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LMT February 12 2018 - Vol. 111 No. 12

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4 Monday, February 12, 2018 • Last Mountain Times EDITORIALS, LETTERS & OPINIONS Conservation in the Quill Lakes As a long-term resident of Lumsden I have long considered Last Mountain Lake to be my lake. I recreate on it, I fish on it and I even hunt waterfowl on it. It is one of the great recreational resources of Southern Saskatchewan. I also had the great privilege of working in the Quill Lakes for over a decade with the old Saskatchewan Wetland Conservation Corporation, which was one of the precursors of the Watershed Authority and now the Saskatchewan Water Security Agency. While there I worked to secure a contiguous 32,000acre wildlife management area that almost completely surrounded Big Quill Lake. Unfortunately it’s all under water now. The problems in the Quill Lakes leave me more than a little conflicted. As a Lumsden resident I sincerely want the water quality in Last Mountain Lake to be a good as possible. I have also made a great many friends working in the Quill The end of the sexual revolution, the start of a new awakening? It feels like good fortune to watch this full circle moment when the son must grapple with what the father wrought. Mere weeks ago, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke emphatically about his insistence on proper conduct between the sexes on Parliament Hill and, by extension, among Canadians generally. While North America grapples with the newest variation on age-old tensions between men and women, Trudeau was clear his calibration point for sexually-related impropriety is zero tolerance. “We have no tolerance for this ... we will not brush things under the rug ... we will take action immediately (by) modelling (what) we hope to see across the Hill (and) throughout workforces and workplaces in Canada,” he told The Canadian Press. Yet when the prime minister faced media questions about a cabinet minister who’d stepped down over allegations of sexual harassment, he complained of being in uncharted territory. “I don’t have a rulebook that’s been handed down to me from Wilfrid Laurier as leader of the Liberal Party on how to handle these situations,” he said. The case of the ex-minster (and the case of a member of the prime minister’s office facing similar accusations) are in due process and need no further comment here. Yet their very existence underscores the difficulty Justin Trudeau faces, in large measure because of what former prime minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau brought about. Lakes who are now suffering because of the high water there. It is not record high water but its close. The problem that everyone wants to ignore is that there is a human cost to all this. Families around the Quill Lakes have lost their farms or a good portion of their farms. This was good productive farmland that supported families, communities and yes the provincial economy. It seems government has washed their hands of the dislocated by saying the lake has not reached its natural outflow point yet so the landowners involved are just SOL. What happens if the lake continues to rise? Will DFO pull a stunt like they did with Lake Lenore and not let the provincial government let it outflow? If DFO forces them to damn the Quill lake outflow and the lake rises above the natural outflow point will those affected by further flooding be compensated fairly? The lessons from Lake Lenore say probably not. The son must now man up to overcome his father. Pierre Trudeau certainly didn’t create the sexual revolution in Canada. He was, though, its public, legal and political catalyst. The state has no business in the bedrooms of the nation, he famously declared. As federal justice minister, then as prime minister, his business was dismantling existing models of sexual propriety. For many at the time, Pierre Trudeau’s undermining and demolition of sexual mores constituted the destruction of millennia of Judeo-Christian defences against libertinism. Others welcomed it as liberating elimination of impediments to human sexual flourishing. Temporarily, Trudeau the liberator won. History appeared to be on his side, not on the side of the traditional values. Although Pierre Trudeau died in September 2000, the course he mapped for Canada long ago has defined what’s politically, socially and culturally possible to collectively think about sexual conduct. We followed his path from 1967 until Sept. 27, 2017. That day the music died for the sexual revolution. Hugh Hefner expired. His death at 91 confirmed how old, how enfeebled, how irrational, how, frankly, creepy the embedded revolution really was. Whether by the active hand of God or not, the The reason the Saskatchewan Wetland Conservation Corporation was able to secure 32,000 acres around Big Quill Lake was because it had never been surveyed as part of the Dominion Land Survey. At the time of the survey that 32,000 was underwater and had never been patented so it remained Crown land. After the Second World War community pastures were set up around Big Quill Lake. It took 80 years for the land to recover from the flooding. It’s worth noting that it did recover. We are now 150 years or so from the last big flood of the Quill lakes and the lake is approaching an outflow again. Have we learned anything from history? What happens when the lake finally recedes? If government seems unable to deal with this disaster it should at least learn from it A good government should not let this human tragedy happen again. What I want to suggest is an idea to prevent this economic and human disaster of recurring in another 100 years. I believe that it is time for the conservation organizations and government to work together to alleviate the human suffering around the