We Support 4-H in Saskatchewan

The RM of Cupar supports the Saskatchewan 4-H Council annually.  Here is why!

Saskatchewan provides members and leaders with learning experiences tailored to the needs and interests of each individual. All members develop leadership skills primarily through the completion of projects. The program is based on engaging youth using the components of the four Hs:

  • here Head: Focus on thinking, decision making, understanding and gaining knowledge. Members are required to analyze facts, discuss alternatives and make decisions.
  • mg of neurontin Heart: Show concern and compassion for the welfare of others and accept the responsibilities of citizenship and developing attitudes and values. 4-H promotes loyalty to friends, ideas and a program that has stood the test of time.
  • creuser ça Hands: Learn new skills and develop pride and respect for work completed. 4-H often provides members with their first real experience using their own initiative to complete projects and to work with the club and community.
  • contactos alicante denia Health: Develop and practice healthy living physically, mentally and socially. As personal and group goals are set and met, confidence grows, and new situations are met with ease.

The 4-H program strives to encourage individual growth in young people by developing self-confidence, the ability to make wise decisions and a responsible attitude toward community service. Through it all, they also have a lot of fun.


We Support the Royal Canadian Legion

The Municipality provides annual support to the Royal Canadian Legion.  The Royal Canadian Legion is Canada’s largest Veteran support and community service organization. Our more than 300,000 members in over 1400 Branches across Canada make a difference in the lives of Veterans and their families, provide essential services within our communities, and Remember the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our Country.

Below is the eleven fallen Canadian soldiers from Saskatchewan from the past ten years.

Master Corporal Jeffrey Scott Walsh

Age: 33
Home Town: Regina, Saskatchewan
Unit: 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, Shilo, Manitoba
Deceased: August 9, 2006
Incident: Shooting accident, Kandahar, Afganistan

Corporal David Braun

Age: 27
Home Town: Raymore, Saskatchewan
Unit: 2nd Battalion Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, Shilo, Manitoba
Deceased: August 22, 2006
Incident: Suicide bomber attack, Kandahar, Afghanistan

Corporal Shane Keating

Age: 30
Home Town: Dalmeny, Saskatchewan
Unit: 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, Shilo, Manitoba
Deceased: September 18, 2006
Incident: Suicide bomber attack, Kandahar, Afganistan

Corporal Bryce Jeffrey Keller

Age: 27
Home Town: Regina, Saskatchewan
Unit: 1st Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, Edmonton, Alberta
Deceased: August 3, 2006
Incident: Ground offensive, near village of Pashmul, Afghanistan

Corporal Cole D. Bartsch

Age: 23
Home Town: Saskatchewan
Unit: 3rd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, Edmonton, Alberta
Deceased: July 4, 2007
Incident: Improvised Explosive Device, Afghanistan

Sergeant Prescott Shipway

Age: 36
Home Town: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Unit: 2nd Battalion Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry Battle Group
Deceased: September 7, 2008
Incident: Improvised explosive device, Panjwayi District, Afghanistan

Corporal Dustin Roy Robert Joseph Wasden

Age: 25
Home Town: Spiritwood, Saskatchewan
Unit: 1 Combat Engineer Regiment (1 CER)
Deceased: August 20, 2008
Incident: Improvised explosive device, Zharey district, Afghanistan

Master Corporal Joshua Brian Roberts

Age: 29
Home Town: Prince Albert, Saskatchewan
Unit: 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, Shilo, Manitoba
Deceased: August 9, 2008
Incident: Insurgent attack, Zharey District, Afghanistan

Corporal Brendan Anthony Downey

Age: 37
Home Town: Dundurn, Saskatchewan
Unit: Military Police Detachment in Dundurn, Saskatchewan
Deceased: July 4, 2008
Incident: Non combat related, Persian Gulf, Western Asia

Lieutenant Justin Boyes

Age: 26
Home Town: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Unit: 3rd Battalion Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry
Deceased: 28 October 2009
Incident: Improvised explosive device, south-est of Kandahar City, Afghanistan

Master Corporal Byron Garth Greff

Age: 26
Home Town: Swift Current, Saskatchewan
Unit: 3rd Battalion Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry
Deceased: October 29, 2011
Incident: Improvised explosive device, Kabul, Afghanistan



We Support the local Libraries

The Rural Municipality of Cupar has provided financial support to our local libraries.  Parkland Regional Library has a branch in Southey and Cupar.  They are part of the one card, one library system.  Books & material can be picked up in any Saskatchewan library and returned to any Saskatchewan library.  Library cards are free for everyone.  They also have e-book service free of charge. Our library offers lots of choices for every age.  They have a great selection of large print books for those who have some visual impairment.   They also have computer services available for public use.  The hours are:

