Scheduled Power Outage for Rural
Customers South and West of Vanscoy
SaskPower has scheduled a power outage for rural customers living south and west of Vanscoy on Tuesday March 14th between 1:00pm and 4:00pm. The outage does not affect residents of the Village of Vanscoy or the Town of Delisle.
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Provincial Government Seeks Public Input on Educational Governance Review
On November 15, 2016, Minister of Education Don Morgan requested a report on what system of governance and administration is needed in Saskatchewan's K-12 education sector to achieve the outcomes established by Saskatchewan's Plan for Growth and the Education Sector Strategic Plan (ESSP).
The report was received on December 10, 2016 and made public.
The Minister is asking for public feedback on the report by Monday January 23, 2017.
You can give feedback by clicking here.
You can read the report by clicking here.
You can read the response to the report by
Prairie Spirit School Division by clicking here.
Asquith Operation Santa
Says "Thank You"
Asquith is a caring town, full of good neighbors. The community of Asquith has proved it by their tremendous response to Operation Santa! Groceries, toys, knitted mitts and toques and cash donations were received, allowing Operation Santa to make Christmas and grocery hampers.
Maple Leaf Foods, thanks to Doug and Crystal
Haugrud, made up meat hampers.
This year we provided hampers and groceries to SEVENTEEN family units, in which there were 33 children. People who received the hampers have expressed thanks again and again. You met a physical need and touched many hearts!
Money received went directly to the hampers and was spent at local merchants.
Organizations that we would like to thank specifically are:
The Asquith Baptist Church,
The Asquith Legion,
The United Church,
St. Theresa’s Parish,
Asquith Masons and the BLRA.
A special thank you has to go out to the Asquith General Store and the Asquith Co-operative Association, who special ordered in some staples and who also donated some of the food stuffs!!
You guys are great!!
Individuals who made cash donations are:
Janet and Randy England,
Chris and Marian Edstrom,
Lord Asquith School,
and the Britannia Restaurant.
Thanks to Leona Dumont, Donna Laye, and Faye Fawcett who knitted beautiful scarves, toques and mitts to keep many a child warm this cold Christmas season.
Thanks to Donna and Dan Seymour for donating potatoes from their garden, it will be much appreciated by the families!
The Asquith Baptist Church donated a space for sorting and distributing the hampers.
A special thank you goes to the 'elves' Josh Goetz, Trevor Grinde, Dennis and Doreen Summach, Barb and Keith Rousell, Shirley Nygren and Tim Schoenberg, Melissa Nygren and Reuben Ditmars,
Chlesea McGee and Lynn Harder, Lloyd Cross, David Logue and Darren Kraft for sorting and delivering the Christmas hampers. Their
hard work ensured that those in our community who needed the hampers received them.
We hope that the spirit of “Operation Santa” will be a continuing success in 2017. Asquith and the surrounding area is a wonderful community and we thank you for your help and support in helping Christmas be a little bit brighter for many in our community!
Operation Santa Committee -
Gail Erhart and Holly Cross
Blaine Gancher’s Volunteering Earns
$500 for Asquith Fire Department
SaskPower employee Blaine Ganchar volunteered over 218 hours in 2015 to the Asquith Fire Department and received $500 from SaskPower to present to AFD. SaskPower's Employee Volunteer Program rewards employees volunteering in their communities by providing funds to the non profit organizations they serve.
February 27, 2016 - March 13, 2017
Members attended a total of 236 calls during this period and Traffic:
125 Traffic Charges were laid in the Detachment area.
February 28th at 2:00 am Warman Detachment members assisted Saskatoon Police Service in stopping a vehicle on Highway 11 in the Warman area. The vehicle was stopped at the north entrance to Warman by Saskatoon Police Service, involving a collision.
March 1st at 11:35 pm vehicle was stopped on Central Street in Warman that was driving erratically. The 44 year old male driver was charged with impaired driving.
March 4th at 6:47 pm a two vehicle collision occurred at the intersection of 10th and Main Street in Martensville. Charges laid for Failing to Stop at Stop Sign.
