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Moose Jaw Express September 19, 2018

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Reducing Crime is a Priority

Your Saskatchewan Party government continues to look at innovative ways to address crime in Saskatchewan. The province recently marked the anniversary of the Protection and Response Team, created a year ago to help reduce and better respond to crime in Saskatchewan. The initiative includes Saskatchewan Highway Patrol Officers, Ministry of Environment Conservation Officers, and police officers from the RCMP, Saskatoon Police Service, Prince Albert Police Service, Regina Police Service, Moose Jaw Police Service, Estevan Police Service, and the Weyburn Police Service. Two Moose Jaw Police Service officers, and two local area Highway Patrol officers, will be part of the Protection and Response Team once all officers are fully trained and deployed this fall.

The goal of the Protection and Response Team is to:

  • Improve police response to emergency calls for services, including property crimes that are in progress;
  • Enhance uniform visibility and presence in rural Saskatchewan;
  • Increase the law enforcement of drug trafficking on Saskatchewan’s roadways; and
  • Enhance the safety of roads by reducing the number of serious collisions and fatalities.

Protection and Response Team vehicles are equipped with Automatic License Plate Readers. These devices automatically scan licence plates – up to one plate per second – and alert police if a nearby vehicle is unregistered, or associated with a driver who has been suspended for impaired driving or other reasons. They can be used to look out for a vehicle that has been reported stolen, or is connected to a crime or an Amber alert.

Since the operational launch of the Protection and Response Team in April, conservation officers and highway patrol officers have taken more than 400 Protection and Response Team related actions. The Protection and Response Team partnership with Conservation Officers and officers from the Moose Jaw Police Service were able to assist the RCMP in dealing with a motor vehicle collision involving six vehicles, including a semi tractor-trailer unit, near the Belle Plaine overpass. In central Saskatchewan, a Conservation Officer’s expertise with a drone helped locate two suspects of attempted theft and theft of a vehicle, who were then arrested without incident. We are pleased the partnership is working.

The Government of Saskatchewan is also acting to ensure the safety of urban communities and families through Municipal Police Grants. 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 support policing services within the province’s municipalities. Moose Jaw Police Service received $330,000 as part of the Targeted Policing Initiatives to fund three Moose Jaw Police Service positions in 2017-18. The funding is dedicated to Serious Crime and Combined Traffic Services Saskatchewan.

As our government has reiterated many times, the purpose of growing the economy is to be able to provide the services needed by Saskatchewan people for quality of life for all. Safety is a top priority along with health services, education, housing and social supports. Safety and security of Saskatchewan people remains a top priority of our government, we look forward to the continued positive impact of these policing initiatives.

Moose Jaw Express September 12, 2018

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Local Organizations making Things Happen

It’s the end of the growing season, but the start of a new season for many organizations, clubs, and community groups.  We are privileged to have many diverse groups serving our community in so many ways.  Service clubs, sports groups, faith-based organizations, seniors associations, art and music involvement, youth programs:  there is something for everyone to keep active, develop their talents, and help others.

Working together towards a goal is rewarding and gives meaning to our lives.  Our service clubs provide this, as their members come together to improve the lives of youth and those in need.  They raise much needed funds for those facing health, mental, physical or financial challenges.  Their work allows youth to take part in sports, art, music, and travel opportunities.

The importance of keeping our youth active is becoming more and more apparent.  Sometimes tight finances are an obstacle to keeping youth involved.  Canadian Tire Jumpstart, the YWCA, and the Canadian Cadet program provide some low cost opportunities. We are fortunate to have Air Cadets, Army Cadets and Sea/Navy Cadets in Moose Jaw.  I am always impressed by the leadership and skills on display when I attend the end of the year Annual Reviews for these organizations.

From my experience growing up involved in the Air Cadet Program; I know the pride established through these organizations, along with the sense of fulfilment and confidence it builds.  The commitment of volunteers and sponsor organizations deserve a huge thank you for their unselfish part in developing interest, talent and skill in our youth.

In appreciation of the commitment of these organizations, the Government of Saskatchewan is accepting nominations for the 2018 Premier’s Service Club Award now and until September 30, 2018.  The Premier’s Service Club Award recognizes the dedication and charity of the province’s service clubs.  Eligible groups are voluntary, non-profit service clubs or fraternal organizations where people meet regularly to fundraise for other need-based organized programs.   This award does not recognize individuals, and service clubs cannot self-nominate.  Groups selected to receive the Premier’s Service Club Award will be presented their awards at an event in their home communities in 2019.

It goes without saying that these valuable organizations are made up of some exceptional individuals.  Recognizing these individuals is also important, as it inspires all of us to strive to contribute to our community.  Nominations are being requested by the Lieutenant Governor’s office for the Saskatchewan Volunteer Medal and the Saskatchewan Order of Merit.  The Saskatchewan Order of Merit recognizes excellence, achievement, and contributions to the cultural, social and economic well-being of the province, either through a career or volunteer involvement.  The Saskatchewan Volunteer Medal is a means to formally acknowledge the selfless devotion of an individual volunteer, and as a way to present role models to Saskatchewan citizens.

Please consider nominating one of our outstanding Moose Jaw service clubs or individuals for one of these awards.  For a nomination form, or more information, visit www.saskatchewan.ca/honoursawards or drop by the constituency office at 326 High Street West.  We encourage you to get out and be active this season; for your own benefit, to assist others and to make our city a better community.

Report from the Legislature September 6, 2018

Summer at the Legislative Building

Three months into the fiscal year and Saskatchewan’s economy is showing signs of strengthening and our budget deficit smaller than first projected.

The first quarter update for this year’s provincial budget shows that Saskatchewan is on track for a balanced budget by 2019-20.

There is still work to do and we will continue with our plan to control spending and invest in priority areas for Saskatchewan people.

Recently our government announced the next step in our made-in-Saskatchewan plan to address climate change, with emission reduction targets for industry.

We developed these standards working with industry, recognizing that many are trade-exposed, and allowing them flexibility to reduce emissions without a blanket carbon tax.

Our plan will recognize progress Saskatchewan people and businesses have already made in addressing emissions, and allow us to continue reducing them without damaging jobs in our province.

With a balanced, effective, made-in-Saskatchewan approach in place, it’s time for the federal government abandon their one-size-fits-all carbon tax and support our plan.

Your Saskatchewan Party government continues to look at innovative ways to address crime in Saskatchewan. Recently we marked the one-year anniversary of our Protection and Response Team (PRT) which is designed to help respond to and reduce crime in rural Saskatchewan.

Saskatchewan’s Protection and Response Team is a dedicated team of professionals including Highway Patrol and Conservation Officers who provide valuable support to the RCMP and municipal police services to help ensure Saskatchewan communities and families are safe.

The goal of the initiative is to improve police response to emergency calls for services including property crimes that are in progress; enhancing uniform visibility and presence in rural Saskatchewan; increasing the enforcement of drug trafficking on Saskatchewan roadways; and enhancing the safety of roads by reducing the number of serious collisions and fatalities.

PRT members have increased the presence of law enforcement across our province with members assisting the RCMP on several occasions by providing the initial response to in-progress, criminal code calls for service. Since its operational launch, Conservation Officers and Highway Patrol Officers have taken more than 400 PRT-related actions with approximately 60 of those being PRT 911 calls.

