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Thursday, April 4, 2013 - Volume 16, Number 7
Council pay formula set By SHANNON DEVEAU N-R Writer
THE BIG WINNER in the Nexera Keys to the Combine contest is Helen Choquette, pictured with her husband Brian. She won the New Holland CR 9090, worth $331,000. Choquette says that they’re excited to take the machine into the field this fall. See a full story on Page 3.
A new salary formula that will see Yorkton’s city councillor and mayor salaries tied to that of a provincial cabinet minister will mean a raise for local council members. In September of 2012 city administration brought forward a report to council in order to review the remuneration policy and amounts paid to members of council. The report showed that after conducting a survey of five other Saskatchewan cities of similar size or slightly larger, it was determined the salaries of the mayor and council of the City of Yorkton were the lowest of the communities surveyed. A independent remuneration review committee was established, consisting of five members of the local business community and at a recent city council meeting their findings were announced. “The City of Yorkton is a public corporation with an annual budget of more than $18 million providing services to a population approaching 20,000 people,” detailed committee member Kevin Lukey to council. “If the city were a private corporation mayor and council as the equivalent of the chairman and board of directors... could receive significantly higher compensation that has been the case or is being proposed now. We recognize that historically, compensation rates for the mayor and council have been lower than the private sector because they have included a component of civic contribution and we are not proposing to change that.” What the committee did propose was setting the mayor’s remuneration at 75 per cent of the annual salary for a Saskatchewan MLA which equates to about $68,850 per year. “Using the MLA salary allows council to adopt a method of determining remuneration that is at arm’s length. A MLA salary is adjusted on April 1 of each year by the change in the Consumer Price Index...” As such says Lukey, this ensures salaries are kept in line with changes to the costs of goods and services. It does not contribute to an artificial escalation of salaries and it means salaries are beyond the ability of the City of Yorkton to influence or control. Councillors will be remunerated at 30 per cent of the mayors salary and increases will be phased in over a two year period.
Spring runoff above average, but not unreasonable
By DEVIN WILGER N-R Writer
The giant stacks of snow around the city might make people nervous, but the City of Yorkton is preparing for this year’s spring thaw. Mayor Bob Maloney says that the city is expecting a spring thaw that is above average, but not beyond what it can easily deal with or hasn’t had in the past. Still, while the city can deal with it, people need to take steps to ensure that the melt goes as smoothly as possible. Brian Stanicki, Yorkton Roadways Manager, says
that right now the city crews are cleaning and inspecting the city’s storm drains and catch basins, and staff will be focusing on keeping the drains open to allow the water to move. One of the main concerns for homeowners in Yorkton is water in basements, and Stanicki says that there are things people need to do for themselves to keep that water outside of the house where it belongs. Cleaning gutters, keeping neighborhood catch basins clear, moving snow away from homes, and putting downspouts down so water
drains at least two meters from the home. In terms of the catch basins, Stanicki says that keeping them clear of snow and debris simply makes it easier for everyone. “It’s pretty much helping out if you can. We’re not expecting you to clean the drain out, but to help us keep it clean until we can get the truck around to fix it up,” he adds. Yorkton’s extensive storm system upgrade should help with the large amount of melt water, and Maloney emphasizes that a storm and a spring thaw are two different things. The upgrades are
designed to be able to deal with the much faster rate of a storm, and can handle the more gradual thaw. “Our system is built to handle it. You might get a bit of ponding, and our guys will react quickly if we do, but our system is built to handle snow melt, so I don’t think we’re anticipating any problems.” If there is ponding, however, Maloney says that the city needs to know about it, in order to clear it up and know where the problems are. However, with the sheer amount of snow in yards and
around the city, Maloney says that people still need to be aware of the problems that occur, and take the necessary steps to protect their homes. “If you get seepage, like I do, you need to be proactive in moving that water away from your foundation, because you could have some issues,” Maloney says. In the interests of helping people in the city protect their homes and property from the spring runoff, the city has set up a website with information and tips on the front page of http://www. yorkton.ca.
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Flexihall gets a new name By DEVIN WILGER N-R Writer The Flexihall is getting a new name. Dow AgroSciences has purchased the naming rights to the facility, which will be christened the Nexera Flexihall. Mark Woloshyn, Nexera Canola Brand Leader for Dow AgroSciences, says that the region is a big supporter of the Nexera product, from growers putting it in their fields to the crushing plants processing it once it has been grown. Woloshyn says that giving back to the community was a natural step for the company. “We considered all kinds of options to support the community, and what we decided to do was the sign unveiling of the Nexera Flexihall has an opportunity to give back, as a thank you for our success,” Woloshyn says. The new name means that the Gallagher Center will be receiving $60,000 over the next five years. Woloshyn also says that the company plans to continue to participate in different community initiatives into the future as well.
THE NEW NAME of the Gallagher Center’s Flexihall is the Nexera Flexihall. Pictured above, Mayor Bob Maloney (l) and Mark Woloshyn, Nexera Canola Brand Leader for Dow AgroSciences reveal the new sign. The sponsorship deal means $60,000 for the Gallagher Center over the next five years.
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WDM gets back Mondays Effective April 1, 2013, the Western Development Museum’s (WDM) four exhibit locations in Moose Jaw, North Battleford, Saskatoon, and Yorkton are reopen on Mondays throughout the year, with the exception of January, February and March. Last spring, the WDM announced that it would close Mondays in an effort to maintain a balanced budget. This cost-savings measure, along with several other initiatives, succeeded in addressing the Museum’s budget shortfall. As of the end of this fiscal year (March 31st), the WDM will have managed to absorb costs associated with inflation and eliminate its deficit. Because we’ve cut our expenditures, we’re no longer facing a deficit,” says Joan Champ, the Museum’s Executive Director. “Our organization will be in the black at the end of this fiscal year.” The WDM recently conducted a thorough analysis of the impact that the Monday closures had on its operations since last spring. The Museum concluded that, while it saved money by closing Mondays, it probably also missed out on revenue from admissions, gift shop sales and food services. Museum management has no way of knowing whether or not visitors who would have come on Mondays came on another day of the week instead. “We made the decision to reopen Mondays based on the best interests of both the WDM and its visitors – especially school children,” said Champ. “The balance between what the Museum saved by cutting its hours of operation and what it potentially lost in revenue is close to 50/50. In the end, we decided that maintaining a high standard of programming and services for our visitors is most important.” In the coming fiscal year (2013-2014), the WDM will continue to address its budgetary constraints through a variety of measures outlined in its new business plan. These will include cost-saving measures, as well as several new initiatives designed to increase the Museum’s self-generated revenue. “The Museum is grateful for the support that people continue to demonstrate by coming through our doors,” Champ says. “Every admission counts towards keeping the WDM vibrant and healthy.”
DONATION FOR HEALTH – The Preeceville and District Health Centre recently received significant donations towards the purchase of Telehealth equipment for their facility. Telehealth uses communication and information technology to support the delivery of clinical care and professional education services. Using live, two-way video conferencing, health care providers enable a remote patient to “visit” an out-of-town health care provider from their home community rather than having to travel. Health care providers can use Telehealth for appropriate clinical appointments, consultations, follow-ups, meetings and education sessions. The equipment, costing just under $20,000 in total, was made possible by a very large donation from the Rosten-Thorson families who pioneered in the Beaver Falls District north of Preeceville. An additional donation toward the cost of equipment was received from the Endeavour and District Lioness Club. “We are incredibly grateful for such amazing generosity,” comments Monica Dutchak, Health Services Manager at Preeceville and District Health Centre. “These donations have allowed us the opportunity to bring Telehealth services to our facility, providing educational and networking opportunities that would have otherwise required extensive travel.” Telehealth services are currently available in Sunrise Health Region facilities in Yorkton, Melville, Kamsack and Preeceville.
Local farmer wins big: combine awarded By DEVIN WILGER N-R Writer It’s one of the biggest prizes ever awarded in the western Canadian agriculture industry, and it’s going to one lucky local farmer. Helen Choquette, who farms north of Kelvington, recently received the keys to her own New Holland CR 9090 combine, worth $331,000. The Keys to the Combine contest worked by allowing growers of Nexera canola to unlock up to 25 keys online. In the 15 month contest, run by Dow AgroSciences, 50,000 keys were unlocked, and Choquette’s key was the one finally drawn at AgriTrade in Red Deer. For Choquette, it’s not going to quite sink in until the combine is sitting in their own yard. “We know it’s here, but when you see it there and you know that’s what you get to run in the fall, it’s a pretty great feeling,” Choquette says. Still, while it’s a surprise to actually win, Choquette says she was always confident that the combine would eventually be hers. The family farms 2,000 acres, and Choquette says that it’s going to continue into the family into the future, as their son intends to become part of their operation into the future, having just bought a farm of his own nearby. She says that having new equipment is exciting for the whole family. “It never crossed our minds to sell it. We need a combine, it fits right into our farm, we’ve been New Holland fans for a lot of years.” Choquette says it comes at the right time, as the family would have been in the market for a new machine if they didn’t win one in the contest. “When you look at not having to make payments on a combine, that puts a lot of money into your bottom line.”
