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Brian Zinchuk

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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.

  • This isn’t a recession, or even a depression

    I think it was Wednesday, March 18, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was giving yet another increasingly ominous press conference from the steps of Rideau Cottage, where he has been self-isolating. . .

    Brian ZinchukMarch 21, 2020

  • It’s going to be a tough spring in the oilpatch

    You might not have realized it, but on Nov. 26, 2014, the world changed. Saudi Arabia announced it was going to open up the taps and let the market decide the price of oil. It soon plummeted from . . .

    Brian ZinchukMarch 13, 2020

  • Carbon capture is the only true saviour for these towns

    On Feb. 28, the provincial government announced it was giving $8 million to Estevan and $2 million to Coronach to assist with their respective “coal transition.” Premier Scott Moe was there to . . .

    March 5, 2020

  • Churchill is back in play, but this time by pipeline

    In the first two weeks of February, I’ve heard more about the possibility of exporting oil by way of Churchill than I have in several years. The first recent mention I saw was in an announcement . . .

    Brian ZinchukFebruary 27, 2020

  • If court injunctions can be ignored with impunity, can I ignore my speeding ticket?

    A few weeks ago, I was accelerating as I pulled out of town. I exceeded the 60 kilometre speed limit, I guess because once you are out of town, the natural tendency is to speed up, even in a speed . . .

    Brian ZinchukFebruary 20, 2020

  • Licensed journalism has happened before. It was called the Editor’s Law

    On Feb. 2, I saw, in horror, how Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault said the federal government should licence the news media. The next day, I saw the enormous snap back from the media and . . .

    Brian ZinchukFebruary 13, 2020

  • The enormous contraction of the drilling rig fleet is a step change for the industry

    Think quick! Name an industry that’s saw its fleet shrink by 37 per cent in five years, yet its primary production increased? Trucking? Faming? Beef? Potash? Uranium? Rail? Ocean-going shipping? . . .

    Brian ZinchukFebruary 4, 2020

  • I hate Bell Let’s Talk, but some people really do need to talk

    Jan. 29 is Bell’s Let’s Talk Day. It’s the day when one of the largest companies in Canada encourages the nation to speak about mental health. More and more companies, agencies and individuals are . . .

    Brian ZinchukJanuary 28, 2020

  • If you didn’t freeze today, thank an oil and gas worker

    As Newfoundland continues to dig out from one of the worst blizzards to hit the Rock in living memory, I wonder, how many people would have died from this, if it were not for oil and gas? How . . .

    Brian ZinchukJanuary 21, 2020

  • I tracked down Quick Dick McDick, the best thing since Corner Gas

    The other day Brad Wall shared a post from Jason Kenney. That, in itself, isn’t much to talk about. The former premier of Saskatchewan and the current premier of Alberta are two peas in a . . .

    January 17, 2020

  • So much for easy installation

    This past Christmas, both our family and my mom and stepdad picked up TVs on sale. In addition to that, Mom recently got a new iPhone. All should be well, right? Especially since we were . . .

    Brian ZinchukJanuary 9, 2020

  • Product makers - Stop wrecking things that work

    If there’s one thing that drives me absolutely crazy, it’s when companies have a product that I use that works well, and then for some stupid reason they mess it up. Take, for instance, podcasts . . .

    Brian ZinchukJanuary 3, 2020

  • No matter what Greta tells our kids, the world will not end

    I’ve heard a few people mention the impending turn of the decade, that perhaps this will be another “Roaring Twenties.” But for some of the youngest among us, it may feel like a countdown, as in,. . .

    Brian ZinchukDecember 27, 2019

  • That crude-by-rail derailment rattled the nerves a bit

    I had a chilling realization on Dec. 11, two days after the crude-by-rail derailment occurred near Guernsey. Depending on which route that train would have taken, three or so hours later, it . . .

    December 19, 2019

  • Why isn’t all booze limited to flavourless vodka?

    Canadians sure are a schizophrenic lot when it comes to what sort of substances we will legally allow to be used for a chemical high. Take, for instance, e-cigarrettes/vaping. You can see . . .

