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Moose Jaw Express July 18, 2018

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SASKPOWER SHOWS PROGRESS TOWARDS 2030 EMMISION REDUCTION TARGETS AND SUPPORTS PRAIRIE RESILIENCE STRATEGY

SaskPower released its annual report last week. In 2017-18, SaskPower invested $996 million in upgrading the provincial power grid. The investment went towards updating the power grid to improve the reliability of the network and continue to support economic growth in the province.

SaskPower saw a 5.4% increase in power demand this past year which is the equivalent of adding 150,000 homes to the power grid. It is of interest to not that even with the increase in power demands, SaskPower kept on track to exceed federal emission regulations by 2030. The carbon capture and storage process at Boundary Dam Power Station surpassed two million tonnes of captured carbon dioxide since start-up, the equivalent of removing 500,000 vehicles from our roads.

The corporation is currently on track to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 40% from 2005 levels by 2030. In order to help meet this target, SaskPower recently concluded the competitive bid process on Saskatchewan’s first 10 MW utility-scale solar project.

To further meet SaskPower’s emission reduction targets, a request for proposal was recently completed for a 200 megawatt wind generation project. An announcement regarding the project can be expected this fall.

In late 2016, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau unilaterally announced that he would impose a carbon tax on all provinces. Saskatchewan responded with a resounding “no”.  A carbon tax would have devastating effects on our economy and has not proven to reduce carbon emissions in other jurisdictions.  A carbon tax would make us less competitive in the global market. Seventy percent of Saskatchewan people oppose a carbon tax. Focusing on innovation and technology would be a better plan to actually reduce emissions. That is why we released Prairie Resilience: A Made-in-Saskatchewan Climate Change Strategy last December.

Prairie Resilience focuses on the principles of readiness and resilience, while reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and adapting to the effects of climate change – without a carbon tax.  It is broader and bolder than a single policy approach and will achieve better results.  It includes setting sector-specific output-based performance standards on large emitting facilities, such as those in oil and gas, and mining. By 2030 our strategy will result in a 40% reduction in emissions from electrical generation, and a 40-45% reduction from methane.

Saskatchewan already has a good story to tell in reducing emissions. Since 2005, emissions intensity is down 8.8% while Gross Domestic Product is up 22%.  In agriculture, zero-till practices and pulse crops offset 13.4 million tonnes of emissions.  Our grasslands, wetlands and forests act as carbon sinks, reducing carbon from the atmosphere.  Our target of doubling our renewable energy by 2030 is the most aggressive renewable energy goal in Canada.

According to a new study from the University of Regina’s Institute for Energy, Environment and Sustainable Communities, a federal carbon tax could reduce Saskatchewan’s gross domestic product (GDP) by almost $16 billion, with little effect on emission reduction. This research and economic modelling show a carbon tax of $50 per tonne would reduce the provincial GDP by an estimated $1.8 billion, while only reducing emissions by less than one megatonne. The federal government has not released the details of its carbon cost model.

Our government is committed to find ways to work with business and industry to reduce emissions by creating a plan that focuses on a broader scope rather than an ineffective tax that will come off the backs of Saskatchewan people.

From the Desk of Warren Michelson July 13, 2018

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SIDEWALK DAYS

Sidewalk Days are well underway.  Take some time today and tomorrow to walk down Main St. and check out some of the vendors and events taking place.  There is something for everyone! 

SASKATCHEWAN’S FREE FISHING WEEKEND IS JULY 14 AND 15


Saskatchewan’s annual summer free fishing weekend is just around the corner.


On July 14 and 15, residents and visitors to the province are welcome to fish in any of Saskatchewan’s public waters open to sport fishing without purchasing a fishing licence.


“Saskatchewan offers some of the best freshwater fishing in the world,” Environment Minister Dustin Duncan said.  “Free fishing weekend is a great opportunity for families and visitors to make summer memories at one of our province’s many lakes.”





For those new to fishing or interested in learning more on fishing necessities, local fishing experts Jason and Jeff Matity will be leading free Learn to Fish sessions during free fishing weekend.  Participants will learn about fish identification, how to pack a tackle box, cleaning/filleting and more.  These free lake-side sessions run at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. in Douglas and Moose Mountain provincial parks on July 14, and Buffalo Pound and Echo Valley provincial parks on July 15.  More information can be found at 
www.tourismsaskatchewan.com/places-to-go/provincial-parks/summer-fun.


Anyone planning to take part in free fishing weekend should note that all other fishing regulations, including possession limits, gear restrictions and size limits on some lakes and rivers, remain in effect.  Free fishing weekend does not apply in national parks and anyone planning on taking fish out of the province must purchase a licence.



More information about fishing in Saskatchewan can be found in the 2018 Anglers’ Guide, at 
www.saskatchewan.ca/fishing.


The first free fishing weekend in Saskatchewan was held in the summer of 1989 to encourage participation in sport fishing and increase public awareness about the value and diversity of angling opportunities in the province.

In 2015, the province held the first winter free fishing weekend.  Annually, approximately 250,000 people sport fish in Saskatchewan, including more than 50,000 out-of-province anglers.


TOUR OF THUNDER CREEK PORK PLANT
Thunder Creek Pork employs 200 people and is a great economic asset to our community.  Thunder Creek Pork exports locally, as well as China, Japan and Australia.

ENHANCING ACCESS TO COMMUNICATION SERVICES


Summer in Saskatchewan is a great time to enjoy recreation and relaxation.


When travelling throughout our province, our government understands the importance of high-speed internet and cellular connections both in business and in our personal lives.


We also understand that too many rural areas still have poor cellular coverage and slow internet service which is why we’re working with SaskTel to expand and enhance its network.


Late last year, we announced a four-phase initiative to provide rural Saskatchewan communities with enhanced access to communications services. This work started with a SaskTel-led investment of $4.2 million to expand its High-Speed Fusion Internet Service to 34 additional towers.


The second phase of this initiative will see SaskTel deploy small cellular sites to will improve the level of service in 100 rural communities. The upgrades on the first 43 towers will be completed by March 31, 2019. The remaining 57 locations to receive upgrades will be announced once details are finalized.


This most recent round of wireless improvements will greatly benefit many residents, farms, and businesses across rural Saskatchewan.


Phase 3 will see us continue to explore ways for SaskTel to enhance its cooperation with the private sector to look for additional opportunities to improve rural wireless services while the fourth phase will involve research gathered to identify coverage gaps in mobility and internet service. The data collected will be used by SaskTel to formulate a broad expansion plan to improve services.


Keeping connected and staying safe are key to enjoying recreation and relaxation in Saskatchewan. Earlier this month, the new Saskatchewan Highway Patrol vehicles hit the road with the former Commercial Vehicle Enforcement group taking on expanded responsibilities.


If you’re travelling around the province this summer, you should be aware that Saskatchewan Highway Patrol officers are now responding to situations where previously only the police would be involved. In addition to the enforcement of commercial vehicles, the Saskatchewan Highway Patrol is supporting the provincial Protection and Response Team (PRT) by enforcing Criminal Code violations.


Last year, the Government of Saskatchewan announced the creation of the PRT to help reduce crime in rural Saskatchewan. The team is comprised of police officers from the RCMP and municipal police forces, as well as Saskatchewan Highway Patrol officers from the Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure and Ministry of Environment Conservation Officers.


Commercial vehicle enforcement will remain the primary responsibility of the Saskatchewan Highway Patrol.  However, the officers will have additional responsibilities, including arrest and detention powers, to support their role on the PRT.


Other duties include:

  • Responding to 911 calls;
  • Investigating impaired drivers;
  • Enforcing speed limits and other traffic violations – inside and outside of work zones;
  • Responding to motor vehicle accidents; and
  • Taking action when offences are committed.

Wherever your summer travels take you, stay safe and enjoy!


Saskatchewan Technology Companies Benefit From SOCO’s Supportive Environment


The province’s vibrant technology sector continues to grow due in part to the supportive environment offered by Saskatchewan Opportunities Corporation (SOCO), a Crown corporation that operates under the business name of Innovation Place.


SOCO’s 2017-18 Annual Report, released today, highlights a wealth of technology companies that have experienced notable growth and development at Innovation Place.


“SOCO helps grow Saskatchewan’s technology sector through its ongoing support of new technology businesses and growth of existing companies by fostering tenant collaboration and providing access to a broad range of technical and scientific facilities and services,” Minister Responsible for SOCO Joe Hargrave said.

SOCO manages technology parks adjacent to the province’s universities in Saskatoon and Regina.  The two parks are home to 142 tenants employing more than 3,700 people.

“Of the 161 new technology companies started at Innovation Place over the last 25 years, 117 or 73 per cent are still operational today – more than twice the five-year survival rate for new businesses in Canada,” SOCO President and CEO Van Isman said.  “Of these, 111 or 69 per cent are still operating in Saskatchewan, with 54 at Innovation Place and 57 at other locations in the province.”


