Moose Jaw Express December 4, 2019
Growing A Strong Economy For A Strong Saskatchewan
Premier Scott Moe has released Saskatchewan’s Growth Plan: The Next Decade of Growth 2020-2030. This is an aggressive plan to strengthen our economy, our communities and families to build a stronger Saskatchewan.
The Growth Plan is a roadmap for a growing province with key targets such as growing our population to 1.4 million people, creating 100,000 new jobs, increasing exports by 50 per cent and increasing agriculture value-added revenue to $10 billion.
Our plan outlines 20 key actions our government will undertake over the 2020s to build a strong and growing province and to ensure we remain on track to realize the 30 goals set out in the plan.
Our province is home to almost half of the agriculture land in Canada. With that, special emphasis is included to enhance agriculture production and processing of agricultural products right here in Saskatchewan.
The strong focus on agriculture and exports will have a positive impact for our local area. An agricultural technology incentive will support the application of emerging digital technologies and will help attract agricultural technology companies to Saskatchewan. A new chemical fertilizer incentive will encourage investment in Saskatchewan’s chemical fertilizer sector. This will be significant for the potash industry in our area.
Under the new growth plan, agricultural production and agri-food processing will increase. Our goal is to crush 75 per cent of the canola we grow, process 50 per cent of the pulse crops we grow, and double meat processing and animal feed value-added revenue right here in Saskatchewan.
Given that Saskatchewan is the world’s leading exporter of dry peas, lentils, durum, mustard seed, canola seed, canola oil, canola meal, canaryseed, flaxseed and oats, increasing markets for these products will be necessary to grow the economy. Work on that has already happened with the announcement that in 2020-21, the Ministry of Trade and Export Development will open offices in Japan, India and Singapore.
Establishing these offices will allow the province to have officials on the ground with a focus on:
- diversifying markets;
- facilitating connections between our businesses and international buyers;
- increasing foreign direct investment;
- establishing ongoing relationships and business partnerships; and
- providing exporters an understanding of the business environment, rules and regulations in these markets.
Our thriving local tourism industry will grow even stronger as the province moves towards increasing tourist expenditures in Saskatchewan by 50 per cent.
Addressing climate change will happen hand-in-hand with growth incentives. The Growth Plan will deliver on Saskatchewan’s climate change plan to reduce carbon emissions. We will reduce carbon emissions in electricity production and advance the development of zero-emission small modular reactor technology using Saskatchewan uranium.
The New Decade of Growth will benefit all the people of Saskatchewan. It is our goal to increase Indigenous participation in the economy through the growth of Saskatchewan’s natural resource industries and labour market development. Communities will be stronger with the building and upgrading of 10,000 kilometres of highways, and through $2.5 billion in revenue sharing. An initiative to further reduce surgical wait times has already been approved in the legislature.
The new Saskatchewan Growth Plan is a roadmap to building a better quality of life for Saskatchewan people – to build strong communities and strong families – and to grow a stronger Saskatchewan now, and for the next decade. You can learn more about the plan at saskgrowthplan.ca.
Report from the Legislature November 28, 2019
For the past 12 years, Saskatchewan has been growing – more people, more jobs and more investment in our families and communities. We want to ensure this strong growth continues. Your Saskatchewan Party government has a new Growth Plan for a new decade so that everyone continues to benefit from a growing province.
Our plan for the next decade of growth is a roadmap for a growing province with key targets such as growing our population to 1.4 million people, creating 100,000 new jobs, increasing exports by 50 per cent and agriculture value-added revenue to $10 billion.
Saskatchewan’s Growth Plan for 2020 to 2030 outlines 20 key actions our government will undertake in the 2020s to build a strong and growing province and ensure we remain on track to realize the 30 goals we look to achieve by 2030.
From supporting communities through $2.5 billion in revenue sharing to investing $30 billion in infrastructure and reducing surgical wait times, our new Growth Plan will ensure a strong economy, strong families and a stronger Saskatchewan.
Saskatchewan has always been a province of abundance and opportunity. Our province is home to natural resource wealth that is the envy of nations around the globe. Because of the hard work, optimism and innovation of its people, Saskatchewan has succeeded in overcoming obstacles and challenges.
Saskatchewan’s population has grown to its highest level in a century. There are more people working than at any time in our history. We are increasingly globally connected as a province – new Canadians from 180 countries call Saskatchewan home and our products are sold to 156 countries around the world.
