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Australia resident with Canora connection reflects on impact of wildfires

Courtesy of The Canora Courier Mary Anne Davis, sister of Mike Davis of Canora, lives and works as a teacher aide/administration assistant at Nanango State High School in Australia. The country is being devastated by the worst wildfires seen in years, with large areas affected since the start of the fire season in late July. It’s been reported that 27 people have died nationwide, and in the state of New South Wales (NSW) alone, more than 2,000 homes have been destroyed or damaged. Authorities are struggling to contain the blazes, even with firefighting assistance from other parts of the world, including Saskatchewan. All this has been made worse by ongoing heat and drought. Earlier in December, the smoke was so bad in Sydney that air quality measurements indicated it was 11 times the “hazardous” level. The fires range from small blazes in isolated buildings or parts of neighborhoods, to massive infernos that occupy numerous acres of land. Some start and are brought under control in a few days, but

the biggest blazes have been burning for months. One of the main causes is that Australia is experiencing one of its worst droughts in decades. The country’s Bureau of Meteorology said that last spring was the driest on record. According to reports, a heatwave in December broke the record for highest nationwide average temperature, with the thermometer in some places soaring well above 40 C. Strong winds have also made the fires and smoke spread more rapidly, and have led to fatalities, including a volunteer firefighter who died after his truck rolled over in high winds. Experts say climate change is a major cause of natural disasters such as fires and floods. Weather conditions are growing more extreme, and for years, the fires have been starting earlier in the season and spreading with greater intensity. Davis said the fires in southern Australia are catastrophic, to say the least. “Southern states (New South Wales and Victoria) are well known for large national parks and because we have had such little rain in this country

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very dry and hot, we have not experienced this same issue. We are not really close to any national parks,” explained Davis. “Yes, we have had grass fires and bush fires in this area but no loss of life or severe losses to property. We are indeed fortunate in that way.” With the fires being so much worse in other regions, Davis said she feels deeply for those experiencing the loss of livelihoods and wildlife. “I suppose the drought in southern and central Queensland at the moment has the challenge of farmers having to feed cattle and bring in water as dams are drying up quickly,” she said. “Over the last six months, while travelling to work, I have noticed farmers putting cattle out on the road so the animals can graze. “ “The county’s only saving grace will be Mother Nature’s rain.”

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Successful Hockey Day in Togo held at the Centennial Arena on January 3 Courtesy of The Kamsack Times The Togo Centennial Arena was the venue for Togo Hockey Day on January 3, and there were lots of events for all ages. Arranged as a fundraiser for the Raise the Rink Roof Project, the day was organized by Jason Gordon (coach) of Yorkton and the Togo Centennial Committee. “Hockey Day in Togo was a dream revitalized with the opportunity to connect with the community and small-town hockey,” said Gordon. Gordon is coaching the Yorkton DQ/ATP Nutrition Bantam A Terriers, a provincial minor hockey team of Yorkton, and Levi Erhardt of Togo is one of the members of the team. “Gina Flett is our Yorkton minor hockey executive director, and was a significant inspiration in planning the day,” he said. “She was one of the original planners of Hockey Day in Togo when her son Mackenzie (Moose) Flett and Jeff Flett were coaching in his minor years. The Erhardt family, led by Stacey and Loretta, Togo’s mayor, were fundamental in getting the day organized for the community of Togo to enjoy, Gordon said. “Loretta opened her

Spilchen was our top passer, Ryder Todosichuk won the hardest shot and Jack Puckett was a breakaway King.

community to our team and gave all of our families a small-town hockey experience. It was amazing to be in Togo for the day as our team split up into three family-based teams and played a threeon-three mini tournament, with younger and older siblings joining in the fun. “It was a full family event from start to finish. The community of Togo is raising money for arena improvements and we wanted to be a part of helping as a group.” The event finished with a skills competition. “True to home fashion, hometown boy Levi Erhardt won our faster skate competition,” Gordon said. “Brandon

“The Yorkton DQ/ ATP Nutrition Bantam Terriers ultimate goal is chasing a SHA Provincial Championship,” he said. The team’s first games took place in Minot on January 10 to 12, and closer to home it will play in a Bantam A showcase in Canora on January 31 to February 2. The Showcase will be the final tuneup leading into the SHA Bantam A Provincial Championship. The Terriers brought home gold from their weekend in Minot.

