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Moose Jaw Express December 13, 2017

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Much Accomplished in the Fall Legislative Session

The Fall Legislative Session ended last Thursday, and many important pieces of legislation were passed, or introduced, to be passed next spring.

While residents everywhere in the province will have access to quality care in the same way as they always have, the official launch of the Saskatchewan Health Authority last week will streamline health services and allow more resources to go directly to frontline health care.  Proclamation of The Provincial Health Authority Act legally transfers the operations and employees of the 12 former Regional Health Authorities to the Saskatchewan Health Authority.

Other items that I was glad to see introduced included the protection of the right to school choice,  improvements to small business tax reductions, a new Seniors Education Property Tax Deferral Program, the repeal of Bill 40, greater protection against the unauthorized electronic distribution of intimate images, better internet and cellular coverage for rural Saskatchewan, and the creation of a process to improve the disclosure of decisions made by the Office of Residential Tenancies (Rentalsman’s Office).

During this session, our government released Prairie Resilience: A Made-in-Saskatchewan Climate Strategy.  The plan focuses on the principles of readiness and resilience, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to the effects of climate change – without a carbon tax.

At the unveiling, Minister of Environment Dustin Duncan explained how, unlike a carbon tax, Saskatchewan’s plan will allow flexibility for industry and large emitters to actually achieve a tangible reduction in emissions.  And, unlike a carbon tax, the plan can actually reduce emissions while recognizing the progress Saskatchewan has already made in reducing greenhouse gases.

The response to our plan from Federal Minister McKenna appears to signal that Ottawa will not be imposing a carbon tax on Saskatchewan in January 2018.  This would be a welcome development as Saskatchewan people would not be paying more for home heating, gas, and other necessities.

The other advantage of a made-in-Saskatchewan climate strategy is that our businesses and industry wouldn’t have to pay a federal carbon tax, which would make them less competitive here at home and abroad.  Saskatchewan is a leading provider of food, fuel, and fertilizer to the world, and under our government’s plan, these industries will continue to remain competitive and grow on the global stage.  This climate change strategy is good for the environment, and for the people of Saskatchewan.

It was a special day when Peacock Collegiate Grade 12 students visited the Legislature last month.  I was proud to introduce them in the Legislative Chamber.  It is encouraging to see their interest in the democratic process.  Thank you to their teacher, Carrie Kiefer, for making those arrangements.

There are many individuals and groups in Moose Jaw that make our city a better place, and who deserve to be recognized.  The Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for the 2017 Citizen and Group of the Year Awards, to recognize significant volunteer contributions to our City’s quality of life, both social and economic.  There are many deserving people and groups in our community, please consider putting their names forward.

As we enjoy Christmas season events, please remember the Reason for the Season.  Travel safely and plan a safe ride home if you are out celebrating.

From the Desk of Warren Michelson December 8, 2017

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DING IN THE NEW YEAR
I was very happy to bring greetings on behalf of Minister responsible for SGI Joe Hargrave and the Government of Saskatchewan.
This is the 29th year for Ding in the New Year in Moose Jaw.
Stay safe and have fun. 

The conclusion of the Fall Sitting of the Legislature marked the end of an era in Saskatchewan as it was final sitting for Premier Brad Wall.



Premier Wall was elected on a vision for Saskatchewan that would secure a better quality of life for its residents.  Saskatchewan has seen that vision unfold during a decade of growth in which we emerged as the second-fastest growing province in Canada with a population of 1.15 million.



During that time, our growing province produced the second-best job creation record in Canada – nearly double the national rate of job growth.



The growth of our province under the leadership of Premier Brad Wall has enabled us to provide record tax relief for low-income individuals and families.



Through strategic investments we have been able to recruit and retain 750 more doctors, over 3,000 more nurses, and we have been able to reduce surgical wait times to among the shortest in Canada.



Investments in hospital projects have doubled.  This includes the new Children’s Hospital in Saskatoon and the new hospitals in Moose Jaw and North Battleford.



We have opened 15 new long-term care facilities for seniors across the province and have tripled the Seniors Income Plan benefit from $90 to 270 per month.



Today there are 40 brand-new or replacement schools with investments in 25 other major school renovations.



We have hired 875 more teachers and 164 more student support teachers.



With enrolment growth of 10 per cent, we have also increased K-12 operating funding by 32 per cent.



Operating and capital funding for post-secondary institutions has increased by 40 per cent over 10 years.



We have added 6,000 new childcare spaces.



And we have more than doubled revenue sharing funding to municipalities from $127 million in 2007 to $258 million in 2017-18.



Growth has always been, and always will be, the north star for our government.



It’s all about securing a better quality of life for all Saskatchewan people. Together, by this measure, we have had some success.



Thank you, Premier.

MOOSE JAW WARRIORS TEDDY BEAR TOSS

Our government recently released a climate strategy that reduces emissions in key sectors, introduces flexible options for emitters, and protects our province from a changing climate. Prairie Resilience: A Made-in-Saskatchewan Climate Change Strategy, accomplishes this without a carbon tax.



Our climate change strategy is about protecting our people and communities as much as it is about working with industry and others to lower emissions here in Saskatchewan. And we do plan to significantly reduce emissions in key sectors, but we will do so in a way that is economically sustainable and promotes economic growth.



The strategy proposes actions in key areas, including: natural systems; physical infrastructure; economic sustainability; community preparedness; and measuring, monitoring and reporting. Regulations will be developed through consultation beginning in 2018 and will recognize actions already taken by industry to reduce emissions.



Saskatchewan has a good story to tell when it comes to climate change. This includes agriculture, where our producers sequestered over 11 million tonnes of carbon in 2014. An offset system will create additional value for actions that result in carbon sequestration or reduced emissions, especially from agricultural soils, wetlands and forests.



The response to our plan from Federal Environment Minister McKenna appears to signal that Ottawa will not be imposing a carbon tax on Saskatchewan in January 2018. This is a welcome development as Saskatchewan people would not be paying more for home heating, gas, and other necessities.



The other advantage of our climate strategy is that our businesses and industry wouldn’t have to pay a federal carbon tax, which would make them less competitive here at home and abroad.



Unfortunately, after asking for a made-in-Saskatchewan climate change plan, the Saskatchewan NDP stood in the Legislature and voted against our made-in-Saskatchewan climate change plan.

It’s interesting to note tha
t the NDP’s front-running leadership candidate is calling for “a made-in-Saskatchewan approach to carbon pricing”. That’s a carbon tax –  just like the one the NDP imposed on Alberta and the one the Trudeau government tried to impose on Saskatchewan.



