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.
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 . . .
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, . . .
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 . . .
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, . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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. . .