Highlights of the 2017-18 Annual Report:

  • SOCO generated net income of $5.6 million.
  • Innovation Place received a 98 per cent approval rating from tenant CEOs who would recommend the park to other technology organizations.
  • Strong tenant programming included 156 business development and networking events, attracting more than 8,300 attendees in Saskatoon and Regina.
  • In June 2017, Co.Labs, Saskatchewan’s first technology incubator, was launched at Innovation Place in Saskatoon.  Co.Labs provides support and mentorship to early-stage technology startups and entrepreneurs.
  • In March 2018, Saskatchewan Research Council (SRC) Environmental Analytical Labs moved into the East Atrium Building in Saskatoon – the result of a multi-year, multi-million dollar renovation project that addressed SRC’s specialized needs.
  • Innovation Place received the first place Mission: Zero Award in the Medium Employer category, recognizing an exemplary safety record and strong safety culture.

The 2017-18 Annual Report is available online at www.soco.sk.ca.


2018 S.S.F.A. Provincial 55+ Games
CLOSING CEREMONIES OF THE 55+SENIOR GAMES

Top: Moose Jaw volunteers.
Lower Left: Doris Dunphy- games chairperson.
Lower Right: Retiring the colours- Royal Canadian Legion.

CARBON TAX
At a time when the NDP wants us to wave the white flag and allow Justin Trudeau to force a carbon tax on the people of our province, new analysis confirms why our government has never supported the tax and is challenging it in court.
The University of Regina’s Institute for Energy, Environment and Sustainable Communities finds that a federal carbon tax could potentially reduce Saskatchewan’s gross domestic product (GDP) by almost $16 billion, with little effect on emissions.


The Government of Saskatchewan, in conjunction with researchers from the Institute, looked at several detailed scenarios of a federal carbon tax. The most conservative scenario shows a carbon tax of $50 per tonne would reduce provincial GDP by 2.43 per cent or $1.8 billion annually. Total impact to the provincial GDP could reach approximately $16 billion from 2019 to the end of 2030.


The study also looked at the potential environmental impact of a federal carbon tax and found it will only reduce GHG emissions by less than one megatonne. This is approximately 1.25 per cent of Saskatchewan’s total emissions and would result in a cost to GDP of $1,890 per tonne.


The federal government has significantly underestimated the economic impact of its carbon tax and overestimated the expected Greenhouse Gas (GHG) reductions. This new and more thorough model indicates GDP reductions in the billions, which translates to less competitive industries in Saskatchewan and fewer jobs across the province.


In addition to significant impacts on provincial and national GDP, research conducted at the University of Calgary confirms a federal carbon tax will cost an average Saskatchewan household more than $1,000 per year.


The federal government has not incorporated specific provincial economic data in its modelling. Saskatchewan exports more than any other province as a proportion of its total GDP. In 2017, Saskatchewan exports made up 47.7 per cent of the provincial GDP.


The federal government has not accounted for energy-intensive, trade-exposed industries that drive our economy and has not told Canadians what they will be paying or what little impact that price will have on emissions.


Saskatchewan’s strategy will enhance our resiliency to climate change, result in actual emissions reductions, and ensure our industries remain competitive. It includes SaskPower’s commitment to achieve up to 50% electricity capacity from renewable resources and reduce overall GHG emissions by 40 per cent by 2030.  This will result in GHG reductions of approximately six million tonnes.


In addition, upstream oil and gas producers will reduce GHG emissions by 40 to 45 per cent through a methane reduction strategy, which will result in reductions of 4 to 4.5 million tonnes.


Prairie Resilience also recognizes the prominent role of agriculture in addressing climate change and reducing emissions. Producers already sequester nearly 12 million tonnes of carbon through innovations such as zero till technology.


Further reductions are expected from large industrial emitters as the performance standards are developed. Saskatchewan will make these significant reductions in GHG emissions without a carbon tax.

Premier Moe Names New Deputy Minister

Cam Swan to Serve as Province’s Top Public Servant


Premier Scott Moe has announced that Cam Swan will be the new Deputy Minister to the Premier, replacing Kent Campbell who has served in an interim capacity since August 2017.


Swan has served as President and CEO of the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority since May 2017.  Previously, Swan held a number of senior positions in the public service, including Special Advisor to the Deputy Minister to the Premier, Deputy Minister of Environment, Chair of the Public Service Commission and General Manager of Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation.


“Cam Swan’s depth of experience and reputation as a hardworking and respected civil servant will be an asset in providing leadership to Saskatchewan’s public service,” Moe said.  “I look forward to working with Cam over the coming years as our government continues to stand up for the best interests of Saskatchewan people.”


Moe also announced the following changes to the senior leadership of Saskatchewan’s Public Service:


Kent Campbell is appointed Deputy Minister of Trade and Export Development.  Campbell formerly served as Interim Deputy Minister to the Premier and Deputy Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs.  He has previously served as Saskatchewan’s Deputy Minister of Economy and Deputy Minister of Energy and Resources.


Wes Jickling is appointed Deputy Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs while retaining his current responsibilities as CEO of Innovation Saskatchewan.  Jickling has previously held senior roles in corporate, government and international organizations, including previous service for the Government of Saskatchewan as Associate Deputy Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, global potash exporter Canpotex, and the United Nations.


Clare Isman is appointed President and CEO of the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority.  Isman has formerly served as Senior Advisor to the Deputy Minister to the Premier, and Deputy Minister of Finance.


“I would like to thank Kent Campbell for his diligence and service as Interim Deputy Minister to the Premier and congratulate Kent, along with Wes and Clare, on their new assignments,” Moe said.

These appointments are effective July 16, 2018.

Strong and Steady Performance for Auto Fund and SGI Canada

Both divisions of Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) showed strong financial performance in 2017-18.  Today the Crown corporation tabled financial and operational highlights for the Saskatchewan Auto Fund and SGI CANADA.

The Saskatchewan Auto Fund is the self-sustaining, compulsory auto insurance plan administered by SGI on behalf of the province.   The Auto Fund had a strong 2017-18, thanks in large part to solid investment earnings ($162.8 million) from a well-managed investment portfolio.  Traffic safety awareness targeted at reducing the number of people killed or injured due to impaired driving continued to be a strong focus for the year, through award-winning campaigns like “People Shouldn’t Disappear” and “Be A Good Wingman.”


“Overall we are very pleased with the performance and service of the Saskatchewan Auto Fund,” Minister Responsible for SGI Joe Hargrave said.  “Our goal of having the safest roads in all of Canada is an ambitious one, but we are committed to this work, and we will continue to bring awareness to these important safety issues.”




Auto Fund highlights for 2017-2018 include:

  • $937.3 million in gross premium written;
  • $144.2 million in discounts to customers through SGI’s Safe Driver Recognition and Business Recognition programs;
  • $162.8 million in investment earnings, primarily from strong equity returns;
  • $787.9 million in claims incurred (a 1.3 per cent decrease when compared to the previous year);
  • $33.6 million in storm claims, the largest being a hailstorm in Saskatoon which resulted in estimated claim costs of $15.9 million;
  • $210.1 million added to the Rate Stabilization Reserve, which acts as a cushion that protects customers from severe rate increases due to a sudden influx of claims from summer storms or downturns in investment markets;
  • Implemented a number of customer-focused improvements, including:
    • a redesigned website that makes it easier for customers to find what they came to do, and
    • a provincial call centre for claims so that customers are connected to the first available claims person and spend less time waiting on hold;
  • New legislation was introduced in Fall 2017 (and passed in Spring 2018) that:
    • paved the road for ridesharing services to operate in Saskatchewan;
    • increased penalties for impaired drivers who transport children; and
    • declared a zero-tolerance policy for drug-impaired driving, and paired SGI administrative penalties with incoming federal legislation.

SGI CANADA is the competitive side of SGI’s operations, selling property and casualty insurance in Saskatchewan, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario and British Columbia.


“SGI CANADA continues to focus on growth, and has successfully increased the share of business written out of province,” Hargrave said.  “The company is on pace to achieve its target of $1 billion in premium written by 2020 with 40 per cent written outside Saskatchewan. Geographic and product diversification helps keep the company stable and insulate it from losses in any one region.”


Highlights for SGI CANADA in 2017-18 include:

  • $59.4 million profit;
  • 8.7 per cent premium growth (outperforming the industry average of approximately three per cent), with premium growth both inside and outside Saskatchewan;
  • 15.8 per cent return on equity, after tax;
  • $43.5 million in investment earnings, driven by strong equity returns from a well-managed and diversified investment portfolio;
  • $10.9 million underwriting profit;
  • $802.8 million in premiums written (including $277.4 million – or 34.6 per cent – written outside Saskatchewan);
  • $50.2 million in storm claims (all provinces);
  • $35.8 million dividend to Crown Investments Corporation, representing 60 per cent of SGI CANADA’s net income over the fiscal year;
  • Began selling personal property and auto insurance in Ontario under the SGI CANADA brand (SGI CANADA also continues to offer non-standard auto insurance products in Ontario under the Coachman brand); and
  • Launch of the Farm Business Unit to provide unique and personalized service to agricultural customers.

The complete Saskatchewan Auto Fund annual report can be found at www.sgi.sk.ca.


