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From the Desk of Warren Michelson March 22, 2019

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REPORT FROM THE LEGISLATURE

The 2019 Provincial Budget is a balanced budget – and it’s the right balance for Saskatchewan.


It’s the right balance between keeping your taxes low and providing quality services for our children, families, and seniors.


It’s the right balance between important investments in both urban and rural Saskatchewan.


And it’s the right balance for building a stronger economy and creating jobs, now and in the future.


This year’s budget delivers record investments in mental health services, highway safety, our children’s classrooms and supports for persons with disabilities.


And there are no new taxes or tax increases.


This budget fulfills our government’s three-year fiscal plan in which some difficult decisions had to be made. Those choices reduced Saskatchewan’s reliance on volatile resource revenues and set Saskatchewan on a path to where we are today.


With a projected surplus of $34.4 million, this budget increases support in almost every area – in health, social services and assistance, protection of people and property, education, agriculture, community development, environment and natural resources, and transportation.


This budget provides a $700,000 increase for the Autism Individualized Funding benefit, increasing the benefit from $4,000 to $6,000 per year for children under age six.


Specific health care capital investments in this budget include funding the preconstruction design of a new Victoria Hospital in Prince Albert and planning for a new hospital in Weyburn.


Budget 2019-20 invests in the replacement of Northland Pioneers Lodge in Meadow Lake, fulfilling the government’s commitment to replace 13 long-term care facilities for seniors across the province. Additional home care support will also help people stay safely in their homes as long as possible through the Connected Care program.


The 2019-20 Budget also provides $1.1 million—an increase of more than $660,000—to the Alzheimer Society for the First Link program.


An increase of more than $27 million will support at-risk children and families while community-based organizations and those who deliver services to children and families and provide support for people with intellectual disabilities will receive an additional $5.9 million in 2019-20.


The budget also provides a $6.6 million increase in support for adults with intellectual disabilities, and $1.4 million has been designated to increase monthly payments for foster families who complete training.


This budget increases school division funding while Education Property Tax rates remain unchanged.


To improve safety at highway intersections, our government has introduced an Enhanced Intersection Safety Program that will improve signage, sight lines and lighting and add safety features like rumble strips at intersections throughout the province.


The budget also includes more than $60 million for twinning and passing lane projects. Overall, the budget provides funding to improve about 1,000 kilometres of the highway network in 2019-20.


This year we will continue funding 128 municipal police positions and targeted policing initiatives across the province with an additional $1.1 million designated for drug-impaired driving detection training for police.


While the formula has changed, communities across the province will continue to receive unconditional funding from the province through Municipal Revenue Sharing. The total allocated this year is up $10.5 million to $251 million.


This budget also achieves the right balance by investing a total of $2.7 billion into hospitals, schools, highways, and municipal and Crown infrastructure to help meet the needs of a growing population and economy, while ensuring that debt is managed responsibly.


Saskatchewan grew by over 11,000 people in 2018. A growing province means a growing demand for government services Saskatchewan people expect and deserve. Our government is committed to a responsible, sustainable plan to deliver and improve those services.


At a time when some jurisdictions have chosen a path of ongoing deficits, this budget sets Saskatchewan on a path to ensure balanced budgets in the years ahead. The 2019-20 Budget is part of our government’s plan to continue to balance into the future, and sustain needed investments in high-quality government services for all Saskatchewan people.


You can learn more at saskatchewan.ca/budget.

Minister of Finance Donna Harpauer and Warren after the 2019/20 Budget was announced. 


CITIZENSHIP SWEARING IN CEREMONY

Saskatchewan Grew By Over 11,000 People In 2018

Saskatchewan’s population grew by 11,459 people in 2018 to 1,168,423, according to new figures released today by Statistics Canada.

Saskatchewan has now grown by nearly 160,000 people since 2007, the most growth in the province since the 1920s.

“Saskatchewan is a welcoming place,” Immigration and Career Training Minster Jeremy Harrison said.  “It is a province of opportunity and that’s why people from all over the world are choosing to make Saskatchewan their new home.”

Saskatchewan’s population growth in 2018 was driven by net international migration of 15,203 people and a natural increase (births minus deaths) of 6,138, partially offset by net interprovincial migration of 9,882.


Largest Commitment To Mental Health In Saskatchewan History

The 2019-20 Saskatchewan budget makes the largest investment in mental health and addictions services in Saskatchewan history.


The Ministry of Health funding for mental health and addictions increases by nearly $30 million in the 2019-20 Budget to a total of $402 million.  This includes a $13.7 million increase to support the new Saskatchewan Hospital North Battleford.


“This budget makes the largest commitment ever to mental health services in our province,” Health Minister Jim Reiter said.  “This includes funding for more than 140 new beds to treat individuals with mental health and addictions challenges.”


