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From the Desk of Warren Michelson March 9, 2018

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City Crews Have Been Busy
The recent snowfall has made getting around difficult, but the moisture is needed for the growing season.  Thanks to everyone who helped out friends, neighbours, and even perfect strangers.  Thanks to city crews for their continuing efforts to clear the streets.

Saskatchewan Celebrates
International Women’s Day

March 8 was International Women’s Day, a day chosen by the United Nations to recognize women and the contributions they make every day around the world.  This year’s theme is #PressForProgress, acknowledging the strides being made toward gender parity powered by global activism.  Women are making important strides across our province, including increased participation in entrepreneurial endeavours.

Minister Responsible for the Status of Women, Tina Beaudry-Mellor, noted that the province is proud to acknowledge women on International Women’s Day and throughout the year. International Women’s Day events not only help mark the day, but they also raise awareness for women’s equality while celebrating our achievements.  Thank you to the Multicultural Council for organizing the “Speed Relating” event to showcase women’s contributions and successes in our local community.

Prism Awards were an Inspirational Evening

The amazing stories of every nominee for the Prism Awards inspired everyone there to reach for our own personal best.  Congratulations to all the nominees.

Award winners, pictured above, from left to right:
Geri Hall  – Lifetime Achievement
Maryse Carmichael – Role Model
Olivia Arndt – Youth Achievement
Laura Hamilton – Perseverance

Pictured below:
Carla O’Reilly – Influence
Johanne Spencer – Mentor
Rebeca Johnstone – Successful
Joyce Walter -Guest Speaker and  2017 Lifetime Achievement Award.

Strong Merchandise Export Growth in January
Saskatchewan’s merchandise exports showed strong growth in January 2018, with a 10.0 per cent increase over December 2017, and higher than the Canadian average of a -1.6 per cent decline, seasonally unadjusted.  According to Statistics Canada, the province ranked second in percentage growth among the provinces. 

“These numbers show the strength and diversity of Saskatchewan’s export sector,” Trade and Export Development Minister Jeremy Harrison said.  “Our government will continue to place a strong focus on growing exports in the years to come, for our economy to grow and to create opportunities for Saskatchewan people.”
The total value of Saskatchewan merchandise exports in January 2018 was $2.77 billion.  Compared to January 2017, Saskatchewan’s merchandise exports were up by 4.0 per cent in January 2018, higher than the Canadian average of 2.4 per cent and the third highest among the provinces.

Commodity areas with strong growth in January 2018 included metal and non-metallic mineral products at 114.1 per cent, electronic and electrical equipment and parts at 71.6 per cent, and industrial machinery, equipment and parts at 54.4 per cent – compared to January 2017.

Performing at A Night in Nashville
Victoria Banks, Mike Plume and Harrow Fair
It was an all round dazzling evening at the Mae Wilson Theatre, including a reception with delicious hors d’oeuvres and desserts, incredible entertainment, and a silent auction.   On March 2,  the Moose Jaw Health Foundation Gala brought together six of the best singer/songwriters in North America performing hits they wrote for well known stars. Funds raised will go towards a new ultrasound and portable x-ray machine to help in the early detection of cancers and many other health related issues.  Thanks to the organizers for an enjoyable and successful fundraiser.

New Grain Bag Recycling Program Approved

The Government of Saskatchewan recently approved a new recycling program for agricultural grain bags.  The program, set to launch this month, provides a responsible option for producers to return these large, heavy bags for recycling and to prevent environmental harm from open burning or improper disposal.

The recycling program will be operated by Cleanfarms, a non-profit environmental stewardship organization, and regulated by The Agricultural Packaging Product Waste Stewardship Regulations, which came into effect in July 2016.
Saskatchewan is the first province in Canada with a regulated agricultural plastics recycling program

“Saskatchewan producers are responsible stewards of their land,” Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan President Todd Lewis said.  “They care deeply about sustainability, and are aware of how their actions today could affect future generations.  Our members will be pleased to see the launch of this program.”

The Ministry of Agriculture funded a grain bag recycling pilot program from 2011 to 2017, operated by Simply Agriculture Solutions.  Through the program, 4,209 metric tonnes of material were shipped to recyclers – equivalent to approximately 28,000 grain bags.

The new program will include an environmental handling fee of $0.25 per kilogram, which will be paid at the point of purchase effective November 1, 2018.

Engineering and Geoscience Week Proclaimed in Saskatchewan
The Government of Saskatchewan recognized the significant role that engineers and geoscientists play in Saskatchewan by proclaiming March 4-10 as Engineering and Geoscience Week. 

The work of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan (APEGS) has an impact on almost every sector in Saskatchewan including agriculture, construction, environment, forestry, manufacturing, mining, resources, utilities, health care, education, transportation and resources.

APEGS is the governing body responsible for regulating the practice of engineering and geoscience professionals in the province.  Numerous activities were planned for Engineering and Geoscience Week to help commemorate the profession, including a media campaign featuring billboards, TV commercials and newspaper inserts.



Saturday, March 10, 2018

What: Moose Jaw Motorcycle Swap
Time:   12:00 – 5:00 pm
Place:  Moose Jaw Exhibition Grounds

What: Laura Hamilton’s Opening Reception, Polka Dots on the Prairie
Time:   2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Place:  Moose Jaw Cultural Centre

What: Warriors Home Game vs Swift Current
Time:   7:00 pm
Place:  Mosaic Place

What: Town & Country Singles Dance
Time:  8:00 pm
Place: Church of our Lady Community Centre
Cost:  $14.00

Sunday, March 11, 2018

What: Musical Swing Concert sponsored by 15 Wing Fellowship
Time:  1:00 to 4:00 pm
Place: Timothy Eaton Gardens
Cost: $6.00 Tickets available at the door.

What: Warriors Home Game vs Brandon
Time:   4:00 pm
Place:  Mosaic Place

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, March 13, 2013
What: St. Patrick’s Pub Night
Time:  6:00 pm
Place: Bobby’s Place
Contact Carol you are planning to attend.  Call or text (306) 690-8001

What: Warriors Home Game vs Prince Albert
Time:   7:00 pm
Place:  Mosaic Place

Sunday, March 18, 2018
What: Stew Supper
Time:  2 Sittings  5:00 pm and 6:00 pm
Place: Trinity United Church
Cost:  $15.00  Please call ahead for tickets.  (306) 693-5069