    Brian ZinchukDecember 12, 2019

  • If we lose coal, nuclear may be the best we can hope for 


    When there’s a press conference among multiple leaders of equivalent rank, it’s a good bet the person who makes the initial announcement and does most of the talking is probably the leader.
If that. . .

    Brian ZinchukDecember 4, 2019

  • Freezing in the dark could happen in that place that doesn’t believe in our petroleum

    “Let them freeze in the dark” is an old saying that got a lot of play in late November, as famously anti-pipeline, anti-oil, pro-equalization Quebec said on Nov. 21 it was within days of running . . .

    Brian ZinchukNovember 27, 2019

  • Quebec’s ‘have not’ status a total farce

    Quebec sure is one to talk, when it comes to energy. I’ve seen numerous TV clips of late, showing Bloc Québécois leader Yves-François Blanchet basically trash talking the West, and Alberta in . . .

    Brian ZinchukNovember 21, 2019

  • Trudeau surfs while Canada’s energy sector runs south into Trump’s arms

    Imagine if the Canadian Pacific Railway said one day it was picking up stakes, moving its headquarters from Calgary to Denver, and changing its name to “Gobbledygook.” That would be Gobbledygook,. . .

    Brian ZinchukNovember 7, 2019

  • ‘The Alberta Question,’and Saskatchewan’s, too, is not going away

    A few weeks ago I wrote about how American geopolitical strategist Peter Zeihan seems to be pretty darn accurate in his predictions. I just finished his 2014 book, The Accidental Superpower: The . . .

    Brian ZinchukOctober 24, 2019

  • Shale oil now means you don’t have to send your kid over there to get killed

    As I type this, it’s been exactly three weeks since “drones,” more like cruise missiles, attacked the largest oil processing facility in the world, Saudi Arabia’s Abqaiq processing facility. A lot . . .

    Brian ZinchukOctober 9, 2019

  • How many nutbars are there out there, anyway?

    Sept. 11 has come and gone, for the 18th time since the horrible events that made Sept. 11 a memorable day in the first place. Yet today, only days later, my social media feed is still being . . .

    Brian ZinchukSeptember 26, 2019

  • Does Trudeau’s brownface photo spell the end of absolute political correctness?

    Perhaps, just perhaps, we have seen the end of the expectation of absolute, lifetime political correctness in Canada. Surely we must, for the only solution otherwise would be for the Liberal . . .

    Brian ZinchukSeptember 19, 2019

  • Green Party platform is their final solution for the Canadian oilpatch

    It’s hard to come up with the proper adjective or description for the Green Party of Canada’s energy policy in its platform released on Sept. 16. Devastating doesn’t come close. Apocalyptic is . . .

    Brian ZinchukSeptember 18, 2019

  • Frustration with coal’s future or lack thereof is reaching a boiling point in Estevan

    I’ve attended a lot of meetings with politicians at the front of the room since I moved to Estevan in late 2008, but in all that time, I have never seen a small-c conservative politician roasted as. . .

    Brian ZinchukSeptember 12, 2019

  • Just like oil, we need to get natural gas to tidewater

    I had a lengthy conversation the other day with a gentleman who grew up just half an hour down the highway from me, and who was finishing up his degree in the University of Saskatchewan’s . . .

    Brian ZinchukSeptember 5, 2019

  • The drilling rigs have worked most of their industry out of a job

    I have spent a lot of time looking at numbers over the years – numbers of active drilling rigs, oil production, investment in the patch, etc. A significant segment of my effort is sorting the wheat. . .

    August 29, 2019

  • Let the rumble strips rumble

    The other day I ran into our local MLA, Lori Carr, who happened to be the Highways minister. (Well, she was Highways minister when I spoke to her, as she was shuffled to Government Relations a . . .

    Brian ZinchukAugust 22, 2019

  • Turn left at the cow

    One of these days, number one daughter will return from summer camp and we will resume driver training. I think we’re getting to the point where we move from driving training to navigation, as in, . . .

