Sunday July 27, 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.

What about all the other wrecks?

As I write this, the Costa Concordia has been refloated and should be on its way to Genoa for...

Pave paradise and put up a parking lot

I hate parking in Regina. It makes my blood boil. For a guy with a heart condition, who...

The Conservatives have bought squat

When the federal Conservative government first took power eight years ago, there were high hopes...

We should be good for 1,000 years

I have absolutely zero faith when the powers that be say “this is a one-in-50 year rain event” or...

Anti-spam legislation is a bit overboard

If you haven’t noticed the flood of emails in recent weeks asking for your consent, you...

I would invest in rail cars

Watching the reaction to the federal government’s approval of the Northern Gateway pipeline, one...

When did dogs become so precious?

When my grandparents were still with us, there was always a bucket under the kitchen sink. This was ...


They’re going to need more surveillance bushes

I was on my way to Regina, when one of those weird coincidences in life occurred. John Gormley...

Rollin', rollin', rollin,' keep them dogies rollin’, Rawhide! 

There are a couple restaurants in southeast Saskatchewan that are what one would call destination...

They grow them big these days

It’s long been a conceit in Saskatchewan that most of our people still have ties to the farm, ...

Wow, that glacier shrunk, but why?

Not satisfied with the winter that didn’t want to stop giving us snow right into April, one of the...

Bypassing traffic hassles in Western Canada

For the last 10 days, my family tooled about a good chunk of Alberta and Saskatchewan as part of a...

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?

There’s 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. I’ve 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...



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