-in-law is doing the same thing. After two or three near-collisions you finally find a spot, pull in and discover you can barely open the car door. Options are to try and wiggle your way out of the car. If you have a van, get to the middle seat and use the side door

or else you can pull out and spend another 10-15 minutes trying to find a spot close to the store. Once you get into the store, it looks exactly like the parking lot. Shoppers with carts blocking aisles, bumping into you and generally making you wish why the @#$% you decided to go shopping today. Makes you want to try online shopping from the

comfort of your favourite chair... – Is there such a concoction as scrambled egg nog? Sounds like the ideal holiday breakfast. Scrambled rum egg nog with pickled sausages (and I mean pickled). – As John Wayne would say, “Well pilgrim, what ya gonna do?” Now that American Thanksgiving has come and gone, thoughts

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As with people, barrels and bottles come in all shapes and sizes, and vary from region to region and country to country. In Burgundy, France, Pinot Noir is either fermented and/or aged in 228-litre oak barrels, the traditional barrel of Burgundy. In contrast, Bordeaux’s standard barrel, the barrique, is 225 litres in size. The size and composition of those used in Burgundy and Bordeaux are used the world-over by producers inspired by the wines of these famed wine-producing regions who wish to produce wines using the same barrels and barrel-aging regimen. The back label of a wine bottle often contains a statement regarding whether the wine has been aged or fermented (or both) in a barrel. Which barrel? Is the barrel used or unused? What species or type of wood was used in production? Where did the wood originate? Was the wood growing in the wild or a tree farm? What size of barrel? Size, composition, structure and barrel maker matter – also whether the barrel has been used in the past and if so what it was used for? A small barrel has a higher wood-to-

wine ratio giving a wine aged in smaller barrels more oak aromas and flavours than wine aged in a large barrel. Used barrels do not impart the same bold wood character than new barrels do, but instead result in softer wines with less obvious wood influence. Wood effect also varies according to the number of times the barrel has been used because with each use, wood influence – such as tannins, wood aromas and flavour – decrease. A one-year old used barrel imparts more wood character than that of a fouryear-old used barrel. An Australian wine label I came upon claimed the wine was aged in a hogshead barrel. This practice seems to be gaining ground although it’s difficult to know as until relatively recently. The term hogshead was seldom mentioned on a wine label. The majority of consumers assume barrel size and composition does not vary. This particular barrel capacity is 300 litres. Another practice is to use barrels previously used in the production of spirits. Jacob’s Creek Double Barrel Barossa Shiraz is an example of this practice. This ripe full-bodied and dense Australian Shiraz from the renowned Barossa Valley was produced by using both traditional French oak barrels and Scotch whiskey barrels. A puncheon barrel is made in two sizes, either 200 litres or 300 litres, and the barrel known as a pipe ranges in size from 500-630 litres. Pipes are used for port and cognac production and the size of barrel depends not only on the country where the wine is made but also whether the wine is to be shipped or matured in barrel. Of interest, it’s an English tradition to gift a newborn with a 534- litre barrel of port from the vintage of the child’s birth year. The port is left to age in barrel until the child is of legal drinking age and is consumed at that time. Bottles come in all shapes and sizes. Although some shapes and colours are completely random, while some reflect the traditions of a particular country or a

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Ten Thousand Villages to hold day-long celebration Ten Thousand Villages is inviting everyone to come and join them for a day-long celebration at their shop in downtown Brandon. This celebration, says Lynn Nightingale, manager of Ten Thousand Villages in Brandon, is an opportunity to thank the community for supporting the store. “Our community supports us all year long but people were particularly patient with us during the major renovations we did this spring,” said Nightingale. “We just really want to thank everyone for continuing to come to our store, and for all the kindness we experienced during all of the adventures we’ve had this year.” Ten Thousand Villages purchases products from artisans in developing countries around the world, many of whom are in small rural villages. “Brandon is kind of like our village”, said Nightingale. “We’ve got a really supportive community here, and we want to celebrate all of the things that we are able to accomplish together both here at home and around the world.” The festivities will take place on Dec. 3 from 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at Ten Thousand Villages, 829 Rosser Avenue. The celebration will include store-wide discounts, prizes and giveaways, sampling of Fair Trade treats and complimentary gift wrap.