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Spring’s here are you flood ready? It may take some team work but the key is for Saskatchewan residents to get prepared – just in case. The government of Saskatchewan has announced it will continue to assist residents faced with threats of flooding with the 2013 Emergency Flood Damage Reduction Program (EFDRP). The program provides engineering and technical assistance to municipalities while sharing the cost of permanent and temporary flood prevention works. “As Saskatchewan readies for a significant spring run-off, our government is committed to supporting its citizens and communities faced with potential flooding,” says Saskatchewan Water Security Agency (WSA) Ken Cheveldayoff. The EFDRP covers 100 per cent of costs for engineering assistance and purchase of sandbags by local governments. The program also reimburses individuals for 85 per cent and communities and businesses for 75 per cent of the cost of approved, permanent flood protection works built to provide protection from imminent flooding in 2013. These include projects like berms, culverts and lift station work. The program will also cover 50 per cent of the cost for temporary flood protection measures such as purchase of sand for sandbags and pumping. While all the precautions may be unnecessary, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Further information is available at www.wsask.ca.
It’s time to plow through the problems Welcome to Canada folks! The land where you can pretty much commit any crime you like, and to get off, all you have to do is plead insanity. Yeesh. I’d like to say this is an isolated incident but sadly things like this are happening more and more it seems. What’s the latest? We have a man who went on rampage with a stolen snowplow, killing a police officer and now he walks away scott free. On the morning of January 12, 2011, for whatever reason, Richard Kachkar decided to steal a snow plow and take recklessly to the streets of Toronto. He reportedly drove through the city core smashing into cars, and shattering the doors of a local vehicle dealership. Seeing what was happening a police officer trailed behind, likely trying to figure out a plan of action. Eventually he stopped the car and got out, apparently with gun and taser in hand. The snowplow, driven by Kachkar, did not stop, instead it drove straight towards the police cruiser, clipping its front end. The plow then straightened out and took aim at the police officer who started backing up to get out of the way. The officer wasn’t going to be so lucky. The edge
of the plow hit his legs, spinning his body around and causing him to fall backwards. The plow then hit his head. A passing motorist testified that he saw no “apparent effort to change course from heading forward, with no sign turning right or brakShannon Deveau of ing” as he watched the incident unfold. “The snow plow is bearing down on the officer. I’m just holding my breath, hoping the officer gets away.” He didn’t get away. Instead he laid in a pool of blood and eventually succumbed to his injuries. How tragic. Last week Kachkar was found not guilty. The court found him not criminally responsible for actions due to mental illness. What kind of justice is this? The defence argued Kachkar showed “classic signs of mental deterioration... he lived in a homeless shelter and had sought help for his “mental torment” the day before. Well good for him for seeking mental help but the bottom line is, he took the life of an innocent man. I don’t care what he was feeling or thinking on that day, he doesn’t deserve to walk free. Something is seriously wrong with a system that consistently allows things like this to happen.
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Fame causes improper monkey handling and care I recently read a string of words that had to be the most absurd sentence in the history of the English language. “Justin Bieber’s monkey in quarantine in Germany.” It’s the kind of thing that raises more questions than anything else. Why does Bieber have a monkey? Why is it in quarantine? Why is it in Germany? Every element deserves questioning, because it’s just an inherently ridiculous thing to have happened. The actual story is less interesting than the headline, since the pop star didn’t have proper documentation for the monkey. It’s a story that exists for three reasons, one of which is the sheer absurdity of the situation. The other two are human beings’ perpetual desire to see pictures of adorable animals, and a certain desire to take down the decadence of a wealthy pop star. While I appreciate the absurdity and respect the desire to see something adorable, it’s the third that kind of bothers me. In the same way that Dr. Frankenstein dug up various body parts to assemble his monster, we as a society dug up a young man from an online video service. We struck him with a lightning bolt of fame and allowed him to sing songs for young girls. Now, horrified at our creation, we set about destroying him, for the good of humanity. To be fair, the kid has done some profoundly stupid
Things I do with words... Column Devin Wilger things, far beyond the monkey business that has prompted this most absurd of sentences. But then again, he’s also in his late teens, the age where most people do incredibly stupid things. Being on the cusp of adulthood brings out a certain unbreakable confidence, which inevitably leads to doing something incredibly stupid. Not helping matters, of course, is the easy availability of alcohol and possibly other drugs and sudden freedom from parental authority that comes with being on your own for the first time. Soon you do something profoundly stupid that you don’t exactly want to print because your mother might be reading. I was even relatively good.
Now, take that, and apply it to a kid that has been a pop star for most of his teenage years. He’ll have all the money in the world to buy monkeys with, easy access to something much more potent than a bottle of Goldschlager and the increased confidence that comes with not only selling millions of records, but also being surrounded by people that are on his payroll. Think of the dumb things you did as a teenager, then think of all the things that you could have done if you had millions of dollars in the bank. Of course he’s going to do something stupid, we have accidentally made a perfect storm of teenage idiocy. I feel bad for the kid. Fame is a machine that amplifies what is natural when you’re young, stupid and not completely aware of any potential consequences to your actions. However, instead of destroying the monster we created, we need to recognize that it’s our fameobsessed society that’s mostly to blame for it. Young stars rarely fare well, and it should be the responsibility of their labels and agents to prepare them for the sudden rush of fame and fortune. As absurd as it seems, maybe they need to hire a friend, someone who is there to tell them when they’re being stupid, stop them from buying monkeys and keep them on the straight and narrow. Something to stop more broken child stars from happening
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Bigger stories than the budget Get involved for To the Editor: While most attention last week was focused on the Harper government’s 2013 budget with all its wishful thinking, missed opportunities and neglected obligations, three other events were probably of greater significance. (1) Still in the realm of Finance, just before his budget, Minister Flaherty strangely instructed his political staff to call senior officials at ManuLife Bank to convey his “displeasure” about the bank’s decision to give consumers a small break of “20 basis points” on mortgage loans. For certain qualifying customers, the going interest rate was 3.09 per cent and ManuLife proposed to bring it down to 2.89% per cent – just a bit better than BMO which had a mortgage product in the marketplace at 2.99 per cent. When BMO created that rate a couple of weeks earlier, Mr. Flaherty phoned them personally to say he didn’t want to see any mortgage market competition. That’s a rather odd position for free-marketers like the Harper Conservatives. BMO held its ground despite the political pressure and kept it’s lower rate. But ManuLife caved, going back up to 3.09. Who knows what was actually said, promised or threatened in either conversation? But the result is an uneven playing field, less competition, and higher consumer costs – for the average home buyer in Toronto, the added cost could be over $12,000; in Regina it would be about $9,000 more. All thanks to Jim Flaherty! If he has legitimate concerns about excessive household debt, the Minister has well established, legitimate tools to deal with those
concerns. He can set the rules on down-payments, amortization periods, credit qualifications, etc. for all lenders and borrowers in an open, transparent and fully competitive way. What he shouldn’t do is distort the market with oneoff personal threats or promises. Such behaviour is discriminatory, risky and unprofessional. (2) Another big story last week was news from Elections Canada that they are looking for additional qualified investigators to pursue an unprecedented flood of complaints about serious violations of election laws. Up to six new people may be engaged. It’s about time! And even six more may not be enough. Since the Harper government took power in 2006, Elections Canada has been under more pressure and scrutiny than ever before because more Canadians than ever before are worried about election misbehaviour that taints the quality of our democracy. It started with the “In-and-Out” election financing scam which took nearly five years to run to ground, through a barrage of Conservative denials and obfuscation. But in the end, the Conservatives were charged, had to plead guilty, pay a fine and make restitution. That was followed by obvious campaign problems in Etobicoke Centre, dubious events under investigation in Peterborough, the Pierre Poutine/Robo-Call fiasco which started in Guelph and may have contaminated more than 200 ridings across the country, and most recently the Peter Penashue scandal in Labrador. It falls to Elections Canada to get to the bottom of exactly what happened in each of these cases. And they must do it in a timely fashion. Before future elections
roll around, Canadians need to know that the system by which they vote is clean and honest. (3) Last week also brought the sad end of Kevin Page’s distinguished tenure as Parliamentary Budget Officer. Despite never having the authority or the resources he was first promised, Mr. Page acquitted himself as a thorough, competent, professional whom Canadians and Parliamentarians counted upon for truthful, impartial, reliable information about public finances. Always dignified and respectful, he was fearless in speaking truth to power, and “power” (i.e., the Harper Conservatives) never forgave him, despite the fact that they created his office and hand-picked him for the job. They thought they had recruited a lapdog, but found him to be a genuine watchdog instead – fully dedicated to advancing the public’s right to know the truth. Stephen Harper loosed all manner of attack dogs to silence Mr. Page, but it never worked. With every Conservative assault, the PBO’s stature and reputation just continued to grow. Thanks to him, Canadians know about the deceit and mismanagement that permeated the F-35 boondoggle, the real costs of Mr. Harper’s criminal justice agenda which mimics expensive failed experiments in the United States, the impact of corporate tax cuts, structural deficits, and much more. The Conservatives could refuse to extend Kevin Page’s mandate, but they will never be able to diminish his legacy of courage and trust. Ralph Goodale, MP, Wascana, SK.
