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From the Desk of Warren Michelson May 11, 2018

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shield FROM THE DESK OF WARREN MICHELSON, MLA

Here’s wishing you a Mother’s Day

That’s filled with every pleasure,

And a future that’s as happy

As the memories you treasure!


REPORT FROM THE LEGISLATURE



The Government of Saskatchewan is investing $14 million to improve rural roads, bridges and culverts throughout the province. The Municipal Roads for the Economy Program (MREP) provides funding for municipal roads impacted by increased truck traffic, as well as bridge and culvert projects.



The rural municipal road system plays an important part in getting our exports to market. Our investment in MREP supports municipalities and plays an important part in keeping our economy strong. Administered by the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities, MREP grants cover up to 50% of the costs of road projects and 30 to 90% of the costs of bridge and culvert projects.



With this year’s budget, our government has invested more than $3 billion into highways and infrastructure over the last three years. This shows that our government understands the need to make our busiest highways safer, and to get our exports to market more efficiently.



A decade of growth means major safety improvements to many of Saskatchewan’s busiest highways. Improvements include continued work on the Warman and Martensville interchanges; continued work on twinning Highway 7 between Vanscoy and Delisle; and starting a series of twinning and passing lane projects on Highways 6 and 39 between Regina and Estevan. Two sets of passing lanes will be built on Highway 6 between Regina and the junction of Highway 39 this year.



Two sets of passing lanes will be built on Highway 4 between North Battleford and Cochin; we are also beginning planning work for passing lanes on Highway 7 between Rosetown and the Alberta border, and Highways 9 and 10 between Melville and Canora. Planning work for passing lanes, widening and repaving Highway 5 between Highway 2 and Saskatoon is also underway. Two sets of passing lanes were opened on Highway 5 between Humboldt and Highway 2 last year.



In addition to these projects, this year’s budget will see 800 kilometres of highway improvements across the province. Other highlights include $13 million to repair flood damage or prevent damage in future years, and $6.7 million to urban municipalities through the Urban Highway Connector Program.



We continue working to improve traffic safety and efficiency with the construction of largest infrastructure project in Saskatchewan’s history – The Regina Bypass. On time and on budget for completion in 2019, the project includes 12 overpasses, 30 years of maintenance, 40 kilometres of new four-lane highway, 55 kilometres of new service roads, and 20 kilometres of four-lane resurfacing. The project involves 97 Saskatchewan-based companies and has created over 8,200 jobs.



At the start of another construction season, please remember to be alert, to drive carefully and to reduce your speed in construction zones.



May 6-12, 2018 is Emergency Preparedness Week.



Over the last several years, our province has experienced significant emergency situations like flooding, wildfires and severe weather events. That’s why it is so important to be emergency ready. This means knowing the risks, making a plan, getting an emergency kit and downloading the SaskAlert App.



SaskAlert notifies residents of emergencies in their area in real time so they can take action to protect themselves, their families and their property. If you don’t have SaskAlert on your smartphone yet, you can download the app from your phone’s app store or by visiting 
www.saskalert.ca.


Saskatchewan Emergency Medical Services Association Annual Convention was held in Moose Jaw this past week.



Minister of Rural & Remote health brought greetings on behalf of the Saskatchewan Government and thanked Sask EMS providers for their contributions!



EMS does commendable work in Health Care throughout Saskatchewan. Their dedication is greatly appreciated.

SASKATCHEWAN INTERVENES IN PIPELINE REFERENCE CASE BEFORE B.C. COURT OF APPEAL

The Attorney General of Saskatchewan will be applying to participate in the reference case currently before British Columbia’s Court of Appeal concerning the constitutionality of British Columbia’s proposed amendments to its Environmental Management Act.

“We are dismayed that a pipeline that will benefit many people across Canada continues to be held up by unreasonable delays,” Justice Minister and Attorney General Don Morgan said.  “As we argued in the previous case involving the city of Burnaby, it is Saskatchewan’s position that these pipelines are in the national interest and fall under federal, not provincial jurisdiction.”



On December 7, 2017, the National Energy Board ruled that the Trans Mountain pipeline is not required to comply with the two bylaws cited by the City of Burnaby as its reason for delaying the issuing of permits to Trans Mountain.  In its decision, the National Energy Board agreed with Saskatchewan that it would be contrary to a basic principle of federalism if one province, or a single municipality of one province, held the power to impede the construction of an interprovincial pipeline.



“Saskatchewan remains dedicated to standing up for the hard-working people in our natural resources and energy sectors,” Morgan said.  “We know that these pipelines are necessary for our energy companies to get their products to tidewater to ensure a competitive price, and that the increased capacity this pipeline represents stands to benefit all Canadians.”


SASKJOBS.CA TO CONTINUE FOR THE NEXT SIX MONTHS

The transition of saskjobs.ca to the partnership site with the National Job Bank will be extended for the next six months.

“Saskjobs has been an important website for both Saskatchewan employers and job seekers since 1999,” Immigration and Career Training Minister Jeremy Harrison said.  “While the move to the National Job Bank website will offer more benefits to employers and job seekers, it has been challenging for some businesses and individuals to adapt.  We have listened carefully to those concerns.”



On May 1, 2018, Saskatchewan deepened its existing partnership with the National Job Bank.  The new site requires employers and job seekers to use the new platform which includes enhanced security, more benefits and a new look and feel.