We have a better plan for Saskatchewan and you can read more about it online at


CHRISTMAS MESSAGE FROM PREMIER BRAD WALL 

In 1913, a young immigrant, his name was John, who was a husband and father of three, left behind the oppression of his country forever.  He also left behind his family, for what he knew might be an extended period of time.



Despite the fears he must have felt for his family, he set out to cross the ocean.  To find a place of hope for their future.  He came to Saskatchewan.



It took him nine years.  He worked hard and he saved hard.



Those nine years were not without hardship and tragedy.  And when they were over he no longer had three children.  His daughter had died in the influenza epidemic of 1915.  Only his two sons remained.



What a bittersweet family reunion it must have been, when he managed to send enough money to bring his wife and two sons to join him.  Despite their loss and their difficulties their story is still about hope.



Hope that was stronger than the fear of what they had to endure.  They saw Saskatchewan as a place to build their future.  And turn that dream into reality.



Despite the adversities in the lives of that young immigrant family, that first Saskatchewan Christmas must have been a great celebration.



There was probably not a great deal of wealth in gifts or a great table spread, but there must have been a great deal of wealth and fulfillment in simply being together.  And there must have been renewed optimism for the new year dawning.



That has been what we have dared to dream in our province for the last 10 years.  That Saskatchewan’s story would be about optimism and hope again. And that hope would be stronger than the fear that we aren’t good enough, or fear of the unknown.



Instead, we dreamed of a Saskatchewan that would bring our kids home.  A Saskatchewan that had confidence in what we have to offer to a new wave and a new generation of immigrants just like John.



Together, that’s what we have done.



In 2017, a hundred years later, that immigrant family’s descendants still live in Saskatchewan.



John’s great grandson and his family will come together in just a few weeks for a traditional ranch Christmas…all because of one man’s determination and sacrifice.  And because of a place of hope, like Saskatchewan.



And this Christmas, new comers from the world over will enjoy the holidays in their own way here in Saskatchewan.  Because in the last 10 years, newcomers have again found hope here and chose Saskatchewan in record numbers.



To live without fear and to dream of a better future.  May we always have that freedom.   And may we always have the freedom to celebrate Christmas.



Christmas is the ultimate story of hope because that’s what God gave to us all.  He sent His son Jesus.
As a tiny baby, He left perfection to endure oppression.



Because He loved us.  And chose to bring us that hope.  That’s what I believe this Christmas.



It’s the time of year to enjoy the wealth of simply being together with those we love, and the fulfillment of helping someone in need.



And it’s the time of year when we are all reminded of the need to spread that hope and love God sent to us.  To share it with those around us, especially those in need.



So from me and my wife Tami, and our family, and on behalf of my colleagues in the Government of Saskatchewan may the Miracle of Christmas bless you, and the True Spirit of Christmas keep you.



Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


WHAT’S HAPPENING IN MOOSE JAW
Friday December 8, 2017

What:  A Taste of the Ukraine
Time:   5:30 p.m. / 7:00 p.m. Chaban Dancers
Place:  T. Eaton Gardens
Cost:     $20

What: 90’s Christmas Classics Movie Nights: The Muppets
Time:  6:30 p.m. 
Place:  Library Theatre

Saturday December 9, 2017

What: Pick and Tree and Selfie with Santa
Time:  2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. 
Place:  Coop parking lot

Sunday December 10, 2017

What:  Farmer’s Market & Trade Show
Time:   10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. 
Place:  Timothy Eaton’s

What:   Supper with Santa
Time:    6:00 p.m. 
Place:    Legion Auditoruim
Turkey Dinner with trimmings.
“treats for kids”

Cost:  $15 adults/ $8 kids (purchase tickets in advance

UPCOMING EVENTS

Veterans morning coffee Mon-Sat @ 10:00 a.m. -Legion

Rotary 2017 Carol Festival
Zion United Church
Mon- Weds 11-13th

7:00 p.m. 

The Family Support Group Bake and Craft Sale
Reception area at Extendicare
Fri. Dec. 15th 

1:30 – 4:00 p.m. 

A Christmas Long Ago
WDM
Sat. Dec. 16th
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. 

CPR Christmas Train
CP Rail Yard
Sat. Dec. 16th
7:45 p.m. 

Enjoy “Christmas in the Country”
Twin Lakes Ranch
Sun. Dec. 17th
4:00 p.m.
Sleigh Rides & hot chocolate
Pot Bless supper (bring enough for you and your family)
short Christmas program. 

New Year’s Eve Dance
Cosmo Senior Centre
8:00 p.m.
$25
Band:  Al & Company
Turkey Lunch to be served

Report from the Legislature December 7, 2017

Summer at the Legislative Building

Our government recently released a climate strategy that reduces emissions in key sectors, introduces flexible options for emitters, and protects our province from a changing climate. Prairie Resilience: A Made-in-Saskatchewan Climate Change Strategy, accomplishes this without a carbon tax.

Our climate change strategy is about protecting our people and communities as much as it is about working with industry and others to lower emissions here in Saskatchewan. And we do plan to significantly reduce emissions in key sectors, but we will do so in a way that is economically sustainable and promotes economic growth.

The strategy proposes actions in key areas, including: natural systems; physical infrastructure; economic sustainability; community preparedness; and measuring, monitoring and reporting. Regulations will be developed through consultation beginning in 2018 and will recognize actions already taken by industry to reduce emissions.

Saskatchewan has a good story to tell when it comes to climate change. This includes agriculture, where our producers sequestered over 11 million tonnes of carbon in 2014. An offset system will create additional value for actions that result in carbon sequestration or reduced emissions, especially from agricultural soils, wetlands and forests.

The response to our plan from Federal Environment Minister McKenna appears to signal that Ottawa will not be imposing a carbon tax on Saskatchewan in January 2018. This is a welcome development as Saskatchewan people would not be paying more for home heating, gas, and other necessities.

The other advantage of our climate strategy is that our businesses and industry wouldn’t have to pay a federal carbon tax, which would make them less competitive here at home and abroad.

Unfortunately, after asking for a made-in-Saskatchewan climate change plan, the Saskatchewan NDP stood in the Legislature and voted against our made-in-Saskatchewan climate change plan.

