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Moose Jaw Express October 16, 2019

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Small Businesses Driving our Economy

A salute to small businesses is celebrated during Small Business Week, October 20 to 26.   Small businesses play a huge role in building our community and our Province. The Government of Saskatchewan joins with the Business Development Bank of Canada to recognize the positive impact of small businesses to the province.

I make it a point to keep in touch with many of our local small business owners here in Moose Jaw. I see how hard they work putting in extra hours and tireless effort, not only for their own sake, but for the benefit of their employees and our whole community. Any slowing of the economy quickly affects their success. I have so much admiration for those who determinedly carry on even amidst challenges.

Small businesses are an indicator of the optimism, courage and entrepreneurial spirit of our people. Saskatchewan tops Canada for this spirit of entrepreneurship. In 2018, the latest figures available, Saskatchewan had the highest rate of small businesses in Canada with 129 small businesses for every 1,000 people; compared to the national average of 110.

The impact of businesses with under 50 employees is astounding. Close to one-third of workers in Saskatchewan, (31 per cent), are employed by a small business. Since 2008, small businesses have created 7,253 new jobs in Saskatchewan and wages paid by Saskatchewan small businesses have grown at the second-fastest rate among all provinces.

Many of our small businesses are run by self-employed owners.  A growing number of self-employed owners are women. In 2018, Saskatchewan ranked third in the female share of self-employment across Canada. That number has been steadily increasing, with a reported 34,800 self-employed women in the province, a 19.6 per cent increase over the past decade.

Your Saskatchewan Party government knows that supporting small businesses keeps our economy growing and makes Saskatchewan a better place to invest and to live.

Reducing red tape is one way we work to achieve this. Our province received the highest-possible ‘A’ grade from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business in their 2019 national Red Tape Report Card. Saskatchewan’s ‘Help Cut Red Tape’ web page is available to all Saskatchewan residents and businesses to report red tape concerns they have encountered. These concerns are carefully reviewed and necessary adjustments are recommended.

The Government of Saskatchewan has invested in services, initiatives and programs that support small businesses in the province. Small business owners, and those considering starting a small business are encouraged to access the supports. There is useful information at www.saskatchewan.ca/business.

A recently launched initiative supports our small business technology sector. The Made in Saskatchewan Technology (MIST) Program is designed to find solutions from the province’s technology-based companies whose products may improve public service delivery. Applications for a contract of up to $10,000 can be made through Innovation Saskatchewan.

Here in Moose Jaw our local Chamber of Commerce helps businesses succeed. They speak as the voice of business for Moose Jaw and area. The vast majority of their 520 members are small businesses. They are a great support to members, providing resources, access to information, promotion opportunities and advocacy.

Our small businesses certainly deserve to be recognized and celebrated.  During Small Business Week we thank every small business in Moose Jaw, and in our province, for all they contribute to building our communities, our province and strengthening our economy.

From the Desk of Warren Michelson October 11, 2019

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OFFICE CLOSED:  Monday October 14 for Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving is a great time to reflect on the way we live and what we have.
In our day to day living we tend to overlook the good things that can mean so much in our lives, like family, friends, and a secure community.  Thanksgiving serves to reminds us that we are fortunate living in this community, in a province rich in resources and opportunity, in a country as wide and diverse as Canada.
Let us pray for good weather that will allow our agriculture producers time to harvest.  At the same time let us thank God for what we have in our daily lives; including  good neighbourhoods,  quality schools, places of worship, abundant sport and leisure venues, services, shopping, eating establishments; and humbly ask for good health, strong relationships and an appreciation for all we have.

Job Growth Remains Strong In Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan saw its 14th consecutive month of job growth in September, with year-over-year employment rising by 13,300 jobs, an increase of 2.3 per cent.

Female employment increased by 4,200 (+1.6 per cent) and off-reserve Aboriginal employment increased by 4,900 (+10.7 per cent).  Month-to-month employment also rose by 600 jobs from August 2019.

The unemployment rate was 5.3 per cent in September (seasonally adjusted), down from 6.3 per cent a year ago.  Saskatchewan had the fourth lowest unemployment rate in the country (tied with Ontario), below the national average of 5.5 per cent.

“Saskatchewan experienced record highs in terms of employment in the month of September, in spite of external factors contributing to ongoing economic uncertainties,” Immigration and Career Training Minister Jeremy Harrison said.  “Our government will continue working hard to ensure Saskatchewan people have the ability to work and contribute to the growth of our great province.”


Other September highlights include:

  • An all-time high was recorded for the working-age population (891,200), and a record high for the month of September for labour force (588,600);
  • Major year-over-year gains were reported for educational services up 3,900 jobs, manufacturing up 3,600 jobs and other services up 3,200 jobs; and
  • Aboriginal youth employment was up 1,000 jobs (+11.0 per cent).

MAC’S NEW RACK

After several months without his rack, Mac the Moose is looking better than ever sporting his new larger rack, reclaiming the title of the Worlds Tallest Moose Statue.

Highway Name Changes At The Regina Bypass

While contractors are putting the finishing touches on the Regina Bypass, some name changes are in the works for new highway infrastructure near the City of Regina.

The final phase of the bypass project continues on time and on budget and is scheduled to open at the end of the month.  This includes the route from Highway 1 West to Highway 11 North, with overpasses at Hill Avenue, Dewdney Avenue, 9th Avenue and Highway 11.  This section of highway will be known as Highway 11.  It will extend from the current Highway 11 in the north to the interchange at Highway 1 west of Regina.


The south route from Highway 1, west of the city, will include new interchanges at Highway 6 and Highway 33.  This will be known as the new Trans-Canada Highway or Highway 1.


“The new bypass will significantly improve safety and reduce traffic congestion around the City of Regina,” Highways and Infrastructure Minister Greg Ottenbreit said.  “In preparation, a few minor changes have been made to the names of Highways near Regina.”


The Regina Bypass is the largest transportation infrastructure project in the province’s history.  The Government of Canada, through PPP Canada, is investing up to $200 million in the project.


For the latest traffic restrictions related to the Regina Bypass project, please follow Regina Bypass Partners on Twitter @reginabypass and regularly check the Highway Hotline at 
www.saskatchewan.ca/highwayhotline.  For additional information or questions, visit www.reginabypasspartners.ca or call 1-844-679-4828.


A weekly highway construction update is also published on 
www.saskatchewan.ca/residents/transportation/highway-construction-projects/weekly¬highway-construction-update to provide the travelling public with the latest details on projects underway to help plan safe and efficient travel.  You can report a highway work zone signing problem by calling 306-244-5535.


The Government of Saskatchewan has invested $9 billion in transportation infrastructure since 2008.


TOUR OF THE FIRE HALL

Its Fire Prevention Week, and thanks to the South Hill Fire Station for hosting an Open House.
Hundreds of school students were welcomed to tour the station and see the equipment. I had an opportunity to talk with to Fire Chief Montgomery and some of the firefighters, and sit in one of the fire trucks.

New Website Allows Saskatchewan Residents To Access Their Personal Health Information Anywhere, Anytime

Saskatchewan residents can now look at their laboratory test results and other health records online anywhere, anytime.

Rural and Remote Health Minister Warren Kaeding, today launched MySaskHealthRecord—a secure website that gives eligible Saskatchewan residents quick and easy access to their personal health information.


“This is a game changer, giving patients the information they need to play an active role in their health care,” Kaeding said.  “Some provinces that offer similar programs have delays built in so that people have to wait to see their own personal health information, and some provinces only provide limited lab results or require people to have a family physician in order to sign up.


“Saskatchewan is leading the nation with the rollout of MySaskHealthRecord.  Our program gives people access to their lab results, plus other important health information, as soon as it’s available.”


“Today’s announcement is the result of years of work and testing by eHealth Saskatchewan, TELUS Health and collaboration with our health system partners,” eHealth Saskatchewan CEO Jim Hornell said.  “Everyone involved in this project shares a common goal—improving patient care.  We’re proud of the role we played in creating an innovative and beneficial program that truly puts patients first.”


MySaskHealthRecord is open to Saskatchewan residents who are 18 years of age and older.  To register, residents will need a valid Saskatchewan health card, plus a Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) driver’s licence or SGI photo ID card.


Residents who register will have quick and easy access to their personal health information, including laboratory test results, medical imaging reports and clinical visit history, including hospital admissions.  Residents will also be able to add their own personal information to track and generate reports; set medication and appointment reminders; and upload information from health devices such as wearable activity trackers.


“Congratulations to Saskatchewan for taking this big step to give residents online access to their personal health information,” Canada Health Infoway President and CEO Michael Green said.  “Patients and the health system will see significant benefits from things like fewer unnecessary phone calls and less time taken off work for routine medical appointments.  More importantly, greater access to information empowers patients to be more active participants in their care, and that can result in better health outcomes.”


