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From the Desk of Warren Michelson November 24, 2017

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shield FROM THE DESK OF WARREN MICHELSON, MLA

CONGRATULATIONS DOUG AND MARILYNN ON THE OPENING OF YOUR NEW MCDONALDS LOCATION !

I enjoyed the opportunity to join Doug and Marilyn along with Mayor Fraser Tolmie in the official opening of their new McDonalds restaurant on the corner of Thatcher Dr. and 9th ave. N.E. 

Wishing you all the best!

Saskatchewan is moving to a single provincial health authority to better integrate and coordinate health care services for Saskatchewan people, wherever they live.


There will be no changes to health care programs, services, facilities or phone numbers and residents and patients should continue to access care in the same way they always have.


The focus is streamlining governance and management across the province with frontline employees carrying out their day-to-day patient care responsibilities as usual.


While there will be some changes to senior administration, maintaining local connections and preserving strong community relationships will be a priority moving forward.


Management and support services will continue to be located across the province, and local health system contacts and representatives will still be available to community partners.


On Monday, December 4, 2017, the employees and operations of the province’s 12 Regional Health Authorities will officially transfer to the new Saskatchewan Health Authority.


The transition will allow the provincial government to reduce senior administrative staff positions by 86% and reduce senior administrative staff salaries by 80% or $9 million annually.


The Saskatchewan Health Authority will be the largest organization in Saskatchewan with over 44,000 employees and physicians responsible for the delivery of high quality and timely health care for the entire province.


FESTIVAL OF TREES

This year marked the 26th year of the Moose Jaw Health Foundation Festival of Trees.


Once again, the generosity of our wonderful community shone through.   This years festival raised $300,000.


Over the past 26 years, 3.8 million dollars were raised for the Moose Jaw Health Foundation. 


Moose Jaw Police Service Receives $330,000 for Targeted Policing Initiatives


The Government of Saskatchewan is taking action to ensure the safety of Moose Jaw communities and families through the Municipal Police Grants.


This provincial contribution of $330,000 will fund three existing Moose Jaw Police Service positions in 2017-18.


“Our government is focused on community safety,” Moose Jaw Wakamow MLA Greg Lawrence said on behalf of Justice Minister and Attorney General Don Morgan.  “The Municipal Police Grants provide additional support to the dedicated members of the Moose Jaw Police Service.”


This funding supports three positions within the Moose Jaw Police Service dedicated to Serious Crime and Combined Traffic Services Saskatchewan.


“The City of Moose Jaw and the Moose Jaw Board of Police Commissioners look forward to continuing and enhancing our partnership with the province to address our shared public safety priorities through the Municipal Police Grants Program,” Moose Jaw Mayor Fraser Tolmie said.  “This is an important program.  Its benefits are felt not only in our community, but also across our region as our police service works to keep our community safe, harmonious and inclusive.”


“This grant provides the Moose Jaw Police Service with three officers whose work is focused on shared policing priorities,” Moose Jaw Police Service Chief Rick Bourassa said.  “Through this program, community safety and wellbeing are enhanced in our community and surrounding area.”


The provincial government provides funds to urban police services across the province to support 128 municipal police positions and policing initiatives.  In combination with the Provincial Response Team, this grant fulfills the government’s commitment to supporting the policing services within the province’s municipalities.


During a decade of growth, our government has made record investments in the infrastructure needed to grow our economy and secure a better quality of life for Saskatchewan people.


Recently, a $27 million twinning project east of Estevan along Highway 39 officially opened to traffic. Aimed at improving safety and efficiency for motorists and truckers, the project includes 10 km of twinning on Highway 39 from east of Estevan to southeast of its junction with Highway 18.


I want to thank the residents in the area for their patience during construction. This stretch of highway sees about 6,000 vehicles daily and our government looks forward to the benefits this section of highway will provide to the people of Saskatchewan as well as the trucking industry.


The completion of this project demonstrates our government’s commitment to investing in infrastructure that improves the safety and efficiency of Saskatchewan highways. In all, about $7.4 billion has been invested in highways and infrastructure since 2008 in Saskatchewan.


In addition to new highways and schools, hospitals and long-term care facilities, access to safe and affordable housing has always been a key priority for our government.


Since November 2007, our government has invested more than $773 million to develop 11,600 new units and repair 4,330 homes around the province.


Housing activity in the last decade includes the following:

To date, 588 affordable rental housing units have been developed for those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Another 112 units are currently under construction.