It’s interesting to note that the NDP’s front-running leadership candidate is calling for “a made-in-Saskatchewan approach to carbon pricing”. That’s a carbon tax – just like the one the NDP imposed on Alberta and the one the Trudeau government tried to impose on Saskatchewan.

We have a better plan for Saskatchewan and you can read more about it online at

saskatchewan.ca/business/environmental-protection-and-sustainability/climate-change-policy

Our government has also unveiled a plan to provide rural communities with enhanced access to communications services. We are currently in the process of launching a four-phase initiative.

The first phase begins with a SaskTel lead investment of $4.2 million to expand its High-Speed Fusion Internet service to 34 additional towers. This work is already underway and the first six towers will be online by the end of January 2018.

The second phase will see SaskTel deploy small cellular sites that will improve the level of service available in 100 rural communities. The public can expect this government to begin announcing the locations early in the new year.

As part of Phase 3, this government will continue to explore ways that SaskTel can enhance its cooperation with the private sector to look for additional opportunities to improve rural wireless services.

And the fourth phase will involve research gathered to identify coverage gaps, in both mobility and internet service. That data will be used by SaskTel to formulate a broad expansion plan to improve those services.

Our government understands the importance that high-speed internet and cellular connections have both in business and our personal lives, and this initiative shows that our government is committed to making sure that as technology advances rural communities won’t be left behind.

The conclusion of the Fall Sitting of the Legislature marked the end of an era in Saskatchewan as it was final sitting for Premier Brad Wall.

Premier Wall was elected on a vision for Saskatchewan that would secure a better quality of life for its residents. Saskatchewan has seen that vision unfold during a decade of growth in which we emerged as the second-fastest growing province in Canada with a population of 1.15 million.

During that time, our growing province produced the second-best job creation record in Canada – nearly double the national rate of job growth.

The growth of our province under the leadership of Premier Brad Wall has enabled us to provide record tax relief for low-income individuals and families.

Through strategic investments we have been able to recruit and retain 750 more doctors, over 3,000 more nurses, and we have been able to reduce surgical wait times to among the shortest in Canada.

Investments in hospital projects have doubled. This includes the new Children’s Hospital in Saskatoon and the new hospitals in Moose Jaw and North Battleford.

We have opened 15 new long-term care facilities for seniors across the province and have tripled the Seniors Income Plan benefit from $90 to 270 per month.

Today there are 40 brand-new or replacement schools with investments in 25 other major school renovations.

We have hired 875 more teachers and 164 more student support teachers.

With enrolment growth of 10 per cent, we have also increased K-12 operating funding by 32 per cent.

Operating and capital funding for post-secondary institutions has increased by 40 per cent over 10 years.

We have added 6,000 new childcare spaces.

And we have more than doubled revenue sharing funding to municipalities from $127 million in 2007 to $258 million in 2017-18.

Growth has always been, and always will be, the north star for our government.

It’s all about securing a better quality of life for all Saskatchewan people. Together, by this measure, we have had some success.

Thank you, Premier.

Moose Jaw Times Herald, December 2, 2017

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Goodbye and Thank You

It is with great sadness that I write this last column for the Moose Jaw Times-Herald. Beginning as “The Times” in 1889, and running continuously ever since, the Moose Jaw Times-Herald has helped build our community.  It is hard to imagine the significance of newspapers in the past, when today we have all kinds of ways to keep up with the news.  The Times-Herald came into existence long before radio or telephones. Even when radios and televisions became common in our homes, the newspaper was the source for in-depth, detailed news and information.  For 128 years, The Times-Herald has been the local voice of news, covering important issues that informed and assisted in the development of Moose Jaw.

The Times-Herald has helped develop our community by enlightening the public and alerting our citizens to opportunities and advances.  The newspaper promoted goods and services in businesses of every sector; restaurants, agriculture, manufacturing and construction.  It has been a catalyst in forging a strong community for the citizens of Moose Jaw and area.  The details of local news and sports, and articles of local interest, found in the Moose Jaw Times-Herald, drew people together and built our community.

Of significant interest is the fact that from 1894-1895, the owner-editor of the newspaper was Walter Scott, who later became the first Premier of Saskatchewan.  I find this most intriguing as I was employed at the Times-Herald prior to being elected to the Legislature in 2007.

Everything in the production of the newspaper was done locally for most of their 128 years.  From gathering the information, through to editing, printing and delivery, the steps required to publish a daily paper employed many people.  Many notable employees, from reporters to sales executives, got their careers started at the Times-Herald, and either advanced locally, or moved on to greater opportunities in the field of journalism and beyond.  Well-known CBC radio host, the late Peter Gzowski, was once the city editor of the Times-Herald.

Our hearts go out to the many women and men who went far beyond the call of duty to create the success of the paper and of our city.  We wish them well in their next employment venture.  In particular, I want to thank Richard Smith, who delivered papers to downtown customers for 19 years, and delivered to the Constituency Office ever since I was elected.  Thank you, Richard, for faithfully getting that paper to us, no matter what the weather.

It will indeed be a sad day when we see the doors close for the last time.  The end of the Times-Herald will leave a void in the lives of many in Moose Jaw and surrounding area.  The home delivery will be missed by those who enjoyed the local flavour of the news and sports.  Moose Jaw will not be the same when the distinguished bright neon light in the heart of our city is turned off for the final time. Thank you, Moose Jaw Times-Herald, for your positive community involvement and for the countless stories you’ve delivered to our community for more than one hundred years.

Report from the Legislature, November 30, 2017

Summer at the Legislative Building

Saskatchewan’s mid-year financial update shows our plan to balance the budget in 3 years is on track. Efforts to control spending have expenses down $9 million with the budget contingency covering public sector wage compensation savings that will not be realized in 2017-18.

We will not follow the lead of other governments that are choosing to run up huge deficits with no path to balance.  This only leads to credit rating downgrades and higher financing expenses for carrying debt. We will carefully manage expenses to keep our financial house strong.

Saskatchewan’s economy is expected to post positive growth for the first time in two years. Fueled by a strong performance in the resource sector, Saskatchewan’s real GDP is forecast to grow by 1.5 per cent in 2017 and 2.2 per cent in 2018. A return to normal crop production, in addition to rising oil prices and strong oilfield investment, is expected to support stronger growth.

Earlier this year, the federal government announced its intention to legalize the non-medical use of marijuana by July 2018. Despite concerns ranging from safety and distribution to taxation and public education, the federal government has not changed its timetable for implementation. Therefore, our government has no choice but to prepare for this historic revision to the Criminal Code.

