Leafy Spurge Beetle Collection

When: July 4 to 8, 2022 (5 days), 10 AM—3PM
*Dates are subject to change based on beetle emergence and weather. Contact your PHO prior to travelling to ensure the event dates have not changed.
Where: Besant Campground (west of Caronport on Highway #1)
What: Leafy spurge beetles are insects that feed on leafy spurge, acting
as a biological control agent for the noxious weed.
The SARM Plant Health Officers (PHOs) will be present to provide information and assist in packaging leafy spurge beetles for landowners and RMs to take back to their property for release.
Bring: A cooler and ice packs for transporting beetles, sweep nets (extra nets will be available), water, lunch, and long pants (poison ivy
and ticks are found in the area).
Cost: Free
If you are feeling unwell or have tested positive for Covid-19 in the week prior to the collection days, please do not attend. Reach out to your PHO to discuss alternatives.
Where do you plan to release the beetles?
− Beetles will not survive long once collected and packaged and must be released within 24-48 hours for best survival rates, so it is important to have a spot picked out in advance.
− The PHOs keep a record of beetle releases and will have release forms for you to take, fill out, and return after you release your beetles.
Do you have a suitable release site?
− Leafy spurge infestation of more than 12 acres per quarter section of land.
− Leafy spurge present in areas where herbicide application is not possible (e.g. environmentally sensitive areas).
What are the ideal conditions for collecting beetles?
− Hot days (above 22°C) and calm weather.
− Beetles are normally collected during the hottest part of the day, as this is when the beetles are most active and in the top portion of the leafy spurge plant.
How long will it take to collect beetles?
− In ideal weather conditions, collecting 2500-3000 beetles will take an hour of walking and sweeping with nets.
For more information, contact your SARM Division PHO
DIV 1: Tayo Adegeye AAg, PBiol 306-580-8708/division1pho@gmail.com
DIV 2: Joanne Kwasnicki PAg 306-541-8437/joanne.kwasnicki@gmail.com
DIV 3: Betty Johnson AAg 306-315-3925/bettyjohnson0025@gmail.com
DIV 4: Katey Makohoniuk CCA, TechAg 306-594-7683/katey.makohoniuk@gmail.com
DIV 5: Chelsea Neuberger AAg 306-380-4526/chelsea.baraniecki@gmail.com
DIV 6: Colleen Fennig PAg 306-946-9895/colleen.fennig@gmail.com
What to Know Before Collecting Leafy Spurge Beetles

Wild Boar Sightings

See a Wild Pig, Report a Wild Pig
The Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture, in collaboration with the Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation, the Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation (SCIC), Saskatchewan Pork Development Board (SaskPork), Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities and the Saskatchewan Trappers Association have expanded monitoring of the feral pig population in Saskatchewan. This work complements the ongoing monitoring and control efforts conducted by SCIC.
SCIC Reporting: 1-888-935-0000


SaskPork Hotline: 1-833-PIG-SPOT


Agriculture Knowledge Centre: 1-866-457-2377


Learn more about the Feral Wild Boar Control Program and the Wildlife Damage Compensation Program.


Although the news about feral pig removals is encouraging, help is still needed if we want to eradicate this pest. Public reporting helps the established teams to catch these pests. Saskatchewan producers and landowners can access support for controlling feral wild boar. SCIC coordinates qualified hunters and trappers with Rural Municipalities and landowners to investigate sightings and take appropriate action to deal with feral wild boar. When an individual sees a wild boar, they should contact their local SCIC office as soon as possible. SCIC investigates every sighting that is reported and will review the information and determine the next step for responding to it. If you have game camera footage, please contact SCIC and they will provide an address to forward a picture and location.


For more information about the Feral Wild Boar Control Program or to report a wild boar sighting, contact your local SCIC office, call the SCIC Reporting phone number or the SaskPork reporting line. More information on the Feral Wild Boar Program or the Wildlife Damage Compensation Program is available at Saskatchewan Crop Insurance.

Cow-Calf Water Protection BMP applications are open

The pre-approval application deadline for the Cow-Calf Water Protection BMP is August 31, 2022. Cow-calf producers interested in protecting their water resources by preventing spring runoff from entering their livestock facilities can apply here. https://rmofcupar.ca/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/Beneficial-Management-Practice-Pre-Approval-Application-Form.pdf

Producers are encourage to review the Cow-Calf Water Protection BMP before applying to see if they are eligible.  

