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Tomorrow’s paper

Small but mighty is the theme for the September 9th issue of the Unity Wilkie Press-Herald. Check it out for:

  • details on the new ShopportUNITY app available to those who shop in Unity;
  • the latest Sask Ag crop report (this quote will not be a surprise to local farmers: “high humidity is delaying crop dry-down”);
  • a selection of football photos from the Warriors’ controlled exhibition scrimmage with the John Paul II team out of North Battleford; and
  • the second edition of the revived Blast from the Past series. a new RCMP report, the editorial page and other tidbits here and there in the paper.

Below, combining peas near Phippen, Saskatchewan on the September long weekend.

harvest time in Saskatchewan

Friday’s paper

The first September issue of the Unity Wilkie Press-Herald reflects the upcoming local elections as all RMS, villages and towns are calling for nominations for councillors, reeves and mayors. Check out the paper for the qualifications needed to run for council, along with:

  • an article on theft and vandalism at the Unity museum;
  • local winners in the recent STARS lottery draws;
  • a look forward at the UCHS Warriors’ 2016 football season; and
  • as summer draws to an end, a nostalgic look at lake life on the editorial page.

Meanwhile, farmers are grateful for warm, dry weather so they can forge ahead with getting the crops out of the fields and into the bins. The dark clouds in this photo, taken August 28, disappeared overnight and the next day was bright and sunny with combines in operation in many fields.

crop waiting


STC brings back seniors’ seat sale – travel anywhere in Sask for $15!

Any seniors can travel anywhere an STC bus goes in Saskatchewan for just $15 all through the month of September. The price applies to anyone aged 60 and over.

For example, normally a senior will pay $57.70 for a return fare from Unity to Saskatoon. In the month of September, the cost will be only $30 – almost half price!

“We want seniors in Saskatchewan to view bus travel as a comfortable and convenient transportation alternative,” Minister responsible for STC Jennifer Campeau said.  “STC’s senior seat sale gives seniors an affordable and green way to visit family and friends across Saskatchewan.”

Every passenger on a Saskatchewan Transportation Ccompany bus potentially means one less vehicle on the road – making the province both safer and greener.  Bus travel is not only the greener alternative, it is also an affordable alternative.

“This is the sixth year that STC has offered our senior seat sale,” STC president and CEO Shawn Grice said.  “We’re always impressed with the number of senior riders that come out and take advantage of the savings during sale months.”

Seniors can find out more about the sale on STC’s website at www.stcbus.com/seniorsale or on STC’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/STCbus.  Sale tickets can be purchased at any STC agency but remember to to bring your identification with you.

RCMP always recruiting, hosting youth camp

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police offers meaningful work, vast opportunities, the chance to serve across Canada and a career like no other. The RCMP is always recruiting and we are looking for people from all walks of life to join Canada’s national police service.

As part of the RCMP’s recruiting efforts, recruiters in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Northwest Territories and Nunavut have partnered with the RCMP Academy, “Depot” Division, to send 32 high-school students to the fourth annual youth camp for one week in August. Students were selected based on academic achievement and their interest in a career in policing. They will learn what it’s like to be a police officer in training through activities such as drill, driver simulation training, and tours of the RCMP Academy and the RCMP Heritage Centre.

The RCMP Youth Camp supports the RCMP’s National Youth Strategy, which aims to increase youth awareness and influence youth behaviour through behaviour modeling, mentoring, active learning, and engaging youth to positively influence their peers, school, and community.

The RCMP Youth Camp runs from August 11 through August 15, 2014. Recruiters from across the Prairies and from the North and RCMP Academy instructors will join the students and will serve as mentors, teachers, and role models.

To find out more about the RCMP, please visit www.rcmpcareers.ca.

Changes to fishing regulations made by Sask Environment

The Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment has made changes for 2014 and onward to support fish conservation programs, client service and to ensure sustainability of the resource.Saskatchewan lakes

Saskatchewan lakes“To ensure that fishing remains a popular and accessible activity in Saskatchewan, we need to plan for the future,” Environment Minister Ken Cheveldayoff said.  “These changes to our regulations will help protect our fish populations and offer anglers a wider range of angling experiences.”

A new one-day angling licence has been introduced as a convenience to occasional anglers in the southern and central zones.  Automatic licence suspensions of one to five years for serious offences will be implemented in 2014 and fines for these offences will increase.

In 2015, Saskatchewan will offer an additional free fishing weekend during the winter to encourage participation in ice fishing.  Free fishing weekends will take place on July 12 and 13, 2014, and on February 14 to 16, 2015.

To guard against the potential disease risk to fish populations, only leeches and crayfish originating within Saskatchewan may be used as live bait.  Non-resident anglers must now provide proof to an officer, upon request, that their live bait was purchased in Saskatchewan.

A standard condition for competitive fishing event authorizations is that only fish listed in the regulations or on the licence are eligible to be kept and weighed in.  This amendment clarifies that all fish species not authorized by the regulations or licence must be released immediately.  In addition, an amendment to the definition of a tournament clarifies that fish caught must be released alive, to ensure that tournaments do not operate as derbies (catch and kill events).

Nobody other than a First Nation or Métis person, or a member of their immediate family, may assist, aid, fish with, or possess fish taken by an individual fishing for food pursuant to their Aboriginal or Treaty rights.  This amendment is intended to support recognition and respect for Treaty and Aboriginal rights to fish, and prevent non-Aboriginals from taking or possessing more than their legal limit of fish.

