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 is an experiment in presenting Brian Zinchuk's regular column, From the Top of the Pile. The text version of this column was published March 30. The video features photos and video clips taken. . .
The evening of Friday, March 27, I was hungry. Damned hungry. I’m not going to many restaurants these days, for obvious reasons, but I looked up on my phone how much it would cost me to buy a Big . . .
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. . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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. . .
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 . . .
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. . .
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. . .
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, . . .
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 . . .
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. . .
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 “. . .
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. . .
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. . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .