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From the Desk of Warren Michelson January 12, 2018

January 12, 2018 View this email in your browser
shield FROM THE DESK OF WARREN MICHELSON, MLA

KEVIN DUNN ANNOUNCED AS PROVINCE’S NEXT SASKATCHEWANDERER

While growing up, Kevin Dunn spent much of his time travelling the province with his family and often found himself longing to make little stops along the way so he could jump out and explore.

Named the 2018 Saskatchewanderer, Dunn will finally get the chance to fulfill that childhood desire as he gears up for 365 days of pure exploration and adventure.

Dunn has a degree in Human Geography and has been working for the City of Saskatoon for the past five years.  As a volunteer photographer and videographer in his community, he gained valuable experience that will serve him well as he focuses his lens on promoting Saskatchewan as the best place to live, work and play.

“I love creating inspiring work through videos and photos,” Dunn said.  “My goal is to motivate and excite others to try something new, explore their own backyard and witness a side of Saskatchewan they have not seen before.”
“The Saskatchewanderer brings widespread attention to the many reasons why Saskatchewan is a remarkable place,” Minister responsible for Tourism Saskatchewan Steven Bonk said.  “It is a pleasure to welcome Kevin Dunn to his role as the 2018 Saskatchewanderer, and we all look forward to the discoveries and stories he will share from his journey.”



“The Saskatchewanderer program continues to exceed expectations,” Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Gene Makowsky said.  “I trust that the program’s eighth year will be no exception.  Each Wanderer has come to the table with a fresh perspective, a passion to explore and a desire to share all that Saskatchewan has to offer with residents and tourists alike.”



CAA continues as the official sponsor of the Saskatchewanderer program, renewing their support annually since the program launched in 2011.



“For seven years, CAA has been the official sponsor of the Saskatchewanderer program,” CAA Saskatchewan President and CEO Fred Titanich said.  “Since the program started, we have provided a vehicle, a CAA Saskatchewan membership and gas vouchers to assist the Wanderer in promoting our province as the best place to live, work and play.  Having just celebrated 100 years of dedicated service, and also earning the 2017 ABEX Service Award and the ABEX Business of the Year Award, I have to admit, Saskatchewan is indeed a great place to live, work, and play.  On behalf of CAA Saskatchewan and our valued members, we wish Kevin all the best as he starts his journey as the 2018 Saskatchewanderer.”



DirectWest, the official search partner of the Saskatchewanderer program since 2017, has also renewed their support for 2018.

“We are proud to once again partner with the Saskatchewanderer to find and highlight the many special places and businesses across our province,” DirectWest President and CEO Keith Jeannot said.  “DirectWest, through Mysask411, has been connecting people in Saskatchewan to local businesses for many years.  We are eager to see what Kevin’s new perspective reveals through his adventures across our great province and his use of our Mysask411 mobile app to help him.”



The Saskatchewanderer program is also supported by a partnership between Tourism Saskatchewan, the Ministries of Agriculture, Economy and Parks, Culture and Sport.



To follow Kevin’s year of wandering the land of the living skies, check out the Wanderer’s Facebook at 
www.facebook.com/skwanderer, Twitter @SkWanderer, Instagram @saskatchewanderer or YouTube at www.youtube.com/user/skwandererofficial.  You can also read up on his latest adventures by visiting www.saskatchewanderer.ca.


BUILDING PERMITS MAKE YEAR-TO-YEAR GAINS

November building permits in Saskatchewan were up 17.3 per cent (seasonally adjusted) over November 2016, the third highest percentage increase among the provinces.  That’s well ahead of the 1.3 per cent posted nationally.



The total value of building permits issued in Saskatchewan in November was $181 million.



“Stronger building permit numbers is a good sign for the province’s construction sector and overall economy,” Economy Minister Steven Bonk said.  “Compared to the national average of only 1.3 per cent, Saskatchewan is showing it’s continued strength at 17.3 per cent.”



The majority of the growth was in non-residential permits which increased by 49.3 per cent. 

Cannabis To Be Sold by Private Retailers, Regulated by SLGA


The Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority (SLGA) will issue approximately 60 cannabis retail permits to private operators in as many as 40 Saskatchewan municipalities and First Nation communities.



“The federal government has established very aggressive timelines for the legalization of cannabis,” Minister Responsible for SLGA Gene Makowsky said.  “Our government is being diligent to ensure the sale and regulation of cannabis in Saskatchewan strikes a balance between public safety and access for consumers.  It’s also important to our government that the 40 municipalities and First Nations selected for retail locations have the opportunity to decide whether they want cannabis retail stores in their community.”



The initial allocation of retail store permits will be in municipalities and First Nations with populations of at least 2,500, with larger communities being allocated additional permits.  Eligible First Nations and municipalities will have the option to opt out of having a retail cannabis store in their community if they choose.  The final number of retail permits will depend on the number of community leaders that decide to opt out.



Both wholesaling and retailing of cannabis will be conducted by the private sector and regulated by SLGA.  Cannabis retailers will be required to establish a standalone storefront operation, with the option to also operate an online store.  Stores will be limited to selling cannabis, cannabis accessories and ancillary items.  Stores must also have the ability to track and report cannabis inventory to help ensure consumers only have access to safe, legal product from regulated wholesalers.



An independent third party will be engaged to assist SLGA with selecting retail operators using a two-phase process.  The first phase will be initial screening for financial capacity and the ability for proponents to track and report inventory.  Phase two will be a random selection (lottery) of the qualified applicants.  Successful proponents will be required to meet ‘good character’ criteria as part of the permitting process.



Specific details regarding application criteria, permit licensing fees, application timelines and other associated details will be finalized over the coming weeks.  A decision on the minimum age for cannabis consumption will be made later this spring.

DON’T POCKET DIAL


Don’t pocket dial!


In an emergency, smart phones can save lives. But accidental calls to 911 caused by pocket dialing or testing your phone’s emergency features can tie up valuable resources.
To avoid accidentally dialing 911, do not preprogram this number into your phone.

If you do accidentally phone 911, stay on the line so you can tell the operator that there isn’t a real emergency.

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN MOOSE JAW

Sunday January 14, 2018

What:   Roast Beef Fundraiser
Time:    5:00 p.m. 
Place:  Timothy Eatons 
Cost:     $20
Home cooked roast beef dinner…including Yorkshire pudding! Bring the whole family! Proceeds go towards expenses of Moose Jaw & District Seniors Association.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Moose Jaw Community Choir
Jan. 15, 2018
MJ Central Collegiate School Choral Room
All singers, male and female are welcome to join regearsal every Monday.
call Diane Rhodes 306-691-0091

Cosmo Pancake Breakfast
Jan. 16, 2018
Cosmo Senior Centre
8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
$6.00

Business Women of Moose Jaw- Jewelry Award Unveiling for Prism Awards
Jan. 19, 2018
Temple Gardens Mineral Spa
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Program at 7:00 p.m.
Tickets $10 each

Chef Jason Chow

Jan. 21, 2018
MJ  Masonic Building Corp. Building at 1755 Main St.N.
Ticket Deadline Jan. 17
Lynn or Ray 306-693-2726