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Kreskin says he doesn’t use a crystal ball. (Photo Supplied)
 
The morning I got a call from Kreskin

I was sitting in my office at 11:10 a.m. one recent morning when the phone rang.
I knew it was going to be Kreskin. I’m not a mentalist by trade, but I had a strong feeling he was going to call.
There is one small hiccup in what I just wrote. I had phoned him, the line was breaking up, so he called me to see if he was coming in clearer. He was and it made for an interesting 30 minutes of conversation.
At this time of year, Kreskin does interviews around the world to share his predictions. Even we little guys get the invitation. He was generous with his time, going at least 10 minutes over the allotment. He promised he would never share my thoughts with an audience. I was grateful for that.
The time went quickly and he controlled the direction of the interview so masterfully that I didn’t get a chance to ask him the questions on the short list I had prepared. Who is going to win the Super Bowl? The Stanley Cup? Will Justin Trudeau be re-elected?
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Citizen of the Year
Jim Yuel recognized for business, philanthropy

The achievements with PIC Investment Group Inc. and the Saskatoon Regional Economic Development Authority (SREDA) are testaments to James W. (Jim) Yuel’s success in Saskatchewan business.
Today, Yuel derives great satisfaction as he, his wife Lisa and their families find people with needs and offer them a hands-up, values learned from his own parents and their dedication to Prairie values.
“My father, William, came to Saskatchewan from Denmark with limited education and language skills and he was always eager to try new things as a farmer. My mother, Delia, was Saskatchewan-born and shared the same ideals,” said Yuel on the telephone from his winter-time residence in Palm Springs, Calif.
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Oil, pipeline supporters organized and ready to battle government

The last time I covered a protest was nearly 20 years ago, when my body would still put up with such rigours.
I stood shivering in front of the then-Centennial Auditorium, awaiting a convoy of farm machinery. It was late, so I ducked inside to get out of the wind. Minutes later, the first tractor came into sight, lumbering down 22nd Street, leading a remarkable array of very, very big vehicles.
We reporters watched this rather stunning display of rural might slowly traversing an urban street, trying not to show amazement on our faces. It really was impressive, and a little bizarre.
Later, the irate farmers and their tractors rolled out to Saskatchewan Place. If memory serves, they were requesting a bailout during a rotten crop-price era. Clay Serby, who must have been the province’s agriculture minister by then, addressed the crowd after several cranky speeches from the protesters.
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January kicks off exciting year for visual arts

Happy New Year! We’re just two weeks into 2019 and it’s already shaping up to be an exciting time for the visual arts.
Here’s a look at some of the new exhibitions opening this month.

ART PLACEMENT
Art Placement is kicking off the new year with Shades of Grey, a group exhibition that draws inspiration from grey and other monochromatic colour palettes. The show, which runs until Feb. 21, features works by gallery artists Douglas Bentham, Robert Christie, Jennifer Crane, Jordan Danchilla, Cameron Forbes, Melvyn Malkin and Thelma Pepper. Guest artists include Kristin Bjornerud and Cec Cote, and the show will also introduce contemporary painter Martin Bennett.
Levi Nicholat, co-owner, director and curator at Art Placement, said grey is a fitting colour for this time of year.
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Apology to victims of Sixties Scoop left much to be desired

In case it’s not obvious from my picture, I am as white as the driven snow.
From the outset I will tell you that I am writing this column as a white resident of Saskatchewan who is deeply unimpressed with the Saskatchewan government and its recent alleged apology to survivors of the Sixties Scoop.
I cannot and would not ever try to speak for the Métis people, survivors, or anyone but myself.
Therefore consider this my opinion and my opinion alone: what happened last week in the rotunda of the Saskatchewan legislature was not cool.
The term Sixties Scoop refers to the mass removal, or “scoop” of Indigenous children from their families into the child welfare system, almost always without the consent of their parents, families or nations. Despite the name, the practice spanned the greater part of the 50s, 60s and 70s. It began when mandatory residential schools, ran by the feds, started shutting down and students were “transitioned” back to provincial care, as opposed to their families.
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Those days are over is my phrase for 2019

‘’Those days are over.’’
Last year Cam Hutchinson, editor of this of fine paper, opened my eyes to something. I don’t want this to go to his head, but after working with the man for almost 30 years I finally learned something from him.
Actually, he has guided me through many lessons, but this one stuck out. Instead of making a New Year’s resolution, Cam chooses a word to inspire him throughout the new year.
Last year, for example, his word was “focus.” I decided to adopt his approach, but instead of a singular word, I decided a catch phrase would be better for me.
After thinking about it, I chose ‘’those days are over.”
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