March 5th at 6:26 pm a vehicle drove into a residential garage in Langham. The 53 year old female driver of the vehicle was charged with impaired driving.
March 1st at 10:00 am several calls were received from residents of Martensville advising their vehicles had been gone through overnight and property taken.
March 1st at 2:20 pm a vehicle was stopped on Highway 16 containing stolen property belonging to Sunridge RV in Radisson.
March 9th at 5:26 am the Borden Co-Op Grocery Store was reported broken into over night.
March 10th at 8:20 am a vehicle was reported stolen from a residence in the Saskatoon area. The vehicle was later located north of Duck Lake.
March 11th at 6:40 am a vehicle was reported stolen from the 7-11 Store in Martensville. The vehicle was located in Saskatoon shortly after.
March 12th at 10:50 am a break and enter into a business in Langham was reported.
March 12th at 4:30 pm several cars were reported damaged while parked on 1st Street South in Martensville. Matter is under investigation.
March 5th at 11:43 am a Gas and Dash was reported at the Borden Fast Gas. A description of the vehicle was obtained and the vehicle located in North Battleford.
If you have information regarding these or any other crime, please contact Warman/Martensville RCMP at 306-975-1670/306-975-1610 or if you have information and you wish to remain anonymous in your reporting, please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submit a tip via their website: http://saskcrimestoppers.com/ or text in a tip: TIP206 + your tip to CRIMES (274637).
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Controlled Burn Line
1 - 866 - 404 - 4911
If you are planning on having a controlled burn on your property, report it to the Controlled Burn line.
Reporting the controlled burn will help to prevent the unnecessary use of valuable resources and manpower.
Failure to report the burn could result in unexpected company in the form of the fire department and an avoidable expense.
Agrium Workers Stuck in Mine Elevator
CTV news is reporting that a falling object that triggered a safety system at Agrium’s Vanscoy
potash mine forced four employees to remain stuck in an elevator for
several hours overnight.
The four were coming up the mine shaft in the elevator at about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday when an object fell down the shaft.
The falling object activated a safety device and caused the elevator to
come to a stop. The employees were confined in the elevator for six
hours until staff were sure the elevator could safely return to the
None of the employees were injured.
Agrium is investigating the cause of the incident.
Rejuvenation Project Complete at Delisle Public Library
Delisle Branch Library is pleased to invite you to an Open House on Nov. 2, 7:00-9:00 p.m., in celebration of the completion of the first two phases of the multi-faceted Library Rejuvenation Project.
The first phase of the project included the addition of sleek end-shelving units (built by Cliff Merkosky) to better house and display new library materials. A cozy reading nook with comfortable big chairs was added. Innovative storage solutions and numerous other small modifications have opened up space and improved both the public area appearance and the behind-the-scenes workings of the library. These alterations were made possible by contributions from Laura Multiple 4-H Club, Delisle Community Players, and Delisle Library fundraising events, as well as through individual donations.
The second and largest phase of the project was achieved thanks to the generous financial support of Agrium, Delisle Crops for Communities, and the Town of Delisle.
Visitors to the library are now greeted at a large curving reception desk, engineered by North Woods Design. The two-tiered design is attractive, ergonomic and functional, facilitating flow and efficiency of service while ensuring patron privacy and comfort. The children’s area has also undergone a complete transformation. Custom shelving maximizes available space and provides child-friendly access to books. Corkboards extending to the ceiling make a backdrop for themed displays designed to stimulate interest in reading about new seasons, occasions, different cultures and many other motifs. A large “reading tree” area-rug offers cushioned comfort for kids during the regularly scheduled “Story Time” events. Additional custom shelving houses over-sized graphic novels and frees up room for more material of interest to children and young adults.
Fresh white paint on the walls and the concealment of existing utilities such as the sink and book-drop have contributed to a more modern and streamlined façade. The end result is a library with a contemporary and professional appearance, which still maintains a quirky charm and a warmly welcoming atmosphere. Phase three of the Library Rejuvenation Project is currently under consideration – stay tuned!