Canada’s dysfunctional cell phone market To the Editor: Right now due to a homogeneity of three telecommunication companies holding the vast majority of the Canadian userbase we pay some of if not the highest cellphone, internet, and television fees while being forced into some of the most aggressive contracts in the developed world. Via efforts from all three (Rogers, Bell, and Telus) to maintain this stranglehold on the market, innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship have been stifled via inhibiting variety and choice in the sector. Further, given our lim-
ited choices when choosing a carrier we experience a far lower than average quality of customer service as there is little to no threat of us switching to a competitor. This is further compounded by Rogers making a bid to stifle competition by acquiring scarce wireless spectrum assets which in turn means less affordable resources for start-up companies and competitors to use to deliver their services to us. By doing this they have less competition thus more control in the market which will result in higher pricing for their
services. This is in direct violation of Industry Canada rules as these assets were specifically set aside for new companies offering, cheaper, competitively priced services. Despite this the Industry Minister, Christian Paradis, who possesses the authority to enforce government rule’s for telecommunication services has done nothing. Many tens of thousands of Canadians have already spoken out about this issue to stop Big Telecom from killing affordability in Canada’s mobile telecommunication market on the petition at www.demandchoice.
ca. With enough pressure the government can make a decision to change a bad situation and allow us to realise the full potential of our digital economy. These scarce public spectrum assets should be invested in a far more positive way in our digital future. I encourage each and every Canadian to learn more at www.DemandChoice.ca, and read OpenMedia.ca’s study about Canada’s dysfunctional cellphone market at www.openmedia.ca/ UpgradeCanada Gage Bush Yorkton, SK.
Thanks for your support Yorkton Hyundai! To the Editor: On behalf of KidSport Canada, our provincial and territorial chapters and the 175 Community Chapters across the country I would like to thank Yorkton Hyundai and the entire staff for their incredible support to KidSport Canada through the Hyundai Hockey Helpers program. In October of 2012, Hyundai Auto Canada Corp., Yorkton Hyundai, along with 205 other dealers across Canada partnered with KidSport Canada in an effort to raise funds for youth hockey. The grants were distributed to families in need so that their kids may enjoy the opportunity to participate in the 2012/13 hockey season.
The initial goal for Hyundai Hockey Helper month was to help at least 1000 kids by the start of the hockey season. We are happy to report that the result of the combined effort from dealerships, Hyundai Canada, your customers and suppliers, has allowed us to reach out and help over 1900 kids nation-wide. To commemorate your support we happily present this plaque to your dealership in recognition for your effort. This incredible result is just the beginning of what will be a tremendous annual campaign to get kids into hockey. The many benefits which kids receive from participating in organized sports can have a lifetime effect. Beyond living a healthy
active lifestyle, these kids get a chance to learn how to play alongside other players, of which many become friends as well as learn to work in a team environment. A registration fee or lack of equipment should never be an acceptable reason why a child doesn’t get to participate in organized sports. KidSport Canada would like to thank you for all your help in removing these barriers. All of us at KidSport Canada thank you and your team again for helping provide kids more access to sports. We look forward to working with you in the future and together we can help even more! Jamie Ferguson, KidSport Canada.
To the Editor: While most Canadian citizens are pleased with health services in this country, information from around the world tells us there is considerable room for improvement in these services. As part of these improvement efforts, Canada’s provincial and territorial Premiers have committed to an exciting new initiative to promote and share innovative approaches to delivering safer and better health care. Premier Brad Wall of Saskatchewan is a leader in this pan-Canadian process. In Saskatchewan, the Ministry of Health, all Regional Health Authorities, and the Health Quality Council are collaborating in an unprecedented improvement effort to ensure that future health services in this province are optimally safe, appropriate, and high quality. As part of this effort, these agencies are engaging many health care workers across the province in improvement work using LEAN methodologies. Another key improvement initiative underway in Saskatchewan is an effort to ensure that all citizens have access to primary care services that are patient centred, community designed and team delivered. This means, if a patient has a chronic or complex health condition, they would receive much more integrated and coordinated care from a team of health care professionals (nurses, pharmacists, social workers, family physicians, etc…). This team would collaborate in making care safer and better for the patient. Their combined expertise applied in a team approach could reduce medication errors and ensure more efficient scheduling of diagnostic tests. However the most compelling aspect of the health quality improvement work in Saskatchewan is the effort to engage many patients and citizens in the process. Many quality improvement projects include patient and family participants who are making contributions to the success of this work. On April 10 and 11, the Health Quality Council is convening a Quality Summit symposium in Regina that will bring together hundreds of participants to share knowledge about health care quality improvement from across Saskatchewan, Canada, and around the world. What is most exciting about the plans for this Quality Summit is that the Government of Saskatchewan will fund all participation costs for up to 80 patients and family members. This is another step forward for Saskatchewan, where the engagement of patients and families in health care quality improvement has moved beyond tokenism to become foundational. However, patient and family engagement in health care quality improvement should not just occur at conferences and workshops. It needs to occur every day in every setting in which health care services are delivered. Next time a patient visits their family doctor, they should ask him/her about quality improvement efforts in primary care and whether he/she is engaged in the process. As well, here’s how every citizen can play a role in improving health care services and their own personal health. When the health care services you receive do not meet your needs or expectations, speak up and let the workers providing your care know how you feel. Offer constructive suggestions on how health care professionals could make your future health care experiences better. Expect health care providers to listen to you and act in response to your suggestions. Your life and your health are at stake. Become actively engaged in a process that improves both your healthcare experiences and your future health status. Citizens can and should take an active role in improving the quality of the health care system as well as their own health care. Dr. Dennis Kendel, Councillor, Health Council of Canada.
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SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS – The Parkland College recently awarded $68,150 in internal scholarships to 70 students from across East Central Saskatchewan at an awards ceremony held at the Painted Hand Casino in Yorkton. These scholarships are in addition to the $40,500 in entrance scholarships awarded in September. This marks the second consecutive academic year in which Parkland College has awarded more than $100,000 in scholarships. Scholarships are made possible through the generosity of local businesses and organizations, community members, college staff, the annual Dollars for Scholars Golf Classic, and the Ministry of Advanced Education’s Saskatchewan Innovation and Opportunity Scholarship program. Pictured, are a Yorkton group of scholarship recipients.
April 14-20 is Red Hat Week in Yorkton
By SHANNON DEVEAU N-R Writer
They are all about fun and friendship for ladies over the age of 50 and they are very active in Yorkton. The local Red Hat Society has announced it will be hosting its 9th annual convention in Yorkton this month and in keeping with that fact, the City of Yorkton has proclaimed the week of April 14-20 as Red Hat Society Week. A special flag raising ceremony event has also been planned for April 16 at 10 a.m. at City Hall. “Our theme this year is ‘Spring Fever’ and our goal is to treat approximately 300 ladies to the ‘down home’ Yorkton style hospitality – with entertainment, door prizes, raffles, vendors,
merchandise, vouchers, tasty food and much more,” spoke member Margaret Cugnet to council at a recent meeting. The Yorkton branch has a membership of about 47 ladies who meet monthly for fun, friendship and support. “The Red Hat Society has become the international society dedicated to reshaping the way women are viewed in today’s culture. RHS supports and encourages women to pursue fun, friendship, freedom, fulfillment of lifelong dreams and fitness. It serves as the center point for all communications and opportunities for its members offering tools, tips, discounts, services and events specifically with Red Hatters in mind. “The Red Hat Society
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Twenty five nominations have been received by the Yorkton Chamber of Commerce for the two Employee of the Year Awards that will be presented later this month. Carol Yaholnitksy, Co-Chair of the Chamber’s Events committee is pleased with that number. “At first the Committee was a little concerned that so few nominations had been submitted but the community really came through in the last few days,” she said. “Fifteen nominations were received for the Front Line Employee of the Year Award and ten were received for the Support Employee of the Year Award.” Each Award recognizes outstanding contributions by employees to their places of employment and to the community. The Front Line Employee of the Year Award, sponsored by Crusader Drilling, is for those employees who provide the customer service that ensures customers continue to walk through the doors of the business. The Support Employee Award, sponsored by Parkland College, is for those hard working, knowledgeable employees who ensure the back end of the business runs smoothly. Photos and biographies of the nominees will be posted on the Chamber website April 9 – 11. Each Chamber member will then have the opportunity to cast one vote for the nominee considered most deserving for each of the Awards. The Employee of the Year Awards will be presented at the 2013 Employee Recognition Event, Tuesday April 16 at St. Mary’s Ukrainian Cultural Centre. Saskatchewan comedian, Jody Peters will entertain the employees and their employers prior to the Award presentations. Tickets to the ERE are available at the Chamber office.