Our review process included an online consultation to collect insight from residents and help shape cannabis legalization within Saskatchewan.  The survey included questions about areas which the province has the ability to regulate, such as age limits on cannabis sales; public consumption; taxation on cannabis sales; distribution and wholesaling; potential retail models, locations and rules; regulatory compliance; and the enforcement of modified impaired driving laws.

The information provided is valuable to assist us in developing a plan to meet public safety expectations and residents can expect to see a framework document outlining the future of cannabis legalization within Saskatchewan in the near future.

Saskatchewan has the highest rate of impaired driving among the provinces and our government has introduced a number of measures to address this.

It’s important to remember that in Saskatchewan it is currently and will continue to be illegal to drive while impaired – whether by drugs or alcohol. That is not changing, even when personal cannabis use becomes legal in July. New federal legislation gives police new tools to detect drug-impaired drivers and anyone caught will face the same tough consequences as drivers impaired by alcohol.

We know that additional steps can be taken to reduce impaired driving and improve safety which is why we will be urging municipalities to allow ride sharing services to operate within their jurisdiction. We are also introducing legislation enabling SGI to offer affordable insurance to drivers working for ride sourcing companies like Uber and Lyft, and will work with smaller communities to attract or establish a ride sourcing network so people have another option for a safe ride home.

Community safety is a major priority for the Government of Saskatchewan and provincial grants for targeted police initiatives are helping keep our communities safe and secure.

The provincial government is continuing to provide Municipal Police Grants to Saskatchewan’s urban police services to support 128 municipal police positions and policing initiatives.

In 2017-18, the province is contributing:

  • $4.8 million for 43 police officers in Saskatoon;
  • $4.7 million for 40 police officers in Regina;
  • $2.1 million to fund 20 existing Prince Albert Police Service positions;
  • $770,000 to fund seven existing North Battleford RCMP positions;
  • $770,000 to fund seven existing Meadow Lake RCMP positions;
  • $330,000 to fund three existing Moose Jaw Police Service positions;
  • $330,000 to fund three existing Yorkton RCMP positions;
  • $330,000 to fund three existing Estevan Police Service positions; and
  • $220,000 to fund two existing Weyburn Police Service positions.
  • In addition to activity in urban centres, our government has heard that more must be done to prevent crime in rural Saskatchewan. To address these concerns, we appointed a committee of government MLAs to consult on measures that might strengthen public safety.Acting on the committee’s recommendations, the Government of Saskatchewan has created a Protection and Response Team (PRT) consisting of 258 armed officers who have the authority to arrest and detain those suspected of committing crimes in rural Saskatchewan.

    Made up of 120 police officers from the RCMP and municipal police services; 40 Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officers with expanded powers; and 98 Conservation Officers, the PRT will improve response times and increase the visibility of uniformed officers in rural areas.

    In combination with the Provincial Response Team, Municipal Police Grants fulfill the government’s commitment to supporting the policing services within the province’s municipalities.

Moose Jaw Express November 29, 2017

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New Places to Call Home

On November 17, I had the pleasure of attending a sod turning ceremony for Habitat for Humanity at which two Moose Jaw families officially began a journey towards affordable homeownership. Even during an outdoor ceremony on that cold winter day, the joy on their faces was undeniable.

Congratulations to Kathy Brown and her son, as well as Tanya Legare and her daughters, who are now hard at work in the community, laying the foundation for a brighter future and places they can be proud to call home.

The vision of Habitat for Humanity, and the work their volunteers carry out across Saskatchewan, have enhanced the lives of many families and enriched communities throughout the province. Our government is proud to support Habitat’s work. Their projects are a true example of what can be done when individuals, community organizations and all levels of government work together. The sod turning event marked the seventh and eighth Habitat for Humanity projects in Moose Jaw. The province’s overall commitment to Habitat for Humanity totals $9.85 million since March 2009.

On November 22, National Housing Day, the province celebrated the achievements that have been made in addressing the housing needs of Saskatchewan people. During a decade of growth, our government has invested more than $773 million to develop 11,600 new units and repair 4,330 homes around the province. We will continue to do our best to deliver housing and homelessness programs that support Saskatchewan citizens in serious housing need, and keep Saskatchewan growing stronger.

The Government of Saskatchewan, along with its community partners, encourages all Saskatchewan people to contact the Ministry of Social Services, community agencies or 911 if they, or someone else in need, is without shelter this winter. In the Moose Jaw area, if someone is in need of shelter during the cold weather, our local Social Services office should be contacted at 306-694-3647. After business hours, calling 911 will connect those in need of shelter with the appropriate assistance.

An ambitious agenda highlights a fall sitting of the Legislature which continues this week in Regina. In response to a Court of Queen’s Bench ruling that would have forced non-Catholic students out of Catholic schools, our government has introduced legislation to invoke the notwithstanding clause of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms to protect parents’ choice in where they send their children to school. Also, once legislative amendments have been passed, small businesses in Saskatchewan will have increased tax relief. Effective January 1, 2018, the provincial small business income threshold will increase to $600,000 – making it the highest tax threshold in Canada.

This past week a special service was held at the Legislative building recognizing the Holodomor, a man-made famine that killed up to 10 million people in Ukraine in 1932-1933. The touching ceremony remembered the Holodomor victims, and honoured the survivors. I remember as a child, hearing stories from a neighbour from Ukraine who had personally experienced the oppression during that time, and how his dad was taken from their home, and was never heard of again. Having heard those stories, and because of the many people in Saskatchewan of Ukrainian descent who contribute so much to our province, I found this service very meaningful. Recognizing such atrocities will remind us to do all we can to stop oppression in our communities and around the world.

From the Desk of Warren Michelson November 24, 2017

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CONGRATULATIONS DOUG AND MARILYNN ON THE OPENING OF YOUR NEW MCDONALDS LOCATION !

I enjoyed the opportunity to join Doug and Marilyn along with Mayor Fraser Tolmie in the official opening of their new McDonalds restaurant on the corner of Thatcher Dr. and 9th ave. N.E. 

Wishing you all the best!

Saskatchewan is moving to a single provincial health authority to better integrate and coordinate health care services for Saskatchewan people, wherever they live.


There will be no changes to health care programs, services, facilities or phone numbers and residents and patients should continue to access care in the same way they always have.


The focus is streamlining governance and management across the province with frontline employees carrying out their day-to-day patient care responsibilities as usual.


While there will be some changes to senior administration, maintaining local connections and preserving strong community relationships will be a priority moving forward.