BLOOMING CANOLA FIELD
Strong and Steady Performance for Auto Fund and SGI Canada

Both divisions of Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) showed strong financial performance in 2017-18.  Today the Crown corporation tabled financial and operational highlights for the Saskatchewan Auto Fund and SGI CANADA.

The Saskatchewan Auto Fund is the self-sustaining, compulsory auto insurance plan administered by SGI on behalf of the province.   The Auto Fund had a strong 2017-18, thanks in large part to solid investment earnings ($162.8 million) from a well-managed investment portfolio.  Traffic safety awareness targeted at reducing the number of people killed or injured due to impaired driving continued to be a strong focus for the year, through award-winning campaigns like “People Shouldn’t Disappear” and “Be A Good Wingman.”


“Overall we are very pleased with the performance and service of the Saskatchewan Auto Fund,” Minister Responsible for SGI Joe Hargrave said.  “Our goal of having the safest roads in all of Canada is an ambitious one, but we are committed to this work, and we will continue to bring awareness to these important safety issues.”

Auto Fund highlights for 2017-2018 include:

  • $937.3 million in gross premium written;
  • $144.2 million in discounts to customers through SGI’s Safe Driver Recognition and Business Recognition programs;
  • $162.8 million in investment earnings, primarily from strong equity returns;
  • $787.9 million in claims incurred (a 1.3 per cent decrease when compared to the previous year);
  • $33.6 million in storm claims, the largest being a hailstorm in Saskatoon which resulted in estimated claim costs of $15.9 million;
  • $210.1 million added to the Rate Stabilization Reserve, which acts as a cushion that protects customers from severe rate increases due to a sudden influx of claims from summer storms or downturns in investment markets;
  • Implemented a number of customer-focused improvements, including:
    • a redesigned website that makes it easier for customers to find what they came to do, and
    • a provincial call centre for claims so that customers are connected to the first available claims person and spend less time waiting on hold;
  • New legislation was introduced in Fall 2017 (and passed in Spring 2018) that:
    • paved the road for ridesharing services to operate in Saskatchewan;
    • increased penalties for impaired drivers who transport children; and
    • declared a zero-tolerance policy for drug-impaired driving, and paired SGI administrative penalties with incoming federal legislation.

SGI CANADA is the competitive side of SGI’s operations, selling property and casualty insurance in Saskatchewan, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario and British Columbia.


“SGI CANADA continues to focus on growth, and has successfully increased the share of business written out of province,” Hargrave said.  “The company is on pace to achieve its target of $1 billion in premium written by 2020 with 40 per cent written outside Saskatchewan. Geographic and product diversification helps keep the company stable and insulate it from losses in any one region.”


Highlights for SGI CANADA in 2017-18 include:

  • $59.4 million profit;
  • 8.7 per cent premium growth (outperforming the industry average of approximately three per cent), with premium growth both inside and outside Saskatchewan;
  • 15.8 per cent return on equity, after tax;
  • $43.5 million in investment earnings, driven by strong equity returns from a well-managed and diversified investment portfolio;
  • $10.9 million underwriting profit;
  • $802.8 million in premiums written (including $277.4 million – or 34.6 per cent – written outside Saskatchewan);
  • $50.2 million in storm claims (all provinces);
  • $35.8 million dividend to Crown Investments Corporation, representing 60 per cent of SGI CANADA’s net income over the fiscal year;
  • Began selling personal property and auto insurance in Ontario under the SGI CANADA brand (SGI CANADA also continues to offer non-standard auto insurance products in Ontario under the Coachman brand); and
  • Launch of the Farm Business Unit to provide unique and personalized service to agricultural customers.

The complete Saskatchewan Auto Fund annual report can be found at www.sgi.sk.ca.


WHAT’S HAPPENING IN MOOSE JAW
FREE FISHING WEEKEND

Friday, July 13, 2018

What: Millers vs Weyburn
Time:  7:00 p.m. 
Place:  Ross Wells Park

What: Moose Jaw DameBusters
Time:  8:00 p.m. 
Place: Red Knight Arena at 15 Wing 

Saturday, July 14, 2018

What: Dave Proctor Run 
Time:  10:00 a.m. 
Place:  Staples Parking Lot
Dave Proctor running across Canada in 66 days to raise awareness for rare diseases.

What: Load of Nonsense at the Lake

Time: 10:00 a.m. 
Place: Buffalo Pound Lake

What: Jeep Cruise for Parkinsons
Time:  6:00 p.m. 
Place: Boston Pizza, 1650 Main St N, Moose Jaw
From Melfort to Moose Jaw, follow this restored ’56 Willys Jeep on a fundraiser for Parkinson Canada at “Jeep Cruise for Parkinsons” . Expected ETA in Moose Jaw is 6:00 p.m. at Boston Pizza, Main St. North. Stop by to meet Kurt and see the Jeep restored by his father who lived with Parkinsons Disease for nearly 20 years

Sunday, July 15, 2018

What: 15 Wing car show
Time:  11:00 a.m. 

Place:  15 Wing

What: Train Rides at the WDM

Time:  11:00 a.m. 
Place:  Western Development Museum

What:  Air Show & Car Show

Time:  3:00 p.m. 
Place: 15 Wing

UPCOMING EVENTS:

2018 Saskatchewan Festival of Words
Thursday, Jul 19, 2018 at 9:00 a.m.
Workshops around the city 

Train Rides at the WDM

July 21, 22, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. 
Western Development Museum

Concert in the Park
Every Wednesday @ 7:00 p.m. 

Crescent Park

Report from the Legislature July 12, 2018

Summer at the Legislative Building

Summer in Saskatchewan is a great time to enjoy recreation and relaxation.

When travelling throughout our province, our government understands the importance of high-speed internet and cellular connections both in business and in our personal lives.

We also understand that too many rural areas still have poor cellular coverage and slow internet service which is why we’re working with SaskTel to expand and enhance its network.

Late last year, we announced a four-phase initiative to provide rural Saskatchewan communities with enhanced access to communications services. This work started with a SaskTel-led investment of $4.2 million to expand its High-Speed Fusion Internet Service to 34 additional towers.

The second phase of this initiative will see SaskTel deploy small cellular sites to will improve the level of service in 100 rural communities. The upgrades on the first 43 towers will be completed by March 31, 2019. The remaining 57 locations to receive upgrades will be announced once details are finalized.

This most recent round of wireless improvements will greatly benefit many residents, farms, and businesses across rural Saskatchewan.

Phase 3 will see us continue to explore ways for SaskTel to enhance its cooperation with the private sector to look for additional opportunities to improve rural wireless services while the fourth phase will involve research gathered to identify coverage gaps in mobility and internet service. The data collected will be used by SaskTel to formulate a broad expansion plan to improve services.

Keeping connected and staying safe are key to enjoying recreation and relaxation in Saskatchewan. Earlier this month, the new Saskatchewan Highway Patrol vehicles hit the road with the former Commercial Vehicle Enforcement group taking on expanded responsibilities.

If you’re travelling around the province this summer, you should be aware that Saskatchewan Highway Patrol officers are now responding to situations where previously only the police would be involved. In addition to the enforcement of commercial vehicles, the Saskatchewan Highway Patrol is supporting the provincial Protection and Response Team (PRT) by enforcing Criminal Code violations.

Last year, the Government of Saskatchewan announced the creation of the PRT to help reduce crime in rural Saskatchewan. The team is comprised of police officers from the RCMP and municipal police forces, as well as Saskatchewan Highway Patrol officers from the Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure and Ministry of Environment Conservation Officers.

Commercial vehicle enforcement will remain the primary responsibility of the Saskatchewan Highway Patrol.  However, the officers will have additional responsibilities, including arrest and detention powers, to support their role on the PRT.

Other duties include:

  • Responding to 911 calls;
  • Investigating impaired drivers;
  • Enforcing speed limits and other traffic violations – inside and outside of work zones;
  • Responding to motor vehicle accidents; and
  • Taking action when offences are committed.

Wherever your summer travels take you, stay safe and enjoy!

Moose Jaw Express July 11, 2018

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A Unique Place to Be 

When I stand at the corner of High Street and Main and look around, I appreciate what a unique city we have. Our historic downtown is the core of our vibrant tourism industry.  Be it the arts, heritage, nature, or sports, there is something going on for everyone, tourists and locals alike. Moose Jaw has so much to enjoy year-round, but this is especially true during the summer months.

The Saskatchewan Festival of Words is a high-profile event in the literary world. It is listed as one of the 40 Best Arts and Cultural Festivals in North America in 2018 by FlightNetwork, North America’s leading travel agency. The Festival of Words brings award-winning authors, and those who love to read or write, from across Canada, for four days of workshops, concerts, film, panel discussions, interviews, music, theatre, and even a slam poetry competition.

Moose Jaw has cultural events for every taste. RuBarb Productions has performances of three different shows going on throughout the summer. Every Wednesday evening all summer long you can enjoy ‘Concert in the Park’ a weekly outdoor concert which is free to the public. This year Crescent Park will be the venue for an outdoor rock ‘n roll arts festival, Band City Fest Arts and Music Festival on August 25th. Besant Park west of Moose Jaw hosts the Sandy Creek Gospel Jamboree from July 20 to 22.

