Wednesday April 23, 2014




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    By Brian Zinchuk
    Brian Zinchuk is editor of Pipeline News, Saskatchewan's petroleum monthly newspaper, based in Estevan. Prior to that, he spent 10 years in North Battleford, the last five working as the city hall, courts and cops reporter for the Battlefords News-Optimist. Zinchuk has been writing a weekly opinion column since 1992, and has been named Saskatchewan Weekly Newspaper Association Columnist of the Year three times in recent years.

The gun kooks were right

The gun kooks were right. Take away their guns, and people will turn to knives. As incredibly...

You get what you pay for

The piousness regarding government travel expenses is getting a little rich these days. On April ...

Eat heart-healthy? Good luck with that

At this time of year I spend extensive time in conferences, learning everything from the latest in...

Is Crimea the next Sudetenland?

Theres a region in what used to be called Czechoslovakia called the Sudetenland that most people...

It’s cheaper to hire a teenager than buy postage

I had an interesting revelation while visiting the Estevan Chamber of Commerce the other day. As ...

Social media petri dish mixes Star Wars, drilling rigs and highway closures

The other day I decided to conduct a bit of a social media experiment. Ive done a few of these...

I knew this day was coming

I knew this day was coming the day when my soon-to-be-10-year-old daughter would make the change...


So you can fail in life if not in school

A former journalist co-worker of mine who is now a teacher posted an interesting link on Facebook...

Online learning comes of age

For years we’ve heard how the Internet will shake up education with online learning. For a...

Enemy of the State, Part II

Last week I wrote about how the 1998 movie Enemy of the State was prophetic in its tale of a nation-...

Enemy of the State was no fantasy

Im in the market for some very specific computer hardware so specific, I have to order it from...

Something is eating my batteries

A few years ago I discovered a product few people outside of professional photography circles have...

Cutting edge is now commonplace

Back when I was in Grade 9, I spent an awful lot of time drawing. A good chunk of that was comics....

Internet killed the post office

You couldn’t swing a dead cat in recent days without hitting some editorial piece regarding...

Lego has more ‘Friends’ these days

"What do the kids want for Christmas?" my mom asked last week, twice. I expect the next time the ...

When it comes to tools, there are few regrets

Come winter, I miss the heated garage we had in North Battleford. While our Estevan garage is...

20 lashes with a wet noodle

Stomp stomp stomp! I want the big chicken! No, Spencer, there is no more big chicken....

More work boots, not more Mounties

I don’t know RCMP Sgt. Neil Tremblay. But I sure am impressed by him. That’s because ...

We cant keep losing base industries

My nine-year-old daughter read In Flanders Fields to me last night, her homework for the week. She...



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