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From the Desk of Warren Michelson May 18, 2018

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Left:  Joan and Rob (Capone) Richie dress up for the grand opening of the Little Chicago Information Booth.


The bus will provide information hosts that will be happy to share stories and give you an introductory to Moose Jaw and area.


The bus will be open on Fairford St. from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. daily, beginning today until September 4th.


Below left:  Councilor Frose cutting the ribbon. 

Saskatchewan has submitted 11 projects to the Government of Canada’s Low Carbon Economy Fund, despite being deemed ineligible by the federal government for a portion of the funding.


The federal fund includes $1.4 billion for provinces and territories that have signed the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change. This includes $62 million of federal funding earmarked for Saskatchewan and supported by Saskatchewan taxpayers.


Saskatchewan did not sign the Pan-Canadian Framework because it prescribes a national approach to carbon pricing – a federal tax to which our residents and business community clearly object. We are committed to reducing emissions, and we don’t need a carbon tax to achieve that.


The projects we have put forward for consideration will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by an estimated 188 million tonnes from energy and power production, water, forests and agriculture.


Our made-in-Saskatchewan Climate Change Strategy is designed to make our province more resilient to the climactic, economic and policy impacts of climate change and we look forward to the federal government partnering with us on projects that will actually reduce emissions.

The Governments of Canada and Saskatchewan have signed a bilateral agreement outlining how the province plans to invest its share of targeted federal health care funding. With support from the Government of Canada, the Government of Saskatchewan will invest in a range of initiatives to expand home and community care as well as mental health and addiction services.

These include:

  • establishing Community Health Centres and teams to shift the delivery of care from hospitals into community settings;
  • improved access to palliative and end-of-life care to provide care at the right place, by the right providers, at the right time;
  • improving mental health services for youth through targeted training programs;
  • expanding internet-delivered cognitive behavioural therapy services; and
  • improving mental health services and supports for children, youth and families, through increased capacity for diagnosis and treatment.

Nurses are highly valued members of the health care team, and their contributions are key to quality care for Saskatchewan residents. The number of nurses in Saskatchewan is now higher than it has ever been with 3,700 more nurses providing services today than in 2007.


In total, more than 16,000 nurses are licensed to practise in the province, including registered nurses, registered psychiatric nurses, nurse practitioners, and licensed practical nurses. While we are pleased with this growth, we continue to work with partners to recruit for vacant positions across the province.


The warm glow of a campfire, the sound of children’s laughter, and star-filled Saskatchewan skies await as Saskatchewan Provincial Parks have officially opened for the season.


Campers can take in the fresh spring air, enjoy activities on the water, explore hiking trails, picnic in the park or relax with friends and family. Whether you’re a family heading back to your favourite park to unwind, or an adventure-seeker looking to explore, each park has a unique experience as well as a variety of programs, events and activities to keep busy.


Learn to Camp is designed to introduce beginner campers to skills and activities that are useful for a successful and memorable camping experience. Learn to Fish, interpretive activities and more are also offered.


A new Camp-Easy Equipped Camping program is being offered at Echo Valley, Buffalo Pound and Pike Lake Provincial Parks. These unique accommodations are a great option for families, first-time campers hoping to experience the outdoors or anyone who does not own camping equipment.


The Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport continues to invest in provincial park facilities and infrastructure to provide the best experience possible for visitors. With planned expenditures of more than $11 million for capital projects and maintenance in 2018-19, total investment in parks capital facilities and infrastructure since 2007 will reach $110 million.


If you are planning to spend some time in our parks, keep an eye out for provincial fire bans and advisories. A complete listing of all affected provincial parks and recreation sites can be found at 
www.tourismsaskatchewan.com/places-to-go/provincial-parks/fire-restrictions.

SIGNING OF A MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING

Signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between four provincial entities.  The City of Moose Jaw, CAE Inc, the Moose Jaw Municipal Airport Advisory Committee and Saskatchewan Polytechnic have agreed to consider and explore opportunities for development of UAS training in Moose Jaw.
Signing are:
Dr. Larry Rosie, Saskatchewan Polytechnic.
Joe Armstrong CAE Canada.
Mayor Fraser Tolmie.
Jarrett Johnson Moose Jaw Airport Authority.

I was honored to attend and share greetings at the Grand Opening of Masjid (also known as a Mosque) on Landcaster Rd.


This is this first of it’s kind in Moose Jaw and has about 500 members.
PREMIER APPOINTS LEGISLATIVE SECRETARIES


Premier Scott Moe has now appointed new Legislative Secretaries responsible for a variety of important portfolios.


The new Legislative Secretaries and their specific duties are:

  • Nadine Wilson, Legislative Secretary to the Premier;
  • Everett Hindley, Legislative Secretary to the Minister of Trade and Export Development;
  • David Buckingham, Legislative Secretary to the Minister of Immigration;
  • Doug Steele, Legislative Secretary to the Minister of Energy and Resources;
  • Larry Doke, Legislative Secretary to the Minister of Government Relations;
  • Hugh Nerlien, Legislative Secretary to the Minister Responsible for SaskTel;
  • Terry Denis, Legislative Secretary to the Minister of Education;
  • Herb Cox, Legislative Secretary to the Minister of Corrections and Policing;
  • Greg Lawrence, Legislative Secretary to the Minister of Social Services;
  • Lori Carr, Legislative Secretary to the Minister of Finance;
  • Fred Bradshaw, Legislative Secretary to the Minister of Environment;
  • Eric Olauson, Legislative Secretary to the Minister of Parks, Culture and Sport; and
  • Steven Bonk, Legislative Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture.

“These appointments reflect the depth of experience within our government caucus,” Moe said.  “I look forward to seeing these talented individuals provide their expertise to our government as we work to keep Saskatchewan strong.”

CROP REPORT FOR THE PERIOD May 8 TO 14, 2018
Thanks to good seeding conditions, Saskatchewan producers made up the time lost in previous weeks.  Thirty-five per cent of the crop is now in the ground, just ahead of the five-year (2013-2017) seeding average of 32 per cent for this time of year.  Crops are starting to emerge.


Seeding is furthest advanced in the southeast, where 49 per cent of the crop is in the ground.  Forty-five per cent is seeded in the southwest, 28 per cent in the northeast, 26 per cent in the west–central region and 24 per cent in the east-central and northwestern regions.


Rain showers were reported throughout the province, particularly in the southwestern and west-central regions.  The Gull Lake area received 18 mm of rain, the most in the province.  There have been multiple reports of grass and stubble fires due to the dry conditions and rain would be welcomed to help alleviate dry field conditions and concerns.


Thirty-three per cent of the spring wheat, 26 per cent of the canola, 57 per cent of the lentils and 63 per cent of the field peas have been seeded to date.  Little rain, warm temperatures and strong and warm winds have caused topsoil moisture conditions to decline.  Hay and pasture growth is slow due to little rainfall.  Provincially, topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as 57 per cent adequate, 35 per cent short and eight per cent very short.  Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 40 per cent adequate, 43 per cent short and 17 per cent very short.


Producers are busy seeding, controlling weeds and moving cattle.


SaskPower reports 46 cases of farm machinery contacting electrical equipment in the last week, bringing the total for May to 73. Most farm-related incidents happen during seeding.  SaskPower reminds producers to be aware of their surroundings at all times and to plan ahead.  More safety information is available at www.saskpower.com/safety.


A complete, printable version of the Crop Report is available online at 
http://www.saskatchewan.ca/crop-report.


Follow the 2018 Crop Report on Twitter at @SKAgriculture.


WHAT’S HAPPENING IN MOOSE JAW

PLEASE NOTE:  OUR OFFICE IS CLOSED ON MONDAY MAY 21, 2018 FOR MAY LONG WEEKEND.  

Saturday, May 19, 2018

What: Burrowing Owl Season Opener

Time:  12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. 
Place: Bouncing Castle, Face Painting, Hot dogs
Cost:   $10/ person, $35/ Family of 5

What:  ESP Psychic Fair

Time:   11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Place:  Shrine Club, Moose Jaw
Cost:   $5.00 admission

Sunday, May 20, 2018

What:  Transplant Trot

Time:   9:50 a.m. 
Place:  Sunningdale School

What:  ESP Psychic Fair

Time:   11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Place:  Shrine Club, Moose Jaw
Cost:   $5.00 admission

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Keep MJ Alive! – Doug Griffith
Wed. June 6
7:00 – 8:00 p.m. 
Performing Arts Theatre
$25/ ticket – MJ & District Chamber of Commerce

Professional Bull Riders (PBR)
Sat. June 9
7:00 p.m. 
$20 plus fees

Habitat for Humanity 2nd Annual Gala
Sat. June 16
Cocktails @ 5:30 p.m.
Welcome @ 6:15 p.m.
Dinner @ 6:45 p.m.
Dancing @ 9:00 p.m.
Featuring The New Montagues
$60/ TICKET
Derek 306-692-5050

The Saskatchewan 55+ Games 
July 10th- 12th

From the Desk of Warren Michelson May 11, 2018

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Here’s wishing you a Mother’s Day

That’s filled with every pleasure,

And a future that’s as happy

As the memories you treasure!