Classic car enthusiasts around Moose Jaw know that I rarely miss a “Show and Shine”. There are several in the area over the season. The 15 Wing Highway to Heroes Air/Concert & Car Show promises to be a spectacular event on July 15. Particularly exciting is that an impressive air display including the Snowbirds will be part of it this year.

Our top-notch local museums connect us to our heritage, and are a lot of fun to visit, with interactive displays, and interesting events. The Western Development Museum, the Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery, Sukanen Ship Museum, the Tunnels of Moose Jaw and the Moose Jaw Trolley all illustrate an interesting twist of our history.

For nature buffs, Wakamow Valley and Buffalo Pound Provincial Park provides camping, hiking trails, bird watching and water activities that connect us to nature. Wakamow Valley will host a Kid’s Day on July 12th. Buffalo Pound also has a variety of programs offered daily during summer.

Tourism Moose Jaw showcases our unique attractions, events, and provides information to attract people to Moose Jaw. It is a not-for-profit organization representing both tourism-related businesses and those service businesses that recognize the importance of tourism in the community. Tourism benefits all of Moose Jaw as visitors support local businesses, which adds to our economy.

The tourism industry contributes significantly to the entire Saskatchewan economy. In 2017, travel expenditures reached $2.37 billion. More than 67,000 Saskatchewan residents are employed in tourism or tourism-related jobs. Approximately 3,200 tourism organizations and operators offer more than 4,000 products and experiences.

Tourism thrives in Moose Jaw because of the dedicated staff at our attractions and businesses. Many of these venues and events depend on volunteers as well. I know I will enjoy many of our special events this summer, and I would like to thank those individuals who make them happen.

Whether you are a resident in the area, or touring through Moose Jaw, you’re sure to enjoy the uniqueness of events and venues for an active and interesting summer here in Moose Jaw.

From the Desk of Warren Michelson July 6, 2018

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SIDEWALK DAYS

Sidewalk Days are well underway.  Take some time today and tomorrow to walk down Main St. and check out some of the vendors and events taking place.  There is something for everyone! 

 PUBLIC ASKED FOR INPUT ABOUT IMPAIRMENT IN THE WORKPLACE BEFORE CANNABIS IS LEGALIZED


The Government of Saskatchewan is asking for feedback on how to keep workers safe from the impacts of impairment in the workplace as the legalization date for cannabis approaches.


In the fall of 2017, the Government of Saskatchewan conducted an online cannabis survey.  The survey revealed the majority of respondents believe additional steps need to be taken to keep workers and workplaces safe.  Based on this feedback, the public and stakeholders are being asked to provide written submissions sharing their thoughts on how to address impairment in the workplace through possible legislative changes to The Saskatchewan Employment Act and The Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, 1996.


“Being impaired at work is unacceptable, dangerous and illegal,” Labour Relations and Workplace Safety Minister Don Morgan said.  “With the introduction of the Cannabis Act, we are examining current legislation and will be making changes to ensure the safety of all workers.  We are seeking input from workers and employers across the province.”


A consultation paper has been posted at 
www.saskatchewan.ca/government/public-consultations/consultation-on-impairment-in-the-workplace.  Written submissions can be sent via mail or email to labourlegislationLRWS@gov.sk.ca by August 31, 2018.


To learn more about cannabis in Saskatchewan, visit 
www.saskatchewan.ca/government/cannabis-in-saskatchewan.

Regulations Passed Allowing for Ticketing of Cannabis Offences
The Government of Saskatchewan has amended regulations to allow for the ticketing of numerous offences under The Cannabis Control (Saskatchewan) Act.  Ticket amounts will range from $200 up to a maximum of $2,250 depending on the offence.  Passing of these regulations is another step toward the legalization of cannabis in Canada.


Offences subject to ticketing will include:

  • A $200 ticket for possessing or distributing more than 30 grams of dried cannabis in a public place;
  • A $200 ticket for consuming cannabis in a public place;
  • A $1,000 ticket for consuming cannabis at school, on school grounds or at a child care facility;
  • A $300 ticket if a minor is caught purchasing, possessing, consuming, or selling cannabis;
  • A $750 ticket for anyone caught selling or giving cannabis to a minor;
  • A $2,250 ticket if a permittee or employee of a retail cannabis location fails to demand proof of age and/or if a permittee sells or distributes cannabis to a minor;
  • A $300 ticket for possessing, consuming or distributing cannabis in a vehicle, which will not apply if someone is transporting cannabis from a legal point of purchase to a legal point of consumption; and
  • A $200 ticket for possessing or consuming cannabis in a campground when a cannabis prohibition is in effect.

These new regulations that apply to cannabis are similar to current rules regarding alcohol.  The ticketing rules for cannabis under The Summary Offences Procedure (Miscellaneous) Amendment Regulations, 2018, will not come into force until The Cannabis Control (Saskatchewan) Act is proclaimed this fall.

These regulations follow the release earlier this year of the Saskatchewan Cannabis Framework, which outlines a plan for the legal and responsible distribution, sale and use of cannabis in the province.

The federal government has indicated cannabis will be legal in Canada on October 17, 2018.  Until that time, current laws and rules apply and cannabis for recreational purposes remains illegal.


Relaxing after Canada Day in Buffalo Pound Provincial Park with our grand kids.

LARGEST MONTH-TO-MONTH JOB INCREASE SINCE 2012

Data released by Statistics Canada today shows that June had the largest month-to-month gain in employment in Saskatchewan since 2012, up 8,300 jobs (seasonally adjusted).

There were 583,700 people employed in the province in June, up 3,900 year-over-year.  Saskatchewan’s unemployment rate dropped to 6.3 per cent in June 2018, the fifth lowest in Canada (seasonally adjusted).  The unemployment rate was down from 6.8 per cent in May 2018.





“Saskatchewan is on the right track,” Immigration and Career Training Minister Jeremy Harrison said.  “We had our highest month-to-month job gain since 2012 and our unemployment rate fell significantly.  Our economy is creating jobs with a strengthening labour market.”


Other June highlights include:

  • Major year-over-year employment gains were reported for public administration, up by 3,200 jobs, finance, insurance, real estate and leasing, up 2,500 jobs, and health care and social assistance, up 2,100 jobs.
  • The forestry, fishing, mining, oil and gas sector also showed growth, up 1,500 jobs, and the manufacturing sector was up 1,400 jobs from June 2017.
  • Compared to June 2017, Regina’s employment increased by 1,400 jobs while Saskatoon’s increased by 4,100 jobs.

GOVERNMENT ISSUES BLUE-GREEN ALGAE ADVISORY

The Water Security Agency and the Saskatchewan Ministry of Health are advising the public to avoid swimming in or drinking water where blue-green algae blooms are occurring.


Algae blooms, or heavy concentrations of blue-green algae, commonly occur during calm, hot weather in areas of lakes and reservoirs with shallow, slow moving or still water that has sufficient nutrients.  Pet owners and livestock producers are also advised to keep their animals away from such water.

Algae blooms often give the water a shimmering, foamy pea soup appearance.  They are usually blue-green, bright blue, grey or tan in colour.  The recent warm temperatures in the province may result in the quick formation of algal blooms.


The blooms typically last up to three weeks and can be pushed around the lake or reservoir by the wind.
Swimming in or drinking this algae-contaminated water can cause red skin, sore throat, cramps or diarrhea.  In addition, caution should be taken when considering the consumption of fish or shellfish caught in areas of a water body where a bloom exists; in particular the internal organs of the fish should not be eaten.


If you have health symptoms, please call Healthline 811 or contact your health care provider.


Saskatchewan Premier’s Service Club Award Recipients Announced 

Premier Scott Moe announced the four community organizations that will be presented with this year’s Premier’s Service Club award.


“Looking at the impact made by each of these organizations, I am truly humbled by Saskatchewan’s drive to give back,” Premier Scott Moe said.  “These groups and the individuals who dedicate themselves are an example to everyone of how selflessness and service can make our province a better place.  Thank you on behalf of a grateful province to each of them for their tireless efforts.”


This year’s recipients are:

  • Broadview and District Rotary Club
  • Kelvington Lionelles
  • Rotary Clubs of Saskatoon
  • Synergy 8 Community Builders

The Premier’s Service Club Award was established in 2013 to recognize voluntary, non-profit service clubs or fraternal organizations that meet to perform charitable work either by hands-on effort or by raising money for other organizations.  Presentation ceremonies will be held in the recipients’ communities throughout 2018.

Nominations for the 2018 Premier’s Service Club Award are now open.  The deadline to submit a nomination for next year’s award is September 30, 2018.  Nomination forms, a full list of eligible organizations and additional information on the Premier’s Service Club Award can be found at www.saskatchewan.ca/premierserviceclubaward.

I ENJOYED THE OPPORTUNITY TO THROW THE FIRST PITCH AT THE MILLER EXPRESS GAME. 
Miller Express won with a 4-3 win over the Swift Current 57s on Tuesday. 
Moose Jaw Millers lining up for their introduction prior to first pitch at Tuesday nights game. 