All personal health information in MySaskHealthRecord is safe and private.  Residents who sign up will only be able to access their accounts through a highly secure, personalized login.


To register for a MySaskHealthRecord account, go to 
www.eHealthSask.ca.

About eHealth:
eHealth Saskatchewan is a Treasury Board Crown Corporation comprised of many different business areas that all share the same overall mission to support and improve health care in Saskatchewan.

The organization has been mandated by the province to lead all IT services for the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) and set up a single provincial IT service that supports the delivery of health care throughout the province.


eHealth also collects, combines, stores and manages the electronic health records of Saskatchewan people.  The organization also manages a variety of programs and services that give health care providers secure electronic access to important patient information from anywhere in the province.


Health Registries and Vital Statistics are also a part of eHealth.  Residents can apply for, update or replace a Saskatchewan Health Card for insured health services and order birth, stillbirth, marriage, death and genealogy certificates.  eHealth also processes applications for legal name changes and changes of sex designation.


Canada Health Infoway helps to improve the health of Canadians by working with partners to accelerate the development, adoption and effective use of digital health across Canada.  Through their investments, they help deliver better quality and access to care and more efficient delivery of health services for patients and clinicians.  Infoway is an independent, not-for-profit organization funded by the federal government.

Construction Association Meeting 

Discussions with construction members on red tape issues.


Water Security Agency Reaches Tentative Agreement With Unifor Local 820

Released on October 10, 2019

The Water Security Agency (WSA) has reached a tentative agreement with Unifor Local 820.


The details of the agreement will not be released until the ratification process has taken place.


“I am pleased we have reached a tentative agreement with the Unifor bargaining unit,” Water Security Agency President and CEO Susan Ross said.  “We are thankful for the dedicated efforts of the negotiators representing our employees who have been working hard with our management team to come up with this deal.”


WSA is a unique organization in Canada – bringing together the majority of provincial government’s core water management responsibilities.  WSA manages the province’s water supply, protects water quality, ensures safe drinking water and treatment of wastewater.  WSA owns and operates 72 dams and related water supply channels and represents Saskatchewan on transboundary water issues.

BIRDS MIGRATING

Crop Report For The Period October 1 To 7, 2019

Many producers were able to return to the field last week and 55 per cent of the crop is now in the bin.  This is up from 47 per cent last week but remains well behind the five-year (2014-18) average of 82 per cent for this time of year.  Twenty-nine per cent of the crop is swathed or ready to straight-cut.

Wet, cool weather continues to slow progress in much of the province.  Much of the crop harvested so far is tough or damp and is being put into grain dryers and aeration bins.

Warm, dry and windy days are needed soon so that producers can return to the field.  All regions in the province progressed with harvest this past week.  Harvest is most advanced in the southwest region, where 71 per cent of the crop is now combined.  The northeast region has 61 per cent combined, the west-central region 58 per cent and the southeastern region 55 per cent.  The northwest region has 42 per cent combined and the east-central region 39 per cent.


Seventy-six per cent of barley, 59 per cent of durum, 58 per cent of mustard, 52 per cent of spring wheat, 50 per cent of canary seed and oats, 40 per cent of canola, 39 per cent of chickpeas, 28 per cent of soybeans and nine per cent of flax is now in the bin.  An additional 48 per cent of canola and 19 per cent of mustard is swathed or ready to straight-cut.


Estimated average crop yields for the province are 39 bushels per acre for field peas; 1,413 pounds per acre for lentils; 38 bushels per acre for canola; 23 bushels per acre for flax; 40 bushels per acre for durum; 44 bushels per acre for spring wheat and 65 bushels per acre for barley.  Fourteen per cent of the spring wheat is estimated to grade 1CW, while 32 and 27 per cent is estimated to grade 2CW and 3CW, respectively.

Most areas of the province received some precipitation last week.  The Moosomin area reported 20 mm, while the Elfros and Bethune areas received 16 mm.  Across the province, topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as 15 per cent surplus, 52 per cent adequate, 30 per cent sort and three per cent very short.  Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 19 per cent surplus, 74 per cent adequate, six per cent short and one per cent very short.


The majority of crop damage this past week was due to strong winds and frost.  There continues to be many reports of crops sprouting, bleaching and staining and downgrading is expected at the elevator.  Geese and wildlife are feeding on swathed crops and causing damage.


Farmers are busy drying grain and waiting for the weather to improve so they can continue with harvest operations.


A complete, printable version of the Crop Report is available online at 
www.saskatchewan.ca/crop-report.


Follow the 2019 Crop Report on Twitter at @SKAgriculture.


WHAT’S HAPPENING IN MOOSE JAW

OFFICE CLOSED:  Monday October 14 for Thanksgiving.

Friday, October 11, 2019

What: MJ Warrior Home Game
Time:  7:00 p.m. 
Place: Mosaic

Saturday, October 12, 2019

What: MJ Homegrown Farmers Market
Time:  8:00 a.m. 
Place: Langdon Cres. 

What: Family Movie – Aladdin
Time:  2:30 p.m. 
Place: MJ Public Library

Sunday, October 13, 2019

What: A Thousand Thanks, Thanksgiving at the Grant Hall
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. 
Place:  Grant Hall

What: Hopkins Dining Parlour Thanksgiving Dinner
Time:  5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. 
Place: Hopkins Dining Parlour

What: Harwoods Restaurant, Thanksgiving Dinner
Time:  5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. 
Place: Harwoods Restaurant

Monday, October 14, 2019

What: Harwoods Restaurant, Thanksgiving Dinner
Time:  5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. 
Place: Harwoods Restaurant

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Thursday Oct.17
MJ Family Services Fall Fundraiser Roast Beef Dinner
Lynbrook Golf Club
5-8 p.m.

Tickets $20
MJ Family Services 306-694-8133

Sisterhood Annual Roast Beef Fundraiser Dinner
Heritage Inn
6:30 p.m.
Tickets $35
Joan McMaster 306-692-6598

Friday Oct. 25 & Saturday Oct. 26, 2019
Whistletop Christmas Craft Show
MJ Exhibition Grounds

Friday, Nov. 15
Search & Rescue Steak Night
Crushed Can

Moose Jaw Express October 9, 2019

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Thankfulness All Year Long

For it is not joy that makes us grateful; it is gratitude that makes us joyful – David Steindl-Rast

Happy Thanksgiving. Celebrating with family and friends and enjoying a long weekend can do much to renew and revitalize us; but research shows that developing a consistent “attitude of gratitude” can improve our lives in many ways; mentally, emotionally, and physically.

Thanksgiving began to celebrate the end of a successful growing season. Recent rain and snow have certainly dampened optimism for a bountiful harvest. My thoughts and prayers are with our agriculture producers in a year where both drought and excessive moisture has challenged even the hardiest of farmers. I encourage them to call the confidential Farm Stress Line, 1-800-667-4442, for stress related help in facing those difficulties and for support.

I am grateful to live in a province where people come together to assist others. Our province grew with communities coming together to help their neighbours when times were tough.  Our government knows that the people of our province expect services and assistance to be there for those who need support.

The recent grand opening of the Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital is evidence of support for the vulnerable. Because many contributed to make this happen, the hospital will play an integral role in providing world-class excellence in health care for Saskatchewan’s children and expectant mothers.

Together with Inclusion Saskatchewan, the Government of Saskatchewan has proclaimed October as Inclusion Month in our province. Inclusion Month is an opportunity to celebrate the positive difference inclusion has made in the lives of people with disabilities and the contributions people with disabilities make in their communities. For more than 60 years, Inclusion Saskatchewan, formerly the Saskatchewan Association for Community Living, has aimed to ensure people with intellectual disabilities are valued, supported and included, and have opportunities and choices in all aspects of life.

It was a very significant day in September when the last residents of Valley View Centre officially moved out of the building, marking the end of institutionalized-style living for people with intellectual disabilities in Saskatchewan. Inclusion Saskatchewan has advocated for community-based living for the residents of Valley View Centre. Since the closure of Valley View Centre was announced in 2012, the Government of Saskatchewan, Inclusion Saskatchewan and the Valley View Legacy Network have worked together to ensure the success and well-being of residents as they move into communities of their choice.

From around the world, many recognize that Saskatchewan is a great place to live, work, go to school and raise a family.  This is evident in our population, which has grown by more than 183,000 in 53 consecutive quarters to 1,174,462.  The people who recently immigrated to Saskatchewan appreciate the opportunity to live here, and would have a long list of things for which people in our province can be grateful.

Thanksgiving is an opportunity to recognize the quality of life we have and be grateful.  This Thanksgiving weekend, I will especially thank God for my family. As always, I am grateful for the wonderful people of our province that have a heart for the needs of others. May gratefulness enrich your lives every day of the year.