$8.39 million in funding will be used to create:

  • Approximately 75 new residential support beds for individuals with intensive mental health needs who are transitioning from the hospital back into the community, freeing up in-hospital space for other patients;
  • Approximately 50 new pre- and post-addiction treatment beds for individuals who are transitioning between detox and in-patient treatment or back to the community – more than doubling pre- and post-addiction treatment bed capacity in Saskatchewan;
  • 10 new in-patient addiction treatment beds in Pine Lodge, a community-based organization located in Indian Head;
  • Six new inpatient addiction treatment beds will open in Calder Centre, an addictions treatment facility located in Saskatoon; and
  • Six new inpatient addictions beds for youth under 18 that will open in southern Saskatchewan in 2019-20.
The 2019-20 Budget also provides $1.6 million to support the launch of three Rapid Access to Addiction Medicine (RAAM) clinics in Regina, Saskatoon and Prince Albert.  RAAM clinics provide immediate access to addictions treatment by multi-disciplinary teams.  In other Canadian jurisdictions, they have reduced emergency department visits, shortened wait times and improved outcomes for patients.


$1.5 million in new funding will enable the temporary Mental Health Assessment Unit in Saskatoon to become a permanent Mental Health Short Stay Unit (MHSSU).  The seven bed MHSSU will provide individuals with acute mental health care needs a place to stay for up to seven days.


$1.1 million in new funding will be used to hire up to 12 new full-time staff to more effectively serve children and youth with mental health issues.


$685,000 in new funding will be used to hire up to seven Primary Care Counsellors to work in primary care centres across Saskatchewan.  More than 139,000 patients access this type of service annually, often for depression and anxiety.


$515,000 in new funding will be used to hire pediatric nurses and social workers to provide enhanced mental health services to children in the Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital emergency department.


$375,000 in new funding will also be used to increase the number of nurses available to provide mental health support in the Regina General Hospital emergency department.


$300,000 in new funding will help provide 24/7 nursing supports at the La Ronge Detox Centre.  This funding will significantly improve the La Ronge Detox Centre’s ability to provide treatment to individuals who are detoxing from opioids, crystal meth or other substances.


Federal funding of $1.4 million through the Opioid Emergency Treatment Fund will be used to recruit and train more health care professionals to treat crystal meth and opioid addictions.


The 2019-20 Budget also increases funding for harm reduction to more than $1.0 million annually, nearly triple what was provided in 2007-08.  This funding will be used to support provincially funded harm reduction programs, which work to reduce blood borne infections like Hepatitis C and HIV by reducing the sharing of paraphernalia used to smoke or inject illegal drugs.


The 2019-20 Budget includes new funding for a number of community-based organizations that already provide critical mental health and addictions services in communities across Saskatchewan:
  • $1.2 million will launch 18 new mental health walk-in counselling clinics across Saskatchewan through Family Services Saskatchewan, a community-based organization partnership;
  • $420,000 will increase the availability of vocational programming for individuals with mental illnesses provided through the Canadian Mental Health Association of Saskatchewan;
  • $200,000 will be divided between the Autism Resource Centre in Regina and Autism Services of Saskatoon to enable each organization to hire a mental health professional to provide enhanced treatment for autism-specific mental health disorders;
  • $250,000 will expand the Mental Health Commission of Canada’s Roots of Hope Suicide Prevention Initiative to Buffalo Narrows, the third Saskatchewan community incorporated into this program;
  • In partnership with the Ministry of Social Services, $600,000 in funding is being annualized to support Sanctum 1.5, a 10-bed unit that provides harm reduction care to pregnant women living with HIV and substance abuse issues.
These investments build on ongoing annual funding for previous initiatives and expand capacity to deliver services.  They support the recommendations in Saskatchewan’s Mental Health and Addiction Action Plan (https://www.saskatchewan.ca/government/health-care-administration-and-provider-resources/saskatchewan-health-initiatives/mental-health-and-addictions-action-plan), which guides and sets priorities for mental health and addictions.

The federal government is contributing new funding of $6.275 million toward Saskatchewan’s expenditures on mental health and addictions this year.  Approximately $4.85 million is from the Canada-Saskatchewan Bilateral Funding Agreement announced in January 2017, and an additional $1.425 million comes from the Emergency Treatment Fund.

MULBERRY ESTATES

Warren was invited to the Mulberry to enjoy lunch with the residents and to share information on government programs for seniors living in Saskatchewan retirement homes.


Thank you to the staff and residents of Mulberry,  your hospitality is always appreciated. 


Budget Includes More Money For Recycling Program, Aerial Wildfire Fighting Fleet

The Ministry of Environment will boost its funding for Saskatchewan’s successful beverage container recycling program in 2019-20, and continue to modernize the province’s fleet of firefighting aircraft.


