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From the Desk of Warren Michelson December 15, 2017

December 15, 2017 View this email in your browser
shield FROM THE DESK OF WARREN MICHELSON, MLA
PLEASE NOTE: OUR CONSTITUENCY OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED Monday Dec. 25, 2017 – Monday Jan. 1, 2018.   We will re-open Tuesday Jan. 2, 2018.

CANADIAN TIRE HOSTS THE TOY DRIVE IN SUPPORT OF THE SALVATION ARMY

Co-Ordinated Team Approach Catches On in Saskatchewan Hospitals


More Accountable Care Units are Serving Patients in Regina and Saskatoon



Patients with complex care needs are receiving more timely and effective care as the number of innovative Accountable Care Units in Regina and Saskatoon continues to grow.



When unit 3D at Regina’s Pasqua Hospital begins the transition in December, it will be the fifth Accountable Care Unit (ACU) in the province.  Preparations are also underway in Saskatoon to add to more units early in the new year.  Thanks to more consistent, co-ordinated processes and communication, patients have a better care experience, are returning home from hospital sooner, and the work environment is more fulfilling for health care providers.



Following the launch in April of the ACU on 7th Medicine, St. Paul’s Hospital, Saskatoon, the  data shows that the length of stay for the unit is currently 12.2 per cent below the previous average.   In Regina, there was a 15 per cent decrease in length of stay reported on the pilot ACU on Unit 4A at the Pasqua Hospital.  In the Medical Surveillance Unit at the Pasqua, 105 per cent more patients received specialized care following its launch.



“By expanding the number of accountable care units in Saskatchewan, we are making good progress toward our goal of helping patients come home from a hospital stay sooner, healthier, and with less chance of a return visit,” Health Minister Jim Reiter said.  “These units are part of our Connected Care Strategy, to transform the health system and improve the way care is delivered for patients who have complex care needs.”



The changes in care are part of the health system’s effort to reduce hospital congestion, thereby shortening emergency department wait times and improving timely access to health care for patients.



“We are proud to have opened the first Accountable Care Unit in Canada and to have laid the groundwork for implementing this model of care throughout the province,” Saskatchewan Health Authority’s Executive Transition Lead, Physician and Integrated Health Services Dr. David McCutcheon said.  “Accountable Care has transformed how we communicate with patients and with each other.  We’re seeing improvements in quality every day.  Patients and their families are delighted as they are much better informed about their care and staff say their work is much more rewarding.”



After the first unit showed good results, two more units were established in Regina with another coming in December.  The pioneering work spread to Saskatoon, where a unit was launched in April 2017 and preparations are underway to add two more early in the new year.



“Strategic investments in our interdisciplinary team in the Accountable Care Unit have been one key element to early successes at St. Paul’s Hospital 7th Medicine,” Saskatchewan Health Authority’s Director of Pharmacy for Saskatoon Patrick Robertson said.  “For example, the addition of dedicated pharmacists to the team has resulted in every patient now receiving additional medication management support throughout their hospital stay, and ensures every patient has a review of their medications at discharge, facilitating a safe transition to their home or alternative care setting.”



In Accountable Care Units, the physician and other members of the care team meet with every patient and their family members each day to discuss plans for care in the hospital and discharge back to the community.



Planning is also under way on improvements in community-based services, to ensure co-ordinated care for patients with complex needs who may need to transition from the community to the hospital and back again.

LEGISLATIVE BUILDING LIGHTS ON
The conclusion of the fall sitting of the Legislature provides an opportunity to reflect on an ambitious legislative agenda that included needed support for survivors of interpersonal violence.



I’m proud to say that our government worked together with the Opposition on legislation to provide survivors with 10 days of unpaid job protected leave to access services or relocate – part of our government’s larger effort to address the issue of interpersonal violence in Saskatchewan.



We recognize that interpersonal violence continues to be a serious problem for Saskatchewan families.  In addition to this legislation we need to see a shift in attitudes about acceptable behavior and we need to develop measures to identify and prevent abusive relationships.



We will continue to work with our partners to develop long-term solutions.  As a first step, the province will be working with other jurisdictions to seek agreement from the federal government to extend employment insurance benefits for survivors of interpersonal violence.