From the Desk of Warren Michelson October 4, 2019

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FIRST SNOWFALL OF THE SEASONAlthough snow fell a little early this fall, several families took the opportunity to build their first Snowman of the season while others didn’t let a little snow stop them from taking their daily trip to the bike park.

Still Growing Strong: Saskatchewan’s Population Tops 1,174,000

More people are living in Saskatchewan than ever before, as the province’s population grew to 1,174,462 as of July 1, 2019, according to new figures released today by Statistics Canada.

Saskatchewan’s population has now grown in 53 consecutive quarters, increasing by more than 183,000 people during that time.

Immigration and Career Training Minister Jeremy Harrison said a growing province creates opportunities for Saskatchewan people and provides the resources needed to support important government services.

“As we get ready to enter the 2020s, our government is planning for another decade of strong growth in Saskatchewan,” Harrison said.  “This fall, we will release a new growth plan for the new decade, with new growth targets and actions we will take to achieve those targets.”

Saskatchewan grew by 3,435 people in the second quarter of 2019.  A net increase of 4,510 people from international migration and a natural increase (births minus deaths) of 1,644 people was partially offset by net interprovincial outmigration of 2,719 people.


CHAMBER ON TAP
Former Star, Rob Bresciani promotes BIG BROTHERS/ BIG SISTERS with Victor Roman, moderated by RBC’S John Cassidy.
Report from the LegislatureSaskatchewan is still growing strong, according to the latest figures from Statistics Canada. Between April 1st and July 1st, 2019, Saskatchewan added 3,435 people bringing our population to an all-time high of 1,174,462.

Our population has now grown in 53 consecutive quarters, increasing by more than 183,000 people during that time.

A growing province creates opportunities and provides the resources needed to support important government services such as education and health care.


This year’s budget included an increase of $26.2 million to school operating funding with education infrastructure investment increasing by nearly an additional $20 million.


This year’s health budget is up 3.7% ($196 million), much of it focused on mental health and addictions improvements, new long-term care construction and the new costs of operating the new Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital.


The growth of our province has provided the means to move forward with 46 brand new or replacement schools and 23 major renovations. It’s also why we’ve been able to add nearly 900 more doctors and over 3,700 more nurses since 2007.

As we get ready to enter the 2020s, our government is planning for another decade of strong growth in Saskatchewan. This fall, we will release a new growth plan for the new decade, with new growth targets and actions we will take to achieve those targets.

Global market connections are the lifeblood of our growing economy, and Saskatchewan has the food, fuel and fertilizer the world needs. That’s why Saskatchewan is embarking on an eleven-day trade mission to Japan and South Korea with an additional stop in Hong Kong.


Saskatchewan exports to Asian markets have grown by 158 per cent since 2007 to $8.5 billion in 2018. To Japan and South Korea, Saskatchewan sells high quality canola seed, canola oil, wheat, pulse crops and so much more. We will place a high priority on continuing to develop and diversify our existing links but also on establishing new ones.


Asia contains some of the most important and emerging markets for our province. This trade mission will include important conversations to promote Saskatchewan’s sustainable mining sector, our forestry sector, and our value-added agriculture as well as our agri-food sectors. We will also be establishing educational and exchange partnerships with our post-secondary institutions with strong representation from provincial business and industry stakeholders as well as academic institutions.


Agriculture has always been and continues to be one of the key drivers of economic growth in Saskatchewan.


Today in Saskatchewan, the agriculture industry provides 50,000 jobs, represents about 10 per cent of our GDP and nearly 40 per cent of our total exports. The industry itself continues to evolve, adopting the best practices leading to higher yields and higher quality products while leading the world in environmental sustainability.


October is Agriculture Month in Saskatchewan – a time to highlight our connection to food and the role agriculture plays in the lives of Saskatchewan people. From primary production and research to processing and technology, there are many stories to share about the care and consideration that goes into producing the healthy, nutritious meals on our plates.


While I know this harvest season has been particularly challenging, I am confident we can get the crop in the bin. Best wishes to all those who are working hard to bring in the harvest, and stay safe!

20TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE CANADIAN LIGHT SOURCE
I had the opportunity to attend the 20th anniversary reception of the Canadian Light Source; synchrotron, at the University of Saskatchewan and enjoyed a very informative tour by CEO Ron Lamb.

The Canadian Light Source is a ‘marvel’s in the scientific world, researching thousands of projects from over 20 countries, and is a economic driver to our province. Not only attracting researchers from all over the globe, but making advancement in many agricultural areas – benefiting Saskatchewan and producers around the globe.
Thanks to Dr Ron Lamb, CEO for the informative tour.

I appreciated the opportunity to meet with grades 7 & 8 at Sunningdale School, to discuss what democracy is and the work of government.

Saskatchewan Mission To Mexico To Feature Canola, Wheat And Cattle

Saskatchewan Minister of Agriculture David Marit will lead a trade mission to Mexico highlighting Saskatchewan’s canola, wheat and cattle sectors.  The delegation leaves for the six-day trade mission on October 6.

This mission will help position the province as a reliable and quality supplier of food, feed, pet food ingredients and cattle genetics.  More than 89 per cent of Saskatchewan’s exports to Mexico are agri-food exports.  The mission will also promote research, investment and other collaborative opportunities in Saskatchewan’s value-added sector.


Mexico and Saskatchewan, and Canada as a whole, have a strong trading relationship.  Canada exported nearly $2 billion worth of agri-food exports to the country in 2018.  Saskatchewan is Canada’s leading agri-food exporter to Mexico accounting for almost 40 per cent of exports.


“Mexico is one of our largest trading partners, it makes sense to do business with a market so easily accessible and free of duties and tariffs,” Marit said.  “The mission will create many opportunities to strengthen our trade, research and investment ties with some of Saskatchewan’s long standing Mexican partners, companies and industry organizations.”


The mission delegation also includes representation from Canadian Western Agribition and the Canola Council of Canada, the national industry association that encompasses the entire canola industry from producers to processors and exporters.


Saskatchewan accounts for more than 50 per cent of Canadian canola seed exports to Mexico, making us the country’s top supplier for the commodity.  Over the last 10 years, Saskatchewan agri-food exports to Mexico have almost doubled in value going from $387 million in 2009 to $734 million in 2018.  We are committed to enhancing our existing relationships and forging new ones with our Mexican stakeholders.


Saskatchewan agri-food exports to Mexico were valued at more than $730 million in 2018, with key exports including canola seed, non-durum wheat and lentils.


Scott Johnstone,  auctioneer at the Ducks Unlimited fundraiser.

Annual Influenza Vaccine Clinics To Start Week Of October 21

Saskatchewan residents with a valid health card can get their flu shot starting the week of October 21 at public health clinics, local pharmacies, and some physician and Nurse Practitioner offices.

“Although there have been delays in the delivery of this year’s influenza vaccine, the Ministry of Health has confirmed with Health Canada that Saskatchewan will receive vaccine to support the provincial program start date the week of October 21,” Saskatchewan’s Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. Saqib Shahab said.


Flu shots are recommended for those at higher risk, including seniors, people with underlying chronic health conditions, children under five, and pregnant women.  Seniors often have chronic health conditions (like heart or lung disease or diabetes) and weaker immune systems, which makes them particularly vulnerable to complications from influenza.


Please note that due to public venues being used as polling stations for the Federal Elections, some locations will be launching on Monday October 21, and others later in the week.  Visit the Saskatchewan Health Authority website at 
https://www.saskhealthauthority.ca/Services-Locations/flu for the most up-to-date information on drop-in clinic times and locations.


Pharmacists can administer the free flu shot to residents five years and older, during home visits, and in congregate living settings.  Children under five and non-Saskatchewan residents can be vaccinated at a public health clinic.


For a list of pharmacies that provide the free flu shot, check the Pharmacy Association of Saskatchewan website at 
http://www.skpharmacists.ca/patients/flu-shots or ask your local pharmacy if they offer it.  More than 340 pharmacies will offer free flu vaccinations this season.


Information on influenza immunization in Saskatchewan is available at 
www.saskatchewan.ca/flu.  For advice on influenza symptoms and when to seek care, call HealthLine 811 or visit www.healthlineonline.ca.

As part of Seniors Week; I enjoyed a coffee and a visit with residents of the Mulberry for their Senior’s Day and Trade show on Tuesday.

Digging Up The Province’s Amazing Natural History

Palaeontologists from the Royal Saskatchewan Museum (RSM) spent the summer discovering new dinosaurs, marine reptiles and exciting Cretaceous amber.

“It’s been an exciting year for the Royal Saskatchewan Museum with the opening of the CN T. rex Gallery and the introduction of Scotty to the RSM,” Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Gene Makowsky said.  “It is also important to note that new research and discoveries take place at the museum regularly.  These discoveries create new opportunities to learn more about Saskatchewan hundreds of millions of years ago.”