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their unique and motivating stories and helping Members find local hatters and activities they can participate in. Women over age 50 are known as “Red Hatters,”
while those under 50 are lovingly referred to as “Pink Hatters.” The Yorkton convention has been slated for Friday, April 19 & 20 at St. Mary’s Cultural
Centre. To learn more visit: www.redhatsociety. com or call Eleanor Shumay at 306-7835582.
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Annual bird symposium fast approaching By Kathy Morrell
“The new – and the new all over again.” By my count, this is the seventh year the YFBTA has organized a “fullfledged” Birding Symposium. Yes, seven years – it seems unbelievable. The event actually had its origins at the 2005 Annual General Meeting when members decided that dull business did not correspond to the culture of those who call themselves birders. Birders are, after all, social creatures who like to flock together to talk and learn more about the avian world. And so was hatched the idea of an AGM that included a speaker and a good meal. As a result of this idea, the YFBTA invited Alan Smith as the group’s first guest speaker. This year, Alan Smith is back, evidence of the new all over again. His presentation is entitled Birding by Ear. Smith is a firm believer that learning to identify birds by ear is important, especially, he says, in the northern forests of Saskatchewan. There, the birds hide out in the trees, where the only way to make an identification is by song. If you think you know the name, Alan Smith, you’re probably right. Smith is the man of the Christmas Bird Count, the one to whom we send our bird statistics
after a day in the winter cold. He worked for the Canadian Wildlife Service for more than 30 years. He is the author of the Atlas of Saskatchewan Birds and a founding member and supporter of the Last Mountain Bird Observatory. He is a meticulous scientist and a committed naturalist. The second speaker at the 2013 Symposium who fits our category of the new all over again is Anna Leighton. Leighton came to Yorkton in 2005 to promote her book, Prairie Phoenix. Co-authored with Bonnie Lawrence, Prairie Phoenix describes in photo and text Saskatchewan’s floral emblem, the Western Red Lily. This year, Leighton’s presentation will tell the story of John Richardson and his travels through the North with the Franklin Expedition. In his journals, Richardson documented the plants the Cree used in their daily lives and described how the First Nations people saved the explorer and his party from starvation. Leighton’s presentation mingles the botany of the scientist and the history of two cultures in the North American wilderness. It promises to be a captivating story. Merle Massie is an environmental historian. What an intriguing and different combination – the environment and the history of the
province. And yet, we in the YFBTA know it’s a fit. In this third presentation, Massie will add to the YFBTA’s expanded cultural focus with her presentation on the 1930s migration of farmers from southern Saskatchewan to the north where the area was less severely impacted by drought. Lorne Scott is a Saskatchewan farmer and environmental activist. His talk, the fourth at the 2013 Symposium, will focus on two areas of concern to conservationists: the transfer of the federal government’s responsibility for land management of the PFRA pastures to the province and the closure of the PFRA Tree Nursery at Indian Head. Environmentalists see the pastures and the nursery (as they exist presently) as tremendously advantageous to the protection of grasslands habitat and wildlife. Scott brings a life time of commitment to the presentation he will give. His interest in nature began at the age of fifteen when he built and erected bluebird houses along the roadways near his home town of Indian Head. He has been a leader in numerous environmental and wildlife organizations: Nature Saskatchewan, the Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation and the Whooping Crane Conservation Association.
THE RING-NECKED DUCK is one of the many species that will soon be moving through the Yorkton region in search of suitable nesting habitat. – Photo by Rob Wilson. He was the chairperson of the Stop RaffertyAlameda Project. That group took the federal government to court and won a ground-breaking decision that forced the federal government to follow the required legislation for environmental assessment. In 1991, Scott was elected as MLA for the Constituency of Indian Head. He was later appointed Minister of the Environment and Resource Management. During his political career, his work pushed forward two important
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issue that has received such a lot of media attention in the past year. The Symposium promises to provide diverse educational opportunities as well as a lunch, a supper and an after-dinner presenter. You can find out more and you can register by visiting The YFBTA website www.yfbta.com (you will find a poster and a registration form) or by contacting Martha Karau at 306 – 896 – 2660. The Symposium will be held in Churchbridge, April 13.
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Second nomination call: PM’s Volunteer Awards
Who are the difference-makers in your community? An outstanding volunteer? A business or not-for-profit organization? You have a great opportunity to show your appreciation by nominating them for a Prime Minister’s Volunteer Award. But there’s little time to think about it – the deadline for the second round of nominations is April 15th. Here’s a little-known fact that may surprise you: Canada ranks at or near the top in the world when it comes to volunteering. Almost a full third of us spend time assisting on a non-paid basis in our communities, and many of our charitable agencies are almost totally staffed by volunteers. The Prime Minister’s Volunteer Awards, 17 in all, given at regional and national levels, celebrate those people and organizations as exceptional Canadians who make a difference. As individuals or groups, volunteers help their communities in many ways, from organizing activities for children with disabilities to fundraising for community projects. The number of hours they donate is the equivalent of nearly 1.1 million fulltime jobs.
Parliamentary Report Op-Ed Column by Garry Breitkreuz Not-for-profit organizations help build stronger communities. In Canada, 161,000 registered charities and not-for-profit organizations labour to improve the lives of others. Many regularly forge new partnerships with other organizations to find solid, creative solutions to social issues in their community. Many businesses also make a positive impact in their communities. Some organize fundraising events to generate donations for charitable organizations. Some offer their employees paid time away from work to volunteer. In 2010, over half of
all employees who volunteered said that they had received employer support to do so. Last year, Canadians submitted over 750 nominations for the Prime Minister’s Volunteer Awards. They were honoured at an awards ceremony held on December 14, 2012 in Ottawa. The Emerging Leader and Lifelong Achievement awards are awarded nationally. The Community Leader, Business Leader and Social Innovator, are extended regionally – one each to five Canadian regions, including the Prairies. Each winner will be given the privilege of choosing an eligible not-for-profit organization to receive a grant for $5,000 (regional award) or $10,000 (national award). With so many Canadians volunteering, there are many more who deserve to be nominated. The nomination process involves several steps, so in order to meet the April 15th deadline, waste no time in submitting your choice of volunteer or organization. Go to www.pm.gc.ca and follow the links to the Prime Minister’s Volunteer Awards. Nomination forms are online as well as details about previous recipients.
New Horizons: not just for seniors, campaign kicks off Submitted by the New Horizons Senior Citizens of Yorkton Club Do not let the words “Senior Citizens” mislead you. New Horizons is a non-profit, charitable organization open to all over the age of 18 for an annual membership of $5.00. However, the Bylaws only allow those members over the age of 50 voting rights or to serve on the Board. In the late sixties SIGN assisted in the formation of a group for seniors and it has evolved to New Horizons. The group purchased Coronation Hall, from the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, in 1978 for $65,000.00 by a mortgage and the kindness of the late George and Helen Morris. Mr. and Mrs. Morris loaned the group $25,000.00 for the down payment. This loan was to be repaid, without inter-
est, whenever the group could do so. Both the loan and the mortgage were paid off in two years. Mr. and Mrs. Morris also paid, as a charitable donation, the property taxes for several years and made many other contributions. New Horizon members have been active supporters of many community activities such as sessions on ‘Elder Abuse’, ‘Phone and Fraud Scams’, ‘Drive Alive 55+’ to name a few and have volunteered for numerous activities in the City, including the Yorkton Film Festival, the Campground Tourist Coffee Program, and have provided a safe place for recreational activities for the youth from the Saskatchewan Abilities Council. There are daily activities in the hall. A major one being the Friday night dances with live music. These dances are open to all ages and run from 8:00
p.m. to midnight with lunch, for $7.00. We wish to expand on our activities and programs for all the citizens of Yorkton, whether a senior, a youth or in between, but we need your help and support in order to do so. Unfortunately, the premises is in need of some repair and upgrades. A good deal has been done in the past two years through fund raising and grants from the Federal Government, the Painted Hand Community Development Corp. and the Yorkton Lions Club. This has resulted in repairs to the front steps, new carpeting and paneling in some areas, roof and foundation repairs, improvements to ground drainage, installation of three new energy efficient furnaces and an energy efficient water heater, conversion of a washroom for wheel chair accessibility, and the purchase of a
StairTrak Master to take those in wheelchairs up and down. New front doors will be installed shortly. We are very appreciative of the support we have had from these grantors. There is still much to do. Needed are electrical upgrades, refurbishing and painting of the exterior stucco, refinishing of the maple hardwood floor, insulation in areas of the lower level and upgrades to the kitchen. We hope to be able to most of this during the summer and have been obtaining quotations for the work from various companies and trades people and are having to shortly decide and retain them. Once this work is completed, the Hall should be good for many years and future generations. From the various quotations we have received the costs, for the forgoing, would appear to be approximately $40,000.00, as follows:
• Exterior stucco and painting: $10,900.00 • Electrical Upgrades: $6,950.00 • Floor refinishing: $9,800.00 • Kitchen upgrades/ insulation: $12,350.00 We have approximately 25 per cent of the amount needed and now need your help to move forward. Every donation is income tax deductible as a charitable one and all donations over $10.00 will be acknowledged as follows: • $10.00 or more, a charitable receipt. • $25.00 or more, as above plus recognition by way of a “Thank You” in the local papers. $50.00 or more, as above plus reception later in the year to honour all those donors. • $100.00 or more, as above plus recognition on our ‘Wall of Honour’. Please support and assist us in this endeavour and forward your donation by April 30, 2013
so that we may get an early start on the work that needs to be done. Please make all cheques payable to ‘New Horizons Senior Citizens of Yorkton Inc.’ and note on them: ‘Charitable Donation – Building Fund’. You can further assist us by circulating this letter throughout your office, business or club and amongst your family and friends and encourage them to participate. Take out a membership and encourage others to do the same. Take in a dance on Friday night and bring a group. Participate. For more information, or any questions you might have, please contact either of the co-chairs for this project: Garry Kaschl @ 306-783-8838 or Arliss Dellow @ 306-783-3447. For memberships, contact Verna Dobko @ 306782-6134. We look forward to your participation and support.