    Brian ZinchukAugust 15, 2019

  • Don’t mail bug spray

    During the late 1990s, my late sister, Melanie, worked at summer jobs at fly-in fishing camps up in the Northwest Territories to pay for her nursing degree. Each year I would make great effort of. . .

    Brian ZinchukAugust 12, 2019

  • 24 Sussex Has Fallen Down, coming soon to a theatre near you

    Hear that? >Beep beep beep beep beep< It’s the sound of the excavator moving to knock flat the official residence of the prime minister, 24 Sussex Drive. Or at least, it should be. You . . .

    Brian ZinchukAugust 1, 2019

  • Five years in, the oil downturn still hurts as rig activity suffers

    About once a month I do an in-depth analysis of the drilling rig activity in Saskatchewan, and to a lesser extent, throughout Canada. And what I found this month was disturbing. Why do I follow . . .

    Brian ZinchukJuly 22, 2019

  • First, denunciate! Then, deprive them of their livelihood for thinking differently than you do

    A few months ago, Pipeline News started to carry political cartoons from a new cartoonist, Michael de Adder of Halifax. I liked his style, his cutting wit and his extremely topical cartoons. We . . .

    Brian ZinchukJuly 16, 2019

  • Better start feeding those unicorns beans. We’re going to need their farts to power Saskatchewan

    The federal government is leaving Saskatchewan with nowhere to turn when it comes to baseload power generation. First coal, now natural gas, are on the outs, just as we are turning to natural gas . . .

    Brian ZinchukJuly 11, 2019

  • Just buy a couple boats and patrol over the pipeline, dammit!

    On June 27, what has become a familiar refrain rang across the interwebs. Another group is asking the courts to shut down a Canadian pipeline. This one was very different, however. It wasn’t . . .

    Brian ZinchukJuly 3, 2019

  • The mystery of the disappearing backpacks

    Numerous times over the course of this past year, number one daughter’s first year in high school, we, her parents, have implored her to take a backpack to school. You know, that thing that you . . .

    Brian ZinchukJune 20, 2019

  • The oilpatch, and Alberta, saved Newfoundland

    This year, the Saskatchewan Oil and Gas Show (also referred to as the Weyburn Oil Show) went all out in getting guest speakers, and they surely did not disappoint. In the movie about the . . .

    Brian ZinchukJune 11, 2019

  • The incessant creep of cloud subscription rates

    So I’m plugging away on my computer on a Friday evening, working, as usual, instead of, oh, I don’t know, watching a movie, going for a walk, having a life, when I get an email that caught my jaded. . .

    June 5, 2019

  • 0xc00d5212. Don’t you know what that means?

    I was editing a video project on this fine day and I wanted to use a clip from a previous project. That project worked rather well, so I wasn’t expecting any problems. Then I got this: “Can’t . . .

    Brian ZinchukMay 29, 2019

  • Through the tall grass, the lioness stalks her zebra

    The Star Wars Facebook page posted a photo on May 19 noting that on that day, 20 years earlier, The Phantom Menace came out. And I couldn’t see it until my honeymoon. The reason was something or . . .

    Brian ZinchukMay 23, 2019

  • Low impact gardening. As in, I don’t do much these days

    Today, at 24 C, it seems like spring finally arrived. The green thumbs must be in their glory. A bit of rain last night, warm weather today, ah! What more could a person ask for? In my case, . . .

    Brian ZinchukMay 16, 2019

  • Another government term almost over, and military procurement is still a mess

    I watched an interesting video the other day on Facebook. It was one of Canada’s new maritime helicopters, a Lockheed Martin (formerly Sikorsky) CH-148 Cyclone. The chopper was actually . . .

    Brian ZinchukMay 8, 2019

  • How high’s the water, momma? Now it’s three years later, and time to fix it

    The summer of 2016 was a tough one for us. We were just about to go to my parent’s cabin when it started raining. And in something like 40 minutes, we got over seven inches of rain. I know that . . .