Our agricultural and natural resources feed and fuel the world. Through innovation, we are increasing the growth and sustainability of our agricultural and resource industries.
Saskatchewan’s future economic success is increasingly dependent on knowledge and innovation. Rapid technological changes, including advancements in automation and artificial intelligence will continue to impact our economy over the next decade. Supporting the creation of innovative products and services, as well as the adoption of leading-edge processes for industry will help our industries stay competitive and open up new markets while contributing to new technologies and practices to help achieve the province’s climate-change goals.
Saskatchewan’s technology sector is a growth driver in our economy and an important future enabler of growth in our agriculture and resource sectors. The combination of existing research infrastructure and two new technological incubators has increased momentum in the province’s digital economy, making Saskatoon the second-fastest growing tech job market in Canada.
Our government’s plan is to triple the growth of Saskatchewan’s technology sector by 2030. This includes:
- Aggressively pursuing new measures to retain and attract large-scale tech employers in Saskatchewan to anchor the province’s technology ecosystem;
- Ensuring investors are aware and accessing Saskatchewan’s “Patent Box” incentive which reduces the corporate tax rate to six per cent for income taxes generated through the commercialization of innovation in Saskatchewan;
- Supporting the Saskatchewan Technology Start-up Incentive (STSI). Introduced in 2018, the STSI has addressed a need for capital investment in emerging startups in Saskatchewan. As of April 2019, 26 companies and 83 investors have been approved for tax credits that have triggered over $3 million in private investment;
- Supporting the Made-in-Saskatchewan Technology (MIST) program to allow companies access to public sector partners to test and refine their technologies and serve as a launching pad towards new sales and customers; and
- Positioning government as a test-bed and platform for the adoption of Saskatchewan-based technology to create made-in-Saskatchewan solutions to public sector challenges. This will assist technology entrepreneurs in our province to land their first major customer, validate their technology and commercialize their innovation – creating new businesses and jobs.
Examples of recent success and details of our government’s Growth Plan for the next decade can be found online at saskgrowthplan.ca.
Moose Jaw Express November 27, 2019
Saskatchewan Agricultural Manufacturing Is Growing
Saskatchewan’s Growth Plan for the Next Decade of Growth features 20 actions for the 2020s which will work to achieve 30 goals for 2030.
Growing our agricultural economy and adding value; increasing Saskatchewan-based processing of agricultural products and marketing products are among the key action items as we move into a new decade. Among our goals for 2030, is increasing crop production to 45 million metric tonnes and livestock cash receipts to $3 billion.
Each and every year, Saskatchewan’s agricultural and manufacturing strength is on display at Canadian Western Agribition – the best beef show on the continent and the largest livestock show in Canada is taking place all this week in Regina.
Since 1971, Agribition has strived to create and maintain an effective, hospitable and entertaining atmosphere to market our agriculture products and expertise to the world. The event hosts over 1,250 international guests from over 86 countries and showcases our livestock industries, including cattle, bison, alpaca, sheep, horses and stock dogs. Exhibits demonstrate our products and industries that may be in demand around the world.
Agribition isn’t just for farmers. It’s worth the visit just for the rodeo events, shopping, food, Indigenous entertainment and live music. Using live animals and interactive stations, the education program is very effective in teaching urban and rural youth about where the food on their table comes from. The program has taught thousands of school children the important role agriculture plays in the food industry.
The Government of Saskatchewan knows that the agriculture industry can continue to grow through the next decade, and will thrive even more with the right supports in place. That is why there is a financial commitment to Canadian Western Agribition to support its work with international buyers and developing markets. The province will provide funding up to $100,000 annually (2018-2023). Agribition’s market development program goals include increasing registered international buyers at the show and conducting outgoing missions to high-value markets.
At the same time that Agribition is going on, our province is celebrating Saskatchewan Manufacturing Week (November 25th to 29th). While Manufacturing week recognizes all manufacturing industries in Saskatchewan, we will see the work of some of our successful manufacturers of agricultural equipment on display during Agribition.
Nearly 40 per cent of Western Canada’s 11,000 farm and ranch implement manufacturing jobs are based in Saskatchewan. Located in the heart of the Canadian Prairies, Saskatchewan is well positioned to meet the needs of the agricultural equipment sector. Saskatchewan’s top-quality farm equipment can be found at work all around the world; from the United States, Australia, Mexico and Western Europe to Eastern Europe, South America, Kazakhstan, the Middle East and Africa.
