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From the Desk of Warren Michelson February 16, 2018

February 16, 2018 View this email in your browser

Thank You to all Education Staff

The Government of Saskatchewan has proclaimed February 11-17, 2018 as Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week in the province.

“This week is an opportunity for Saskatchewan residents to recognize and celebrate our teachers and school staff,” Deputy Premier and Education Minister Gordon Wyant said. “Education professionals in our province work tirelessly to educate and inspire students to reach their full potential and engage in lifelong learning.” 

Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week is acknowledged annually across Canada to highlight the invaluable work of education professionals in our schools. This year, the Saskatchewan Association of School Councils (SASC) has chosen the theme Inspiration Through Learning. 

“Teachers and staff inspire and motivate learners when they provide students with opportunities to understand, develop and practice positive attitudes and actions that will result in the achievements of their goals and dreams,” SASC Director Joy Bastness said. “They inspire new understanding and skills, initiate new experiences, spark students’ interest and enthusiasm, while infusing learning with life and a desire to learn.” 

This marks the 31st year that Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week will be celebrated in Saskatchewan. 


Celebrate Family Day Weekend with Free Fishing, February 17 to 19

Saskatchewan’s annual winter free fishing weekend once again coincides with the province’s Family Day holiday weekend on February 17, 18 and 19.

Saskatchewan’s public waters are open one weekend each winter to encourage participation in ice fishing. Both residents and visitors may fish in any waterbody that has an open sport fishing season, without purchasing a fishing license.

“Ice fishing is an excellent way to enjoy nature with family and friends during the winter,” Environment Minister Dustin Duncan said. “Our lakes attract more than 250,000 anglers each year and the free fishing weekend is the perfect opportunity for both new and experienced anglers.”

Anglers are reminded to use caution and common sense, and always put safety first when going out on frozen lakes. This includes testing the ice thickness before travelling on it. A minimum of 10 cm of good ice is required for walking and 30 cm for light vehicle travel. Wear warm clothing.

Anyone planning to take advantage of free fishing weekend is reminded that all other fishing regulations, including possession limits and reduced limits on some lakes and rivers remain in effect.

Free fishing weekend does not apply in national parks and anyone planning to take fish out of the province must purchase a license.

More information about fishing in Saskatchewan can be found in the Anglers’ Guide, available wherever fishing licenses are sold, or online at 


Moving forward we must ensure the province’s financial foundation remains strong while continuing to invest in the infrastructure, programs and services Saskatchewan people expect and deserve. In doing this, we will continue to ensure that hope and opportunity are found here in our province.

There is more work to do as our economy recovers, but it is encouraging to see confidence in our economy in both the short and long-term with jobs and investment.

Saskatchewan was home to the fastest job growth in Canada last month with 1,100 new jobs dropping the unemployment rate by a full 1%.

Building permits were up considerably in December, rising nearly 70% year over year (seasonally adjusted), the second highest percentage increase among the provinces, and the highest percentage increase in western Canada.

Saskatchewan’s home building industry is starting off the new year in great shape. Urban housing starts were up 123.5% last month when compared with January 2017, the highest percentage increase among the provinces.

Employment is up, our unemployment rate is the second lowest in the nation, and with recent good news on building permits and urban housing starts, 2018 is looking to be a good year for our province.  Our government will stand with individuals and industry to keep building on Saskatchewan’s success.


If you are planning a trip and thinking about purchasing travel insurance, the Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority (FCAA) wants you to understand the coverage before you pay for it.

“We’ve all heard the horror stories of people who went away on vacation, something happened and they thought they had medical coverage, but didn’t,” Insurance and Real Estate Director Ian McIntosh said. “We want to make sure people understand their coverage before they get on the plane.” 

Here are some tips to consider when purchasing travel insurance:

  • Purchase the coverage you need – make sure you know what types of coverage you want. There are different coverage options available and not all of them may be suitable for your needs. Carefully read the policy to understand what you are agreeing to.
  • Understand the exclusions and pre-existing conditions clauses – you are required to fill out an application when applying for coverage. It is your obligation to provide the insurer with an accurate response to the questions. If you have questions about the application, contact your insurance agent or insurer. If you have questions about your medical history, contact your doctor. If you fail to provide the health and medical information requested or provide inaccurate information, your future claim may be denied.
  • Read your policy – even though insurance policies and documents may be lengthy and complex, make sure you take the time to read these documents so you know what type of coverage you have and what types of exclusions may apply. If you have questions, ask the provider before you purchase the insurance.
  • Understand the claims process – before you purchase insurance make sure you understand the claims process, what is required and who to contact.

Dispute a claim

Knowing the process before a situation arises can prevent unnecessary stress.  If your claim was denied by your insurance provider, call them and try and resolve the issue. If you are still not satisfied with the response, contact the OmbudService for Life and Health Insurance in the case of health claims, or the General Insurance Ombudservice in the case of property claims. These organizations provide independent complaint resolution and information services for the insurance industry. Time restrictions might apply, so make sure to ask the OmbudService about limitation periods. 

For more information about travel insurance, visit http://www.fcaa.gov.sk.ca/travelinsurance


Children aged four through 10 are invited to join in the fun at Government (Club) House — a brand new, magical learning adventure that kicks off this Saturday, February 17 during the Family Day long weekend. 