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Tree of Memories service a ‘quiet time to remember’ Terri Eger Westman Journal newsroom@wheatcityjournal.ca

The holiday season can be a time of joy, but for families who have suffered a loss, it can also be a time of mourning. For nearly two decades, Brockie Donovan has brought people together for a commemorative service at the beginning of the Christmas season. The 19th annual Tree of Memories service will take place on Thursday, Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. at Central United Church in Brandon. “Holidays can trigger intense emotions,” said Kelly Lumbard, commu-

nity events coordinator with the funeral home. “By coming together and being in a place where other families are affected by loss you get a real sense of community. It’s a quiet time to remember and know that you’re not alone.” Anyone who has suffered the loss of a loved one is encouraged to contact Brockie Donavon prior to the event. Staff will prepare an ornament with the name of your loved one and have it ready for you to hang on the tree the night of the service. Last year, the service attracted close to 800 people who all hung spe-

cialized ornaments on the tree and took part in the service. Through comforting words, song and a special candle lighting tribute, the service provides those in attendance an opportunity to reflect on their loss and move forward during the holiday season. “The candle lighting portion of the service is really beautiful,” Lumbard said. “The lights are all turned down and hundreds of candles fill the room. “You can look around and know that everyone is sharing in your loss,” she continued. “You can also see families with

young children and know that the world is still full of life.” The service is open to anyone who has suffered a loss. Whether that loss has taken place recently or is from several years ago, whether the service was performed by Brockie Donovan or held outside of the country, it doesn’t matter. “There are people who will attend for the first time and we have others who come every year,” Lumbard said. “The service has become part of their ritual for the holiday season and they find comfort in attending.” Following the service,

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Supported employment agencies merge in Brandon Lanny Stewart Editor lstewart@westmanjournal.com

You can call it a cliche all you want, but Tracy Williams is happy Career Connections is now considered a ‘one stop shop’. The employment agency in Brandon, which specializes in working with people with disabilities, recently announced it’s added Westman Employment Services to its umbrella of services it provides to its clients in southwestern Manitoba. The idea behind the move was to eliminate some of the barriers individuals with disabilities are faced with when it comes to finding employment, says Williams, a longtime executive director at WES who has since taken on the same role at Ca-

reer Connections, replacing the late Kevin Boyd, who passed away earlier this year. “It’s the best thing for the community to have all these services under one location,” she told the Journal. Williams says plans are in place to dissolve Westman Employment Services entirely by mid-February. A total of six staff members - Williams included - ended up recently transitioning from WES and Avis’s Place, a drop-in centre for adults with intellectual disabilities (associated with WES) to Career Connections, which is currently fully staffed and ready to meet all its clients needs. Williams says moving forward, not only will Career Connections continue to provide assessment modules to determine a client’s strength and

limitations, but also more workshops on top of what it already offers. “Everybody has the right to work and now I don’t have to refer them. Now they all come to one place,” she added. She says replacing Boyd, a man who played a key role in finding employment for people with disabilities in the community for many years, will be difficult. “That was one of the things that I had to wrap my head around,” Williams said. “I don’t know if I’ll ever replace Kevin but I want to make sure that his legacy lives on. Kevin will always be a big part of this agency.” For more information about Career Connections, go online to cciwestman.ca or contact the office directly at 204-728-9594.

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Brandon police officers recognized Two Brandon Police officers recently received excellence in law enforcement awards for their outstanding contributions to their police services and communities. Constable Bruce Ewanyshyn, who has been with the BPS since 1990, is a specialist with the Forensic Identification Unit, along with Constable Jay Palmer, a police service dog trainer with the BPS, were among the 19 Manitoba officers honoured. “These officers have served the citizens of Manitoba with honour and distinction, demonstrating leadership and a commitment to excellence in policing and law enforcement,” said justice minister Heather Stefanson in a release. “Their passion and dedication, combined with their willingness to put themselves in harm’s way

to protect others, make Manitoba a safer place for all of us to live. I congratulate each of the officers being recognized with this award.” “The efforts of the men and women recognized with this award are sometimes taken for granted, but when you see their hard work on a daily basis, it is nothing short of amazing,” said Ian Grant, president of the Manitoba Association of Chiefs of Police. “They are involved in dedicated investigations that may result in real personal safety risks, in community-oriented crime prevention and engagement efforts, and countless hours of volunteer service. On behalf of all of our member agencies, we congratulate this year’s recipients for all they do for Manitobans.”