Management and support services will continue to be located across the province, and local health system contacts and representatives will still be available to community partners.


On Monday, December 4, 2017, the employees and operations of the province’s 12 Regional Health Authorities will officially transfer to the new Saskatchewan Health Authority.


The transition will allow the provincial government to reduce senior administrative staff positions by 86% and reduce senior administrative staff salaries by 80% or $9 million annually.


The Saskatchewan Health Authority will be the largest organization in Saskatchewan with over 44,000 employees and physicians responsible for the delivery of high quality and timely health care for the entire province.


FESTIVAL OF TREES

This year marked the 26th year of the Moose Jaw Health Foundation Festival of Trees.


Once again, the generosity of our wonderful community shone through.   This years festival raised $300,000.


Over the past 26 years, 3.8 million dollars were raised for the Moose Jaw Health Foundation. 


Moose Jaw Police Service Receives $330,000 for Targeted Policing Initiatives


The Government of Saskatchewan is taking action to ensure the safety of Moose Jaw communities and families through the Municipal Police Grants.


This provincial contribution of $330,000 will fund three existing Moose Jaw Police Service positions in 2017-18.


“Our government is focused on community safety,” Moose Jaw Wakamow MLA Greg Lawrence said on behalf of Justice Minister and Attorney General Don Morgan.  “The Municipal Police Grants provide additional support to the dedicated members of the Moose Jaw Police Service.”


This funding supports three positions within the Moose Jaw Police Service dedicated to Serious Crime and Combined Traffic Services Saskatchewan.


“The City of Moose Jaw and the Moose Jaw Board of Police Commissioners look forward to continuing and enhancing our partnership with the province to address our shared public safety priorities through the Municipal Police Grants Program,” Moose Jaw Mayor Fraser Tolmie said.  “This is an important program.  Its benefits are felt not only in our community, but also across our region as our police service works to keep our community safe, harmonious and inclusive.”


“This grant provides the Moose Jaw Police Service with three officers whose work is focused on shared policing priorities,” Moose Jaw Police Service Chief Rick Bourassa said.  “Through this program, community safety and wellbeing are enhanced in our community and surrounding area.”


The provincial government provides funds to urban police services across the province to support 128 municipal police positions and policing initiatives.  In combination with the Provincial Response Team, this grant fulfills the government’s commitment to supporting the policing services within the province’s municipalities.


During a decade of growth, our government has made record investments in the infrastructure needed to grow our economy and secure a better quality of life for Saskatchewan people.


Recently, a $27 million twinning project east of Estevan along Highway 39 officially opened to traffic. Aimed at improving safety and efficiency for motorists and truckers, the project includes 10 km of twinning on Highway 39 from east of Estevan to southeast of its junction with Highway 18.


I want to thank the residents in the area for their patience during construction. This stretch of highway sees about 6,000 vehicles daily and our government looks forward to the benefits this section of highway will provide to the people of Saskatchewan as well as the trucking industry.


The completion of this project demonstrates our government’s commitment to investing in infrastructure that improves the safety and efficiency of Saskatchewan highways. In all, about $7.4 billion has been invested in highways and infrastructure since 2008 in Saskatchewan.


In addition to new highways and schools, hospitals and long-term care facilities, access to safe and affordable housing has always been a key priority for our government.


Since November 2007, our government has invested more than $773 million to develop 11,600 new units and repair 4,330 homes around the province.


Housing activity in the last decade includes the following:

To date, 588 affordable rental housing units have been developed for those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Another 112 units are currently under construction.

  • Since November 2007, 519 affordable rental housing units have been developed and are owned by Indigenous housing providers. These projects received more than $44 million in funding.  An additional 66 units, with $6 million in funding, are under construction.
  • Since November 2007, government has invested $2.87 million in the development of 40 affordable rental units for people with disabilities.
  • SHC’s Rental Development Program is targeting funding for projects for people with complex needs.
  • SHC is working with northern stakeholders to address housing challenges in the North.  Since 2007, through a number of initiatives and partnerships with municipalities and other government agencies, more than 300 rental and homeowner units have been delivered or are under construction in northern Saskatchewan.
  • The Ministry of Social Services is involved in a number of community-based efforts to provide shelter for the homeless, including cold weather strategies, community advisory boards, community-based homelessness planning efforts, community mobilization, and child, youth and family community partnerships.
  • There are 455 permanent emergency shelter spaces in Saskatchewan, not including temporary emergency shelter beds, domestic violence shelters, youth shelters, detox centres, and First Nations shelters.  Since 2007, the number of emergency shelter spaces in the province has more than doubled, representing an increase of 237 new permanent shelter spaces.
  • Through SHC’s partnership with Habitat for Humanity, the province is developing additional affordable homeownership opportunities for low- to moderate-income Saskatchewan people.
  • Through the HeadStart on a Home program, the province continues to collaborate with builders, municipalities, and financial institutions to increase the supply of entry-level homes in the province.

We will continue to do our best to deliver housing and homelessness programs that support Saskatchewan citizens in greatest housing need, and keep Saskatchewan growing stronger.

GOVERNMENT PROVIDES FUNDING TO HELP FIND MISSING CHILDREN 

The Ministry of Justice is providing $100,000 through its Criminal Property Forfeiture Fund to the Missing Children Society of Canada to expand its Most Valuable Network Program into Saskatchewan.


The Most Valuable Network uses the power of social media such as Facebook and Twitter to instantly post messages on the social media feeds of people who have volunteered to be part of the program.  It also has the capability to send push notifications to participants in the network through a mobile app.


“The introduction of social media has changed a lot about modern life over the last decade, and it’s important that we recognize that and make use of these powerful tools when we’re dealing with something as important as a missing child,” Justice Minister and Attorney General Don Morgan said.  “This network is a comprehensive tool that will provide support to police searching for a missing child and fill the gap that exists when a missing child doesn’t meet the criteria for an Amber Alert.”


The funding will be used by the Missing Children Society to support the initial expansion of the Most Valuable Network into Saskatchewan.  This will include the building of the digital infrastructure necessary to support the program, and engagement with police, businesses and individuals.


“We are excited about this opportunity to expand the Most Valuable Network into Saskatchewan,” Missing Children Society of Canada Chief Executive Officer Amanda Pick said.  “As the eyes and ears on the street, the public has an important role to play in providing first responders with vital information on missing children and vulnerable youth cases.”