During the fall sitting, our government also moved to:

  • Fulfill its commitment to provide individualized funding to children under six with Autism Spectrum Disorder;
  • Improve the rate of organ donation in the province through a new program led by donor physicians;
  • Continue reducing health care administration costs through the consolidation of the province’s 12 regional health authorities into a single Saskatchewan Health Authority;
  • Introduce legislation to facilitate the federal government’s legalization of the use of non-medical marijuana, even though the province continues to have concerns about the federal government’s rushed timetable;
  • Work with municipalities to allow ride sharing-services like Uber and Lyft to operate in Saskatchewan;
  • Amend The Privacy Act to allow greater protection against the unauthorized electronic distribution of intimate images;
  • Create a process to improve the disclosure of decisions made by the Office of Residential Tenancies (Rentalsman’s Office) to better protect the rights of both tenants and landlords;
  • Continue to improve internet and cellular coverage throughout rural Saskatchewan;
  • Introduce an Agriculture Value Added New Growth Incentive to attract more investment; and
  • Introduce a new Seniors Education Property Tax Deferral Program that will give seniors with household incomes under $70,000 the option to defer the education portion of property tax on their homes.

While our government remains focused on innovative ideas to improve the lives of Saskatchewan people, the NDP continues to oppose our efforts without a plan of their own.



For example, when our government introduced a made-in-Saskatchewan climate change plan, something the NDP has asked for repeatedly, they voted against it.



When we introduced tax amendments to support small businesses in the province and spur economic growth, the NDP voted against it without proposing any alternatives.



And when we introduced legislation so ride-sharing services can operate in Saskatchewan as a tool to combat drunk driving, the NDP made it clear that they are against that too.



Even after a decade of growth, there is still a lot of work to do.



Our government has introduced many new ideas and initiatives and I’m excited to continue with our plan to keep Saskatchewan growing stronger.

SASKATCHEWAN AND ALBERTA MAKE CROSS-BORDER FINANCING EASIER

The Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority of Saskatchewan (FCAA) has changed its start-up crowdfunding exemption to allow businesses in Saskatchewan and Alberta to raise funds from investors residing in those provinces.



“This change will enhance capital raising opportunities for businesses in Saskatchewan and Alberta and investment opportunities for investors in those provinces,” FCAA CEO Roger Sobotkiewicz said.  “Given the geographical proximity, and similarities in industries, it makes sense for us to co-ordinate our efforts to facilitate cross-border financings with our neighbouring provinces.”



To allow for the interjurisdictional raising of capital, Saskatchewan has amended General Order 45-929 Start-up Crowdfunding Registration and Prospectus Exemptions (SK GO 45-929), and Alberta has changed the Companion Policy to Alberta Securities Commission (ASC) Rule 45-517 to clarify how cross-border financings will work.



Start-ups and early stage businesses must be aware of the different requirements in each jurisdiction and comply with the requirements of both SK GO 45-929 and ASC Rule 45-517.  One significant difference between the two exemptions is that in order to raise money through a crowdfunding portal in Alberta, businesses must use a registered dealer.



In Saskatchewan, businesses must use an online funding portal, which is not required to be operated by a registered dealer.  For more information about SK GO 45-929 visit 
www.fcaa.gov.sk.ca/Exemption-Order-45-929.  The ASC Rule 45-517 can be found on the ASC website at www.albertasecurities.com.



The FCAA is a Crown corporation responsible for developing and enforcing Saskatchewan securities laws, which regulate Saskatchewan capital markets and protect investors.



The ASC is the regulatory authority responsible for administering Alberta’s securities laws.  The ASC is entrusted to foster a fair and efficient capital market in Alberta and to protect investors.



As members of the Canadian Securities Administrators, the FCAA and ASC work to improve, co-ordinate and harmonize the regulation of Canada’s capital markets.


BERT LAFOND MUSICAL FRIENDS ENTERTAINS MULBERRY RESIDENTS
Health Cards Need To Be Updated with New Stickers by December 31, 2017

Residents with provincial health coverage who have not received their health card renewal stickers in the mail are encouraged to contact eHealth Saskatchewan (eHealth) as soon as possible.  Most health cards expire on December 31, 2017.



If an individual’s health card expires, he or she could be billed for medical services.



This fall, eHealth mailed health card renewal packages to all residents with provincial health coverage.  The packages included updated stickers that will renew health cards for a three year period, until December 31, 2020.  Residents who have not received a package should call eHealth at 1-800-667-7551, email 
Change@eHealthSask.ca, or visit eHealth’s office located at 2130 – 11th Avenue in downtown Regina to receive their renewal sticker.



eHealth’s office is open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., except on statutory holidays, including December 25, 26 and January 1.



The most common reason why people do not receive their renewal stickers is because they have moved and not updated their address with eHealth Saskatchewan.  Residents can update their address, as well as personal and family information, online at 
www.eHealthSask.ca.



This year, eHealth Saskatchewan mailed health card renewal packages to more than 689,000 households in the province.



For more information on health benefits, visit 
www.Saskatchewan.ca.

Crown Resource Lands and Wild Rice Survey Now Available for Public Feedback

The Government of Saskatchewan is requesting public feedback on regulations and policies as part of its review of The Crown Resource Land Regulations, 2017 and The Wild Rice Regulations, 2005.