Cupar Library Hours:

10:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
10:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Southey Library Hours:
10:00 – 14:30
10:00 – 14:30
10:00 – 17:00

Here are 10 Reasons Why You Should Read More Books:

1. To Develop Your Verbal Abilities

Although it doesn’t always make you a better communicator, those who read tend to have a more varied range of words to express how they feel and to get their point across. This increases exponentially with the more volumes you consume, giving you a higher level of vocabulary to use in everyday life. Why read

2. Improves Your Focus and Concentration

Unlike blog posts and news articles, sitting down with a book takes long periods of focus and concentration, which at first is hard to do. Being fully engaged in a book involves closing off the outside world and immersing yourself into the text, which over time will strengthen your attention span. Why to

3. Readers Enjoy The Arts and Improve The World

A study done by the NEA explains that people who read for pleasure are many times more likely than those who do not to visit museums and attend concerts, and almost three times as likely to perform volunteer and charity work. Readers are active participants in the world around them, and that engagement is critical to individual and social well-being.

4. It Improves Your Imagination

You are only limited by what you can imagine, and the worlds described in books, as well as other peoples views and opinions, will help you expand your understanding of what is possible. By reading a written description of an event or a place, your mind is responsible for creating that image in your head, instead of having the image placed in front of you when you watch television. Why read

5. Reading Makes You Smarter

Books offer an outstanding wealth of learning and at a much cheaper price than taking a course. Reading gives you a chance to consume huge amount of research in a relatively short amount of time. Anne E. Cunningham and Keith E. Stanovich’s What Reading Does for the Mind also noted that heavy readers tend to display greater knowledge of how things work and who or what people were. Books at home have been strongly linked to academic acheivement. If you are looking for a list of great books to read, check out 10 Easy To Read Books That Make You Smarter.

6. It Makes You Interesting And Attractive

This goes hand in hand with reading to become smarter. Having a library of information that you have picked up from non-fiction reading will come in handy in any academic or scholarly conversation. You will be able to hold your own and add to the conversation instead of having to make your excuses and leave.  You will be able to engage a wider variety of people in conversation and in turn improve your knowledge and conversation skills. Why to read

7. It Reduces Stress

A study by consultancy firm Mindlab International at the University of Sussex showed that reading reduces stress. Subjects only needed to read, silently, for six minutes to slow down the heart rate and ease tension in the muscles. In fact it got subjects to stress levels lower than before they started. For more information, check out the Telegraph article here. Why read

why read8. It Improves Your Memory

In their book Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain, Maryanne Wolf explains that “Typically, when you read, you have more time to think. Reading gives you a unique pause button for comprehension and insight. By and large, with oral language—when you watch a film or listen to a tape—you don’t press pause.” The benefits of this increased activity keeps your memory sharp and your learning capacity nimble. Why read

why read9. To Discover and Create Yourself

In his book How to Read and Why, Harold Bloom says that we should read slowly, with love, openness, and with our inner ear cocked. He explains we should read to increase our wit and imagination, our sense of intimacy–in short, our entire consciousness–and also to heal our pain. “Until you become yourself, what benefit can you be to others.” With the endless amount of perspectives and lives we can read about, books can give us an opportunity to have experiences that we haven’t had the opportunity to, and still allow us to learn the life skills they entail. Books are a fast rack to creating yourself. Why read

10. For Entertainment

All the benefits of reading mentioned so far are a bonus result of the most important benefit of reading; Its entertainment value. If it were not for the entertainment value, reading would be a chore but it needn’t be. Reading is not only fun, but it has all the added benefits that we have discussed so far. Much more enthralling than watching a movie or a TV show (although they have their many benefits as well), a good book can keep us amused while developing our life skills.
Why read

We Support the Trans Canada Trail

Did you know the Trans Canada Trail runs through our Municipality?

Today Trans Canada Trail announced our new connection statistics via a national news release which celebrates 80 percent connection, viewable by clicking on the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=24EDQi-xkoE  Please enjoy the video which features people from across Canada who volunteer on the Trail, including Saskatchewan.

The Trail across Canada is now at 80% connected, and  here in Saskatchewan we are proud to boast that we are at 71%!  This is a huge jump from our 34% at the same time last year.  Congratulations to all of you on a job well done—100% is just around the corner!

Facts about the Trail

  • What is the Trans Canada Trail?  Initiated in 1992 as a project to celebrate Canada’s 125th year, the Trans Canada Trail is one of the world’s longest networks of multi-use recreational trails. Once fully connected, it will stretch nearly 24,000 kilometres from the Atlantic to the Pacific to the Arctic oceans, through every province and territory, linking Canadians in nearly 1,000 communities.The Trans Canada Trail is made up of nearly 500 individual trails, each with unique and varied features. This contributes to the diversity and grandeur of Canada’s national Trail. For day trips or multi-day adventures, the Trail offers countless opportunities to explore and discover.
  • How much of the Trail has been connected?

