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From the Desk of Warren Michelson February 23, 2018

February 23, 2018 View this email in your browser

Family Day at the Yara
Ministry of Health Announces Long-Term Care Resident and Family Surveys

As part of its commitment to improve quality of long-term care in Saskatchewan, the Ministry of Health is asking residents and their families more directly how long-term care is performing across the province.

In 2017, the Ministry of Health and the former health regions (now the Saskatchewan Health Authority) concluded the first Resident and Family Experience Survey.  This survey provides a first-hand account of the satisfaction of residents who live in special-care homes, as well as hearing from their families.  More than 2,700 residents and 2,400 family members responded to the survey.  The results show that 88 per cent of residents and 83 per cent of family members are generally satisfied with their long-care homes.

Concerns shared by residents and family members are considered as opportunities for improvement.  Survey results at the facility level were shared with the Saskatchewan Health Authority so they could plan quality improvement work that corresponds to specific facility concerns.  The transition to a single health authority has provided an opportunity to change the way long-term care reporting is done.

These surveys will complement the annual Long-Term Care CEO tours.  Officials from the new Saskatchewan Health Authority will continue to visit long-term care facilities and report back results.  Starting in 2018-19, the ministry will conduct the Resident and Family Experience Survey every two years.

“Since the launch of the CEO Tours in 2013, we’ve learned a lot, which has helped us to make improvements to benefit residents,” Health Minister Jim Reiter said.  “The Resident and Family Experience Surveys give us the opportunity to harness a greater degree of feedback from residents and their families.”

The results of the 2017 CEO tours and the first Resident and Family Experience Survey are now available at 


Average weekly earnings in Saskatchewan were up 2.7 per cent year-over-year in December 2017, the second highest percentage increase among the provinces and ahead of the national increase of 2.3 per cent.

Month-to-month, Saskatchewan led the country in growth with an increase of 1.6 per cent, above the national increase of 0.2 per cent.

“This is good news, not only for our economy, but for the hard working men and women in our province,” Immigration and Career Training Minister Jeremy Harrison said.  “Strong growth in weekly earnings is important and will help retain and attract workers to Saskatchewan.”

December’s average weekly earnings were $1,033.57, third highest in the nation and above the national average of $992.87.

Industries with the highest year-over-year earnings growth rate were management of companies and enterprises (+20.9 per cent), accommodation and food services (+9.5 per cent) and construction (+7.8 per cent).

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 Sasakamoose, 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.


The new group home supports the Saskatchewan Disability Strategy which was released in June 2015.  It focuses on six priority areas including: transportation, respite, accessibility legislation, residential services, service co-ordination and navigation, and awareness/understanding of the rights of people experiencing disabilities.

Saskatchewan residents and communities that have done work which aligns with the Disability Strategy are encouraged to share their accomplishments using the hashtag #SKDisability.  The Saskatchewan Disability Strategy Facebook page can be found at 

Rural and Remote Health Minister Greg Ottenbreit on behalf of Social Services Minister Paul Merriman, joined community members, dignitaries and group home residents to celebrate the grand opening of Yorkton Adult Independent Living (YAIL) Harbor’s new group home.

This home will provide care to four residents, three of which are former residents of Valley View Centre who have transitioned into community-based living.   The government provided $43,283 to set up and furnish the home, on top of providing annual funding.  YAIL Harbor operates four group homes, a day program and a supported independent living program.

“I am pleased to officially welcome these four people to their beautiful new home that will support their inclusion into the City of Yorkton,” Ottenbreit said.  “I thank YAIL Harbor for their valuable contributions to the province through their work with individuals with intellectual disabilities in our community.”

“I’d like to thank the Government of Saskatchewan for their continued support,” YAIL Harbor Executive Director Sonya Reviczky said.  “This home will provide housing for four people to call their own in Yorkton.  We are so thankful to our partners for helping us make a difference in the lives of our residents.”


Saturday, February 24, 2018

What: Ice Fishing Tournament
Time:  10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Place: Buffalo Pound Provincial Park

Dress up warmly and come take advantage of the Winter while waiting for a fish to bite! Bring friends and family for a fun and friendly ice fishing tournament. You don’t have any experience? Don’t worry: volunteers will be there to help you!
BBQ – Prices – Hot Chocolate
Cost of tickets:
Adult – $15
16 years old and younger – $5
Registration on location possible.
Fishing license required for participants of 16 years of age and older. Bring your fishing equipment, chair, shelter, etc.
Tickets: acfmoosejaw@gmail.com​ or 306-692-8112​

What: Riverside Mission- Coldest Night of the Year.
Time:  5:00 p.m. 
Place: First Baptist Church
The event will start and end at First Baptist Church Moose Jaw (1010 Main St. N.), and will have Riverside Mission (40 Manitoba St. E.) serve as the halfway point where walkers can warm up and enjoy a cup of coffee, tea or hot chocolate. There will be a light post-walk meal served at First Baptist Church from 6pm – 8pm; there will be 2km, 5km and 10km route options.

What: 2nd Annual LETR (Law Enforcement Torch Run) Polar Plunge
Time:  11:00 a.m. 
Place:  Canadian Tire

Sunday, February 26, 2018

What: Elks of Canada Chili Challange 
Time:   3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. 
Place:  MJ Legion

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