REPORT FROM THE LEGISLATURE



The Government of Saskatchewan is investing $14 million to improve rural roads, bridges and culverts throughout the province. The Municipal Roads for the Economy Program (MREP) provides funding for municipal roads impacted by increased truck traffic, as well as bridge and culvert projects.



The rural municipal road system plays an important part in getting our exports to market. Our investment in MREP supports municipalities and plays an important part in keeping our economy strong. Administered by the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities, MREP grants cover up to 50% of the costs of road projects and 30 to 90% of the costs of bridge and culvert projects.



With this year’s budget, our government has invested more than $3 billion into highways and infrastructure over the last three years. This shows that our government understands the need to make our busiest highways safer, and to get our exports to market more efficiently.



A decade of growth means major safety improvements to many of Saskatchewan’s busiest highways. Improvements include continued work on the Warman and Martensville interchanges; continued work on twinning Highway 7 between Vanscoy and Delisle; and starting a series of twinning and passing lane projects on Highways 6 and 39 between Regina and Estevan. Two sets of passing lanes will be built on Highway 6 between Regina and the junction of Highway 39 this year.



Two sets of passing lanes will be built on Highway 4 between North Battleford and Cochin; we are also beginning planning work for passing lanes on Highway 7 between Rosetown and the Alberta border, and Highways 9 and 10 between Melville and Canora. Planning work for passing lanes, widening and repaving Highway 5 between Highway 2 and Saskatoon is also underway. Two sets of passing lanes were opened on Highway 5 between Humboldt and Highway 2 last year.



In addition to these projects, this year’s budget will see 800 kilometres of highway improvements across the province. Other highlights include $13 million to repair flood damage or prevent damage in future years, and $6.7 million to urban municipalities through the Urban Highway Connector Program.



We continue working to improve traffic safety and efficiency with the construction of largest infrastructure project in Saskatchewan’s history – The Regina Bypass. On time and on budget for completion in 2019, the project includes 12 overpasses, 30 years of maintenance, 40 kilometres of new four-lane highway, 55 kilometres of new service roads, and 20 kilometres of four-lane resurfacing. The project involves 97 Saskatchewan-based companies and has created over 8,200 jobs.



At the start of another construction season, please remember to be alert, to drive carefully and to reduce your speed in construction zones.



May 6-12, 2018 is Emergency Preparedness Week.



Over the last several years, our province has experienced significant emergency situations like flooding, wildfires and severe weather events. That’s why it is so important to be emergency ready. This means knowing the risks, making a plan, getting an emergency kit and downloading the SaskAlert App.



SaskAlert notifies residents of emergencies in their area in real time so they can take action to protect themselves, their families and their property. If you don’t have SaskAlert on your smartphone yet, you can download the app from your phone’s app store or by visiting 
www.saskalert.ca.


Saskatchewan Emergency Medical Services Association Annual Convention was held in Moose Jaw this past week.



Minister of Rural & Remote health brought greetings on behalf of the Saskatchewan Government and thanked Sask EMS providers for their contributions!



EMS does commendable work in Health Care throughout Saskatchewan. Their dedication is greatly appreciated.

SASKATCHEWAN INTERVENES IN PIPELINE REFERENCE CASE BEFORE B.C. COURT OF APPEAL

The Attorney General of Saskatchewan will be applying to participate in the reference case currently before British Columbia’s Court of Appeal concerning the constitutionality of British Columbia’s proposed amendments to its Environmental Management Act.

“We are dismayed that a pipeline that will benefit many people across Canada continues to be held up by unreasonable delays,” Justice Minister and Attorney General Don Morgan said.  “As we argued in the previous case involving the city of Burnaby, it is Saskatchewan’s position that these pipelines are in the national interest and fall under federal, not provincial jurisdiction.”



On December 7, 2017, the National Energy Board ruled that the Trans Mountain pipeline is not required to comply with the two bylaws cited by the City of Burnaby as its reason for delaying the issuing of permits to Trans Mountain.  In its decision, the National Energy Board agreed with Saskatchewan that it would be contrary to a basic principle of federalism if one province, or a single municipality of one province, held the power to impede the construction of an interprovincial pipeline.



“Saskatchewan remains dedicated to standing up for the hard-working people in our natural resources and energy sectors,” Morgan said.  “We know that these pipelines are necessary for our energy companies to get their products to tidewater to ensure a competitive price, and that the increased capacity this pipeline represents stands to benefit all Canadians.”


SASKJOBS.CA TO CONTINUE FOR THE NEXT SIX MONTHS

The transition of saskjobs.ca to the partnership site with the National Job Bank will be extended for the next six months.

“Saskjobs has been an important website for both Saskatchewan employers and job seekers since 1999,” Immigration and Career Training Minister Jeremy Harrison said.  “While the move to the National Job Bank website will offer more benefits to employers and job seekers, it has been challenging for some businesses and individuals to adapt.  We have listened carefully to those concerns.”



On May 1, 2018, Saskatchewan deepened its existing partnership with the National Job Bank.  The new site requires employers and job seekers to use the new platform which includes enhanced security, more benefits and a new look and feel.



“We will continue to engage saskjobs.ca users and ensure a more hands-on approach to the transition,” Harrison said.  “The next six months will be spent engaging employers, job seekers and community partners about the upgrade.”


SOAR for Cystic Fibrosis
SOAR for Cystic Fibrosis was an entertaining and caring evening organized by Kimberly Evans on behalf of her daughter Cassidy.
This event was held at the Moose Jaw Municipal Air Port and featured an acrobatic show by Brent Handy and music Entertainment by Tenille Arts.
Sask Parks Launches Camp-Easy – No Equipment Necessary



Throughout the 2018 camping season, convenience-seekers or those brand new to camping can take advantage of Camp-Easy equipped campsites in three provincial parks.   Camp-Easy sites are great for campers who do not own camping equipment or aren’t sure if camping is for them, but would like to give it a try.  Guests can maximize their time spent in the park relaxing and exploring when eliminating set up and take down of their site.




“Camp-Easy is an innovative Sask Parks program launching this year,” Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Gene Makowsky said.  “After asking both campers and people who don’t use the parks for suggestions on how to provide the best experience possible for our guests, we heard there was strong interest in this type of offering.  We hope that new and returning park visitors take advantage of Camp-Easy this season to connect with nature and experience Saskatchewan’s beautiful provincial parks.”



Available at Buffalo Pound, Echo Valley and Pike Lake provincial parks, Camp-Easy sites are closely located to urban centres making the activity more accessible to families and new campers.  Just a 30-60 minute drive from Saskatoon or Regina, Camp-Easy sites are ideal for a quick getaway with minimal effort and preparation required after booking.



FAMILY FIRST RADIOTHON’S FINAL TOTAL

CROP REPORT FOR THE PERIOD May 1 TO 7, 2018

Seeding is underway for many producers, with more expecting to hit the field in the coming week.  Nine per cent of the crop is now in the ground, behind the five-year (2013-2017) seeding average of 19 per cent for this time of year.  A slow start to spring has delayed field operations in much of the province.



Seeding is furthest advanced in the southwestern region, where 18 per cent of the crop is in the ground.  Fifteen per cent is seeded in the southeast, while all other regions in the province are reporting three per cent seeded.


Little to no rainfall was reported last week in most regions, with the Swift Current area receiving the most – 9.5 mm.  Many areas received rain earlier this week that will help with the dry field conditions.



Strong and warm winds have dried fields throughout the province, and many producers will need rain in the coming weeks to help crops germinate and establish.  Provincially, topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as three per cent surplus, 67 per cent adequate, 25 per cent short and five per cent very short.  Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as two per cent surplus, 55 per cent adequate, 31 per cent short and 12 per cent very short.



Winter wheat assessment continues as fields green up.  Pasture and hay land growth has been slow and some cattle producers are supplementing feed.  There have been multiple reports of grass and stubble fires due to the dry conditions and rain would be welcomed to help alleviate concerns.



Farmers are busy seeding, working fields, controlling weeds and moving cattle.



SaskPower reports 25 cases of farm machinery coming into contact with electrical equipment over the last week, bringing the total for this month to 27.  SaskPower reminds producers that most farming-related incidents happen during seeding and spraying.  Check for overhead lines before beginning your work.  More safety information is available at www.saskpower.com/safety.



A complete, printable version of the Crop Report is available online at 
http://publications.gov.sk.ca/redirect.cfm?p=89917&i=106737.



Follow the 2018 Crop Report on Twitter at @SKAgriculture.