Mural Project To Unite Canada for 2017
To celebrate Canada’s 150 year anniversary internationally recognized
artist Lewis Lavoie and his Mural Mosaic team based out of Sturgeon
County, Alberta are launching a bold undertaking. Over a two-year span,
the goal is to create a mural involving all provinces and territories, which
will include over 80,000 paintings and 150 individual murals, that when
united will form one gigantic mural mosaic. The mural, if ever connected
would be over 365 meters wide (4 football elds) x 2.5 meters high (8 feet).
Communities across Canada, beginning in May 2015, will create individual
murals depicting the community through the eyes and creative spirit of
the individuals within that particular region. Each individual mural will
represent a train car, which inevitably will join the other murals to form a
gigantic train- the foundation of the uni cation of Canada.
The murals will remain in the community that created the mural as an
historical legacy to commemorate the sesquicentennial anniversary.
The over-all mural will represent a cultural mosaic, a time capsule, a visual
portrayal of history, an art masterpiece from the soul of the nation. An art
piece that fty years from now, may inspire another generation, who will
in turn be able to celebrate through the mural, and maybe take it upon
themselves to add to this memory.
Vehicle Stolen in Asquith Police Chase - Grandora to Saskatoon
Two persons were arrested after evading Police in a stolen vehicle from Asquith, SK, yesterday morning.
Shortly before 3:00 a.m., September 5, 2016, the Saskatoon Police
were notified by the RCMP about a vehicle that had been reported stolen
from Asquith and was evading Police as it traveled towards Saskatoon.
The SPS Air Support Unit (ASU) located the vehicle near Grandora, SK,
and notified Patrol Units who attempted to stop the vehicle as it
approached the city by deploying stop sticks. The vehicle struck the
stop sticks and became disabled on Hart Road near Neatby Crescent. ASU
observed three persons flee from the vehicle on foot.
With the assistance of ASU and Canine, one man was found hiding in a
backyard in the 300 block of Needham Crescent. A second man was located
in a backyard in the 3800 block of Fairlight Drive. The third individual
has not been located.
Charges have been laid by the RCMP.
RCMP Investigating Sudden Death of Couple found in Delisle
The couple was found inside their mobile home on 4th Street West in Delisle on Saturday August 27th.
One report says that a volunteer firefighter was call to investigate a possible carbon monoxide leak at the home, but minutes later was told to step down.
There is another report that a neighbor may have heard a gunshot at the home earlier.
Investigators cannot confirm if either death is suspicious, but say there is no risk to public safety.
The couples two young children we reportedly not home, but with grandparents at the time.
RCMP Major Crimes continues to investigate and autopsies will be conducted this week.
$100,000 in Stolen Property Seized at Pike Lake Home
On June 13 Martensville RCMP raided a property near Pike Lake and recovered about $100,000 in stolen property including two vehicles and an ATV. RCMP also seized a sawed off shotgun and a Tazer device.
34 year old Chad Charles Norris of Saskatoon, appeared in Provincial Court on June 14 to face 10 charges for the stolen property and weapons.
Three other people who were taken into custody during the seizure were released with no charges.
Community Members Share Their Skills and Experiences on School Community Councils
The School Community Council (SCC) is a primary link between the home, community and school. Prairie Spirit believes that involvement with School Community Councils is a rewarding and meaningful activity for parent and community members.
The purpose of School Community Councils is to:
• Support student learning success and well-being; and,
• Encourage parent and community involvement and engagement in the school.
School Community Councils provide mechanisms for parents and community members to support and influence the work of the school and to channel advice to the Board of Education and others. The focus of the SCC is student learning and well-being. The challenge for the SCC is to engage the parents and community with the school in a meaningful partnership that supports their shared responsibility.
School Community Council Responsibilities
Councils are accountable to their community. Responsibilities of the Council include:
• Understanding their community;
• Supporting parent and community involvement in the school;
• Advising the Board and school as outlined in the Board of Education School Community Council Policy;
• Working with the School to develop, support and provide advice to the Learning Improvement Plan;
• Helping parents find ways to support their children’s learning;
• Reviewing extra-curricular school activities approved by the principal and Student Council members;
• Advising and approving fundraising activities in the school; and
• Reviewing student fees to ensure alignment with Board of Education directions.