Examples of the work PRT members are doing to keep residents safe include a Conservation Officer who located a theft suspect that had fled from a rural property, and another Conservation Officer who responded to a call for help from RCMP in a successful high-risk takedown.

PRT vehicles are equipped with Automatic License Plate Readers. These automatically scan licence plates – up to one plate per second – and alert police if a nearby vehicle is unregistered, or associated with a driver who has been suspended for impaired driving or other reasons. They can be used to look out for a vehicle that has been reported stolen, or is connected to a crime or an Amber alert.

The safety and security of Saskatchewan people is a top priority of our government and we look forward to the continued positive impact this initiative will have as we move forward.

Moose Jaw Express September 5, 2018

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Back to School

September is here and school has started. More than 182,000 students and 13,000 teachers are back in classrooms at hundreds of schools across the province.

A good education is the foundation for a stable and successful future. The dedicated work of teachers, school staff, and school boards improves quality of education and keeps our province growing stronger.

Since 2007, forty new or replacement schools have been built, and 25 schools have had major renovations. More than 840 teachers and 167 student support staff have been added. Over a period in which enrolment grew 13 per cent, operating funding has increased by 35 per cent.

Last fall 18 new schools opened around the province. This year’s budget puts a strong focus on high-quality learning and support services in education. An additional 30 million dollars to school divisions will support students in the classroom through the hiring of up to 400 teachers and other educational support staff. Investments in Prekindergarten will support the early development of more than 5,000 three and four-year old children; to help them succeed in their first years at school. Individualized funding for children under six with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and a new early learning pilot program for preschool-aged children who are deaf and hard of hearing will also help young students get a strong start in school.

Every student that enters our classrooms is unique and has their own ‘best way’ of learning. We appreciate the efforts put forth by teachers and school staff as they rise to this challenge in many creative initiatives. The Ministry of Education is committed to working with teachers, school staff and all our education partners toward the success and well-being of all Saskatchewan learners.

Recent statistics for Saskatchewan post-secondary education are encouraging. Over the past five years, the total number of students at Saskatchewan’s three largest institutions has increased on average by 1.9 per cent annually. In the fall of 2017, there were more than 42,500 students enrolled in credentialed programs. Particularly encouraging is the number of post-secondary credentials awarded to First Nations, Métis and Inuit students which has grown 35 per cent since 2013.

Students considering furthering their education by attending universities, colleges or trade schools may consider available assistance through support programs. Post-secondary students can find information and applications for student loans, grants, bursaries and scholarships at Saskatchewan.ca.

School zones that were quiet for the past two months are buzzing with activity as excited students meet with their friends and head to their classrooms this week. Drivers need to be extra cautious; especially in the first few weeks when students are more likely to be distracted. Thank you to school crossing guards who give their time to keep their fellow students safe.

Harvest equipment will be sharing rural roads with school buses. Please watch out for the school bus “do not pass” flashing red lights, and the “slow vehicle” signs on farm equipment.

I wish a successful and fulfilling school year to students of all ages, and to those who are dedicated to their learning.

From the Desk of Warren Michelson August 31, 2018

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Happy Labour Day
Our office will be closed on Monday, September 3, for the Labour Day holiday. 
Have a Great School Year
A good education is the key to success.  Thank you to all school staff and everyone involved in educating our children.  I wish a successful and fulfilling school year to every student and to all those who are dedicated to their learning.

Safety Top of Mind as Nearly 190,000 Saskatchewan Students Head Back to School

As students get ready to head back to school after the long weekend, drivers should be prepared to once again share the road with school buses and students.  The Ministry of Education, school divisions, teachers and support staff across the province have been busily preparing for students’ return to the classroom for the 2018-19 school year.
“As a parent and grandparent – I know back to school is a busy and exciting time for children, parents and teachers,” Deputy Premier and Education Minister Gordon Wyant said.  “Thank you to the more than 21,000 teachers and staff who work so hard to make returning to the classroom a safe and enjoyable experience for students.”
The return to school also means increased traffic, busy sidewalks, and active playgrounds.  The Government of Saskatchewan reminds all drivers to slow down and take extra caution around school zones to help keep our children safe as they travel to and from school.
This fall, Saskatchewan schools will welcome nearly 190,000 Prekindergarten to Grade 12 students at more than 770 schools across our 27 public, separate and francophone school divisions, including associate schools.


In Saskatchewan, legislation establishing the start of the school year after Labour Day has been in place since 2012.  An exception is granted in years when the statutory holiday falls on or after September 5 to allow for an earlier start to the school year.


The Moose Jaw Warriors
Pre-season begins this weekend.

Impaired Driving Laws are Changing: Stronger Penalties Take Effect Sept. 1


Consequences for impaired driving are getting even tougher in Saskatchewan as of Sept. 1, including stronger penalties for drug-impaired drivers and for impaired drivers who transport children.


The Traffic Safety (Miscellaneous) Amendment Act 2017 and The Miscellaneous Vehicle and Driving Statutes (Cannabis Legislation) Amendment Act, 2017 were both passed in the Spring sitting of the Legislature and come into effect Sept. 1.
“It’s never OK to drive impaired, whether it’s by drugs or alcohol,” Minister responsible for Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) Joe Hargrave said.  “This new legislation reflects the seriousness of this offence, with more severe punishments for drug-impaired drivers, and those who make the bad decision to drive with children in the vehicle.”
As of Sept. 1, zero tolerance for drug impairment will apply to all drivers.  Zero tolerance means that drivers should not get behind the wheel with any level of impairing drugs in their system detectable by a federally-approved screening device, or a standardized field sobriety test.  The province has also updated legislation and regulations so that tough administrative penalties that impaired drivers in Saskatchewan faced under existing legislation will also apply to anyone charged under three new federal drug-impaired driving laws (
http://www.justice.gc.ca/eng/cj-jp/sidl-rlcfa/index.html).
There will also be longer vehicle seizures for impaired drivers with passengers under 16 years of age in the vehicle.  In addition, experienced drivers who are impaired and transporting passengers under 16 will face longer roadside licence suspensions.
Penalties include:
Drug-Impaired Driving
  • Zero tolerance for all drivers
  • Immediate licence suspension
  • Vehicle seized for up to 60 days
  • Licence suspension for up to 5 years if convicted
Impaired Drivers with Passengers Under 16
  • Vehicle seized for up to 60 days
  • Licence suspended for up to 120 days
  • Licence suspension up to 18 months for new drivers
Police can tell if you’re driving while high (https://www.sgi.sk.ca/news?title=think-a-police-officer-can-t-tell-if-you-re-driving-stoned–think-again-).  If they suspect that a driver is impaired by a drug or alcohol (or a combination of both), they can demand that the driver take a standardized field sobriety test or use a roadside screening device.  If the driver fails the field sobriety test or registers a failure on the roadside screening device, they can have their vehicle seized and licence suspended for at least three days.  If the officer has reasonable grounds to believe that a driver is impaired by a drug or alcohol they can demand that the driver submit to an evaluation conducted by a Drug Recognition Evaluator (DRE) or a breath test at the police station.

