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RM of Vanscoy
Rural Crime Watch

August 2018

“Crime knows no boundaries.”
This was a phrase we heard often in the early stages of
launching the RM of Vanscoy Rural Crime Watch program
last October. Over the last few months the organizing
committee has been working diligently to
reach out to communities within our RM boundaries to
identify ways to share information with neighbours
within our RM boundaries, in our detachment area
and province-wide.

Within our Boundaries
Within the boundaries of the RM of Vanscoy, the committee
is working diligently to grow our membership.
Success of the program is built on neighbours looking
out for neighbours. Our program is currently one of
the largest rural crime watch programs in
Saskatchewan with 190 household memberships and
over 400 neighbours looking out for neighbours. Because
residents of the RM of Vanscoy are tightly knit
to our neighbouring towns, villages and hamlets, the
committee decided it was time to expand.
The RM of Vanscoy Rural Crime Watch committee is
excited to announce that our program is now accepting
residents from within the communities of Pike Lake,
Vanscoy and Asquith. We are also pleased to accept
residents from neighbouring RMs who own land located
along one of our designated RM border roads
(33rd Street Extension, Range Road 3070, etc.).

There are three ways to become a member:
1) Ask to join our Facebook group You will be
prompted to answer three questions requesting information
that we use to populate a membership form for
you. You will need a legal land location or street address
in the RM, along a border road or in the communities
of Pike Lake, Vanscoy or Asquith to join. If you
aren’t accepted within 24 hours, check your Facebook
messaging inbox for a message from a member of the
2) Membership forms are available at the RM of
Vanscoy Office. Forms can be filled out and submitted
to the RM Office.
3) E-mail us and we will
send you a digital membership form to fill out and
email back to us or drop off at the RM office.

Within our Detachment Area
The RM of Vanscoy Rural Crime Watch committee has
been developing relationships with neighbouring crime
watch groups since day one. In fact, the committee relied
heavily on tips, methods and lessons learned from
some our neighbouring groups when we were developing
the structure of our own program.
In May of this year, the RM of Vanscoy Rural Crime
Watch committee hosted an Area Crime Watch Groups
Meeting. Crime Watch groups, and communities interested
in developing crime watch groups, from within
the Warman RCMP Detachment Area were invited for
an informal discussion about ways that we can stay
connected and share information across our borders.
Representatives were in attendance from the RM of
Vanscoy Rural Crime Watch, West Cory Crime Watch,
RM of Montrose, Town of Asquith and Warman
RCMP. Regrets and requests for follow-up were received
from the Warman Citizens on Patrol program,
RM of Vanscoy Police Service and Village of Vanscoy.
The meeting was such a success that we have decided
to hold quarterly Area Crime Watch Group meetings
to learn from each other and stay connected across
This summer we saw the benefits of staying connected
first hand.
In late June we received a text alert from
the West Cory Crime Watch indicating that one of
their members recently had a camper stolen from their
property. Two weeks later, one of our members posted
on our Facebook group that a camper matching the description of the stolen unit had been abandoned on
their land. Working together, our crime watch groups
were able to connect our members to reunite the stolen
camper to the rightful owner.
In early July our chairman Dave Aspinall was invited
by SARM and the RCMP to be part of the province-wide
group discussing the creation of a Provincial
Rural Crime Watch Association. The Association is exploring ways to support and unite crime watch programs
across Saskatchewan.

What is next?
This October will mark the first anniversary since the
launch of the RM of Vanscoy Rural Crime Watch program.
To celebrate we are planning an event for our
membership in November of this year. Be sure to
watch for Facebook updates, texts and emails with details
this fall.
tips and Reminders for working in the RM
Visiting the RM for a work assignment?
Be sure to notify the RM and RCMP if you will be
working along rural roads or planning to go door to
door. Make sure you have business cards on hand and
your vehicle is clearly marked with company information.
Working in the field this season?
Reminder to lock your vehicles, equipment and tools
when not in use and avoid parking vehicles along the
road where possible.
While working or travelling in the RM, if you see anything
suspicious be sure to report it immediately to
310-RCMP and to the RM of Vanscoy Police Service
If you have questions or are interested in connecting
with the RM of Vanscoy Rural Crime Watch committee,
we are available by email
Our committee is 100% operated on volunteer-power
but we will do our best to reply in a timely fashion.