Some of our world-class, innovative products include equipment for:
- Tillage and rock removal;
- Spraying and fertilizing;
- Livestock and forage;
- Zero- and minimum-tillage seeding; and
- Grain handling, storage and transportation.
We have agricultural manufacturers right in our local area. Doepker Industries manufactures grain handling equipment while, just down the road at Mortlach, Haukaas Manufacturing serves our agricultural industries with bale handling equipment and power lift doors. You would find both of these companies displaying their products at Agribition.
Manufacturing plays a key role in Saskatchewan, making up 7 per cent of the provincial GDP. Saskatchewan’s agri-food exports were valued at $13.4 billion in 2018.
We appreciate the hard work of our manufacturing industries and our agriculture industry. Their innovative practices and products help to feed the world. This is a key part of our government’s Growth Plan for a strong economy, strong communities, strong families and a stronger Saskatchewan.
Report from the Legislature November 21, 2019
Our province has seen unprecedented growth since 2007 and Saskatchewan’s new Growth Plan sets the stage for a strong, innovative economy that will drive growth over the next decade. The plan includes key goals, such as a growing province of 1.4 million people and a strong economy with 100,000 more jobs by 2030.
Saskatchewan’s plan to grow our exports by 50 per cent and build a stronger economy starts with a stronger international presence.
The Government of Saskatchewan is opening new international trade and investment offices in key markets to increase exports, attract more investment to the province and strengthen relationships with international partners and customers.
Recent trade actions in key markets have made it more important than ever to ensure we have on the ground presence to tell our story. In 2020-21, the Ministry of Trade and Export Development will open offices in Japan, India and Singapore.
Establishing these offices will allow the province to have officials on the ground with a focus on:
- diversifying markets;
- facilitating connections between our businesses and international buyers;
- increasing foreign direct investment;
- establishing ongoing relationships and business partnerships;
- and providing exporters an understanding of the business environment, rules and regulations in these markets.
Our economy and quality of life in Saskatchewan are dependent on trade and, as government, we play a vital role in helping to get our products to international markets. Our people, businesses and industries provide the products a growing world needs with a track record of environmental and economic sustainability. Having Saskatchewan staff in these offices will help ensure we are able to export our products across the globe.
Trade and Export Development Minister Jeremy Harrison is advocating for trade and improved market access for Saskatchewan exports, and highlighting investment opportunities on a trade mission to India this month. India is the world’s second-most populous country, with rapidly growing needs for food, fuel and fertilizer and Saskatchewan is well-positioned to help meet those needs.
Saskatchewan’s major exports to India have increased in the first eight months of this year compared to 2018, and we know there are further opportunities to improve market access for Saskatchewan products.
Saskatchewan has been one of Canada’s top exporters to India for the past decade, exporting mostly agricultural commodities and mineral products. In 2018, the province exported $629 million in goods to India, including potash, pulse crops, uranium and semi-chemical wood pulp.
The Government of Saskatchewan has also contracted global affairs firm Harper and Associates to support the province’s increased focus on international trade and engagement. Harper and Associates will provide guidance, advice and support to the provincial government on increasing and diversifying our exports, enhancing access to foreign markets for our products and attracting investment to the province. This includes assisting with strategies and planning for international missions.
Saskatchewan exports approximately 67 per cent of the products it produces. Total exports in 2018 were valued at approximately $31 billion. The province’s top exports include oil, potash, agricultural products and uranium.
Growth in exports are good for a growing province. It means new jobs and more opportunities for young people to realize their future here at home, while attracting skilled and entrepreneurial newcomers from around the world.
We want the absolute best quality of life for our province and that’s why, as part of Saskatchewan’s Growth Plan For the Next Decade, we are investing in targets and incentives that will grow our economy and strengthen our families and communities.
Moose Jaw Express November 20, 2019
Working Together for Better Health
The Festival of Trees – an event described as Moose Jaw’s “social event of the year” – is always a special weekend. This year, as always, volunteers and sponsors put on a stunning display to kick off the festive season, enjoyed by our community at the Festival of Trees Gala and the Sunday Brunch. More importantly, the Festival brings together the business community and volunteers to help the Moose Jaw Health Foundation raise funds for new state-of-the-art medical equipment to save lives at our hospital.