Council Member Responsibilities
Your role as a Council member is to build shared responsibility among parents, the community and school for student learning and well-being. In addition, your role is to lead parent and community involvement in school planning and improvement.
The term of office for Representative Parent and Community Members is two (2) years with no limit on the number of consecutive terms that may be served.
As a Council member you might expect to...
• Attend meetings from September to June as determined by the Council calendar;
• Engage in the work of the Council such as:
o Supporting and advising the development of the Learning Improvement Plan with the staff of the school;
o Developing, leading and taking action on Council initiatives to help families support their children’s learning;
o Providing advice to the school, Board of Education and other community organizations and agencies, as outlined in Board of Education policy;
o Providing advice for school fundraising activities, school fees and the student code of conduct;
o Reporting to parents and community on Council progress; and,
o Working with other Council members to learn more about the role of the Council and how to fulfill its responsibilities.
In order to run for election to your local SCC, you must live in the school attendance area or be a parent of a student in the school. Contact your school’s principal or Prairie Spirit School Division for more details.
Saskatchewan Party Wins 51 Seats in 2016 Provincial ElectionOn Monday, April 4th, Brad Wall and the Saskatchewan Party rode into a third term, with over 62% of the popular vote, taking 51 of 61 seats. The NDP took 10 seats, 4 in Regina, 3 in Saskatoon, 1 in Prince Albert and the 2 northern ridings, but NDP leader Cam Broten lost his seat in Saskatoon Westview to SaskParty David Buckingham by a narrow 232 vote margin.
Randy Weekes was handily relected in the Biggar-Sask Valley Riding and SaskParty candidate Jim Reiter was elected in the
Prairie Spirit School Division Releases Weapons Policy
Over the past several months, Prairie Spirit School Division has been developing a formal procedure
regarding weapons in schools. The procedure provides a consistent approach for all Prairie Spirit schools
to follow to ensure the safety of students and staff.
The procedure states that students and adults must not possess or use real or replica weapons on
school premises or at school-sponsored activities held off school premises. This also includes
transportation on the school bus. There are no exceptions to this procedure.
Examples of weapons include, but are not limited to:
• any liquid, spray or powder capable of
injuring, immobilizing or otherwise
incapacitating any person
• tear gas
Under certain circumstances, the principal, in consultation with the school division, may give permission
for an item to be in the school that could be considered to be a weapon (e.g., tools or equipment for
Practical and Applied Arts or Phys. Ed.).
If other students are aware of a student in possession of a weapon, they should inform a staff member.
In-school administrators are authorized to take the necessary steps to remove weapons from the school.
This will include following an established school safety protocol and contacting the police.
The safety of our students is our first priority. Our dedicated staff members work every day to ensure
our students are learning in a safe and caring environment.
If you have any questions or if you would like to review the procedures document, please contact your
$1 Million in Stolen Property Found at Donavon Farm
charged a 38 year old man from Donavon after finding over $1 million in
stolen property on his farm. He is scheduled to appear in court on 29
charges n April 14th.
Items include a large number of John Deere
products including 5 tractors, 2 balers and 2 gators, along with 2 Dodge
trucks, a cattle trailer, car trailer, Haybuster, mower and tiller.
RM of Vanscoy Public Appeal Hearing on an Application to build a Grain Handling and Pulse Crop Processing Facility within the RM of Vanscoy
On Tuesday, January 5, 2016 at 7:00pm, the RM of Vanscoy held a public appeal hearing regarding an application for the building of a Grain Handling & Pulse Crop Processing Facility at SW36-35-07-W3rd.
Members of the public attended to voice their concerns regarding the proposed project.
The hearing will took place at the RM of Vanscoy Council Chambers in Vanscoy.
RM of Vanscoy Hires New Administrator
After the termination, back in August 2015, of a recently hired Administrator, the RM of Vanscoy has finally found a replacement.
