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Thirteen years interviewing Brad Wall

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BY BRIAN ZINCHUK I think it was the summer or fall of 2004 when I first met Brad Wall while working as the political reporter for the Battlefords News-Optimist. He had recently become the leader of the Saskatchewan Party, having succeeded Elwin Hermanson, possibly one of the least-exciting political leaders this province had produced. Wall…

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First World problems in southwest Manitoba

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BY BRIAN ZINCHUK First off, this column carries a First World problems warning. Secondly, it’s being typed on a cellphone, one which, horror of horrors, has endured a summer of very poor cell coverage. We’re on our way to the family cabin at Sandy Lake, Manitoba. It’s about 20 minutes from Clear Lake, Riding Mountain…

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Start first aid training in Grade 8, recertify in Grade 11

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BY BRIAN ZINCHUK I’ve been pondering this column for a few weeks now, ever since I recertified my first aid training yet again. Then this just popped up on my Facebook feed: “Every high school should have a mandatory class called ‘Life’ which teaches you how to: sew, change a tire/oil, do taxes, basic first…

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