COME OUT TO ROSS WELLS BALL PARK THIS EVENING TO WATCH THE MILLERS TAKE ON YORKTON.  

The game starts at 8:00 p.m., entry is $10.00.


SaskTel Improving Wireless Service in 43 Rural Saskatchewan Locations

SaskTel announced plans today to improve 4G LTE cellular services in 43 rural communities throughout rural Saskatchewan by deploying a small cell site solution.

Today’s announcement includes the first 43 locations of Phase 2 of the Government of Saskatchewan’s December 2017 announcement of a four-phase initiative to provide rural communities with enhanced access to reliable cellular and high speed internet services.  The upgrades on the first 43 towers will be completed by March 31, 2019 and the remaining 57 locations for Phase 2 will be announced when details are finalized.

“Our government understands that having access to fast and reliable communications services are vital in today’s digital world,” Minister Responsible for SaskTel Don Morgan said.  “This most recent round of wireless upgrades from SaskTel will greatly benefit many residents, farms, and businesses who call rural Saskatchewan home.”

“Today’s announcement further demonstrates our commitment to deliver world-class communications services to our customers throughout the province,” SaskTel Acting President and CEO Doug Burnett said.  “These upgrades will help bolster our network and add capacity to address the ever-growing demand for wireless data.”


See the attached appendix for a full list of towers to be upgraded.


SaskTel is the leading Information and Communications Technology (ICT) provider in Saskatchewan, with over $1.2 billion in annual revenue and approximately 1.4 million customer connections including 607,000 wireless accesses, 356,000 wireline network accesses, 279,000 internet accesses and 111,000 maxTV subscribers.  SaskTel and its wholly-owned subsidiaries offer a wide range of ICT products and services including competitive voice, data and Internet services, wireless data services, maxTV services, data centre services, cloud-based services, security monitoring services, advertising services, and international software and consulting services.  SaskTel and its wholly-owned subsidiaries have a workforce of approximately 4,000 full-time equivalent employees (FTEs). Visit SaskTel at 
www.sasktel.com.


BLOOMING CANOLA FIELD

Crop Report for the Period June 26 to July 2, 2018

Scattered showers last week brought much-needed rain to many areas of the province, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s weekly Crop Report.  Rainfall last week ranged from trace amounts to 53 mm in the Arborfield area.  Additional rainfall in the past few days has alleviated concerns of dry conditions in some areas, although more will be needed in the coming weeks to help crops develop.


The majority of crops are in good condition and at their normal stages of development for this time of year.  Twenty per cent of the spring cereals are in the heading stage, while 45 per cent of the canola and mustard and 44 per cent of the pulse crops are flowering.


Overall, topsoil moisture conditions have slightly worsened in the past week, due to the warmer temperatures and lack of moisture.  Provincially, topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as four per cent surplus, 62 per cent adequate, 29 per cent short and five per cent very short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as three per cent surplus, 52 per cent adequate, 32 per cent short and 13 per cent very short.  Topsoil moisture remains in very short supply in many southwestern areas.


Haying continues, although there have been delays due to rain and high humidity.  Livestock producers now have 14 per cent of the crop cut and 10 per cent baled or put into silage.  Hay quality is rated as seven per cent excellent, 50 per cent good, 37 per cent fair and six per cent poor.


Hay yields so far are reported to be much lower than average and many pastures are expected to have significantly reduced carrying capacity heading into the summer.  Pasture conditions are rated as six per cent excellent, 44 per cent good, 34 per cent fair, 13 per cent poor and three per cent very poor.


Producers are wrapping up in-crop herbicide applications in most areas and are applying fungicides when warranted.  The majority of crop damage this past week was due to localized flooding, lack of moisture, strong winds and hail.  Some crops are suffering from diseases such as root rot due to excess moisture.


Farmers are busy haying and scouting for insects and disease.


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


Follow the 2018 Crop Report on Twitter at @SKAgriculture.


WHAT’S HAPPENING IN MOOSE JAW

Friday, July 6, 2018

What: Sidewalk Days
Time:  10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. 
Place:  Main St. 

What: Millers vs Yorkton
Time:  8:00 P.M. 
Place:  Ross Wells Park

Saturday, July 7, 2018

What: Sidewalk Days
Time:  10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 
Place:  Main St. 

What: Mortlach Saskatoon Berry Festival

Time:  8:00 a.m. Pancake Breakfast 
Place: Mortlach, Rose St.

$5.00 Admission, 8:00 am Pancake Breakfast, 9:00 am Vendors open, 11:00 am Parade, Kids Activities at Vimy Park, Show and Shine, Music All Day, Saskatoon Berry Pie from Prairie Berries at Keeler, Saskatchewan, Beer Garden.

What: Berry Jam Music Festival
Time:  11:00 a.m. 
Place:  Bouvier’s Berry Basket, 12 km North on Highway #19, Kincaid, Saskatchewan.

Sunday, July 8, 2018

What: Saskatchewan Men’s Ministry Team – Teen Challenge
Time:  11:00 a.m. 

Place:  Cavalry Baptist Church, 60 Hochelaga St.W.
Come and hear a dynamic presentation by Teen Challenge, featuring students sharing their amazing stories of freedom from addiction.

What:  Run to Besant Car & Motorcycle Show and Shine

Time:  12:00 p.m. 
Place: Besant Park and campground, Saskatchewan

$20.00 per entry proceeds go to hunger in MooseJaw.Dash plaques for first 100 entries. Registration from 10:30am-12noon,there will be a concession on site.There will be tables available for swap meet or crafts. Besant Park is 20 minutes west of Moose Jaw on highway #1.

What: Deb Blash – Steak Night

Time:  5:00 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. 
Place:  Cornerstone Pub & Grill 
Tickets – $20

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Concert in the Park
Every Wednesday @ 7:00 p.m.
Crescent Park

Moose Jaw Express July 4, 2018

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Moose Jaw Welcomes the 55+ Games

Welcome to all of the approximately 750 participants in the Saskatchewan Senior Fitness Association Provincial 55+ Games happening this week in our Friendly City.

The 55+ Games will be held at various venues around Moose Jaw starting July 10.  The games will showcase the determination of seniors who continue to be physically active and involved in their communities.  In our own community, we see many seniors who continue to give and give and give. At all community events, we see seniors contributing their time and knowledge.  All around our city we see them choosing to stay active. On any given day, they are serving, singing, dancing, learning, exercising, and socializing. These are the people who helped to make our wonderful province what it is. We can learn so much from their example and life experiences.

Our senior organizations are a vibrant part of our community.  The Cosmo Senior Citizen’s Centre and the Moose Jaw and District Senior Citizens Association bring seniors together to stay active and socially involved. I enjoy stopping by these centres, or our senior’s apartment buildings and retirement facilities, where I gain so much from the wit and wisdom of these great citizens.

We all have a part to play in making Moose Jaw an Age-Friendly Community. An Age-Friendly Community understands and meets the age-related needs of seniors, protects vulnerable seniors, and recognizes the importance of including older adults in all areas of community life. This is important enough that An Age-Friendly Community Recognition Program is being introduced in Saskatchewan to recognize communities that undertake activities or create programming to be more inclusive of seniors, leading to communities that are more inclusive of all people. This program is being offered in partnership with the Saskatchewan Seniors Mechanism, an umbrella group that brings together Saskatchewan seniors’ groups and advocates for a better quality of life for our province’s older adults. A plaque will be presented to successful communities during each fall Legislative session, and each will receive public recognition for their Age-Friendly status.

According to the 2016 Census, there were 5.9 million seniors in Canada, which accounted for 16.9 per cent of the total population, compared to seniors making up 10 per cent of the population in 1981. According to a 2015 study, about three-quarters of men and women aged 65 and older are engaged in active pursuits such as exercising, socializing and using technology. This confirms what we see in Moose Jaw, that seniors continue to be active and involved.

Thank you to everyone involved in the organizing of the Provincial 55+ Games. Good luck to all the participants. I am sure everyone in Moose Jaw will make them feel welcome and go out to cheer them on.  A schedule and list of venues can be found online at ssfa.ca.

Thank you to those seniors who for years have made Moose Jaw a better place to live, and to those seniors who continue to do so. Your efforts, wisdom and kindness are appreciated.

From the Desk of Warren Michelson June 29, 2018

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shield FROM THE DESK OF WARREN MICHELSON, MLA

PLEASE NOTE:  Our office will be closed on Monday July 2, 2018 in celebration of Canada Day.

CONGRATULATIONS 2018 GRAD STUDENTS! 
Sixty nine Vanier students were celebrating their graduation last evening with their parents proudly by their side.


I was honored to share greetings with the graduates and their families,
wishing all students the very best in their future endeavors, whether it be continuing their education or finding employment. 

STUDENTS CAN NOW APPLY FOR THE 2018-19 STUDENT LOAN YEAR

The 2018-19 student loan year is underway and students can now submit their applications for student financial assistance for academic programs beginning on or after August 1, 2018.


The Government of Canada and the Government of Saskatchewan have made recent updates to the Canada-Saskatchewan Integrated Loan Program to help eligible students pay for post-secondary education.


