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Dr. Ryan Meili to speak at Craik Legion

An inner-city Saskatoon family doctor is heading to Craik this weekend to discuss his new book which focuses on the social determinants of health and the changes needed to Canada’s public policy with a goal of creating a healthier society.

Dr. Ryan Meili will also address the challenges of recruiting physicians to practise in rural Saskatchewan.

Meili, whose book is entitled A Healthy Society: how a focus on health can revive Canadian democracy, said he will be talking about his experiences working as a doctor in northern Saskatchewan, Mozambique, and Saskatoon as well as the stories of patients included in the book to illustrate the things that “really have an impact” on a person’s health and well-being. The book launch will be held Sept. 9 beginning at 7 p.m. at the Craik Legion Hall.

He said the challenges of income, education, employment, housing, the wider environment and social services or the lack thereof on an individual or community need to be discussed to bring about democratic reform that focuses more on ensuring a better life for all Canadians.

“As countries get wealthy, they also get less equal,” said Meili. “We’re not sharing the wealth in a way that’s allowing everyone to participate. There’s actually quite a lot of research that shows that countries that are more unequal have worse health outcomes.

“The interesting part is you would assume that in a more unequal country you would have more poor people and poor people tend to be sicker ergo worse health outcomes,” he said. “But it’s the wealthy people’s health that suffers as well. No matter what you’re level is, in a more unequal society, your health is worse than someone at the same level that has less of a gap between the rich and the poor.”

Meili said he is “hesitant” to say exactly what he will be discussing about the doctor shortage plaguing rural Saskatchewan and Craik in particular, but he will be speaking about the challenges that exist in recruiting doctors to rural areas in this province and the ideas he thinks could help solve this problem.

“We can often leave rural or the smaller centres out of these discussions, but there is really smart people and really interesting people in all of these communities,” he said about the need for a healthier society. “I’ve been hearing lots about the way the community is getting mobilized around health care with the loss of their doctor. It’s a really great time to open up the books and talk about just what is it that Craik wants for their own health and how the issues in this book will fit into that discussion.”

Rollover claims lives

A seven-year-old boy and 44-year-old woman are dead following a fatal single vehicle roll over on Highway 11, five minutes south of the Town of Craik.

RCMP media relations’ spokesman Sgt. Rob King said the names of the deceased have not been released and could not confirm their hometowns or relations to each other.

The woman and boy were both trapped inside the vehicle and were extradited by Craik Fire and EMS. The woman succumbed to her injuries on site, while the boy had to be airlifted to the Hospital in Regina in serious condition by STARS where he passed away early the next morning.

The crash occurred on Aug. 4 at 3:15 p.m. in clear conditions and closed the northbound lane of the highway to traffic for around six hours while the RCMP Traffic Reconstruction Unit from Saskatoon assisted with the investigation. A coroner from Regina also attended the scene.

King said the boy and women were both seated in the passenger side of the van, with the women seated in the front seat. The male driver of the vehicle and a five-year-old girl seated in the backseat on the driver’s side received minor injuries and were transported to the Regina Hospital.

This is the second fatal accident on Highway 11 near Craik this summer, following a horrific semi-trailer collision with a car July 3 that resulted in the death of a 38-year-old woman driver of the car. STARS also airlifted her to the hospital in Regina after she was freed from her vehicle by Craik Fire and EMS.

Cure to Craik doctor dilemma still needed

The Five Hills Health Region and the potential new doctor for Craik are in negotiations to open a clinic in the town, but emergency services operating out of the Craik Health Centre still appear to be off the table.

Randy Weekes, Saskatchewan Minister of Rural and Remote Health, held a meeting at the Rural Municipality of Craik office last Monday where he met with Craik Mayor Rick Rogers, RM Reeve Hilton Spencer, Davidson Mayor Mary Jane Morrison, Five Hills CEO Cheryl Craig, Dr. Francisco Lang and the potential physician to try and open up a dialogue among the different parties.

