Acres and acres of memories

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Editorial

Kincardine municipal council never ceases to amaze.

If the complaints about the mould in the arts centre (old town hall) are true, council shouldn’t even consider putting more money into the place. The municipality just paid big money to supposedly fix that problem.

But there council was Thursday, discussing a $1.5 million reno.

It would make sense to sit on the project and let the new council make a decision on the arts centre.

Tiverton will have a new community centre by the time Kincardine’s junker is renovated some more.  It looks like the arts centre will forever be a money pit.

Who will it be a monument to?

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Dana and I have been in Regina visiting daughter Sarah and Christopher and their daughters Annie and Madison.

Friday we travelled the TransCanada Highway to Swift Current with the girls as Sarah was scouting at a hockey tournament.  Saturday we returned to Regina by a more southern route that took us through Gravelbourg.  The town, smaller than Kincardine, has a massive Catholic Cathedral that makes Knox, our largest church look small.

It was a shock to come upon the church and the town after travelling miles and miles through basically empty countryside. You can go 10 miles without seeing a house.

But there was lots of activity. The harvest is in full swing and there were lots of combines working and large trucks hauling the grain away.

A little more than a century ago, Western Canada was flooded by immigrants seeking to build a new life on the Canadian prairie. Villages and towns grew to serve the homesteaders.

Now, for miles and miles, there is little sense of community, only acres and acres of memories. There is the odd abandoned farm house but mostly there are just groves of trees where the settlers built their homes. Small villages are fading away.

The land is still farmed, but today most farmers usually have thousands of acres.

It’s called progress. Worldwide, more and more people are migrating to cities - 54  per cent of us live in  cities today and the trend is accelerating.

I wonder if there will be anyone living in the Canadian countryside in 20 years.

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There may not be many people living in the countryside, but Saskatchewan is booming – it has the lowest rate of unemployment in the country and it just has that feel of a place moving forward economically.

That controversial foreign worker program must be being used in Saskatchewan. Clerks in the grocery store and in the hotel in Swift Current had basically no knowledge of the English language. 

When we were heading west on the plane, there were five or six men sitting near us who were commuting to their jobs in different parts of Western Canada.

They must have the same planners in Saskatchewan as we do in Ontario. The big box stores are all built by the highways. You could only walk to shop at them if you wanted to risk your life.

It’s a booming place and people are friendly.

A good place to be – especially if you’re a Roughrider fan.