The “big” finds this past summer were found in Grasslands National Park, the Big Muddy Badlands and near the southwest community of Consul, including:

  • Limb, rib and vertebrae bones from a juvenile Triceratops in the East Block of Grasslands National Park;
  • Vertebrae and limb bones from a Triceratops and a Hadrosaur (duck-billed dinosaur) in the East Block of Grasslands National Park;
  • Numerous vertebrae from a Plesiosaur (marine reptile) from the West Block of Grasslands National Park;
  • Cretaceous amber inclusions of new wasps and flies from the Big Muddy Badlands; and
  • Amber found around a dinosaur eggshell site, located near Consul.

These new discoveries will be added to the provincial collection and will be the subject of study and research for years to come.  Fieldwork such as this contributes to the RSM’s status as an internationally recognized centre for research and teaching.  The museum collection continues to grow, as does the world’s appreciation of Saskatchewan’s fossil resources.

To learn more about palaeontological finds and what else is happening at the RSM, go to https://royalsaskmuseum.ca/rsm.  Visit. Donate. Discover.

MOOSE JAW INDIA COMMUNITY HOSTS SOCCER TOURNAMENT
Congratulations to the Moose Jaw India community for hosting a soccer tournament, with teams from India communities in Moose Jaw, Regina, Saskatoon and Olds Alberta.
In the Championship game, Moose Jaw lead Regina 2-0 when the power went out !!!!!
The trophies will have to stay in late case until the championship game can be rescheduled.

Crop Report For The Period September 24 To 30, 2019

According to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s Weekly Crop Report 47 per cent of the crop is now combined, up from 39 per cent last week.  An early-winter storm slowed down most harvest operations in the province; however, producers were able to make some progress before the storm hit.  The five-year (2014-18) average is 75 per cent combined for this time of year.

Thirty-four per cent of the crop is swathed or ready to straight-cut.  Much of the crop harvested so far is tough and is being put into grain dryers and aeration bins.  Farmers will need several weeks of warm and dry weather to get the crop off.

Harvest is most advanced in the southwest region, where 68 per cent of the crop is now combined.  The northeast region has 50 per cent combined and the southeast region 46 per cent.  The west-central region has 46 per cent combined, the northwest region 34 per cent and the east-central region 33 per cent.


Ninety-four per cent of field peas, 91 per cent of lentils, 68 per cent of barley, 58 per cent of mustard, 57 per cent of durum, 46 per cent of canary seed, 44 per cent of spring wheat, 37 per cent of chickpeas and 24 per cent of canola is now in the bin.  An additional 62 per cent of canola and 17 per cent of mustard is swathed or ready to straight-cut.


Most areas of the province received significant precipitation last week.  The Admiral area reported 103 mm, while the Moose Jaw area received up to 60 mm.  Although the moisture further delays harvest, it helps topsoil moisture conditions.


Across the province, topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as 31 per cent surplus, 65 per cent adequate and four per cent short.  Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 20 per cent surplus, 72 per cent adequate, seven per cent short and one per cent very short.


The majority of crop damage this past week was due to hail, strong winds, lodging, localized flooding and frost.  There continues to be many reports of crops sprouting, bleaching and staining and downgrading is expected.  Geese and wildlife are also feeding on swathed crops and causing damage.


Farmers are busy drying grain and waiting for the weather to improve so they can continue with harvest operations.


A complete, printable version of the Crop Report is available online at 
www.saskatchewan.ca/crop-report.

Follow the 2019 Crop Report on Twitter at @SKAgriculture.


WHAT’S HAPPENING IN MOOSE JAW

Friday, October 4, 2019

What: Town n’ Country Fest
Time:  4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. 
Place: Town n’ Country Mall
Photo Booth, Entertainment, Face Painting, Bouncy Castle & Crafts, Vendors.

Saturday, October 5, 2019

What: Town n’ Country Fest
Time:  9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. 
Place: Town n’ Country Mall
Photo Booth, Entertainment, Face Painting, Bouncy Castle & Crafts, Vendors.

What: MJ Roller Derby Guild Logo Unveiling Steak Night
Time:  5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. 
Place: Crushed Can

What: Steak Night for Tristan England 
Time:  5:00 – 9:00 p.m. 
Place: Crushed Can

Sunday, October 6, 2019

What: MJ Warriors vs Regina Pats 
Time:  4:00 p.m. 
Place:  Mosaic Place

What: Knights of Columbus Thanksgiving Ham & Turkey 
Time:   6:00 p.m. 
Place:  Eagles Club

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Thursday Oct. 10, 2019 
Mac’s New Antlers Reveal & Free Community Craft Sale
Tourism Moose Jaw
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 

Friday Oct. 25 & Saturday Oct. 26, 2019
Whistletop Christmas Craft Show
MJ Exhibition Grounds

Report from the Legislature October 3, 2019

Summer at the Legislative Building

Saskatchewan is still growing strong, according to the latest figures from Statistics Canada. Between April 1st and July 1st, 2019, Saskatchewan added 3,435 people bringing our population to an all-time high of 1,174,462.

Our population has now grown in 53 consecutive quarters, increasing by more than 183,000 people during that time.  A growing province creates opportunities and provides the resources needed to support important government services such as education and health care.

This year’s budget included an increase of $26.2 million to school operating funding with education infrastructure investment increasing by nearly an additional $20 million.

This year’s health budget is up 3.7% ($196 million), much of it focused on mental health and addictions improvements, new long-term care construction and the new costs of operating the new Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital.

The growth of our province has provided the means to move forward with 46 brand new or replacement schools and 23 major renovations. It’s also why we’ve been able to add nearly 900 more doctors and over 3,700 more nurses since 2007.

As we get ready to enter the 2020s, our government is planning for another decade of strong growth in Saskatchewan. This fall, we will release a new growth plan for the new decade, with new growth targets and actions we will take to achieve those targets.

Global market connections are the lifeblood of our growing economy, and Saskatchewan has the food, fuel and fertilizer the world needs. That’s why Saskatchewan is embarking on an eleven-day trade mission to Japan and South Korea with an additional stop in Hong Kong.

Saskatchewan exports to Asian markets have grown by 158 per cent since 2007 to $8.5 billion in 2018. To Japan and South Korea, Saskatchewan sells high quality canola seed, canola oil, wheat, pulse crops and so much more. We will place a high priority on continuing to develop and diversify our existing links but also on establishing new ones.

Asia contains some of the most important and emerging markets for our province. This trade mission will include important conversations to promote Saskatchewan’s sustainable mining sector, our forestry sector, and our value-added agriculture as well as our agri-food sectors. We will also be establishing educational and exchange partnerships with our post-secondary institutions with strong representation from provincial business and industry stakeholders as well as academic institutions.

Agriculture has always been and continues to be one of the key drivers of economic growth in Saskatchewan.  Today in Saskatchewan, the agriculture industry provides 50,000 jobs, represents about 10 per cent of our GDP and nearly 40 per cent of our total exports. The industry itself continues to evolve, adopting the best practices leading to higher yields and higher quality products while leading the world in environmental sustainability.

October is Agriculture Month in Saskatchewan – a time to highlight our connection to food and the role agriculture plays in the lives of Saskatchewan people. From primary production and research to processing and technology, there are many stories to share about the care and consideration that goes into producing the healthy, nutritious meals on our plates.

While I know this harvest season has been particularly challenging, I am confident we can get the crop in the bin. Best wishes to all those who are working hard to bring in the harvest, and stay safe!

Moose Jaw Express October 2, 2019

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Recognizing Important Contributions

Thank you to our seniors who have built our communities.  This week, September 29 to October 5, has been declared Seniors’ Week in Saskatchewan. This special week encourages all of us to recognize the many achievements of the Senior and how important seniors are every day in every community.

Saskatchewan seniors are an active and engaged group in our province.  According to the most recent Canadian statistics, about three-quarters of senior men and women are engaged in “active pursuits,” such as exercising or socializing, and almost all senior men and women continue to be involved in passive leisure activities.

Good health care and appropriate housing is necessary for seniors to remain engaged in their communities.  Social housing is available in nearly 300 Saskatchewan communities, with over 800 units in Moose Jaw.  This program provides affordable rental housing for seniors with low to moderate incomes.  The Personal Care Home Benefit provides senior citizens with financial assistance to help with the cost of living in a licensed personal care home.  Fifteen new long -term care facilities have been opened in the last decade.

Saskatchewan added nearly 900 more doctors and over 3,700 more nurses since 2007, and has gone from having the longest surgical wait time in Canada to being among the shortest.  Home Care services have been expanded.