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There were pre-game and post-game events for all at Togo Hockey Day. In the evening, the Togo Terriers mens recreational hockey team, took to the ice in a regular season game against the Roblin Hawgs. “Roblin won in a double shoot-out,” said Dustin Wilson who plays centre for the Togo team. “There was a good attendance at the game, which turned out to be quite interesting. At the beginning of the first period, Togo was up by four to zip, but Roblin tied us by the end of the first. In the second, Roblin was up by three, but we managed to dominate the second half and were up by one goal when they tied

with only a minute-and-ahalf left in play. “This put the game into overtime, and in the first shoot-out, both teams were tied, but Roblin took the win in the second shoot-out. “Togo is such a fun arena to play in and the fans are really supportive. Right now the Terriers are prepping for a six-team home tournament coming up on January 17 and 18. We will be welcoming teams from Bredenbury, Rhein, Calder, Yorkton and Grandview, Manitoba.” The Togo Terriers are again planning to go to Phoenix, Ariz., from April 3 to 5 to participate in a Phoenix Cup mens recreational hockey tournament

at the Ice Den, home of the Arizona Coyotes. “We’re hoping that Darcy Hordichuk, who is based out of Phoenix, will play with our team at the tournament,” Wilson said. “Our team has around five new players this year, and we have a really good group.” “The day in Togo was all about giving families an incredible hockey experience and memories that will be cherished forever,” Gordon said. “Most of our hockey players have never experienced natural ice and small town arenas. It was truly an amazing day. Thanks again to everyone in Togo for welcoming our team,” he concluded.

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Preeceville Wildlife measures antlers, including near provincial champion elk Courtesy of Preeceville Progress Preeceville Wildlife Annual Meeting and Antler Measuring was held at the Preeceville Community Hall on January 4. The official measurer was Blair Mitchell. The 28 antler entries included: 16 white tail, six mule deer, four moose, one elk and one bear. The largest entry was elk antlers brought in Colin Masko of Preeceville. The elk antlers scored 376 5/8 gross and 369 5/8 net, non-typical. This elk placed second in the province for the year, only missing first place by two inches, stated Heather Gawrelitza, secretary and treasurer for the club. Owen Myhr, president, discussed topics surrounding the “great winter” with wildlife populations on the increase. ”We have a great abundance of water fowl in our local area but our upland bird population is low,”

said Myhr. “We are very fortunate to have an abundance of wildlife lands in our area. There are many quarters being cleared for agriculture production so if there is a bush quarter that can be saved for wildlife habitat please let our club or the SWF (Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation) know. “We are always looking for more active members in our executive. The SWF is a very important voice for our sportsmen and women to the government, on all issues regarding wildlife. It seems wildlife is getting less important to our government as is indicated by the reduction of conservation officers and offices. Hunting and fishing is very important to our members and we need to keep our local club active so we can support our provincial SWF and this will ensure that the wildlife legacy we leave to our kids surpasses that which we inherited.” The club assisted the SWF in the purchase of a

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quarter of land from the Holowachuk family in the RM of Hazel Dell which had good wildlife habitat. The club also donated towards the hauling of fill for the boat launch at Lady Lake and large campsite improvement, Sturgis Gun Range, Preeceville Grades 4, 5, and 6 colouring contest raffle, Musher’s Rendezvous, Habitat Trust Golf fundraiser, cadet female marksmanship award and sent Quirin Nelson and Bailey Kozmaniuk to Hannin Creek Wildlife Camp. It also hosted an Amazing Race for Kids at the Preeceville Wildlife Campground, painted birdhouses with kids at the campground, tinned the campground bathroom and woodshed, supported the Hannin Creek Conservation Camp, Habitat Trust Fund, made a memorial donation in memory of Orville Bjornstad, and was an SWF Convention sponsor. “Thanks to all who make these donations possible and we are looking for new members and ideas to keep our club active,” stated Heather Gawrelitza. Elections for executive positions were held with the following results: Owen Myhr, president; Darcy Rediger, vice-president; Heather Gawrelitza, secretary and treasurer; Shane Nelson, fisheries chairman; Tony Steciuk and Colin Masko, membership chairmen; Norman Johnson firearm safety chairman; Kelly Maupin and Colin Masko

