WCA rookies ready to compete in western Canada

by Phil Ambroziak There’s going to be a new King on the chuckwagon circuit this summer. Meadow Lake area resident Daniel King has signed on for a full season with the Western Chuckwagon Association (WCA), a decision he made after competing in two races last year. “I’ll be leaving Friday and won’t be back until … Continue reading

Unconditional – MP recalls his early understanding of the Indian Act

by Derek Cornet Nine years after three British colonies merged to become the Dominion of Canada, the Indian Act was drawn up to guide the newly formed government’s relationship with First Nation communities across the land. Arguably one of the country’s most controversial acts, amendments have been made to it for more than 100 years … Continue reading

Unconditional II – MP’s private members bill becomes law

by Derek Cornet First Nations have a special relationship with the federal government because of the Indian Act. The Act legislatively made First Nations people wards of the Canadian state, which gave parliament the power to draft laws that effected their day-to-day lives. The following is the second part of a four part series focusing … Continue reading

Unconditional III – Northern leaders find issues with MP’s bill

by Derek Cornet Four months before Desnethé–Missinippi–Churchill River MP Rob Clarke introduced Bill C-428 in the House of Commons, Prime Minister Stephen Harper told those gathered at a special Crown-First Nations meeting in Ottawa there could be room for modernization of the Indian Act. Eleven months later, Idle No More erupted across the nation reminding … Continue reading

Unconditional IV – Bill C-428 seen as one for all, all for one

by Derek Cornet Points of view clash in this final installment of a four-part series focusing on Desnethé–Missinippi–Churchill River MP Rob Clarke’s private member’s bill. Critics bring Clarke’s intent and motive for the bill to the foreground and question whether Bill C-428 serves the people or serves the MP. “It was created even before we … Continue reading

Music festival draws fewer vocal entries

Phil Ambroziak The number of vocal entries in this year’s Meadow Lake and District Music Festival has been somewhat muted when compared to years past. “We’ve always had a strong number of piano entries because we have a number of piano teachers in Meadow Lake and area, but this year there are fewer vocal entries … Continue reading

Long-time shop to be demolished

by Phil Ambroziak Jack’s Depot Café. It’s a name residents of Meadow Lake haven’t heard in a long time, but one that fuelled feelings of nostalgia when the sign that once adorned the front of the popular downtown business re-emerged recently during efforts to prepare the structure for demolition. “It was known as Jack’s Depot … Continue reading

Country singer receives Grammy nod

by Derek Cornet After deciding to follow her dreams, a former Meadow Lake resident is rising to the top. Alma Sibley, 61, always knew she had musical ability like no one else. After being discovered by a well-known Nashville country music producer on ReverbNation, a music sharing website for musicians, Sibley released her debut album … Continue reading

On-the-beach workout keeping campers fit throughout summer

by Derek Cornet When on holidays, it may be difficult to fit in a daily dose of exercise, but this year a relatively new program is keeping campers toned in the Meadow Lake Provincial Park. The Beach Workout event, which was added to the park’s event schedule permanently this year, has been attracting lake visitors … Continue reading

Rancher wins Breeder of the Year honours for 2013

by Derek Cornet Winning half of the available prizes, Meadow Lake area resident Gordon Alger bucked the competition at this year’s Breeder Awards in Saskatoon June 20. The awards banquet is a yearly event held by the Saskatchewan chapter of the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society (CTHS) where it recognizes its leading members with a variety … Continue reading