    Brian ZinchukMay 2, 2019

  • He’s not even premier yet, but Jason Kenney is assumed the leader of ‘The Resistance’

    You know, it’s kinda odd. Jason Kenney hasn’t even taken office yet as premier of Alberta, yet the feeling I get both in the media and online is that he has already taken his place as the head of “. . .

    Brian ZinchukApril 23, 2019

  • Is automation going to destroy jobs in the oilpatch and in Estevan?

    Twice in the space of 24 hours, I was tagged on Facebook with relation to a post or story about automation and its threat to jobs. The first post was from a man named Dave Shook, a self-described. . .

    Brian ZinchukApril 17, 2019

  • Why do I have to keep asking people why they aren’t wearing animal skins?

    April 4 was going to be a big day. So big, I took our 14-year-old daughter, Katrina, out of class to help me cover it. Why? As I told several people, “Not all education occurs in the classroom.” . . .

    Brian ZinchukApril 8, 2019

  • Build the pipeline – but which one?

    In recent months, I’ve seen a heartwarming display of support for the oilpatch boil over and start to make some noise. One of the common phrases is, “Build the pipeline!” Another is, “We support . . .

    Brian ZinchukMarch 28, 2019

  • The yellow vest moniker is now so tainted, no one wants anything to do with it

    When protests swept across oil country in December, there was immediately a symbol associated with them, the high visibility yellow vest. The connection to the oil patch was immediately evident –. . .

    Brian ZinchukMarch 21, 2019

  • Quebec jobs obviously trump western energy jobs for Trudeau

    First, I should have made myself a bowl of popcorn before listening to the Jody Wilson-Raybould testimony before the House of Commons Justice Committee on Feb. 27. For a political junkie, it was . . .

    Brian ZinchukMarch 1, 2019

  • Did the convoy to Ottawa accomplish its goals?

    It all started in early December to mid-December when protests, many of which had participants sporting yellow vests, sprouted up in most significant oil patch towns in Western Canada. Before the. . .

    Brian ZinchukFebruary 28, 2019

  • If you want to retain more air force pilots, pour money into air cadets

    The headline in the National Post on Feb. 10 seemed dire: “Clock ticking as Royal Canadian Air Force looks to stop hemorrhaging experienced pilots – The dip in experience as veteran aviators . . .

    Brian ZinchukFebruary 21, 2019

  • Kidsicles, roasted mammoth, land bridges and carbon tax

    Last week I drove the kids to school almost every day, as opposed to Spencer walking three blocks to school, or Katrina walking half that distance to the bus stop. Are these walkable distances? . . .

    Brian ZinchukFebruary 12, 2019

  • They’re not here yet, and I am going bonkers

    In recent weeks, being a bit of a latecomer to the party, I have discovered eBay. I made three purchases in one evening, for a total of four over the last 12 or 13 years. That first purchase . . .

    Brian ZinchukFebruary 7, 2019

  • The nightmare of divisiveness

    I didn’t sleep well the other night. And when I did wake up, in my stupor I recalled the oddest dream. Unfortunately, much of my dream had strong roots in reality. In my dream, there was tension . . .

    January 31, 2019

  • My phone is spying on me, and I can prove it

    When Prime Minister Justin Trudeau did his town hall session in Regina on Jan. 10, you could expect there would be a few nutbar questions, and, indeed, there were. One of the most outlandish was . . .

    Brian ZinchukJanuary 24, 2019

  • Destroying the myth of Liberal screening of town hall questions

    There’s a myth floating around cyberspace that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s town hall sessions include pre-screened questions and questioners, all Liberal-friendly. That, my friends, is a lie.. . .

    Brian ZinchukJanuary 16, 2019

  • Trudeau’s policies are killing Estevan

    When I first came to Estevan 10 years ago, the mayor at the time explained to me that one of Estevan’s greatest strengths was that it had multiple key industries. It had agriculture, like pretty . . .

    Brian ZinchukJanuary 10, 2019

  • No idling? I really don’t care, do you?

