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From the Desk of Warren Michelson February 9, 2018


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Premier Moe Addressing the SUMA Convention


Premier Scott Moe announced immediate mid-school year funding of $7.5 million that will be provided to school divisions to assist in dealing with front line pressures.

The funding will allow school divisions to hire education professionals immediately.  This funding comes earlier than committed and will increase to $30 million directed to hiring 400 in-school education professionals and other school board priorities once annualized in the 2018-19 budget.

“Over the last several months, I have heard from parents and educators that additional funding is essential to ensure that our children receive the highest quality education possible,” Premier Moe said. “This $7.5 million in immediate funding will put essential classroom supports in place before we introduce the full amount of $30 million in the 2018-19 budget.”

“I fundamentally believe that not a wheel turns in our economy without quality education and that societies that prosper and succeed are those that invest in education,” Deputy Premier and Education Minister Gordon Wyant said. “Premier Moe and I are committed to ensuring Saskatchewan students have the supports they need to succeed and today’s announcement is just the beginning of a renewed and respectful relationship with our teachers and education partners.”

“Saskatchewan’s school boards greatly appreciate increased funding to support the students in our province’s education system,” President of the Saskatchewan School Boards Association (SSBA) Dr. Shawn Davidson said. “We hope this announcement signals that the 2018-19 provincial budget will provide the restored and renewed investment that is critically needed in school division operating budgets.”

The funding will be distributed through the Ministry of Education by way of the current education funding formula using the components that directly provide supports for the classroom. The Ministry will work closely with school divisions to ensure the mid-school year funding increase is distributed as quickly as possible. 

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 

 Lanny McDonald at the Sports Celebrity Dinner 


According to Statistics Canada, December 2017 building permits were up considerably in Saskatchewan, rising 69.7 per cent year over year (seasonally adjusted), the second highest percentage increase among the provinces, and the highest percentage increase in western Canada.  Nationally, permits were up only 11.5 per cent.

The total value of building permits in Saskatchewan was $242 million.

“Saskatchewan’s building permit growth rate in December was significantly higher than the national average,” Export and Trade Development Minister Jeremy Harrison said.  “This shows confidence in our economy in both the short and long term with jobs and investment.”

Building permits were also up 31.5 per cent month over month, the second highest percentage increase in the nation, and the highest in western Canada, well ahead of the 4.8 per cent growth recorded nationally. 

The major increase was in non-residential construction which improved by 86.5 per cent over December 2016, the second highest among the provinces. Residential construction had a 56.9 per cent increase over this period.

“In Motion”
kid ambassador Sydney, makes a presentation at SUMA.

Police Chief Rick Bourassa shares a presentation at the Crime Stoppers AGM.


The Water Security Agency (WSA) released the preliminary spring runoff outlook for 2018.

With the dry conditions in the summer and fall of 2017 combined with below normal winter precipitation so far, a below normal spring runoff is expected across southern Saskatchewan this year.

Conditions are near normal across northern areas of the province. Meadow Lake and the Upper Churchill River Basin is the exception with this region receiving extremely high rainfall in 2017 which created a wetter than normal landscape at freeze-up. This area is expected to experience normal to slightly above normal spring runoff in 2018.

The summer of 2017 saw extremely low rainfall across a large portion of southern Saskatchewan with record dry conditions in some locations. These conditions continued into the fall where precipitation was also below normal. As a result, soil moisture conditions were dry at freeze-up and significant wetland storage was available in many areas.

The runoff potential could change as there is potentially another 8-10 weeks of winter remaining.  However, with dry fall conditions and below average winter precipitation to date, it would take well above average precipitation in February, March and April to produce an above average spring runoff within southern areas of the province.

After spring 2017, most surface water lakes and reservoirs were full or near full; however after extremely low rainfall throughout the summer and fall of 2017, many are now at below average levels. 

Some agricultural water supply issues began to emerge in late summer 2017, primarily in the south central areas of the province. With below or well below normal runoff expected, it is anticipated that these water supply shortages will intensify and expand across southern Saskatchewan. This could create some water supply issues for municipalities and irrigators if conditions remain dry into the summer months.

As conditions change and get closer to spring runoff WSA will issue another updated forecast in March.


Saskatchewan’s unemployment rate was 5.4 per cent (seasonally adjusted) in January – tied for the second lowest rate among the provinces and below the national rate of 5.9 per cent according to Statistics Canada.

There were 560,100 people employed, 1,500 more jobs compared to January 2017, including an increase of 4,900 full-time jobs.

Employment in Saskatchewan was up 1,100 from the previous month (0.2 per cent), the highest percentage increase among the provinces (seasonally adjusted).  There were 6,200 full-time jobs created month-over-month. 

“This is definitely a positive indicator that Saskatchewan’s economy is on the rebound,” Minister of Immigration and Career Training Jeremy Harrison said.  “With our unemployment rate being second lowest in the nation and employment up, in addition to recent good news on building permits and urban housing starts, 2018 is looking to be a good year for our province.”

Major year-over-year gains were reported for accommodation and food services up 2,300; public administration up 2,000; business, building and other support services up 1,700.


Friday, February 9, 2018

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

Saturday, February 10, 2018

What: Zion’s Annual Valentine Tea
Time:   2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. 
Place:  Zion United Church Social Hall
Cost:  $5.00

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

Sunday, February 11, 2018

What: Winterfest
Time:   3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. 
Place:  Kiwanis River Park Pavilion
FREE family event, wagon rides, crafts, skating, bonfire, winter activities, concession.

Upcoming Events

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

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

What: Valentine Luncheon 
Time:  11:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.
Place: Cosmo Senior Centre
Cost:  $12

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