Quills. We need to ensure that the land now flooded never reenters the deeded land base of the area. We should be compensating those flooded landowners and ensuring that when the lake recedes the flooded lands are never resold and rather become a park or wildlife lands co-managed with community pasture associations. We can let future generations sort that out as long as the currently flooded lands remain some type of Crown lands. This will maintain their economic value to the community and will create an even more enhanced wildlife management area. In another hundred years or so when the lake fills up again no one will be displaced and we can feel good about leaving a legacy there. -Greg Riemer, retired. Lumsden Saskatchewan How do we address Canada’s scarcity of doctors? Greater use could be made of nurse practitioners and physician assistants, including for relatively uncomplicated medical procedures While health care is a dynamic service characterized by the continual introduction of new drugs and medical devices, physicians remain at the centre of health-care delivery. So it’s worth noting that Canada lags well behind almost all developed countries in the availability of physician services. Canada ranks 29th out of 33 Steven Globerman high-income countries for the number of practising physicians relative to the population. Unless physicians in Canada are much more productive than physicians in other high-income countries, the data suggest that Canada suffers from a relative scarcity of physician services. Media reports of Canadians who actively (yet unsuccessfully) look for regular family doctors, as well as historically long wait times for consultations with specialists and treatment by specialists, also suggest Canadians would be better off if the relative supply of physicians increased. CONTINUES on PAGE 7 CONTINUES on PAGE 6

RCMP seek assistance RCMP REPORT Monday, February 12, 2018 • Last Mountain Times public in identifying the suspect(s) responsible for this incident. Anyone with information about this or any other crime is asked to contact the Prince Albert RCMP at 306-765-5500 or you may call Saskatchewan Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Missing person report of a single vehicle rollover on Highway #45 just south of Outlook. Upon arrival the driver of the vehicle was found deceased. The 57-year-old male from Outlook was the lone occupant of the vehicle. The Outlook RCMP, RCMP Traffic Reconstructionist and Coroner are investigating. RCMP Youth Leadership Workshop 5 On February 6th 2018, Warman RCMP received a complaint of a break and enter to a seniors hall in the community of Asquith, SK. Within the previous eight hours, thieves had broken into the hall and stolen a TV, DVD player and camera. Of more significance, were a number of World War I and World War II medals that were on display at the hall. The medals were on loan from local veterans. WWII Medals: Italy France and Germany campaign stars and medals. Memorial Cross. WWI Medals: Memorial Cross and British campaign medal. All of these medals are precious family heirlooms; particularly the Memorial Cross which was issued in memory of personal loss and sacrifice on the part of mothers and widows of Canadian soldiers who died for their country. The RCMP is asking anyone who may have information regarding the theft and/or whereabouts of these medals to please contact the Warman detachment at #306-975-1670 or their local police service. Or you can submit a tip anonymously by contacting Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. Break, enter and theft At 12:15 A.M. on January 28, 2018, a business in Paddockwood, Saskatchewan was broken into. Cigarettes and energy drinks were stolen. Images of two male suspects were captured on video surveillance and are attached. RCMP are requesting the assistance of the SPORTS Melville Detachment is asking for the public’s assistance in locating 51-year-old Darryl Blaine Langan from Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. Langan was reported missing to the Moose Jaw Police Service on January 29th, 2018 and was last seen near the community of Melville on January 19th where he was seen walking along Highway #10 towards Yorkton at approximately 10:15 p.m. It is believed that Langan may have been picked up hitch hiking and dropped off at an unknown location. Further investigation has determined Langan may have been dropped off on Highway #10 approximately 16-18 kilometers north/ east of Melville at approximately 10:30 p.m. on January 19, 2018. Langan is approximately 5’ 9” tall; weighs about 150 pounds; has brown eyes; and e was last seen wearing all black clothing. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Langan is asked to contact their nearest police service or Melville RCMP at 306-765-5500 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. Greenwater incident Greenwater RCMP and Crime Stoppers are seeking assistance from the public in solving the following crime which between January 31st 2018 and February 3rd 2018. During this time, unknown person(s) attended broke into and entered a building in the 200 block of 3rd Avenue East in Kelvington, Saskatchewan. Approximately $5000.00 worth of property was stolen. The Greenwater RCMP remind the public to report any suspicious activity to police. Anyone with any information on this incident are asked to call the Kelvington RCMP at 306-327-1200 or you may call Saskatchewan Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS. Single vehicle rollover fatality Around 8:30 a.m. on February 5th, 2018, Outlook RCMP, Fire Department and EMS responded to a A group of fifteen Canadian youth in grades 9-12 from across Canada attended a Leadership Workshop last week at the RCMP Academy, Depot Division in Regina. Each was accompanied by a police mentor from their respective communities. For four days, they’ve worked to meet the Workshop goals of identifying youth crime and victimization issues, building leadership skills through interactive training sessions, and developing a youth-led, police supported action plan to address identified issues in their communities. The students, with RCMP support, will work to implement these action plans when they return home. On Saturday, February 10, the closing ceremonies were held for the Workshop with the Minister of Public Safety, the Honourable Ralph Goodale presenting each participant with a certificate of appreciation. B & E at Kelvington Now at quarterback for the vikings … ?’ Now the National Football League’s fun season begins. The Super Bowl champ has been decided, a bunch of coaching changes have been made, free agents are trying to decide where to go, the draft of college stars is a couple of months away and … well, football news south of the border never really ends. One of the most interesting situations is happening in Minnesota, where the Vikings have three quarterbacks, but, while three are currently on the roster, neither Case Keenum, Sam Bradford or Teddy Bridgewater are under contract for next year. How that QB situation will play out will be the focus of attention not only in the great state of Minnesota, but all around the NFL, where one move will have a serious domino effect. Bridgewater was the young college phenom who almost instantly became the team’s No. 1 QB in 2014. After an 11-win 2015 campaign, he suffered a horrendous knee injury on the eve of the 2016 season and suddenly, the Vikings were looking for someone to fill the gap. They did so with the acquisition from Philadelphia of Bradford, who won the Heisman trophy as the best college player in 2009 and went No. 1 overall in the 2010 draft to the Rams. Philadelphia had picked him up from the Rams one season earlier before sending him along to the desperate Vikings for a slew of draft picks. Enter Keenum. The career backup was signed as an emergency replacement while Bridgewater was recuperating but when Bradford went down with a knee injury this past October, Keenum took over, rattled off 11 wins in 14 games and resembled Joe Montana in leading the Vikes to the NFC championship game. All three are now healthy. But unsigned. So what will the Vikings do? The website SB Nation said the Vikings will likely go all in with Bridgewater, who has youth on his side. If it comes down to Bradford vs. Keenum, the Vikes are likely to keep the healthier one (Keenum) rather than risk the position to Bradford and his history of wonky knees. Either way, all three quarterbacks will have healthy contracts in 2018. The only unknown will be in which cities they’ll hang their helmets. • Robert Owens, 66, to the Chicago Tribune, on his race strategy for the upcoming World Marathon Challenge — consisting of a 26.2-mile race per day for seven straight days on seven continents: “You just get off the plane and you start running.” • Tiger Tracker, on Twitter, after an overzealous fan screamed “GET IN THE HOLE” just as Tiger Woods was bringing his putter forward during the fourth round at Torrey Pines, leading to a bad miss: “Sources close to Tracker say that fan has been escorted to the Pit of Misery.” • Janice Hough of leftcoastssportsbabe. com, on Twitter: “Indians getting rid of #ChiefWahoo as ‘offensive.’ So now most offensive thing on the field in baseball will probably be the decimated Marlins.” • Randy Turner of the Winnipeg Free Press, on Twitter: “Weird Groundhog Day in Winnipeg. Manitoba Merv stuck his head out of the ground. James Neal chopped it off. Now we’ve got six more weeks of bitching about goalie interference.” • A past-tense version of a question posed by Norman Chad column reader William Murray of Chicago: “Did Bill Belichick hold a news conference to announce his Super Bowl officiating crew or did he simply issue a press release?” • Scott Ostler of the San Francisco Chronicle: “MLB players rejected a 20-second pitch clock. OK. How about a big loudspeaker next to the mound. After 20 seconds: “THROW THE DAMN BALL, MEAT!” • Ostler again: “Speed up the game? Shoot relievers out of a bullpen cannon.” • Another one from Ostler: “If Tom Brady can be at the top of his game at 40, why not a rebuilt Tiger Woods at 42? There’s just too much accumulated The Greenwater RCMP and Crime Stoppers are seeking assistance from the public in solving the following crime which happened at Rose Valley, Saskatchewan. On January 31st, 2018 between 4:30 am and 5:00 am, unknown persons attempted to break into the Red Apple in Kelvington, Saskatchewan. They caused damage to the front window, however did not gain access to the store. The Greenwater RCMP continue their investigation. If you have information about this or any other crime, please contact the Greenwater RCMP Detachment at 306-322-2550 or you may call Saskatchewan Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), through SaskTel at *8477, or submit a tip online at www.saskcrimestoppers.com golf knowledge, hunger and battle savvy packed into that bad-ass, free-safety body for Tiger to fade away. Plus, Woods never gets sacked, so FROM THE SIDELINES BRUCE PENTON to speak.” • RJ Currie of sportsdeke.com: “Injured Sharks forward Joe Thornton has apparently been told to keep weight off his knee. I’m thinking he could drop 10 pounds just by shaving the beard.” • NBC’s Jimmy Fallon: “I saw that on StubHub, there was a Super Bowl ticket listed at over $66,000. And the person who buys it will get to the stadium and say, “$10 for a beer? That’s crazy. Come on, man.” Care to comment? Email brucepenton2003@yahoo.ca For all your collision repairs, glass repairs, and replacements, contact – We do Light Mechanical LORNE’S Collision Center Raymore, SK. SGI Accredited. Call Lorne Huber at 306-746-5800 or 306-746-5805 Open Monday thru Friday