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Arden Jakubowski of Preeceville had his moose antlers scored during the Preeceville Wildlife antler measuring on January 4 in Preeceville. trophy chairmen and Greg Gawrelitza, campground chairman. Directors were: John Masko, Jeff Arden, and Justin Jakubowski, Mark and Noah Tonn, James and Allan Bodnar, Eugene Panasiewich, Johnny Petryshyn, Howard Bilan, Dylan Myhr, Taylor Sliva, and Steven Geistlinger. Life members are: Peter Predy, Howard Bilan, and Norman Johnson. Tony Steciuk gave the membership report and stated that there were 462 members with the Preeceville Wildlife Club and Preeceville is one branch out of 121 wildlife clubs, with a total of 33,000 members in all 121 clubs. Firearm Safety Chairman Norman Johnson stated there were 27 students involved last year and it is nice to see

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the young people bringing in their trophies for measuring. He thanked the helpers and conservation officers for all their help with the program. Conservation Officers Johnny Petryshyn and David Knihniski gave a reminder to call into TIPS if there is any illegal activity and there is an email address available for anyone who has questions. The government closed 43 conservation offices and sadly Preeceville was one of them. There are only 13 offices and for this area the closest are in Yorkton and Hudson Bay. Heads

for Chronic Wasting Disease testing need to be turned into these offices by around the middle of January. A reminder was given during ice fishing season that all shacks need to have contact information on them if on a public lake and that alcohol is prohibited out on the lake or while snowmobiling. Door prize draw winners were: Tony Steciuk for being in attendance, Arden Jakubowski for adult antler measured, Zander Neitling for youth antler measured and Taylor Sliva won the skunk draw for not shooting any animal.

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Chamber adds two new business awards By Calvin Daniels Staff Writer The Yorkton Chamber of Commerce 2020 Celebrate Success Business Awards are set for March. Monday the local Chamber announced that Baker Tilly is again the Patron Sponsor for the awards. As the Patron Sponsor, Baker Tilly will have the honour of presenting the Small Business of the Year and Large Business of the Year Awards at the upcoming Celebrate Success Business Awards, explained Juanita Polegi, Executive Director, with the Yorkton Chamber of Commerce at a press conference Monday. “Baker Tilly is a successful local business that supports many activities and events in the community,� said Polegi. “The company’s sponsorship of this event demonstrates the value it places on these prestigious awards.� Rick Kozachenko, with

HOLLYWOOD — Even before “Richard Jewell� opened, Clint Eastwood and Warner Brothers found themselves being sued by Cox Enterprises’ flagship newspaper, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The film is basically about Richard Jewell, a security guard at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Georgia, first proclaimed a hero, then accused of planting a bomb. The film has a disclaimer at the end of the film that says, “This film is based on actual events. The dialogue and certain events and characters in the film were created for the purposes of dramatization.� Allegedly, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution rushed to judgment on Richard Jewell’s guilt. Jewell, who died in 2007 at 44, was cleared of any involvement in the bombing, which killed two and injured over 100 people. Nonetheless, there was always a cloud hanging over him because of the accusations. You’d think the newspaper would’ve learned something from the experience and would be wary of taking on powerhouses like Warner Brothers and Clint Eastwood. On a happier note, Robert Redford is having second thoughts about retiring. If he hadn’t gone public with his retirement, he might’ve directed instead of only producing his latest project, “109 East Palace.� The film deals with the rise and fall of physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer, hailed as an American hero when he created the atomic bomb in 1945, but later disgraced during the McCarthy Era and was made to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee. Oppenheimer admitted he had associations with the Communist Party in the 1930s and was villainized by them. “109 East Palace� refers to the address in New Mexico where the A-bomb was created. Redford developed