If a driver subsequently fails a DRE, or exceeds .08 blood alcohol concentration, that triggers Criminal Code charges, which results in a minimum 30-day vehicle seizure, an indefinite licence suspension until the charges are dealt with, and – upon conviction – potential fines, jail time, ignition interlock requirements and driving prohibitions.


It doesn’t matter if a drug is legal or not.  If it impairs your ability to drive safely, don’t get behind the wheel.


Prescription and over-the-counter drugs can also make you impaired, and combining drugs with alcohol increases impairment.


For more information on the consequences of impaired driving, visit SGI’s Drugs and alcohol page (
https://www.sgi.sk.ca/drugs-alcohol).
Remember the Labour Day Weekend for the Right Reasons


With summer winding down, our provincial highways are busy with people trying to enjoy the season’s last long weekend. The Government of Saskatchewan would like to remind you to drive safe over the Labour Day weekend.


“Long weekends are a good time to relax, but we all need to remember to travel safe,” Highways and Infrastructure Minister Lori Carr said.  “Whether you’re driving to Regina to cheer on the Riders or travelling to see loved ones, drive safe and make this weekend memorable for the right reasons.”


“Saskatchewan RCMP continue to make traffic safety a priority,” Superintendent Grant St. Germaine, Officer in Charge of Saskatchewan RCMP Traffic Services said.  “Our members will be out patrolling Saskatchewan roads to ensure everyone’s safety this Labour Day Long Weekend.  We remind people to obey all posted speed limits, refrain from driving distracted, and to always find a safe and sober ride home.”


You should also plan your route ahead of time so you are aware of the work zones and ongoing construction.  For those of you heading to the big game this weekend, there are work zones all around the province.  This includes various seal coating projects on Highway 39.


Even if workers aren’t present, drivers need to obey signs, stay alert and slow to 60 km/h through the work zone.  Work zones may contain driving hazards, like sharp pavement drop or loose stones, which require you to slow down.


A weekly highway construction update is 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.  If you see a highway work zone signing problem, you can report it by calling 306-244-5535.

Check the Highway Hotline at
www.saskatchewan.ca/highwayhotline, before you hit the road.  It provides up-to-date information on construction, emergency road closures, the status of ferries, barges and other road activities.  Information is also available by calling 511.
The Government of Saskatchewan has invested more than $8.4 billion in highways and infrastructure since 2008, improving more than 13,000 kilometres of Saskatchewan highways.

Nominate Someone Today for the Province’s Highest Honour

Lieutenant Governor W. Thomas Molloy announced nominations will be accepted until November 1, 2018 for the 2019 recipients of the Saskatchewan Order of Merit.

“The Saskatchewan Order of Merit enables us to recognize our most outstanding citizens,” Molloy said.  “Our province is full of committed individuals who have made our home a better place.  I encourage everyone to consider nominating a deserving person for our highest honour.”


The Saskatchewan Order of Merit was established in 1985 to recognize excellence, achievement, and contributions to the cultural, social and economic well-being of the province.
Previous recipients have come from diverse backgrounds and have made contributions to the arts, business and industry, agriculture and volunteer service.


Nominees must be current or former long-term residents of Saskatchewan. Any individual or group can submit a nomination, but the nomination must be for an individual, not an organization.  Posthumous nominations are accepted within one year of an individual’s date of death.


The recipients of the Saskatchewan Order of Merit will be invested by the Lieutenant Governor at a ceremony in the spring of 2019.


To nominate a deserving individual, or to learn more, visit
www.saskatchewan.ca/honoursawards.

Minister Duncan Speaking in Moose Jaw on the Prairie Resilience Climate Change Strategy

New Industry Standards Next Step in Prairie Resilience Climate Change Strategy

The Government of Saskatchewan continues to implement key commitments made in the province’s climate change plan to help reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and maintain a competitive economy.

As part of the made-in-Saskatchewan Prairie Resilience strategy, government has developed new output-based performance standards that will apply to more than 40 Saskatchewan industrial facilities.  These facilities generate 11 per cent (or approximately 8.5 million tonnes) of total provincial emissions and are expected to reduce that portion by a total of 10 per cent by 2030.  These measures are in addition to previously announced reductions in electricity generation (40 per cent) and methane from upstream oil and gas (40 per cent).


“Reductions in these three key areas will reduce emissions by 12 megatonnes of greenhouse gases each year by 2030,” Environment Minister Dustin Duncan said.  “Our bold and innovative system-wide strategy is designed to responsibly and tangibly reduce emissions without the imposition of an economy-wide carbon tax.”


Saskatchewan’s performance standards will increase over an established schedule from 2019 to 2030, cumulatively reducing GHG emissions by 5.3 million tonnes.  The sector-specific performance standards are expected to achieve the following emissions intensity reductions:

  • Potash, coal and uranium mining (5 per cent)
  • Iron and steel mills (5 per cent)
  • Fertilizer manufacturing (5 per cent)
  • Pulp mills (5 per cent)
  • Ethanol production (5 per cent)
  • Refining and upgrading (10 per cent)
  • Upstream oil and gas – combustion only (15 per cent)
Saskatchewan facilities will be able to choose from a suite of flexible compliance options including offset credits, best performance credits and a technology fund.

Prairie Resilience is designed to protect economic competitiveness while achieving cumulative greenhouse gas reductions by 2030.  The standards for these sectors were developed in consultation with industry and account for overall economic growth, competitiveness and trade exposure, minimal regulatory burden, and sector-specific achievability.


“Our approach with Prairie Resilience is a more effective plan than a carbon tax, and these commitments demonstrate why the federal backstop should not be imposed on Saskatchewan businesses, industries, communities and families,” Duncan said.  “We plan to advise the federal government of our progress on reducing emissions and building a more resilient province; however, we are not submitting our plan for assessment, nor are we changing course on our strong and effective approach on climate change.”


“We are pleased to work with the government on this proactive, made-in-Saskatchewan approach to climate change to ensure emissions are reduced in an efficient manner that fosters innovation and ensures the province remains competitive,” Director of Climate, CAPP Patrick McDonald said.


“Ensuring the mining sector remains globally competitive is vitally important to Saskatchewan and to Canada as a whole,” Saskatchewan Mining Association Vice President Environment, Safety and Regulatory Affairs Brad Sigurdson said.  “We need to be mindful that, as we work to reduce GHG emissions, mining investments and jobs are not being directed to other international jurisdictions that don’t have the robust environment and safety regulatory framework that exists in Saskatchewan and Canada.  Our members are committed to bringing our expertise to the table and working with the province to reduce GHG emissions from the mining sector.”


In addition, The Management and Reduction of Greenhouse Gases (Reporting and General) Regulations take effect September 1, 2018.  The regulations obligate any provincial facility that emits more than 10,000 tonnes per year to report those emissions.


The Prairie Resilience strategy is a system-wide approach that includes more than 40 commitments designed to make Saskatchewan more resilient to the effects of a changing climate. The commitments – which go beyond emissions reductions alone – span Saskatchewan’s natural systems and resources, infrastructure for electricity, transportation, homes and buildings, and community preparedness.


Prairie Resilience is available at
www.saskatchewan.ca/climate-change.

Nominate a Saskatchewan Service Club for the Premier’s Service Club Award


The Government of Saskatchewan is accepting nominations for the 2018 Premier’s Service Club Award until September 30, 2018.