For more information view Canadian Agricultural Partnership’s (CAP) Farm Stewardship Program: Cow-Calf Water Protection BMP virtual presentation.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2QB6ZJTtY_Y&list=PLU6lNl6H8OCAHHM7z5B_ZN4u3CtMTO-NM


Winter Weights have been removed

hen transporting goods and/or services in Saskatchewan, the maximum gross vehicle weight is dependent on highway classification.

Commercial truck limits and weight restrictions are in place on provincial highways at various times of the year. It is done to prevent damage to the surface or road bed. There are also opportunities to haul additional weight depending on weather and other factors.

Check the current restrictions on the Highway Hotline or by calling 5-1-1.

Winter Weight Allowances
New Order
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Colder temperatures during the winter months help freeze and strengthen roads. As a result more weight can be transported on provincial highways without damaging the road. This is a benefit to the trucking community.

The winter weight period that allows additional weight typically runs from November 16 through March 14. However, if weather remains mild the program may be postponed because without sufficient freezing, extra weight can damage pavement and the road beneath.

Winter Weights will not apply in the southwest area of the province until December 1 and will be removed on the last day of February due to historically milder climatic conditions.

Municipal roads are the responsibility of each rural municipality, who can set out their own weight limits. Weights can be restricted at any time by Minister’s Order.

The New Winter Weight Order is the latest publication and indicates any changes to the previous order. This order will come into effect on the following Thursday at midnight or the following Sunday at midnight, depending on the day of publication. You should view both orders as this will provide a one week window on restrictions. The PREVIOUS ORDER lists restrictions that are in effect but may be subject to change. This order contains a complete list of all restricted highways up to the effective date of the new order (view map).

Nine Month Primary Weights
Saskatchewan has a number of nine month primary highways.

The nine-month primary weight highways resulted from a primary weight expansion, which supports truck-haul cost savings and economic activities, connecting communities to economic opportunities. Originally, the nine-month primary highways were designed and constructed to carry less weight (secondary weight loads only). Weights are reverted back to the design loads (secondary weight) during spring, in the south (March 15 to June 15) and in the north from (April 1 to June 30) to reduce damage from spring-thaw related deterioration.

Saskatchewan is a large province with considerable difference in climate in the north and the south. In the north of the province, the annual weight increase on the nine-month primary highways is from July 1 to March 31 of the following year. In the south of the province, the annual weight increase on the nine-month primary highways occurs earlier, from June 16 to March 14 of the following year.

The provinces of Alberta and Manitoba also incorporate seasonal restrictions that are similar to Saskatchewan’s practice of imposing spring bans on secondary highways. However, the nine-month primary highway in Saskatchewan is a category that is unique to the province. Therefore, it requires a more specialized implementation of the three-month weight-reversion periods (weight and classification map).

Municipal Weight Limits
Weights allowed on public highways are separate from the registered gross weight of a vehicle. A heavy vehicle is usually registered to a specific weight determined by its business and the maximum weight it will generally carry. Weight limits on municipal highways are the same as those for secondary highways, including the winter season; except eight-axle B-trains and unless otherwise allowed by the local municipality or regulation.

Additional information can be obtained by contacting the inquiry line: 1-866-933-5290 in Saskatchewan or 306-933-5290 outside the province.

Spring Road Bans
Previous Order
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Spring road restrictions are dependent on weather. Typically, these road restrictions start in the first week of March in the southwest of the province, and the remainder over a two -three week period.

Official spring restriction orders are issued every Tuesday and Friday (with the exception of Good Friday) by 12:30 p.m. (CST) during the ban period.

When restrictions are implemented, they may be in place for up to six weeks. Restrictions may change with 48-hours-notice. If a prolonged weather cold period occurs, the weight restriction may be removed until weather conditions warrant it.

The new order is the latest publication and would indicate any changes to the previous order. This order will come into effect on the following Thursday at midnight or the following Sunday at midnight, depending on the day of publication. You should view both orders as this will provide a one week window on restrictions.

