Monday, March 8, 2010 10:51 PM Ensign Front Page Volume 12, No. 131

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Melfort - starts
March 5th

1. Shutter Island
2. Percy Jackson and the Olympians: Lightning Thief

Porcupine Plain starts March 12

Looking east from the bridge just north of Ridgedale at 4:34, Friday, March 5th
The Greenwater report
March 8, 2010
by: Gerald Crawford

Saskatoon: It is possible that Gerald has spring fever. He went to the boat and leisure show then went and checked out his motorhome and is already looking forward to the first camping trip of the season. We do not recommend changing those snow tires just yet Gerald.

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Today In Ensign

Today in Ensign
years past

2009 -
2008 - Accepting the ordinary

2007 - Beyond the chain link fence

2006 - Frosty Friday and Parkland Photo club
2005 - Greenwater report and Separate schools from public money
2004 - Are we screwed? Greenwater report, Telemiracle breakfast and George Bush vs John Kerry
2003 - Pacifists attack, Bush press conference on Iraq war and Paul Martin's Ethics
2002 - Synchronised skating team, Then there was war, Queen commonwealth & country, Tony Clement, helicopter fiasco, penguins and streamlining governments and business

2001 - Jesus Saves, Bantam "A" playoff, David Asper and Downtown uptown

2000 - Mismangement of health care and the price of gasoline

1999 - Seed companies a competitive alternative

1998 -

Tim's Tip of the Day

Trees even young ones don't talk much and most of us don't give them much credit for the political and environmental opinions. But most assuredly they are very much alive and even non thinking nonsentient vegetative life forms can sense the coming of spring and their time of growth, summer. (Click on thumb nail to see full size.)

Find of the day

The Spread of Superbugs
New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof warns of a horrific pandemic that could threaten people everywhere. Because of the widespread use of anti-biotics in agriculture bacteria resistent to everything are developing.

Happenings In Tisdale:

Miles of grain cars
March 4, 2010
by: Timothy W. Shire

Tisdale: Strings of grain hauling "B" trains have been making their way through and by town all day today. Upon visiting four of the closest inland grain terminals to Tisdale I discovered three of the terminals each had more than a mile of rail grain hopper cars spotted awaiting loading at each terminal. Upon visiting each terminal I had to pull over to the side of the road for trucks arriving and departing from those terminals.
Run off beginning
March 4, 2010
by: Timothy W. Shire

Tisdale: With the temperature just around the freezing mark each day water is forming and making its way to the natural drainage system and we are beginning to see water on top of the ice in the streams and turning the snow to slush.
First taste of spring
March 2, 2010
by: Timothy W. Shire

Tisdale: Our streets are melting, there are puddles, no one seems to be able to stay inside and the long days with great sunshine are just getting longer. Yes these are signs of spring and they are welcomed by everyone after what has to be a very mild winter. This story shows some of Tisdale this afternoon.
The spirit of the 2010 Olympics
March 2, 2010
by: Timothy W. Shire

Tisdale: Despite the politicians and the corporations who tried so earnestly to use the Olympics for their own purposes Canadians came through. They and their athletes made the games a success and we need to be proud of the way Canadians came together with the games and how our athletes deserved the support their received.
The Greenwater report
March 1, 2010
by: Gerald Crawford

Saskatoon: A couple of interesting wild life pictures this week in the report and Gerald tells us about his reaction and involvement in the Vancouver Winter Olympic games.
Pedation of preditors
February 26, 2010
by: Timothy W.. Shire

Porcupine Plain: The actions of government are almost always political and rarely based on scientific research or even common sense. The $20 bounty on coyotes is a remarkable example of poorly thought out government action to satisfy a few vocal ranchers. As far as we know there are no sheep ranches in the Porcupine Plain area but there are thousands and thousands of rodents in urgent need of control.
Parkland Photography Club February meeting
February 24, 2010
by: Darlene McCullough