There are many other services available for seniors in our province.  The booklet “Programs and Services of Interest to Seniors” can be picked up from our office, or accessed on line at

http://publications.gov.sk.ca/documents/13/107855-SKH_Seniors_Program_Booklet-August-2018-online.pdf

Our local seniors groups have enhanced our communities in many exceptional ways.  I understand that these groups are facing challenges.  As a community and a government, we continue to work with these organizations to help seniors stay active.

Canadian seniors volunteer more hours annually than any other age group.  Saskatchewan as a whole has the highest rate of volunteerism in the country and we want these exceptional volunteers to be recognized appropriately. The 2019 Saskatchewan Volunteer Medal nominations are now being accepted. The Saskatchewan Volunteer Medal formally recognizes the selfless devotion of our province’s volunteers, and is a way to present role models to all Saskatchewan citizens.  Christine Boyczuk of Moose Jaw was a well-deserving recipient of the 2018 Saskatchewan Volunteer Medal. The nomination deadline for 2019 is October 18.

Nominations are also being accepted for the 2020 Saskatchewan Order of Merit, Saskatchewan’s highest honour.  The Saskatchewan Order of Merit was established to recognize excellence, achievement and contributions to the cultural, social and economic well-being of the province, either as a volunteer or as part of a career.  The deadline to nominate someone for the Order of Merit is November 1, 2019.

Nominees for both awards must be a current or former long-term resident of Saskatchewan.  Any individual or group can submit a nomination.  For the Order of Merit, posthumous nominations are accepted within one year of an individual’s date of passing.

Presentations of these awards will be at ceremonies with the Lieutenant Governor in early 2020. Please consider nominating someone for one of these awards.  To nominate someone, or to learn more, visit www.saskatchewan.ca/government/heritage-honours-and-awards .  There may be several seniors that would qualify for being nominated in either of these special awards.

During this Seniors’ Week, let’s take the opportunity to recognize and celebrate the many positive contributions seniors make in our province, and say thank you to a senior.

From the Desk of Warren Michelson September 27, 2019

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Seniors’ Week,
September 29 to October 5

Thank you to our seniors who have built our communities.  The coming week has been declared Seniors’ Week in Saskatchewan. This special week encourages all of us to recognize the many achievements of our seniors and how important seniors are every day in every community.
let’s take the opportunity to recognize and celebrate the many positive contributions seniors make in our province, and say thank you to a senior. 


Pizza in the Park with the Premier

Premier Scott Moe was in Moose Jaw Thursday meeting constituents at the Pizza in the Park held in Connors Park.
The coolness didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the people who came out to meet Premier Scott Moe.
Pictured in the photo with Premier Scott Moe and myself are Mayor Fraser Tolmie, Sask Party Candidate Tim McLeod, and MLA Greg Lawrence
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Last Resident Leaves Valley View Centre

Our last residents of Valley View Centre have officially moved out of the building on Tuesday, marking the end of institutionalized style living for people with intellectual disabilities in Saskatchewan.

Since the closure of Valley View Centre was announced in 2012, the Government of Saskatchewan, Inclusion Saskatchewan and the Valley View Legacy Network have worked together to ensure the success and well-being of residents as they move into communities of their choice.


Every person that has moved out of Valley View had a transition plan, where they and their families were invited to the table to make choices about their future, including where they wanted to live, who they wanted to live with and how they were going to live.  This person-centred approach put the residents and their support systems at the forefront of decision making.


“Today’s announcement has been seven years in the making through careful planning with each and every resident, their family members and support systems,” Social Services Minister Paul Merriman said.  “I’d like to sincerely thank Inclusion Saskatchewan, the Valley View Centre Legacy Network and all of the employees past and present from Valley View and the Ministry of Social Services who have worked toward this day. Your dedication to putting residents first has made this a success.”


“The closure of Valley View Centre is a historic step forward for individuals with intellectual disabilities,” Inclusion Saskatchewan President Gloria Mahussier said.  “Thanks to our Saskatchewan-made person-centred approach, all of the centre’s former residents are now living healthy, happy, and secure lives in the communities of their choice.  I’d like to thank our partners on the transition team for their thoughtfulness, dedication, and passion over the years.”


“On behalf of the Valley View Centre Legacy Network, I would like to thank former Minister June Draude, as well as our Valley View Transition Steering Committee partners from the Ministry of Social Services and Inclusion Saskatchewan,” Valley View Centre Legacy Network Acting Chair Doug Conn said.  “Having a shared vision, the transition team worked hard to ensure that the fearful unknowns of the Valley View Centre closure were turned into a situation full of dreams, possibilities, and life in the community.  I would also like to thank the residents and their families for trusting the late June Avivi’s leadership, and trusting the 14 recommendations developed by the steering committee that paved the way to a successful transition process.”


Quick Facts:
  • In total, 153 adults with intellectual disabilities have been successfully transitioned to community-based homes.
  • Thirty-six new group homes have been purchased, renovated, or built.
  • Two new safety net homes have been developed to respond to people who are in crisis and need additional services.  A third home is being planned.
The closure of Valley View Centre supports the Saskatchewan Disability Strategy by encouraging inclusive communities through the creation of numerous residential and day program services for people with disabilities.

Proclamation of Saskatchewan Flag Day. 

Sunday, September 22 was the 50th Anniversary of our Saskatchewan Flag.


Heather Eby represented the City of Moose Jaw last Friday in the Proclamation of September 22 as Saskatchewan Flag Day.

We were joined by Gail Hapanowicz of Hodgeville, who has done much to bring awareness of the history of our flag, and to recognize the designer, Anthony Drake.

 

 

 

 

 

Tristan Johnson-England,
Miss Saskatchewan Globe and Miss Canadian Tourism International stopped by for the celebratiion.


Riverside Mission
Harvest Fundraising Banquet

Riverside Mission hosted a fantastic meal at their Harvest Fundraising Banquet.  Pictured are Rachel and Danny Mullens, Manager and Assistant Manager of Riverside Mission, presenting the Volunteer Award to Star and Harvey Parker.

Attention Hunters: Key Wildlife Management Zones Targeted For CWD Testing

The Ministry of Environment – in partnership with the Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation (SWF) – is encouraging hunters to submit the heads of all deer, moose, elk and caribou harvested this hunting season for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) testing.  CWD is a fatal, infectious central nervous system disease in cervids that has no known cure.

In particular, hunters in wildlife management zones (WMZs) 9, 10, 2W, 35 and 37 are strongly urged to submit all mule deer and white-tailed deer heads for testing.  Long-term monitoring sites are being established in these zones to obtain more information about the presence and spread of the disease in certain areas of the province.  The ministry is hoping to collect at least 300 samples in each of these targeted zones to more accurately assess changes in the disease and help guide future management options.


The ministry is also looking for submissions in the boreal transition zone to help evaluate CWD risk to caribou (WMZs 43, 47, 48, 49, 50, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57 and 67).


“Hunters play an important role in supporting wildlife health, and submitted more than 2,000 heads for CWD testing last year,” Environment Minister Dustin Duncan said.  “Understanding how this disease spreads is critical in evaluating potential population impacts, and in developing disease management plans.”


“The Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation will manage a number of drop-off sites this year to help augment the ministry program,” SWF Executive Director Darrell Crabbe said.  “Monitoring CWD in the province is beneficial for hunters, and an important indicator in managing our wildlife resources.”


CWD was discovered in provincial game farm animals in 1996.  It transitioned to wild mule deer in 2000, and is now found in deer, elk and moose in 48 of Saskatchewan’s 83 WMZs.  With the help of hunters, the ministry has been monitoring the spread and intensity of CWD for more than 20 years.


Hunters can help reduce the spread of CWD to new areas of the province by properly disposing of animal carcass waste.  It is best to field dress and quarter the carcass in the field instead of transporting it from the area where the animal was taken, especially from areas where CWD has been detected.


Although no human case of CWD has ever been identified, the ministry strongly recommends that hunters avoid eating the meat until they receive their test results.  In addition, hunters are strongly urged not to eat, or distribute for human consumption, the meat or other parts from animals that are found to be CWD-positive.


Prior to dropping off heads, please get your CWD Tracking Number and keep that number with you.  Heads can be submitted for testing at a number of designated drop-off locations across the province throughout the hunting season.  For a list of drop-off sites and information on how to submit a sample for testing, visit 
www.saskatchewan.ca/cwd

Moose Jaw Toy Run

Thank you to the
Moose Jaw Cycle Association for their efforts to help kids.


Government Invests In Programming To Help People With Visual Impairments Find Jobs

Today, Immigration and Career Training Minister Jeremy Harrison announced funding to provide better access to specialized services that will help Saskatchewan residents who are blind or partially sighted prepare for, secure and maintain employment.

The Government of Saskatchewan is providing Vision Loss Rehabilitation Saskatchewan (VLRS), a sister organization of the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB), with $291,000 in funding for programming that supports clients with visual impairments who require skill development.