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Reduction of red tape a hot topic at annual AMM convention Journal Staff Westman Journal newsroom@wheatcityjournal.ca

A review of regulations was discussed at length at the Association of Manitoba Municipalities annual convention, which took place recently in Winnipeg. The discussions regarding this topic come after the provinceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s throne speech late last month in which the government is conducting an overall review, planning to relax regulations governing public-private partnerships. Ghris Goertzen, AMM president, says itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time for many of the regulations,

which are decades old, to be looked at extensively or even eliminated all together. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That certainly was a dominating factor in a number of resolutions and I think Westman was highlighting those as important,â&#x20AC;? Goertzen told the Journal. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We think we have a good partnership with the provincial government and that theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re willing to look at reviewing regulations because we want to do government better and we think we can be a good partner in helping them achieve that because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

not only going to make the government more efficient locally but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll also save the province more money as well,â&#x20AC;? he added. Brandon mayor Rick Chrest attended the convention and says heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all for the review. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The province has said that theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be consulting with municipalities when they do that so thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also good news, so weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be glad to work with them to find the best and most efficient way of doing things moving forward.â&#x20AC;? Chrest says he was pleased to see a resolution put forth by the RM of

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Evolution not revolution: That idea may not be so crazy

At one time, the idea of buying bottled water was an absurd concept to people. In North America, where water chlorination and a free flowing water connection in every home made fresh, clean water accessible seemingly for free at your kitchen tap. Today, bottled water is the second most popular bottled beverage in the United States. While Perrier may have been seen as a radical in the 1970s, their name is a familiar one now and many others have followed suit to cash in on the opportunity. With that being said, it may be time to re-visit that idea that you shared with friends that was laughed off even a generation ago? Opportunities exist today that we hadn’t even imagined yet in the past. What’s even more interesting is that some of the ventures which are showing the strongest growth are businesses that simply connect consumers with the products and services they need. We may all be familiar with the catchy commercials for the website Trivago. This is a company which owns no real estate or hotels themselves, but instead collects and displays information on hotel rates for consumers allowing them to find the best deal. Over the course of one year, their website is viewed by more than 1.4 billion viewers, resulting in 487 million bookings. They generate their revenue based on pay-per-click ads posted by hoteliers – who only pay based on the actual viewership of their specific content. The success of the business has been so strong that the company just announced over the past few weeks that it plans to go public and experts are eyeing the announcement as an intriguing opportunity for investors. You don’t have to look very far on the web to see the number of businesses that are emerging despite carrying no inventory of their own – but simply connecting consumers with products and services. Take a look at PayPal for example. This online service allows customers to make secure online purchases, boasting height-

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Fraser’s takes: Trust is everything when buiding a hockey team Trust is everything when it comes to building a successful business or organization. It’s no different in hockey. General managers and higher-profile organizational personnel rely on a team of scouts to help provide them with the information they need to draft and add the players they feel will fit what that team needs both on the ice and in the community. Every team structures their own scouting staff the way they see fit. Some clubs have more scouts than others; the roles of those involved can also vary. The bottom line however, is if you don’t trust your scouts, you’re setting yourself up for disaster. Last week, I touched upon a few people that have helped me learn the art of scouting (if there is such a thing) in my 12 years of involvement. This time, in Part 4 of Tales from the Arena, I focus on those that perhaps aren’t the household names you often see or read about, but have left just as much of an impact on me both as a scout and a human being. Here’s a handful of people that deserve way more credit than they receive: Gary Michalick – The senior scout for the Brandon Wheat Kings has had a huge, albeit more behind-the-scenes role, in the many playoff successes and championships the Wheat Kings have garnered since he joined the club back in the early 90s. When the buzzer sounded in Game 5 of the Western Hockey League championship series this past May when the Wheat Kings hoisted the Ed Chynoweth

