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From the Desk of Warren Michelson November 17, 2017

November 17, 2017 View this email in your browser


The sudden and unexpected passing of our good friend and colleague Kevin Phillips, MLA for Melfort, has taken us all by surprise. Our deepest condolences, thoughts and prayers go to Kevin’s wife April, their four children and their grandchildren.

Those who knew Kevin best are remembering him as a man of tremendous character who valued his family, loved his province and cherished the opportunity to go to work for his constituents and his community in his time as an MLA and Mayor.

Kevin will also be remembered as a champion for addressing the issue of domestic violence in Saskatchewan. Every year, he strutted in red high heels, supporting the “Walk a mile in her shoes” campaign to stop rape, sexual assault, and gender violence.

Kevin was also instrumental in working with local groups and community organizations to get a domestic violence shelter built in Melfort; the first one built in Saskatchewan since 1989.

Kevin was a proud son of Saskatchewan, a respected leader in the Melfort constituency and a valuable member of our Caucus family. We will miss him more than words can say.

I had the honor of bringing greetings on behalf of Social Services Minister Paul Merriman to the Sod Turning of Habitat for Humanity’s 7th project and the renovation of a second property donated to Habitat for Humanity.
Congratulations Kathy Brown and family as well as Tanya Legare and family. 

Governments of Canada and Saskatchewan Team Up with Habitat for Humanity to Build a Home in Moose Jaw

The governments of Canada and Saskatchewan are partnering with Habitat for Humanity to help a Moose Jaw family secure a quality, affordable home.

Today, Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, on behalf of Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), and Member of the Legislative Assembly for Moose Jaw North Warren Michelson, on behalf of Social Services Minister and Minister Responsible for Saskatchewan Housing Corporation (SHC) Paul Merriman, officially launched the construction of the project located at 1160 – 1st Avenue Northeast.

“The Government of Canada is proud to help support this family’s journey to homeownership,” said Goodale.  “There is a great deal of work and co-operation that takes place during Habitat for Humanity builds and it’s completely worth it.  We are literally laying the foundation of a new chapter in their lives, and I’m looking forward to the day we stand in front of this building to celebrate its grand opening.  We are creating stronger, more prosperous communities—one home at a time.”

“This project will help a local family start a rewarding life in our community, and it starts today,” Michelson said.  “All of the sponsors and volunteers represented here today and the federal and provincial governments are the driving force behind this build.  This is a part of what keeping Saskatchewan strong is all about, and our government is proud to support Habitat’s work.”

“We are very proud of our Moose Jaw Chapter,” Habitat for Humanity Regina Chief Executive Officer Kelly Holmes-Binns said.  “The work the board has done alongside donors, sponsors, volunteers and of course the families has been life-changing for so many.  To now be working on the seventh and eighth Habitat Moose Jaw homes is truly amazing and as an organization we would like to express our most sincere thanks for all of the support we’ve received to make this possible.”

Quick facts:

  • The project will consist of a three-bedroom, two-storey home.  Together, the main and upper floors of the home will total approximately 1,400 square feet or 130 square metres.  The Government of Canada, through CMHC, along with the Government of Saskatchewan, through SHC, jointly contributed $50,000 to build the home through the Investment in Affordable Housing (IAH) Agreement.
  • The province’s overall commitment to Habitat for Humanity totals $9.85 million since March 2009.  Of this amount, the federal and provincial governments have invested $2 million, thanks to the Social Infrastructure Fund, under the two most recent agreements between Saskatchewan and Habitat for Humanity.
  • This investment supports Saskatchewan’s Poverty Reduction Strategy goal of ensuring Saskatchewan people have access to affordable, safe, secure and stable housing.
  • Each partner family selected by Habitat for Humanity contributes 500 partnering hours in building their home or other Habitat homes.  The family purchases their home at fair market value, paying an interest-free, zero down-payment mortgage set at 25 per cent of their annual gross income.  To learn more about Habitat for Humanity and their work across Saskatchewan, visit www.habitat.ca.

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  • As Canada’s authority on housing, CMHC contributes to the stability of the housing market and financial system, provides support for Canadians in housing need, and offers unbiased housing research and advice to all levels of Canadian government, consumers and the housing industry.  For more information, please call 1-800-668-2642 or follow us on Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn and Facebook.
  • In October 2012, the Government of Saskatchewan released the Saskatchewan Plan for Growth: Vision 2020 and Beyond, which sets out the government’s vision for a province of 1.2 million people by 2020.  The plan identifies principles, goals and actions to ensure Saskatchewan is capturing the opportunities and meeting the challenges of a growing province.  Since 2007, the Government of Saskatchewan has invested more than $770 million to develop or repair almost 16,000 housing units across our province. To learn more, visit www.saskatchewan.ca.

Louis Riel Memorial Day at Sask Polytech MJ campus.  

Flag raising Thursday morning, lunch catered by Sioux Chef Dickie Yuzicapi 

Saskatchewan is an exporting province that has strong and growing trade relationships with countries around the world. I am proud to serve the people of Saskatchewan in a government that understands the need to keep our economy strong by opening up and growing new export markets.