Katie Suek
Rural Crime Watch Committee

Turning Lanes are coming to Highway 14 at Range Road 3070
The Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure in Regina, SK, has committed to constructing an eastbound right-turn lane and a westbound separated turning lane located at the new Inland Grain Terminal south of Highway 14 on Range Road 3070. This construction will take place in the summer of 2018.
    The Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure would like to thank Councillor Dylan Claypool of the Town of Asquith for bringing this concern to their attention at the annual SUMA Convention.
Highway 7 Twinning Brings
New Delisle Intersection

Construction on the twinning of Highway 7 between
Vanscoy to Delisle has begun.
There is be a total of 10 km of new highway lanes, two new railway crossings and Municipal road intersections will be re-aligned to 90°.
The project will involve excavation of 570,000 m3 of earth and the installation of 51 new culverts. The total cost will be $9.5 million. The re-aligned intersections at Prairielane Road, Richhill/Avondale Road and Durham Road, will be the only accesses to the highway between Vanscoy & Delisle.
The access from grids 776 and 673 in front of the Co-op in Delisle is also being closed on both sides of the highway. In its place a new service road will be built north-east of the Co-op, running to another new intersection at Range Road 3085. The intersection will include a westbound to northbound right turn lane, an eastbound to northbound left turn lane, an eastbound to southbound right turn lane and acceleration lanes both west and east from Delisle. There will also be new lighting at the intersection.

RCMP Report

November 5 - November 12, 2018

Police Received 151 Calls for Service

November 5, 2018 at 11:30 a.m. Police received a complaint of a 2 vehicle accident on Highway 16 near Saskatoon. Police attended and found that a vehicle pulling an auger was struck from behind by another vehicle. There were no injuries in the accident. Charges against the driver of one of the vehicles is pending. Weather was a factor in the accident.

November 5, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. Police received a complaint of slow travelling machinery on Highway 7 near Delisle. The caller felt that the vehicles should not be travelling on the highway while it was snowing. The caller was advised to travel slowly behind the vehicles or pass when it was safe to do so. There were no charges.

November 6, 2018 at 2:10 a.m. Police received a complaint of a possible impaired driver stuck in a snow bank in a parking lot in Warman. Police attended the scene and attempted to wake the up the driver of the vehicle. Police were unable to wake the driver, so the window of the vehicle was broken to gain entry. The 54 year old female driver of the vehicle from Warman was transported to hospital. There were no charges or injuries. Alcohol is believed to have played a factor in this matter.

November 6, 2018 at 8:10 p.m. Police received a complaint of 2 vehicle accident on Range Road 3064. A 24 year old male driver of one of the vehicles was issued a ticket for failing to yield. There were no injuries. Both vehicles required towing from the scene.

November 7, 2018 at 6:50 p.m. Police received a complaint of a 2 vehicle accident on Highway 7 near Delisle. Police attended the scene and found that a vehicle had failed to stop before entering an intersection and struck another vehicle. The 37 year old male driver of the vehicle from Saskatoon was issued a ticket for entering an intersection before safe to do so. There were no injuries.

November 8, 2018 at 7:50 a.m. Police received a complaint of a multi vehicle accident on Highway 12 near Martensville. Police attended and issued a ticket to a 41 year old male from Saskatoon for driving without due care and attention. A 26 year old female from Saskatoon that was driving one of the other vehicles received minor injuries. Traffic was backed up for an extended period of time while the investigation and clean up was done.

November 8, 2018 at 10:45 p.m. Police received a complaint of a 2 vehicle accident on 3rd Street West in Warman. Police attended and issued a ticket to a 25 year old male from Saskatoon for failing to yield. There were no injuries. Both vehicles required towing from the scene.

November 11, 2018 at 7:05 p.m. Police received a complaint of an erratic driver on Highway 16 near Borden. The caller advised that the vehicle was driving in excess of the speed limit. Police were conducting patrols in the area, but did not locate the vehicle. No further calls were received regarding the vehicle.

November 5, 2018 at 10:00 p.m. Police received a complaint of a barn on fire in the RM of Laird. Police attended the scene and found that no structures were on fire, but rather it was a controlled burn.

November 6, 2018 at 5:40 a.m. Police received a complaint of a possible break in to a business in Warman. Police attended the scene to find that it was not a break in, but rather appeared to have been the wind that blew an unsecured door open.

November 6, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. Police received a complaint of a vehicle fire on Highway 11 near Warman. Police attended along with the Fire Department. The vehicle was a total loss. It did not appear to be suspicious. There were no charges or injuries.

