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From the Desk of Warren Michelson February 21, 2020

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EARLY MORNING PRACTICE AT 15 WING

Criminal Record Checks Required For Name Change

Saskatchewan will now require a criminal record check for someone requesting a name change, and is the first province that may reject a request for a name change because of certain criminal offences.

Amendments have been made to the regulations for The Change of Name Act, 1995, that introduce criminal record checks as part of the change of name application process for anyone 18 years of age and older.

“These changes are about helping to protect the most vulnerable in our society,” Justice Minister and Attorney General Don Morgan said.  “We don’t believe sexual offenders should be able to change their name to avoid public disclosure and scrutiny.”

More than 20 different offences would prohibit the person from getting a name change.

Most of the offences are offences against children.  However, some of these offences, such as sexual assault and incest, can be committed against children and adults.

The offences are the ones that require registration in the National Sex Offender Registry.  The designated offences are set out in subsection 490.011(1) of the Criminal Code.  The change of name requirements are posted on eHealth Saskatchewan’s website.

If there is no criminal record showing on the criminal record check, the change of name may be processed.

If any of the criminal record checks show a criminal record or is inconclusive, then that person will need to be fingerprinted and provide the Registrar of Vital Statistics with a further criminal record check that shows the offences.


THE KINSMEN CLUB TURNS 100 YEARS OLD

Kin Canada celebrated 100 years of service on Thursday February 20th. The service is made up of dedicated volunteers who serve their community’s needs.


Unfortunately I was unable to make it to the flag raising in Moose Jaw and at the Legislative Building.  I was an active Kinsmen for many years and appreciate all they do for their community and for Saskatchewan. I worked on the original Telemiracle and several community projects back a few years ago,  before I moved to Moose Jaw.

Congratulations on celebrating 100 years in service and thank you for all you do for our community and province. 

SANDRA SCHMIRLER TELETHON

I was pleased to be part of the Sandra Schmirler telethon during the Scotties Tournament of Hearts .


Saskatchewan Releases New Aquatic Invasive Species Strategy

Today, Environment Minister Dustin Duncan introduced the Government of Saskatchewan’s new Aquatic Invasive Species Strategy during an address to the Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation’s (SWF) annual convention in Weyburn.  The new framework is designed to help the province prevent, address and manage aquatic invasive species (AIS) threats.

The ministry and the SWF are partners on the province’s AIS Task Force – which focuses on additional education and monitoring activities – along with other government agencies, conservation groups, non-government organizations and universities.


“This strategy emphasizes the need for collaboration and co-ordination with provincial and federal government agencies, non-government organizations and neighbouring jurisdictions to prevent the introduction and spread of high-risk aquatic invasive species,” Duncan said.

AIS, such as zebra and quagga mussels, threaten lakes and rivers in Western Canada.  They can severely affect aquatic habitat, fisheries, valuable recreational resources and important infrastructure for irrigation, power generation and municipal water supplies.


In recent years, the ministry has significantly increased its AIS prevention efforts, with a primary focus on education and awareness.


“We recently announced that no invasive mussels had been detected in Saskatchewan waters in 2019,” Duncan said.  “That is a positive step, and it speaks to the approach we’ve been taking in Saskatchewan.  But we know more work needs to be done, and that diligence on this front needs to be unrelenting for us to remain free from this threat.”


Saskatchewan also partners with the Canada Border Services Agency and other provincial and territorial governments to co-ordinate prevention efforts across Western Canada.


The province’s new AIS Strategy, as well as further information about AIS and fishing, is available online at 
https://www.saskatchewan.ca/residents/environment-public-health-and-safety/wildlife-issues/invasive-species/aquatic-invasive-species-prevention-program

SCOTTIES TOURNAMENT OF HEARTS
SASKATCHEWAN TEAM 
HOLY TRINITY SCHOOL BOARD MEETING

CORONER RAISES PUBLIC SAFETY CONCERN



The Saskatchewan Coroners Service is urging the public to be aware of the danger of illicit or street drugs following two deaths in Regina.


The deaths remain under investigation by the Saskatchewan Coroners Service and Regina Police.


However, preliminary toxicology indicates lethal levels of fentanyl and methamphetamine.


“We know that this can be a fatal combination and that anyone who uses streets drugs is at risk of an overdose,” Chief Coroner Clive Weighill said.


The Regina Police Service says it is aware of 67 instances of non-fatal drug overdoses in Regina since January 1, 2020, in addition to the two deaths currently under investigation.


Saskatchewan residents who are at risk of an opioid overdose or those who might witness an opioid overdose, such as friends and family of people who use opioids, are eligible for a free Take Home Naloxone kit and training on how to use it.


People can find a Take Home Naloxone program near them by visiting
www.saskatchewan.ca/opioids or calling HealthLine 811.  Naloxone reverses the effects of an opioid overdose temporarily, restoring breathing in a few minutes.


It’s important to note that Naloxone treatment itself does not replace the need to seek immediate medical attention.  Call 911 immediately if you suspect an overdose.

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN MOOSE JAW

Friday, February 21, 2020

What: Scotties Tournament of Hearts
Time:  All Day
Place:  Mosaic

Saturday, February 22, 2020

What: Scotties Tournament of Hearts
Time:  All Day
Place:  Mosaic

What: MJ Homegrown Farmer’s Market
Time: 10:00 a.m. 
Place: Heritage Inn

What: Mozart & Rossini
Time:  7:30 pm
Place: Government House

Sunday, February 23, 2020

What: Scotties Tournament of Hearts
Time:  All Day
Place:  Mosaic

What: Moose Jaw Hometown Farmers Market
Time:  10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Place:  Heritage Inn

What: Mozart & Rossini
Time:  2:00 pm
Place: Government House

UPCOMING EVENTS:

February 25, 2020

What: U.C.W. Shrove Tuesday Pancake & Sausage Lunch
Time:  11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. 
Place: St. Andrew’s United Church Social Hall, 60 St. E. 
Cost: $8.00

What: Pancake Breakfast
Time: Noon
Place: Salvation Army Thrift Store Lower Level, 175 1st Ave. NE
Cost: $5.00

Moose Jaw Express February 19, 2020

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Moose Jaw Comes Together for The Scotties

I find it encouraging when I see how our community comes together for a special event like the Scotties Tournament of Hearts. The volunteer support and community involvement include individuals of all ages and all levels of organization right up to the provincial government.

I appreciate the dedicated efforts of the people that make this an exciting and successful event. There is a long list of sponsors, many who have taken on leadership roles to ensure things run smoothly. I especially want to thank over 400 volunteers who set aside time to make this a pleasant and enjoyable occasion for the teams, visitors and local residents.

Our local businesses are supporting the tournament in a big way.  There is a tremendous show of cooperation from a variety of partners to make this successful and memorable. The Chamber of Commerce, Tourism Moose Jaw, the City of Moose Jaw and the Downtown Business Association worked together to promote The Scotties. The City of Moose Jaw is offering free City Transit rides for fans and volunteers; just show your event ticket or volunteer badge. Businesses have enthusiastically participated in the Scotties Window Mural contest, promoting the Scotties spirit all around town. Eight restaurants and lounges are acting as “houses” for visiting fans, representing different regions competing at the Scotties. This is a great opportunity to hang out at the restaurant that is the “house” of your favourite team.

I’m always pleased to welcome our Premier to Moose Jaw. Premier Scott Moe was here this past Friday and Saturday for the Opening Ceremonies, and to be a part of an event that showcases not only our city but also our province to the rest of Canada. I know he appreciated Moose Jaw’s hospitality and the great curling.