Since its establishment in 2013, the Premier’s Service Club Award has recognized the dedication and charity of the province’s service clubs.


“Service Clubs across Saskatchewan have an invaluable impact in their communities.  Their fundraising efforts help shape our province and their continued dedication to Saskatchewan will shape our future,” Premier Scott Moe said.  “I encourage everyone to nominate a service club for this recognition.”


In order to be eligible for the Premier’s Service Club Award, nominated groups must be voluntary, non-profit service clubs or fraternal organizations where people meet regularly to fundraise for other organizations.  Their mandate must better the lives of the people of Saskatchewan.  This award does not recognize individuals, and service clubs cannot self-nominate.


Groups selected to receive the Premier’s Service Club Award will be presented their awards at an event in their home communities in 2019.


To nominate a group for the Premier’s Service Club Award, or for more information, visit
www.saskatchewan.ca/honoursawards.

Crop Report for the Period August 21 to 27, 2018

Producers took advantage of the warm and dry weather to make considerable harvest progress before light showers later in the week put field work on hold, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s weekly Crop Report.

Twenty-seven per cent of the crop is now in the bin, well ahead of the five-year (2013-2017) average of 13 per cent for this time of year.  Seventeen per cent of the crop is now swathed or ready to straight-cut.  Yields vary across the province, depending on the amount of moisture received over the growing season.


Harvest is most advanced in the southwestern region, where 46 per cent of the crop is now combined.  The southeastern region has 42 per cent combined, the west-central region 23 per cent and the east-central region 16 per cent.  Ten per cent of the crop is in the bin in the northeast and five per cent in the northwest.


Ninety-six per cent of the fall rye, 76 per cent of the field peas, 78 per cent of the winter wheat, 74 per cent of lentils, 30 per cent of the mustard, 36 per cent of the barley, 32 per cent of the durum, 16 per cent of the spring wheat and seven per cent of the canola are now in the bin. An additional 43 per cent of the canola and eight per cent of the mustard are swathed or ready to straight-cut.


There were some light showers throughout the province this week, with the highest rainfall (29mm) being reported in the Ponteix area.  Topsoil moisture conditions remain unchanged, despite the limited extra moisture. Across the province, topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as 25 per cent adequate, 46 per cent short and 29 per cent very short.  Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 21 per cent adequate, 38 per cent short and 41 per cent very short.  Many southern and central areas have not received a significant rainfall in close to two months and crops continue to rapidly dry down.


The majority of crop damage this past week was due to lack of moisture and strong wind.  There continue to be reports of stubble and grass fires even though light showers helped to reduce fire risk in some areas.  Concerns remain of feed shortages occurring in drier areas.


Producers are busy combining, swathing crops and hauling bales.


SaskPower reports six cases of farm machinery coming into contact with electrical equipment in the last week, bringing the total for August to 18. SaskPower reminds producers to take the time this harvest season to identify overhead power lines and to plan ahead when moving equipment.


More safety information is available at
www.saskpower.com/safety.
A complete, printable version of the Crop Report is available online at
http://www.saskatchewan.ca/crop-report.

Follow the 2018 Crop Report on Twitter at @SKAgriculture.


WHAT’S HAPPENING IN MOOSE JAW

Friday, August 31, 2018

What: Fall Fashion Show
Time:  2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.  
Place:  Timothy Eaton Garden
Cost:   $5

Saturday, September 1, 2018

What: Social Dance
Time:  8:00 p.m. – 12:00 p.m.  
Place:  Timothy Eaton Garden
Cost:   $14

What: Train Rides at the WDM
Time:  11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Place:  WDM

Sunday, September 2, 2018

What: Train Rides at the WDM
Time:  11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Place:  WDM

UPCOMING EVENTS:
Downtown Moose Jaw Guided Walking Tours
Every Saturday @ 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Leaving hourly

Call to book 306-691-2015
Souvenir Shop
Moose Jaw and District Chamber of Commerce Annual Golf Tournament
Thursday, September 6
Call Barry Watson (306) 630-4041 Riverside Mission BBQ sponsored by Suburban Extended Stay Hotel
Thursday September 13
Canadian Tire Parking Lot
Riverside Mission Harvest Banquet
Tuesday, September 25 and Wednesday, September 26
Sportsman’s Centre 

Moose Jaw Express August 29, 2018

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Make Zero Your Mission – At Home, Work and Play

The last long weekend of the summer is significant in many ways.  It is the end of the summer holiday season and the beginning of the school year, however Labour Day offers an opportunity to reflect on the place of work in our lives. Work that is meaningful goes beyond making a living to adding contentment and quality to our lives.

A safe workplace is key to fulfilling work. While there has been a continual decline in workplace injuries, there were still 27 work-related fatalities in our province last year.  2018 marks the 10th anniversary of “Mission Zero”, an initiative of WorkSafe Saskatchewan, the partnership between the Workers’ Compensation Board and the Ministry of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety. Mission: Zero is a call to action and goal for employers and companies to achieve zero workplace injuries, zero fatalities, and zero suffering by families.

What does Mission: Zero mean?

  • Mission: Zero means working toward zero injuries, zero fatalities, zero suffering.
  • It means believing all unintentional injuries are predictable and preventable.
  • It means that the only right number of unintentional injuries and fatalities is ZERO.
  • It means becoming a champion to make my community a safer place to live, work, and play.
  • It means, as employees and citizens, we are going to work together to make Saskatchewan the safest province to live, work and play.
  • It means, at my company, we believe in Mission: Zero. We put safety first and prevent injuries to ourselves, our co-workers, our families and neighbours.
  • It is up to all of us to prevent injuries.

In 2009, Safe Saskatchewan also adopted Mission Zero, the symbol and its ambitious goal, as the prevention goal for all injuries – on the job, in our communities and in our homes.

Last March, WorkSafe Saskatchewan announced the formation of a strategic alliance of organizations brought together by the Saskatchewan Safety Council that results in everyone in Saskatchewan between the ages of 14 and 21 having access to completely free career-focused safety education. Saskatchewan will become the first jurisdiction in North America to offer universal career-focused, industry specific safety training, completely free to youth. Industries came together with education partners to launch this initiative after a 5-year pilot program involving more than 20 School Divisions and 6 First Nations. The Career Safety Education program will encourage the development of awareness, attitudes and habits which result in a culture of safety affecting both workplace and home life.

As we make the transition from summer days to fall activities, please remember to Make “Mission: Zero” your mission – at home, work and play.

I offer my gratitude and best wishes to my colleague and constituency neighbour, Lyle Stewart, long-time Minister of Agriculture. He recently announced he would be stepping down from this role as he battles cancer. Lyle, who brought his dedication, expertise and experience to advance the agriculture industry in Saskatchewan, will remain MLA for Lumsden-Morse. David Marit, MLA for Wood River, has been appointed as Saskatchewan’s new Minister of Agriculture.

From the Desk of Warren Michelson August 24, 2018

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ANNUAL FLY-IN BREAKFAST

It was with great pleasure I attended the annual Fly-In Breakfast which was held on August 18 at  the Moose Jaw Municipal Airport.

This year’s breakfast offered an opportunity to get together for informal conversations, and to promote the Municipal Airport.