November 11, 2018 at 7:55 a.m. Police received a complaint of a break in to a vehicle and a business near Vanscoy. The caller reported that someone entered their business and stole a number of items. Investigation into this matter is ongoing.

November 6, 2018 at 8:10 a.m. Police received a request for a well being check on an individual in Warman. The caller reported that they were unable to contact a friend and were concerned for their safety. Police spoke with the 50 year old female who advised she was safe and sound. There were no charges.

Section 39(2) of the Traffic Safety Act refers: produce drivers licence other than your own. The fine for this infraction is $ 150.00.

If you have information regarding this or any other crime, please contact Warman/Martensville RCMP at 306-975-1670/306-975-1610 or if you have information and you wish to remain anonymous in your reporting, please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477),
submit a tip via their website: or text in a tip: TIP206 + your tip to CRIMES (274637).

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Controlled Burn Line
1 - 866 - 404 - 4911

If you are planning on having a controlled burn on your property, report it to the Controlled Burn line.

Reporting the controlled burn will help to prevent the unnecessary use of valuable resources and manpower.

Failure to report the burn could result in unexpected company in the form of the fire department and an avoidable expense.

Rejuvenation Project Complete at Delisle Public Library

November 2017

The first phase of the project included the addition of sleek end-shelving units (built by Cliff Merkosky) to better house and display new library materials. A cozy reading nook with comfortable big chairs was added. Innovative storage solutions and numerous other small modifications have opened up space and improved both the public area appearance and the behind-the-scenes workings of the library. These alterations were made possible by contributions from Laura Multiple 4-H Club, Delisle Community Players, and Delisle Library fundraising events, as well as through individual donations.
The second and largest phase of the project was achieved thanks to the generous financial support of Agrium, Delisle Crops for Communities, and the Town of Delisle.
Visitors to the library are now greeted at a large curving reception desk, engineered by North Woods Design. The two-tiered design is attractive, ergonomic and functional, facilitating flow and efficiency of service while ensuring patron privacy and comfort. The children’s area has also undergone a complete transformation. Custom shelving maximizes available space and provides child-friendly access to books. Corkboards extending to the ceiling make a backdrop for themed displays designed to stimulate interest in reading about new seasons, occasions, different cultures and many other motifs. A large “reading tree” area-rug offers cushioned comfort for kids during the regularly scheduled “Story Time” events. Additional custom shelving houses over-sized graphic novels and frees up room for more material of interest to children and young adults.
Fresh white paint on the walls and the concealment of existing utilities such as the sink and book-drop have contributed to a more modern and streamlined façade. The end result is a library with a contemporary and professional appearance, which still maintains a quirky charm and a warmly welcoming atmosphere. Phase three of the Library Rejuvenation Project is currently under consideration – stay tuned!
Community Members Share Their Skills and Experiences on School Community Councils

The School Community Council (SCC) is a primary link between the home, community and school.  Prairie Spirit believes that involvement with School Community Councils is a rewarding and meaningful activity for parent and community members.
The purpose of School Community Councils is to:
• Support student learning success and well-being; and,
• Encourage parent and community involvement and engagement in the school.
School Community Councils provide mechanisms for parents and community members to support and influence the work of the school and to channel advice to the Board of Education and others.  The focus of the SCC is student learning and well-being.  The challenge for the SCC is to engage the parents and community with the school in a meaningful partnership that supports their shared responsibility.
School Community Council Responsibilities
Councils are accountable to their community.  Responsibilities of the Council include:
• Understanding their community;
• Supporting parent and community involvement in the school;
• Advising the Board and school as outlined in the Board of Education School Community Council Policy;
• Working with the School to develop, support and provide advice to the Learning Improvement Plan;
• Helping parents find ways to support their children’s learning;
• Reviewing extra-curricular school activities approved by the principal and Student Council members;  
• Advising and approving fundraising activities in the school; and
• Reviewing student fees to ensure alignment with Board of Education directions.