The management and staff of Mosaic Place deserve huge recognition and appreciation. Their work for the Scotties Tournament of Hearts started many months ago, and they will be wrapping up the final details for weeks after the last rock is in the house.

We’re now about halfway through the tournament.  Spectators from across the country have been watching the best women’s curling in Canada. In spite of this week being a school break, 27 different schools and youth groups are attending. Primary Eye Care Centre provided tickets to senior homes around Moose Jaw to enable more seniors to attend.

Visitors and Moose Jaw residents are enjoying lots of other entertainment along with the actual curling games. The HeartStop Lounge has nightly entertainment, lasting well after the final shot of the evening games. There are theme days, like Sask Spirit Sunday, and Prairie Plaid Day.

All this effort adds a lot of spirit and enthusiasm in our city, and also provides a significant economic benefit for the entire region. We hope you take advantage of some of the many activities and watch some world class curling.

Welcome to all the teams, sponsors, media personnel, and fans who are visiting our city.  I know that in true Moose Jaw fashion, you’ll find great prairie hospitality in our friendly City, and you’ll go home with great memories of top-notch competition, along with notorious fun and celebration.

From the Desk of Warren Michelson February 14, 2020

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Happy Valentine’s Day !

Welcome to all Participants and Visitors.
Thank you to sponsors, organizers and volunteers.
If you haven’t already taken in a game, join the fun
and watch some great curling.

MOOSE JAW WARRIORS HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES

An entertaining evening of gracious appreciation of talent, respect and achievement of our Moose Jaw Warriors and three of our best in on ice stars along with gratitude in the builders category.

Congratulations to the 2020 inductees into the Warriors & Legends Hall of Fame:
Lorne Humphreys (builder)
Harlan Anderson. 1999-2003
Chris Armstrong. 1991-1995

Family Day Fun At Government House

Discover What Family Time Was Like Before It Included Screens!

Go back in time this Family Day with historical games, crafts and activities at Government House.  Drop by between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Monday, February 17 for traditions and family fun from over 100 years ago, including board games, puppet shows and snacks.

“Government House provides an exciting glimpse into the traditions and customs of the past,” Minister Responsible for the Provincial Capital Commission Lori Carr said.  “These Family Day activities are a perfect opportunity for families to learn about Saskatchewan’s rich history, while having fun and spending quality time together.”

Between 10 a.m. and Noon and again from 1:30 to 3 p.m., vintage board games from Boards n’ Beanz café will be on-site to give families a taste of entertainment from the past.  Staff will be present to explain the rules of each game, share a history of the games and how they were played.

Puppet Theatre was a popular form of Victorian entertainment, and guests are invited to join Wide Open Children’s Theatre for a 20-minute puppet show.  Performances are scheduled for 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.  Admission is free of charge and guests are welcome to stay or come and go as they please.

About Government House and the Edwardian Gardens:
Government House is a Provincial Heritage Property and National Historic Site and is bursting with over 125 years’ worth of stories and history.  Government House provides visitors an accessible historic place to preserve, promote and celebrate Saskatchewan’s living heritage.  Government House is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday.  Admission is free.

South Saskatchewan Wildlife Assoc held an open house at the Sportsmen Centre.
Thanks to Al Dailey for providing information on all aspects of the assocoation: hunting, fishing, tri-athalon information, the process of obtaining a firearms license; and the pistol shooting range.
Safety, knowledge, respect and the appreciation of this sport is evident throughout.
Thank you.

Report from the Legislature


Saskatchewan has seen steady job growth for 18 consecutive months – growth that shows our economy is resilient and providing opportunities in a province that continues to enjoy the longest and strongest sustained population growth since the 1920s.


Last year, my colleagues and I canvassed our constituents for ideas on how we can keep Saskatchewan moving in the right direction. In November, we officially unveiled Saskatchewan’s Growth Plan for The Next Decade of Growth 2020-2030.


We’ve got work to do to ensure we have a strong economy to support strong communities and strong families, and that’s the essence of our new plan which aims to create 100,000 jobs and grow our population to 1.4 million people.


The past decade provides plenty of examples of how a growing Saskatchewan is a strong Saskatchewan. Our population has grown by more than 170,000 people because our economy has grown with nearly new 80,000 jobs and over $180 billion in capital investment.


In spite of economic headwinds, there is momentum in our major and emerging industries. Production and exports continue to climb, increasing by more than 60 per cent, with Saskatchewan product shipping to more than 150 countries around the world. This growth has given us a greater ability to invest in our overall quality of life.


Our government has made the largest investment in infrastructure in the province’s history – more than $30 billion.


There is a new hospital in Moose Jaw, and new hospitals being planned for Weyburn and Prince Albert. We recently opened the new Saskatchewan Hospital in North Battleford and the new Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital in Saskatoon.


There are 42 new schools in communities across the province with new elementary schools on the way in Regina, Saskatoon and Moose Jaw.


More than 14,000 kilometres of road have been built or upgraded while major projects, like the Regina Bypass, have greatly improved public safety.


Hundreds of millions of dollars have been invested in water and waste water projects – treatment plants, lagoon expansions, reservoir expansions and lift stations. We have undertaken – collectively – the most significant upgrade of water and waste water infrastructure in the province’s history, with more work to do.


We understand that significant capital investment is crucial to building strong communities. That is why in next month’s budget, we will see one of the largest investments in provincial infrastructure in the history of our province. At the same time, we will also see Saskatchewan’s largest investment in municipal infrastructure.


In the upcoming fiscal year, Saskatchewan municipalities will receive record revenue sharing. Overall funding under the municipal revenue sharing program will increase to a record of $278 million – nearly an 11 per cent increase in 2020-21 from the current fiscal year, and almost a 119 per cent increase from the 2007-08 fiscal year.


Municipal revenue sharing has provided municipalities a stable and predictable source of provincial revenue and our government is proud to continue supporting key local priorities that help lay the foundation for a growing Saskatchewan.


Strong communities and strong families are a major focus of our government’s Growth Plan. This coming Family Day weekend (February 15-17, 2020), I encourage you to seek out opportunities to enjoy time with family.


Special activities to mark the occasion are planned for communities across the province. The holiday weekend is also a great time to give ice fishing a try with no license required. You can learn more online at Saskatchewan.ca/fishing.
HOLY TRINITY SCHOOL BOARD MEETING

Celebrate Indigenous Storytelling Month At The Rsm

At the Royal Saskatchewan Museum (RSM) and across the province, it is Indigenous Storytelling Month – a wonderful time to step out of the cold and immerse yourself in magical storytelling and other fun and engaging activities.


“The Royal Saskatchewan Museum excels in programming around significant themes in Indigenous culture,” Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Gene Makowsky said.  “February is storytelling month and is an excellent opportunity for people in Saskatchewan to learn about and enjoy Indigenous culture through oral history and imaginative stories.”

Traditionally, storytelling was important during the long nights of the winter months.  It was both a form of entertainment and among the important ways Elders passed along teachings to the young.  In southern Saskatchewan, the month of February in Cree is mikisiwipîsim for the Eagle Moon and for Cree speakers in the north it is the Great Moon or kisîpîsim.


To celebrate this month, the RSM is hosting a variety of programming and events.


Indigenous Storytelling – Monday, February 17, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.  Special Family Day activities begin with storytelling in the auditorium led by Elder Hazel Dixon.  Each session will be approximately 30-40 minutes long.  Elder Dixon has spent the first half of the month speaking with hundreds of students through the RSM’s school programming.  Indigenous Storytelling is made possible through the Traditional Knowledge Keepers Program sponsored by the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation through a gift to the Friends of the Royal Saskatchewan Museum.