“Government (Club) House is a great way to teach our children about Saskatchewan history and heritage, as they make new friends in a National Historic Site,” Minister Responsible for the Provincial Capital Commission Ken Cheveldayoff said. “It’s important to teach the next generation about our province in a fun and engaging way, and I think this program accomplishes that.”

There’s no cost to take part in the program, held on the third Saturday of every month from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. It offers children physical activity as they take part in a scavenger hunt in the museum, hands-on crafting, and interactive story time featuring tales by Saskatchewan authors and illustrators.

“We’re launching Government (Club) House this weekend to kick off the start of Heritage Week, February 18 – 24,” Government House Manager Monique Goffinet-Miller said. “There is so much history and magic preserved here at Government House. We wanted to ensure that the little ones have a way to experience that magic as they read, play, and learn together.”

Due to overwhelming community support, registration for the first Government (Club) House is full. Registration for the next Government (Club) House on March 17 opens on March 1. To register, email 

2018 Saskatchewan Winter Games to Celebrate Winter’s Best

Young Saskatchewan athletes from nine districts will represent hundreds of communities at the 2018 Saskatchewan Winter Games kicking off in the City of North Battleford on Sunday.

From February 18-24  athletes from across the province will compete as individuals and teams, gaining lifelong values like dedication and teamwork that participation in sport instills. The games will also leave a significant legacy in the host community and surrounding area through investment in infrastructure and equipment and through economic impact with North Battleford expecting an estimated visitor expenditure of more than $4M.

“The Saskatchewan Games serve as an important stepping stone for our athletes,” Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Gene Makowsky said. “Many of those participating in North Battleford over the next week will one day compete in the Western Canada Games, the Canada Games and even the Olympics. The Saskatchewan Games highlights the power of sport to bring communities together for our young athletes to develop important skills, promote fitness, and create lifelong friendships.”

“The Government of Saskatchewan extends our thanks to the City of North Battleford and the 1,200 volunteers who have contributed hundreds of hours to put on an inclusive and exciting event. Best of luck to the 2,000 Saskatchewan athletes, coaches and mission staff who will surely ‘Celebrate Winter’s Best!’”

On Sunday, the opening ceremonies will feature a performance by world-acclaimed hoop dancer Lawrence Roy Jr., the Lighting of the Flame, and the swearing of the Athletes’ Official Oaths. Dignitaries attending the ceremonies include hockey player Fred Saskamoose, curler Amber Holland, and Elder Mary Kahpeaysewat.

Since 2016, the Saskatchewan Games Legacy Program has provided matched funding support of up to $250,000 toward facility upgrades and major equipment purchases. Half a million dollars in investments will benefit the City of North Battleford and its residents for years to come. Notable upgrades include:

• Ski/snow-cross starting gate at Table Mountain
• A new wrestling mat that will be used by the North Battleford Comprehensive High School after the games; and,
• Overhead curling cameras at the Northland Power Curling Centre which will allow spectators to have a bird’s eye view of the curling sheet.

The Government of Saskatchewan supports sport, culture and recreation organizations through the Saskatchewan Lotteries agreement.  The Saskatchewan Games receives support from Saskatchewan Lotteries Trust Fund for Sport, Culture and Recreation through the Saskatchewan Games Council which provides a hosting grant and the Saskatchewan Games Legacy Program in addition to ongoing games consulting and assistance.



Please note:  Our office will be closed Monday, February 19 for Family Day.

Friday, February 16, 2018

What: All You Need is Love…presented by RuBarb Productions
Time:  7:30 p.m. 
Place: Mae Wilson Theatre

Saturday, February 17, 2018

What: Chinese New Year Celebration
Time:   6:00 p.m.
Place:  Uptown Cafe
Cost:  $5.00

What: Heritage Day at the WDM
Time:  1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. 
Place:  WDM

Sunday, February 18, 2018

What: Chinese New Year Celebration
Time:   6:00 p.m.
Place:  Uptown Cafe
Cost:  $5.00

Monday, February 19, 2018

What: RBC Family Day
Time:  10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Place: Yara Centre

What: G 4 G Sign Painting Class Fundraiser
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. 
Place: Anavets 
Proceeds will help AIDS Orphans & their caregivers in Africa. Handicapped friendly building!
Please register online.

What: Sportsplex family free skating
Time:  2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. / public skate 3:15-4:15 p.m. 
Place: Sportsplex
Cost:  Free

What: Extended Swim Hours all week
Place: Kinsmen

What: Outdoor Rinks
Time: Open pending on weather

What: Wakamow Speed Skating Oval
Time:  Always open – Skate room closed at -25 degrees

MOOSE JAW – The City of Moose Jaw is pleased to announce that a Crokicurl rink has been built in Elgin Park.
Crokicurl combines the sport of curling with the game of Crokinole to create a fun, family-friendly experience.
A few things to know if you want to book the Crokinole rink:

  • All bookings are handled through the Parks & Recreation office @ 306-694-4447
  • A refundable damage deposit of $100.00 is required
  • You may book the ice for a maximum of two (2) hours