Ensuring Highway Safety During Harvest a Priority

With harvest underway, the Government of Saskatchewan is reminding farmer and motorists to keep safety as a top priority during this busy period.

“Nice weather makes for a busy time on the farm in Saskatchewan,” Minister of Highways and Infrastructure Lori Carr said. “By planning ahead and taking the appropriate steps, we can help limit the safety risks connected to harvest.”

To help improve safety:

  • take extra precautions when passing slow-moving farm equipment;
  • be respectful of other drivers, as slow-moving vehicles can cause frustration;
  • ensure lights are working and adjusted before moving farm equipment on public highways;
  • know all height, length and weight restrictions on farm vehicles and when permits may be required; and
  • regularly inspect and maintain equipment.
Producers who operate heavy trucks must comply with many of the same rules and regulations as commercial vehicle operators.  Vehicles may be inspected by Saskatchewan Highway Patrol officers, which may take up to an hour.


“While we want to keep people moving during the busy harvest, we also must ensure all vehicles are in safe operating order,” Carr said.


Drivers need to obey signs, stay alert and slow to 60 km/hr through the work zone.  There may be cases in work zones where workers are not present that still require you to slow down.  A sharp pavement drop or loose stones during a seal coat are examples of hazards that warrant a slower posted speed.

The Government of Saskatchewan has invested more than $8.4 billion in highways and infrastructure since 2008, improving more than 13,000 kilometres of Saskatchewan highways.
Moose Jaw Co-op BBQ
Thanks to Moose Jaw Co-op for hosting a BBQ in support of
Moose Jaw Family Services. 

Government of Saskatchewan Senior Leadership Changes


Deputy Minister to the Premier Cam Swan announced changes to senior leadership of the Saskatchewan Public Service.


Effective immediately, Mike Carr has been appointed Deputy Minister of Central Services.  Carr was most recently Deputy Minister of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety since 2010.  Carr previously served as the Associate Deputy Minister, Advanced Education, Employment and Labour and has held many senior leadership positions in the private sector.


Richard Murray assumes the role of Deputy Minister of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety.  In his 30 years with government, Murray has served as Deputy Minister of Central Services since 2015 and previously served as Assistant Deputy Minister of Facilities Management, Government Services.


Tammy Kirkland has been appointed Deputy Minister of Social Services.  Kirkland has extensive experience with the Government of Saskatchewan having served as Deputy Minister of Government Relations and First Nations, Métis and Northern Affairs since 2016 and previously as Assistant Deputy Minister of Social Services and Assistant Deputy Minister of Corrections and Public Safety.


Greg Miller has been appointed Deputy Minister of Government Relations and First Nations, Métis and Northern Affairs.  Miller has served as Deputy Minister of Social Services since 2015 and previously as Associate Deputy Minister of Education with responsibility for the area of Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 12 education.


“These deputies have made significant contributions to their files since joining their respective ministries and have impressive records with the Government of Saskatchewan. I wish to thank them for accepting their new assignments and I am confident they will continue their excellent work in their new roles,” Swan said. 

Nominate Someone Today for the Province’s Highest Honour

Lieutenant Governor W. Thomas Molloy announced nominations will be accepted until November 1, 2018 for the 2019 recipients of the Saskatchewan Order of Merit.

“The Saskatchewan Order of Merit enables us to recognize our most outstanding citizens,” Molloy said.  “Our province is full of committed individuals who have made our home a better place.  I encourage everyone to consider nominating a deserving person for our highest honour.”


The Saskatchewan Order of Merit was established in 1985 to recognize excellence, achievement, and contributions to the cultural, social and economic well-being of the province.


Previous recipients have come from diverse backgrounds and have made contributions to the arts, business and industry, agriculture and volunteer service.


Nominees must be current or former long-term residents of Saskatchewan. Any individual or group can submit a nomination, but the nomination must be for an individual, not an organization.  Posthumous nominations are accepted within one year of an individual’s date of death.


The recipients of the Saskatchewan Order of Merit will be invested by the Lieutenant Governor at a ceremony in the spring of 2019.


To nominate a deserving individual, or to learn more, visit
www.saskatchewan.ca/honoursawards.

FCC DRIVE AWAY HUNGER

Farm Credit Canada held a Fill the Bucket BBQ on Tuesday with all proceeds going toward the Moose Jaw Food Bank.


Thank you FCC for stepping forward and helping those less fortunate. 

Report from the Legislature


Summer is always a great time to get back to our communities, reach out to constituents and gather feedback on how we can work together to build a better province.


Whether it is fighting the carbon tax or fixing Canada’s flawed equalization program, your Saskatchewan Party government will always stand with the people of this great province.


Right now we need to bring attention to a troublesome piece of legislation for our natural resource sector.


The federal government’s Bill C-69 has pulled the plug on Energy East; a $15 billion pipeline project that would create jobs and unlock more economic growth in Canada.


By considering changes like upstream and downstream emissions for pipeline projects, Bill C-69 will cause delays, add more costs, and undermine the future investment we need in Canada’s energy sector.


Former 
TransCanada CEO Hal Kvisle refers to Bill C-69 as “an absolutely devastating piece of legislation” and went on to say “I don’t believe any competent pipeline company would submit an application if Bill C-69 comes into force.”


Our government’s focus is improving competitiveness, by opposing a carbon tax and building increased pipeline capacity for our oil exports. We will not support a bill that delivers another body blow to our energy industry.


With harvest now in full swing and many students and families preparing for back to school, this is getting to be a busy time in households across Saskatchewan.


I sincerely hope you have had an opportunity to enjoy some recreation and relaxation this summer.


Saskatchewan’s provincial parks continue to be an important destination for many of us, attracting visitors and bringing economic benefits to the entire province.


Saskatchewan is investing more than $11 million for various parks improvements this year, increasing our total investment to nearly $110 million since 2008.


Highways have been another focus of our government with a variety of safety improvement and enhancement projects currently underway.


Our province has invested more than $8.4 billion in highways and infrastructure since 2008, improving more than 13,000 kilometres of highways.


Shovels have also been hitting the ground on important housing projects this summer as we continue to support those in greatest housing need.


Since 2007, the Government of Saskatchewan has invested more than $770 million to develop or repair almost 16,000 housing units across our province.


Our government recently allocated the remaining licensed child care centre spaces as part of the Canada-Saskatchewan Early Learning and Child Care Agreement.


Signed earlier this year, the agreement includes the development of 1,015 licensed child care centre spaces and 1,500 licensed group and family child care home spaces.


Nearly 7,000 new spaces have been allocated across the province since 2007 –a 73% increase– for a total of more than 17,000 licensed child care spaces in Saskatchewan.


Even at a time of fiscal restraint, our government continues to support the priorities of Saskatchewan people through major investments in health care, education, social services, and the protection of people and property.


Today our plan to reduce the province’s reliance on resource revenue, control and carefully manage spending, and achieve a balanced budget by 2019-20 is on track. Together we will keep Saskatchewan growing strong now and into the future.

LAWN BOWLING

Lawn bowling, or “bowls,” is a game played on a flat lawn or green at least 36.6 m2. In a match, the object is to roll bowls so that as many as possible are nearer to the “jack” (a smaller white bowl) than the nearest opposing
wood.