“Investing in this service supports Saskatchewan’s goal of being the best place in Canada for people who experience disabilities, including vision impairment, to live and work,” Harrison said.  “Through partnerships with organizations like the Canadian National Institute for the Blind and Vision Loss Rehabilitation Saskatchewan, we are helping hundreds of people access meaningful career training and employment.”


“For many people, vision loss rehabilitation is the gateway to a future filled with possibility,” VLRS Executive Director Dan Vodon said.  “These services provide the essential skills to succeed at school, pursue a rewarding career and fully engage in all aspects of life.  In so doing, we empower people of all ages to pursue and achieve their ambitions.  We are excited for the opportunity to change what it is to be blind through innovative programs and powerful advocacy to enable Canadians impacted by blindness to live the lives they choose.”


VLRS provides services to Saskatchewan residents who are at least 16 years of age and who register with the organization as a client requiring assistance to reduce the impact of their disability in order to participate in education or employment.


Mosaic Community Food Farm Harvest Day

Government Of Saskatchewan Marks National Rail Safety Week

The Government of Saskatchewan and the Canadian Safety Train Express (CSTE) encourages everyone to stay safe around trains and their tracks, no matter where they are.


“When it comes to ensuring rail safety, even one incident is too many,” Highways and Infrastructure Minister Greg Ottenbreit said.  “Understanding the dangers around trains helps us all stay safe in a province as reliant on rail transportation as Saskatchewan.”


The Government of Saskatchewan keeps railway safety top of mind throughout the year.  They do so with routine safety inspections and reviews of safety management plans for shortline railways.  They also work closely with shortlines to ensure that operating rules and plans are up-to-date.  Most recently, the Government of Saskatchewan has partnered with the CSTE on an augmented reality railway safety activity book for grade four students.


This year, french immersion students will also get the opportunity to learn about train safety, as we have worked to translate the interactive book.


“We are very excited to work with the Province of Saskatchewan to promote a very important railway safety message,” Canadian Safety Train Express Inc. CEO Perry Pellerin said.  “Rail Safety Week is an important week to further educate the public on the dangers surrounding rail equipment and grade crossings.  Canadian Safety Train Express Inc., is continually developing new ways to educate the public about railway safety, as it’s important to understand that an interaction with railway equipment almost always results in a significant consequence.”


In conjunction with National Rail Safety Week this year, activity books have been distributed to more than 3,500 students in Saskatchewan.


Saskatchewan has 13 operational, privately-owned shortline railways.  These operate on more than 2,000 kilometres of track and connect to more than 6,000 kilometres of federally-regulated track.


To learn more about the Canadian Safety Train Express’ events and activities, visit 
www.canadiansafetytrain.ca


Greg Kennedy Juggles for Students
Local students enjoyed this phenomenal performance that showcased interesting laws of physics.
It was sponsored by the Organization of Saskatchewan Arts Councils.


The Curl Moose Jaw Championship Dinner
Celebrated the Successes
of our Local Curlers

Crop Report For The Period September 17 To September 23, 2019

A stretch of warm and relatively dry weather allowed most producers to return to the field and resume harvest operations last week, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s Weekly Crop Report.  Thirty-nine per cent of the crop is now in the bin, up from 23 per cent last week but remaining well behind the five-year (2014-2018) average of 62 per cent for this time of year.

Crops have been slow to mature and dry down due to frequent showers.  Much of the crop harvested so far is tough and is being put into grain dryers and aeration bins.

Harvest is most advanced in the southwest region, where 58 per cent of the crop is now combined.  The west-central region has 46 per cent combined and the southeast region 40 per cent.  The northeast region has 31 per cent combined, the northwest region 23 per cent and the east-central region 22 per cent.


Ninety-four per cent of fall rye, 93 per cent of winter wheat, 89 per cent of field peas, 88 per cent of lentils, 59 per cent of barley, 48 per cent of durum, 36 per cent of mustard, 31 per cent of spring wheat and 17 per cent of canola is now in the bin.  An additional 61 per cent of canola and 19 per cent of mustard is swathed or ready to straight-cut.


Some eastern areas of the province received heavy rainfall last week, which will further delay harvest.  While the majority of the province received small amounts of rainfall, the Lipton and Ituna areas both received 94 mm.  Across the province, topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as 15 per cent surplus, 79 per cent adequate and six per cent short.  Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as six per cent surplus, 81 per cent adequate, 12 per cent short and one per cent very short.

The majority of crop damage this past week was due to hail, strong winds, lodging and localized flooding.  There continue to be many reports of crops sprouting, bleaching and staining, and downgrading is expected at the elevator.  Geese and wildlife are also feeding on swathed crops and causing damage.


Pasture conditions are rated as 10 per cent excellent, 47 per cent good, 30 per cent fair, 12 per cent poor and one per cent very poor.


Farmers are busy hauling bales and continuing with harvest operations as time and weather permit.


A complete, printable version of the Crop Report is available online at 
www.saskatchewan.ca/crop-report.


Follow the 2019 Crop Report on Twitter at @SKAgriculture.

The Moose Jaw Police Service hosted their   Community Barbecue Wednesday.

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN MOOSE JAW

Friday, September 27, 2019

What: Central Lutheran Church Garage Sale
Time:  1:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. 
Place: Central Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall

What: Saskatchewan Horse Federation Provincial Finals
Time:  Friday, 9:00 am – Sunday, 5:00 p.m.
Place: Exhibition Grounds

What: Wakamow Valley Dinner for Disc Golf
Time:  5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. 
Place: Crushed Can

What: Moose Jaw Nature Society: Meeting with Jan Shadick, from Living Sky                Rehabilitation
Time:  6:30 p.m. 
Place:  St. Mark’s Presbyterian Church, 80 High St. E.- Enter by ground level doors to the left of the stairs.
It’s an opportunity to learn about what wildlife rehabbers do & to meet some outreach animals!

Saturday, September 28, 2019

What: Homegrown Farmer’s Market, Kid’s Day
Crafts, Magician and Music

Time:  8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 
Place: Langdon Crescent

What: Journey to Hope Walk for Suicide & Prevention
Time:  10:00 a.m. 
Place: Jones Chapel

What: Central Lutheran Church Garage Sale
Time:  9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 
Place: Central Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall

What: Cosmo Centre Craft and Trade Fair
Time:  9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Place:  Cosmo Senior Centre

What: Seniors Week Tea
Time:  2:00 p.m. 
Place:  Western Development Museum

What: Warriors Home Game
Time:   7:00 p.m.
Place:   Mosaic Place

What: Saskatchewan Horse Federation Provincial Finals
Time:  Friday, 9:00 am – Sunday, 5:00 p.m.
Place: Exhibition Grounds

Sunday, September 29, 2019

What: Saskatchewan Horse Federation Provincial Finals
Time:  Friday, 9:00 am – Sunday, 5:00 p.m.
Place: Exhibition Grounds

What: Lego Day
Time: 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Place: Moose Jaw Public Library

What: Church of Our Lady Fall Supper
Time:  4:30 p.m.
Place: Church of Our Lady Community Hall

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Seniors’ Week – September 29 to October 5

Monday, September 30, 2019
Employment Program- (55- 64 years old) – Unemployed
South Saskatchewan Independent Living Centre, 610 Main St N
8:45 a.m
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Friday Oct. 25 & Saturday Oct. 26, 2019
Whistletop Christmas Craft Show
MJ Exhibition Grounds

Moose Jaw Express September 25, 2019

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One Thousand Kilometres of Highways Improved This Season

Travellers who checked the Highway Hotline website map this construction season would have seen a lot of orange pylon icons indicating construction. The Government of Saskatchewan invested more than $700 million in highways this year, improving about 1,000 kilometres of provincial roadways. Much of this work has been completed but highway construction crews will continue working in the fall season.

In our local area, the drive north on Highway 2 is now much safer and more pleasant with new passing lanes completed at the end of July.  Work has been completed on Highway 202, going out to Buffalo Pound Lake, to repair damage from high water levels in past years. The road has been widened, re-surfaced, and a new culvert installed, improving safety and making it more convenient.

The Enhanced Intersection Safety Program, focused on safety and improvements to dozens of intersections across the province, was launched this year. This multi-year plan will fund intersection safety enhancements including rumble strips, clearing of sight triangles, guardrails and lighting. The intersection of Highway 1 and Kalium Road is one of these projects. Work is underway to add extended turning lanes and high-speed entrance and exit ramps.

The Ninth Avenue N.W. intersection at the TransCanada Highway remains a high priority as the Ministry of Highways continues to work with the City of Moose Jaw on an entrance design that allows for future development. Such a strategy will examine intersections into the City to provide safer entrances/exits to Highway 1.

