Wilkie, Saskatchewan

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Wilkie
Town
Wilkie is located in Saskatchewan
Wilkie
Wilkie
Location of Wilkie in Saskatchewan
Coordinates: 52°24′32″N 108°42′00″W / 52.409°N 108.7°W / 52.409; -108.7
Country Canada
Province Saskatchewan
Region Northwest Saskatchewan
Census division 13
Rural Municipality Buffalo No. 409
Post Office Founded 1907
Government
 • Mayor David Ziegler
 • Administrator Lana Gerein
 • Governing body Wilkie Town Council
Area
 • Total 9.48 km2 (3.66 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 1,301
 • Density 137.3/km2 (356/sq mi)
Time zone CST
Postal code S0K 4W0
Area code(s) 306
Highways Highway 29 Highway 14
Website Official website
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Wilkie is a town in Saskatchewan, Canada located at Section 5, Township 40, Range 19, west of the 3rd Meridian (of the Dominion Land Survey).

History[edit]

On February 2, 1907, the first post office was established with the name Glenlogan at Section 4, Township 40, Range 19, west of the 3rd Meridian. The post office changed names on October 1, 1908 to Wilkie. Wilkie was once home to "The World's Largest Grasshopper" (a roadside attraction), which used to be located in front of the town rink and hall.

Wilkie family history[edit]

The Town of Wilkie, Saskatchewan was named after Mr. Daniel Robert Wilkie, who was the president of the Imperial Bank of Canada (1906–1914), a backer of the Canadian Pacific Railway and a member of the Canadian Art Club. Mr. Daniel Robert Wilkie and his family lived at "Seven Oaks" a heritage property at 432 Sherbourne Street, Toronto which was completed in 1875. His son, Major Arthur Benson Wilkie graduated from the Royal Military College of Canada and served with the Royal Sussex Regiment (1901–1920) in Lucknow, India (1902); Thorncliffe, England (1903–04); Malta (1904–05); Candia, Crete (1906); British Legation, Peking (1908) and Toronto, Ontario (1910–1920). His other son Major Charles Stuart (Chas) Wilkie served as a Lieutenant with the Royal Canadian Artillery (1899–1919) and volunteered with the 10th Regiment in South Africa during the Boer War 1899–1900 and during the Great War.

Railway[edit]

Wilkie is a station on the Canadian Pacific Railway line from Portage la Prairie, via Saskatoon to Edmonton, 160 kilometres west of Saskatoon. Wilkie is also the starting point of Canadian Pacific's Reford Branch, to Kerrobert, 44.6 miles (71.8 km) to the southwest, and of the former Kelfield Branch, of the CPR, to Kelfield, 35.4 miles (57.0 km) south.

Demographics[edit]

  • Lat (DMS) 52°25′00″ N
  • Long (DMS) 108°42′00″ W
  • Time zone (est) UTC−6

Education[edit]

Wilkie is home to Norman Carter Elementary School (k–6) and McLurg High School (7–12). A Catholic School (k–9) is named after the patron saint of Canada, St. George; after grade 9 the students attend the McLurg High School.

Latimer controversy[edit]

Wilkie was the site of the controversial murder of Tracy Latimer, a 12-year-old girl with cerebral palsy, on October 24, 1993. Her father, Robert Latimer, killed her via carbon monoxide poisoning at the Latimer family farm near Wilkie, wanting to end her suffering. The case sparked a national controversy on the definition and ethics of euthanasia, as well as the rights of people with disabilities. The killing led to two Supreme Court decisions, R. v. Latimer (1997), on Section Ten of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and later R. v. Latimer (2001), on cruel and unusual punishments under Section Twelve of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Latimer was released on day parole in March 2008 and will be eligible to apply for full parole in December 2010.[6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2011 Community Profiles". Statistics Canada. Government of Canada. Retrieved 2014-03-20. 
  2. ^ National Archives, Archivia Net. "Post Offices and Postmasters". Retrieved 2014-03-20. 
  3. ^ Government of Saskatchewan, MRD Home. "Municipal Directory System". Retrieved 2014-03-20. 
  4. ^ "2011 Community Profiles". Canada 2011 Census. Statistics Canada. July 5, 2013. Retrieved 2013-01-13. 
  5. ^ "2006 Community Profiles". Canada 2006 Census. Statistics Canada. March 30, 2011. Retrieved 2013-01-13. 
  6. ^ "The law and Robert Latimer (CBC)". Retrieved 2013-04-12. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 52°25′N 108°42′W / 52.417°N 108.700°W / 52.417; -108.700 (Wilkie, Saskatchewan)