Getting flood ready SaskPower is reminding all customers to keep electrical and gas safety in mind as the snow melts. Weather and precipitation forecasts indicate that flooding will likely be a problem in parts of the province this spring. How to prepare before a flood: • Disconnect all outdoor electrical devices that are in danger of being submerged and turn off breakers to outdoor plugs. • Hire a Saskatchewan licensed gas contractor to move gas appliances that might become submerged. • Unplug electrical appliances and turn off breakers in the basement if water is entering your property, but never enter an area if electrical receptacles are under water or stand in water to operate breakers. Call SaskPower at 310-2220. • Shut off the electrical and gas supply to all natural gas and propane appliances. If water is entering your property and you are unable to shut off your gas service, call SaskEnergy at 1-888-700-0427. • Never use appliances (i.e. gas ranges or barbecues) that are not certified for heating as a temporary heat source because they can create carbon monoxide poisoning. Never use unvented natural gas, propane or other fuel-burning heaters in occupied buildings. • When using pumps, lights and tools near water, use a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) to protect from electrical shock. • Call SaskPower at 310-2220 to disconnect power during emergencies – we’re available 24/7/365. Always stay away from fallen power lines, especially during a flood. Water conducts electricity and electrocution in water can be fatal. Electrocution is the second most common cause of death during floods after drowning. Cutting power to flooded areas Even if your property isn’t flooded, your power may still be turned off for safety reasons. SaskPower must cut power to any area that has experienced flooding to minimize the risk of electrical shock or electrocution. Cutting power to a flooded area ensures our electrical equipment that may be under water is not a safety threat to the public and our employees who arrive on scene. This allows SaskPower to restore power safely, and as quickly as possible. Cutting power also protects the electrical equipment from water damage, which would delay power restoration efforts. For more information visit: www.saskpower.com.
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What’s happening out at Good Spirit Acres?
St. Patrick’s Day was celebrated with an Iris Stew supper, held at the Good Spirit Park Rec. Centre. There was a good turn out of people to enjoy the stew and onion/dill bread, and to participate in the silent auction. Thanks to all who made the stew and bread as well as those who donated ingredients for the supper, as well as the interesting items for the auction. We were happy to have such a successful evening, as well as raise a little money for the Community Assoc. On May 5, 2013 at 2 p.m. the Community Association Annual Meeting will be held at the Good Spirit Park Rec. Centre. We’d like residents to attend to give their input on activities that they wish to see happen in the community, as well as hear what is planned for the coming year. It would
be nice to see some new faces on the executive, so please give it some thought and plan to attend. The Hamlet Board spring information meeting will be held on May 19, 2013 at 2 p.m. at the Golf Club House. Everyone is encouraged to attend. Spring is in the air and there are worries of the risk of flooding. Last fall, the Hamlet Board had the waterways of the Hamlet dug out, leading all of the way to Horseshoe Lake. They anticipated this would assist in moving the water through our Hamlet more efficiently. Culverts have been checked and we believe are in good shape to handle the expected water. They have contacted Guy Luchenski and made him aware of the need to have the cattails cleaned up on the 18th fairway as well. They are working with our RM Councillor to ensure culverts are opened
up in the Hamlet as well as culverts leading to the park, Highway 229 and Howland’s road. This will be done when the spring melt begins. There are a substantial number of sandbags on hand that can be used immediately if required. Arrangements have been made to have sand delivered to the Hamlet immediately if required, to fill sandbags. We cannot predict how fast the snow will melt or
how much rain we will receive this spring. We believe we have done what we can do at this point to manage the situation as best we can. Effective Immediately.. The RM of Good Lake has changed their landfill procedures. The Hamlet will not have a key to open the gate to the landfill. Residents will no longer be able to borrow the key to take garbage to the landfill. The landfill will be open
every Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Residents who need to dispose of items in the landfill will need to take the items to the landfill on Sundays only. The Transfer site in the community will continue to accept household garbage and recycle items only. Condolences to the Spilchen family on the passing of Matt Spilchen. Matt and Olga Spilchen were one of the first couples to build a home at Good Spirit Acres when their son Barry and wife
Eileen proposed the golf course and hamlet venture. Matt used to enjoy his golf in summer and riding his snowmobile to groom the cross-country ski trails, or pull an old tire around the hamlet in winter, to make paths for residents to walk to the club house. Prayer services for Matt will be held on Monday, April 8 at 7 p.m. at Yorkton Memorial Gardens Family Centre on Highway 10 East. His funeral will be held on Tuesday, April 9 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church.
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Celebrating 130 Years of Bringing Family & Friends Together Yorkton Begins Its Own Farm Boys Camp Donna Taylor ~author~ The long standing relationship of the Yorkton Exhibition Association with the United Commercial Travellers began in this decade. The first mention is in 1921 when $200 was granted to the Commercial Travellers at their request to defray expenses, for a Commercial Travellers Day at the fair. 1928 saw the Board strike a deal with the United Commercial Travellers. The U.C.T. would take over the outer gates of the Exhibition Grounds and receive all admittance money for the three days of the fair. In return they would pay the Association $3600, plus 50% of all tickets sold in excess of $4300, provide all ticket sellers and takers, and honour all passes issued by the Association. While the Board took pains to tell the U.C.T. that this was a one year deal only, in 1929 a similar deal was struck. Boys and girls continued to be sent to Farm Boys and Girls Camps in Regina and Saskatoon. In 1920 any boy who wanted to be considered for the camp was required to attend a minimum of three out of a series of five lectures. Sometimes the children who attended these camps were the offspring of directors, and other times advertisements were placed in the paper for applications. In 1921, Misses Daisy and Gladys Goulden attended the Farm Girls Camp in Saskatoon, and in 1922 Misses E. Harris and I. Vanderberg represented the Association. The decision for Yorkton to begin its own Farm Boys Camp likely arose because of a report by Mr. Caldwell, who attended as supervisor in 1921 with the Yorkton boys. He reported to the Board that it was the poorest camp he had attended. The next year the Yorkton Exhibition Association hosted its first Farm Boys Camp. Eating and sleeping accommodations needed to be provided, and in the early days local farmers were looked to for assistance. In 1924 the Board agreed that the farm boys would be fed “at Bartletts on Wednesday and O’Briens on Thursday, providing the meals were satisfactory to the directors”. Changes occurred to the seed fair and poultry show over these years. In 1920 the Association put on a seed fair, poultry show and calf feeding competition. By 1926 it was decided to replace the seed fair with a standing crop competition. And in 1929 the show expanded to include a colt show for boys and girls as well as the calf show. In 1927 the Agriculture Section of the Board of Trade proposed a Summer Fallow competition if the Board would hold one, agreeing to furnish registered seed wheat for about 10 plots of 4 acres each, along with $25 in cash and a cup. 1927’s minutes record a matter of some intrigue. In April arrangements were made with a Mr. Fred Brown to stage a pageant for the three nights of the fair - total cost of same was to be about $1000. By June Mr. Brown had been “forced to leave town” and alternate arrangements were required for the pageant, resulting in a contract with people from Montreal for $1575. Work on the grounds carried on. A new cattle stable was contracted at a cost of $2115, and a new shed was built on the south side of that stable. By 1925, some of the posts
Native men’s pony races at the Yorkton Fair, early 1920s. Photo: City of Yorkton Archives. E. Saher Collection