Construction of the Regina Bypass, the largest transportation infrastructure project in Saskatchewan’s history, is on schedule for completion at the end of October.

The Bypass will boost traffic safety; help with traffic flow in and around Regina; improve links to the national highway system; and increase efficiency for truckers and shippers moving goods.

This is the first transportation infrastructure project in Saskatchewan to be completed in a public-private partnership (P3). With a P3, the team that builds the bypass must maintain it in “like-new” condition for 30 years. Ernst & Young verified that the P3 method will save Saskatchewan people $380 million on this particular project.

With harvest underway, more farm machinery and heavy trucks are moving around on Saskatchewan roads. Drivers and farmers are reminded to keep safety a top priority during harvest. Please take extra precautions when passing slow-moving farm equipment and be respectful of other drivers.  Producers need to ensure lights are working and adjusted before moving equipment on highways and to regularly inspect and maintain their equipment.

If you’re planning to take advantage of beautiful Saskatchewan fall days to travel, check the Highway Hotline at www.saskatchewan.ca/highwayhotline for information on construction, emergency road closures, the status of ferries and other road activities. Information is also available by calling 511. You can also report a highway work zone signing problem by calling 306-244-5535. Most importantly, please follow speed limit and other construction zone signs to keep our workers safe.

The Government of Saskatchewan has invested $9 billion in highways infrastructure since 2008, improving more than 14,000 kilometres of provincial highways. With improvements to our highways, and drivers being safety conscious, life will be better and safer for all the people of our province.

From the Desk of Warren Michelson September 20, 2019

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OPEN  HOUSE TODAY 10 A.M. – 4 P.M.

Stop in to help us celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Saskatchewan Flag! Enjoy a coffee, cookies and a free Saskatchewan flag & pin!

Proclamation of Saskatchewan Flag Day taking place in our office at 1:30 p.m. 

Government Of Saskatchewan Is Monitoring For Vaping-Related Illnesses

Today, Saskatchewan Health Minister Jim Reiter issued the following statement:

“I am concerned with the recent incidents of vaping related illnesses, as well as the high rates of vaping we are seeing among Saskatchewan youth.  Although Saskatchewan has not recorded any instances of pulmonary illness associated with vaping similar to the recently reported cases in the United States and Ontario, earlier this week I directed Saskatchewan public health officials to monitor all cases as they present in intensive care units.


“Pursuant to section 31 of The Public Health Act 1994, Saskatchewan Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. Saqib Shahab sent notification to Hospital Intensive Care Units across the province that all cases of severe respiratory disease that may be due to vaping be reported to local medical health officers by phone immediately.


“Parents, please speak to your children about the risks associated with vaping.  Any and all members of the public who have questions about non-severe symptoms they may be having due to or exacerbated by vaping should contact the Healthline at 811 or talk to their health care provider.”


For more information visit 
https://www.saskatchewan.ca/government/health-care-administration-and-provider-resources/treatment-procedures-and-guidelines/emerging-public-health-issues/severe-lung-illness-related-to-e-cigarette-use-vaping.

This special bench was dedicated Sunday at the Sunset cemetery ‘Garden of Angels’. Its a special place to reflect, perhaps to mourn; to commemorate the infant lives that were lost as a result of stillborn, miscarriage or abortion.

WALK FOR LIFE

New Children’s Hospital Celebrates Grand Opening

The new Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital (JPCH) in Saskatoon was showcased today, as partners achieved their vision of having Saskatchewan children and expectant mothers receive exceptional health care closer to home.

The JPCH will officially open to patients on September 29, when all pediatric and maternal inpatients will move in from Royal University Hospital and new admissions will be accepted.

Premier Scott Moe was joined by lead donor Jim Pattison, representatives from the Government of Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) and Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital Foundation, donors and community members to celebrate the official grand opening of the hospital.

“The grand opening of the Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital marks the culmination of a decade’s worth of hard work and determination that started with a simple vision: providing world-class health care for Saskatchewan children and families for generations,” Moe said.  “This state of the art facility will provide hope and healing, and will have an impact on Saskatchewan that is sure to extend far beyond the walls of this hospital.”

Almost 60 pediatric specialists, sub-specialists and surgeons are working in more than 20 specialties at the 176-bed hospital.

“We appreciate the opportunity to be part of this exciting vision that made the children’s hospital a reality to serve the health care needs for children and their families in the province of Saskatchewan,” donor Jim Pattison said.


“I’m so excited for the opening of our new hospital because families will have a state-of-the-art facility with family-centered care to make the hospital experience not so scary and feel more like home for kids who need it,” 2019 Champion Child Blake Wheeler said.


“This hospital is the culmination of a vision and commitment of numerous individuals – the Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital Foundation staff and donors, the Government of Saskatchewan, hundreds of health care staff, physicians and leaders,” SHA CEO Scott Livingstone said.  “Together, with the important input and support of Saskatchewan families, you have collectively brought us to this historic moment.  Thank you to each and every person who played a part in this aspiring journey – everyone, in their own unique way, has left their valued imprint on this facility.  This impressive hospital will play an integral role in the provincial health care landscape for generations to come, serving Saskatchewan’s children and pregnant women, all because many contributed to make this happen.  This is truly a grassroots made in Saskatchewan success story.”


“Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital Foundation is grateful to celebrate the true Saskatchewan spirit of the thousands who generously gave, making certain that a dedicated maternal and children’s hospital became a reality in our province,” Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital Foundation President and CEO Brynn Boback-Lane said.  “Our Foundation is dedicated to connecting care across the province and ensuring Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital is known for its world-class excellence because Saskatchewan deserves the very best in maternal and pediatric care today, and in the future.”


The total capital cost for the JPCH is $285.9 million.  The province provided about $257 million in capital costs, while the JPCH Foundation and donor contributions totalled about $75 million for capital costs ($28.3 million), hospital equipment and furniture ($46.6 million).


The 2019-20 Provincial Budget provides $9.6 million to finalize information technology needs and an additional $23 million to support operations when the hospital opens later this month.


The number of licensed pediatricians has nearly doubled in Saskatchewan since 2007, from 62 to 122.


September Is Childhood And Youth Cancer Awareness Month

Highways and Infrastructure Minister Greg Ottenbreit on behalf of Health Minister Jim Reiter joined with parents and youth at a flag-raising ceremony at the Legislative Building this morning to mark September as Childhood and Youth Cancer Awareness Month in Saskatchewan.

“Each year, we recognize September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month to acknowledge the impact cancer has on young people, their families and our communities,” Ottenbreit said.  “As the parent of a child lost to cancer, I support the efforts being made to improve the quality of care for patients, and ultimately, to find a cure.”


Representatives of affected families raised a childhood cancer awareness flag, and spoke of the impact that cancer has had on their families, along with the continued need for prevention and treatment.  Childhood and Youth Cancer Awareness Month is observed each year in recognition of the impact that cancer has on the lives of children, youth, and families across Saskatchewan.


“Every time I see the gold ribbon worn during Childhood and Youth Awareness Month, I think of the families whose children have been affected,” Regina childhood cancer awareness advocate Sherri Melnychuk said.  “We ask people to support childhood cancer research, more effective treatments, and improved care for our children.”


Melnychuk is the Regina representative of Small But Mighty, an organization that helps raise awareness of childhood cancer.  The Melnychuks lost their four-year-old daughter Ava Hope to acute myeloid leukemia in 2011.  The number of new pediatric patients seen provincially at Saskatchewan’s two cancer centres typically ranges from 40 to 60 each year.


Pediatric oncologists, nurses, social workers, and support staff work together to provide high-quality care to ensure the best possible outcomes.  In Canada today, approximately 83 per cent of children diagnosed with cancer will survive.


HABITAT FOR HUMANITY COLOR RUN

Basic And Extended Auto Coverage Options

 

The Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority (FCAA) wants vehicle owners to understand their basic plate coverage and the additional insurance options available to them.

All licensed vehicles in the province are insured with the mandatory basic plate insurance coverage through the Saskatchewan Auto Fund administered by Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI), which provides a base level of protection for all drivers.  In addition to this basic level of protection, there are options for owners to obtain extended auto coverage from a variety of insurers.


This coverage can include extra coverage for damage to your vehicle, liability for third party injuries, options to lower the deductible and other additional protections.


Some things to consider when thinking about auto insurance options include:

  • If I have a brand new vehicle and it gets totaled, will my coverage be enough to cover the rest of my car loan?  Can I afford alternate transportation, like a rental car?
  • If I’m in a collision outside of Saskatchewan, is my insurance coverage adequate?
  • If I am injured in an accident will I have enough to cover my medical expenses and time off from work?
  • If someone else is hurt will my insurance be enough to cover their lost wages and medical expenses?

If you are interested in learning more about extended auto coverage, talk to an insurance company, agent or broker.  For more information about insurance coverage, visit https://fcaa.gov.sk.ca/consumers-investors-pension-plan-members/consumers/insurance-consumers/insurance-basics.