    My kids’ elementary school has no idling signs in front of it. The school got some accolades when they were put up a few years ago. Some media attention was fawned on it. Wonderful for them. I . . .

    Brian ZinchukJanuary 10, 2019

  • Hey, there, you big stud!

    The other day I was out touring a new oilfield pipeyard east of Estevan. They had the Canadian division president out, and I got to learn something new about oil country tubular goods, which I hadn. . .

    Brian ZinchukDecember 27, 2018

  • Notley’s $350 million doesn’t come close to buying 7,000 rail cars and 80 locomotives

    On Nov. 28, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley announced her province is going to be acquiring unit trains to get her province’s landlocked oil moving. Not only has she committed money to Trans Mountain. . .

    Brian ZinchukDecember 6, 2018

  • Will GM’s Oshawa plant closure get more attention than the oilpatch’s plight?

    On Nov. 26, you might have thought it was the end of the world in Canada, with the announcement of the impending closure of the General Motors Oshawa Car Assembly Plant. And in a sense, it very . . .

    Brian ZinchukNovember 28, 2018

  • History is no longer about history, it’s about now

    It was Nov. 10, the day before Remembrance Day, and I turned on the TV to History. On the big screen appeared an episode of Forged in Fire. Surely, this is a mistake, I thought. Maybe it’s just. . .

    Brian ZinchukNovember 20, 2018

  • ‘You have to be lucky all the time. We only have to be lucky once.’

    In 1984, the Irish Republican Army tried to kill British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher with a bomb. They did not succeed, but they did send a message. “You have to be lucky all the time. We . . .

    Brian ZinchukNovember 14, 2018

  • This is happening now. What would you do?

    A friend posted this above a picture of the migrant convoy making its way from Honduras through Mexico right now: “This is happening now. Trump has to make a decision. What would you do?” In . . .

    Brian ZinchukOctober 26, 2018

  • Wheat for $2.61 a bushel, Chevy Impalas for $12,511 each

    Among the several reasons I did not take after my father and grandfathers before him as a farmer was this little thing called $2 wheat. When I came of age in the 1990s, wheat that went for $2 to . . .

    Brian ZinchukOctober 19, 2018

  • Where is the middle ground anymore?

    The other day I visited a long-time friend, and together we lamented the state of political discourse today. Steve and I have known each other since somewhere around 1992, give or take. We met . . .

    Brian ZinchukOctober 11, 2018

  • There are solutions to the fiscal woes, if we can just move on them

    As I write this, Canada is having a good day, economically. That is, if you consider we just dodged, by the skin of our teeth, getting trampled by Donald Trump on NAFTA 2.0, the United States . . .

    Brian ZinchukOctober 4, 2018

  • The nerds have their revenge, and are conquering all

    There it was, floating, as it were, on the booth’s table. Well away from sticky fingers, in all of its seven-and-a-half foot long glory, was the USS Flagg, the G.I. Joe aircraft carrier. I wrote . . .

    Brian ZinchukSeptember 20, 2018

  • People are hopping mad about the Trans Mountain pipeline decision

    Oh, boy, are people mad about the Trans Mountain court decision. This past year I have had two columns go absolutely viral. The first was my analysis of the Gerald Stanley trial. It was initially. . .

    Brian ZinchukSeptember 12, 2018

  • ‘8,000 jobs disappeared this morning, and one of them was mine’

    In the aftermath of the Federal Court of Appeal’s horrendous decision to stop work on the Trans Mountain Expansion Project, this is what one pipeliner told me that day: “Eight thousand jobs . . .

    Brian ZinchukSeptember 3, 2018

  • Iran, Japan and Britain are building new fighters, what about Canada

    On Aug. 21, an interesting thing popped up on my Facebook feed. A bunch of Avro Arrow enthusiasts had successfully retrieved a scale model of that fabled plane from the bottom of Lake Ontario. . . .