Baker Tilly indicated that the company sees the sponsorship as a means to support the Chamber in its efforts to recognize business success. “Baker Tilly has been a member of the Chamber for over 60 years and we know how important this event is to the business community,� he said. “This event is a great way to recognize the success of Yorkton businesses and for the good news stories to come forward.� Polegi also announced there will be two new awards presented this year. The first is a Business Leader Award. Polegi said a group of individuals who have been involved with the Chamber in the past will submit three or four names to the judges, who will then select the person who they feel has shown great leadership in terms of the business community. The second new award will be a People’s Choice the script and says he’ll only produce. Get ready for a sequel to “Aladdin.� The recent remake, with Will Smith as The Genie, cost $183 million and grossed $1.05 billion. Already set to star is Billy Magnussen, best known for “Into the Woods� and the current 007 film, “No Time to Die.� The Golden Globes try to second-guess what the Oscar nominations will be. They have five drama and five comedy/musical nominees in every category, and still every year Oscar pulls out two or three nominations they didn’t see coming. The Golden Globes are decided by only 78 foreign press people. Billy Bush may have lost his job (at “Entertainment Tonight�) and his wife because of that infamous incident with you know who in The White House, but only three years later he has recovered and is back as the new host of “Extra,� the show Mario Lopez hosted. How was all forgiven and forgotten? Must be because “Extra� has moved to the Fox Network. That’s joke enough!

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The KW Oil Kings have played a few games since the last report.

Kipling vs Carlyle The KW Oil Kings welcomed the Carlyle Cougars to the rink on Friday, Dec. 20. The Cougars took an

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early lead of 2-0 in the first period and added two more in the second and an additional three in the third. The Oil Kings would score only two goals late in the third period; the first by Lane Roth assisted by Cole Hayhurst and Caley Bjork; the second goal by Rodney Reid assisted by Kienen Piper and James Hassler. The game ended with a score of 7-2 for the Cougars. Shots on goal were fairly even with 28 by the Oil Kings and 35 for the Cougars. The officials handed out only two minor penalties to the Oil Kings. It was a different story for the Cougars – five minors and one 10 minute misconduct. ***** Kipling vs Arcola/Kisbey The following evening Dec. 21 the Oil Kings headed to Arcola to take on the Arcola/Kisbey Combines. It was a low scoring game with both teams only scoring one goal apiece sending the game into overtime. The Oil Kings goal was scored by Caley Bjork, assisted by Harcourt and again by Carson Harcourt, unassisted in overtime. The Oil Kings would end the 2019 year with a win 2-1. Few penalties were assessed with three minors going to the Combines

and only one minor to the Oil Kings. ***** Kipling vs Carnduff It’s a new year and the KW Oil Kings welcomed the Carnduff Red Devils to the Kipling Arena on Fri., Jan. 3. Their game started off with an early lead with a goal by Cole Hayhurst, assisted by Harcourt. The Red Devils would go on to score three in the second period and added one more in the third to end the game 4-1. Goalie Austin Toth put on a fantastic performance stopping all but four of the 31 shots taken. The Oil Kings recorded 21 shots. Both teams spent far too many minutes in the penalty boxes. The Oil Kings with 7 minors and one 10-min misconduct. The Red Devils with 8 minors and one 10-min misconduct. ***** Kipling vs Bienfait January 4th the Oil Kings travelled to Bienfait to take on the Coalers who dominated the game. Rodney Reid would score the loan goal in the second period, assisted by Harcourt. The Coalers would end the game with a score of 13-1. Very few penalties were handed out with three to the Coalers and the KW Oil Kings taking four.