Mike Fraser trophy, Michalick was one of the first people I thought of and congratulated for all the hard work, time and travel he’s put in at the rinks through the years. The Winnipegger has a great eye for players and what a Wheat King should be. Michalick, who began scouting with the Seattle Thunderbirds in 1987, has great insight on players, especially from Manitoba. He’s never afraid to share his opinion with me (and vice-versa) at all the tournaments we attend together throughout the season. What I’ve always appreciated about Michalick is even if his opinion greatly differs from mine on a player or topic, he never disrespects or disposes any of my thoughts and ideas. He will always listen…a trait that isn’t easy for some in the industry to master. Jamie Porter – The Edmonton resident is the first head scout I worked for as a member of the Swift Current Broncos. Porter – otherwise known as ‘Ports’ – helped me learn the ropes with the Broncos and has been involved with the club now for more than a decade (currently the director of hockey operations) after beginning as a scout with them in 2003. Porter is never afraid to throw a verbal jab at me and others in the scouting fraternity (all in good fun), but when it comes to the bantam draft and our final

list, he was always all-business, which is something I have a ton of respect for. He also made sure to let everyone have their time to share their opinions in our scout and draft meetings. I have nothing but fond memories during my time with the Broncos. Keith Wilson – ‘Kenny Rogers’ as he’s sometimes referred to at the rinks. Wilson, who has been scouting since the early 1970s, and I worked together with the Broncos in Calgary for three and a half years. Wilson taught me a ton about scouting and the Calgary and southern Alberta hockey scene. It was also impossible to enter an arena in the area without someone knowing Wilson and his long, recognizable white hair. While he’s been around the game a long time, Wilson always adapts to the changing ways of hockey and has a memory like no other. I can remember asking him if he recognized the names of a handful of Alberta teammates of mine in junior and NCAA. He knew them all – right off

the top of his head. Jim Crosson – An Edmonton resident, I first met Crosson in Brandon at the Western Midget Regional Championship in 2007. At the time, he was the general manager of the Alberta Junior Hockey League’s Lloydminster Bobcats who was in the Wheat City scouting the event. Crosson and I connected through one of my best friends, who was working for the Bobcats at the time. We’ve stayed in touch ever since. Crosson, one of the pure, genuine and nicest people you’ll meet, is now an amateur scout for the Edmonton Oilers and our paths frequently cross. He’s helped me understand how NHL scouts evaluate junior hockey players while also introducing me to countless contacts and teams in the pro ranks. Ryan Guenter – When I first moved to Edmonton, one of the first scouts to introduce himself to me was Guenter, a senior regional scout for the WHL’s Victoria Royals. He’s a perfect example of some of the fantastic people you meet

in this game. But he’s also an extremely hard worker that has a ton of respect amongst his peers and organization. While we each work for different clubs and are limited on what we can say to each other when it comes to scouting and the bantam draft, Guenter has helped me pinpoint some aspects of players’ games that I once never thought about. I’ve never seen anyone analyze a game and player better than him. If he chooses to pursue the scouting side full-time, he would make a tremendous head scout in the WHL or amateur scout in the NHL. Daryl Anning – If the last name looks familiar to you, it should. Anning is the father of Wheat Kings head coach David Anning. Daryl, from Winnipeg, is a provincial and travelling scout for Swift Current. He took me under his wing my first couple of years of scouting when I resided in Brandon. A long history with Hockey Manitoba, the Manitoba Junior Hockey

League and the WHL, Anning played a large role in the Broncos drafting current Dallas Star Cody Eakin in my first WHL Bantam Draft 11 years ago. I always appreciated Anning going to bat for me to bring me to the draft table early on in my career (not all scouts are able to attend), and he was the first one to call and wish me luck when I resigned from the Broncos in 2012. And call me biased, but as loyal as Anning is to his East Division-rival Broncos, deep down we all know he’s likely cheering on his son and the Black and Gold of the Wheat Kings. Fraser is a former Brandon-area sports editor and reporter who grew up in the Wheat City and has been involved in the athletic scene in Westman as a player, coach and media member. A former NCAA Division 1 goaltender, Mike is an 11-year Western Hockey League scout.