As of October 5, 2015 Tony Obrigewitch has taken over the position of Administrator for the RM.
Asquith Fire Department has Busy Start to the Week
At 3:46am on November 8, 2015 the Asquith Fire Department and Asquith First Responders were dispatched to a vehicle water rescue on Highway 14 near Asquith.
During the deployment at the fire hall, members encountered the occupants of the vehicle involved with the water rescue.
They had escaped their vehicle and walked to the hall. They were cold and wet and members of the First Responders attended to them.
Rescue 5 and Engine 7 proceeded to the scene and encountered a vehicle half submerged in the slough bordering Highway 14 West of Main Street, Asquith.
Firefighters secured the scene and searched for additional occupants in the vehicle. None were found, which was confirmed by the two occupants at the hall.
At 6:17 pm on November 10, 2015 the Asquith Fire Department was dispatched to a single vehicle motor vehicle collision 22.5 Km East of Asquith on Highway 14 just outside of Saskatoon City limits.
Upon arrival at the scene, firefighters from AFD encountered a single vehicle that had struck a deer.
Following standard operating protocols, AFS deployed their "Emergency Scene Ahead" signs to establish traffic control to protect the scene.
AFD assited members of Saskatoon Fire and Protective Services, who were already on the scene with MD Ambulance.
SFPS released the scene to AFD and the vehicle occupants were treated for minor injuries.
AFD released the scene to the RCMP at 7:01pm.
Construction Zone Fines
Late last fall the government announced an increase in
fines for speeding thru construction zones. There was a lot of media
coverage at the time but as it was the end of the construction season,
most people may have forgotten.
Spring is coming and with that construction and road maintenance will begin.
When traveling on two lane highways you must slow to 60 in both directions when passing workers or equipment.
On a divided highway it applies to the direction the workers are on.
Saskatoon is different as it applies to the entire area signed as a construction zone.
The media coverage told the base fine and the additional per KPH which may not have gotten your attention.
To give you an idea of how serious this is, here are an example of the new fines.
100 KPH the fine is $530.00
110 KPH the fine is $714.00
120 KPH the fine is $798.00
Hopefully showing the amount of the fines will make it clearer and help you realize how serious this is.
Please slow down to 60 for the safety of the workers who are trying to improve the roads for your travel.
RM #315 Montrose develops an Official Community Plan
The Council of the RM of Montrose No. 315 adopted three bylaws under The Planning and Development Act, 2007. The RM has established a new Official Community Plan, a new Zoning Bylaw and a new fees bylaw.
The Official Community Plan bylaw will establish municipal land use policies, goals and objectives. The Zoning Bylaw will implement land use policies, establish zoning districts, prescribe permitted and discretionary uses within each zoning district, establish a development permitted process, prescribe a process for appeals and provide a provision for amendments. The Fees bylaw will establish fees for municipal services including planning and development services.
The Official Community Plan, Zoning Bylaw and Fees Bylaw will affect all land within the incorporated area of the Rural Municipality. The zoning and policy maps show the affected lands.
The Official Community Plan provides the Rural Municipality with direction on development decisions and municipal goals. The Zoning Bylaw helps direct and manage growth and development within the Rural Municipality. The Fees Bylaw provides the Rural Municipality with a schedule of fees to be charged for services provided by the Municipality.
Any person may inspect the Bylaws and maps at the RM office during normal office hours. Copies of the bylaws and maps are available at cost. Electronic copies of the proposed bylaws and maps can be viewed and/or downloaded on line at http://www.rmreview.net/ocp.html.
RM #345 Vanscoy has had Official Community Plan since 2009
The RM of Vanscoy No. 345 adopted an Official Community Plan (OCP) back in 2009. The plan allows for new subdivisions through out the RM, primarily on the main traffic corridors. Since the adoption there have been many applications for subdivision of residential land into parcels smaller than the previous 40 acre minimum parcel size.
Each application requires council to hold a public hearing. In some cases there has been considerable opposition that stopped the proposed subdivisions, though many have been approved.Contact the RM office or website to find out the affected land.