WHAT’S HAPPENING IN MOOSE JAW

Friday, May 11, 2018

What:  Masjid Grand Opening – Dr. Ramadan

Time:   12-1:30 p.m. Welcome and Speeches
1:30- 2 p.m. – Jumma Prayer
2- 5 p.m. – Refreshments and Open House.

Place: 73 Landcaster Rd. 

Saturday, May 12, 2018

What: Mother’s Day Out

Time:  9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 
Place: Twin Lakes Ranch Ministries 
Cost:  $25 – Call or Text Lorna 306-631-5396
To register go the Twin Lakes Ranch Ministries website.  

What:  Mother’s Day Plant Day

Time:   2:00 p.m.
Place:  Western Development Museum
Cost:   $60/ per person – includes supplies -12 years and older. 

What:  A night to Remember Jake’s gift

Time:   2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. 
Place:  Mae Wilson Theatre
Cost:  $30
A benefit for the Canadian Fallen Heroes Foundation

What: Oak Tree Fundraising Dinner 
Time:  7:00 p.m. 
Place:  Zion United Church 
6:00 refreshment
7:00 Supper
8:00 program
Fundraiser in support of an addiction Center

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Burrowing Owl Season Opener
May 19th
12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. 
Bouncing Castle, Face Painting, Hotdogs
$10/ person, $35/ Family of 5

ESP Psychic Fair
May 19, 20, 21
Shrine Club, Moose Jaw
Sat & Sun- 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. 
Mon- 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. 
$5.00 admission

Professional Bull Riders (PBR)
Sat. June 9
7:00 p.m. 
$20 plus fees

Habitat for Humanity 2nd Annual Gala
Sat. June 16
Cocktails @ 5:30 p.m.
Welcome @ 6:15 p.m.
Dinner @ 6:45 p.m.
Dancing @ 9:00 p.m.
Featuring The New Montagues
$60/ TICKET
Derek 306-692-5050

The Saskatchewan 55+ Games 
July 10th- 12th

Moose Jaw Express May 9, 2018

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Starting the Season Safely

Saskatchewan farmers and ranchers are the backbone of our economy, contributing about 10 per cent of the province’s GDP. Agriculture continues to drive growth and keep Saskatchewan’s economy strong with total exports more than doubling over the past decade to 14.4 billion dollars.

The 2018-19 Saskatchewan Budget supports a strong agriculture sector with record investment in ag research and continued strong support for business risk management programs, such as Crop Insurance. The budget also includes increased funding for Animal Protection Services of Saskatchewan.

Bill 125, The Saskatchewan Value-Added Agriculture Incentive, has also been introduced in the Legislature. The new incentive is designed to improve investment attraction and retention outcomes in the province’s value-added ag sector by offering a 15 per cent non-refundable tax credit for value-added agriculture facilities that make a significant capital investment to expand production capacity.

Supporting the sustainability and growth of the agriculture industry will help producers increase crop production, value-added processing and agri-food exports. This will ensure that Saskatchewan continues to be a leader in providing healthy, affordable food for our province and the world.

Before the snow had completely disappeared from the fields, the spring agriculture season was already in progress. Traveling to and from Regina for the spring session of the legislature, I am noticing more and more equipment is out working the fields. I think about the safety of the operators of those machines and all of the work that is occurring on farms and ranches at this busy time of year.

Grain production especially has the peak seasons of seeding and harvest when the weather and other factors can impact operations. During this time of substantial activity, finishing the job quickly can become a priority and making a deliberate effort to focus on safety is crucial at these times.

Agriculture is one of Saskatchewan’s largest and most hazardous industries. While less than one-quarter of Saskatchewan’s working population lives on a farm, farm fatalities account for one-third of all worker fatalities in the province. There are resources available through the Government of Saskatchewan to help prevent farm accidents. These resources are useful to both owner operators, and to those employed on farms and ranches. Saskatchewan.ca/farmsafety is an excellent place to start.

The Ministry of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety’s Farm Safety Program provides advice about training, clarifies employer and worker roles and responsibilities, and identifies common workplace hazards on the farm.

The Farm Safety Program is about management practices that will help ensure the health and safety of everyone on the farm. It provides a 10-step plan to help you protect your employees, your family, and yourself from injuries and illness on your farm; information on how the occupational health and safety legislation applies to farms and ranches; and references to publications and websites that can help you develop your farm safety plan.

I admire the courage it takes to be an agricultural producer, when your livelihood depends on a number of uncontrollable variables; like the weather. The Farm Stress Line is a valuable resource. It is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to provide confidential crisis telephone counselling, support and referral information to individuals, youth and families in rural areas. The Farm Stress Line is available at 1-800-667-4442.

Thank you to our agricultural workers who help feed the world. I wish you all a safe and successful growing season.

From the Desk of Warren Michelson May 4, 2018

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LINDALE SCHOOL VISIT


I was pleased to welcome 50 grade 5 students: their teaching staff and chaperones to the Legislature this past week.   It’s always a pleasure to welcome constituents and especially school groups from the Moose Jaw North constituency to the Legislative Building.


12th ANNUAL 800 CHAB FAMILY FIRST RADIOTHON

The goal for the 36 hour radiothon is to try to raise $125,000 for new equipment and access to more than one piece of the same equipment for the hospital, staff and patients. 

SASKATCHEWAN HEALTH A PRIORITY

The ability to see a doctor, whether they are a specialist or a general practitioner, is one of the most important aspects of our health care system.


Our government prioritized physician recruitment and retention upon coming to office in 2007, and since then we’ve seen nearly 900 more doctors – a 51% increase. This includes significant increases in general practitioners (43%), specialists (62%), and pediatricians (98%).


The number of psychiatrists has increased by 37%.


The number of pediatricians practicing in Saskatchewan has increased from 62 to 123 since 2007, with more on the way before the opening of the Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital in 2019.


A number of physician recruitment and retention initiatives have resulted in more than 2,600 physicians licensed to practice in the province, including:

  • one of the best physician compensation rates in the country;
  • training more doctors in Saskatchewan by increasing the College of Medicine’s undergraduate seats from 60 to 100, and doubling the number of medical residency positions to 120;
  • establishing more family medicine resident training sites outside of Regina and Saskatoon, including sites in Prince Albert, Swift Current, La Ronge, North Battleford and Moose Jaw, which has led to a 79% retention rate for family physicians; and
  • recruiting more than 200 internationally trained physicians, 77% of whom are working in rural or regional communities.

We have made huge strides over the past decade which means better care that can be accessed closer to home for many of Saskatchewan’s rural residents. While we are pleased with this level of growth, we continue to work with health sector partners to recruit for vacant positions across the province.


Our government is also committed to taking steps to improve Saskatchewan’s organ and tissue donation rates. In addition to establishing a leadership model for organ and tissue donation, including donor physicians and Registered Nurse donor coordinators, we recently launched an advertising campaign to remind Saskatchewan residents that agreeing to be an organ donor saves lives.


This year, our awareness campaign is highlighting three Saskatchewan families whose prayers for an organ transplant were answered. These stories describe the pressing need for a matching donor, and the relief that came when a matching organ became available.


You can visit
www.saskatchewan.ca to learn more about organ and tissue donation in Saskatchewan, and view the powerful, real-life experiences of three Saskatchewan families.


NEW TAX BREAK FOR SENIORS

A new tax deferral program has been created to help Saskatchewan seniors.


The Seniors Education Property Tax Deferral Program, which opened on April 10, will give Saskatchewan seniors with household incomes under $70,000 the option to defer the education portion of the property taxes on their home through a repayable loan.


“This program will provide low-to-moderate-income seniors with greater financial flexibility, and help them stay in their homes longer,” Social Services Minister and Minister Responsible for Saskatchewan Housing Corporation Paul Merriman said.  “We are following through on an election promise and supporting our government’s priorities and strategies, including The Poverty Reduction Strategy.”

Seniors are eligible for the program if they:

  • are 65 years of age or older;
  • own and live in their home as their main residence in Saskatchewan;
  • have total household income below $70,000; and
  • maintain a minimum of 25 per cent equity in their home.

Seniors can apply at any point in the year to defer their education property taxes.  Approved applicants will be enrolled in the program for 10 years with the option to opt out at any point.  At the end of the 10-year enrollment period, seniors who would like to continue to defer future education property taxes can reapply to the program.  Seniors remain responsible for the direct and full payment of their property taxes.


Repayment of the loans must occur when the program clients sell, transfer, or no longer reside in their homes or when they no longer meet the conditions of the loan.  Clients may also repay the loan at any time without penalty.


This program is only available for the education property taxes that are charged for a principal residence.  If the senior has a secondary residence, farmland, or commercial property in addition to the principal residence, they may only defer the portion of education property taxes for the principal residence.  Only the education property taxes for the current calendar year may be deferred.


People interested in the program can call 306-787-4177 or 1-800-667-7567 or email 
repairstaff@gov.sk.ca.  For more information, visit www.saskatchewan.ca/residents/taxes-and-investments/property-taxes/seniors-education-property-tax-deferral-program.