No charitable event has raised more funds for healthcare in Moose Jaw than Festival of Trees. Over the last 27 years, this event has raised over $4,000,000. Money raised at this year’s Festival of Trees will go towards bringing the next generation of mammography to our community. Every dollar raised at Festival of Trees will stay in Moose Jaw to help in the early detection of breast cancer.
Good health for the people of Saskatchewan requires everyone doing their part, from each of us making healthy lifestyle choices, to organizations like the Moose Jaw Health Foundation, to the Saskatchewan Ministry of Health. The work of the Moose Jaw Health Foundation is a wonderful example of working together for the best health care possible.
Lieutenant Governor Mirasty gave significant attention to health care in the recent Throne Speech. As it should be, there is discussion on health care initiatives during every legislative session. Health care is the biggest expense item in the provincial budget.
In the Throne Speech, it was noted that since 2007 health care funding has more than doubled. Since that time, there are about 3,800 more nurses and nearly 900 more doctors practicing across the province. We have opened five new or replacement hospitals, 13 long-term care centres, and funded 20 additional major capital projects. The inadequacies of the old Union Hospital became nothing more than a memory after the Dr. F.H. Wigmore Regional Hospital opened in Moose Jaw in 2015.
Since the Throne Speech, MLAs have approved the investment of $10 million to reduce surgical wait times. Approximately 1,700 additional surgeries will be performed before the end of March 2020. The Saskatchewan Surgical Initiative, introduced in 2010, experienced great success in providing surgical care over a five-year period. Wait times have been increasing again due to additional patients needing surgery, not due to fewer surgeries being performed in Saskatchewan.
To protect the health of our youth, amendments to The Tobacco Control Act were passed unanimously by the Legislative Assembly, allowing the province to move quickly to ensure regulation of vaping and vaping products is in line with existing tobacco legislation.
Your Saskatchewan Party elected representatives at the Legislature will continue to strive for the best possible health care for the people of Saskatchewan.
Thank you to everyone involved in the Moose Jaw Health Foundation and the Festival of Trees for doing their part, and far more, to save lives and bring comfort to patients and their families.
Report from the Legislature November 14, 2019
Saskatchewan has a Growth Plan for the next decade.
The plan is a roadmap for a growing province of 1.4 million people and a strong economy with 100,000 more jobs.
The purpose of growth and our government’s Growth Plan is to build a better quality of life for Saskatchewan people – to build strong communities and strong families – and to grow a stronger Saskatchewan now, and for the next decade.
Over the next decade, business and investment growth will create stronger communities, while adding value to the products we export around the world will support the growth of new industries and new investment in our province.
Technology and innovation will be a catalyst for growth in our core economic sectors and growing diversification of our economy. Growth will create new jobs and more opportunities for young people to realize their future in our province, while attracting skilled and entrepreneurial newcomers from around the world.
These are just some of the benefits of a growing province over the next decade.
Since 2007, the benefits of population and economic growth in the province have provided the ability to make substantial investments in infrastructure and services that Saskatchewan people expect in their communities. Strong growth has also provided the means to invest in better supports for seniors and vulnerable people across the province while reducing taxes and making life more affordable for Saskatchewan families.
While growth brings challenges, it also provides new opportunities to build on the investments that have been undertaken since 2007. Recognizing the importance of ensuring investments are affordable within a balanced budget, the Government of Saskatchewan will continue to invest in our communities and families to improve their quality of life as the province and economy grows over the next decade.
20 Actions for the 2020s
- Growing our population by keeping more young people in Saskatchewan and increasing immigration to the province;
- Maintaining a competitive tax environment and undertaking SaskFirst new growth tax incentives;
- Growing Saskatchewan exports and core exporting sectors, such as manufacturing;
- Engaging internationally to secure access and expand international markets for Saskatchewan products;
- Growing Saskatchewan’s agricultural economy;
- Adding value and increasing Saskatchewan-based processing of the province’s agricultural products;
- Growing Saskatchewan’s oil, gas and natural resource economy;
- Promoting the quality and sustainability of Saskatchewan’s agricultural and natural resource exports;
- Creating opportunities by reducing interprovincial barriers to trade;
- Growing Indigenous participation in the economy through the growth of Saskatchewan’s natural resource industries and labour market development;
- Expanding Saskatchewan’s export infrastructure;
- Supporting the transformation of Saskatchewan’s economy through innovation and technology and the growth of Saskatchewan’s technology sector;
- Developing Saskatchewan’s labour force;
- Growing small businesses and reducing government red tape for businesses;
- Delivering on Saskatchewan’s climate change plan to reduce carbon emissions;
- Reducing carbon emissions in electricity production and advancing the development of zero-emission small modular reactor technology using Saskatchewan uranium;
- Keeping the province’s finances strong and the budget balanced;
- Building strong communities by investing in infrastructure;
- Delivering on the purpose of growth by ensuring growth builds a better quality of life for Saskatchewan families and communities; and
- Always standing up for Saskatchewan.