    To date, just over 18,000 kilometres of the Trail are operational which is 80 percent of the proposed route. Four out of five Canadians live within 30 minutes of the Trail.

  • How can I find the Trail in my area?

    Explore the Trail: Use our interactive map to highlight specific activities or points of interest, mark points or sections of the Trail you have visited and upload your own photos and stories. You’ll also find printable maps and downloadable GPS coordinates for all operational trail sections.

    You can download a map for a specific Trail section, or maps for an entire province or territory.

    Guidebooks and maps: Trans Canada Trail has seven official Trans Canada Trail guidebooks: Nova Scotia, P.E.I., New Brunswick, Quebec, Manitoba, British Columbia and the Northwest Territories. We also offer three stand-alone maps, particularly helpful for planning longer trips on the Trail in Atlantic Canada, Quebec and Ontario.

    For more information, contact us, visit our online boutique, or get in touch with your local bookseller or travel supply store.

    Visit the websites of our provincial and territorial partners. They offer a wealth of information about the Trail in every province and territory.

  • How does the Trail benefit Canada and Canadians?
    • National Legacy: creating a sustainable gift to future generations.
    • Health: inspiring active living and transportation.
    • Environment: preserving green space and promoting conservation.
    • Education: deepening awareness of Canada’s history, culture and natural heritage.
    • Economic Development: stimulating tourism and creating jobs.
  • Who owns, builds and maintains the Trail?

    The Trans Canada Trail is a community-based project. Trail sections are owned, operated and maintained by local organizations, provincial authorities, national agencies and municipalities across Canada. The Trans Canada Trail does not own or operate any trail.

    The Trans Canada Trail is represented by provincial and territorial organizations that are responsible for championing the cause of the Trail in their region. These provincial and territorial partners together with local trail-building organizations are an integral part of the Trans Canada Trail and are the “driving force” behind its development..

  • Who funds the Trail?

    The Trans Canada Trail is truly a gift from Canadians to Canadians, and the Trail has the support of Canadians from all regions and walks of life. The Trail is also supported by corporations, foundations and all levels of government. Over the years, the Government of Canada has provided more than $35 million in funding to the Trail, including $15 million from the Department of Canadian Heritage for Trail construction, and $10 million from Parks Canada in October 2010.

    The Government of Canada is also currently matching 50 cents of every dollar donated to the TCT in support of completing the Trail and connecting Canadians coast to coast to coast by the 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017.

    Donate now and help us connect the Trail in time for Canada’s 150th birthday!

  • When will the Trail be fully connected?
    Our goal is to connect the Trail as a continuous route from coast to coast to coast by 2017, the 25th anniversary of the Trail and Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation. With just over 5,700 kilometres of Trail to go—many in unpopulated areas with difficult terrain—this is a bold and ambitious goal. With the dedication and support of all Canadians, we can collectively make it happen. Join us today.

We support STARS Ambulance

Each year the RM of Cupar donates $2 per capita to the STARS Ambulance. WHY?

  • STARS provides a necessary service to Rural Saskatchewan.
  • This morning (June 3) the crew from Regina has flown to Lumsden and Fort Qu’Appelle on missions. (source: http://www.stars.ca/sk/) .
  • Since 2012, STARS has flown three missions to Cupar and eight mission to Southey.
  • This year, STARS celebrates 30 years in the air and over 29,000 missions.

2015-05-14 19.29.52Taken at Regina General on May 14 by me


In the early 1980s, studies showed about half the deaths due to trauma could have been prevented if patients had received critical care sooner. When Dr. Greg Powell lost a young mother who was being transported from a rural area to Calgary by ground ambulance, he decided something had to change. That’s when he founded STARS.

Less than half the population of Western Canada lives in major urban centres and has access to critical care within minutes. For the other half such access is measured in hours. That can mean the difference between life and death; full recovery or permanent damage.

With STARS, those living in rural communities, working in remote areas, travelling on highways or being transported from community hospitals to major medical centres, receive the very best in critical care in helicopters staffed and outfitted as mobile ICUs.

Why Fly?

  • The more quickly a patient receives treatment, the much better their recovery.
  • Timely treatment of stroke, heart attacks or brain injuries can save more than $1 million per patient.
  • The economic benefits of helicopter ambulance missions are six times higher than the costs.
  • Patients transported by helicopter ambulance are more likely to survive than those transported by ground ambulance, even though they are more severely injured.