Saskatchewan Leads Canada in Wholesale Trade Growth


Saskatchewan’s June 2018 wholesale trade numbers increased by 7.7 per cent, compared to June 2017 (seasonally adjusted)—the highest percentage increase among Canada’s provinces and higher than the national average of 3.9 per cent.


“Saskatchewan’s wholesale trade numbers are showing strong year-over-year growth,” Trade and Export Development Minister Jeremy Harrison said.  “These numbers indicate the strength and resilience of our province’s economy, which is sustained by diverse sectors that continue to attract investment and other opportunities.”


Industries which saw the highest increases on a year-over-year basis include food, beverage and tobacco (19.7 per cent), motor vehicle and parts (11.2 per cent) and machinery, equipment and supplies (8.5 per cent) all seasonally unadjusted.


On a monthly basis, wholesale trade decreased by 1.4 per cent in June 2018, compared to May 2018, the fourth in percentage change among the provinces.


Wholesale trade totaled nearly $2.3 billion in June 2018, seasonally adjusted.

SOAP BOX RACING

Soap Box Derby is a youth soapbox car racing group which holds its annual races yearly here in Moose Jaw. Cars competing in this are unpowered, relying completely upon gravity to move.


If you have never gone to watch the derby,  I would recommend you do.  It’s an entertaining event and watching the kids enjoy themselves is priceless. 


Crop Report for the Period August 14 to 20, 2018

Another week of warm and dry weather has allowed producers to make great strides in the field, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s weekly Crop Report.
Sixteen per cent of the 2018 crop is now in the bin, up from five per cent last week and significantly ahead of the five-year (2013-2017) average of seven per cent for this time of year.  Twenty-two per cent of the crop is now swathed or ready to straight-cut. Reported yields vary greatly, depending on moisture received in the past few months.
Seventy-five per cent of the fall rye, 57 per cent of the winter wheat, 55 per cent of the field peas and lentils, 24 per cent of the mustard, 16 per cent of the barley, 14 per cent of the durum, five per cent of the spring wheat and soybeans, and three per cent of the canola are now in the bin. An additional 29 per cent of the canola and 14 per cent of the mustard are swathed or ready to straight-cut.


Harvest is most advanced in the southwest, where 31 per cent of the crop is now combined.  The southeastern region has 24 per cent combined, the west-central region 13 per cent and the east-central region seven per cent.  The northeast now has four per cent combined, while the northwest has one per cent.  Many producers in the north expect to be in the field within the next week.


Little to no rainfall was received across the province, although the Radville area reported 8 mm.  Topsoil moisture conditions have significantly worsened this week in the face of the warm and dry weather.  Across the province, topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as 25 per cent adequate, 44 per cent short and 31 per cent very short.  Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 17 per cent adequate, 35 per cent short and 48 per cent very short.  Many southern and central areas have not received significant rainfall in close to two months and crops continue to rapidly dry down.


The majority of crop damage this past week was due to lack of moisture and high temperatures.  As well, strong wind has blown swaths around.  Some areas in the province received frost, although damage is expected to be minimal as crops were advanced enough.  Pastures and hay crops continue to decline due to lack of moisture.  Pasture conditions are currently rated as 17 per cent good, 28 per cent fair, 29 per cent poor and 26 per cent very poor.  There continue to be reports of stubble and grass fires and concerns remain of feed shortages in some drier areas.  Producers are busy combining, swathing crops, desiccating crops and hauling bales.


A complete, printable version of the Crop Report is available online –
http://www.saskatchewan.ca/crop-report.
Follow the 2018 Crop Report on Twitter at @SKAgriculture.


WHAT’S HAPPENING IN MOOSE JAW
Saturday, August 25, 2018
What: Community Gardens Farmer’s Market
Time:  8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  
Place:  200 block of Home st. W. What:  Southern Independent Riders 19th Annual Toy Run
Time:  11:00 a.m. 
Place:  Centre Park. Assiniboia, SK

What: Train Rides at the WDM
Time:  11:00 a.m. 
Place:  WDM

What: Charity Roast Beef Supper Ticket Sale G 4 G
Time:  11:00 a.m. 
Place:  Superstore
G 4 Grandmothers will be at Superstore Sat. Aug 25 11 am – 4 pm selling
Roast Beef Supper Tickets for our Supper at Bugsy’s in the Town & Country Mall.
Sept 27 between 5 pm – 8 pm.

What: Band City Fest Arts and Music Festival
Time:  1:00 p.m.- 10:00 p.m.
Place:  Amphitheater 

Sunday, August 26, 2018

What: Brain Boogie
Time:  10:00 a.m. Registration
Place:  Amphitheater

UPCOMING EVENTS:

 

Yoga in the Park

Every Monday @ 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Amphitheatre- Crescent Park- By donation- in support of Hunger in MJ

 
Downtown Moose Jaw Guided Walking Tours
Every Saturday @ 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Leaving hourly

Call to book 306-691-2015
Souvenir Shop

Report from the Legislature August 23, 2018

Summer at the Legislative Building

Summer is always a great time to get back to our communities, reach out to constituents and gather feedback on how we can work together to build a better province.  Whether it is fighting the carbon tax or fixing Canada’s flawed equalization program, your Saskatchewan Party government will always stand with the people of this great province.  Right now we need to bring attention to a troublesome piece of legislation for our natural resource sector.

The federal government’s Bill C-69 has pulled the plug on Energy East; a $15 billion pipeline project that would create jobs and unlock more economic growth in Canada.  By considering changes like upstream and downstream emissions for pipeline projects, Bill C-69 will cause delays, add more costs, and undermine the future investment we need in Canada’s energy sector.  Former TransCanada CEO Hal Kvisle refers to Bill C-69 as “an absolutely devastating piece of legislation” and went on to say “I don’t believe any competent pipeline company would submit an application if Bill C-69 comes into force.”  Our government’s focus is improving competitiveness, by opposing a carbon tax and building increased pipeline capacity for our oil exports. We will not support a bill that delivers another body blow to our energy industry.

I sincerely hope you have had an opportunity to enjoy some recreation and relaxation this summer.  With harvest now in full swing and many students and families preparing for back to school, this is getting to be a busy time in households across Saskatchewan.  Saskatchewan’s provincial parks continue to be an important destination for many of us, attracting visitors and bringing economic benefits to the entire province.  Saskatchewan is investing more than $11 million for various parks improvements this year, increasing our total investment to nearly $110 million since 2008.

Highways have been another focus of our government with a variety of safety improvement and enhancement projects currently underway.  Our province has invested more than $8.4 billion in highways and infrastructure since 2008, improving more than 13,000 kilometres of highways.

Shovels have also been hitting the ground on important housing projects this summer as we continue to support those in greatest housing need.  Since 2007, the Government of Saskatchewan has invested more than $770 million to develop or repair almost 16,000 housing units across our province.

Our government recently allocated the remaining licensed child care centre spaces as part of the Canada-Saskatchewan Early Learning and Child Care Agreement.  Signed earlier this year, the agreement includes the development of 1,015 licensed child care centre spaces and 1,500 licensed group and family child care home spaces.  Nearly 7,000 new spaces have been allocated across the province since 2007 –a 73% increase– for a total of more than 17,000 licensed child care spaces in Saskatchewan.