These regulations have provisions for leases, licences, permits and easements on provincial Crown lands administered by the Ministry of Environment.  Wild rice production is one of the many sectors covered by disposition, but is currently covered in a separate set of regulations.



The ministry administers 37.7 million hectares of Crown resource land in central and northern Saskatchewan, with some small holdings in the south.  These lands are a public resource.



“Our goal is to eliminate barriers to our ability to efficiently administer public lands,” Environment Minister Dustin Duncan said.  “It is important to seek feedback from the public and our clients to gain valuable insight into their thoughts and experience with the ministry’s land authorization policies and processes.”



More than $5 million is generated annually from more than 6,500 wild rice and land use dispositions issued on Crown resource lands.  Other disposition examples may include mine sites, outfitter lodges, recreational and trappers’ cabins and gravel pits.



The Crown resource land and wild rice survey is available online at 
www.saskatchewan.ca/government/public-consultations/crown-resource-land-and-wild-rice-survey.



The survey will be available until December 31, 2017.

Saskatchewan economic growth is projected to lead Canada in both 2018 and 2019 at a rate of 2.7%.  Policy matters and so too does the vision, determination and hard work of the entrepreneurs and workers who have built and maintained our province’s resilient and diversified economy.



Saskatchewan has now enjoyed a decade of growth and our government is working to ensure we keep growing stronger. This fall we outlined our plan to strengthen our economy, continue improving important services, protect our communities, and carefully manage the province’s finances.



During the most recent sitting of the legislature, our government passed a bill allowing small business to pay less tax on more income.  The bill extends the lower 2% tax rate and gives employers greater incentive to hire more workers, and invest in new capital right here in Saskatchewan.



Unfortunately, the Saskatchewan NDP stood in the Legislature and voted against these measures.  In fact, they went so far as to call small business owners and entrepreneurs “elites” and they even complained that these tax changes only help the “wealthy and well-connected”.



Our government recognizes and appreciates the huge contribution small business owners make to Saskatchewan and we will continue to stand up for them.



These new tax measures mean that Saskatchewan will soon have the highest small business income threshold in Canada, building upon our government’s record of creating one of the strongest investment climates in the country, achieving our province’s first-ever Aaa credit rating, and among the strongest national job and wage growth over the last decade.



Just recently, for the third straight year, The C.D. Howe Institute revealed that Saskatoon has the most competitive tax rates for business investments of any major city in Canada.  The annual report, which compares marginal effective tax rates across the country, ranked Saskatoon as more favourable than Calgary, which, prior 2015, had the lowest rate.  In fact, the provincial tax burden in Alberta is referenced as a significant contributor to Calgary’s slide in the rankings.



This C.D. Howe ranking was determined by measuring different taxes that affect businesses, including retail sales taxes, corporate income taxes, property taxes and land transfer taxes, among others.  Policy matters and while this report ranks Saskatoon as the top city, the news also reflects positively on the tax competitiveness across the entire province.  Since 2009, the province has provided residents, business owners and farmers $1.2 billion in education property tax relief.



Our province needs to fund important social investments while maintaining this competitiveness, and that’s why we’ve moved towards consumption taxes.  While the NDP votes against measures to support small business, we are working to maintain investment and opportunity in the province.


WHAT’S HAPPENING IN MOOSE JAW

PLEASE NOTE: OUR CONSTITUENCY OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED Monday Dec. 25, 2017 – Monday Jan. 1, 2018.   We will re-open Tuesday Jan. 2, 2018.

Friday December 15, 2017

What:  The Family Support Group Bake and Craft Sale
Time:  1:30 – 4:00 p.m.
Place:  Reception area at Extendicare

What:  Warriors Game 
Time:   7:00 p.m. 
Place:  Mosaic

Saturday December 16, 2017

What:  A Christmas Long Ago
Time:   10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. 
Place:   WDM

What:  Warriors Game 
Time:   7:00 p.m. 
Place:  Mosaic

What: CP RAIL Christmas Train
Time:  7:45 p.m. 
Place:  CP Rail Yard

Sunday December 17, 2017

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

UPCOMING EVENTS

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

Cadanse Herle Fundraiser – Hopes to sing way to Toronto
Cornerstone Restaurant
Monday Dec. 17, 2017
5:00 p.m. -9:00 p.m. 

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

7:00 p.m. 

Free Holiday Public Skating
Mosaic Place
Dec 26- Dec. 30, 2017
Various times

 New Year’s Eve Dance
Cosmo Senior Centre
Dec. 31, 2017
8:00 p.m.
$25
Band:  Al & Company
Turkey Lunch to be served