Backyard rink contest back again this year The Home Depot, in association with the Brandon Wheat Kings, recently announced the return of the Western Hockey League club’s annual backyard rink contest. The contest has officially begun and will close on Sunday, Feb. 12 at midnight, with the winner to be announced on Friday, Feb. 17 when the Wheat Kings play host to the visiting Regina Pats at Westman Communications Place. Starting Wednesday, Nov. 23, fans can enter online at www.homedepotbackyardrink.com or fill out a ballot at BDO fan services at all Wheat Kings’ home games, beginning Fri-

day, Dec. 16 when the Saskatoon Blades pay a visit to Brandon. While some fans have already started preparations on their backyard ice palace, many more will begin over the course of the next month with the holiday season right around the corner. The following are some tips to consider when planning to build yours and enter this year’s contest. Tip 1: When thickening your ice, create thin layers at a time (0.5cm). If you flood the rink with too much water at a time the thick layer of ice could crack. Tip 2: Fill the cracks in the ice with

snow rather than water. This prevents the water from seeping through the cracks and thawing the surface underneath resulting in shell ice. Tip 3: Place your rink on a shaded, flat surface, close to a source of water and a source of light for night skating. Tip 4: Sweep the ice around the perimeter with a corn brook to prevent a ridge from developing. Tip 5: The warmer the weather, the finer the spray and the less water you should use. If you overwater in warm weather you will have a thin layer of ice over water commonly known as shell ice. With files from release

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Romo bumped by rookie QB star It famously happened to Wally Pipp in baseball. Now, about 90 years later, it looks like it might happen to Tony Romo in football. Pipp was the regular first baseman for the New York Yankees when, the story goes, a headache sidelined him one day. Taking his place was young slugger Lou Gehrig, who went on to play more than 2,100 consecutive games over 14 seasons. Pipp was finished with the Yanks. His headache cost him his career. Fast forward to 2016. It was late August when Dallas Cowboys’ quarterback Tony Romo injured his back in the Cowboys’ first pre-season game against Seattle. Now, it’s late November, Romo’s back is healed, but he is definitely the second-stringer thanks to the outstanding play of his replacement, Mississippi State grad Dak Prescott. Through 60 per cent of the season, ’America’s Team’ is the National Football League’s best team, thanks to the combination of the

league’s top offensive line, the outstanding play of rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott, and Prescott at QB. And Romo watches from the sidelines — ‘Pipped’, as it were — while Prescott continues to take snaps from centre and post victories for the Cowboys. Through the first few games of Prescott’s subbing at QB, it was without question that Romo would take over as soon as he was healthy. But as the Prescott wins mounted, calls for the Cowboys’ brass to leave the winning combination alone became louder. Finally, after the ‘Boys beat hometown Pittsburgh Steelers Nov. 13, team owner Jerry Jones made the call — Prescott was No. 1. The now-healthy Romo would be his backup. “We’ve got a great luxury, a wonderful problem to have,” Jones told Dan Graziano of ESPN.com. Later in the

week, Romo himself held a press conference to admit that Prescott had earned the No. 1 job. So here’s how the situation has unfolded in Dallas. At the start of the season, the Cowboys had an injury-prone 36-year-old QB and either journeyman Kellen Moore or the untested rookie Prescott as No. 2. Now, they have a solid No. 1 in Prescott and an experienced and talented backup in Romo. The Seahawks might have something to say about it, but it’s easy to imagine the Cowboys representing the NFC in the Super Bowl in Houston Feb. 2, with a rookie quarterback still at the wheel. • Headline at TheKicker. com: “Romo humbly steps aside, breaks ankle in the process.” • Rams defensive tackle Michael Brockers, to ESPN, on linemate Aaron Donald: “God built him to play D-tackle, man. He built a 6-1, 280-, 290-pound bowling ball with the

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Sun of a Beach hits record numbers Terri Eger Westman Journal newsroom@wheatcityjournal.ca

What do you get when you combine 250 yards of sand with more than 60 volleyball teams? Sun of a Beach. The annual beach volleyball tournament, hosted by the Assiniboine Community College Student Association, has been raising money and bringing volleyball enthusiasts together for 29 years. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s event attracted a record 62 teams to the Keystone Centre on Nov. 18 and 19. Each team consisted of a maximum of six players and was guaranteed three games in the two-day tournament. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Attendance was insane,â&#x20AC;? said Megan Pierreroy, vice president of events and marketing with ACCSA. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The majority of people come from Manitoba but I talked to some players who came in from Regina and Saskatoon. In past years weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve even had people come from Minot.â&#x20AC;? The tournament attracts competitive volleyball players and those who are out for a good time.