Representatives of our government have travelled to India in an effort to strengthen the trade links with one of Asia’s largest markets and one of the fastest-growing economies in the world.

Our Saskatchewan Plan for Growth includes the goal of doubling the value of our total exports by 2020, and India has a vital role in contributing to our achievement of that objective.

Priorities of the mission to India include raising awareness of Saskatchewan’s strategic importance to India as a major source of imported agriculture products.

Saskatchewan exports to Asia increased from $2.3 billion in 2005 to $8 billion in 2016, making Asia our province’s most important emerging export market.

The Government of India recently announced an immediate duty of 50 per cent on pea imports and a 20 per cent tariff on wheat imports, including all such shipments already en route to the country.

India recently announced plans to build ten new nuclear reactors with a combined capacity of 7,000 megawatts, more than doubling the country’s current output derived from nuclear power.

Recognized as a long-term, stable source of uranium and the world’s second largest producer, Saskatchewan is working with India on opportunities for uranium export and trade development.

Our government’s mission to Japan this month is intended to help Saskatchewan companies maintain and strengthen critical relationships while positioning the province as a reliable and quality supplier of food and agriculture products.

Priorities for this mission include emphasizing the importance of the relationship between Japan and Saskatchewan, as well as the province’s role as a global leader in agriculture.

This mission deepens Saskatchewan’s relationship with Japan, Saskatchewan’s fourth largest export market. It also allows the province to expand and strengthen relationships with Japanese companies that operate in Saskatchewan or are looking to invest in operations.

In 2016, Saskatchewan exports to Japan were $976 million.

Japan is Saskatchewan’s largest export market for non-durum wheat, and the province’s second largest export market for canola seed.

Meanwhile, here at home, the brand-new International Trade Centre at Evraz Place in Regina is opening its doors to the world with Canadian Western Agribition November 20-25. This is an event that attracts more than 120,000 visitors annually, including guests from 75 countries.

The 150,000-square foot, multi-purpose facility will further enhance events that contribute to our economy, including shows integral to Saskatchewan’s agricultural industry which have a history of highlighting our high-quality livestock and innovative farm implements to an international audience.

The International Trade Centre replaces a number of old buildings and barns, and will play a key role in major agricultural events such as Agribition and Canada’s Farm Progress Show, in addition to hosting other major events and activities. Its completion means all facilities at the 100-acre Evraz Place site are now interconnected with the exception of the new Mosaic Stadium.

Funding for construction of the International Trade Centre included $22 million from the federal and provincial governments under the Growing Forward 2 agreement, $11 million from the City of Regina, $3 million from the Regina Hotels Association and $1 million from Canadian Western Agribition.


The Government of Saskatchewan has proclaimed November 12-18, as Bullying Awareness Week in Saskatchewan.  This year’s theme is Stand Up! (to bullying).

During Bullying Awareness Week students, school staff and parents are encouraged to learn more about the issues of bullying and work together to prevent it in communities and schools through education and awareness.

“It’s important for all of us in Saskatchewan to stand with those who experience bullying so they know they’re not alone,” Education Minister Bronwyn Eyre said.  “Bullying Awareness Week serves as an important reminder that there are resources here in Saskatchewan to support children and youth.”

The Ministry of Education and SaskTel continue to work together through I Am Stronger on bullying and cyberbullying prevention.  On the program’s website at http://iamstronger.ca/

, students will find information on how they can get help.  They can also anonymously report bullying online from a smartphone, tablet or computer.  There are resources on bullying prevention for youth, families and educators.



With recent colder temperatures across the province, the Government of Saskatchewan is reminding people to check for safe and sufficient ice before venturing out for ice fishing or other winter activities.

Ice thickness depends on the waterbody and surrounding conditions.  Ice does not freeze at a uniform thickness and ice strength can vary considerably from one area to another.

Check the ice thickness before you travel on it.  There should be at least 10 cm (4 inches) of ice to walk on, 20 cm (8 inches) to drive a snowmobile or ATV on, 30 cm (12 inches) to drive a car or light truck on, and more than 30 cm (12 inches) to drive a heavy truck on.




Friday November 17, 2017

What: Victory Church Christmas Box Packing Party
Time:  6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. 
Place:  Victory Church

Saturday November 18, 2017

What: Fall Fair Trade Festival
Time:  9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. 
Place:  Central Lutheran Church Moose Jaw, Moose Jaw

What: William Grayson Winter Craft and Tradeshow
Time:  10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 
Place:  William Grayson School

What:  Yuletyme Craft & Tradeshow
Time:  10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. 
Place:   Minto United Church

Sunday November 19, 2017

What:  Pack the House
Time:   1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. 
Place:   Cowtown
Your hometown hero’s. The Moose Jaw Warriors will be on hand to sign some autographs, take pictures and play with puppies. This a adoption event/donation drive of items that we here at Lucky Paws Dog Rescue is in desperate need of.


Veterans morning coffee Mon-Sat @ 10:00 a.m. -Legion

Saturday Nov. 25
Breakfast with Mrs. Claus – WDM @ 9:00 a.m.-  11:00 a.m.
Kids Secret Shopping – WDM @ 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.