Indoor Ice Fishing – Tuesday, February 18 to Sunday, February 23, daily from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Drop in each afternoon from February 18 to 23 and try your luck in our Family Week Fishing Hole.  Take a series of challenges to identify your fish and don’t forget to take a photo with your “catch”.


Did you know the largest Lake Trout in the world came from Saskatchewan waters?  Come see our model of the 46.27 kilos (102 lbs.) record holder.  The biggest one that didn’t get away!


School Break Week – Starting on Sunday, February 16, the RSM will welcome children and families during school break week, with popular attractions such as the Paleo-Pit, a scavenger hunt and the amazing CN T.rex Gallery, home to Scotty, the largest T. rex ever discovered!  Who could, by the way, swallow the largest Lake Trout in one big gulp!


For more information about the RSM, programming, or to learn how you can support the RSM’s world class research and programming, visit 
https://royalsaskmuseum.ca/, Facebook (@Royal.Saskatchewan.Museum), Twitter (@royalsaskmuseum) or Instagram (@RoyalSaskMuseum).


The RSM, located at 2445 Albert Street, is open daily from 9:30 a.m. until 5 p.m.  Visit. Donate. Discover.


Skating with William
It took a while to clean the ice, but my grandson William and I had a fast skating, hard shooting & checking hockey game to enjoy the afternoon.
I’m not going to say who won!

Coronavirus Information For Public And Healthcare Providers At Saskatchewan.ca

During an event like Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19), the role of public health is to limit the spread of an illness through surveillance, containment and education.  The best personal protection against novel coronavirus is informed, evidence-based information.

Whether a member of the public or a healthcare provider, COVID-19 information is available at www.saskatchewan.ca/coronavirus.


• For the general public, there is public health guidance for those travelling from Hubei province and China, and questions and answers on the illness and when to stay at home and not go to work or school.


• For healthcare providers, there are guidance documents on screening for respiratory illnesses and management of returning travellers or COVID-19 inquiries, and policy on infection prevention and control measures.


As of February 13, 2020, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the province and the risk in Saskatchewan remains low.


“While the risk to residents in Saskatchewan remains low, we are working closely with the Public Health Agency of Canada on preparedness, procedures and reporting to quickly identify and manage any cases that present for care,” Saskatchewan Ministry of Health’s Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. Saqib Shahab said.  “Canada has multiple systems in place to prepare for, detect and respond to the spread of serious infectious diseases like novel coronavirus.”


Information for the public and healthcare providers will be updated frequently and the public should check 
www.saskatchewan.ca/coronavirus for the latest information.


Public health’s advice as of February 13, 2020, is that anyone who has travelled from China’s Hubei province needs to self-isolate at home for 14 days from the date that they left Hubei.  Do not go to school, university, work or social events.  Actively monitor for symptoms such as fever and cough.  If even minor symptoms develop, call HealthLine 811 for further assessment and direction.  Those who have had close contact with a person ill with COVID-19 should also self-isolate and actively monitor for symptoms for 14 days from that point of contact.


People arriving from other parts of China need to actively monitor for symptoms and symptoms of their children for 14 days from the date that they left China.  If there are even mild symptoms (fever, cough), do not go to school or work and call HealthLine 811 for further assessment and direction.

TOUR OF THE MOOSE JAW COOP FERTILIZER FACILITY
I appreciated the tour of the Moose Jaw Coop Fertilizer Facility (formerly Prairie Plains Agro).
Thanks to General Manager Geoff Anderson.

CELEBRATE FAMILY DAY WEEKEND WITH FREE FISHING, FEBRUARY 15 TO 17

Saskatchewan’s Family Day holiday weekend is a great time to give ice fishing a try with no licence required.


Experience the beauty of Saskatchewan lakes this winter during the province’s annual winter free fishing weekend, from February 15-17.


“Fishing is a tremendously popular activity in Saskatchewan, with more than 250,000 anglers annually,” Environment Minister Dustin Duncan said. “Free fishing weekend is a perfect opportunity to get outside with family and friends to enjoy our province’s natural resources.”


Saskatchewan residents and visitors may fish any waterbody that has an open sport fishing season without buying a fishing licence. All other regulations remain in effect, including possession limits and reduced limits on some lakes and rivers. Free fishing weekend does not apply in national parks, and anyone planning to take fish out of the province must buy a licence.


The Ministry of Environment reminds anglers to always put safety first when going out on the ice. Use caution and common sense, including testing ice thickness before travelling on it. A minimum of 10 cm of good ice is required for walking and 30 cm for light vehicle travel.


For more information about fishing in Saskatchewan, check the ministry’s Anglers’ Guide, available wherever fishing licences are sold, or online at
http://saskatchewan.ca/fishing.   

POWER PLANT INFORMATION LUNCHEON
With Mayor Tolmie and Grant Ring


SaskPower Vice President Grant Ring gave an informative presentation on the Moose Jaw Power Station that was announced last fall.
The project will have a peak employment of 500 during construction over the next 4 years.
About 100 people showed keen interest in this project at a noon luncheon put on by the Moose Jaw Chamber of Commerce.
This will help get closer to our goal of reducing emissions by 40% from 2005 levels by 2030.

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN MOOSE JAW

Friday, February 14, 2020

What: Scotties Tournament of Hearts Opening Ceremonies
Time:  6:00 p.m. .
Place:  Mosaic Place

Saturday, February 15, 2020

FREE FISHING

What: Scotties Tournament of Hearts
Time:  9:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Place:  Mosaic Place

What: Wakamow Valley Winterfest
Time:  11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Place:  Wakamow Valley

What: Buffalo Pound Winter Fun Day
Time:  1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Place:  Buffalo Pound Provincial Park

What: Moose Jaw Hometown Farmers Market
Time:  10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Place:  Heritage Inn

What: Dance with the Bromantics  Optimist Club fundraiser
Time:  8:00 p.m.
Place:  Church of Our Lady Community Centre
Tickets: $30 (306) 631-4129

What: Social Dance with Al and Company
Time:  7:30 p.m.
Place:  Cosmo Seniors’ Centre
Tickets: $15 includes lunch

What: Humane Society Valentine’s Dinner
Time:  5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Place:  The Canadian Brewhouse
Tickets: $20

Sunday, February 16, 2020

FREE FISHING

What: Scotties Tournament of Hearts
Time:  8;30 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Place:  Mosaic Place

What: Moose Jaw Hometown Farmers Market
Time:  10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Place:  Heritage Inn

Monday, February 17, 2020

FREE FISHING

OFFICE CLOSED

UPCOMING EVENTS:

February 14 – 22, 2020

What: Scotties Tournament of Hearts
Time:  8;30 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Place:  Mosaic Place

February 19, 2020

What: I Read Canadian Day
Time:  10:00 a.m. 
Place:  MJ Public Library

February 22, 2020

What: Moose Jaw Hometown Farmers Market
Time:  10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Place:  Heritage Inn

Report from the Legislature February 13, 2020

Summer at the Legislative Building

Saskatchewan has seen steady job growth for 18 consecutive months – growth that shows our economy is resilient and providing opportunities in a province that continues to enjoy the longest and strongest sustained population growth since the 1920s. 

Last year, my colleagues and I canvassed our constituents for ideas on how we can keep Saskatchewan moving in the right direction. In November, we officially unveiled Saskatchewan’s Growth Plan for The Next Decade of Growth 2020-2030.

We’ve got work to do to ensure we have a strong economy to support strong communities and strong families, and that’s the essence of our new plan which aims to create 100,000 jobs and grow our population to 1.4 million people.