These include:

  • $200 per month in additional grant money for full-time students who have been out of high school for at least 10 years.
  • Changes to how the Canada Student Grant is calculated for full and part-time students with dependents.
  • Ability to request grants-only funding (money that you do not need to pay back) and decline the loans portion (money you must pay back).

“Our government is committed to ensuring students have access to the education and training they need to build their careers and their futures,” Advanced Education Minister Tina Beaudry-Mellor said.  “These updates to the student loan program will help ensure post-secondary education remains affordable for students.”


Loans and grants can be used to pay for more than just tuition.  Students can use this money for living expenses such as rent, food, transportation and child care.


In 2018-19, the provincial government is providing approximately $73 million in financial assistance for about 17,000 students.  Students are encouraged to apply early.  Both full-time and part-time students can apply for financial assistance.  As well, Saskatchewan Grade 12 graduates (as of 2012 or later) enrolled at a Saskatchewan post secondary institution, will automatically receive the Saskatchewan Advantage Scholarship of up to $500 each year (to a maximum of $2,000).


More information on Saskatchewan student loans can be found at 
www.saskatchewan.ca/studentloans or by calling 1-800-597-8278. 

MEMORIAL FIELD FLAG PRESENTATION

Presenting Lyle Hellings of Memorial Field with two new Saskatchewan Flags.  The flags will be flown at the field in honor of the 55+ plus games that will be hosted in Moose Jaw next month. 


REPORT FROM THE LEGISLATURE

Each year at this time we come together to celebrate our country, its identity, our shared values, and our collective good fortune to live here.


Canada is a country that works, but like all countries, Canada is imperfect and one of its enduring imperfections is the federal equalization program. The objective to ensure all Canadians have access to a comparable level of service is commendable, but the program designed to do that is flawed.


Consider how the economies of Saskatchewan, Alberta and Newfoundland have been hit hard by a sharp decline in resource prices. While the impact on government revenues and employment has been significant, all three provinces are ineligible for equalization payments.


Saskatchewan has received no equalization for 11 years and is not expected to receive equalization for the foreseeable future. Over the same period, Quebec received $100 billion, including $11.7 billion this year alone. Equalization has allowed Quebec to pay for public services that in some areas far exceed what is typically provided by other provinces. The money continues to flow to Quebec, even as Premier Philippe Couillard declares that his province “has never been so well off as it is now.”


It is true that provinces don’t pay directly into equalization. However, Canadian taxpayers finance the program through the federal taxes they pay. On average, each Canadian contributes about $500 per year to equalization. That amounts to about $600 million a year for Saskatchewan.


Saskatchewan has received equalization in the past, but what our province has received is less than two per cent of the $430 billion paid out since the program began in 1957, while Quebec has collected more than 50 per cent of the total. This is not fair to Saskatchewan taxpayers.


Your Saskatchewan Party government recently released a proposal calling for a simple change to a complicated formula that would make equalization fairer.


Under the 50-50 formula we’ve proposed, the overall amount of equalization and relative fiscal capacity of each province would continue to be calculated in the same way it is now, using the same revenue sources. Half of the total equalization pool would be distributed on this basis.


The other half would be distributed on a per capita basis, based on the population of each province relative to the other provinces. This would ensure that all provinces receive some amount of funding from the equalization program, while continuing to ensure the “have not” provinces receive significantly more relative to their size, based on their relative fiscal capacity.


Even under this proposal, the benefit to Saskatchewan remains quite small. Saskatchewan would receive about $300 million, or about 1.6 per cent of the overall equalization amount. This is more than reasonable in terms of its benefit to our province.


Unfortunately, rather than engage in meaningful discussions, the Trudeau Liberals have decided to renew the same flawed formula. This means five more years of zeroes for Saskatchewan, Alberta and Newfoundland, while Quebec will continue to receive between $50 billion and $60 billion.


Saskatchewan is offering a simple solution in keeping with the spirit of fairness and generosity that has come to define our nation.


We can build a better equalization program and in doing so, we will build a better Canada.


South Central Early Childhood  Intervention Program
and
Moose Jaw Family Services 
I attended the South Central Early Childhood Intervention Program AGM this past week as well as the Moose Jaw Family services AGM.


I appreciate your hard work and dedication to the clients you serve.
THANK YOU!

FORMER VALLEY VIEW RESIDENTS MOVE INTO NEW REGINA GROUP HOME


Today, Regina Walsh Acres MLA Warren Steinley on behalf of Social Services Minister Paul Merriman joined community members, dignitaries and group home residents in Regina to celebrate the grand opening of Clare Parker Homes new group home.


This home will provide care to three former residents of Valley View Centre who have transitioned into community-based living.  Currently, 60 people reside at Valley View Centre and are in the process of finding new homes in communities of their choice.


“The opening of this new group home represents another step forward in our government’s support of person-centred community living,” Steinley said.  “I wish all the best to the three people moving into their new home and I want to thank Clare Parker Homes for working to create an inclusive community here in Regina.”





Clare Parker Homes operates six group homes, a day program and offers supported independent living services.


“Clare Parker Homes aims to provide high-quality supported living options for people experiencing disability,” Clare Parker Homes Executive Director Rosa Smith said.  “The agency has been providing support since 1978 in the community.  We are so excited to welcome the three gentlemen to our agency and our community.  The team works toward creating a great life for the gentlemen.  Witnessing their everyday connections is truly incredible and continues to inspire us to do the work that we do, as well as expand our services.”


This group home supports the Saskatchewan Disability Strategy by creating residential services for people with disabilities.  The strategy which was released in June 2015 focuses on six priority areas including: transportation, respite, accessibility legislation, residential services, service co-ordination and navigation, and awareness/understanding of the rights of people with disabilities.


Saskatchewan residents and communities that have done work that aligns with the Disability Strategy are encouraged to share their accomplishments using the hashtag #SKDisability.  The Saskatchewan Disability Strategy Facebook page can be found at 
www.facebook.com/skdisability.


Moose Jaw Family Services Community Garden

The garden is planted by the children of the families served by Moose Jaw Family Services.


GOVERNMENT FUNDS PROJECT TO SUPPORT THE DEVELOPMENT OF AUTONOMOUS FARMING TECHNOLOGY


The Government of Saskatchewan has committed $230,000 to DOT Technology Corporation, to support its project to develop and pilot its autonomous power platform, DOT, for use in the agriculture sector.


DOT is an autonomous tractor designed to complete various farm tasks such as seeding and spraying, with minimal human supervision.  The technology will enhance productivity in the agricultural sector and reduce producers’ costs.


Government funds will be provided over two years, through Innovation Saskatchewan’s Saskatchewan Advantage Innovation Fund, and will be used to develop the platform’s autonomous functions, and to allow for user interaction through a tablet device.





“DOT is a clear example of innovative technology with the potential to transform the business of agriculture in Saskatchewan,” Minister Responsible for Innovation Saskatchewan Tina Beaudry-Mellor said.  “We are pleased to support this innovation to stimulate research and development that will provide Saskatchewan and the world with cutting edge, home-grown technology.”


DOT Technology Corporation was founded by Norbert Beaujot, Saskatchewan-based farmer, engineer and entrepreneur.  Beaujot is also the founder and president of sister company, SeedMaster Manufacturing, and has invested $1.6 million toward the production of the first DOT prototype.


“It is great to have organizations like Innovation Saskatchewan that keep innovation rooted in the province,” Beaujot said.  “The government’s continued support for entrepreneurs and innovation is critical in helping companies like DOT Technology succeed locally.”


In collaboration with researchers from the University of Regina, DOT Technology Corporation will develop various technologies to enable the platform to function autonomously.  Once fully developed, DOT will be able to complete farming tasks like seeding, spraying and harvesting, with minimal human supervision.  The technology will also be open to implements developed by third-party manufacturers, a number of whom have already expressed intentions to build DOT-ready equipment.

LEGION VETERANS LUNCHEON

A presentation on Canadian troops deployed to Hong Kong in 1941 was held during the Legion Veterans Luncheon Thursday afternoon.  The information provided was presented in a way that kept the interest of all guests.
Thank you!


NEW FEES FOR PROVINCIAL COURT SERVICES


The Ministry of Justice has completed an extensive review of fees for services within Provincial Court.


User fees are charged for a number of different services, such as photocopying, processing applications for record suspensions or issuing a summons for Small Claims Court.


This review looked into each task and the actual cost of providing the service.  It also looked at fees charged in other provinces and how Saskatchewan’s current fees compare.


Although some fees have been revised over the years, the Provincial Court Fees Regulations have not been changed since 1988.  The current fees have not kept up with the actual costs of operating the courts.


“The introduction of new fees and changes to existing fees will better reflect the costs of the services being provided,” Justice Minister and Attorney General Don Morgan said.  “Consideration was also given to maintain a fee structure that won’t restrict access to the courts and low income individuals will be able to obtain fee waiver certificates.”


Payments for court fees can be made in person with cash, debit, cheque, money order or credit card.  Credit card information will be accepted over the phone.


Information on accessing court services can be found at 
www.sasklawcourts.com.

Crop Report for the Period June 19 to June 28, 2018

Across the province, the majority of crops are in good condition and at their normal stages of development for this time of year, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s Weekly Crop Report.