30 Goals for 2030
- 4 million people living in Saskatchewan;
- 100,000 new jobs;
- Grow private capital investment in Saskatchewan to $16 billion annually;
- Increase the value of exports by 50 per cent;
- Grow the number of international markets to which Saskatchewan exports more than $1 billion;
- Grow Saskatchewan’s agri-food exports to $20 billion;
- Increase crop production to 45 million metric tonnes and livestock cash receipts to $3 billion;
- Expand irrigation in Saskatchewan;
- Increase agriculture value-added revenue to $10 billion;
- Crush 75 per cent of the canola Saskatchewan produces in Saskatchewan;
- Process 50 per cent of the pulse crops Saskatchewan produces in Saskatchewan;
- Double meat processing and animal feed value-added revenue to more than $1 billion;
- Increase oil production by 25 per cent to 600,000 barrels per day;
- Increase the annual value of potash sales to $9 billion;
- Double the growth of Saskatchewan’s forestry sector;
- Grow Indigenous participation in Saskatchewan’s natural resource industries;
- Triple the growth of Saskatchewan’s technology sector;
- Increase the value of Saskatchewan manufacturing exports by 50 per cent;
- Increase tourist expenditures in Saskatchewan by 50 per cent;
- Enhance oil recovery, carbon capture utilization and storage and position Saskatchewan as the best place in North America to test, commercialize and scale new oil and gas technologies;
- Invest $30 billion in infrastructure over the next decade;
- Build and upgrade 10,000 kilometres of highways;
- Expand Saskatchewan’s export infrastructure;
- Keep the budget balanced;
- Keep Saskatchewan’s debt-to-economic growth (GDP) ratio within the top three in Canada;
- Deliver on Saskatchewan’s climate change strategy, Prairie Resilience;
- Advance development of zero-emission small modular reactor technology;
- Support communities through $2.5 billion in revenue sharing; and
- Reduce surgical wait times to a three-month target.
You can learn more about The Next Decade of Growth in Saskatchewan online at saskgrowthplan.ca.
Moose Jaw Express November 13, 2019
Skilled Trades Power Our Province
The first week of November was recognized across Canada as National Skilled Trades and Technology Week. A welcome announcement made during Skilled Trades and Technology Week was even more cause for celebration. I was very pleased to hear the good news that the SaskPower natural gas power plant in Moose Jaw will go ahead.
The natural gas plant will help us reach our goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The plant will use combined cycle gas turbine technology that is proven and highly efficient, with less emissions than coal-powered plants.
We will see the work of many of our skilled tradespeople during construction of the plant. The plant is expected to employ up to 500 workers during construction and 25 employees once it is operational.
Skilled trades and technology workers are incredibly talented and perform work that has a real impact on our everyday lives. Many of those highly skilled workers were trained here at the Moose Jaw Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus.
The Ministry of Advanced Education sets out to develop a skilled and educated workforce that meets the needs of Saskatchewan’s labour market. The ministry works with the private sector, educational institutions and community organizations to develop, retain and attract skilled workers.
Under that Ministry, Saskatchewan Polytechnic delivers 180 programs through four campuses in the province. They provide certificate, diploma and degree programs and apprenticeship technical training as well as distance education opportunities. In this academic year, 16,008 students attend SaskPolytechnic, with 2,791 in Moose Jaw. Ninety-four percent of recent graduates found employment within six months to a year after graduating.
The presence of SaskPolytechnic in Moose Jaw contributes a lot to our community and our economy. It had its beginnings in 1959 when Saskatchewan Technical Institute (STI) opened in the former Teachers’ College with 26 employees and 526 students enrolled in technology, industrial, apprenticeship, unemployed training and upgrading programs. The first STI graduation was held on April 28, 1961 with 17 graduates from the Civil Engineering Technology program and 16 graduates from the Radio and Television Servicing program. An expansion opened in November of 1983. Moose Jaw was known around the province as the home of STI.