Even at a time of fiscal restraint, our government continues to support the priorities of Saskatchewan people through major investments in health care, education, social services, and the protection of people and property.  Today our plan to reduce the province’s reliance on resource revenue, control and carefully manage spending, and achieve a balanced budget by 2019-20 is on track. Together we will keep Saskatchewan growing strong now and into the future.

Moose Jaw Express August 22, 2018

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Moose Jaw Express  August 22, 2018

Our government’s ability to provide support to the most vulnerable individuals and families in our communities is one of the reasons our government is committed to pursuing economic growth.

The Government of Saskatchewan envisions a more welcoming, inclusive, and accessible province for people with disabilities. The 10-year Saskatchewan Disability Strategy aims to address and identify the support and service needs of children and adults living with disability whether physical, sensory, psychiatric, cognitive or intellectual.

This year, the Ministry of Social Services’ budget increased 4.8 per cent with increased funding for community-based organizations (CBOs). This includes targeted funding to those providing direct daily care to adults with intellectual disabilities and/or mental health challenges, including:

  • Community-based organizations delivering day programs and residential services to adults with intellectual disabilities; and
  • Approved Private Service Homes providing care to adults with intellectual disabilities and/or mental health challenges.

Our Saskatchewan Government also recognizes the need for financial assistance for students with permanent disabilities. The Canada-Saskatchewan Integrated Student Loan program has specific features to help students with permanent disabilities pay for post-secondary education.

Students with a permanent disability:

  • May be eligible to receive the Canada Student Grant for Students with Permanent Disabilities, which provides up to $2,000 per school year to assist with educational or living costs;
  • May take a reduced course load and be eligible for loans and grants for a longer academic period;
  • May be eligible to receive the Canada-Saskatchewan Student Grant for Services & Equipment, which provides up to $10,000 per program year to purchase education-related services and assistive equipment, such as: tutors, interpreters, computer software and specialized transportation; and
  • Do not have to make the fixed student contribution.

Our province wants all students to have the opportunity to access post-secondary education.

We also remain dedicated to improving services for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their parents, caregivers and families. The recently introduced Individualized Funding provides more choice and flexibility for families, and improves access to supports.

Parents of children with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) under the age of six may receive up to $4,000 per child for therapeutic interventions and family supports that best suit their child’s individual needs. It is estimated that approximately 700 children will be eligible for funding this year.

ASD Individualized Funding is a joint Ministry of Health and Ministry of Social Services program. The Ministry of Social Services is administering the program and accepting applications. Families who have applied and met the program criteria began receiving funding this month.

The Ministry of Health is building a registry to assist parents in locating service providers. The registry posted at www.saskatchewan.ca/autism includes:

  • Behavioural consultants (who may provide applied behaviour analysis);
  • Physical therapists;
  • Occupational therapists;
  • Psychologists;
  • Social workers; and
  • Speech pathologists.

Private service providers are encouraged to sign up for the registry, and can contact autismregistry@health.gov.sk.ca for more information. Funding can also be used for respite services, therapeutic equipment, training/coaching for parents/caregivers and more. For more information, consult the eligible services list available at www.saskatchewan.ca/autism.

From the Desk of Warren Michelson August 17, 2018

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Premier Moe Announces Cabinet Changes



Premier Moe today announced changes to his cabinet including a new Agriculture Minister and a new Minister of Highways and Infrastructure following the resignation of Lyle Stewart from cabinet for health reasons.

  • David Marit becomes Minister of Agriculture.  Marit previously served as Minister of Highways and Infrastructure.
  • Lori Carr becomes Minister of Highways and Infrastructure.  Carr previously served as Legislative Secretary to the Minister of Finance and Government Deputy Whip.
  • Deputy Premier Gordon Wyant remains Minister of Education, while adding responsibility for SaskBuilds.

“I am confident that both Dave and Lori will bring an important perspective to their new portfolios, and I look forward to working with them as we stand up for Saskatchewan” said Moe.  “I would also like to thank our Deputy Premier as he takes on additional responsibility in an incredibly important file to our province’s infrastructure needs.  Lyle Stewart will remain a strong mentor and advisor to our cabinet when it comes to supporting our agriculture sector while we stand with him in his battle against cancer.”
Stewart previously announced he was stepping down as Saskatchewan’s Minister of Agriculture to focus on his battle with cancer.  Stewart will remain as MLA for Lumsden-Morse.
Premier Moe also announced that Lisa Lambert becomes Government Deputy Whip.


Nominate Someone Today for the Province’s Highest Honour

Lieutenant Governor W. Thomas Molloy announced nominations will be accepted until November 1, 2018 for the 2019 recipients of the Saskatchewan Order of Merit.

“The Saskatchewan Order of Merit enables us to recognize our most outstanding citizens,” Molloy said.  “Our province is full of committed individuals who have made our home a better place.  I encourage everyone to consider nominating a deserving person for our highest honour.”


The Saskatchewan Order of Merit was established in 1985 to recognize excellence, achievement, and contributions to the cultural, social and economic well-being of the province.
Previous recipients have come from diverse backgrounds and have made contributions to the arts, business and industry, agriculture and volunteer service.
Nominees must be current or former long-term residents of Saskatchewan. Any individual or group can submit a nomination, but the nomination must be for an individual, not an organization.  Posthumous nominations are accepted within one year of an individual’s date of death.
The recipients of the Saskatchewan Order of Merit will be invested by the Lieutenant Governor at a ceremony in the spring of 2019.
To nominate a deserving individual, or to learn more, visit
www.saskatchewan.ca/honoursawards.

CONCERT IN THE PARK


Alice & the Midnighters were Wednesday evenings entertainment for Concert in the Park and with summer coming to an end,  The Twilighters  will be performing the last show of the season on Wed. Aug. 22 at 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.   If you haven’t had an opportunity to make any shows this summer,  Wednesday will be your last chance until next year. 
Investment of $1.5 Million for South West Provincial Parks


The Government of Saskatchewan is investing more than $1.5 million in facility and infrastructure improvements for parks in the province’s South West in 2018-19.
“The provincial parks in the South West region continue to be popular travel destinations for families,” Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Gene Makowsky said.  “Investing in improvements will help us increase safety and reliability of our facilities and services, and contribute to a positive experience for our visitors and their families.”
Upgrades scheduled for completion prior to the 2019 camping season in the South West include:
  • Boat launch improvements at Buffalo Pound Provincial Park;
  • Campground electrical expansion at Shady Pine campground in Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park;
  • Completion of campground electrical service improvements in Douglas Provincial Park and Danielson Provincial Park;
  • Completion of interpretive displays in the new visitor reception centre in Douglas Provincial Park;
  • New digital messaging sign at Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park; and
  • Sewage lagoon upgrades at Douglas Provincial Park.
The $1.5 million is in addition to more than $12 million invested in South West parks over the past five years for improvements including:
  • New service centres;
  • Additional full service campsites;
  • Major road upgrades;
  • New visitor reception centre; and
  • Electrical campground expansions and upgrades.
A total investment of more than $11 million for planned improvements throughout the provincial park system in 2018-19 will increase total investment in parks to nearly $110 million since 2008.  Saskatchewan’s provincial parks continue to be an important destination, attracting visitors and bringing economic benefits to the entire province.