The past decade provides plenty of examples of how a growing Saskatchewan is a strong Saskatchewan. Our population has grown by more than 170,000 people because our economy has grown with nearly new 80,000 jobs and over $180 billion in capital investment.

In spite of economic headwinds, there is momentum in our major and emerging industries. Production and exports continue to climb, increasing by more than 60 per cent, with Saskatchewan product shipping to more than 150 countries around the world. This growth has given us a greater ability to invest in our overall quality of life.

Our government has made the largest investment in infrastructure in the province’s history – more than $30 billion.  There is a new hospital in Moose Jaw, and new hospitals being planned for Weyburn and Prince Albert. We recently opened the new Saskatchewan Hospital in North Battleford and the new Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital in Saskatoon.

There are 42 new schools in communities across the province with new elementary schools on the way in Regina, Saskatoon and Moose Jaw.

More than 14,000 kilometres of road have been built or upgraded while major projects, like the Regina Bypass, have greatly improved public safety.

Hundreds of millions of dollars have been invested in water and waste water projects – treatment plants, lagoon expansions, reservoir expansions and lift stations. We have undertaken – collectively – the most significant upgrade of water and waste water infrastructure in the province’s history, with more work to do.

We understand that significant capital investment is crucial to building strong communities. That is why in next month’s budget, we will see one of the largest investments in provincial infrastructure in the history of our province. At the same time, we will also see Saskatchewan’s largest investment in municipal infrastructure.

In the upcoming fiscal year, Saskatchewan municipalities will receive record revenue sharing. Overall funding under the municipal revenue sharing program will increase to a record of $278 million – nearly an 11 per cent increase in 2020-21 from the current fiscal year, and almost a 119 per cent increase from the 2007-08 fiscal year.

Municipal revenue sharing has provided municipalities a stable and predictable source of provincial revenue and our government is proud to continue supporting key local priorities that help lay the foundation for a growing Saskatchewan.

Strong communities and strong families are a major focus of our government’s Growth Plan. This coming Family Day weekend (February 15-17, 2020), I encourage you to seek out opportunities to enjoy time with family.

Special activities to mark the occasion are planned for communities across the province. The holiday weekend is also a great time to give ice fishing a try with no license required. You can learn more online at Saskatchewan.ca/fishing.

Moose Jaw Express February 12, 2020

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Love Your Family

I have great admiration for Winston Churchill and many of his expressions. His quotation regarding family may be one of his most renowned: “There is no doubt that it is around the family and the home that all the greatest virtues… are created, strengthened and maintained.” – Winston Churchill

Saskatchewan will celebrate Family Day next Monday.  Like Winston Churchill, I am firmly convinced of the importance of family in our society. I was fortunate to grow up in a strong, loving home with extended family nearby. Debbie and I lived in a number of communities as we raised our children, and appreciated the support of our church and the schools our children attended and the gracious neighbours in these communities. Now we take an active role in the lives of our grandchildren as well; spending time with them, attending hockey games, school functions and occasional weekend sleepovers.

As rewarding as these family experiences can be, raising a family is not without challenges. Those challenges may change from generation to generation, but families have always been stronger when they have good supports.

Our government also realizes the importance of family, and continues to provide family support programs. The 2017-20 bilateral agreement between the Government of Canada and the Government of Saskatchewan helps to ensure that Saskatchewan children get the best start in life. The agreement allocates just over $41 million, over three years, for early learning and child care investments.

A new Family Resource Centre will be opening in Moose Jaw later this spring. The Centre is one of seven announced for communities across the province this past year, bringing the total number of provincially-supported Family Resource Centres to ten. Family Resource Centres offer prevention-oriented programming for parents and young children, providing families with no-cost, positive early learning experiences and opportunities to improve parenting skills.

Since 2007, the Saskatchewan government has allocated funding for 7,116 new licensed child care spaces.  To further increase availability and provide parents with more options, the Government of Saskatchewan is encouraging residents to consider operating a licensed child care business in their own home. Supports such as training and workshops, and grant money to help with start-up and food costs, are available to caregivers establishing a licensed home-based child care business.

There are many opportunities around Moose Jaw to do something special to celebrate Family Day. The library will have special Family Fun activities and the Kinsmen Sportsplex pool will have extended hours all week. YARA Centre has free family turf drop-in from noon to 3:00 pm.  Wakamow Valley trails are beautiful in all seasons. On February 15, Wakamow Valley will be hosting Winterfest, with wagon rides, crafts and all sorts of family fun. The Scotties Curling Championship will be going on. Our provincial parks provide a lot of winter fun, including free fishing weekend and special winter activities at Buffalo Pound this Saturday afternoon.

I believe investing in our families makes our community more vibrant; and the world a better place. In the wise words of Mother Teresa, “What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family.”

From the Desk of Warren Michelson February 7, 2020

 

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Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week
Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week, from February 9th to 15th this year, happens annually the week prior to Family Day in Saskatchewan. Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week is celebrated across Canada to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of all our teachers and education professionals.Thank you to all those who work in our education system to help our children succeed. 


Municipal Revenue Sharing To Set New Record

In his annual speech to the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) Premier Scott Moe announced Saskatchewan municipalities will receive record revenue sharing.

Overall funding under the municipal revenue sharing program will increase to a record of $278 million next fiscal year – a total increase of $27 million in 2020-21. The amount represents a nearly 11 per cent increase in 2020-21 from the current fiscal year, and is almost a 119 per cent increase from the 2007-08 fiscal year.

“This massive investment will position municipalities across Saskatchewan for the new decade of growth and to continue making key investments in their communities,” said Premier Moe. “Municipal revenue sharing has provided municipalities a stable and predictable source of provincial revenue, and I am proud to continue our commitment to supporting key local priorities that help lay the foundation for a growing Saskatchewan.”

Municipal Revenue Sharing Background:

The Government of Saskatchewan’s municipal revenue sharing program is based on three quarters of one point of the provincial sales tax (PST) revenue collected from the fiscal year two years prior to the current year. As introduced last year, $1.5 million from the total municipal revenue sharing program will also be invested in the Targeted Sector Support Initiative for municipalities. The initiative is co-managed with municipal partners to support innovative ideas from municipalities that advance priority areas, such as good governance, regional planning, and inter-community collaboration. With this announcement, Saskatchewan municipalities have overall been allocated more than $3.1 billion in provincial funding through the revenue sharing program from 2007-08 to 2020-21. More details will be available when the provincial budget is released. 

Premier Scott Moe addresses
the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association.

Premier Addresses Unifor – Co-op Labour Dispute

In his address to delegates at the SUMA convention, The Premier also addressed the ongoing labour dispute between Unifor 594 and Federated Co-op Limited (FCL).

The Premier announced that the Government of Saskatchewan would appoint a special mediator in the ongoing labour dispute between Unifor 594 and FCL, on the condition that Unifor 594 agrees to cease all illegal activities, including removing the unlawful barricades immediately.

“As Premier I will act on options available under the labour laws of our province, starting with the conditional  appointment of a special mediator,” said Moe. “I will appoint a special mediator today – a tool available to me under the labour laws of Saskatchewan – if and only if Unifor 594 follows the law. It is my strong belief that a negotiated settlement is in the best interests of both parties, and by removing the barricades and accepting the assistance of a special mediator in the negotiations, I believe both parties will be well served.”

The Premier also stated that if Unifor did not accept this offer, that it is his expectation that the Regina Police Service uphold the law, enforce the court order, and remove the barricades at the Co-op Refinery. This will ensure that important fuel is supplied to communities across Saskatchewan that use diesel to heat homes in the winter, for school buses to transport kids, for emergency vehicles such as ambulances and fire trucks, and for industries that drive our economy such as agriculture and mining.