“We will continue to engage saskjobs.ca users and ensure a more hands-on approach to the transition,” Harrison said.  “The next six months will be spent engaging employers, job seekers and community partners about the upgrade.”


SOAR for Cystic Fibrosis
SOAR for Cystic Fibrosis was an entertaining and caring evening organized by Kimberly Evans on behalf of her daughter Cassidy.
This event was held at the Moose Jaw Municipal Air Port and featured an acrobatic show by Brent Handy and music Entertainment by Tenille Arts.
Sask Parks Launches Camp-Easy – No Equipment Necessary



Throughout the 2018 camping season, convenience-seekers or those brand new to camping can take advantage of Camp-Easy equipped campsites in three provincial parks.   Camp-Easy sites are great for campers who do not own camping equipment or aren’t sure if camping is for them, but would like to give it a try.  Guests can maximize their time spent in the park relaxing and exploring when eliminating set up and take down of their site.




“Camp-Easy is an innovative Sask Parks program launching this year,” Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Gene Makowsky said.  “After asking both campers and people who don’t use the parks for suggestions on how to provide the best experience possible for our guests, we heard there was strong interest in this type of offering.  We hope that new and returning park visitors take advantage of Camp-Easy this season to connect with nature and experience Saskatchewan’s beautiful provincial parks.”



Available at Buffalo Pound, Echo Valley and Pike Lake provincial parks, Camp-Easy sites are closely located to urban centres making the activity more accessible to families and new campers.  Just a 30-60 minute drive from Saskatoon or Regina, Camp-Easy sites are ideal for a quick getaway with minimal effort and preparation required after booking.



FAMILY FIRST RADIOTHON’S FINAL TOTAL

CROP REPORT FOR THE PERIOD May 1 TO 7, 2018

Seeding is underway for many producers, with more expecting to hit the field in the coming week.  Nine per cent of the crop is now in the ground, behind the five-year (2013-2017) seeding average of 19 per cent for this time of year.  A slow start to spring has delayed field operations in much of the province.



Seeding is furthest advanced in the southwestern region, where 18 per cent of the crop is in the ground.  Fifteen per cent is seeded in the southeast, while all other regions in the province are reporting three per cent seeded.


Little to no rainfall was reported last week in most regions, with the Swift Current area receiving the most – 9.5 mm.  Many areas received rain earlier this week that will help with the dry field conditions.



Strong and warm winds have dried fields throughout the province, and many producers will need rain in the coming weeks to help crops germinate and establish.  Provincially, topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as three per cent surplus, 67 per cent adequate, 25 per cent short and five per cent very short.  Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as two per cent surplus, 55 per cent adequate, 31 per cent short and 12 per cent very short.



Winter wheat assessment continues as fields green up.  Pasture and hay land growth has been slow and some cattle producers are supplementing feed.  There have been multiple reports of grass and stubble fires due to the dry conditions and rain would be welcomed to help alleviate concerns.



Farmers are busy seeding, working fields, controlling weeds and moving cattle.



SaskPower reports 25 cases of farm machinery coming into contact with electrical equipment over the last week, bringing the total for this month to 27.  SaskPower reminds producers that most farming-related incidents happen during seeding and spraying.  Check for overhead lines before beginning your work.  More safety information is available at www.saskpower.com/safety.



A complete, printable version of the Crop Report is available online at 
http://publications.gov.sk.ca/redirect.cfm?p=89917&i=106737.



Follow the 2018 Crop Report on Twitter at @SKAgriculture.


WHAT’S HAPPENING IN MOOSE JAW

Friday, May 11, 2018

What:  Masjid Grand Opening – Dr. Ramadan

Time:   12-1:30 p.m. Welcome and Speeches
1:30- 2 p.m. – Jumma Prayer
2- 5 p.m. – Refreshments and Open House.

Place: 73 Landcaster Rd. 

Saturday, May 12, 2018

What: Mother’s Day Out

Time:  9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 
Place: Twin Lakes Ranch Ministries 
Cost:  $25 – Call or Text Lorna 306-631-5396
To register go the Twin Lakes Ranch Ministries website.  

What:  Mother’s Day Plant Day

Time:   2:00 p.m.
Place:  Western Development Museum
Cost:   $60/ per person – includes supplies -12 years and older. 

What:  A night to Remember Jake’s gift

Time:   2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. 
Place:  Mae Wilson Theatre
Cost:  $30
A benefit for the Canadian Fallen Heroes Foundation

What: Oak Tree Fundraising Dinner 
Time:  7:00 p.m. 
Place:  Zion United Church 
6:00 refreshment
7:00 Supper
8:00 program
Fundraiser in support of an addiction Center

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Burrowing Owl Season Opener
May 19th
12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. 
Bouncing Castle, Face Painting, Hotdogs
$10/ person, $35/ Family of 5

ESP Psychic Fair
May 19, 20, 21
Shrine Club, Moose Jaw
Sat & Sun- 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. 
Mon- 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. 
$5.00 admission

Professional Bull Riders (PBR)
Sat. June 9
7:00 p.m. 
$20 plus fees

Habitat for Humanity 2nd Annual Gala
Sat. June 16
Cocktails @ 5:30 p.m.
Welcome @ 6:15 p.m.
Dinner @ 6:45 p.m.
Dancing @ 9:00 p.m.
Featuring The New Montagues
$60/ TICKET
Derek 306-692-5050

The Saskatchewan 55+ Games 
July 10th- 12th