    Brian ZinchukAugust 29, 2018

  • Good habits are easily forgotten, and woe results

    Having just dropped off the daughter at Good Spirit Bible Camp, I stopped in briefly at my parents’ place in Yorkton to refill the belly. Five miles out of Yorkton, the truck made an odd ding. “. . .

    Brian ZinchukAugust 23, 2018

  • Another merger deal in the patch

    I woke up this morning, and unlike Tony Soprano, I did not get myself a gun. But I did get an email that indicated there was yet another merger in the works. Merger, acquisition, buyout, hostile . . .

    Brian ZinchukAugust 15, 2018

  • Drunks get harsher sentences than guy who brought child porn into Canada

    There was the usual round of impaired driving convictions – specifically, with a blood alcohol level over .08. This day, there were four of them. Three were run of the mill, and the fourth had a . . .

    Brian ZinchukAugust 2, 2018

  • Greyhound failure proves STC wasn’t alone

    Buses, it seems, have largely gone the way of the dodo bird in Western Canada. Oh, sure, there are some regional lines in Alberta and Manitoba. British Columbia has its own thing, but a little . . .

    Brian ZinchukJuly 19, 2018

  • Hints on coal were there, if you looked for them

    The writing was on the wall, now that I think of it, and it has been for quite a while. I’m talking about the announcement July 9 that SaskPower would not be proceeding with carbon capture . . .

    Brian ZinchukJuly 11, 2018

  • I was sooo tired of safety seminars, then I slipped up

    As I tore off the thin layer of skin that had been peeled off an area about the size of a loonie off the top of my foot, I couldn’t help but think back to earlier that morning. I had specifically . . .

    Brian ZinchukJune 27, 2018

  • We need to revisit Energy East and Northern Gateway right now

    Canada had better get its act together, immediately, on export pipelines. I don’t just mean the Trans Mountain Pipeline, now owned by you and me and all other Canadians. I mean we need to revive . . .

    Brian ZinchukJune 20, 2018

  • I am altering the deal. Pray I don’t alter it any further

    In the best movie ever made, Empire Strikes Back, Darth Vader has just frozen Han Solo in carbonite. He then tells Lando Calrissian, Han’s friend, “Calrissian, take the princess and the Wookie to . . .

    Brian ZinchukJune 13, 2018

  • Alberta was more serious than some might have thought

    On May 30, I had the honour of being the banquet speaker at the Redvers Oil Showcase, speaking to more than 400 people. My speech “I didn’t see their horses,” targeted the anti-oil lobby — their . . .

    Brian ZinchukJune 7, 2018

  • If only there had been more hours in the day

    A few weeks ago I, and a number of other parents with whom I’ve sat through kindergarten graduations and band concerts with got to tag along with our kids as they toured the local high school, . . .

    Brian ZinchukMay 29, 2018

  • How do you slurp a Slurpee without a straw?

    The nanny state is coming to a Slurpee near you. Tell me, how does one slurp a Slurpee, the slush ice and pop drink from 7-Eleven, and all its similarly named cousins, without a straw? Do you eat. . .

    Brian ZinchukMay 22, 2018

  • My wife is going to live, and I am going to die

    At 1:55 p.m., Wednesday, May 8, the alert went out. It was a test of the new Alert Ready nationwide emergency alert system. At the time, I was sitting in my basement office, with my SaskTel iPhone . . .

    Brian ZinchukMay 16, 2018

  • The Last Truck was not the last truck

    There are so many weird connections between what happened in 2008-09 and today. For one, that period, the greatest recession since 1929, was supposed to be the end of SUVs. HBO even did a . . .

    Brian ZinchukMay 8, 2018

  • Cannon to the east of them, cannon to the west of them, cannon to the south of them

    In the fabled poem, The Charge of the Light Brigade, Lord Alfred Tennyson’s wrote, “Cannon to right of them, Cannon to left of them, Cannon in front of them Volleyed and thundered; . . .

    Brian ZinchukMay 2, 2018

  • The U of A should give doctorates to DiCaprio, Young, Obama and Trudeau

    In the midst of the greatest dispute between two provinces since the 1995 Quebec referendum, the University of Alberta stepped in it, big time. They announced April 10 Dr. David Suzuki, of The . . .