“I asked for the meeting because of their concerns and just wanted to get together with all the stakeholders in the community to discuss their concerns about the doctor leaving,” said Weekes about Dr. Maree leaving Craik for a practice in Moose Jaw at the end of July.

“It was a very positive meeting we had with all the stakeholders. I think there was a lot of information given about various issues. Now the health region is negotiating with the physician to work in Craik.”

The terms of the contract, namely what services the physician can offer and their working conditions such as on-call services, has been left up to Five Hills to negotiate with the doctor. The minister’s involvement was mainly to make sure “open communication and good dialogue” is kept up.

“I think the health region has a plan in place to continue to provide very good primary health care to the citizens in Craik,” said Weekes. “If they negotiate a contract with the physician, that would be an important piece of that health care. In Craik, they have a nurse practitioner and other health care professionals that are providing health care as we move forward.”

Weekes added that it is a “challenge” to attract doctors to rural areas, so community involvement as well as working with their health region is “so important” to attract and then retain physicians.

To read more please see the July 23 print edition of The Davidson Leader.

Auto enthusiasts cruise to Craik car show

The Craik Museum Fun Day and Car Show proved to be a great success for event organizers as people from town and the surrounding area came out to the party July 8 to bask in some Prairie history and show off some hot rods.

Pauline Dixon, friend of the museum, said over 150 people headed over to the Prairie Pioneer Museum’s annual fundraiser to take a gander at the six buildings on the site including the former Sprattsville School, which serves as the main museum.

The day also featured food and crafts, games for the kids to enjoy and a showcase of 20-25 sport and vintage cars parked on 3rd Street in front of the Legion.

She said the final amount raised during the fundraiser has not yet been tallied up, but was optimistic a lot of money was put into its coffers for future upgrades to the site.

“The money raised is for upkeep and anything that is needed there like cleaning supplies or shingles and sometimes we do flooring,” said Dixon. “Also maybe the doors might have to be fixed and you need nails and screws and this kind of thing, so we need money for that.”

Shayne Stubbington came to the fun day to show off his rebuilt 1927 Ford Model T and ongoing project 1928 Ford Model A. He said cars have been his passion since he was 16 and he invests a lot of time into fixing up old cars.

“This Model T was my first one,” he said. “I’ve got lots of other ones though. I just always liked them. I grew up around cars.”

To read more please see the July 16 print edition of The Davidson Leader.

Schneiders proud of Sundance Film Festival award-winning granddaughter

CRAIK—Until her granddaughter won an award at it, Steff Schneider says she’d never heard of the Sundance Film Festival.

Nor has Steff seen Indie Game: The Movie a feature film created by Lisanne Pajot and James Swirsky. The pair won the best editing award in the World Cinema Documentary Competition at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.

Pajot is the daughter of Remi and Debra (Schneider) Pajot of Winnipeg and granddaughter of Ken and Steff Schneider of Craik.

Members of the Schneider clan and most Canadians will have a chance to watch the film, which for one night only, on May 3, is headed to theatres across Canada, including Cineplex movie theatres in Regina and Saskatoon.

Steff says she won’t be able to attend, but will soon catch a glimpse of the movie because Pajot has promised to send a DVD to Craik.

Indie Game: The Movie tells the story of four independent video game designers, who rather than work for major game developers, work independently to conceive, design and program video games with hopes they will become a success.

Pajot and Swirksy spent over a year gathering stories from indie game developers all over North America and did all the producing, directing, cinematography, editing and writing for the feature film.

Theirs was one of nearly 12,000 submissions to the Sundance Film Festival and one of 200 films selected for exhibition. More than 50,000 people attend screenings in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah. This year’s festival took place from Jan. 19 to 29.

To win an award at the Festival, which recognizes and celebrates the efforts of independent filmmakers around the world, is a pretty big deal.

“You better believe I’m proud of her,” Steff says.

She hasn’t been able to speak with Pajot, who’s busy making the rounds of film festivals and games conferences.

“She’s on tour now at 15 cities in the States,” Steff says.