More information about angling regulations can be found in the Saskatchewan Anglers’ Guide, available online at www.saskatchewan.ca/fishing.

STC seat sale for seniors — $12 one way in month of May

Seniors can fill up their calendars with fun, family and friends, travelling with Saskatchewan Transportation Company (STC) this month.  From May 1 to 31, seniors 60 and over can ride anywhere STC goes for $12 one-way.

STC travels to more than 250 communities in Saskatchewan, giving seniors across the province a chance to travel at a great price.  The standard senior fare for a one-way trip between Regina and Saskatoon is $34.80, which is more than $20 in savings if a senior purchases the same one-way ticket in May.

“We’re always happy to give our valued senior riders a great deal and our senior seat sale is our most popular promotion,” STC president and CEO Shawn Grice said.  “STC ridership sees a significant increase during the sale month as seniors take advantage of this great opportunity.”

Seniors took more than 10,000 trips during the spring Senior Seat Sale in 2013.  It would take more than 200 buses at capacity to transport that many riders.  Seniors should bring their identification with them at time of purchase and can buy their sale tickets at any STC agency.

In Unity, you can buy your tickets at Frenchie’s Pizza. They are the local STC representatives.

About STC

The Saskatchewan Transportation Company is a provincial coach company that provides safe, affordable and accessible bus passenger and parcel express services to communities throughout Saskatchewan.  Visit www.stcbus.com.

RCMP Report – March 25 to 31, 2014


RCMP attended a single vehicle collision on Highway 14 between Wilkie and Landis. No injuries were reported. Poor road conditions were a contributing factor.

Members assisted two families with disagreements in separate occurrences.

A concerned citizen reported a single vehicle collision on Highway 14. When police attended, the vehicle and driver were no longer at the scene.

Police attended a domestic assault where charges were laid against a 29-year-old male.

RCMP received a report of a break and enter at a residence garage. Money and a portable DVD player were stolen out of a vehicle. This matter is still under investigation.

A 53-year-old male was charged with impaired operation of a motor vehicle after RCMP received a report of an erratic driver.

There were two false alarms, one false 911 call and one traffic complaint.

Persons with information about crimes being committed in the Unity / Wilkie/ Macklin areas are urged to call the Unity RCMP detachment at 306-228-6300; the Wilkie RCMP at 306-843-3480; or the Macklin RCMP at 306-753-2171. If you wish to remain anonymous, you may also call Saskatchewan Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, or *8477 on the SaskTel Mobility Network. Crime Stoppers will pay up to $2,000 for information which leads to the arrest of person(s) responsible for any serious crime. Crime Stoppers is anonymous and does not subscribe to call display, nor are your calls traced or recorded.

You can also submit a tip online at www.saskcrimestoppers.com

Provincial Senior Men’s Curling Championships

The Affinity Credit Union Provincial Senior Men’s and Women’s Curling Championships were held in Unity, Feb. 18 to 23. Local curling fans were treated to some of the best curling in the province.

Darrell McKee, Mark Lane, Rick Picard and Brad Gee of the Nutana club in Saskatoon won the men’s side.

Please see the March 3 issue of the Unity Wilkie Press-Herald for more details on playdowns and the actual hosting of the tournament, as well as additional photos. Photos of the opening ceremonies are in the February 24 issue of the Press-Herald.

Enjoy these shots from men’s round robin play.

Darrell McKee

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Unity men's curlers



Provincial Senior Women’s Curling Championships

The Affinity Credit Union Provincial Senior Men’s and Women’s Curling Championships were held in Unity, Feb. 18 to 23. Local curling fans were treated to some of the best curling in the province.

Lorraine Arguin, Donda Lee Deis, Shelly Urquhart and Connie Fritzler from Moose Jaw won the women’s title.

Please see the March 3 issue of the Unity Wilkie Press-Herald for more details on playdowns and the actual hosting of the tournament, as well as additional photos. Photos of the opening ceremonies are in the February 24 issue of the Press-Herald.

Here’s some photos from the women’s semifinal between Arguin and the Inglis rink from Yorkton.

Lorraine Arguin

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Saskatchewan women's semifinal

inglis teamsenior women's curling

Collecting child and spousal support payments

 New enforcement option to collect child and spousal support payments

The government has introduced changes to support the enforcement of child and spousal support payments through restrictions on hunting and angling licenses.

The legislation amends the The Enforcement of Maintenance Orders Act, 1997 to allow the Maintenance Enforcement Office to restrict the issuing of hunting and angling licenses to individuals who have failed to make scheduled child or spousal support payments.

“These amendments will provide another tool to ensure that individuals who owe child support or spousal support will meet their obligations,” Justice Minister and Attorney General Gordon Wyant said. “These options will only be used after several notices and warnings have been given.”

The amendments require the Director of the Maintenance Enforcement Office to provide individuals with at least 30 days notice of the intention to restrict their ability to obtain a hunting or angling license. These options will only be used when other enforcement options aimed at an individual’s financial resources have proven unsuccessful.

Existing enforcement options include the garnishing of wages and payments from the federal government, reporting the individual to a credit bureau, and the possible suspension of driver’s licenses or passports.

Saskatchewan continues to have one of the highest collection rates for overdue support payments in Canada. In the 2012-13 fiscal year, more than 91 per cent of payments due were collected. This resulted in a record setting amount of more than $39 million in collections.