Kinsmen Sports Celebrity Dinner

I enjoyed a great evening at the 28th Annual Kinsmen Sports Celebrity Dinner, with Jamie Campbell, Master of Ceremonies; Eric Lindros, NHL; Reese McGuire, Toronto Blue Jays; and  Charleston Hughes, Sask Roughriders.
The Sports Builder Award was presented to Dave & Bill Pyle of Pyle’s Gym in honour of decades of contributions to strength conditioning and endurance for athletes in Moose Jaw.


More Students and Families Choosing
French Immersion Programming Than Ever Before

The week of February 3-7, 2020, was French-Second-Language Education Week in Saskatchewan.  It is a chance to celebrate the growing number of Saskatchewan families recognizing the value of French language education in our schools.

This year’s theme is “50 years of French Immersion, 50 years of the Official Languages Act.”  Over the last 10 years, enrolment in French Immersion programming around the province has risen by 30 per cent, with more than 16,500 students enrolled in French Immersion programs for the 2019-20 school year.

“It is wonderful to see so many students learning French from an early age,” Deputy Premier and Minister of Education Gordon Wyant said. “French Immersion is one of the many opportunities students have to learn a second language, enhance their communication skills and gain the benefits that come with being bilingual.”

There are now 77 schools offering French Immersion programming in the province. In the 2019-20 school year, Saskatoon’s École Silverspring School began offering French Immersion to accommodate increasing enrolment in the city. French Immersion programming has also expanded in schools around the province, including the addition of Grade 2 at École Traditions Elementary in Warman, Grade 6 at École Lumsden Elementary, Grade 8 at École Dundonald School in Saskatoon, Grade 10 at Greenall High School in Balgonie, and Grade 12 added at Carpenter High School in Meadow Lake.

“With the French Immersion program taking root in Saskatchewan more than 50 years ago now, the steady enrolment growth we are seeing reflects the high value an increasing number of parents are placing on official bilingualism and is another terrific example of how we all connect as Canadians,” President of Canadian Parents for French – Saskatchewan Janet Loseth said. “CPF-SK is proud to organize this annual proclamation and last year more than 5,800 students participated in celebrating French-Second-Language Education Week around the province. We acknowledge all our partners who are creating lifelong opportunities for our youth during this week and throughout the year.”

French Immersion allows students the opportunity to learn French as a second language, with French used for a large part of the school day and as the language of instruction for most courses. Students who are in French Immersion become proficient in English while also developing a strong foundation in French. School boards make requests to the ministry annually to designate schools and grades offering French Immersion programming based on their local needs.


Celebrating Chinese New Year
at the Jade Gardens

Premier Announces New Committee To Evaluate Pipeline Projects

Today, Premier Scott Moe announced the establishment of the Pipeline Projects Assessment Committee (PPAC), a cabinet committee focused on evaluating potential pipeline projects in Saskatchewan.

PPAC is a cabinet committee formed to review and assess the viability of pipeline projects in Saskatchewan and possible government involvement in investing, stimulating, or generally advancing these projects.

“Our government recognizes the necessity of further developing pipeline infrastructure to help our energy products reach key global markets,” said Premier Moe. “I am pleased to announce this cabinet committee to assess the viability of pipeline project proposals in Saskatchewan and the opportunity for our government to invest or support future pipeline projects.”

The decision to establish the PPAC stems from a number of proposals from businesses, indigenous groups, and communities that are looking at pipeline projects to advance access for Saskatchewan’s energy products to market. This includes projects expanding access south through the United States, and projects that would create access through the port of Churchill.

The PPAC will be comprised of the following cabinet ministers:

  • Minister of Finance Donna Harpauer
  • Minister of Trade and Export Development Jeremy Harrison
  • Minister of Energy and Resources Bronwyn Eyre
  • Minister of Environment Dustin Duncan

Encouraging pipeline expansion and development within the province to enable the shipment of Saskatchewan oil through the U.S. and encouraging Indigenous equity participation in Saskatchewan pipeline projects were both goals set in Saskatchewan’s Growth Plan 2020-2030.


Winter Fun Continues In
Saskatchewan Provincial Parks!

Sask Parks is offering more winter activities this year than ever before.  With ten special events taking place throughout February and March, there is still plenty of opportunity to get out to a park for some winter fun the whole family will enjoy.

“So far this winter, we’ve had hundreds of Saskatchewan residents take part in our winter activities,” Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Gene Makowsky said.  “With a variety of events planned around skating, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and more, there is still plenty of opportunity to get out and discover what winter in the parks is all about.”

Locally, there will be a Winter Fun Day at Buffalo Pound Provincial Park, February 15 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.  Enjoy a day filled with tobogganing, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing, plus hot cocoa, marshmallows and hotdogs around the fire.

Other events to look forward to this winter include:

  • Snowshoe Through Time at Last Mountain House Provincial Historic Park, February 1 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Travel back in time to when this iconic trading post was in its prime.  Enjoy snowshoeing, learn about fur trapping, visit with historic characters and more. 
  • Winter by the Lake at Great Blue Heron Provincial Park, February 1 and March 7 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.  Join Sask Parks staff and guests for a cross-country ski and/or snowshoe adventure along the trails at Anglin Lake followed by a bonfire with hot beverages and cookies.
  • Winter Fun Day at Douglas Provincial Park, February 23 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.  Take in the frosted beauty of winter on Diefenbaker Lake with guided and self-led snowshoe treks through the park, plus horse-drawn sleigh rides and hotdogs, hot cocoa and marshmallows.
  • Winter Carnival at Duck Mountain Provincial Park, March 14 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Experience winter in the park with an entire day full of fun, including a pancake breakfast, snowshoeing, sleigh rides, skating, tobogganing, downhill tubing, an ice-cube hunt, a perogy supper and more.
  • Winter Escape at Saskatchewan Landing Provincial Park, March 14 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.  Stick it to winter with an afternoon of snowshoeing, quinzee-building and survival skill sessions and warm up around the bonfire with hotdogs and hot cocoa.
  • Learn to Ice-Fish at Blackstrap Provincial Park, March 21 at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.  Learn how to ice-fish on one of the most popular ice-fishing lakes in the province.  While the afternoon session is currently full, spots are still available for the morning.  Equipment is provided and all participants are required to sign up in advance.

Full details for all events can be found at https://www.saskparks.com by clicking on Provincial Park Events, or by following SaskParks on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/saskparks/.  Visitors are encouraged to use #saskparks when posting photos in provincial parks this winter. 

A valid park vehicle entry permit is required to visit provincial parks year-round.  The purchase of a Saskatchewan Provincial Parks Annual Entry Permit is a great way to enjoy park activities and events both in the summer and in the winter.


Financial Literacy Courses Now Available To All High School Students In Saskatchewan

All Saskatchewan school divisions now have the opportunity to offer financial literacy courses to their students. Financial Literacy 20 and 30 was piloted by 20 teachers in 12 school divisions and two First Nation education authorities.

“Our Government wants to ensure Saskatchewan’s students are provided with relevant and practical curricula that will prepare them for their futures,” Deputy Premier and Education Minister Gordon Wyant said. “Developing additional opportunities for all Saskatchewan students to learn and improve upon their financial literacy empowers them to manage their money effectively, and will be of significant benefit to students throughout their lives.”

financial literacy

The Financial Literacy 20 and 30 electives can be used to fulfill the Practical and Applied Arts/Arts Education requirement for high school graduation. Teachers in grades 7 to 9 are able to introduce financial literacy to their students by using content from this curriculum in middle level Practical and Applied Arts courses. Financial Literacy 20 and 30 addresses financial topics and decisions that students may already be facing while highlighting others they are likely to face within the first few years of leaving high school. It also touches upon more complex topics such as home ownership, debt management and planning for the future, which are part of a lifelong financial journey.

