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6 Monday, April 16, 2018Last Mountain Times FARM LAND FOR RENT R.M. OF USBORNE SE 18-33-24 W2 (approx. 150 cultivated acres, Canola for 2017) 1 year rental term Tenders must be received before 4:00 P.M. on April 23, 2018. Cash rent only, no crop share For more information, contact the undersigned. Highest or any offer not necessarily accepted. BEHIEL, WILL & BIEMANS Barristers & Solicitors 602 - 9th Street, P.O. Box 878 Humboldt, SK, S0K 2A0 ATTENTION: AARON BEHIEL Telephone: (306) 682-2642 (Solicitors/Agents for Landlord) An Introduction & Brief Review In spring 1987, a local reporter (87.04.29) had interviewed my wife and me about our 1982 futuristic Conservation House, and lifestyle; she called the article “Back to the Future”. So, let me briefly take you back to the future. In fall 1997, I started writing a column for the Waterfront Press (WP) in Lumsden, later called the Regional WP. These stories focused mostly on the natural history of the Qu’Appelle Valley and surroundings. Originally, I called the column “Back to the Future” (BTTF), referencing the original interview. In October 2002, I changed the column title to “Valley Views” which has several meanings, and continuing. Averaging about 10 columns per year over 20 years, one gets close to 200 columns. I was challenged by the WP editors to try to illustrate each column. I am not a professional photographer; but, if one is out there in Nature, there are many opportunities to take pictures, albeit of variable quality. Some illustrations from other acknowledged sources were also used. The published columns can be grouped into six categories: birds (from blackbird, to grouse, to merlin, to raven, to woodpecker); Earth and land (from climate change, to landslides, to sun, to wind power); ecosophy (ecological and home place philosophy; such as, AUCCA, to ecosense, to land misuse and abuse, to overproduction, to “you are what you eat”); mammals and other animals (from bat, to deer, to muskrat, to squirrel, to woodchuck); trees, shrubs, and other plants (from ash, to elm, to lichens, to willow); and, wildflowers (from asters, to cactus, to gumweed, to lily, to pygmyflower, to violets). I am working on a compilation of these, and hope to publish a first volume before or in 2020. That would be a perfect vision! By 2017, as an aging author, my column writing had slowed, and I started to write shorter articles called “Nature Notes”, still under the label of “Valley Views”. Since the Waterfront VALLEY VIEWS BARRY MITSCHKE Press closed last year, I have been encouraged by various people to start writing again; the Editor of the Last Mountain Times (LMT) is receptive. So, this is an introductory piece. Periodically, I will write a longer “Valley Views” column; mostly, they will be shorter “Nature Notes” with a sub-heading. Why am I so committed to this approach? Most of us need to spend more time in Nature; I call it the invaluable vitamin N! We all need to slow down, walk out there and interact with Nature, leave only footprints, take only pictures, listen and learn! If you have a photo or experience to share, let me know via the LMT. (I’d give you a credit line, if I write about the topic.) Currently, I have many topics in my head. Watch for the next “Valley View”; it’ll start from outer space! -Barry 18044PM0 Mitschke, Lumsden 10844PM1 18044PM0 10844PM1 Budget 2018-19 keeps Saskatchewan Budget 2018-19 On keeps Track by: Saskatchewan On Track by: Controlling spending Controlling spending Delivering high quality services for Saskatchewan Delivering high people quality services for Saskatchewan people No increases to tax rates No increases to tax rates Keeping our economy strong Keeping our economy strong No carbon tax No carbon tax Returning to balance in 2019-20 Returning to balance in 2019-20 To learn more, visit saskatchewan.ca/budget To learn more, visit saskatchewan.ca/budget

GREEN energy CONTINUED FROM PAGE 4 Monday, April 16, 2018Last Mountain Times vious rhetorical question: “If that is really true, then why do they need subsidies? Why are we paying €25 billion annually for their feed-in?” One hears the same claims on this side of the Atlantic - that wind, solar and other renewables are now competitive. It isn’t true. If it were, green energy would not be subsidized through higher power bills (Europe), provincial taxes (Alberta) or borrowing (Ontario). To be clear, no sector should receive taxpayer funding or other disguised subsidies. No matter what eager journalists or politicians claim, and no matter how the latter try to hide power costs via back-door taxpayer subsidies, by paying part of today’s power costs through government borrowing or tacking