Spring Road Weight Calculation
Steering Axle

10.0 kg per mm (560 pounds per inch) width of tire (manufacturer’s stamped dimension) to a maximum of:
5,500 kg on the steering axle for a truck or truck tractor equipped with a single steering axle.
11,000 kg on the steering axle group for a truck or truck tractor equipped with a tandem axle steering group.
Other Axles

6.25 kg per mm (350 pounds per inch) width of tire (manufacturer’s stamped dimension) to a maximum of:
1,650 kg (3,638 pounds) per tire, or
2,630 kg per tire for axles equipped with single tires with a width of 445 mm or greater.
For more information on spring road weight allowances, download the Spring Weight Restriction Excerpt from the Saskatchewan Truckers’ Guide.

New Building Code

The new building code has regulations that affect us all

Farm Buildings
• Farm buildings which have a residential occupancy (i.e., sleeping quarters) are subject to the construction standards found in the CCA, including application of the National Building Code of Canada.
o To clarify, there is no exemption from construction standards for buildings constructed on agricultural land if the building has sleeping quarters.
• This requirement only applies to new construction: existing buildings where no new construction work is being done are not required to be upgraded simply because construction standards now apply. After January 1, 2022, any new farm building with a residential occupancy or any renovation, alteration or addition to an existing building with a residential occupancy is required to comply with the construction standards but only as it applies to new work.

Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Alarms
• All buildings with a residential occupancy (i.e., sleeping quarters) are required to have carbon monoxide and smoke alarms installed by July 1, 2022. This includes older buildings which were initially constructed prior to these devices being required in the relevant building code and farm buildings with sleeping quarters.
o To clarify, all buildings in Saskatchewan where people are expected to sleep will need to have carbon monoxide and smoke alarms installed. The size of the building, age of the building or if the building is seasonably occupied (e.g., cottages) do not exempt the building’s owner from needing to comply.
• Local authorities are responsible for enforcing this requirement but are recommended to use passive enforcement. If a building official or fire inspector is in the building for any other purpose and notices the required devices are missing, they could write an order requiring the owner to comply.
o There is no expectation that local authorities will go door-to-door to ensure buildings are complying.

Nomination for Councillor for Division #5



Public notice is hereby given that nominations of candidates for the offices of:

                   – Councillor for Division No. 5

 will be received by the undersigned at the municipal office during normal office hours until the 13th day of October, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. local time.  And on Nomination Day Wednesday, October 13, 2021 from 9:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m.

Nomination forms may be obtained from the municipal office located at 113 Landsdowne Street in Cupar, SK

Dated this 22nd day of September, 2021


Nicole Czemeres

Returning Officer



Sept 1, 2021 Press Release


Over the last several months, the Rural Municipality of Cupar #218 has received numerous complaints about dogs not properly cared for on a property within the Municipality. Upon receiving the complaints, the Municipality contacted the RCMP and the Animal Protection Services of Saskatchewan. The Municipality has offered support to both of those agencies as they conduct their investigation.

Public Notice

PUBLIC NOTICE – RM of Cupar No. 218

Public notice is hereby given that the Council of the RM of Cupar No. 218 intends to adopt a bylaw under The Planning and Development Act, 2007 to amend Bylaw No. 2/04, known as the Zoning Bylaw.


To rezone from A- Agricultural to R -Residential District a portion of the SE ¼ 8-23-18 W2M delineated by the black dashed line and identified as parcel D on the map below.


The affected land is legally described as part of the SE ¼ 8-23-18 W2M delineated by the black dashed line and as identfied as parcel D on the map below.

PURPOSE: This proposed rezoning is to accommodate one subdivision and rezone the affected land from AR- Agricultural District to R- Residential District.

PUBLIC INSPECTION Any person may inspect the bylaws at the RM of Cupar No. 218 office located in Cupar during regular office hours. Copies of the bylaw will be made available.

PUBLIC HEARING Council will hold a public hearing for Zoning Bylaw amendment on July 13, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. at Cupar Town Hall in Cupar.  The purpose of the public hearing is to hear any person or group that wants to comment on the proposed bylaws.  Council will also consider written comments received at the hearing (or delivered to the undersigned at the municipal office before the hearing).

Issued at the RM of Cupar No. 218 on May 31, 2021




Administrator – RM of Cupar No. 218