The areas of focus for Financial Literacy 20, 30 are:

  • learning – receiving money and/or resources as recognition for paid or unpaid work;
  • saving – purposefully setting aside resources for future use and/or enjoyment
  • spending – consciously using resources to enhance the well-being of self and others;
  • borrowing – taking something on loan, with a promise of returning it, or its equivalent, often at a higher value, by a specific time;
  • sharing – giving of one’s skills, abilities, time or resources to enhance the well-being of community and self;
  • investing – engaging in reflective decision-making for future benefit; and,
  • protecting – recognizing, appreciating and maintaining the value and worth of oneself, community resources and the environment. 

“Saskatchewan’s school boards recognize the importance of financial literacy and our members passed a resolution in support of developing elective personal finance classes for high school students,” President of the Saskatchewan School Boards Association Dr. Shawn Davidson said. “In our recent engagements with more than 10,000 people as part of the developing a shared vision for the future of education in Saskatchewan, we heard a clear desire from students, families and communities for increased opportunities to learn life skills such as budgeting and money management. We welcome the availability of these classes across the province.”

Boards of education will determine what schools will offer these classes within their division, supporting the local needs of their students.


WHAT’S HAPPENING IN MOOSE JAW

Friday, February 7, 2020

What: Warriors and Legends Hall of Fame Banquet 
Time:  6:00 p.m.
Place:  Mosaic Place
Tickets: $75 from Warriors Office

Saturday, February 8, 2020

What: Sask Wildlife Open House
Time:  11:30 a.m. 
Place:  Sask Wildlife Building

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

What: Singles Dance
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Place: Church of Our Lady Community Centre
Tickets:  $15 includes lunch

Sunday, February 8, 2020

What: Heritage Day
Time:  1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Place:  Western Development Museum

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Friday, February 14, 2020

What: Valentine’s Day Dinner and Dance with Harry Startup
Time:  6:00 p.m.- 12:00 a.m.
Place:  Army Nave and Air Force Veterans
Tickets: Advance tickets only (306) 693-1656
$20 for members $25 for non-members

What: Steak and Chicken BBQ
Time:  Refreshments 5:30 p.m.  Supper 6:30 p.m.
Place:  St. Joseph’s Church
Tickets: $20 (306) 631-1610, (306) 692-7106

Saturday, February 15, 2020

What: Scotties Tournament of Hearts
Time:  9:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Place:  Mosaic Place

What: Wakamow Valley Winterfest
Time:  11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Place:  Wakamow Valley

What: Buffalo Pound Winter Fun Day
Time:  1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Place:  Buffalo Pound Provincial Park

What: Dance with the Bromantics  Optimist Club fundraiser
Time:  8:00 p.m.
Place:  Church of Our Lady Community Centre
Tickets: $30 (306) 631-4129

What: Social Dance with Al and Company
Time:  7:30 p.m.
Place:  Cosmo Seniors’ Centre
Tickets: $15 includes lunch

What: Humane Society Valentine’s Dinner
Time:  5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Place:  The Canadian Brewhouse
Tickets: $20

February 15, 16 and 22

What: Moose Jaw Hometown Farmers Market
Time:  10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Place:  Heritage Inn

Moose Jaw Express February 5, 2020

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The Value of Volunteering

Moose Jaw is arguably the most volunteer-rich community in Saskatchewan. There are so many individuals and organizations in Moose Jaw that inspire and encourage us to contribute to our community in a variety of ways. The PRISM Award nominees, and the Citizen and Group of the Year nominees show us Moose Jaw’s best examples of dedication and generosity.

The Citizen and Group of the Year Awards were presented at a luncheon last week with almost 20 citizens and groups being recognized. Congratulations to all including this year’s winners – Krystal Chow (Citizen of the Year) and Moose Jaw Families for Change Inc (Group of the Year). Thank you to all of the nominees and all volunteers for your invaluable contributions to the people of our city.

We can easily find over 100 organizations in Moose Jaw whose purpose is to make our city a better place. Volunteer groups serve youth, seniors, newcomers and those with health challenges or special needs. Faith-based community organizations respond to those in need in many ways. Cultural, art, recreation and sport opportunities contribute in a huge way to health and well-being. We have these opportunities because of generous individuals and volunteer groups.

The work of our local Kinsmen Club is very evident this time of year. They just hosted another successful Sports Celebrity Dinner with funds going to their many worthwhile local projects, one of which is the Kinsmen Inclusion Centre. Kinsmen Club members from Moose Jaw will also be involved in Telemiracle 44 on March 7th and 8th.  Of special note is that Thursday, February 20, 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of Kin-Canada. To mark the milestone, there will be a special flag raising at the legislature that day, which I am planning to attend.

Moose Jaw’s sports organizations, from minor sports to the Warriors, wouldn’t exist without volunteers. The results of the efforts of the Moose Jaw Warriors organization and three former players will be showcased at the annual Conexus Warriors and Legends Hall of Fame banquet this Friday.

The Saskatchewan Government recognizes that volunteers and community organizations contribute immensely to our Saskatchewan quality of life, and to meeting the needs of those facing challenges. The Premier’s Service Club Award is given annually to as many as four service clubs in the province to recognize their commitment and service. The Saskatchewan Volunteer Medal recognizes volunteers who reach outside their personal activities to help others and make daily life in our province better for everyone.

The Community Initiatives Fund is a special purpose fund created under The Saskatchewan Gaming Corporation Act, dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for Saskatchewan people and investing in communities throughout the province.

These grants support community programs and projects that focus on one of the following themes:

  • Healthy growth and development of children and youth.
  • Individual, family and community well-being.
  • Non-profit and community leadership.

From the Fall 2019 applications, 137 grants totalling over two million dollars were approved. Five organizations in the Moose Jaw area received funding adding up to $86,100.

The value of volunteering was emphasized in many ways at the Citizen and Group of the Year Awards.  Our province will continue to grow in kindness, compassion and generosity with dedicated individuals and groups like those recognized.

From the Desk of Warren Michelson January 31, 2020

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shield FROM THE DESK OF WARREN MICHELSON, MLA

Krystal Chow, Citizen of the Year

2019 Moose Jaw Citizen
and Group of the Year Awarded

Congratulations to Krystal Chow, our newest Citizen of the Year.  Congratulations to the Group of the Year, Moose Jaw Families for Change, Inc.


Krystal was chosen because of her long list of community involvements, including: the Warrior’s Booster Club, Moose Jaw Health Foundation Radiothons, the Humane Society, Jumpstart, the recent Saskatchewan Air Show, and the upcoming Scotties Tournament of Hearts.


Moose Jaw Families for Change has found ways to make Moose Jaw a more inclusive community.  They have accomplished a lot in the last two years, opening the Kinsmen Inclusion Centre and the Kinsmen Cafe.


Also handed out were the Moose Jaw Heritage Awards. The winners are as follows:

Heritage Tradespeople and Craftspeople
Brysen Bert of Steady Metalworks

Heritage Advocacy and Education
Bison Festival
Moose Jaw Dayz Facebook Page
Tourism Moose Jaw
Percy Hill

Heritage Restoration
John and Donna Bye

Thank you to Moose Jaw Chamber of Commerce, CAE, and Country 100/ Mix 103/800 CHAB for sponsoring the awards.