costs directly on the bill, unprofitable energy comes at a significant cost to consumers. -Mark Milke is an author, policy analyst, writer for Canadians for Affordable Energy and author of the 2017 report on green and traditional business subsidies Disclaimer: opinions expressed are those of the writer 7 The Burger Barn left Strasbourg last Tuesday on its way to Alice Beach on the west side of Last Mountain Lake. It will have a new home at the Robertson Campground, just south of Alice Beach, and will join the new convenience store to serve the seasonal residents of the campground. Owners Jason Fletcher (Agra Excavating) and Joey Deck started the campground 2 years ago and it now has 100 serviced sites, with more being developed. The Burger Barn was built and opened in Strasbourg several years ago, but seemed to struggle from the start with difficulty finding staff, and with competition from 5 other restaurants in Strasbourg. Labels ...a sticky matter The idea of more labelling on food to provide consumers with information upon which to determine what is best to eat seems like a very logical thing. But like most things in our world the issue of additional labelling is not a simple black and white one where more is automatically better. Earlier this year Health Canada launched a consultation period for its proposed new front-of-packaging labelling. The proposal is part of Health Canada’s Healthy Eating Strategy and would include placing new warning labels on the front of products sold in Canada for foods that are high in saturated fats, sugars and sodium. This appears like a brilliant idea, at least on the surface. So too, did the idea of Country of Origin Labelling (COOL), which ended up creating a major point of conflict between Canada and the United States. The idea of COOL was one the Americans saw as an avenue to allow their consumers to make informed choices in terms of supporting American livestock producers, choosing beef, pork, and other foods with the US label attached. The idea seems so simple, providing a simple label to help consumers make a choice to support domestic producers. But is beef from an animal born in Canada, but sold as a feeder calf to an American feedlot a product that originated in Canada? Or, in the U.S.? Should consumers know what country the product was processed in, so they can opt to support all those processing jobs regardless of where the meat was actually raised? Imagine a mixed meat product, such as bologna or salami, is the meat from a single country? Do the spices and fillers have to be from the same country to have a specific label? Suddenly COOL becomes a great idea in theory which becomes cumbersome and ineffective when you delve into its ramifications. Health Canada’s new initiative may prove to fall into the same massive pitfall. AG NOTES CALVIN DANIELS On its surface foods which are high in saturated fats, sugars and sodium may seem wise to avoid, and so labelling would be an asset to consumers. The problem is a little information can sometimes be worse than no information. “Our concern is that many Canadians would actually put that product back down if they see a warning label on it. So it would impact our markets domestically,” said David Wiens, chair of Dairy Farmers of Manitoba (DFM) during one of the group’s four spring meetings held in Headingley, MB on April 4, in a recent story at www. producer.com Such labelling only works if the consumer fully understands that high levels of certain things are present, but do not automatically signal the food should be avoided. The Producer story points out sodium is used in the aging of cheese. Other products such as flavoured milks and yogurts would also see labels placed on them, however products like soda with aspartame would not. We have consumed cheeses and yogurts for generations, and their nutritional benefits are well known, even if they are high in salts or sugars. The situation is one of consumers understanding balance is required. Thick slabs of cheddar cheese with every meal might not be the wisest choice. Excess in most foods is not the healthiest choice, but of course that sort of information is beyond the purview of labelling. That is why any labelling, and its potential to simply confuse consumers into questionable decisions, has to be carefully understood before implementation. - Calvin Daniels Disclaimer: opinions expressed are those of the writer. Overheard at the coffee shop I often see photos of prison inmates with clean-shaven heads and neatly trimmed facial hair. Where are these guys getting their scissors and razor blades …or is there a 24 hour line-up at the prison barbershop? Subscribe to Digital Edition Free! Midweek updates & corrections LMTIMES.CA