Saskatchewan’s Civil Forfeiture Program, through The Seizure of Criminal Property Act, 2009, seeks the forfeiture of property that is considered to be proceeds or an instrument of unlawful activity.  Any cash resulting from the forfeitures is deposited in the Criminal Property Forfeiture Fund.


In the spring of 2017, an addition was made to the regulations to allow money from the fund to go to community programs or activities designed to promote public safety.  This is in addition to the support the fund already provides to police operations and the Victims Fund.


WHAT’S HAPPENING IN MOOSE JAW

Friday November 24, 2017

What: BLACK FRIDAY SHOPPING
Place:  DOWNTOWN MOOSE JAW

Saturday November 25, 2017

What: Breakfast with Mrs. Claus
Time:  9:00 a.m.-  11:00 a.m.
Place:  WDM

What: Kids Secret Shopping
Time:  10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Place:  WDM

What:  Zion’s Christmas Sale
Time:   10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 
Place:   Zion Church

What:  Christmas in November
Time:  5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. 
Place:  ACFMJ Assoc. Communautaire 340 Ominica St. 
Cost   $5 pp/ $10 family

What:  Moose Jaw Community Player Dinner Theatre ” Farce of Habit”
Time:   6 p.m. Doors/  Dinner 7 p.m. / Show 8 p.m. 
Place:   Cosmo Senior Citizen Centre
Cost   $35 pp

Sunday November 26, 2017

What:  Grey Cup Party
Time:   3:00 p.m. / 5:00 P.M.  Appetizer &  Munchie Potluck
Place:  Royal Canadian Legion

What:  “Old Time Christmas” With Scott Woods & His Band
Time:   7:00 p.m. 
Place:   St. Andrew’s United Church

UPCOMING EVENTS

Veterans morning coffee Mon-Sat @ 10:00 a.m. -Legion

Central Collegiate’s Play ” The Sound of Music”
Mae Wilson Theatre
Nov. 23-25

Geek Dads and Super Kids: Snap Circuits Program
Public Library
Nov. 28 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. 

The Knights of Columbus, Father Gilpin Council #9760 Ham & Turkey Bingo
Church of Our Lady Community Centre
Sun. Dec. 6  6:00 p.m. Doors- 7:00 p.m. Games
Lunch Counter- All family welcome

A Christmas Long Ago
WDM
Sat. Dec. 16th  10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. 

Report from the Legislature November 23, 2017

Summer at the Legislative Building

Saskatchewan is moving to a single provincial health authority to better integrate and coordinate health care services for Saskatchewan people, wherever they live.

There will be no changes to health care programs, services, facilities or phone numbers and residents and patients should continue to access care in the same way they always have.

The focus is streamlining governance and management across the province with frontline employees carrying out their day-to-day patient care responsibilities as usual.

While there will be some changes to senior administration, maintaining local connections and preserving strong community relationships will be a priority moving forward.

Management and support services will continue to be located across the province, and local health system contacts and representatives will still be available to community partners.

On Monday, December 4, 2017, the employees and operations of the province’s 12 Regional Health Authorities will officially transfer to the new Saskatchewan Health Authority.

The transition will allow the provincial government to reduce senior administrative staff positions by 86% and reduce senior administrative staff salaries by 80% or $9 million annually.

The Saskatchewan Health Authority will be the largest organization in Saskatchewan with over 44,000 employees and physicians responsible for the delivery of high quality and timely health care for the entire province.

During a decade of growth, our government has made record investments in the infrastructure needed to grow our economy and secure a better quality of life for Saskatchewan people.

Recently, a $27 million twinning project east of Estevan along Highway 39 officially opened to traffic. Aimed at improving safety and efficiency for motorists and truckers, the project includes 10 km of twinning on Highway 39 from east of Estevan to southeast of its junction with Highway 18.

I want to thank the residents in the area for their patience during construction. This stretch of highway sees about 6,000 vehicles daily and our government looks forward to the benefits this section of highway will provide to the people of Saskatchewan as well as the trucking industry.

The completion of this project demonstrates our government’s commitment to investing in infrastructure that improves the safety and efficiency of Saskatchewan highways. In all, about $7.4 billion has been invested in highways and infrastructure since 2008 in Saskatchewan.

In addition to new highways and schools, hospitals and long-term care facilities, access to safe and affordable housing has always been a key priority for our government.

Since November 2007, our government has invested more than $773 million to develop 11,600 new units and repair 4,330 homes around the province.

Housing activity in the last decade includes the following:

  • To date, 588 affordable rental housing units have been developed for those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Another 112 units are currently under construction.
  • Since November 2007, 519 affordable rental housing units have been developed and are owned by Indigenous housing providers. These projects received more than $44 million in funding.  An additional 66 units, with $6 million in funding, are under construction.
  • Since November 2007, government has invested $2.87 million in the development of 40 affordable rental units for people with disabilities.
  • SHC’s Rental Development Program is targeting funding for projects for people with complex needs.
  • SHC is working with northern stakeholders to address housing challenges in the North.  Since 2007, through a number of initiatives and partnerships with municipalities and other government agencies, more than 300 rental and homeowner units have been delivered or are under construction in northern Saskatchewan.
  • The Ministry of Social Services is involved in a number of community-based efforts to provide shelter for the homeless, including cold weather strategies, community advisory boards, community-based homelessness planning efforts, community mobilization, and child, youth and family community partnerships.
  • There are 455 permanent emergency shelter spaces in Saskatchewan, not including temporary emergency shelter beds, domestic violence shelters, youth shelters, detox centres, and First Nations shelters.  Since 2007, the number of emergency shelter spaces in the province has more than doubled, representing an increase of 237 new permanent shelter spaces.
  • Through SHC’s partnership with Habitat for Humanity, the province is developing additional affordable homeownership opportunities for low- to moderate-income Saskatchewan people.
  • Through the HeadStart on a Home program, the province continues to collaborate with builders, municipalities, and financial institutions to increase the supply of entry-level homes in the province.

We will continue to do our best to deliver housing and homelessness programs that support Saskatchewan citizens in greatest housing need, and keep Saskatchewan growing stronger.

 

Moose Jaw Times Herald November 18, 2017

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Moose Jaw Health Foundation Keeps Giving

I am looking forward to the Moose Jaw Health Foundation Festival of Trees this weekend. The Festival of Trees is arguably the social event of the year in Moose Jaw. The gala’s auction of uniquely decorated trees, the gourmet dinner and dance make for an incredible start to the Christmas season. Proceeds from this year’s event will help purchase a new portable digital x-ray unit that will provide state-of-the-art equipment at a patient’s bedside, replacing an outdated system that is over 10 years old.