Moose Jaw Families for Change,
Group of the Year.
Congratulations to all Nominees
Thank You for All You Do for our Community

Moose Jaw area receives $86,100
in Fall 2019 Community Initiative Grants

The Community Initiatives Fund is a special purpose fund created under The Saskatchewan Gaming Corporation Act, dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for Saskatchewan people and investing in communities throughout the province.


These grants support community programs and projects that focus on one of the following themes:
  • Healthy growth and development of children and youth.
  • Individual, family and community well-being.
  • Non-profit and community leadership.
 From the Fall 2019 applications, 137 grants totalling over two million dollars were approved. In Moose Jaw North Constituency, Big Brothers/Big Sisters and  the Association for Community Living received grants.  Other recipients in the Moose Jaw area included Age Friendly Outreach and Resource Network, the Canadian Mental Health Association, Cosmo Senior Citizens Centre and Moose Jaw Family Services.


Since its first grant in 1996-97, CIF has distributed approximately $159 million to over 400 communities in Saskatchewan!  CIF program information and guidelines can be found at: http://www.cifsask.org/.

Saskatchewan Posts Lowest Number Of Road Fatalities In Recorded History

Drivers Encouraged To Help Bring That Number Even Lower In 2020

Fewer people were killed on Saskatchewan roads in 2019 than in any single year since records started being kept in the 1950s.  SGI’s preliminary statistics indicate 71* people were killed in collisions in 2019.


Over the preceding 10 years (2009-2018) Saskatchewan averaged nearly 140 road fatalities per year.  Previously, the record low was 73, which occurred in 1951 when there was about a quarter the number of registered vehicles on the roads as there is today.


As SGI reported in August (
https://www.sgi.sk.ca/news?title=progress-report–fewer-road-injuries-and-fatalities-in-2018-compared-to-10-year-average) of last year when releasing preliminary 2018 numbers, fatalities and injuries caused by traffic collisions continue to decrease in Saskatchewan, particularly those caused by impaired driving, distracted driving, speeding and improper seatbelt use.  More enforcement, targeted legislation and powerful awareness efforts contribute to this, but it ultimately comes down to drivers making good decisions.


The Government of Saskatchewan, SGI and law enforcement ask everyone to keep one thing in mind throughout 2020, and beyond: Take care out there. *The 2019 number is considered preliminary, based on data available from police forces in Saskatchewan, and may be adjusted.

Bell “Let’s Talk” Day.
Wednesday, January 29th was Bell “Let’s Talk” Day.  One in five people in Canada will experience a mental health issue or illness in any given year.  That means everyone will at some time be impacted by mental illness, either personally, or with someone they are close to.


On Bell Let’s Talk Day, Canadians and people around the world joined in to help create positive change for people living with mental health issues.


One of the biggest hurdles for anyone suffering from mental illness is overcoming the stigma. It is the number one reason why two-thirds of those living with a mental illness do not seek help.Helping to end the stigma around mental illness can help create positive change.  Let’s all do our part.

South Saskatchewan First Responder Conference
Our dedicated First Responders from all around Southern Saskatchewan came together in Moose Jaw last weekend to learn, share knowledge and encourage one another.  Thank you to these generous women and men.

Minister Warren Kaeding Bringing Greetings.

Family Literacy Day And Week Promote

“Take 20 in 2020”

The Government of Saskatchewan and the Saskatchewan Literacy Network partnered to proclaim January 27 as Family Literacy Day in Saskatchewan and January 26 to February 1, 2020 as Family Literacy Week.  This year’s theme is Take 20 in 2020, a reminder to take 20 minutes everyday to make learning together a part of every family’s daily routine.


“Literacy is key to development at all ages and can be part of our everyday activities,” Deputy Premier and Education Minister Gordon Wyant said.  “As a father I enjoyed playing games and reading with my children and now I enjoy doing many of the same activities with my granddaughter.”


Literacy is important to children’s development, with studies showing that up to 90 per cent of a child’s brain is developed by age five.  A child’s primary caregiver is one of the first teachers in a child’s life and everyday activities like talking, reading, playing games, cooking and so much more can be opportunities to grow together.  To find tips on how to incorporate learning into your everyday routine, check out the Government of Saskatchewan’s Play. Learn. Grow. Together! videos and resources at 
https://www.saskatchewan.ca/residents/education-and-learning/prek-12-education-early-learning-and-schools/early-years-learning.


The Government of Saskatchewan provides $500,000 to support family literacy programs, services and supports around the province through Family Literacy Hubs and the Saskatchewan Literacy Network.  Family literacy programs and services help parents become more aware of opportunities for playful and age-appropriate learning in everyday life, encourage the use of the local library and provide information on community events designed for families.  More information on Family Literacy Hubs can be found at 
https://www.saskatchewan.ca/residents/education-and-learning/literacy-in-saskatchewan.


A number of government supported community programs also provide resources and an introduction to early literacy.  This includes licenced child care, family resource centres, KidsFirst regional and targeted programs, Early Childhood Intervention Programs and public libraries.  For a full listing of these resources and the services they provide, visit 
www.saskatchewan.ca.


Family Literacy Hubs have worked with community partners to develop and host events locally to celebrate Family Literacy Day and Week.  The Saskatchewan Literacy Network supports the work of the Family Literacy Hubs.


Celebrating Chinese New Year at the Uptown Restaurant. 
Thank you, Gale Chow, for organizing this great event for many years. 

Saskatchewan’s Vapour Product Legislation Now In Force

In order to better protect Saskatchewan youth from risks associated with vaping, The Tobacco and Vapour Products Control Act takes effect tomorrow, February 1, 2020. 

The new legislation is similar to measures found in other provinces and territories in Canada with vaping legislation in place.  To address vapour products, The Tobacco and Vapour Products Control Act contains provisions that:

  • 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;
  • 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;
  • provide the ability to restrict the sale of flavoured tobacco and vapour products by regulation; and,
  • expand the authority of tobacco enforcement officers to include enforcement of vapour/e-cigarette product restrictions.

For further information on the changes, please visit: saskatchewan.ca/vaping.


Governments Make $8.1 Million Investment
In Livestock And Forage Research

This week federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Maire-Claude Bibeau and Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister David Marit announced nearly $8.1 million in funding under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership for 28 livestock and forage-related research projects through Saskatchewan’s Agriculture Development Fund (ADF).  This includes $4.9 million in funding for 27 livestock and forage-related research projects and $3.2 million in operational funding for the Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence. 

The ADF is supported through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, a five-year, $388 million investment in strategic initiatives for Saskatchewan agriculture by the federal and provincial governments.


Support from the ADF is awarded on a competitive basis to projects that create future growth opportunities and enhance the competitiveness of the industry.


“The partnership that this research funding represents is an important part of Saskatchewan agriculture,” Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association Chair Rick Toney said.  “Having governments that will invest in research along with industry groups like the Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association is a key part of growing our cattle receipts and staying competitive in this global business.  We appreciate this partnership and the focus the government has on agriculture as a major part of the provincial economy and way of life.”


The ADF projects supported this year will explore a variety of areas of interest to producers, including: strategies to address mineral nutrition in the face of poor water quality, developing new and improved forages, and developing diagnostics supports.  Projects will also examine cutting edge computing tools that will help the livestock industry manage genomic test data, assess risk, inform therapy decisions, and ultimately achieve more prudent antimicrobial use.


In addition to funds committed by the federal and provincial governments, the ADF is also supported by industry groups and other organizations.  Livestock and forage projects are also receiving more than $650,000 from the following organizations: the Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association, the Western Grains Research Foundation and Feedlot Health Management Services.


For more information, including a full list of funded projects, please visit 
www.saskatchewan.ca and search “Agriculture Development Fund.”