on the east side of the grand stand were badly rotted, and a cement wall was placed under the footings. A road was cut through the bush near Broadway, but plans to gravel it in 1923 were put on hold. In 1929 the Board accepted the offer of Mr. H.J. Williams to construct a “first class finished road” and install three culverts along the east boundary of the grounds, north to the stables, at the price of $160. After receiving suggestions from the Saskatoon and Regina Exhibitions regarding a proposed new exhibit building, the Board went ahead and tendered for a new exhibit building and a new dining hall. To assist in financing, the board was authorized to issue $100 bonds with an interest rate of 7% to an amount not to exceed $6,000. The Board, as it had in the past, allowed others the use of the fair grounds during times when there was no conflict with the Association’s. In 1920 the Baseball Club was given permission to use the grounds inside of the ring. The club wanted to fix up a diamond in front of the grand stand, and were permitted to make changes at their own expense, so long as they were satisfactory to a committee of directors and the manager. In 1921 the fair grounds were used for a military camp, and in 1922 the Yorkton Board of Trade was allowed to hold a June picnic on the grounds. The Board reluctantly gave the Community Sports Organization permission to use the Exhibition Grounds on July 1, 1929 for a Sports Day Celebration, but indicated that they did not wish to encourage such events as they interfere with attendance at the Saltcoats, Melville and Theodore Sports Days. Support from the surrounding municipalities grew as time went along. The municipalities of Orkney and Wallace had given $200 and $100 respectively in 1915, $250 and $150 in 1916, but by 1920 they gave $600 and $500. Times were tough in the early part of the decade. The minutes of 1922 and 1923 show a reduced prize list for both the seed fair and the summer fair because of poor finances. In 1923 $800 had to be borrowed from the bank to pay the accounts and prize money from the Seed Fair and Poultry Show. After the summer fair, the Association was in a deficit
position and the Bank of Montreal insisted upon a guarantee. The Board felt it was unfair to have only a few directors sign the guarantee, so it was decided that all directors would sign for the debt. Things improved as the decade progressed, and 1926 and 1927 record profits on the summer fair of approximately $2000 and $2700 respectively. The Association continued to deal with the York Farmers Colonization Co. with respect to the debt on the land. The records don’t show how much was left owing at this time, but in 1925 a letter was received from the company offering to accept $6,000 or $7,000 to give clear title to the land. The response from the Association, according to the minutes, was to “increase our offer to $3,000”. Either the Yorkton Association were very good bargainers or York Farmers really wanted to help out, because by the end of 1926 a deal had been struck for $4000 for the Fair Grounds, which included York Farmers transferring an additional 15 acres on the East Side of the grounds. That was provided the Town of Yorkton would release the additional acres from taxes, and the town agreed. Financing was secured through a mortgage with F.W. Bull for $3000 at 7% interest. Admission prices were generally 50¢ for adults and 25¢ for children. Children’s day at the fair saw children either getting in free or being charged 5¢ with reduced prices on the midway. Complimentary tickets were provided to directors for themselves and their families, but who else should receive free passes was a matter of annual debate. One year proprietors of refreshment booths were given tickets for their help, not to exceed 30 tickets for any one booth. Another year exhibitors received free entry tickets, but they were marked “not good for grand stand”. 1929 is the first mention of reserved seating for the grand stand, when the price was set at 25¢ for days and 10¢ for evenings. Annual meetings were often fairly perfunctory, but on occasion some real input was received. At the 1922 annual meeting it was suggested that the Board appoint associate directors from the surrounding district to create more interest in the fair. Discussion on the topic continued at the board level, but it wasn’t until February of 1929 that the first associate directors were appointed, representing towns and villages around the area, including the presidents of the Wynyard, Russell and Kamsack fairs. The annual meeting of 1928 received a letter from A.R. Reusch advising that a number of shareholders had decided that it was useless to attend annual meetings because the directors were always re-elected to office. The minutes indicate that no action was taken on that issue, but the suggestion that the office of president should be held for one or two years only, appears to have been better received. The Association continued its close working relationship with the Board of Trade, and a highlight of the decade was working together to plan a program in 1928 for the celebration of a special event in Yorkton’s history - when Yorkton attained city status.
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New Horizons Card Social 78 First Avenue North Bingo, pool, shuffle board & darts. Takes place the third Sunday of every month.. A bingo card game begins at 2 p.m. Admission is $3 and it includes lunch. All are welcome!
Yorkton Branch of the Saskatchewan Genealogy Society Meeting Tuesday, April 9, 7 p.m. Western Development Museum Guest Speaker: Elmer McInnes New members are always welcome!
Yorkton Arts Council presents a “Stars For Saskatchewan” series: The Dream Concert Michael Burgess & Rebecca Caine. Two of Canada’s most luminous performing artists will bring us musical theatre magic with classic and contemporary Broadway! This concert is Tuesday, April 30, 2013 8:00 p.m. at at the Anne Portnuff Theatre Tickets available at the Yorkton Arts Council as well as at Welcome Home Floral & Gift Shop For more information contact the Arts Council at 783-8722 or www.yorktonarts.ca
Alzheimer/Dementia Support Meeting April 10, 2 p.m. at the Yorkton & District Nursing Home All are welcome! For info. call 786-0722.
Spring Stew Supper Knox Presbyterian Church (by the water tower ) Wed. Apr. 10 4;30 to 6;30 p.m. Includes assorted salads & delicious deserts. Adults $10, under 12 $5, pre-schoolers free. New Horizons Friday Night Dance 78 First Ave. North Yorkton, SK. Great night of dancing Every one is welcome Lunch is included Time: 8:00 p.m. doors open at 7:00 p.m. Admission is $7.00 per person Contact: Peter at 306-782-1846.
2013 Yorkton Music Festival • April 8 - 12 - Piano St. Andrews United Church Programs $7 - Available at Fuzztone music Admission - Adults $2, Students -$1, Children 12 and under - free • April 14 - Hi-Lites Concert - Yorkton Regional High School - Anne Portnuff Theatre - 2:00 p.m. Adult/Student $5 Children 6-12 - $2 Under 6 - free. Dart League Attention dart players, steel-tip action is underway for the 2012-13 season at Gunner’s Lounge at Royal Canadian Legion. This is a fun league for all ages, so beginners are encouraged to come out. For more information call 782-1783. Tot Spot Boys & Girls Club Drop-In Centre @ SIGN on Broadway Mon., Tues., Thurs., & Fri., 9 a.m. to noon. Tues., Wed., Thurs., 2-4 p.m. Free to participate!
Community Adult Band Rehearsals Tuesday’s 7 p.m. at Yorkton Regional High School Band Room. Two bands - Community Concert Band and Yorkton’s ALL THAT JAZZ Big Band New members welcome! For more information, contact Larry Pearen, Director 786-2582 (day time) 782-4182 (evenings). Gospel Services Sunday’s 3:30 p.m. Dominion Room @ the SIGN Building Come see how the church of the New Testament age is still alive today! Ministers: M. Roper & M. Gross Call (306) 270-6477. Grief Share The Grief Share support group is sponsored by people who understand what you are experiencing and want to offer you comfort and encouragement during this difficult time. Every Tuesday at St. Peter’s Hospital Melville In the McLeod Conference Room at 10:00 a.m. ALL ARE WELCOME! Register with either: Margaret Yost 728-4744 Ralph E. Hale 728-9205. Cribbage & Pool The Yorkton Retired Citizens Inc. group invites interested cribbage and pool players to come out to St. Gerard’s Church – lower level – Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:15 to 4 p.m. $1 for the afternoon for crib, $1.25 for the afternoon for pool, price includes light lunch. For info. call Helen at 783-0802 or Angie at 783-7838. Singers Unite! Yorkton Community Concert Choir Practices every Monday at 7:30 p.m. in the choir room at the YRHS (use parking lot entrance) Contact Laurene at 782-0460, Shanni at 783-9145 or Anna at 744-2729 for details.
YORKTON CARDINALS BASEBALL 2013 Do you love to be outdoors on a warm summer evening, visiting with friends, laughing, meeting new people, and enjoying the boys of summer take it to their league rivals? If yes, then we need your help: Your Yorkton Cardinals Baseball Club is currently looking for VOLUNTEERS for the upcoming season, positions available are: Ticket takers/front gate 50/50 ticket sales Merchandise sales Help with game day promotions Refreshment sales (must be 19 yrs)
Crossroads – a support group for women who are experiencing or have experienced violence. Group is held at SIGN on Broadway every Thursday from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. For more information contact 782-0673 or 782-5181. Save the Yorkton Brick Mill Become a member and be a part of a great historical venture. Learn more or get involved by visiting: www.yorkton brickmill.org Interested parties can also call 783-0290 or 783-6211.
Yorkton and District United Way • looking for dedicated people interested in taking part of a growing organization that helps agencies and crucial services in and around the Yorkton area. To learn more call Kristin Parsons at 782-9389 or email yorktonunitedway @sasktel.net.
Yorkton Creators 4-H Club Welcoming new members ages 6-21. Projects include cooking, sewing, woodworking and cloverbud. For more info. call Vi at 782-4721. Calling all Bridge Players! The Yorkton Duplicate Bridge Club has started up. The club meets weekly on Thursdays at 1:00 p.m. at the Yorkton Public Library. Call 7834220 for more details. Al-Anon Al-Anon meets Mondays, 8 p.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, and Wednesdays at the Westview United Church.
SUPER SHEPHERD – Hey there, my name’s Cinder. I’m a six month old spayed female shepherd cross. I’m a really great dog, and I’d be an excellent addition to any great family. So if you’ve got a loving, responsible home, be sure to come visit and possibly take me home. To learn more come visit the SPCA or call 306-783-4080.