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USask Global Institute to pilot unique research hub Canada’s first laboratory combining digital data analysis of plant genes and traits with the latest precision agriculture technologies to improve crop yield, profitability and sustainability in the agri-food sector is gearing up for a two-year pilot project this year at the University of Saskatchewan’s (USask) Global Institute for Food Security (GIFS). With initial support from Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) and a recent strategic alliance involving Agriculture and AgriFood Canada (AAFC), the National Research Council (NRC), and USask as partners, the unique Omics and Precision Agriculture Laboratory (OPAL) will address

critical research needs for Western Canadian producers, and public and private research organizations. “OPAL truly is a gem at the centre of the leading hub for agricultural research and innovation on this campus,” said USask Vice-President, Research, Karen Chad. “By bringing together the outstanding expertise of all the partners, this unique laboratory will speed up research and product development that will help feed the world, while growing Canada’s economy.” GIFS will manage OPAL on behalf of the university and work with scientists from all parties to support the initiative. Over

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the next few months, OPAL services will be tested and refined, after which the unique laboratory will be available and accessible to academic and government researchers, as well as to external clients on a fee-for-service basis. “Both AAFC and NRC have expertise in crop genomics and bioinformatics research and their analytical capabilities will provide a strong foundation for the development of new tools that will be of long-term strategic significance for precision agriculture applications in Western Canada,” said GIFS Chief Executive Officer Steve Webb. “This exciting venture will bring advanced tools and digital agricultural technologies to market, supporting discovery and delivering innovative solutions to clients from Saskatchewan to the world. Outcomes will include accelerated crop breeding, reduced waste, and increased efficiency for clients in the burgeoning agtech sector that include agronomists, breeders, and producers.” OPAL combines the latest agtech technologies—such as Global

Andrew Sharpe with OPAL’s PromethION high throughput DNA and RNA sequencing device. (Credit: David Stobbe) Positioning Systems (GPS), remote aerial imaging of plants to gather digital phenomic data (plant trait images) using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), and in-field environmental monitoring—with digital DNA sequence information (genomics) to provide a complete profile of plant samples. Omics in the title of OPAL refers to this combined use of phenomics and genomics information. Under the leadership of GIFS Director of Genomics and Bioinformatics Andrew Sharpe, OPAL will support state-of-the-

art precision agriculture using high-throughput digital phenotyping of crops (harnessing data from aerial imaging) integrated with genomics data and analysis expertise. “These innovations will contribute to permanent savings in CO2 emissions through reduced use of fossil-based fuels, fertilizers and plant protection products,” said Sharpe. “For instance, instead of applying water, fertilizers, and pesticides uniformly across entire fields, farmers will be able to target specific areas and use

fewer quantities of inputs, while improving results in their fields.” OPAL will provide agronomists with the information needed to provide the precise amount of fertilizer and plant protection products at the correct time and place. This will increase crop productivity and maximize yields in an economically and environmentally sustainable manner. Breeders will also be better able to select elite germplasm (plant genetic material for breeding new crop varieties) which will in turn benefit producers. The ability to offer start-to-finish solutions differentiates OPAL from other laboratories that focus solely on data acquisition or analysis. OPAL will provide clients with solutions tailored to their crop data and analysis needs including: experiment design and workflow, genomic and/or phenomic technical support, data acquisition and analysis, as well as consulting on technical details and costings for project planning. Total capital and inkind investment in OPAL to date from WD, NRC, AAFC, GIFS and USask totals almost $3.4 million.

Barley Research Coalition announced The Saskatchewan Barley Development Commission (SaskBarley), Alberta Barley and Manitoba Wheat and Barley Growers Association (MWBGA) announced today the launch of the Canadian Barley Research Coalition (CBRC), a national notfor-profit organization that will facilitate longterm investments aimed at improving profitability and competitiveness for

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Western Canadian barley farmers. CBRC will facilitate a collaborative approach to funding regional and national research projects in variety development and agronomy, including core barley breeding agreements with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) and the University of Saskatchewan’s Crop Development Centre (CDC). CBRC will also provide funding for qualifying regional projects that align with variety development and agronomic priorities. “SaskBarley began working to create CBRC over the last year, as the Board saw the need for such an organization within the barley world,” says SaskBarley Chair Jason Skotheim.