For more than three decades, the Moose Jaw Health Foundation has been helping health care professionals in Moose Jaw provide better quality health care. Their website acknowledges that donors and volunteers are the heart and soul of the Foundation. Together, past and present donors and volunteers have helped the Foundation raise over $34 million. This is an astounding example of community spirit and caring.

During a decade of growth, our government has worked to improve health care services. The Dr. F.H. Wigmore Regional Hospital was completed in 2015; thirteen new long-term care facilities have been built; and the new Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital in Saskatoon and Saskatchewan Hospital North Battleford are currently under construction.

We have hired more than 750 new doctors and 3,400 nurses of every designation. The addition of more than 750 new doctors represents a 43% increase in overall physician numbers compared to a decade ago, and includes a 52% increase in specialists and a 35% increase in general practitioners.

Saskatchewan has gone from having the longest surgical wait times in Canada a decade ago, to having among the shortest wait times today. Our innovative two-for-one approach to increasing access to diagnostic imaging is helping patients get needed care sooner.

We know there is still more to do in health care and we will be working to address some of those issues during this Legislative Session. In the coming weeks, we will be transitioning to a single Saskatchewan Health Authority. This change is about providing better health care to all the people of the province and making the best use of resources.

We will implement a new organ donation program, to be led by donor physicians who will provide education and support to fellow health care providers and champion organ donation. The new program will expand the pool of donors by amending regulations to allow for a donation after cardio-circulatory death and by implementing a mandatory referral program. In addition, we will continue to explore the option of moving to a presumed consent model of organ donation.

The government will fulfill its commitment to provide individualized funding for children under the age of six diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The initial funding level will be $4,000 per year for each child, for a total investment of approximately $2.8 million next fiscal year. This funding is in addition to the nearly $8 million already provided to support ASD services within the health care system.

Health care continues to be a priority to the people of Saskatchewan. Thank you to the Moose Jaw Health Foundation, the organizers of the Festival of Trees, and to all who contribute to meeting the health care needs of our community and surrounding area. This kind of caring and community spirit will keep Saskatchewan growing stronger.

From the Desk of Warren Michelson November 17, 2017

November 17, 2017 View this email in your browser
shield FROM THE DESK OF WARREN MICHELSON, MLA

IN MEMORY OF KEVIN PHILLIPS,
MLA for MELFORT

The sudden and unexpected passing of our good friend and colleague Kevin Phillips, MLA for Melfort, has taken us all by surprise. Our deepest condolences, thoughts and prayers go to Kevin’s wife April, their four children and their grandchildren.

Those who knew Kevin best are remembering him as a man of tremendous character who valued his family, loved his province and cherished the opportunity to go to work for his constituents and his community in his time as an MLA and Mayor.

Kevin will also be remembered as a champion for addressing the issue of domestic violence in Saskatchewan. Every year, he strutted in red high heels, supporting the “Walk a mile in her shoes” campaign to stop rape, sexual assault, and gender violence.


Kevin was also instrumental in working with local groups and community organizations to get a domestic violence shelter built in Melfort; the first one built in Saskatchewan since 1989.


Kevin was a proud son of Saskatchewan, a respected leader in the Melfort constituency and a valuable member of our Caucus family. We will miss him more than words can say.


HABITAT for HUMANITY 
I had the honor of bringing greetings on behalf of Social Services Minister Paul Merriman to the Sod Turning of Habitat for Humanity’s 7th project and the renovation of a second property donated to Habitat for Humanity.
Congratulations Kathy Brown and family as well as Tanya Legare and family. 

Governments of Canada and Saskatchewan Team Up with Habitat for Humanity to Build a Home in Moose Jaw


The governments of Canada and Saskatchewan are partnering with Habitat for Humanity to help a Moose Jaw family secure a quality, affordable home.


Today, Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, on behalf of Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), and Member of the Legislative Assembly for Moose Jaw North Warren Michelson, on behalf of Social Services Minister and Minister Responsible for Saskatchewan Housing Corporation (SHC) Paul Merriman, officially launched the construction of the project located at 1160 – 1st Avenue Northeast.


“The Government of Canada is proud to help support this family’s journey to homeownership,” said Goodale.  “There is a great deal of work and co-operation that takes place during Habitat for Humanity builds and it’s completely worth it.  We are literally laying the foundation of a new chapter in their lives, and I’m looking forward to the day we stand in front of this building to celebrate its grand opening.  We are creating stronger, more prosperous communities—one home at a time.”


“This project will help a local family start a rewarding life in our community, and it starts today,” Michelson said.  “All of the sponsors and volunteers represented here today and the federal and provincial governments are the driving force behind this build.  This is a part of what keeping Saskatchewan strong is all about, and our government is proud to support Habitat’s work.”


“We are very proud of our Moose Jaw Chapter,” Habitat for Humanity Regina Chief Executive Officer Kelly Holmes-Binns said.  “The work the board has done alongside donors, sponsors, volunteers and of course the families has been life-changing for so many.  To now be working on the seventh and eighth Habitat Moose Jaw homes is truly amazing and as an organization we would like to express our most sincere thanks for all of the support we’ve received to make this possible.”


Quick facts:

  • The project will consist of a three-bedroom, two-storey home.  Together, the main and upper floors of the home will total approximately 1,400 square feet or 130 square metres.  The Government of Canada, through CMHC, along with the Government of Saskatchewan, through SHC, jointly contributed $50,000 to build the home through the Investment in Affordable Housing (IAH) Agreement.
  • The province’s overall commitment to Habitat for Humanity totals $9.85 million since March 2009.  Of this amount, the federal and provincial governments have invested $2 million, thanks to the Social Infrastructure Fund, under the two most recent agreements between Saskatchewan and Habitat for Humanity.
  • This investment supports Saskatchewan’s Poverty Reduction Strategy goal of ensuring Saskatchewan people have access to affordable, safe, secure and stable housing.
  • Each partner family selected by Habitat for Humanity contributes 500 partnering hours in building their home or other Habitat homes.  The family purchases their home at fair market value, paying an interest-free, zero down-payment mortgage set at 25 per cent of their annual gross income.  To learn more about Habitat for Humanity and their work across Saskatchewan, visit www.habitat.ca.