Tisdale: This month's meeting brought the club up to date on on going projects and it was time to judge two theme shoots. Dramatic images for "lines" and "mundane". But the club is also proud to share with you Jenny Fritshaw's knock out picture of a coyote eating a frozen crab apple.
Did you know that watches once ticked?
February 23, 2010
by: Timothy W. Shire

Tisdale: Many rural roads are blocked waiting for spring to melt away the winter's snow. But each day is a little longer and soon each day will be a little warmer as February turns to March and we can experience some real storms.
One Canadian's view of the games in Vancouver
February 22, 2010
by: Michael Townsend

Kamloops: The hype of the Olympics asside, when it comes right down to it the Canadian medal winners demonstrated outstanding sportsmanship and what Canadians are proud of in being Canadian. This story also reports on and refers to an interview that was heard on CBC Radio's Q programme where American broadcaster Brian Williams pretty much puts the negative views of the Vancouver Olympics to bed. The composite image at the top of the page "Figure skating rocks" was created from CTV's live coverage online of the event.
The Greenwater report
February 22, 2010
by: Gerald Crawford

Saskatoon: This week we have a note from Greenwater to catch us up on some of the departures and arrivals and Gerald tells us about the Flea Market and model train show he visited and then mentions a book launch on Porcupine Plain's famous parolympic athlete.
This is embarrassing
February 17, 2010
by: Kevin McIntyre

Carrot River: Bad planning, glitches, bad weather and an underlying bad money grubbing attitude seem to be making the Vancouver 2010 Olympics an embarrassment to all Canadians and are giving the country a black eye in the way Canada is being portrayed around the world. The death of the Georgian Luge racer occurred on a dangerous track and the organisers blamed the victim then put up barriers to prevent a reoccurence of the incident. This story includes three excellent references.
The Greenwater report
February 16, 2010
by: Gerald Crawford

Saskatoon: After skipping the last two weeks Gerald explains his hectic schedule has kept him from getting off his weekly column to us all. So this week's report involves an item by item account of what he has been up to as the winter wears on and on.
Olympics because of the love of sport
February 16, 2010
by: Ken Styan

Tisdale: Ken Styan takes the editor of Ensign to task for his negativity toward the Vancouver Olympics pointing out that after all is said and done it really is for the atheletes themselves to make the event a success. Kevin McIntyre gets his two cents worth in and adds a couple of interesting references that are really worth checcking out.
Bah, Olympic humbug
February 10, 2010
by: Timothy W. Shire

Tisdale: This writer has a distinct lack of enthusiasm for the slipping sliding and rain drenched activities that will be called the Vancouver Olympics. The stories about it are pointless and the games are mostly fixed.
Focus on women's and children's health at G7 just talk
February 10, 2010
by: Beverly Smith

Calgary: The Canadian Prime Minister made a big deal of doing something about the health of women and children at the G7 meeting last week but when it comes to talking about the economy or anything else for that matter there are no women involved.
February 8, 2010
by: Timothy W. Shire

Regina: Regina is experiencing a serious baby boom with more than thirty new arrivals each and every day. Early Sunday morning our third grand daughter, Ella, was one of them. A small baby of only five and a quarter pounds but a full term infant and a very peaceful one at that. Her mother Dawn and her are expected to leave hospital tomorrow.
Cold clear light
February 4, 2010
by: Timothy W. Shire

Tisdale: Low temperatures and clear skies produce startling images for the photographer and viewer alike. It would seem appropriate to apply this simple principle to other realms to get to the core and delve into the real issues that confront us as a people and as citizens of a nation.
Nordricks Norsask Seed Ltd
February 3, 2010
by: Timothy W. Shire

Tisdale: This company has been a major player in the agricultural industry in Tisdale and during this past year has been making a gradual move from its old elevator facility to a new layout in the former Newform Packaging plant that at one time served as the Tisdale Recorder's printing plant and a honey storage facility before that. The transformation of the facility is documented in this story.

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