ECHO VALLEY AND SASKATCHEWAN LANDING PARKS OPEN EARLY FOR CAMPERS

Got the camping bug and can’t wait until summer to enjoy nature?


Two provincial parks will open early for campers who want to get a jump on this year’s camping season.  Two campgrounds in Echo Valley Provincial Park and one campground in Saskatchewan Landing Provincial Park will open on Thursday, May 10, a week earlier than the scheduled provincial park opening.


“The opportunity to open early for campers was just too good to pass up,” Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Gene Makowsky said.  “After a long winter, many campers are looking forward to getting out to the parks.  I am pleased we will be able to lengthen the season for our dedicated campers so they can take advantage of the beautiful spring weather we are finally seeing and make the most of this year’s season.”


Registration for early camping is on a first-come, first-serve self-registration basis.  Guests can enjoy reduced nightly fees and free park entry up until Thursday, May 17.


“Early season camping gives visitors a chance to experience the park at one of the most beautiful times of the year,” Saskatchewan Landing Park Manager Tricia Bacon said.  “To be on the safe side, campers should come prepared for changing conditions so they can enjoy the experience no matter what nature provides for weather.”


Visitors should note that there will be reduced services with some facilities not open during this week.


Once the parks open for regular nightly camping on May 17, campers will need to reserve their site online at 
www.saskparks.goingtocamp.com if they wish to extend their stay.


The Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport continues to invest in facilities and infrastructure at Echo Valley and Saskatchewan Landing Provincial Parks as part of a commitment to improve the park experience for visitors.


PROGRAM PROVIDES ALTERNATIVE FOR UPDATING CHILD SUPPORT

The province is providing parents with an alternative way to update their child support amounts through the recently-launched Saskatchewan Child Support Recalculation Service.


The program will provide eligible parents who apply with a faster and less costly way to update their income information for child support payments.  Rather than going through the courts, parents who apply to the Saskatchewan Child Support Recalculation Service will have their payments calculated by program staff based on their most recent income information.  Either parent can apply to the program.


“The government understands that issues around child support payments can create unnecessary stress for parents,” Justice Minister and Attorney General Don Morgan said.  “This pilot will take a lot of the strain out of that process, ensuring payments are accurate for both parents.”


Justice Canada is providing Saskatchewan with a total amount of $695,755 over four years for this pilot project through the Canadian Family Justice Fund, which supports innovative services.


“We are committed to helping alleviate child poverty, including by helping to ensure that child support amounts are fair and up-to-date,” said Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada.  “We are also committed to making family justice more accessible and less stressful for families experiencing a separation or divorce.  This project will help to achieve those goals, and for that reason, we are happy to support it, and support families.”


Parents have an obligation to disclose changes in their income to ensure child support amounts are kept up-to-date.  The Child Support Recalculation Service will require the parent paying child support to send updated financial information so that child support amounts can be updated accordingly.  In instances where the parent does not provide the requested financial information, the amount may be increased as set out in The Family Maintenance Regulations, 1998.


The pilot will initially be focused on the Regina area.  Parents who wish to take part in the pilot can call 1-833-825-1445 or apply online at 
www.saskatchewan.ca/child-support-recalculation.


The Ministry of Justice’s Maintenance Enforcement Office collected and distributed $42.7 million in child support payments in 2016-17. 


CROP REPORT FOR THE PERIOD APRIL 24 TO 30, 2018

A cool and late spring has delayed field work across the province.  However, seeding has started in the southern areas.  In most other areas, harrowing and pre-seeding herbicide and fertilizer applications are taking place.  Many producers will be seeding within the week.


Field conditions vary greatly across the province.  The southern regions are dry and the northern and eastern regions are dealing with high field moisture.  Topsoil moisture on crop land is rated six per cent surplus, 64 per cent adequate, 20 per cent short and 10 per cent very short.  Topsoil moisture on hay land and pasture is rated as three per cent surplus, 63 per cent adequate, 28 per cent short and six per cent very short.  High winds are drying up the soil quickly.  The soil is slow to warm up and there is still snow and ice in some sloughs and ditches in the north.


Due to a low-yielding hay crop in 2017, an extended cold winter, and a slow start to spring, many livestock producers have turned to alternative feed sources and feed grains while they wait for the pastures to green up.


Spring runoff in the south was below normal in many areas, leaving some livestock producers looking at how to sustain water supplies throughout the upcoming grazing season.


Rainfall was recorded in the southern and eastern regions during the past week, ranging from trace amounts to 24 mm in the Big Beaver area.


Winter wheat survival is being monitored as it is too early to make an accurate assessment.


SaskPower reports four cases of farm machinery coming into contact with electrical equipment over the last week.  The majority of farming-related incidents happen during seeding.  SaskPower reminds producers to take an extra moment to check for overhead lines before beginning work.  More safety information is available at www.saskpower.com/safety.


A complete, printable version of the Crop Report is available online at 
www.saskatchewan.ca/crop-report.


Follow the 2018 Crop Report on Twitter at @SKAgriculture.


WHAT’S HAPPENING IN MOOSE JAW

Friday, May 4, 2018

What:  Fair Trade Festival

Time:   9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. 
Place:  Central Lutheran Church

 

What: MJ Health Foundation Hot Dog fundraiser 
Time:  11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 
Place:  Wigmore Hospital

What: MJ Right to Life Annual Giant Garage Sale

Time:   1:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Place:  Church of Our Lady Community Centre

What:  Just One Drop Film and Fundraiser

Time:   7:00 p.m
Place:  MJ Public Library

Saturday, May 5, 2018

What: MJ Right to Life Annual Giant Garage Sale

Time:   9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. 
Place:  Church of Our Lady Community Centre

What:  Cystic Fibrosis Charitable Endeavour

Time:   7:00 p.m. 
Place:  MJ Municipal Airport

What:  Spring Home and Garden Show

Time:   10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. 
Place: The Sportsman’s Centre, 276 Home St. E,
Cost:  $3.00 UPCOMING EVENTS:

Zion’s Annual Salad Buffet
Wednesday, May 9
11:30 a.m. -1:00 p.m.
$10/ ticket @ Zion office

Mother’s Day Plant Day
Saturday, May 12
2:00 p.m.
Western Development Museum
$60/ per person – includes supplies
12 years and older. 

Report from the Legislature May 3, 2018

Summer at the Legislative Building

The ability to see a doctor, whether they are a specialist or a general practitioner, is one of the most important aspects of our health care system.

Our government prioritized physician recruitment and retention upon coming to office in 2007, and since then we’ve seen nearly 900 more doctors – a 51% increase. This includes significant increases in general practitioners (43%), specialists (62%), and pediatricians (98%).

The number of psychiatrists has increased by 37%.

The number of pediatricians practicing in Saskatchewan has increased from 62 to 123 since 2007, with more on the way before the opening of the Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital in 2019.

A number of physician recruitment and retention initiatives have resulted in more than 2,600 physicians licensed to practice in the province, including:

  • one of the best physician compensation rates in the country;
  • training more doctors in Saskatchewan by increasing the College of Medicine’s undergraduate seats from 60 to 100, and doubling the number of medical residency positions to 120;
  • establishing more family medicine resident training sites outside of Regina and Saskatoon, including sites in Prince Albert, Swift Current, La Ronge, North Battleford and Moose Jaw, which has led to a 79% retention rate for family physicians; and
  • recruiting more than 200 internationally trained physicians, 77% of whom are working in rural or regional communities.


We have made huge strides over the past decade which means better care that can be accessed closer to home for many of Saskatchewan’s rural residents. While we are pleased with this level of growth, we continue to work with health sector partners to recruit for vacant positions across the province.

Our government is also committed to taking steps to improve Saskatchewan’s organ and tissue donation rates. In addition to establishing a leadership model for organ and tissue donation, including donor physicians and Registered Nurse donor coordinators, we recently launched an advertising campaign to remind Saskatchewan residents that agreeing to be an organ donor saves lives.

This year, our awareness campaign is highlighting three Saskatchewan families whose prayers for an organ transplant were answered. These stories describe the pressing need for a matching donor, and the relief that came when a matching organ became available.

You can visit www.saskatchewan.ca to learn more about organ and tissue donation in Saskatchewan, and view the powerful, real-life experiences of three Saskatchewan families.

A new tax deferral program – a 2016 Election platform commitment – has been created to help Saskatchewan seniors.

The Seniors Education Property Tax Deferral Program, opened on April 10th, will give Saskatchewan seniors with household incomes under $70,000 the option to defer the education portion of the property taxes on their home through a repayable loan.

This program will provide low-to-moderate-income seniors with greater financial flexibility, and help them stay in their homes longer.

Seniors are eligible for the program if they:

  • are 65 years of age or older;
  • own and live in their home as their main residence in Saskatchewan;
  • have total household income below $70,000; and
  • maintain a minimum of 25 per cent equity in their home.