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Waste Reduction School Challenge a success The City of Brandon’s sixth annual Waste Reduction School Challenge ran from Oct. 11 to 25, with a total of 325 students from 10 different schools participating. Held each October during Sustainability Month, the three-week challenge sees students competing for points by participating in various waste reduction activities (things like making recycled art projects, cleaning the playground, shutting off lights/computers when not needed, spreading the word and teaching others about composting/ recycling), as well as taking a field

trip to the Eastview Landfill. Each participating classroom also created a pledge outlining what environmental action they as a class will carry out for the rest of the school year. This year’s winning classrooms were Mrs. Sambrook’s Grade 5 and 6 class at Linden Lanes School, and Mrs. Baker’s Grade 1 and 2 class at Kirkcaldy Heights School. Along with bragging rights, the two winning classrooms received free passes to Brandon’s Community Sportsplex. With files from release

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Funds for Furry Friends to host Xmas fundraiser Terri Eger Westman Journal newsroom@wheatcityjournal.ca

The wind is howling, the snow is piling up and there is nowhere to find shelter. Imagine spending night after night outside in the cold. There are many homeless animals in the community who are faced with this reality and without your help they have no other option. The Funds For Furry Friends non-profit organization works hard to bring homeless animals in from the cold but their resources are limited. “We’re only able to help those animals in which we have resources for,” explained Wendy Flannigan, a volunteer with the organization. “Our hope is to raise enough money to continue the intake process and bring more animals into our rescue.” In an effort to raise funds so they can support more animals, Funds For Furry Friends is organizing a Christmas fundraiser which is open to the entire family and will include many fun activities. “Crocus Obedience School is bringing puppies for us to have a puppy kissing booth,” Flannigan said. “We’re sure that will be very popular.” Brandon Search and Rescue will also be on site with Kime, the German Sheppard used in search and rescue operations in the area. As part of their presentation, the group will explain what you should do if you’re ever lost and how you should react if Kime were to find you. “It’s a great opportunity to teach children what to do and give them a chance

to meet Kime,” Flannigan said. In keeping with the search and rescue theme, the group will also be hosting a child ID clinic. For a cost of $5 parents will be given a card for their wallet that will include critical information on their child should they ever go missing. Height, weight, eye colour, distinguishing marks and finger prints will be handed over to parents to be used in the event of an emergency. Due to the nature of the event, the group is even offering the service for the four-legged

members of the family who are welcome to attend on a proper leash. The event will also include pictures with Santa for kids and pets alike as well as face painting, balloons, silent auction, 50/50 draws and much more. Cost to attend is $7 per person or $20 per family with all money raised going to support the services provided by Funds For Furry Friends. The organization is run completely by volunteers and works to give shelter and care for homeless animals.

“The purpose of our organization is to find each homeless animal a forever home.” The Funds For Furry Friends Christmas Fundraiser will take place on Dec. 4 from noon to 4 p.m. at Budget Blinds in Brandon. “As winter months approach it’s an essential time of year to consider the needs of Brandon’s homeless animals,” Flannigan concluded.

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Tradition brings small community together in a big way Amanda Scott Westman Journal newsroom@wheatcityjournal.ca

Locals, young and old, are beginning to buzz with excitement as Rapid City’s “Old Fashion Family Christmas” rounds the corner again. This year will mark the fifth straight year that the town has brought back the Christmas tradition, and each year, it proves how important town-wide events are to small communities. “Events like these rein-

force the community bond we have in Rapid City and that includes all generations,” said Rapid City local Karolina Scott. “I remember looking forward to the Family Christmas when I was a kid!” Scott was not the only one touched with nostalgia when the event was brought back five years ago. Margo Eckberg, a Rapid City citizen of 50 years, remembers attending the event as a child, adding that the tradition dates back to the 60s.

“We also had movies, popcorn and sleigh rides, but back in the 60s it was called a Christmas ‘do’.” These days, the Rapid City Chamber of Commerce handles the event and is working hard to bring unity back to the community with events year-round. Some of the other events consist of Canada Day activities, town-wide yard sales and trivia nights. The goal of these events is to create an active and engaging community, which

members agree it has done within Rapid City. Now the invitation is extended to other small communities, to join and experience the comfort and joy of the holidays in Rapid City. “This [event] really gives everyone a chance to reconnect with old friends and family, as well as meet new people,” Scott added. “And not to mention, support an amazing Rapid City tradition.” The day kicks off in Rapid City’s Legion Hall at noon on Dec. 4 with a

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