Seventy-six per cent of the oilseeds and fall and spring cereals are at their normal stages of development, while 80 per cent of the pulses are at the normal stages of development for this time of year.  Sixty-five per cent of spring wheat, 57 per cent of canola, 47 per cent of lentils and 54 per cent of peas are in good condition.


Many areas received rain showers this week, although amounts varied significantly.  In some areas in the southwest, the rain has helped replenish top soil moisture.  The Vanguard area received 80 mm of rain, the Shaunavon area 49 mm, the Success area 39 mm, the Fife Lake area 23 mm, the Mossbank area 15 mm and the Tompkins area 18 mm.  Other parts of Saskatchewan reporting significant rainfall include the Broadview area 56 mm, the Fillmore area 30 mm, the Jedburgh area 53 mm, the Humboldt area 38 mm, the Eyebrow area 42 mm and the Tisdale area 32 mm.


Provincially, topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as two per cent surplus, 64 per cent adequate, 30 per cent short and four per cent very short.  Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 55 per cent adequate, 35 per cent short and 10 per cent very short.  Topsoil moisture is in shortest supply in the southwest.
Haying operations have started and five per cent of the hay crop has been cut and two per cent baled or put into silage.  Across the province, quality is rated as eight per cent excellent, 44 per cent good, 38 per cent fair and 10 per cent poor.


Crops, hay and pasture—particularly in the southwestern and west-central regions—are being affected by the dry conditions.  Hay yield is expected to be lower than average and pastures are expected to have significantly reduced carrying capacity going into the summer months.


As well as starting to cut hay, producers are finishing weed control operations.  The majority of crop damage this week was due to lack of moisture.  Cutworms are still causing damage in some areas.


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

Follow the 2018 Crop Report on Twitter at @SKAgriculture.


WHAT’S HAPPENING IN MOOSE JAW

Saturday, June 30, 2018

What: Pound Fitness Class

Time:  1:00 p.m. 
Place: Westmount

By donation, $10 or moreWhat: Spring Valley Cabaret 
Time:  7:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m. 
Place: Spring Valley Hall 

Sunday, July 1, 2018

What: CANADA DAY PANCAKE BREAKFAST

Time:  8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m 
Place:  Cosmo Senior Centre

Cost $5.00 per person for pancakes, sausages, juice, coffee, tea

What:  Moose Jawg Charity Road Race

Time:   8:00 a.m. 
Place: Wakamow Valley

What: Park Art 

Time: 10:00- 4:00 p.m. 
Place: Crescent Park

What: Canada Day Entertainment  

Time:  1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. 
Place: Amphtheatre

What: Canada Day at the WDM

Time: 10:00 a.m. 
Place: Western Development Museum

What: Canada Day Official Closing Ceremony 

Time:  5-6 p.m.
Place: Amphtheater 

What: Millers vs Yorkton 
Time: 7:00 p.m. 
Place: Ross Wells Park

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Mortlach Saskatoon Berry Festival

July 7  @ 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 

Pancake Breakfast

Pie Sales

Eating Contest

Trade Show/ Vendors

Easy Riders Horse Club

Parade

Beer Gardens

Children’s rides

Show and Shine

Live Music

Concert in the Park

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

Report from the Legislature June 28, 2018

Summer at the Legislative Building

Each year at this time we come together to celebrate our country, its identity, our shared values, and our collective good fortune to live here.

Canada is a country that works, but like all countries, Canada is imperfect and one of its enduring imperfections is the federal equalization program. The objective to ensure all Canadians have access to a comparable level of service is commendable, but the program designed to do that is flawed.

Consider how the economies of Saskatchewan, Alberta and Newfoundland have been hit hard by a sharp decline in resource prices. While the impact on government revenues and employment has been significant, all three provinces are ineligible for equalization payments.

Saskatchewan has received no equalization for 11 years and is not expected to receive equalization for the foreseeable future. Over the same period, Quebec received $100 billion, including $11.7 billion this year alone. Equalization has allowed Quebec to pay for public services that in some areas far exceed what is typically provided by other provinces. The money continues to flow to Quebec, even as Premier Philippe Couillard declares that his province “has never been so well off as it is now.”

It is true that provinces don’t pay directly into equalization. However, Canadian taxpayers finance the program through the federal taxes they pay. On average, each Canadian contributes about $500 per year to equalization. That amounts to about $600 million a year for Saskatchewan.

Saskatchewan has received equalization in the past, but what our province has received is less than two per cent of the $430 billion paid out since the program began in 1957, while Quebec has collected more than 50 per cent of the total. This is not fair to Saskatchewan taxpayers.

Your Saskatchewan Party government recently released a proposal calling for a simple change to a complicated formula that would make equalization fairer.

Under the 50-50 formula we’ve proposed, the overall amount of equalization and relative fiscal capacity of each province would continue to be calculated in the same way it is now, using the same revenue sources. Half of the total equalization pool would be distributed on this basis.

The other half would be distributed on a per capita basis, based on the population of each province relative to the other provinces. This would ensure that all provinces receive some amount of funding from the equalization program, while continuing to ensure the “have not” provinces receive significantly more relative to their size, based on their relative fiscal capacity.

Even under this proposal, the benefit to Saskatchewan remains quite small. Saskatchewan would receive about $300 million, or about 1.6 per cent of the overall equalization amount. This is more than reasonable in terms of its benefit to our province.

Unfortunately, rather than engage in meaningful discussions, the Trudeau Liberals have decided to renew the same flawed formula. This means five more years of zeroes for Saskatchewan, Alberta and Newfoundland, while Quebec will continue to receive between $50 billion and $60 billion.

Saskatchewan is offering a simple solution in keeping with the spirit of fairness and generosity that has come to define our nation.

We can build a better equalization program and in doing so, we will build a better Canada.

Moose Jaw Express June 27, 2018

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Summer In The City

There is so much to do in Moose Jaw that families can have a great summer holiday without ever having to leave. Checking into upcoming events and programs made it obvious that we have a vibrant, family-friendly city; and that one newspaper column can only highlight a fraction of the opportunities.

I always enjoy the Canada Day celebrations to kick off the summer season. We celebrate Canada with its natural beauty, and its many freedoms, privileges, social benefits and diverse cultures.  The “Backyard Party” in Crescent Park, with giant yard games, an interactive “living library” and entertainment will be a great way to celebrate our heritage. Let’s not forget the annual Moose Jawg Charity Road Race, a sanctioned race that kicks off Canada Day bright and early. Thank you to the organizers of the Canada Day festivities.

Sidewalk Days is a festival like no other in Saskatchewan. It’s worth spending time enjoying the food and the shopping.  You can take in the free entertainment and activities which make this event a highlight attraction.

There are at least 40 different programs and events for families on the Moose Jaw Public Library website. One is the “Discover it Yourself” program with different weekly themes for families to enjoy together. “Behind the Scenes” offers tours of interesting places in our community, including 15 Wing. All children’s sessions are free of charge and some require registration.

The city playground program has been part of summer in Moose Jaw for many years. It has a fun theme planned for each week and is free for all participants at eight different playgrounds around Moose Jaw.

Kids can explore their world all summer long right here in Moose Jaw.  Minimal fees charged for programs are always great value for the money spent.

Vacation Bible Schools at various churches are usually open to any children who would like to attend. The YMCA has Kinder Camps in the mornings for preschoolers aged three to five and full day camps for ages six to eleven. The little ones will enjoy a nurturing and safe environment while having the opportunity to experience dramatic play, literacy activities, outdoor play, new friends, community outings, and much more. The older children can spend the days at Wakamow Park doing those things that are a tradition of summer camp while making new friends. There are even French summer camps available thanks to ACF Moose Jaw.

The Western Development Museum has the Summer Heritage Club. Children are invited to join the club to take part in workshops, hands-on activities and demonstrations. The Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery offers weekly programs for ages three years up to teenagers. Themes like Castles and Dragons, Pirates, and Animals will stimulate their creativity. You may want to visit the Sukanen Ship heritage museum for a pioneer experience in early Saskatchewan settlement.

We are fortunate that in our vibrant community there are so many alternatives to screen time or expressions of “I’m bored”. It is especially exciting to hear that the Snowbirds will be performing at the 15 Wing Fellowship Car Show on July 15. Both Tourism Moose Jaw and DiscoverMooseJaw.com have online event calendars to browse upcoming events. If your organization is planning an event, please call our office to let us know, and we will include it in our weekly e-newsletter. I look forward to attending many of these wonderful summer happenings and hope to see you there.

From the Desk of Warren Michelson June 22, 2018

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shield FROM THE DESK OF WARREN MICHELSON, MLA

Good News on National Indigenous Peoples Day

I was asked to attend the announcement of the Saskatchewan Research Council (SRC) formalizing the expansion of a mentorship program for Indigenous post-secondary students, while at the same time celebrating the success the program has seen in its first four years.


Through SRC’s Aboriginal Mentorship Program (AMP), First Nations, Inuit and Métis post-secondary students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) can connect with an SRC mentor in the same or similar disciplines and gain work experience through a hands-on summer job at SRC.