People who are interested in the program can call 306-787-4177 or 1-800-667-7567 or email repairstaff@gov.sk.ca. For more information, please visit www.saskatchewan.ca/residents/taxes-and-investments/property-taxes/seniors-education-property-tax-deferral-program.

Moose Jaw Express May 2, 2018

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The success of Saskatchewan students continues to be a top priority of our government. Education provides children with the foundation they need to pursue their dreams and achieve their full potential.

Increased funding to the Ministry of Education in the 2018-19 Budget will ensure students continue to receive high-quality learning and support services in school.

Saskatchewan’s 27 school divisions will receive $1.87 billion in school operating funding for the 2018-19 school year, an increase of $30 million over last year. This increase will allow school divisions to continue to support students in the classroom by hiring the equivalent of up to 400 teachers and other educational support staff.

Signed earlier this year, the Canada-Saskatchewan Early Learning Child Care Agreement will provide Saskatchewan with nearly $41 million to improve early learning and child care over three years, including 1,015 licensed child care centre spaces. Moose Jaw will receive 13 more spaces in the first allocation with the Ministry of Education continuing to receive applications for further allocations that will be announced for communities across the province later this spring.

Organizations have until May 11, 2018 to submit their applications and are encouraged to apply. For more information on submitting an application, documents are available at Saskatchewan.ca.

The 2018-19 Budget also maintains operating grants to Saskatchewan’s universities, colleges and technical schools. Saskatchewan’s post-secondary education budget represents an increase of 1.5 per cent.

The Advanced Education budget includes:

  • Maintaining operating grants to the institutions at their 2017-18 levels;
  • Restoring $5.0 million in funding to the University of Saskatchewan;
  • Funding of $87.8 million for the College of Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan to ensure a successful College that provides quality medical education; and
  • Increasing capital funding by $900,000 for repairs and maintenance.

The Saskatchewan government demonstrates its strong support for post-secondary education by providing more than $673 million in operating and capital grants to post-secondary institutions.  Students will also benefit from $34 million in direct financial supports, including:

  • Over $22 million to support the student loan program, which will provide repayable and non-repayable financial assistance to an estimated 16,000 students;
  • Up-front grants which provide up to $4,000 per year in combined federal and Saskatchewan assistance for a typical full-time student; and
  • $12 million for scholarships, such as the Saskatchewan Advantage Scholarship and the Saskatchewan Innovation and Opportunity Scholarship.

The Graduation Retention Program is one of the best graduate retention programs in Canada. It was introduced to encourage students who have completed post secondary studies to remain in Saskatchewan and to establish careers in our province. It has proved to be highly effective and students will continue to receive these post-secondary benefits. The Graduate Retention Program, continues to provide Saskatchewan income tax credits of up to $20,000 for tuition fees paid by graduates who live and work in Saskatchewan.

Budget 2018-19 is on track. It continues to ensure Saskatchewan students receive a high-quality education at home so they can feel confident in their career of choice in our Province.

From the Desk of Warren Michelson April 27, 2018

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ATAMISKAKEWAK NATIONAL GATHERING 2018
Atamiskākēwak 2018 is the bringing together of all people in a week of experiences, education, understanding and fun, bridging the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.
2018-19 SASKATCHEWAN COMMUNITY LITERACY
FUND



The Ministry of Education is now accepting proposals for the 2018-19 Saskatchewan Community Literacy Fund (SCLF).  The SCLF provides funding for Saskatchewan-based not-for-profit organizations to develop and deliver new family and community literacy projects that contribute to enhanced community and family literacy.  Qualified projects may receive up to $50,000 in funding.



“These funds allow communities to respond to identified family or community literacy challenges in our province,” Deputy Premier and Education Minister Gordon Wyant said.  “They support community-based initiatives targeted at improving literacy rates and offering everyone the opportunity to get an education, gain skills and participate in the Saskatchewan economy.”



The Government of Saskatchewan will provide up to $400,000 for the Saskatchewan Community Literacy Fund in 2018-19.



Projects that receive funding may be between three months and one year in length.  Preference for funding will be given to projects that are not available elsewhere in the community and focus on the literacy needs of Indigenous and/or Métis people, newcomers, people with intellectual and/or physical challenges, young and/or single parents, youth, low income families, or rural communities.

The following types of registered, not-for-profit, organizations are eligible:

  • literacy organizations and public libraries;
  • First Nation communities, bands, Tribal Councils and organizations;
  • Métis communities and organizations;
  • early learning and child care centres;
  • immigrant-serving agencies and cultural organizations;
  • school divisions;
  • First Nations education authorities; and
  • post-secondary institutions, including regional colleges.
Applicants are required to submit the complete application package by email to the Saskatchewan Literacy Network at saskliteracy@saskliteracy.ca by Thursday, May 24, 2018.  All proposals received by the deadline will be reviewed by a selection committee to select those that most closely meet the criteria to receive SCLF funding.



The 2018-19 SCLF guidelines and application forms are available at 
www.saskatchewan.ca/residents/education-and-learning/literacy-in-saskatchewan.

Finance Minister Donna Harpauer stopped in Moose Jaw on Tuesday for a light lunch and to go over any questions locals had regarding the 2018-2019  Budget.   

DAY OF MOURNING FOR WORKERS KILLED OR INJURED ON THE JOB TO BE OBSERVED ON SATURDAY

On April 28, Canadians will take a moment to remember workers killed or injured on the job.



The National Day of Mourning will be marked as groups hold vigils, light candles, wear armbands and participate in other activities to honour those who died or suffered injuries and illnesses on the job.



In Saskatchewan, 27 people died from workplace-related injuries or illnesses in 2017.  The Workers’ Compensation Board recently reported that more than 22,000 people were injured at work in the same year.



“Our deepest condolences to family and friends who have lost a loved one,” Labour Relations and Workplace Safety Minister Don Morgan said.  “We need to honour the memories of those we have lost by making health and safety a priority in everything we do.”



“There is no greater reminder for us than today,” Workers’ Compensation Board Chairperson Gord Dobrowolsky said.  “We must create safe workplaces where lives are never at risk.  This is not the responsibility of one, but of us all.  We must continue to fight to make every workplace in Saskatchewan safe.  We all must work to prevent and eliminate workplace injuries and fatalities.”



Flags will fly at half-mast at the Saskatchewan Legislature and on Parliament Hill.  Today, there was a moment of silence in the Legislature and the names of each of the 27 Saskatchewan workers who lost their lives in 2017 were read in tribute.



Day of Mourning vigils will be held in communities throughout the province.  A list of events open to the public can be found at 
www.worksafesask.ca/resources/national-day-of-mourning/.


A huge note of gratitude to the organizers of the Benefit Hockey Game at Mosaic Place in support of the Humboldt Broncos and in memory of Evan Thomas who played for the Moose Jaw Generals before joining the Broncos.  It was Evan’s father who did the ceremonial face off.



“THOMAS” was on the back of each Jersey.



The Blue Team players had number 23, which was the number Evan wore in his rooky year.


The Red Team wore the number 9 on their jerseys, which was the number Evan wore in his final year with the Generals. The number 9 will be retired next season.

With all the players wearing the same name and number on their back it was difficult to tell who the players really were, but it was just a great game of good hockey with lots of passes and shots, missed passes, missed opportunities, good saves and no pressure as to which team was going to win. It was just a great game to sit and enjoy.


At the end of the game the crowd stayed in their seats for a long time just appreciating the players and game.



I didn’t know Evan personally, however I’m sure he was a tremendous young man who was liked and loved by all who knew him, from the impression that was created in his honour. Thank you to the organizers, the players who came out to support the game. Our thoughts & prayers to the family of Evan Thomas.


CARBON TAX



The Government of Saskatchewan has launched a constitutional reference case in the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal to challenge the federal government’s ability to impose a carbon tax on the province.



The government is asking the Court of Appeal to answer a clear question on the constitutionality of the legislation that the federal government has introduced to impose the carbon tax.



The question is:


The Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act was introduced into Parliament on March 28, 2018 as Part 5 of Bill C-74. If enacted, will this Act be unconstitutional in whole or in part?



We do not believe the federal government has the constitutional right to impose the Trudeau carbon tax on Saskatchewan, against the wishes of the government and the people.



This federal tax fails to respect the sovereignty and autonomy of the provinces with respect to matters under their jurisdiction. Simply put, we do not believe the federal government has the right to impose a tax on one province but not others just because they don’t like our climate change plan.



Under the constitution, each level of government is sovereign within its own legislative realm. Provincial governments have the authority to set policy in areas of provincial jurisdiction, and the federal government does not have the right to override that provincial authority.