  • Since November 2007, 519 affordable rental housing units have been developed and are owned by Indigenous housing providers. These projects received more than $44 million in funding.  An additional 66 units, with $6 million in funding, are under construction.
  • Since November 2007, government has invested $2.87 million in the development of 40 affordable rental units for people with disabilities.
  • SHC’s Rental Development Program is targeting funding for projects for people with complex needs.
  • SHC is working with northern stakeholders to address housing challenges in the North.  Since 2007, through a number of initiatives and partnerships with municipalities and other government agencies, more than 300 rental and homeowner units have been delivered or are under construction in northern Saskatchewan.
  • The Ministry of Social Services is involved in a number of community-based efforts to provide shelter for the homeless, including cold weather strategies, community advisory boards, community-based homelessness planning efforts, community mobilization, and child, youth and family community partnerships.
  • There are 455 permanent emergency shelter spaces in Saskatchewan, not including temporary emergency shelter beds, domestic violence shelters, youth shelters, detox centres, and First Nations shelters.  Since 2007, the number of emergency shelter spaces in the province has more than doubled, representing an increase of 237 new permanent shelter spaces.
  • Through SHC’s partnership with Habitat for Humanity, the province is developing additional affordable homeownership opportunities for low- to moderate-income Saskatchewan people.
  • Through the HeadStart on a Home program, the province continues to collaborate with builders, municipalities, and financial institutions to increase the supply of entry-level homes in the province.

We will continue to do our best to deliver housing and homelessness programs that support Saskatchewan citizens in greatest housing need, and keep Saskatchewan growing stronger.

GOVERNMENT PROVIDES FUNDING TO HELP FIND MISSING CHILDREN 

The Ministry of Justice is providing $100,000 through its Criminal Property Forfeiture Fund to the Missing Children Society of Canada to expand its Most Valuable Network Program into Saskatchewan.


The Most Valuable Network uses the power of social media such as Facebook and Twitter to instantly post messages on the social media feeds of people who have volunteered to be part of the program.  It also has the capability to send push notifications to participants in the network through a mobile app.


“The introduction of social media has changed a lot about modern life over the last decade, and it’s important that we recognize that and make use of these powerful tools when we’re dealing with something as important as a missing child,” Justice Minister and Attorney General Don Morgan said.  “This network is a comprehensive tool that will provide support to police searching for a missing child and fill the gap that exists when a missing child doesn’t meet the criteria for an Amber Alert.”


The funding will be used by the Missing Children Society to support the initial expansion of the Most Valuable Network into Saskatchewan.  This will include the building of the digital infrastructure necessary to support the program, and engagement with police, businesses and individuals.


“We are excited about this opportunity to expand the Most Valuable Network into Saskatchewan,” Missing Children Society of Canada Chief Executive Officer Amanda Pick said.  “As the eyes and ears on the street, the public has an important role to play in providing first responders with vital information on missing children and vulnerable youth cases.”


Saskatchewan’s Civil Forfeiture Program, through The Seizure of Criminal Property Act, 2009, seeks the forfeiture of property that is considered to be proceeds or an instrument of unlawful activity.  Any cash resulting from the forfeitures is deposited in the Criminal Property Forfeiture Fund.


In the spring of 2017, an addition was made to the regulations to allow money from the fund to go to community programs or activities designed to promote public safety.  This is in addition to the support the fund already provides to police operations and the Victims Fund.


WHAT’S HAPPENING IN MOOSE JAW

Friday November 24, 2017

What: BLACK FRIDAY SHOPPING
Place:  DOWNTOWN MOOSE JAW

Saturday November 25, 2017

What: Breakfast with Mrs. Claus
Time:  9:00 a.m.-  11:00 a.m.
Place:  WDM

What: Kids Secret Shopping
Time:  10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Place:  WDM

What:  Zion’s Christmas Sale
Time:   10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 
Place:   Zion Church

What:  Christmas in November
Time:  5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. 
Place:  ACFMJ Assoc. Communautaire 340 Ominica St. 
Cost   $5 pp/ $10 family

What:  Moose Jaw Community Player Dinner Theatre ” Farce of Habit”
Time:   6 p.m. Doors/  Dinner 7 p.m. / Show 8 p.m. 
Place:   Cosmo Senior Citizen Centre
Cost   $35 pp

Sunday November 26, 2017

What:  Grey Cup Party
Time:   3:00 p.m. / 5:00 P.M.  Appetizer &  Munchie Potluck
Place:  Royal Canadian Legion

What:  “Old Time Christmas” With Scott Woods & His Band
Time:   7:00 p.m. 
Place:   St. Andrew’s United Church

UPCOMING EVENTS

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

Central Collegiate’s Play ” The Sound of Music”
Mae Wilson Theatre
Nov. 23-25

Geek Dads and Super Kids: Snap Circuits Program
Public Library
Nov. 28 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. 

The Knights of Columbus, Father Gilpin Council #9760 Ham & Turkey Bingo
Church of Our Lady Community Centre
Sun. Dec. 6  6:00 p.m. Doors- 7:00 p.m. Games
Lunch Counter- All family welcome

A Christmas Long Ago
WDM
Sat. Dec. 16th  10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.