Baseball Tour September 5 to 9
Trip Includes: • Deluxe motorcoach transportation • 4 nights hotel accommodation • Reserved seating for 3 Blue Jays/Twins baseball games in Minneapolis • Duty free shopping enroute • Transportation to The Mall of America
There are also currently HOST FAMILY OPPORTUNITIES available. This is your chance to create a lifelong bond with a Cardinal Player. Most past host families have stayed in touch with their billets and some have even been invited to holiday at the player’s homes in different locations of Canada, US, and other countries.
Dixie email: firstname.lastname@example.org Karen 306-783-2926 Leona 306-782-0230 Season Tickets now available at: Alexander’s Men’s Wear $125.00 (23 home games)
The Torch Club – leadership, growth and empowerment program for youth ages 10-13 Call Erin at 783-2582.
St. John Ambulance First Aid Classes OHS Standard First Aid/ CPR classes. Personalized courses and online training also available. For more info. or to register call Judy at 783-4544 or email: email@example.com.
There are 23 home games that require 2 to 3 volunteers per game, hours vary, but most will be evening games for approximately 4 hours For more info please contact: Karen 306-783-2936 Leona 306-782-0230
Monthly compensation is available to all host families that can offer an extra room, a nurturing, kind, baseball loving atmosphere to our 2013 Cardinals. For more info on becoming a Host Family please contact:
Yorkton Prostate Group Meeting • meets every 3rd Thurs. of the month in the meeting room at the hospital • promotes early detection and speedy recovery Call 782-5748 for info.
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NEWS REVIEW SPORTS Sport notes Sports Bank Drop-in The Yorkton Sports Bank is collecting used sports equipment on Wednesdays at the City Hall Basement from 4-8 p.m. Come out and check out the assortment of sports equipment, including hockey gear, or donate your old equipment. Appointments are also available. Contact Amber Zaharia for more information by phone at 828-2401 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ladies Floor Hockey Ladies floor hockey runs every Wednesday from 8-9 p.m. at the Gloria Hayden Community Centre. Come out for a good workout and friendly competition. Sticks are available at the facility and runs from September to April. Drop-in cost is $3. Email azaharia@ yorkton.ca for more information.
Springers Gymnastics Yorkton’s Springers gymnastics club will be hosting its home tournament at the Yorkton Regional High School from April 5-7. Come out this weekend and support local Springers athletes as they prepare for Saskatchewan Gymnastics provincials on April 19.
SJHL Finals Schedule The 2013 Canalta Cup schedule has been released as the Yorkton Terriers will take on the Humboldt Broncos. Yorkton will host Game Two on April 7, Game Four on April 11, and Game Six (if needed) on April 14. While Humboldt hosts Game One April 5, Game Three April 9, Game Five (if needed) April 13 and Game Seven (if needed) April 16. All games start at 7:30 p.m. support your Yorkton Terriers as they look to qualify for the Western Canada Cup. Have a local story you feel should be included in the paper? Have an event you want the community to attend? Email Sport Notes at sports@ yorktonnews.com and your local sports story can be included in The News Review Sports.
REVENGE. Terriers players shake hands with the Melville Millionaires after their 5-1 road win at the HCUC gave them a 4-2 series win in the Sherwood Final. Yorkton will now face Humboldt in the Canalta Cup Final starting Friday.
Terriers off to Final after eliminating Mils By CHASE RUTTIG N-R Writer The Highway 10 Battle has been settled and the result is something that put a smile on every Yorkton Terriers face Saturday night as they avenged last year’s first round loss with a 5-1 win in Melville to advance to the Canalta Cup. After last year’s heartbreaking loss in the Sherwood Semifinals a Yorkton Terriers team that had a large number of returning players from that heartbreaking loss got a lift from a hometown rookie born on the Highway 10 Battle to lift them to the finals. It was a result that most Terriers fans were hoping for, but not expecting as heading into their Good Friday clash the Terriers just came off losing Games Three and Four to the Millionaires to tie up the series. A 3-1 win at the FAA and a shutout from
Alex Wakaluk at the HCUC in a 3-0 win gave the Mils all the momentum heading into a Game Five that was a must win for the Terriers. With the Millionaires putting the Terriers on the ropes , things only got worse in the opening stages of Game Five as Russell Trudeau scored just 55 seconds into the game to put Melville up 1-0. Lucas Froese repeated the same for Melville to pen the second period just 44 seconds in to put the Terriers down 2-0 with just under 40 minutes left in Game Five, but with all of the pressure on them the Terriers players decided not to panic. Brady Norrish snuck around behind the net to sneak in a backhand goal past Wakaluk to put the deficit to just one goal just four minutes after Froese’s marker and the Terriers finally woke up from their slumber. Kailum Gervais scored a similar goal from behind the net to close out
the period and sent both teams into the dressing room with a tied 2-2 score and 20 minutes left in Game Five. A win was a must for the Terriers if they wanted to avoid their first elimination game of the playoffs on the road in Melville Saturday night, meaning they would have to beat the SJHL MVP at least one more time in order to get the win. With Wakaluk playing amazing, that would be no short task for the Terriers. With the team needing a hero on Good Friday, Tayler Thompson stepped up for his second goal of the series on a rebound from a Dakota Odgers shot to give the Terriers a 3-2 lead. Dawson MacAuley shut the door the rest of the way after being pulled in Game Four, making 18 saves in the win to put the Terriers up 3-2 in the series. Cont. on Page 16
Pee Wee AA Terriers finish 49-1-1 season
By CHASE RUTTIG N-R Writer
Yorkton Minor Hockey wrapped up a crowning achievement in player development in March as the Pee Wee AA Terriers finished up their 2012/13 season with a provincial and league title and a staggering 49-1-1 season. No that is not a typo, the Sherring Gold AA Terriers lost just one game all season in defending their league/provincial championship. A successful season was something coach Chad Korczak expected in returning players from last year’s squad, but nothing like what happened this season. “We knew during tryouts at the start of the season we had a special group of young kids who loved hockey with talent and potential that would help us have a pretty good season, but we had no idea that we would have a season like we had at the start” said Korczak. The AA Terriers first sign of their potential came after an early season tournament win in Prince Albert where they beat a Lloydminster team that the team rated very highly coming into the tournament, giving the Pee Wee’s some confidence that they can play with anybody early on in the season. From there the Terriers went to the Regina Pee Wee Classic tournament, where af-
ter narrowly losing the year before the Terriers relied on second year talent to lift them to their first Classic title since
Jarret Stoll was a Pee Wee. Cont. on Page 17
PEE WEE AA TERRIERS PROVINCIAL/SOUTH SASK CHAMPS. The local team compiled an impressive 49-1-1 record this season while defending their league/provincial titles in a magical season.
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Terriers prep for Humboldt after Division Title glory Cont. from Page 11 Thompson after the game preached that remaining calm was the key for the Terriers coming back from their 2-0 hole in the second. “After we went down 1-0 we all told each other not to panic and did the same after the second goal and after Brady came up with a clutch goal momentum just started to get rolling and then Kailum scored to tie it up and things began to go our way and we picked up our game to get the win” said Thompson. Head coach Trent Cassan echoed Thompson’s comments after the game as well saying, “Guys didn’t get down on each other once we were down two goals and we kept our composure and did some of the stuff we talked about after getting shutout in Game Four and started to get some goals.” Cassan mentioned that their gameplan after Wakaluk’s shutout was rather basic old school hockey strategy, get the puck in front of the net with traffic in front. “You aren’t going to beat a goalie like Alex Wakaluk from the top of the faceoff circle or with a clean shot from the blueline, so we wanted to get behind the net and get our guys the puck on their stick right in front of the net or get shots with traffic in front to deal with how good he is at making saves” said Cassan. Going into Game Six the Terriers were looking to replicate their success in Game Two and shake off the cobwebs of their bad luck in their last road game of the series where Wakaluk notched his shutout. With tickets for the elimination game leading to lineups down the block at Melville’s Horizon Credit Union Centre Game Six had a definite playoff atmosphere with many Yorkton fans making the trip up to support their Terriers on Saturday night. Dakota Odgers would not disappoint the Terriers fans who made the trip up, scoring his first of the playoffs to add to his assist in Game Five to give the Terriers a 1-0 lead to end the first period. Odgers goal capped off March that saw the talented forward play in the playoffs for the Midget AAA Yorkton Harvest, the WHL’s Swift Current Broncos and the Terriers in a one month span. In the second period the Terriers pulled away thanks to the unlikeliest of heroes as Dylan Johnson took advantage of an injury to round one hero Patrick Martens in just his sec-
ond appearance of the series with two huge second period goals. Johnson first tipped a shot at Wakaluk before banging home the rebound to get goal number one before muscling in a goal on a wrap around behind the net for two powerplay goals in a three minute span to put the Terriers up 3-1. Brady Norrish would add a shorthanded goal and an empty netter to give himself five for the playoffs as a defensemen to seal a 5-1 win for the Terriers, silencing the Melville crowd and a Millionaires season that saw them have the league’s two leading scorers and the league MVP in net under Wakaluk. Dawson MacAuley was brilliant in Game Six, making 35 saves for the Terriers in a bounce back game after being pulled in Game Four in Melville. MacAuley, who began the season as Kale Thomson’s backup continued a strong second half of the season for the Terriers in the series. Despite getting the yank in one game, MacAuley has led the Terriers to a 8-3 playoff record and outdueled the league MVP to lift his team to the Sherwood title, something MacAuley is extremely proud of. “It was awesome to get to battle against such a talented goaltender all series and after hearing the coaches talk about how you can’t beat Wakaluk all series it helped me motivate my game to try to help the guys out and I have a ton of respect for Alex so it was definitely special to get that win and help us get to the final” said MacAuley. As for his journey from being a backup to being the starter MacAuley said while he always felt he had the talent to be a number one goaltender the extra work he had to put in to become one is something that drives him to keep working. “I will never forget the work that it took just to get me to this point and that I need to work even harder to stay here and to get better individually as well as help my team win” said MacAuley. Dakota Odgers addition to the lineup after finishing his season with Swift Current was a gamble that paid huge dividends for the Terriers in the last two games of the series as Odgers potted a goal and an assist in his return to the Terriers after playing a handful of regular season games for the squad during the break. Having a brother on the team was the deciding factor in Trent Cassan’s decision to put the very talented playmaker and power forward on the roster once he was back in Yorkton. “Odgers is a very talent-
AUSTIN BOURHIS takes exception to Alex Wakaluk in front of the Millionaires net during Game Five of their Sherwood Final series. The Terriers head to Humboldt for Game One of the Canalta Cup Friday night.
