Matthew Liebenberg

Matthew Liebenberg

Reporter/Photographer

Job seekers in the Swift Current area who need information on career and job opportunities or on training and education can use the community-hosted job search resource centre at Great Plains College.

Innovation Credit Union is a gold sponsor of Swift Current United Way's 3rd annual Foundation of Hope gala.

A commemorative plaque was unveiled in Gull Lake on National Peacekeepers’ Day to recognize the sacrifice of Capt. Keith Mirau, who grew up in the town and died 43 years ago when a Canadian military aircraft was shot down while on peacekeeping duties in the Middle East.

The Swift Current and District Chamber of Commerce made changes to the nomination and voting procedures for the 19th annual Swift Current Business Excellence (SCBEX) Spirit of Swift Current awards.

Some Swift Current area residents are saddened by the decision of Premier Brad Wall to retire from politics, but others feel it is the right time for him to do so.

The Saskatchewan Party is looking for a new leader and Swift Current residents will have a new MLA in the near future after the announcement by Premier Brad Wall that he is leaving politics behind.

The latest in a series of free bi-weekly events in southwest Saskatchewan to celebrate Canada 150 and cultural diversity in Saskatchewan took place at the Lyric Theatre in Swift Current on Aug. 12.

The latest in a series of free bi-weekly events in southwest Saskatchewan to celebrate Canada 150 and cultural diversity in Saskatchewan took place at the Lyric Theatre in Swift Current, Aug. 12. This show featured performances by Regina interdisciplinary artist Chancz Perry and Swift Current dancers Tintu Sebastian and Pearl Munim. The Southwest CultureFest is organized by the Southwest Newcomer Welcome Centre to promote inclusion and to build stronger community relationships. The next event in this festival series takes place at the Lyric Theatre on Aug. 26. There will be a dance show by singer Jebunnessa Chapola and the SARGAM Bengali Performers as well as a performance by Iraqi-Canadian spoken word and hip hop artist Ahmad Majid. Admission is free and the show starts at 7 p.m.

 

Producers had an opportunity to learn more about the organic research projects at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's Swift Current Research and Development Centre during a tour of organic field trials, Aug. 9. The tour leader was Dr. Myriam Fernandez, a research scientist at the Swift Current Research and Development Centre. The tour included visits to three ongoing trials as well as two new trials that were started this year. The three existing trials are tillage systems for organic crop production to determine the impact of different intensity and frequency of tillage operations on weed control; the influence of allelopathic cover crops and their residues on soil quality and growth as well as the spread of perennial thistles and other weeds; and the effectiveness of the bioherbicide Phoma macrostoma. The two new trials are the evaluation of intercropping as an organic cropping option in the semi-arid Brown soil zone of western Canada; and an evaluation of the use of cover crop mixtures or continuous relay cropping to improve productivity and sustainability of organic systems in the Brown soil zone.

 

The Eliza Mary Doyle trio concluded their western Canadian tour in Swift Current with a performance at the Lyric Theatre, Aug. 3. The band's lead vocalist Eliza Mary Doyle, a former Swift Current resident, is also the banjo player for the popular Saskatchewan blue grass band The Dead South. Doyle's hectic touring schedule will continue into the fall, as she is playing with The Dead South at venues across Canada, the United States and Europe. The Prince Albert band The Wolfe made their debut at the Lyric Theatre stage on Aug 3. This all-female trio was one of the top four finalists from more than 2,000 entries in the 2017 CBC Searchlight competition. The Wolfe appeared at the Lyric Theatre as part of their Can You Hear Me summer tour across central and western Canada.

 

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