From the Top of the Pile

Brian Zinchuk

Brian Zinchuk, From the Top of the Pile

  • Twitter

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.

  • 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

  • Take the deal on the new frigates

    A few years ago, the Royal Canadian Navy had a very, very, bad year. In August 2013, destroyer HMCS Algonquin bumped into supply ship HMCS Protecteur and was damaged. A few months later, in . . .

    Brian ZinchukDecember 11, 2017

  • Hey, Siri, turn off Skynet

    A Facebook post got me thinking. The top part noted that in the 1960s, people were worried about the government wiretapping their phones. The lower part shows a woman speaking to her Amazon Alexa, . . .

    Brian ZinchukNovember 17, 2017

  • The Halloween tax lesson

    Katrina and her friend walked in the door from trick or treating, gleefully spilling their very full pillowcases on the floor to peruse their hard-won spoils. For a little fun, I figured this . . .

    Brian ZinchukNovember 8, 2017

  • Just a piece of paper, or is it?

    The other day, Spencer, 10, showed me something he picked up on the ground. Pulling it out of his jacket pocket, he revealed a little piece of paper – a McDonald’s Monopoly game piece. And I told. . .

    Brian ZinchukNovember 2, 2017

  • Can you believe someone put up political posters in the courthouse?

    There are proper places for political discussion. Inside the courthouse is not one of them. Walking into the upstairs courtroom at Estevan provincial court on Oct. 16, I saw something rather . . .

    October 26, 2017

  • Winston Churchill would never survive in today’s PC world

    Winston Spencer Churchill, Britain’s greatest prime minister, would never have had a chance in the 21st century. In my continuing love affair with audio books, I have embarked on my most . . .

    Brian ZinchukOctober 19, 2017

  • The Battle of Tenaru River and the Battle of Las Vegas

    As most people know, Dec. 7, 1941, was the “Day that will live in infamy,” as proclaimed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in his declaration of war on the Empire of Japan. The attack on Pearl . . .

    Brian ZinchukOctober 11, 2017

  • When does a fish cop get to be a fish cop?

    At least a decade ago, while covering North Battleford provincial court, a case came up that was something you didn’t see every day. The prisoner hobbled into the glassed-in “fishbowl” in the . . .

    Brian ZinchukOctober 5, 2017

  • I think I love the two new Star Trek shows

    I don’t watch much TV these days, but in recent weeks I’ve been positively giddy about the two new Star Trek shows to hit the air this fall. Two, you say? But CBS only put out Star Trek Discovery. . .

    Brian ZinchukSeptember 28, 2017

  • Atlas Shrugged, and Canadian entrepreneurs feel like they should, too

    Several years ago, one of those weird bits of trivia struck me. Alan Greenspan, chairman of the Federal Reserve in the United States from 1987 to 2007, de facto chief economist and banker of the . . .

    Brian ZinchukSeptember 21, 2017

  • Self-represented drunks and man buns: a day in court

    This morning, ironing my suit, I realized that I don’t do this very often anymore. These days my suit gets pulled out for the occasional political event or, unfortunately, funerals. Hardly anyone. . .

    Brian ZinchukSeptember 14, 2017

  • Drinking, driving and toking

    As a high school student, I was part of a group of pretentious, self-righteous, mostly tee-totalers known as Students Against Drinking and Driving (SADD). We tied on red ribbons and staged wrecked . . .

    Brian ZinchukSeptember 7, 2017

  • My dad cut the cord, and I’m not sure how to handle it

    Some numbers are drilled into your head forever. Birthdays. Anniversaries. Social insurance numbers. And then there are phone numbers. The first phone number I remember is 594-2650. That’s my . . .

    Brian ZinchukAugust 30, 2017

  • Are they going to take down Mount Rushmore?

    A couple of years ago, Katrina did a class project on Mount Rushmore. She was quite fascinated by it, and wanted to visit it in the worst way. This past spring, we finally got around to going . . .

    Brian ZinchukAugust 22, 2017

  • Thirteen years interviewing Brad Wall

    I think it was the summer or fall of 2004 when I first met Brad Wall, while working as the political reporter for the Battlefords News-Optimist. He had recently become the leader of the . . .

    Brian ZinchukAugust 17, 2017

  • First World problems in southwest Manitoba

    First off, this column carries a First World problems warning. Secondly, it’s being typed on an cell phone, one which, horror of horrors, has endured a summer of very poor cell coverage. We’re . . .