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ed player and any time you can add WHL caliber talent, especially a player who played in a five game series against the Calgary Hitmen it can be a huge addition to your team, but being a billet with guys on the team as well as having a brother in John to help out in the room it is almost a seamless transition whenever Dakota comes in so it was a no brainer for me” said Cassan. Now the Terriers will look to Game One on Friday where they will face the Humboldt Broncos, who staved off the Flin Flon Bombers and Devin Buffalo’s Goaltender of the Week performance to advance to the Canalta Cup Final out of the North Division. Playing multiple overtime games could be a factor in this series for the Broncos as they might have less rested legs than a Terriers squad that somehow avoided overtime in a very tight series with the Millionaires. The Broncos were the SJHL’s best defensive team this season and are the defending champions while adding 2010 #1 WHL Bantam Draft selection Alex Forsberg at the deadline after he was sent home by Prince George during a trade holdout. Dealing with Forsberg will be a key to this series as his playmaking abilities will help a Humboldt team that is every bit as deep and talent laden as the Terriers. Matt Hrynkiw will be in goal for the Broncos and was rock solid in net for Humboldt all year, once again given the Terriers a challenge in beaten one of the SJHL’s best netminders in this series. Playing behind the league’s best blueline statistics wise, Hrynkiw has shut down the Terriers at the FAA this season in a shootout win that was the Terriers only regular season loss. His ability to steal games will be a factor in this series. On the Terriers side the story is the same as it has always been, depth and hard work has put the Terriers were they are right now. Getting Patrick Martens back will be huge for them as his absence in the Millionaires series showed as the forward who scored seven goals in round one against Estevan was missed. Jeremy Johnson has also struggled to find the lamp in the playoffs thus far, in his last year of Junior eligibility expect Johnson to
have a turnaround and up his game in the final. On the blueline the Terriers are healthy and strong. Devon McMullen has had an extremely solid playoffs and has been leading by an example at captain while Dylan Baer has stepped up in his first real crack at playoff hockey after an injury during the 2011-12 playoffs. With Brady Norrish’s five goals so far the Terriers might have the offensive advantage at the blueline over the Broncos, expect low scoring games and an offensive punch from a well balanced Terriers defensive unit that has an equal match of big physical players and puck movers like the Norrish twins and McMullen. As for the schedule the Broncos hold home ice advantage after narrowly taking the SJHL points title this year and will host Games 1/3/5/7 and the one and one SJHL playoff format while the Terriers will take games 2/4/6. Friday night will mark Game One of the series and the Terriers will hope to steal a huge game from Humboldt before heading back to the FAA Sunday for Game Two. The Terriers will need to win at least one road game this series to advance, but have been solid so far on the road in the playoffs getting road wins in both the Melville and Estevan series. With only two losses all season at home to Humboldt in a shootout and in Game Three to Melville the Terriers should be able to look at this series and point out getting one win on the road as the key and be fairly confident they can get all three victories at the FAA in this series. If the Terriers can replicate what they did against a Melville team that on paper was the best offensive team and had the league’s best goaltender than they can be considered as favorites in this series over a Humboldt team that had a slightly better regular season. Their home record as well as their convincing Game Six win over Melville on Saturday night should put the Broncos on notice that this Terriers team is hungry to get to the RBC Cup. They are four games away, mathematically it sounds easy, but Cassan and the Terriers now that four wins are a lot harder to come by than you would think.
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Rapid Fire Rants: NCAA’s lack of heart, Jays, Trade Deadline Opening Day of the MLB Season came and went this week as every fanbase in the league watched their team’s first pitch and hope that this year will be a magical summer. Some places are warmer than others, but up north under the Dome (because even in Toronto baseball outside in April is dicey) the Toronto Blue Jays opened their 2013 season at Rogers Centre/SkyDome with much hoopla about their newfound playoff chances. It was a huge spectacle, Sportsnet started doing pregame three hours in advance, pumping up their company Rogers golden child and the new free agents the Blue Jays have picked up. Joe Carter was there comparing it to 1993. I was excited, but I had a bad feeling in my stomach. See the Blue Jays have only existed to let me down ever since I was a kid. A long list of players I enjoyed have kept the tradition going, so while being excited for the new season and a team I think is still going to the playoffs, I knew the Jays likely were going to lose this game. They had to, the bar was set too high, players were nervous and started trying to hard. J.P. Arencibia found out how hard it is to catch a knuckleballer when it isn’t spring training and the Jays bats just couldn’t
get going as they lost 4-1. I wasn’t bothered by the scoreline, it is a 162 game season and the Jays have 161 more to get the 90+ or so wins they will need to make the playoffs in the AL East. Sure an Opening Day win would have been nice, but I am bothered with the way people are already starting to panic with the Blue Jays as Toronto fans are famous for doing with their usual bandwagon sports team, the Leafs. If this entire season is going to be this every night on Twitter and in the media I am going to start getting annoyed. Here is to taking a deep breath and waiting to see how the next 161 games turn out before jumping off the ledge. Down South the NCAA Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight was the story of the weekend. While Michigan should take most of the headlines for their epic come from behind win against Kansas and Nik Stauskas’ making Canada proud by going 6/6 from the three point line against Florida to make their first Final Four since the Fab Five, the story dragging into this week is unfortunately the injury of Kevin Ware and the idiocy of the NCAA’s “amateur” rules getting in the way of common sense.
Ruttig’s rants Column Chase Ruttig Ware, a solid swingman on the Louisville Cardinals one of college basketball’s powerhouses who play in a home sponsore by YUM! Brands owners of KFC and Taco Bell (This already screams athletic integrity) saw his leg shatter and pierce through his skin during a routine close out attempt against Duke in their Elite Eight meeting on Sunday. The entire world
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AA’s reflect on magic year Cont. from Page 15
After the tournament the Terriers turned the corner, finishing South Sask play at 20-0 and entering the playoffs, where they would once again have to come out of the South Sask league before playing the prairie Storm in the provincial semifinal. After a month layover between games, the Terriers were rusty and suffered their first tie of the season in a 5-5 game before earning a 5-2 win in Yorkton in the home leg of their two game series to win 10-7 on total goals. Korczak attributed the close call to a lack of games in between and some hot goaltending from the Prairie Storm saying, “With it being hard to find exhibition games and going up against a hot goaltender we were really up against it, but we dug deep and our leaders
stepped up and got the job done at home.” In the provincial final the Terriers went up against a Prince Albert squad who won out of the North regional playdowns and the Terriers were much better prepared for the final after their layoff, finishing Game One up six goals before winning the provincial title with a ten goal cushion. Giving them a treble that they had as a goal all season with a provincial title, a league title, and the Pee Wee Classic crown. The Terriers only loss all season came to Spruce Grove in the Lloydminster tournament final after beating them 8-0 in the round robin early that weekend. With Spruce Grove winning Alberta provincials, their only loss of the season came at the hands of one of
the other top clubs in Western Canada. “I think it speaks a lot of Yorkton Minor Hockey that we can have seasons like this at the Pee Wee AA level while graduating players to the next level” said Korczak. “We have had a good run at this level over the past few years winning provincial titles and now having this season and it really speaks a lot of the players and coaches that we are doing something right if we can constantly bring in new kids at the Pee Wee AA level and being consistently competitive.” The Pee Wee AA Terriers plan to have six returning players next season, with a 49-1-1 record those players might be able to teach the next crop of Pee Wee Terriers a thing or two about how to win hockey games.
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