“The coalition was founded by Western Canadian barley organizations interested in pursuing research-led breakthroughs in science and agronomics that will expand the relative economic competitiveness of barley. As CBRC evolves we will be looking for other members to join CBRC for a true national value chain approach to research” “Alberta Barley is pleased to be part of this collaboration that will not only maximize the entire value chain’s capacity, but will also serve as a venue for formal collaboration and alignment of Western Canada’s barley research priorities,” says Terry James, Alberta Barley’s Research Chair. “We look forward to working with

our fellow prairie barley commissions through the CBRC to streamline our processes and ultimately see improved performance and competitiveness for barley.” “MWBGA is always looking for investment opportunities that will further barley research to benefit our Western Canadian barley producers,” says MWBGA Chair Fred Greig. “We are proud to contribute to development of the newly established CBRC and are pleased to be working closely with our partner organizations in Alberta and Saskatchewan.” The first order of business for CBRC is renewing core breeding contracts with the CDC and the AAFC.

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Ice Bowl disc golf in Melville The temperature might have been rather chilly, and there was new snow on the ground, but that did not deter a group of dedicated disc golfers from tak-

ing in the challenge of the Melville Disc Golf Course Sunday. The hardy golfers took to the course to compete in the Disc Golf

Saskatchewan Ice Bowl 2020, Melville edition. The event was one of several scheduled for Ice Bowl competitions in Saskatchewan. Upcoming

events include; Saskatoon – Jan. 26, Regina – Feb. 8, North Battleford – Feb. 23, and Watrous -- March 8. Players raise money for local food banks with funds from Sunday’s event

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going to the Melville and district food bank. As for the competition, Dan Fortier of Regina topped the field with a sparkling minus-five on the 18 tonals course.

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10th anniversary of the Saskatchewanderer kicks off with a blast from the past The very successful Saskatchewanderer program marks its 10th Anniversary in 2020. To celebrate, social media followers will be re-introduced to past Saskatchewanderers in what is being called the month of the Retro Wanderer! Ashlyn George, the 2015 Saskatchewanderer will kick things off January 10. On January 17 and January 24, the Saskatchewanderer social media channels will be taken over by two other past fan favourites. In early February, the new 2020 Saskatchewanderer, who will continue showcasing our province until the end of the year, will be officially announced. “The Saskatchewanderer program has been a very successful platform to feature our province as a great place to visit, live, play and work year-round,” Parks, Culture and Sport Minister and Minister Responsible for Tourism Saskatchewan Gene Makowsky said. “I look forward to hearing about what some of our previous Wanderers are up to now and then following our 2020 Saskatchewanderer on his or her adventures.”

CAA continues as the official vehicle sponsor of the Saskatchewanderer, renewing its support annually since the program launched. “It certainly is official,” CAA President and CEO Fred Titanich said. “CAA Saskatchewan is very pleased to return as the vehicle sponsor of the Saskatchewanderer program. We look forward to celebrating 10 years of exploring this great province with the Wanderer. CAA Saskatchewan’s reputation as a successful business leader with 100 years of experience in the travel, insurance, roadside assistance and automotive maintenance sectors, certainly helps to profile the best that Saskatchewan has to offer. On behalf of our board of directors, staff and valued members, we wish the 2020 Wanderer the very best in safe travels and excellent storytelling.” Along with the new 2020 Saskatchewanderer, the announcement in February will also reveal a new title sponsor. Through social media “teasers” the audience can start to guess which Saskatchewan business has come onboard to support the program.

Ashlyn George, 2015 Saskatchewanderer.

Innovation Saskatchewan announces new CEO Minister Responsible for Innovation Saskatchewan Tina Beaudry-Mellor is pleased to announce that after a comprehensive selection process, Kari Harvey will serve as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Innovation Saskatchewan effective January 8.