    Brian ZinchukApril 24, 2018

  • Trans Mountain Expansion now in serious jeopardy

    He’s not even in power, but Jason Kenney, leader of the Alberta United Conservative Party and that province’s leader of the opposition, probably said it best. “We’ve seen this movie before.” He . . .

    Brian ZinchukApril 10, 2018

  • How does oil get from Azerbaijan to Canada?

    Our son, Spencer, 11, and I have recently taken up a game. Basically, I name a country, and he finds it on the globe. This was inspired by his favourite TV show, Young Sheldon (spinoff from The . . .

    Brian ZinchukMarch 27, 2018

  • Don’t these pipeline protestors have jobs?

    Our sister publication, Burnaby Now, is at the focal point of the Trans Mountain Expansion Pipeline project, with the terminus of the pipeline in that Lower Mainland community. On March 17, they . . .

    Brian ZinchukMarch 21, 2018

  • Hello, Newport News Shipyard? I’d like to buy an aircraft carrier

    “Hello, Newport News Shipyard? I’d like to buy an aircraft carrier. “No, I’m not joking. I represent the Canadian government. I would like to buy a Ford-class nuclear powered aircraft carrier. . . .

    Brian ZinchukMarch 14, 2018

  • Talking gun culture with Americans

    I keep in touch with a few Americans through the magic of Facebook. One is a former United States Marine who has served multiple tours in the Middle East. After the Parkland, Florida, school . . .

    Brian ZinchukMarch 8, 2018

  • Some things are getting better

    There seems to be always a feeling that things are getting worse; traffic on our roads, and crime in our streets. The reality is just the opposite. Crime had been on significant downward trend for . . .

    Brian ZinchukFebruary 28, 2018

  • We’re not going to take it, B.C.

    Oh, poor baby, little B.C. Worried about your ouchie coochie wine business, are you? Yeah, well, you can whine all you want. Cry us a river, like one that will fill the Fraser Canyon. Alberta’s. . .

    Brian ZinchukFebruary 22, 2018

  • There is so much wrong being said by both sides about the Gerald Stanley trial

    There is so much wrong being said about the death of Colten Boushie and the trial of Gerald Stanley, it’s hard to know where to begin. First off, let me start by saying I covered the North . . .

    Brian ZinchukFebruary 13, 2018

  • The new premier needs pipelines

    I was talking to Ray Frehlick on Jan. 29 about Scott Moe, the new premier. Those in the Saskatchewan oilpatch, and those around Estevan, know Frehlick as something of a living legend in the patch, . . .

    Brian ZinchukFebruary 1, 2018

  • A nuclear missile is inbound. What do you do?

    It took me a while to get into this audiobook, Eric Schlosser’s Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety, but eventually it got hold of me. I had two . . .

    January 25, 2018

  • Brian is the Family Guy

    I set up No. 1 daughter, Katrina, with her own computer, Lightroom 4 and Photoshop Elements 13. The first thing she did was Photoshop my head onto Peter Griffin’s body. That’s Peter Griffin, the . . .

    Brian ZinchukJanuary 11, 2018

  • What number did you want?

    The oddest thing happened the other day. Someone asked me what my fax number was. It kinda felt like they were asking where the livery stable was, or how much it would be to buy a buggy whip. . . .

    Brian ZinchukDecember 28, 2017

  • I’m going to spoil The Last Jedi

    Due to unfortunate timing of the staff Christmas party, I wasn’t able to make it to the opening night of Star Wars The Last Jedi. While it was a great party, I explained to people there who knew . . .

    Brian ZinchukDecember 28, 2017

  • It feels like you’re in an Atlantic convoy in 1941

    If you work in the newspaper business, it feels like you’re in a convoy of ships, sailing from Halifax to England in 1941, while wolf packs of German U-boats pick off ships around you. Boom! . . .

    Brian ZinchukDecember 14, 2017

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