Associated Links:

  • As Canada’s authority on housing, CMHC contributes to the stability of the housing market and financial system, provides support for Canadians in housing need, and offers unbiased housing research and advice to all levels of Canadian government, consumers and the housing industry.  For more information, please call 1-800-668-2642 or follow us on Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn and Facebook.
  • In October 2012, the Government of Saskatchewan released the Saskatchewan Plan for Growth: Vision 2020 and Beyond, which sets out the government’s vision for a province of 1.2 million people by 2020.  The plan identifies principles, goals and actions to ensure Saskatchewan is capturing the opportunities and meeting the challenges of a growing province.  Since 2007, the Government of Saskatchewan has invested more than $770 million to develop or repair almost 16,000 housing units across our province. To learn more, visit www.saskatchewan.ca.

Louis Riel Memorial Day at Sask Polytech MJ campus.  

Flag raising Thursday morning, lunch catered by Sioux Chef Dickie Yuzicapi 

Saskatchewan is an exporting province that has strong and growing trade relationships with countries around the world. I am proud to serve the people of Saskatchewan in a government that understands the need to keep our economy strong by opening up and growing new export markets.


Representatives of our government have travelled to India in an effort to strengthen the trade links with one of Asia’s largest markets and one of the fastest-growing economies in the world.


Our Saskatchewan Plan for Growth includes the goal of doubling the value of our total exports by 2020, and India has a vital role in contributing to our achievement of that objective.


Priorities of the mission to India include raising awareness of Saskatchewan’s strategic importance to India as a major source of imported agriculture products.


Saskatchewan exports to Asia increased from $2.3 billion in 2005 to $8 billion in 2016, making Asia our province’s most important emerging export market.


The Government of India recently announced an immediate duty of 50 per cent on pea imports and a 20 per cent tariff on wheat imports, including all such shipments already en route to the country.


India recently announced plans to build ten new nuclear reactors with a combined capacity of 7,000 megawatts, more than doubling the country’s current output derived from nuclear power.


Recognized as a long-term, stable source of uranium and the world’s second largest producer, Saskatchewan is working with India on opportunities for uranium export and trade development.


Our government’s mission to Japan this month is intended to help Saskatchewan companies maintain and strengthen critical relationships while positioning the province as a reliable and quality supplier of food and agriculture products.


Priorities for this mission include emphasizing the importance of the relationship between Japan and Saskatchewan, as well as the province’s role as a global leader in agriculture.


This mission deepens Saskatchewan’s relationship with Japan, Saskatchewan’s fourth largest export market. It also allows the province to expand and strengthen relationships with Japanese companies that operate in Saskatchewan or are looking to invest in operations.


In 2016, Saskatchewan exports to Japan were $976 million.


Japan is Saskatchewan’s largest export market for non-durum wheat, and the province’s second largest export market for canola seed.


Meanwhile, here at home, the brand-new International Trade Centre at Evraz Place in Regina is opening its doors to the world with Canadian Western Agribition November 20-25. This is an event that attracts more than 120,000 visitors annually, including guests from 75 countries.


The 150,000-square foot, multi-purpose facility will further enhance events that contribute to our economy, including shows integral to Saskatchewan’s agricultural industry which have a history of highlighting our high-quality livestock and innovative farm implements to an international audience.


The International Trade Centre replaces a number of old buildings and barns, and will play a key role in major agricultural events such as Agribition and Canada’s Farm Progress Show, in addition to hosting other major events and activities. Its completion means all facilities at the 100-acre Evraz Place site are now interconnected with the exception of the new Mosaic Stadium.


Funding for construction of the International Trade Centre included $22 million from the federal and provincial governments under the Growing Forward 2 agreement, $11 million from the City of Regina, $3 million from the Regina Hotels Association and $1 million from Canadian Western Agribition.


PROVINCE PROCLAIMS BULLYING AWARENESS WEEK

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The Government of Saskatchewan has proclaimed November 12-18, as Bullying Awareness Week in Saskatchewan.  This year’s theme is Stand Up! (to bullying).

During Bullying Awareness Week students, school staff and parents are encouraged to learn more about the issues of bullying and work together to prevent it in communities and schools through education and awareness.


“It’s important for all of us in Saskatchewan to stand with those who experience bullying so they know they’re not alone,” Education Minister Bronwyn Eyre said.  “Bullying Awareness Week serves as an important reminder that there are resources here in Saskatchewan to support children and youth.”


The Ministry of Education and SaskTel continue to work together through I Am Stronger on bullying and cyberbullying prevention.  On the program’s website at http://iamstronger.ca/

, students will find information on how they can get help.  They can also anonymously report bullying online from a smartphone, tablet or computer.  There are resources on bullying prevention for youth, families and educators.


STAY SAFE ON THE ICE THIS WINTER

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With recent colder temperatures across the province, the Government of Saskatchewan is reminding people to check for safe and sufficient ice before venturing out for ice fishing or other winter activities.

Ice thickness depends on the waterbody and surrounding conditions.  Ice does not freeze at a uniform thickness and ice strength can vary considerably from one area to another.

Check the ice thickness before you travel on it.  There should be at least 10 cm (4 inches) of ice to walk on, 20 cm (8 inches) to drive a snowmobile or ATV on, 30 cm (12 inches) to drive a car or light truck on, and more than 30 cm (12 inches) to drive a heavy truck on.

REMEMBRANCE

DAY SERVICE


WHAT’S HAPPENING IN MOOSE JAW

Friday November 17, 2017

What: Victory Church Christmas Box Packing Party
Time:  6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. 
Place:  Victory Church

Saturday November 18, 2017

What: Fall Fair Trade Festival
Time:  9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. 
Place:  Central Lutheran Church Moose Jaw, Moose Jaw

What: William Grayson Winter Craft and Tradeshow
Time:  10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 
Place:  William Grayson School

What:  Yuletyme Craft & Tradeshow
Time:  10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. 
Place:   Minto United Church

Sunday November 19, 2017

What:  Pack the House
Time:   1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. 
Place:   Cowtown
Your hometown hero’s. The Moose Jaw Warriors will be on hand to sign some autographs, take pictures and play with puppies. This a adoption event/donation drive of items that we here at Lucky Paws Dog Rescue is in desperate need of.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Veterans morning coffee Mon-Sat @ 10:00 a.m. -Legion

 
Saturday Nov. 25
Breakfast with Mrs. Claus – WDM @ 9:00 a.m.-  11:00 a.m.
Kids Secret Shopping – WDM @ 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.