The Government of Saskatchewan released Prairie Resilience: A Made-in-Saskatchewan Climate Change Strategy in December 2017. The strategy includes:

  • the development of sector-specific output-based performance standards on large emitting facilities;
  • increasing efficiencies in buildings;
  • creating a freight strategy to improve delivery times, reducing fuel and increasing efficiency; and
  • developing a climate resiliency model to help ensure communities are able to adapt and mitigate against the effects of climate change.

Our made-in-Saskatchewan strategy is broader and bolder than a carbon tax. Our plan includes reducing emissions from the electricity sector by 40 per cent and methane emissions from the oil and gas sector by 40 to 45 per cent by 2030.



Our Saskatchewan story also includes our agriculture industry that sequesters nearly 12 million tonnes of CO2 annually and carbon capture at Boundary Dam 3 that has prevented two million tonnes of carbon dioxide from entering our atmosphere. Saskatchewan is the solution, not the problem.
Our government will continue to stand up for Saskatchewan against the Trudeau government’s costly and ineffective carbon tax, while pursuing real emission reductions and protecting jobs in the province.



Our government will always stand up for Saskatchewan and that includes ensuring the Trans Mountain pipeline gets built.



Access to overseas markets is critical to getting the world price for Canadian crude oil and ending the significant discounting of Canadian crude oil. The status quo cost Saskatchewan oil producers an estimated $2.6 billion and the province an estimated $210 million in taxes, royalties and other revenue last year.



Pipelines are acknowledged as the most efficient and the safest method of transporting large volumes of crude oil. We are confident that federally-approved and properly-regulated pipelines can be constructed and operated in a manner that protects both the environment and public health and safety.



The expansion of our national pipeline capacity is vital to the future of our energy sector and to thousands of Canadian jobs. It must not be obstructed, either by a lack of federal leadership or by a provincial government overstepping.



We find ourselves in gridlock today because, in the 18 months since the federal government approved the Trans Mountain pipeline, it has failed to ensure that construction could proceed.



Our government has introduced Bill 126, The Energy Export Act, which creates the legislative framework necessary to optimize the value of Saskatchewan’s oil, gas, and refined petroleum products by establishing a permitting process to export such products outside the province.



Similar in intent to legislation recently introduced by the Government of Alberta, Bill 126 is a last resort that will be used only if the Trans Mountain pipeline continues to be stalled by provincial obstruction and federal inaction, and if the Alberta government acts upon its legislation.



Oil doesn’t stop moving when pipelines are opposed – instead it moves on rail or by truck. Increasing pipeline access to tidewater would inject billions of dollars into Canada’s economy. Aspiring to greater energy independence is a priority for Saskatchewan and should always be a priority for the nation of Canada.


PROVINCE LAUNCHES FREE LEGAL ADVICE PROGRAM FOR SURVIVORS OF SEXUAL VIOLENCE



The Government of Saskatchewan’s program for survivors of sexual violence, The Listen Project, is now open to the public.



The program provides legal advice to survivors of sexual violence, and is hosted by Public Legal Education Association of Saskatchewan (PLEA).



“We acknowledge that Saskatchewan has unfortunately high rates of sexual victimization and recognize sexual violence survivors often need help in responding to and overcoming such violence,” Justice Minister and Attorney General Don Morgan said.  “The government stands with these survivors, and this program is a testament to our ongoing commitment to address the problem of sexual violence in Saskatchewan.”



Survivors of sexual violence can contact the program online at 
https://listen.plea.org/ or by phone toll-free at 1-855-258-9415.  Under the program, clients can receive a referral for up to two hours of free legal information and advice.  Where needed, an additional two hours of free legal assistance may be approved.



The Listen Project is designed to help survivors overcome some of the barriers in accessing the justice system by helping them understand their legal rights and options,” PLEA Executive Director Joel Janow said.  “PLEA is very excited to be part of this important project and looks forward to helping survivors of sexual violence find their voice.”



Funding for the program was provided by the Department of Justice Canada through the Federal Justice Victims Fund.  As a pilot project, the program has been provided with enough funding to run until March 2021.



“Sexual assault can have devastating and traumatic impacts on victims and survivors, yet is one of the most underreported crimes in Canada,” Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada Jody Wilson-Raybould said.  “Our government is committed to breaking down the barriers that may discourage reporting, and to ensuring that we have the tools in place to support those who do come forward.  I am very pleased that the Government of Canada is able to help fund this important initiative.”



The Listen Project handles cases that involve sexual assault, sexual harassment in the workplace and historical sexual abuse.  The program is free, and has no age restrictions or limitations on how much time has passed since an incident of sexual violence occurred.  The only limitation is that the sexual violence must have occurred in Saskatchewan.  Incidents of sexual violence do not need to be reported to the police for clients to be eligible for the program.

I was honored to bring greetings to the Briercrest College and Seminary commencement ceremonies this afternoon on be half of Premier Scott Moe and the government of Saskatchewan.



Briercrest College provides a Faith-Based post secondary education for students across Western Canada. 140 students received diplomas.


ORGAN DONATIONS



Investments Have Led to the Signing of Three Donor Physicians with Work Underway to Recruit Registered Nurse Donor Co-ordinators



The Ministry of Health and the Saskatchewan Health Authority are launching a campaign to raise awareness about the importance of organ and tissue donation.  Three donor physicians have signed contracts to share a half-time position, which is responsible for providing leadership and education as part of a new model for Saskatchewan’s organ and tissue donation system.



“Our government is committed to improving Saskatchewan’s organ and tissue donation rates,” Health Minister Jim Reiter said.  “In addition to signing three donor physicians, we are launching an advertising campaign to remind Saskatchewan residents that agreeing to be an organ donor saves lives.”

In 2018-19, $566,000 has been allocated for the Saskatchewan Health Authority to establish a leadership model for organ and tissue donation, including donor physicians and Registered Nurse donor co-ordinators.



The awareness campaign launch coincides with National Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Week, and includes video and print media with powerful, real-life examples of organ donation and the impact it has on the lives of Saskatchewan people.



“Donor physicians will champion organ donation across the province,” Saskatchewan Health Authority CEO Scott Livingstone said.  “Their leadership coupled with initiatives aimed at improving the donation process itself, will pave the way to improving organ donation rates in Saskatchewan.”



Speaking with loved ones about your intention to donate is important, because organ and tissue donation is only possible with the consent of next of kin.



Visit 
www.saskatchewan.ca to learn more about organ and tissue donation in Saskatchewan, and view the powerful, real-life experiences of three Saskatchewan families.


WHAT’S HAPPENING IN MOOSE JAW

Friday, April 27, 2018

What: Atamiskakewak National Gathering 2018-Competition Powwow

Time:   5:30 p.m. 
Place:  Mosaic

What: SW District (SSFA) 55+ Games Moose Jaw, Early Registration & information
Time:  5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Place:  Kinsmen Sportsplex, Moose Jaw

What:  Vanier Collegiate Fine Arts Cafe

Time:   7:00 p.m.
Place:  Vanier Collegiate

Saturday, April 28, 2018

What: Moose Jaw & District Labour Council

Time:   2:00 p.m. 
Place:  Moose Jaw Union Centre 1402 Caribou St. W

What:  Atamiskakewak National Gathering 2018 -Closing ceremony and lowering
of the flags and pipe.

Time:   5:30 p.m. 
Place:  Heritage Inn- Jubilee C

Sunday, April 29, 2018

What:  Knights of Columbus Annual Spring Roast Beef Supper

Time:    5:00 p.m. 
Place:  Church of Our Lady-  $10/ adults $8/ children 6-12

What:  Minto United Church Annual Chinese Fortune Supper

Time:   6:00 p.m
Place:  Minto United Church 306-693-6148
UPCOMING EVENTS:

MJ Right to Life Annual Giant Garage Sale
Friday, May 4 – 1:00p.m. – 8:00 p.m.  
Saturday, May 5 – 9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. 

Zion’s Annual Salad Buffet
Wednesday, May 9
11:30 a.m. -1:00 p.m. 
$10/ ticket @ Zion office

Mother’s Day Plant Day
Saturday, May 12
2:00 p.m. 
Western Development Museum
$60/ per person – includes supplies
12 years and older. 

Report from the Legislature April 26, 2018

Summer at the Legislative Building

Report from the Legislature

April 26. 2018

The Government of Saskatchewan has launched a constitutional reference case in the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal to challenge the federal government’s ability to impose a carbon tax on the province.

The government is asking the Court of Appeal to answer a clear question on the constitutionality of the legislation that the federal government has introduced to impose the carbon tax.

The question is:
The Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act was introduced into Parliament on March 28, 2018 as Part 5 of Bill C-74. If enacted, will this Act be unconstitutional in whole or in part?

We do not believe the federal government has the constitutional right to impose the Trudeau carbon tax on Saskatchewan, against the wishes of the government and the people.

This federal tax fails to respect the sovereignty and autonomy of the provinces with respect to matters under their jurisdiction. Simply put, we do not believe the federal government has the right to impose a tax on one province but not others just because they don’t like our climate change plan.