Council Member Responsibilities
Your role as a Council member is to build shared responsibility among parents, the community and school for student learning and well-being.  In addition, your role is to lead parent and community involvement in school planning and improvement.
 The term of office for Representative Parent and Community Members is two (2) years with no limit on the number of consecutive terms that may be served.
As a Council member you might expect to...
• Attend meetings from September to June as determined by the Council calendar;
• Engage in the work of the Council such as:
o Supporting and advising the development of the Learning Improvement Plan with the staff of the school;
o Developing, leading and taking action on Council initiatives to help families support their children’s learning;
o Providing advice to the school, Board of Education and other community organizations and agencies, as outlined in Board of Education policy;
o Providing advice for school fundraising activities, school fees and the student code of conduct;
o Reporting to parents and community on Council progress; and,
o Working with other Council members to learn more about the role of the Council and how to fulfill its responsibilities.

In order to run for election to your local SCC, you must live in the school attendance area or be a parent of a student in the school. Contact your school’s principal or Prairie Spirit School Division for more details.
Prairie Spirit School Division Releases Weapons Policy

Over the past several months, Prairie Spirit School Division has been developing a formal procedure regarding weapons in schools. The procedure provides a consistent approach for all Prairie Spirit schools to follow to ensure the safety of students and staff.

The procedure states that students and adults must not possess or use real or replica weapons on school premises or at school-sponsored activities held off school premises. This also includes transportation on the school bus. There are no exceptions to this procedure.

Examples of weapons include, but are not limited to:

  • hand guns

  • rifles

  • shot guns

  • air rifles

  • knives

  • tasers

  • laser pointers

  • pepper spray

  • multi-tools that include a blade

any liquid, spray or powder capable of injuring, immobilizing or otherwise incapacitating any person

crossbows explosives tear gas

Under certain circumstances, the principal, in consultation with the school division, may give permission for an item to be in the school that could be considered to be a weapon (e.g., tools or equipment for Practical and Applied Arts or Phys. Ed.).

If other students are aware of a student in possession of a weapon, they should inform a staff member.

In-school administrators are authorized to take the necessary steps to remove weapons from the school. This will include following an established school safety protocol and contacting the police.

The safety of our students is our first priority. Our dedicated staff members work every day to ensure our students are learning in a safe and caring environment.

If you have any questions or if you would like to review the procedures document, please contact your school.

Construction Zone Fines

When traveling on two lane highways you must slow to 60 in both directions when passing workers or equipment.
On a divided highway it applies to the direction the workers are on.
Saskatoon is different as it applies to the entire area signed as a construction zone.
The media coverage told the base fine and the additional per KPH which may not have gotten your attention.
To give you an idea of how serious this is, here are an example of the new fines.
Traveling at;
100 KPH the fine is $530.00
110 KPH the fine is $714.00
120 KPH the fine is $798.00
Hopefully showing the amount of the fines will make it clearer and help you realize how serious this is.
Please slow down to 60 for the safety of the workers who are trying to improve the roads for your travel.
RM #315 Montrose develops an Official Community Plan

The Council of the RM of Montrose No. 315 adopted three bylaws under The Planning and Development Act, 2007.  The RM has established a new Official Community Plan, a new Zoning Bylaw and a new fees bylaw.

  The Official Community Plan bylaw will establish municipal land use policies, goals and objectives.  The Zoning Bylaw will implement land use policies, establish zoning districts, prescribe permitted and discretionary uses within each zoning district, establish a development permitted process, prescribe a process for appeals and provide a provision for amendments. The Fees bylaw will establish fees for municipal services including planning and development services.  

   The Official Community Plan, Zoning Bylaw and Fees Bylaw will affect all land within the incorporated area of the Rural Municipality. The zoning and policy maps show the affected lands.

The Official Community Plan provides the Rural Municipality with direction on development decisions and municipal goals.  The Zoning Bylaw helps direct and manage growth and development within the Rural Municipality. The Fees Bylaw provides the Rural Municipality with a schedule of fees to be charged for services provided by the Municipality.

    Any person may inspect the Bylaws and maps at the RM office during normal office hours.  Copies of the bylaws and maps are available at cost. Electronic copies of the proposed bylaws and maps can be viewed and/or downloaded on line at


RM #345 Vanscoy has had Official Community Plan since 2009

The RM of Vanscoy No. 345 adopted an Official Community Plan (OCP) back in 2009. The plan allows for new subdivisions through out the RM, primarily on the main traffic corridors. Since the adoption there have been many applications for subdivision of residential land into parcels smaller than the previous 40 acre minimum parcel size.

Each application requires council to hold a public hearing. In some cases there has been considerable opposition that stopped the proposed subdivisions, though many have been approved.

Contact the RM office or website to find out the affected land.