Since its inception in 2015, fifteen students have been welcomed into the program – two of which accepted permanent, full-time employment with SRC upon graduation and are still with the organization today.


Unfortunately because of this event, I missed the National Indigenous Peoples Day celebrations in Moose Jaw. 


Government House Celebrates National Indigenous Peoples Day

Thursday, June 21 marked National Indigenous Peoples Day, and Government House celebrated the occasion with a traditional ground blessing and dance performance for all to attend.


National Indigenous Peoples Day was first proclaimed in 1996 by then Governor General of Canada, Roméo LeBlanc.  The day is for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures, and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.  The occasion is observed on or near the summer solstice, a traditional time for generations of Indigenous peoples and communities to celebrate their culture.


The public were invited to attend the free event, held outdoors on the Ceremonial Circle in front of Government House.  Elder Betty McKenna offered a prayer, and a traditional chicken dance was performed alongside multi-generational drumming group, Buffalo Lodge.


Lieutenant Governor W. Thomas Molloy  gave remarks in the company of representatives from Saskatchewan Indigenous organizations and communities.


Following the event, the public were encouraged to explore the J.E.N. Wiebe Interpretive Centre on the second floor of Government House.  June is National Indigenous History month, a great time to experience Saskatchewan’s past through interactive multi-media presentations, games and murals.


World Refugee Day, June 20

The World Refugee Day events on June 20 were very informative.  The stories of some of those who came to Moose Jaw as refugees are truly inspiring.  Thank you to the Moose Jaw Multicultural Council for organizing the event.


Hometown Fair Parade
It was a perfect evening for a parade on Thursday.  A good crowd were there to enjoy the floats and parade entries to start off the Hometown Fair.

A Touching Moment on the Road to Nipawin

On my way to a caucus meeting in Nipawin, I drove by the site of the Humboldt Broncos bus accident.  Seeing the outpouring of support in the memorial created there was very moving.  My thoughts and prayers continue to be with all those affected by this tragedy.


Premier Scott Moe Calls for Changes to Equalization Program


Moe has written to Prime Minister Trudeau and the other nine provincial premiers to propose a simple change to the complicated equalization formula that would make equalization fairer.


Moe calls his proposal the 50-50 Formula.  Under this formula, the overall amount of equalization and relative fiscal capacity of each province would continue to be calculated in the same manner it is now, using the same revenue sources.  Half of the total equalization pool would be distributed on this basis.


The other half would be distributed on a per capita basis, based on the population of each province relative to the other provinces.  This would ensure that all provinces receive some amount of funding from the equalization program, while continuing to ensure the “have not” provinces receive significantly more relative to their size, based on their relative fiscal capacity.


Even under this proposal, the benefit to Saskatchewan remains quite small.  Saskatchewan would receive about $300 million, or about 1.6 per cent of the overall equalization amount.


Moe noted that while the Saskatchewan government does not pay money into the equalization program, Saskatchewan taxpayers do through their federal taxes like income tax and GST.  On average, every Canadian contributes a little over $500 per year to the $19 billion equalization program, which means Saskatchewan taxpayers contribute about $600 million per year.

The Whistle is Back

Sunday June 17th saw the return of the bells, whistles, sounds and smells of a steam locomotive at the Western Development Museum.  Families, and kids of all ages can again have the special experience of riding a train with the last steam locomotive in the province.

Short Line 101 had been running since the late 70s, but two years ago the tracks became very deteriorated to the point the engine couldn’t be run anymore. Thanks to a sponsorship agreement with K+S Potash Canada, the Short Line will be here to stay under the new name “K+S Potash Canada Short Line 101”.

To find times to catch a ride on the K+S Potash Canada Short Line 101, you can visit the Museum’s Website.

CHAB and Moose Jaw Coop Team Up to Welcome Summer

Summer officially arrived at 4:07am Thursday and Golden West Broadcasting and Moose Jaw Coop helped to kick off summer with their annual Hot Dog Day.They offered free hotdogs and pop to anyone stopping by during the lunch hour on Thursday.  Thanks for lunch, CHAB and Coop!


First Nations School Holds Competitions to Display Learning in Robotics from RoboYOU Program
The results of five months of learning robotics, computer coding and digital literacy skills were shown this week in competitions by students at the Cowessess Community Educational Centre.


The games marked the end of the pilot run of Innovation Saskatchewan’s RoboYOU program launched in February 2018, to provide First Nations students in rural communities with exposure to robotics for learning, creating and playing.  Eighty-five students from Grades 5-9 in both the Cowessess Community Educational Centre and Chief Kahkewistahaw Community School completed the RoboYOU program, which provided them with experiential learning in programming robotics—giving them the opportunity to explore their creativity, solve problems and enhance their critical thinking skills.  Participants in both schools received certificates at the completion of the program.


Developed with assistance from the Ministry of Education, various schools as well as science and technology consultants from school divisions in Saskatchewan, one of RoboYOU’s objectives is to expose students to learning and career opportunities in the science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM fields.


With the completion of the RoboYOU pilot, Innovation Saskatchewan will review the program and determine the next steps going forward.

Crop Report for the Period June 12 to June 18, 2018

Across the province, seventy-five per cent of the pulse crops and fall and spring cereals are at their normal stages of development, while 70 per cent of the oilseeds are at their normal stages of development for this time of year, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s weekly Crop Report.


Many areas reported rain showers this week, with large amounts recorded in the west-central region.  The Rosthern area received 54 mm of rain, the Kindersley and Moosomin areas 30 mm, the Biggar area 35 mm and the Frobisher area 20 mm.  Many areas in the southwestern and west-central regions remain very dry, including Gull Lake, Shaunavon, Outlook and Dinsmore, which have received less than 25 mm of rain since April 1.


Provincially, topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as four per cent surplus, 67 per cent adequate, 24 per cent short and five per cent very short.  Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 61 per cent adequate, 28 per cent short and 11 per cent very short.  Topsoil moisture is in shortest supply in the southwest.  Crops, hay and pasture in these areas are affected by the dry conditions.  In the parts of the south that received rain over the last few weeks, annual crop conditions have improved; however, hay yield is expected to be lower than average and pastures are expected to have reduced carrying capacity going into the summer months.


Less wind this week allowed producers to do some in-crop weed control, which had been interrupted in previous weeks due to strong winds.


The majority of crop damage this week was due to lack of moisture.  Cutworms are still causing damage in some areas.


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

Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart and Environment Minister Dustin Duncan have jointly proclaimed June 17 to 23, 2018, as Native Prairie Appreciation Week in Saskatchewan.


This year marks the 20th annual Native Prairie Appreciation Week, an event unique to Saskatchewan.  It is celebrated every year in partnership with the Saskatchewan Prairie Conservation Action Plan (SK PCAP) as a way to raise awareness and appreciation of the province’s native prairie ecosystems.


“Landowners, government and non-government agencies all have a role to play in the stewardship and protection of native prairie,” Stewart said.  “Over the years, Saskatchewan’s farming and ranching families have demonstrated what it means to be responsible stewards of the land, playing a big role in the ongoing celebration of Saskatchewan prairie.”


“Saskatchewan’s native prairie is one of the features that makes our province so unique,” Duncan said.  “This week provides us with an opportunity to acknowledge the biologically diverse and natural landscapes in our province and the important role they play in sustaining biodiversity, storing carbon and building resilience to climate change.”


“Native Prairie Appreciation Week is an opportunity for all Saskatchewan residents to recognize and celebrate the diverse value of native prairie,” SK PCAP Manager Diego Steinaker said.  “We hope the week inspires people across the province to not only learn about conservation, but what native prairie has to offer.”


To celebrate, SK PCAP has planned a variety of activities across the province, including urban awareness booths at farmers’ markets in Regina, Saskatoon and Swift Current, as well as an activity checklist and a youth poster contest.


WHAT’S HAPPENING IN MOOSE JAW

Friday June 22, 2018

What: Moose Jaw Hometown Fair

Time:  3 – 10 pm
Place:  Exhibition Grounds

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Saturday, June 23, 2018

What: Moose Jaw Hometown Fair

Time:  All day, opens at 9 am
Place:  Exhibition Grounds

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What: Western Region 3 Metis Cultural Rendez-Vous

Time:  8 am – 6 pm
Place: Wildlife Federation Hall 
Call (306) 631-6058 to register

What: CarFit Clinic for Senior Drivers

Time:  1 – 4 pm
Place:  Town ‘n Country Mall Parking Lot

Sunday, June 24, 2018

What: Moose Jaw Hometown Fair

Time:  All day, opens at 9 am
Place:  Exhibition Grounds

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UPCOMING EVENTS:

Anavets Club BBQ Supper
June 26  5:30 – 6:30 pm
Reserve tickets by June 23  (306) 692-4412

Labyrinth of Peace Guided Meditation
June 26, 5:30 – 8:30 pm
324 MacDonald St.

Wakamow Valley Guided Bird Walk
June 27, 7 pm Wellesley Pavilion

Concert in the Park
June 27, 7 pm

The Saskatchewan 55+ Games 

July 10th- 12th