Under the constitution, each level of government is sovereign within its own legislative realm. Provincial governments have the authority to set policy in areas of provincial jurisdiction, and the federal government does not have the right to override that provincial authority.

The Government of Saskatchewan released Prairie Resilience: A Made-in-Saskatchewan Climate Change Strategy in December 2017. The strategy includes:

  • the development of sector-specific output-based performance standards on large emitting facilities;
  • increasing efficiencies in buildings;
  • creating a freight strategy to improve delivery times, reducing fuel and increasing efficiency; and
  • developing a climate resiliency model to help ensure communities are able to adapt and mitigate against the effects of climate change.

Our made-in-Saskatchewan strategy is broader and bolder than a carbon tax. Our plan includes reducing emissions from the electricity sector by 40 per cent and methane emissions from the oil and gas sector by 40 to 45 per cent by 2030.

Our Saskatchewan story also includes our agriculture industry that sequesters nearly 12 million tonnes of CO2 annually and carbon capture at Boundary Dam 3 that has prevented two million tonnes of carbon dioxide from entering our atmosphere. Saskatchewan is the solution, not the problem.

Our government will continue to stand up for Saskatchewan against the Trudeau government’s costly and ineffective carbon tax, while pursuing real emission reductions and protecting jobs in the province.

Our government will always stand up for Saskatchewan and that includes ensuring the Trans Mountain pipeline gets built.

Access to overseas markets is critical to getting the world price for Canadian crude oil and ending the significant discounting of Canadian crude oil. The status quo cost Saskatchewan oil producers an estimated $2.6 billion and the province an estimated $210 million in taxes, royalties and other revenue last year.

Pipelines are acknowledged as the most efficient and the safest method of transporting large volumes of crude oil. We are confident that federally-approved and properly-regulated pipelines can be constructed and operated in a manner that protects both the environment and public health and safety.

The expansion of our national pipeline capacity is vital to the future of our energy sector and to thousands of Canadian jobs. It must not be obstructed, either by a lack of federal leadership or by a provincial government overstepping.

We find ourselves in gridlock today because, in the 18 months since the federal government approved the Trans Mountain pipeline, it has failed to ensure that construction could proceed.

Our government has introduced Bill 126, The Energy Export Act, which creates the legislative framework necessary to optimize the value of Saskatchewan’s oil, gas, and refined petroleum products by establishing a permitting process to export such products outside the province.

Similar in intent to legislation recently introduced by the Government of Alberta, Bill 126 is a last resort that will be used only if the Trans Mountain pipeline continues to be stalled by provincial obstruction and federal inaction, and if the Alberta government acts upon its legislation.

Oil doesn’t stop moving when pipelines are opposed – instead it moves on rail or by truck. Increasing pipeline access to tidewater would inject billions of dollars into Canada’s economy. Aspiring to greater energy independence is a priority for Saskatchewan and should always be a priority for the nation of Canada.

 

Moose Jaw Express April 24, 2018

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April 24, 2018

The budget for Saskatchewan Health Services is the largest entity of the provincial budget, and as the population increases there is greater emphasis on providing health services in our province.

The 2018-19 Saskatchewan Health Budget includes a focus on ensuring health services are delivered in new, innovative ways, to better meet the needs of residents.

This year’s record health budget will work to improve health care for all Saskatchewan people.

The transition to a single Saskatchewan Health Authority late last year is already saving $19 million in administration costs. These savings are now being reinvested in front-line services to enhance health care.

This year’s budget includes new initiatives such as Universal HIV Drug Coverage, Individualized Autism Funding, and a Universal Newborn Hearing Screening Program.

Targeted funding will also provide Saskatchewan people with increased access to mental health, palliative care and community-based primary health care services.

The 2018-19 budget fulfills our commitment to vision loss rehabilitation services and equipment with a $250,000 increase to the Canadian National Institute for the Blind.

More funding will also be provided to the Saskatchewan Health Authority for general operating costs and service pressures, as well as to prepare for the 2018 opening of Saskatchewan Hospital North Battleford and the 2019 opening of the Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital in Saskatoon.

Federal funding of $19.02 million has been included to support the provincial Connected Care strategy. This builds on existing provincial funding on connecting teams and providing seamless care for people with multiple, ongoing health care needs with a particular focus on care in the community.

Additionally, federal and provincial funding of $11.4 million has been added to improve community-based mental health services, including services and supports for children, youth and families.  This brings the total investment in mental health to over $284 million in 2018-19.

Saskatchewan’s publicly-funded Take Home Naloxone (THN) program will also be expanding to provide free THN kits to people who may witness an overdose, including friends and family members of those at risk. Prior to this expansion, nearly 600 kits had been distributed for free to individuals at risk of overdose, and over 1,900 people received training on how to administer them.

The province spends more than $46 million annually on a wide range of addictions services. An additional $400,000 for addictions support is part of the 2018-19 Budget investment in mental health and addictions.  Please contact your local THN program to make arrangements for training and to receive a free kit.  For a list of sites where THN kits can be provided for free, visit www.publications.gov.sk.ca/redirect.cfm?p=85696&i=106365, or for a list of community pharmacies that sell THN kits, visit https://www.skpharmacists.ca/patients/naloxone.

Our government remains committed to taking the necessary steps to meet the needs of all Saskatchewan people, ensuring those most vulnerable in our community continue to receive the supports they need.

From the Desk of Warren Michelson April 20, 2018

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CONGRATULATIONS MJBEX AWARD WINNERS
Congratulations to all Nominees and Award winners of the MJBEX Awards.   
  • Community Involvement:  Cypress Paving               
  • Customer Service: Gary Overs Kenneling and Obedience
  • Young Entrepreneur: Dance Fitness with Kyra
  • Business Innovation: Henderson Insurance Inc. 
  • Marketing: Deja vu Cafe
  • Newcomer Award:  Yes Taxi
  • New Business: Prairie Bee Meadery
  • Job Creation: Canadian Brewhouse
  • Pillar of the Community: Bellamy Harrison Animal Hospital
  • Impact: Habitat for Humanity Moose Jaw Chapter
  • #Trending: Nebulus Entertainment
  • Moose Jaw and District Farmer:  Delahay Farms Ltd. 
  • Business Leader of the Year: Bill Jameson/ Robin Gilroy
  • Business of the Year:  Cypress Paving

Over the past decade of growth, Saskatchewan’s expanded exports and new business investments here at home have given our province the second-fastest rate of job creation and one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country. The 2018-19 Saskatchewan Budget will help to ensure Saskatchewan’s economy stays on track as we begin another decade of growth.



The 2018-19 Budget keeps Saskatchewan’s economy on track by creating opportunities for increased trade, business investment and job creation.



Saskatchewan has the highest goods exported per capita of all Canadian provinces and Saskatchewan’s total exports have grown by 50% over the past decade. The Saskatchewan Trade and Export Partnership (STEP) is responsible for increasing our exports to existing markets and expanding into new markets by initiating sales, contracts and projects for Saskatchewan exporters.



An additional $250,000 is being allocated to STEP and will be targeted to programs that directly support exporters’ efforts to increase activity in both new and existing markets. This will create new jobs and further expand access to export markets around the world.



New business incentives in the 2018-19 Budget include the Saskatchewan Value-Added Agriculture Incentive under the Ministry of Trade and Export Development, and the Saskatchewan Tech Start-up Incentive under Innovation Saskatchewan.



The Saskatchewan Value-Added Agriculture Incentive creates a 15% non-refundable and non-transferable tax credit for new or existing value-added agriculture facilities that make a minimum capital investment of $10 million to expand productive capacity. This fosters a competitive business environment and improves investment attraction and retention outcomes.



The Saskatchewan Technology Start-up Incentive is a two-year pilot program that will offer a 45% non-refundable tax credit for individual and corporate equity investments in eligible technology start-up businesses capped at a maximum annual benefit of $140,000 per investor.



This year’s budget also helps to ensure that our energy and resource sectors continue to lead the way by enhancing our oil and gas regulatory programs, and by introducing a new Mineral Development Strategy that will encourage more exploration and help protect jobs.



The Fraser Institute has ranked Saskatchewan second out of 91 jurisdictions in the world for mining investment attractiveness.  Preliminary estimates indicate that the value of Saskatchewan’s mineral sales for 2017 was about $6.5 billion, up slightly from the year before, and the province remains a global leader in uranium and potash production.



Oil and gas is responsible for an estimated 15% of Saskatchewan’s gross domestic product, and recent numbers—such as increased production, exploration, and revenue—have shown clear signs of renewed activity and growth in the industry. Saskatchewan is the second-largest producer among Canada’s provinces, accounting for an estimated 12% of the nation’s crude oil production.



The world needs our energy but our province has serious concerns that destructive policies and a lack of action from the federal government is doing more harm than good, making Canada an unattractive place for investment.