In 1988, all the Science and Technology Institutions in the province came together as “SIAST”, the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology. What had been referred to by Moose Jaw locals for many years as “STI” became “SIAST – Palliser Campus”. In 2014, SIAST was officially relaunched as Saskatchewan Polytechnic. Our location that has been serving trades and technology students for 60 years is now known as Saskatchewan Polytechnic – Moose Jaw Campus.
Close to 3,000 students arrive here every school year looking for housing, food, and leisure activities. In recent years, there are more international students, adding to the cultural diversity of our city. The students participate in community events that benefit others. Staff support our local businesses, own homes and contribute to our economy.
All this is a result of successfully training students in Skilled Trades and Technology. Our cities and our province have grown with the contributions of these well-trained workers. Their training and skills will continue to be very important as we look forward to the next decade of growth.
From the Desk of Warren Michelson November 8, 2019
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|PLEASE NOTE: Our office will be closed Monday, November 11, 2019 for Remembrance Day.|
Thank you to the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 59
They have organized the 101st Remembrance Day Service & Parade of Veterans.
Please honour those who have served, and those who are serving, by attending the Service on Monday, November 11 at Mosaic Place. Those attending are asked to be seated by 10:30 am.
Province Holds Service Of Remembrance
For Public ServantsToday, Premier Scott Moe gathered with dignitaries, veterans and members of the Saskatchewan public service in the Rotunda of the Legislative Building to remember public servants who have given their lives in times of war and to commemorate the eightieth anniversary of the beginning of the Second World War.The service payed tribute to those who heeded the call to protect our country and sacrificed their lives for our freedom.
“Eighty years ago, brave men and women from Saskatchewan and across Canada stood together to defend our country during the Second World War,” Moe said. “Too many of them never made it home. Today, we remember those who fell and those who returned home, all of whom fought to ensure our freedom.”
SaskPower Moving Forward with
Moose Jaw Natural Gas Plant Following Review
There was great news for Moose Jaw on Thursday that the SaskPower natural gas power plant will go ahead. Minister responsible for SaskPower, Dustin Duncan, announced that the company has completed its review of new federal regulations and decided to proceed with the project. In spite of changing federal regulations, building the gas plant at Moose Jaw remains the most economic choice for SaskPower.For more information, see
Moose Jaw ANAVETS
Benefit From Program To Support Veterans
The Saskatchewan Veterans Service Club Support Program is well-received by the military service clubs it is intended to help. The $100,000 program, announced last November by Premier Scott Moe, is fully subscribed, with 25 organizations receiving funding grants to tackle much-needed repairs and upgrades to buildings and equipment. Moose Jaw ANAVETS was one of the recipients.
The program was implemented as part of the 2019-20 budget to provide funding grants to registered, non-profit military service clubs, Legion branches and ANAVETS units based in Saskatchewan. The grant program strengthens and contributes to the long-term sustainability of military service clubs as well as engage, promote and inspire not only the veterans, but their families and communities.
“These funds have been put to good use across the province and have provided sustainability to branches and units,” Royal Canadian Legion Saskatchewan Command President Keith Andrews said. “We thank the provincial government for honouring the sacrifices of those who provided us with our freedom.”
The Legion and ANAVETS are an integral part of Saskatchewan communities. The program repairs and upgrades allow for military clubs to continue serving as community hubs, to support the important work of veterans and to help keep the memory of fallen heroes alive.
Congratulations to the Vanier Spirits
Provincial Capital Commission Marks
75th Anniversary Of D-Day With
Veteran Care Packages
Veteran Care Packages were distributed at Government House in an annual ceremony on Thursday. Provincial Military Liaison and Moose Jaw-Wakamow MLA Greg Lawrence marked 75 years since Canadian soldiers stormed the beaches of Normandy with a century-old tradition of care packages for soldiers.
“During the First and Second World War, a popular activity in North America was to send care kits of stitchery, knitting, letters and snacks to soldiers on the front lines to raise morale and thank them for protecting our rights and freedoms at home,” Lawrence said. “Today, we continue to mark the sacrifice and service of our Canadian Forces by providing modern care kits to veterans.”