    Brian ZinchukAugust 10, 2017

  • Death of twinning project will mean real deaths in the future

    In the July 26 Estevan Mercury, it was revealed that after four years of consideration, the province is now going to put in passing lanes on Highways 39 and 6 from Estevan to Regina. It looks like . . .

    Brian ZinchukAugust 2, 2017

  • My favourite tools – it’s a guy thing

    I suspect every man who considers himself manly in the Tim Allen Tim the Toolman sort of way has a favourite tool. I have two, one hand tool and one power tool. Now, if you can’t figure out why. . .

    Brian ZinchukJuly 26, 2017

  • The summer I spent golfing on company time

    Ten years ago this summer, former Battlefords News-Optimist sports editor Jim Humphrey and I began a golf adventure, and got paid to do it. Jim had come to us from southern Ontario, breaking a . . .

    Brian ZinchukJuly 19, 2017

  • Here’s a quarter, Mr. Khadr, tell someone who cares

    If you ask any Canadian soldier, sailor or airman how much compensation Omar Khadr should have received from the federal government, given that the Supreme Court of Canada has ruled his Charter . . .

    Brian ZinchukJuly 13, 2017

  • Transformers: The Last Knight, may be the worst movie I’ve ever seen

    I got my first Transformer for Christmas in 1983. He was a little red Ferrari named Cliffjumper, one of the first 19 Transformers to hit the North American market. I don’t remember what else I got . . .

    Brian ZinchukJuly 6, 2017

  • I’m not dead yet. I think I’ll go for a walk

    June 21 was an interesting day. National Aboriginal Day got renamed National Indigenous Peoples Day. It was the longest day of the year. The weather was beautiful, the sun was shining. In a few . . .

    Brian ZinchukJune 29, 2017

  • We haven’t cut the cord yet, but I’ve been thinking about it

    Each month I get the phone bill, which includes our television bill, and I consider cutting the cord. We have one of those bundles that includes internet, SaskTel Max and unlimited North America . . .

    Brian ZinchukJune 23, 2017

  • The War of the West

    As I write this, the British Columbia legislature has not yet been recalled, and Christy Clark is still premier. But in short order that is expected to change, and NDP Leader John Horgan, supported. . .

    Brian ZinchukJune 8, 2017

  • Well, there was a missed opportunity

    On March 4, I had the chance to trade in my usual golf shirt for my suit and tie to attend one of those political events that happens now and again. This time, the man of the hour was Andrew Scheer. . .

    Brian ZinchukJune 1, 2017

  • When, oh when, will we care about space again?

    The documentary Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo, is now available in theatres and on demand. That’s what a Facebook ad told me as I sat down to type this column. That’s quite . . .

    Brian ZinchukMay 29, 2017

  • Sask. and Alberta part ways on coal-fired generation

    From the Top of the Pile

    Brian ZinchukMay 18, 2017

  • An interesting thing happened on the way to STC’s funeral

    An interesting thing happened in the weeks leading up to the demise of the Saskatchewan Transportation Company. In the past week I've heard of three companies announcing they intend to step in . . .

    Brian ZinchukApril 19, 2017

  • Should Canada buy some used Predators?

    The United States military is retiring the Predator drone. Canada should buy them, at least a few squadrons’ worth. While drone technology goes back at least as far back as atomic bomb testing,. . .

    Brian ZinchukApril 12, 2017

  • Males, fat or ugly people need not apply

    If I were younger and had more energy, I would apply for work at every upscale licensed restaurant around, to see what the results would be – not for bartender or cook, but as a server. Then I . . .

    Brian ZinchukMarch 13, 2017

  • Can Mr. Nice beat Mr. Wonderful?

    March 4 I had the opportunity to listen to one of the frontrunners in the ridiculously overpopulated race for leader of the Conservative Party of Canada, Andrew Scheer. Scheer is one of the . . .

    Brian ZinchukMarch 7, 2017

  • Trump revives Keystone XL

    When I was first hired to work for Pipeline News in the spring of 2008, I filled a great big whiteboard with ideas for stories. The original Keystone pipeline was on that list. That September, . . .

    Brian ZinchukJanuary 25, 2017

July 15, 2019 POLL

Valleyview Towers is at the centre of a controversy about housing. What do you think?

or  view results