Football Tryouts at Yara Centre


WHAT’S HAPPENING IN MOOSE JAW

Friday, January 31, 2020

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

Saturday, February 1, 2020

What: Kinsmen Sport Celebrity Dinner 
Time:  6:00 p.m.
Place:  Heritage Inn

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

What: Timothy Eaton Centre Dance with Two Stepp
Time:  7:30 p.m.
Place: Timothy Eaton Centre 
Tickets: $15 includes lunch

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Monday, February 3, 2020
What:
Chinese New Year Banquet
Time:  6:00 p.m.
Place:  Jade Gardens Restaurant
Tickets:  $30  Call Ahead to Jade Gardens  (306) 69405566

Tuesday, February 4, 2020
What:
Family Led End of Life Care Workshop
Time:  11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Place:  Salvation Army Church
Tickets:  $5 includes lunch
Facilitated by Saskatchewan Hospice Palliative Care Association

What: KJ Quilters and Minto Hugs Cabin Fever Quit Show
Time:  1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Place:  Minto United Church
Free Will Offering will be donated to St. Andrew’s Refugee Fund

Friday, February 7, 2020
What: Warriors and Legends Hall of Fame Banquet 
Time:  6:00 p.m.
Place:  Mosaic Place
Tickets: $75 from Warriors Office

Saturday, February 8, 2020
What:
Heritage Day
Time:  1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Place:  Western Development Museum

Report from the Legislature January 30, 2020

Summer at the Legislative Building

Saskatchewan is an entrepreneurial province in which we want people to be able to start and grow their businesses. Reducing red tape and regulatory burden is imperative because we know that when small businesses grow, Saskatchewan grows.

Saskatchewan’s Growth Plan for The Next Decade recognizes that competitiveness is crucial to economic growth. On the issue of taxes, regulations and government spending, our objective is to ensure Saskatchewan remains competitive.

We know that red tape can stand in the way of the growth of businesses and communities. Our government’s “Help Cut Red Tape” web portal helps residents fast-track their concerns on regulations. Our work on this initiative was recently recognized and celebrated by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB).

Saskatchewan received the CFIB’s highest ranking in their national Red Tape Report Card for its efforts to reduce red tape and modernize regulations. We will continue to identify and cut red tape with additional actions in our Growth Plan, which include:

  • appointing a business advisory panel from communities across the province to identify priorities for the Government of Saskatchewan’s Red Tape Reduction Committee;
  • keeping the province’s finances strong and investing in priorities such as infrastructure and health care, which are areas of concern for small businesses; and
  • utilizing the Government of Saskatchewan’s Direct Cost Estimator to make informed decisions.

This past year, Saskatchewan saw an increase of 10,400 jobs, or 1.8 per cent, from 2018. More than half of that job growth is due to full-time jobs. In spite of some external headwinds, the creation of 10,400 jobs last year is an indication that Saskatchewan has a robust, diverse and growing economy and is on track for continued growth.

Complete with action items and ambitious goals for the future, Saskatchewan’s Growth Plan for The Next Decade is a roadmap to get us there. To learn more please visit saskgrowthplan.ca.

There was a time not long ago when Saskatchewan had the highest number of road fatalities in Canada. In 2019, fewer people were killed on Saskatchewan roads than in any single year since records started being kept in the 1950s.

Our government has taken stricter enforcement measures, introduced targeted legislation and run powerful awareness campaigns – all to reduce road fatalities – because collisions are preventable and even one traffic death is too many.

Thank you to all Saskatchewan residents for working to make our roads safer.

Distracted driving is one of the leading factors in collisions and injuries from automobile crashes in Saskatchewan. In an effort to reduce the number of people driving while distracted, harsher penalties are now being introduced.

Effective February 1, 2020, the cost of a distracted driving ticket for a first offence will more than double, from $280 to $580, plus four demerits.

A second offence, within a year of being convicted of the first, is a $1,400 ticket, plus an additional four demerits, plus an immediate, seven-day vehicle seizure. This penalty does not include the costs associated with towing and impound fees.

A third offence within a year of conviction of the first is a $2,100 ticket, plus four more demerits and another seven-day vehicle seizure.

It is against the law in Saskatchewan to hold, view, use or manipulate electronic communication equipment while driving a motor vehicle, and if you are caught, you will get a ticket under distracted driving legislation.

It’s important to know that an experienced driver can use a hands-free device if it can be activated with voice commands or one-touch, and is mounted on the dashboard or visor in a cradle. But if you’re a new driver in the Graduated Driver Licensing program, even hands-free devices are not acceptable and are illegal to use.

Other forms of distracted driving like eating, using GPS, reading, personal grooming or interacting with pets or passengers are covered under driving without due care and attention legislation. These activities are not considered against the law and won’t automatically result in a ticket. But, if your behaviour poses a risk to road safety, you may be ticketed by police for driving without due care and attention.

To learn more visit sgi.sk.ca.

Moose Jaw Express January 29, 2020

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Making Our Communities Safer

News of a new Constable being sworn-in to our Moose Jaw Police force is an uplifting, encouraging story of someone who is committed to justice and ready to put his life on the line for the protection of others. Congratulations to Constable Brandon Braun who officially joined the team earlier this month.

One area of focus and concern for police is distracted driving. Distracted driving is one of the leading factors in collisions and injuries from automobile crashes in Saskatchewan. Our most recent statistics show that twenty-two people died and 774 were injured in 2018 due to distracted driving. In an effort to reduce the number of people driving while distracted, harsher penalties will come into effect next month. Starting February 1, 2020, the cost of a distracted driving ticket for a first offence will more than double, from $280 to $580, plus four demerits.

A second offence, within a year of being convicted of the first, is a $1,400 ticket, plus an additional four demerits, plus an immediate, seven-day vehicle seizure. This penalty does not include the costs associated with towing and impound fees.

A third offence within a year of conviction of the first is a $2,100 ticket, plus four more demerits and another seven-day vehicle seizure.

It is against the law in Saskatchewan to hold, view, use or manipulate electronic communication equipment while driving a motor vehicle, and if you are caught, you will get a ticket under distracted driving legislation.

It’s important to know that an experienced driver can use a hands-free device if it can be activated with voice commands or one-touch, and is mounted on the dashboard or visor in a cradle. But if you’re a new driver in the Graduated Driver Licensing program, even hands-free devices are not acceptable and are illegal to use.

Other forms of distracted driving like eating, using GPS, reading, personal grooming or interacting with pets or passengers are covered under driving without due care and attention legislation. These activities are not considered against the law and won’t automatically result in a ticket. But, if your behaviour poses a risk to road safety, you may be ticketed by police for driving without due care and attention.

Saskatchewan impaired driving statistics also show that we still have more work to do. Impaired driving is the leading cause of death on Saskatchewan’s roads and police across the province regularly charge between 200 and 400 people with impaired driving every month.

Our government is addressing impaired driving in a number of ways. In recent years, we have introduced some of the strongest impaired driving legislation in the country, including stronger penalties for drug-impaired drivers and for impaired drivers who transport children. Ride Share regulations were also brought in to provide another option for a safe ride home.

A partnership between municipalities, the Ministry of Corrections and Policing, and SGI supports the Combined Traffic Services Saskatchewan initiative to improve safety on the highways through increased awareness and enforcement of traffic regulations. Funding provided to the City of Moose Jaw through the agreement for 2019-20 is $690,000. This means we can have more officers like Constable Brandon Braun on the City of Moose Jaw police force.

Consider the consequences and drive safe. I am grateful for all the dedicated women and men in our law enforcement services. Their efforts, along with support and financial investment from all levels of government, and the effort of everyone in our community to make good choices, we will have safer communities.