Harvey has dedicated more than 25 years to the public service, which has included senior leadership roles in the Ministries of Agriculture, Health and Intergovernmental Affairs. Most recently she has served as the Acting CEO and Chief Operating Officer of Innovation

Saskatchewan. “Kari’s work with our entrepreneurial ecosystem has created trust and co-operation among a sector that is critical to our economic growth,” Beaudry-Mellor said. “I am excited to work with her to deliver on the targets of the Growth Plan and to

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pursuing new measures to retain and attract large scale tech employers will help ensure Saskatchewan is on the right path with a modern economy. In 2017 Innovation Saskatchewan launched Co.Labs, a provincially backed incubator which in less than three years has created 160 jobs, incubated 88 start-ups

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How to get curling ice TV perfect on Rogers Sportsnet By Cory Carlick Staff Writer This week, Yorkton will have the eyes of the entire nation on them as Rogers Sportsnet, televises the best curling athletes the country has to offer. In other words, the Pintys Grand Slam is in town. Sure, everybody’s excited for curling action on the ice as the athletes fight for victory. But what you might not realize is just how interesting the process itself is in mounting such a huge event. Since this is national television, it’s incredibly important that everything, and everyone looks their best. As you might expect, the star of the show is centre ice. It has to look good on TV, but it also has to play right -- with a certain kind of feel for the athletes playing on it. The man in charge of making sure the ice is absolutely perfect for both the curlers and the cameras is Mark Shurek. Yorkton This Week caught up with Mark the weekend before the event on an exclusive behindthe-scenes tour, showing just what goes into making picture perfect ice for Sportsnet coast to coast. The first step is to prepare the ice for the logos, and block your areas with black rubberized barriers. From that point, you can start preparing the ice by “flooding” -- periodically pouring a thin layer of water on the playing area to freeze. Once frozen, it is shaved with a special device which functions as a mini Zamboni. Then, more layers of ice are carefully added in the same manner. This ensures that the finish is consistent and sufficiently smooth. The process requires patience, an attention to detail, and an athlete’s mind. Not surprisingly, Shurek is also a veteran curler. “Yesterday when we

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started, we took out the glass for the hockey ice,” Shurek says. “From that, we do some leveling with the zamboni and some pre-floods -levelling floods. And then, once that was done yesterday morning, we painted the ice white on top of hockey ice [itself], [and] put a few little layers.” After that, the crew lays down special water hoses that are later used to finesse the ice surface with more detail. Before the hoses are used, though, the logos are laid down on the ice and sealed. “Then, we put the foam in that outlies the area, and that’s what we did yesterday. “Today, essentially what we’re doing is building layers to thicken the ice up, one and two, to get it perfectly level. Once we’re done that, we’ll scrape the ice and shape it.” The ice is scraped by the special device mentioned earlier. It functions as a tiny zamboni and is pushed similarly to a snowblower. Its small size allows for more control and accuracy in order to refine the playing surface. Quality of ice is key, as any small deviations or inconsistencies can make a major difference in quality of play. The water also has to be treated and processed. You can’t just take your average run of the mill tap water, because once frozen, the quality of the ice can be unpredictable. The pH level of the water is particularly crucial so it freezes correctly. If it doesn’t, then the ice can chip, crack, or be inconsistent. This means that speeds of the curling rock are also completely unpredictable, and therefore playing becomes a crapshoot. Winning a game needs to be based

on skill, so much effort is made to ensure the actual playing surface is uniform. You can be the best snowmobile racer in the world, but if you’re asked to race your Ski-Doo in the summer on beach sand, it isn’t going to work very well. Conversely, a jet-ski isn’t going to work too well on land. You might be the best jet-ski rider in the world, but if you’re sitting on it in the grass, you just end up looking like a complete idiot. So, the surface matters. “Here we have an RO system, which is good because it’s pretty hard water here in Yorkton,” Shurek says. “Very hard, actually.” If you’re wondering what RO stands for, it stands for reverse osmosis. Basically, the way the process works is that water is filtered, forcing unwanted compounds that make the water less clear, out. By doing this, the water is purer, and ends up freezing better. Think of the process as a microscopic sieve. A chemical filter allows certain types of molecules and ions through, but it keeps other ones out. A sieve works similarly. If you take dirt with gold and put it in, the dirt will filter through, but the gold is bigger than the holes in the sieve. The gold remains, but the sand isn’t wanted, so it is filtered and discarded. In the case of reverse osmosis, the “sieve” is a synthetic or biological membrane which acts as a filter. Known as a semipermeable membrane, instead of filtering by size like a normal sieve (sand is smaller than gold), the RO system filters by three criteria: pressure, concentration, and temperature. 1. Pressure. As you would expect, this is literally how hard