High Street: Great again!
Consumer Alert – Want to See Carrie Underwood in Saskatoon?


Tickets to Carrie Underwood’s concert next spring in Saskatoon go on sale this Friday, August 17 at 10 a.m. The Consumer Protection Division of the Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority wants to remind you if you’re planning on buying a concert ticket within the first 48 hours of it going on sale, make sure you buy from a primary seller, such as Ticketmaster.
First Choice


Saskatchewan residents and surrounding jurisdictions have exclusive access to tickets for concerts held in this province in the first hour of sale to the general public. After this hour, the primary seller can sell tickets to areas outside of Saskatchewan.


Advertising


In the first 48 hours of sale to the general public, only a primary seller can sell concert tickets. After 48 hours, resellers can advertise and resell tickets. If you buy from a resale site within the first 48 hours, tickets might be fake.


Signs that Tickets May Be Fake:
  • listed for sale without specific seat numbers; and
  • listed in U.S. dollar amounts for a Canadian show.
Protect Yourself – Buy with a Credit Card

If you buy from a resale site and get a fake ticket, it may be easier to get a refund by purchasing tickets with a credit card compared to cash or debit.  Read the terms and conditions on the card to understand what protections are available.


Problem with a Recently Purchased Concert Ticket?


If consumers wish to file a formal complaint about ticket sales, they can contact the Consumer Protection Division toll free at 1-877-880-5550 or by email at
consumerprotection@gov.sk.ca.

For more information about ticket sales, visit:
http://fcaa.gov.sk.ca/consumers-investors-pension-plan-members/consumers/consumers-of-goods-and-services/ticket-sales.
Premier Scott Moe Calls Regina Northeast Byelection


Premier Scott Moe today announced that a byelection will be held on September 12 to fill the vacant Regina Northeast seat.


Moe said Regina Northeast voters will have a chance to decide who is best to represent them on important issues like managing the province’s economy and standing up for Saskatchewan against the federal carbon tax.


“I expect a strongly contested byelection and look forward to the campaign,” Moe said.

A PART OF PAST GENERATIONS
Crop Report for the Period August 7 to August 13, 2018

Harvest is proceeding quickly in the province, due to the recent hot and dry weather.  Five per cent of the crop is now combined and nine per cent is swathed or ready to straight-cut, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s weekly Crop Report.

The five-year (2013-2017) average for this time of year is three per cent combined and four per cent swathed or ready to straight-cut.


Seventy-one per cent of the fall rye, 24 per cent of the spring wheat, 21 per cent of the field peas, 20 per cent of the lentils, three per cent of the durum and barley and one per cent of the spring wheat and oats are now in the bin.  Six per cent of the canola has been swathed or prepared for straight-cutting.


Harvest is most advanced in the southwest, where 10 per cent of the crop is combined.  The southeastern region has eight per cent combined and the west-central and east-central regions two per cent.  Producers in the north have less than one per cent of the crop in the bin, but many expect to be in the field soon.


The majority of the province did not receive any rainfall last week, although the Nipawin area reported 19 mm of rain, the Spiritwood area 22 mm and the Meadow Lake area 29 mm.  Any further rainfall will come too late for many of the crops still in the field, as they are rapidly drying down.


Topsoil moisture conditions have significantly worsened with the hot and dry conditions.  Across the province, topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as 31 per cent adequate, 44 per cent short and 25 per cent very short.  Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 24 per cent adequate, 38 per cent short and 38 per cent very short.


Most crop damage this past week was due to lack of moisture, wind and extreme temperatures. Many southern and central areas of the province recorded temperatures well above 35 C for a number of days last week; some areas such as Moose Jaw reported temperatures above 40 C. These high temperatures have caused crops to dry down rapidly, and yield and quality may be affected. There have been reports of stubble and combine fires in drier areas. Producers are busy combining, swathing crops and hauling bales.


A complete, printable version of the Crop Report is available online at
http://www.saskatchewan.ca/crop-report.
Follow the 2018 Crop Report on Twitter at @SKAgriculture.

Petroleum Opportunities near Kindersley Dominate August Public Offering


The Kindersley area was the primary focus of attention for Saskatchewan’s August public offering of Crown petroleum and natural gas rights held on Tuesday, which generated $6.5 million in revenue for the province. This public offering, the third of six scheduled throughout the year, brings the total for the 2018-19 fiscal year to date to $25 million.


A total of 79 leases representing 17,595.832 hectares were sold in the Kindersley area for a total of $3,741,871.95. The Estevan area produced revenue of $2,692,362.95 for 21 leases totaling 1,829.194 hectares.


“We continue to work hard to develop a positive investment climate for the petroleum industry in Saskatchewan and, as a result, the industry recognizes our royalty regime is stable and compares favourably with other jurisdictions,” said Energy and Resources Minister Bronwyn Eyre. “We are committed to working closely with industry to provide as much certainty as possible for current and future investments.”


Ten parcels located north of Kisbey and totalling 971.250 hectares were purchased for $1,320,677.91. These parcels were purchased by Beacon Land Services Ltd. and are prospective for multiple targets including the Frobisher-Alida Beds of the Madison Group and the Bakken Formation. The highest bonus bid for a parcel was $568,649.34 for 161.876 hectares. This parcel is located northeast of Midale and was purchased by Windfall Resources Ltd.


The next public offering of petroleum and natural gas rights will be held on October 2, 2018.

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN MOOSE JAW

Friday, August 17, 2018

What: Community Flea Market
Time:  3:00 – 9:00 p.m. 
Place:  Wild Life Hall

What: RuBarb Presents – Mary Poppins
Time:  7:30 p.m. 
Place:  Mae Wilson Theatre

Saturday, August 18, 2018

What: Moose Jaw Flying Club Fly-In/Drive-in Breakfast
Time:  8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. 
Place:  MJ Airport

Cost is $10 for adults, and $5 for 10 and under. 

What: Train Rides at the WDM
Time:  11:00 a.m. 
Place:  WDM

What: RuBarb Presents – Mary Poppins
Time:  2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. 
Place:  Mae Wilson Theatre

Sunday, August 19, 2018

What: Mortlach Market
Time: 10:00 a.m. 
Place: Mortlach Antiques and Collectables, #20 Rose Street, Mortlach

What: Kaiden Esmond 2018 world Armwrestling championship
Time:  11:00 a.m. 
Place:  Peavey Mart Parking Lot
BBQ to support your local youth Armwrestler on his way to Antalya Turkey. Silent auction prizes and progressive 50/50 tickets available!!

UPCOMING EVENTS:

 

Yoga in the Park

Every Monday @ 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Amphitheatre- Crescent Park- By donation- in support of Hunger in MJ

 
Concert in the Park

Every Wednesday @ 7:00 p.m. 
Crescent Park

Downtown Moose Jaw Guided Walking Tours

Every Saturday @ 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Leaving hourly

Call to book 306-691-2015

Souvenir Shop

Summer Art Programs

MJ Museum & Art Gallery

Aug. 
To register 306-692-4471

Ages 3-5, 6-8, 9-11, 12 and up.

All programs include materials and snacks

Western Development Museum Summer Heritage Club

August. 
Ages 5-18.

more info/ register www.wdm.ca/mj