The Provincial Capital Commission leads this initiative in partnership with the Regina Stitchery Guild, Royal Canadian Legion and the UnderstandUs mental health initiative. Kits include a letter of thanks and encouragement, hand-crafted scarf and cross-stitch ornament, UnderstandUs ball cap and the information cards How to Help Yourself and How to Help Others.
“This is another opportunity for us all to highlight the importance of good mental health,” Lawrence said. “For veterans, for seniors, and for all Saskatchewan citizens, mental health is not an absolute. As with physical health, there are levels of mental health and everyone should take the time to take care of themselves and seek help without stigma when they need it.”
Veterans gathered at a small ceremony at Government House today. The ceremony served two purposes: to honor their service and distribute the care kits.
The business launch took place Tuesday at noon and it was inspiring to see these young students take on such challenges to gain the knowledge of managing business.
Government Works To Establish Committee
On Class Size And Composition
Today, Deputy Premier and Education Minister Gordon Wyant released terms of reference to education sector partners that will be used to develop a framework to guide class size and composition practices in Prekindergarten to Grade 12 classrooms.
The Ministry of Education will work to establish the Provincial Committee on Class Size and Composition and host the first meeting before the end of the month.
“I have heard from parents, teachers and staff that our classrooms are more complex than ever,” Wyant said. “I look forward to the work of this committee helping to develop solutions to guide class size and composition planning in our schools.”
The Provincial Committee on Class Size and Composition will be comprised of representatives from various education partners, including:
The committee will be expected to construct a framework on class size and composition with the intention of implementing recommendations for the 2020-21 school year.
Saskatchewan Granted Leave To Intervene In Trans Mountain Appeal
Saskatchewan has been granted leave to intervene in the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion hearing before the Federal Court of Appeal in support of the pipeline’s construction.
Saskatchewan will be intervening in support of the federal government by arguing that the project was properly approved. The Federal Court will hear arguments on whether the federal government adequately consulted with First Nations.
“Saskatchewan will make submissions to the Federal Court of Appeal on the need to fairly balance the duty to consult with other matters of public interest, such as transportation infrastructure,” Justice Minister and Attorney General Don Morgan said. “Projects like Trans Mountain create a stronger economy that allow the federal and provincial governments to invest in programs and initiatives like health and education.”
Saskatchewan supports the construction of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. Without new pipeline capacity, demand for rail transportation will continue to increase, putting cost pressures on to oil producers as well as other rail-transport dependent industries, such as the agriculture and mining sectors.
In a keynote speech to the National Coalition of Chiefs Energy and Natural Resources Summit in Calgary today, Saskatchewan Energy and Resources Minister Bronwyn Eyre spoke to the importance of the Trans Mountain Expansion project for landlocked provinces such as Saskatchewan and the opportunities for greater participation from Indigenous communities on natural resource projects.
In 2018, the lack of access to tidewater cost Saskatchewan producers approximately $3.7 billion in lost revenue and cost the Government of Saskatchewan $250 million in lost taxes, royalties and other revenue. The proposed $9.3 billion Trans Mountain Expansion Project would increase capacity from 300,000 barrels per day to 890,000 barrels per day, providing significant benefit to landlocked Canadian producers.
The hearing is scheduled for December.
Saskatchewan becomes a Full Member of the Midwestern Council of State Governments
I was honoured to meet with Michael H. McCabe, the Director of the Midwestern Legislative Office.
The meeting on Wednesday was to formally enter Saskatchewan into the Midwestern Council of State Governments. The goal of the Midwestern Council of State Governments is to work together with Midwestern States and Canadian Provinces for better legislative policies.
Skilled Trades And Technology Week
Monday kicked off Skilled Trades and Technology Week in Saskatchewan. The Government of Saskatchewan has proclaimed November 3-10 as Skilled Trades and Technology Week to align with National Skilled Trades and Technology Week, which is being recognized across Canada.
“The Government of Saskatchewan is proud to recognize Skilled Trades and Technology Week in Saskatchewan,” Immigration and Career Training Minister Jeremy Harrison said. “Those working in the skilled trades and technology fields are incredibly talented and they perform work that has a real impact on our everyday lives.”
Both the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC) and Skills Canada Saskatchewan support the proclamation of Skilled Trades and Technology Week in Saskatchewan.