the compound pushes. Some molecules flow faster and consequently, push harder. Did you ever make “magic sand” when you were a kid, where if you move your hand gently through, it flows like normal sand, but if you push fast and hard it is thick and doesn’t move at all? Same sort of idea. 2. Concentration This is how pure the compound is. When you buy orange juice in one of those little frozen cans, you don’t drink it like that. You add 3 cups of water. This is concentrate in action - literally, the juice has been concentrated, or compressed, into a smaller area than originally, so it is more powerful. Purity makes a difference, and is another way the RO filter decides what to leave out. 3. Temperature This is just how it sounds. How hot or cold the compound is helps the filter determine what should be there and what should go. The filter looks at all the molecules and ions that try to pass through, and it uses these three criterion to determine what will be accepted. The “good” ions and molecules have a predictable level of pressure, concentration and temperature. Since the filter knows how the molecules it will accept will behave, it looks for these patterns to let it through. Any molecules that do not follow this pattern within the acceptable threshold are discarded. Hard water involves additional considerations to process. “So we’re using EI (ion exchange) tanks from a company called Jet Ice which changes the pH a little bit. It pretty much takes all the minerals out of the water.”

pH levels determine how much acid there is in the water. 7 is neutral, and the further below seven the pH is, the more acid there is in the water. Anything above 7 means it is closer to a base. For curling, typically you want your pH level to be between 5 and 6. You don’t want acid in your water. If there is too much acid in the water, the ice will have too much grip which slows things down. The ice can also be harder to freeze and even become a sludge in places. Freezing then becomes uneven. “Everyone thinks that moisture is the problem in the air,” says Shurek. “[It’s] the opposite. It’s the cold -- [because] that makes it dry. “The last time I was here, we had a problem with ice slowing down quite a bit because it was so dry. So that’s going to be our issue this week because it’s supposed to be -30, -40 below. That’s probably going to be a little issue for the curlers. We’ll try our best to warm up the ice.” Of course, Shurek’s expertise typically saves the day, and it’s hard to imagine it being any different this year. If you’re wondering what an ion exchanger does, you could sum it up as basically “taking out the trash”. The reverse osmosis system filters out all the unwanted gunk, but even though it is filtered, it is still floating around. The unwanted refuse has to be discarded. When it comes to ions, though, rather than being junked, they are sort of refurbished in a way to something a bit more useful. That’s where the ion exchanger comes in. The kinds of things you

don’t want in water are calcium and magnesium, because they are quite literally hardness ions. These are the two pests that, like their namesake, do exactly as described: make water hard. You still need ions, but they need to be soft ions, like salt. Because all ions have an electrical charge, you can’t just switch them because two positively charged ions will repel each other like a magnet held the wrong way. So, a pied piper method is used. The hard ions are put in a special resin that is negatively charged. (Literally a case of opposites attract.) On the resin beads, a soft ion -- salt -- is placed. The hard ion is attracted to the resin and swapped for the soft ion. There is still a charge, but it has just been switched. Now, your water is soft. Mark started as a curler. “[In grade 7 or 8], I curled. I grew up in Gimli; Winnipeg Beach in Manitoba. On the school announcements, they were looking for curlers for the men’s league. So I put my name in.” The quality of ice at the Pintys is a rare perk. “One thing as a club icemaker [I think] people should understand is when you come back to work at your club, say, people would come up to me [at my club] and say, ‘Why can’t we have ice like this all the time?’ “Well, with these events, there’s maybe 18 volunteers. People have to remember that in most clubs there may only be volunteer icemakers, or there may be a paid icemaker but it’s just one guy. So two people [at most] are doing all the work at their local clubs. It’s almost impossible to maintain ice like this at a curling club.”


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