Investors like Kinder Morgan are publicly stating their intention to pull the plug on their investments in Canada if things don’t change. The federal government has yet to provide any detailed solutions or specific actions to ensure that construction goes ahead.



Internationally, the energy sector faces serious threats. We are competing most directly with producers south of the border, where major tax reform has just taken place, and is expected to only fuel the growth of U.S. shale oil. And just recently, the Kingdom of Bahrain announced a discovery of 80 billion barrels of oil (as much as Russia’s entire reserve) and 10-20 trillion cubic feet of gas.



Domestically, a looming $50/tonne carbon tax, landlocked discounted oil precipitated by two pipeline projects that were shut down and two more that can’t get built, and recently introduced Bill C-69, under which the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association says “another pipeline project will never be built in Canada” have given investors reason to second guess our country.



We have the Premier of British Columbia, Canada’s only province with access to a pacific port, signaling intent to not only shutdown the much-needed twinning of the existing Trans Mountain pipeline, but now also threatening to block oil on rail. And all this, long after the pipeline was approved for construction by the federal government, as is its purview.



Canadians deserve better from our national government.



The energy sector provides hundreds of thousands of jobs, billions in royalties and taxes that fund important public services, and major infrastructure like highways, schools, and hospitals. Canadians depend on this sector’s success. We need the federal government to step up now to ensure investment is welcomed and encouraged in our country now, and for years to come. Thousands of Canadian jobs and billions in additional economic activity hang in the balance.



We have announced that Saskatchewan will join Alberta in introducing legislation to “turn off the taps” to British Columbia in order to put pressure on the NDP government there to get this pipeline built.  The NDP here in Saskatchewan however said that we should back away and wave the white flag. We won’t back down. We will do what we can to protect the future of our energy economy and the people of our province, and that means ensuring that this pipeline gets built as soon as possible.


Luncheon with the Honourable
DONNA HARPAUER
Minister of Finance

2018-2019 Provincial Budget Presentation 

Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Grant Hall Hotel- Parkview Room
11:45 am to 1:00 p.m.
 

Please register before noon April 23, 2018
Cost: $25/ person (plus GST)


PERMIT PROCESS FOR CANNABIS WHOLESALE PERMITS NOW OPEN

The Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority (SLGA) is now accepting applications for wholesale cannabis permits as well as licensed producer registrations.



Permitted wholesalers will be able to purchase cannabis from federally-licensed producers that are registered to supply the Saskatchewan market or from other permitted wholesalers operating in the province.



Wholesale permittees can only sell to retailers, not the general public, and must physically operate within Saskatchewan.  There is no limit to the number of wholesale permits and no deadline to apply.  Federally-licensed producers must also register with SLGA if they want to sell cannabis to Saskatchewan wholesalers or retailers.
That registration process is now open.



“Our government is committed to ensuring that the legalization of cannabis is focused on protecting the public,” Minister Responsible for SLGA Gene Makowsky said.  “Having SLGA permitted wholesalers and federally-licensed producers will help ensure that the supply of cannabis in our province is safe.”



Wholesale permittees will be required to meet criteria regarding good character, storage and transportation security, and capacity to track and report inventory and sales.  The fee for a wholesale permit is $5,000 ($2,000 non-refundable application fee, $3,000 annual permit fee).  The registration fee for federally-licensed producers is $2,000 ($500 non-refundable application fee, $1,500 annual permit fee).

The process to select 51 retail cannabis permits in 32 Saskatchewan communities continues to move forward.  SLGA received more than 1,500 submissions for cannabis retail permits when the deadline closed on April 10.



“Interest in the cannabis retail sector was very strong,” Makowsky said.  “The evaluation process is now underway and submissions that meet the requirements will be randomly selected for permits.  We expect to announce the successful cannabis retail permittees in the coming weeks prior to federal legalization.”



More information can be found at 
www.slga.com.

The annual Moose Jaw Heritage Fair was once again a huge success.  The Regional Heritage Fair winners will now move on to compete in the Provincial Heritage Fair.



A huge thank you to Karla Rasmussen, Education/ Public Programs and staff of the Western Development Museum for a very well organized event.



Congratulations to all students for a job well done!


GOVERNMENT INTRODUCES LEGISLATION TO ENCOURAGE VALUE-ADDED AGRICULTURE INVESTMENT

Today, Trade and Export Development Minister Jeremy Harrison introduced Bill 125, The Saskatchewan Value-Added Agriculture Incentive, for first reading in the Saskatchewan Legislature.



The new incentive, announced as part of the 2018-19 Budget, is designed to improve investment attraction and retention outcomes in the province’s value-added agriculture sector.  It offers a 15 per cent non-refundable tax credit for value-added agriculture facilities that make a significant capital investment to expand production capacity.



“Robust economic growth and new investment in key sectors is crucial to Saskatchewan’s people and their communities,” Harrison said.  “To accomplish this, we must continually find new ways to foster a competitive business environment in our province.”

Qualifying projects include new and existing value-added agricultural facilities.  To be eligible, a project must have $10 million in new capital expenditures, demonstrate that capital expenditures were made for the purposes of increasing productive capacity, and meet the definition of value-added agriculture.  Potential examples include pea protein processors, oat milling operations, malt producers, or cannabis oil processing facilities.



The incentive is designed to be used in addition to other existing incentives in Saskatchewan that a project could also qualify for.  Redemption of the benefits is limited to 20 per cent in year one after the facility enters operation, 30 per cent in year two, and 50 per cent in year three.  There will be a maximum carry-forward of 10 years on any remaining credit amount.



The program will begin accepting applications in mid to late 2018.

FREE TAKE HOME NALOXONE KITS AVAILABLE TO THOSE WHO MAY WITNESS AN OVERDOSE

More Saskatchewan Residents Eligible for Training and Free Take Home Naloxone Kits



Saskatchewan’s publically-funded Take Home Naloxone (THN) program will be expanding to provide free THN kits to people who may witness an overdose, including friends and family members of those at risk.



“We believe that even one opioid related death is too many,” Health Minister Jim Reiter said.  “Making Take Home Naloxone kits available free of charge to anyone who may need them has the potential to save lives.”



Over the past year, the focus of the THN program has been ensuring naloxone was available in most areas of the province.  The THN program is now established in 15 communities across Saskatchewan, including Saskatoon, Regina, North Battleford, Kamsack, Yorkton, Prince Albert, Moose Jaw, Weyburn, Estevan, Kindersley, Buffalo Narrows, Swift Current, Melfort, Nipawin and Tisdale.



THN kits, education and training are currently available through the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA).  Nearly 600 THN kits have been provided to individuals through this program and more than 1,900 individuals have received training.



Please contact your local THN program to make arrangements for training and to receive a free kit.



In addition, there are currently 29 communities with 84 pharmacies across Saskatchewan where THN kits are available for purchase.  There is no prescription required to purchase a THN kit, however a pharmacist must be consulted before a purchase is made.



As part of efforts to reach as many people as possible, the Ministry of Health and SHA are working to ensure key community-based organizations are part of the expansion.  The potential to integrate nasal spray into the program will also be examined.



The province spends more than $46 million annually on a wide range of addictions services.  An additional $400,000 for addictions support is part of the 2018-19 Budget investment in mental health and addictions.

Naloxone is a medication that, when administered properly, can rapidly reverse the effects of an opioid overdose.  It is important to note that even after naloxone is administered, further medical treatment is required.  Call 911 immediately if you suspect an overdose.

For a list of sites where THN kits can be provided for free to those who are likely to witness an overdose, visit  www.publications.gov.sk.ca/redirect.cfm?p=85696&i=106365.

For a list of community pharmacies that sell THN kits, visit https://www.skpharmacists.ca/patients/naloxone.


WHAT’S HAPPENING IN MOOSE JAW

Saturday, April 21, 2018

What: Craft & Trade Fair

Time:   10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. 
Place:  Masonic Temple

What:  SUGAR ROAD presented by RuBarb Productions

Time:   7:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. 
Place:  Mae Wilson Theatre

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Atamiskakewak National Gathering 2018
Monday, April 23rd – Saturday, April 28th

Knights of Columbus Annual Spring Roast Beef Supper

Sunday, April 29 
5:00 p.m. 
Church of Our Lady
$10/ adults $8/ children 6-12

Minto United Church Annual Chinese Fortune Supper
Sunday, April 29 
6:00 p.m. 
306-693-6148

MJ Right to Life Annual Giant Garage Sale
Friday, May 4 – 1:00p.m. – 8:00 p.m.  
Saturday, May 5 – 9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. 

Zion’s Annual Salad Buffet
Wednesday, May 9
11:30 a.m. -1:00 p.m. 
$10/ ticket @ Zion office

Mother’s Day Plant Day
Saturday, May 12
2:00 p.m. 
Western Development Museum
$60/ per person – includes supplies
12 years and older.