The Royal Canadian Legion held their annual Veterans Luncheon Thursday, in appreciation to veterans, of all military services, RCMP and Police forces.

Note worthy was the ‘Missing Man Table’; a single setting, symbolizing the isolation of the absent service member.  
The table is round to represent the everlasting concern the survivors have for the missing.

A white tablecloth to symbolise the pure intentions of the service members who responded to the country’s call to arms.
A single rose in the vase symbolising the blood that service members have shed in sacrifice to ensure freedom.
The red ribbon represents a love of country that inspired the service members to serve the country.
A slice of lemon on the bread plate that represents the bitter fate of the missing.
Salt sprinkled on the bread plate that symbolises the tears shed by waiting families.
An inverted glass to represent fact that the missing and fallen cannot partake.
A Bible represents the spiritual strength and faith to sustain the lost.
A lit candle symbolises a light of hope that lives in hearts to illuminate the missing’s way home.
An empty chair to represent the absence of the missing and fallen.

“Founders Table” Program To Help Women Tech Entrepreneurs Expand And Grow Their Businesses

Founder’s Table provides support, mentorship and networking opportunities for female tech entrepreneurs in our province.

There are more than 34,000 women entrepreneurs in Saskatchewan but a gap between the number of male and female entrepreneurs remains.  Founder’s Table is a made-in-Saskatchewan program that will address this gap through mentorship and education.  Over the next six months, female tech entrepreneurs will meet to develop sector specific knowledge and strategy.


“We are blessed to come from a province where successful female business owners are part of an ecosystem that steps up to inspire and mentor new entrepreneurs,” Minister Responsible for Innovation Saskatchewan Tina Beaudry-Mellor said. “Founder’s Table is an excellent opportunity for women in tech to learn to take their business and management skills to the next level.”


Ten technology company founders were selected to participate in the Founder’s Table.  They will meet in Regina once a month from now until February in preparation for The Growth Intensive Workshop in March 2020, where they will plan the next phases of their businesses.


“Founder’s Table is committed to supporting female founders from across this province grow and flourish in the technology sector,” Women Entrepreneurs Saskatchewan (WESK) CEO Prabha Mitchell said.  “Together with Economic Development Regina, and with the financial support of Innovation Saskatchewan, WESK is pleased to help Saskatchewan women in technology succeed through this mastermind program.”


Katrina German, Co-founder and CEO of OneStory, is the program facilitator.  She is an award-winning Saskatchewan entrepreneur with a passion for encouraging women to pursue careers in technology.  Innovation Saskatchewan is providing $50,000 to Economic Development Regina to support the initiative developed in partnership with WESK.

Battle of Britian 

Commander Colonel Ron Walker presentation at 15 Wing.


Crop Report For The Period September 10 To September 16, 2019

Warm weather and wind has allowed combining to resume, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s Weekly Crop Report.  Twenty-three per cent of the crop is now in the bin, up from 18 per cent last week, still well behind the five-year (2014-18) average of 50 per cent for this time of year.

Thirty-six per cent of the crop is now swathed or ready to straight-cut.  A general rain fell over much of the province with the largest amounts being reported in the central and southern regions.

Harvest is most advanced in the southwest region, where 37 per cent of the crop is now combined.  The southeast region has 28 per cent combined and the west-central region 26 per cent.  The northeast region has 15 per cent combined, the east-central region 12 per cent combined, while the northwest region has 10 per cent.


Ninety per cent of winter wheat, 88 per cent of fall rye, 78 per cent of field peas, 75 per cent of lentils, 39 per cent of barley, 17 per cent of durum and oats, 13 per cent of spring wheat and six per cent of canola is now in the bin.  An additional 56 per cent of canola is swathed or is ready to straight-cut.


Fourteen per cent of the durum is estimated to grade 1 CW, while 46 and 28 per cent is estimated to grade 2 CW and 3 CW, respectively.  Thirty-one per cent of the pea crop is estimated to fall in the 1 CAN grade, 58 and 10 per cent are estimated to grade 2 CAN and 3 CAN, respectively.  Sixteen per cent of the lentils are estimated to grade 1 CAN, while 55 and 22 per cent is predicted to fall in the 2 CAN and 3 CAN category, respectively.

Across the province, topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as 14 per cent surplus, 77 per cent adequate, eight per cent short and one per cent very short.  Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as three per cent surplus, 83 per cent adequate, 11 per cent short and three per cent very short.


Most crop damage this past week was due to localized flooding and strong winds.  There have been some reports of crops bleaching and sprouting in areas with excess moisture.


Farmers are getting back out in the field and continuing with harvest operations as the weather permits.


A complete, printable version of the Crop Report is available online at 
www.saskatchewan.ca/crop-report.


Follow the 2019 Crop Report on Twitter at @SKAgriculture.
TERRY FOX RUN

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN MOOSE JAW

Saturday, September 21, 2019

What: Cranberry Collective Boutique Grand opening
Time:  10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. 
Place: Cranberry Collective Boutique 316 Main St. 

What: Pumpkin Harvest Festival 
Time:  11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. 
Place:  1000 Grey Ave. 

What: 31st annual Toy Run Parade
Time:  2:00 p.m. 
Place:  Bottom of 4th ave bridge, north on main st. W. on to Thatcher Drive.

What: Hopkins Dining Parlour 40th anniversary
Time:  6:00 p.m. 
Place: Hopkins Dining Parlour 
Live music and give aways

What: MJ Warrior Home Opener
Time:  7:00 p.m. 
Place: Mosaic

What: Sparkling Sunset a Dessert Night – Make a Wish Sask
Time:  7:00 p.m. 
Place: Temple Gardens

Sunday, September 22, 2019

What: Tatawaw Park Clean up
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 
Place: Meet at bridge 7th Avenue SW 

Report from the Legislature September 19, 2019

Summer at the Legislative Building

Saskatchewan’s economy is strong and more people are working in the province than ever before, despite economic headwinds. August marked the 13th consecutive month of job growth in Saskatchewan with 13,000 new jobs year-over-year. Saskatchewan’s unemployment rate was the third lowest in the country at 5.1 per cent.

Fast and reliable access to today’s digital economy contributes to strong communities. Better wireless service, particularly in rural areas, is a priority of the Government of Saskatchewan. Rural residents require access to fast and reliable services that are on par with urban areas, and SaskTel is working to fill in coverage gaps where they exist.

As part of our government’s Wireless Saskatchewan initiative, SaskTel has been able to add 15 new macro towers, providing better coverage in places like busy provincial parks, along major highways, and in areas with little to no cellular coverage. These new macro towers are in addition to the previously announced 103 small cell sites.

Since 2010, SaskTel has completed more than 3,200 initiatives to enhance its wireless network that now boasts more than 800 cell sites across the province. SaskTel will continue to evaluate further expansion to better serve Saskatchewan.

The new Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital (JPCH) in Saskatoon is a spectacular, state-of-the-art facility that will soon see Saskatchewan children and expectant mothers receive exceptional health care closer to home.

Earlier this month, representatives from the provincial government, Saskatchewan Health Authority and the JPCH Foundation gathered with donors and community members to celebrate its completion, and the fact that Saskatchewan is no longer one of two provinces in Canada without a dedicated maternal and children’s hospital.

This brand-new 176-bed facility puts Saskatchewan at the forefront of research and innovation, provides hope and healing, and marks culmination of a decade’s worth of hard work and determination that started with a simple vision: providing world-class health care for children and families for generations.

JPCH will offer neonatal intensive care, pediatric intensive care, general pediatrics, pediatric emergency and ambulatory services. Maternal services will include labour and delivery, antepartum and postpartum care. Almost 60 pediatric specialists, sub-specialists and surgeons will be working in more than 20 specialties.

This year’s budget provides $9.6 million to finalize information technology needs and an additional $23 million to support operations when the hospital opens later this month. The total capital cost for the hospital is $285.9 million. The province provided about $257 million in capital costs, while the JPCH Foundation and donor contributions totalled about $75 million for capital costs, hospital equipment and furniture.

The words thank you never seem enough to adequately express our gratitude for thousands of individuals and hundreds of community groups who have contributed to the hospital project in some way. They have hosted every kind of fundraiser imaginable and in doing so, displayed the very best of what our province has to offer.

I am pleased to see that the tireless efforts of volunteers, donors, community members, the Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital Foundation, Brynn Boback-Lane, Jim Pattison, and countless others all came together to make the dream of the new Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital a reality.

The Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital will officially open to patients on September 29, when all pediatric and maternal inpatients will move in from Royal University Hospital and new admissions will be accepted.

Thank you, Saskatchewan for supporting the work of the JPCH Foundation and for providing a home for hope.