Tobacco Control Act To Limit Vaping Passed
Amendments to The Tobacco Control Act were passed unanimously by the Legislative Assembly allowing the province to move quickly to ensure regulation of vaping and vaping products is in line with existing tobacco legislation.
Introduced on November 5, the amendments in Bill 182 will:
A Wintery November Sunrise
WHAT’S HAPPENING IN MOOSE JAW
Friday, November 8, 2019
What: Cornerstone Christian School presents ANNIE
What: Moose Jaw Warriors Home Game vs Winnipeg
Saturday, November 9, 2019
What: Central Lutheran Church Fall Craft Sale
What: Christmas Craft & Bake Sale
What: In Remembrance – Western Development Museum
What: Cornerstone Christian School presents ANNIE
What: Moose Jaw Warriors Home Game vs Swift Current
What: Town and Country Singles Dance with “Just Us”
Monday, November 11, 2019
What: Army, Navy & Airforce Veterans Open House
What: Royal Canadian Legion Open House
Friday, Nov. 15
Saturday, Nov. 16
What: Festival of Trees
Sunday, Nov. 17
Saturday, Nov. 23
Report from the Legislature November 7, 2019
Your Saskatchewan Party government is committed to reducing the length of time people are waiting for surgery.
Reducing surgical wait times has long been a priority for our government, dating back to the successful Saskatchewan Surgical Initiative which took the longest surgical wait times in Canada to among the very shortest.
Wait times in Saskatchewan have been increasing again due to additional patients needing surgery, not due to fewer surgeries being performed in Saskatchewan. We will work to improve wait times for patients through $10 million in new funding.
Approximately 1,700 additional surgeries will be performed before the end of March 2020. These surgeries include cataracts, hip and knee replacements, gynecological surgeries, dental, and ear nose throat procedures.
The number of Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI) cardiac procedures will also grow by 60 per cent. TAVI is an option for patients who require aortic valve replacement and are not candidates for open-heart surgery.
To meet the March 2020 target, the Saskatchewan Health Authority will increase surgical hours in hospitals and also increase contracted volumes with third-party facilities. While the majority of surgeries will occur in Regina and Saskatoon where some of the longest wait times exist, they will be expanded to other centres as well.
In addition to action on surgical waits, we have unanimously passed amendments to The Tobacco Control Act. This allows the province to move quickly to ensure regulation of vaping and vaping products is in line with existing tobacco legislation.
Introduced on November 5, the amendments in Bill 182 will:
- restrict the sale of vapour/e-cigarette devices and products to individuals 18 years of age and older;
- prohibit the display of vapour/e-cigarette products in a retail business where young persons have access;
- restrict the use of vapour/e-cigarette products in and around public buildings, including schools and school grounds, in the same manner as our provincial tobacco legislation;
- prohibit the sale of vapour/e-cigarette products from specified facilities such as amusement parks, arcades, and theatres where youth frequent; and
- restrict advertising of vapour/e-cigarette products in the same manner as tobacco products by prohibiting advertising signs and promotional signs in areas where young persons can enter.
Quick passage of this legislation demonstrates how important it is to further protect our youth from vaping. We look forward to consulting with partners and health stakeholders on the regulations and how best to address flavoured vaping products.
In the coming months, the Ministry of Health will proceed with the necessary supporting regulations to address both the restrictions on vaping and vaping products and the enforcement. New signage prohibiting vaping will be made available for public buildings, retail locations and school properties.
It is anticipated that The Tobacco Control Act amendments and supporting regulations will be in force in early 2020.
Your Saskatchewan Party government has more than doubled health care funding since 2007, and our focus on recruiting and retaining medical professionals has resulted in about 3,800 more nurses and nearly 900 more doctors practicing across the province.
We have invested over $1.6 billion into needed health care infrastructure. These funds have allowed our government to open five new or replacement hospitals, 13 long-term care centres, and fund 20 additional major capital projects.
Earlier this year, our government announced that the Weyburn Hospital replacement project and the Prince Albert Victoria Hospital redevelopment project will be entering their final planning stages.
In March, our government delivered on its commitment to mental health with the 284-bed Saskatchewan Hospital North Battleford and, for the first time ever, Saskatchewan has its own children’s hospital – the new Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital in Saskatoon.
From record funding for mental health and addictions services to enhanced supports for seniors and those living with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, health care remains a top priority for our government. We will continue to prioritize program spending and strengthen health care for all Saskatchewan people.