The 2019-20 Budget includes an additional $2.248 million to help deliver the SARCAN Beverage Container Collection and Recycling Program, for a total of just over $27 million.


The ministry pays SARCAN an annual grant equal to the environmental handling charges collected two years prior – in this case, fees collected in 2017-18.  SARCAN employs more than 700 staff at its 72 collection depots province-wide.


“This additional funding will help ensure the ongoing success of Saskatchewan’s beverage container recycling program, and the continuation of all the benefits it provides to the province,” Environment Minister Dustin Duncan said.  “In addition to diverting a significant amount of waste from our landfills, SARCAN contributes to the well-being of persons with disabilities and others that work within the operation.”


The 2019-20 Budget also includes $9.252 million to begin the purchase of one CL215T air tanker.  The new firefighting aircraft will replace the province’s one remaining CL215P piston tanker, at a cost of just over $37 million over three years, and will join the fleet for the 2022 wildfire season.  Saskatchewan’s aerial fleet currently includes four land-based air tankers, six water-scooping aircraft and seven smaller bird-dog planes that are used to guide tanker aircraft.


These two key investments support the Ministry of Environment’s core mandate of environmental protection and sustainable resource management.  They balance the need to carefully manage spending while continuing to invest in needed services, programs and infrastructure for Saskatchewan people.


SUKANEN SHIP ANTIQUES, COLLECTIBLE AND VEHICLE PARTS SHOW

More Funding For Classrooms, Libraries And New Schools

The provincial government is supporting Saskatchewan students by increasing funding for classrooms, libraries, community-based organizations and early learning programs in the Ministry of Education’s 2019-20 Budget.

The 2019-20 Budget provides $2.48 billion for the Ministry of Education, which supports Prekindergarten to Grade 12 classrooms, early learning and child care, libraries and literacy.

Saskatchewan’s 27 school divisions will receive $1.9 billion in school operating funding for the 2019-20 school year, an increase of $26.2 million over last year’s $1.87 billion budget.

“We know the importance of education in our province and we have heard from people across Saskatchewan about what they need in their communities,” Education Minister Gordon Wyant said.  “As a result of those conversations, we will not only be maintaining operating funding, we are increasing it, outpacing enrollment growth.”

In addition to classroom learning, school infrastructure investments will increase by nearly $20 million over last year to total $95.6 million in the 2019-20 Budget.

This includes:

  • $3.0 million to provide planning and design funding for the following new major capital projects:
    • a joint-use replacement of Ecole St. Pius X Elementary School and Argyle Elementary School in Regina; and
    • a joint-use replacement and consolidation of Sacred Heart, St. Mary Elementary Schools, Empire and Westmount schools in Moose Jaw;
  • $250,000 to determine the scope of a replacement school for St. Frances Elementary in Saskatoon Catholic School Division;
  • $29 million to provide funding for two ongoing major school consolidation projects in Rosthern and Weyburn;
  • $55.9 million for preventative maintenance, renewal and emergency funding;
  • $6.4 million for relocatable classrooms; and
  • $1.0 million for school facility assessments.
Also within the 2019-20 Budget is $72.6 million for child care.  This includes $57.6 million in provincial funding, an increase of $1.6 million over last year.  The change includes an increase in funding to community-based organizations. In addition, $15.1 million is being provided by the Federal Government through the Canada-Saskatchewan Early Learning and Child Care Agreement.

In 2019-20, the Ministry of Education is increasing funding for the Early Childhood Intervention Program to $4.3 million, an increase of $300,000 over last year’s funding.

Saskatchewan’s public libraries will also receive increased funding, with a one per cent lift to increase total funding to $11.2 million.

In 2019-20, the Ministry of Education will provide an additional $709,000 to community-based organizations intended for salaries.

MICHELLE WRIGHT CONCERT AT THE MAE WILSON THEATRE

Agriculture Continues To See Strong Budget Support

The Ministry of Agriculture’s budget will increase three per cent in 2019-20 to $391.3 million, ensuring programming to support the success of farmers, ranchers and agri-businesses continues.  The budget fully funds business risk management programs and sustains investments in agricultural research.  This will encourage our agriculture sector to continue to grow.

“This provincial budget provides a stable foundation for Saskatchewan’s farm and ranch families with increases to the right programs and services,” Agriculture Minister David Marit said.  “This budget provides program enhancements and continued investment in research.”

In response to feedback from stakeholders and producers on the Pest Biosecurity Program introduced last year, funding to the Rat Control component of the program will increase by $350,000 to $1.25 million.  This increased funding will be directed to grants paid to rural municipalities and First Nation bands, to cover the cost incurred for rat inspections and bait.

The 2019-20 Budget contains $271.9 million to fully fund business risk management programs offered under the federal-provincial Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP), including Crop Insurance, AgriStability, AgriInvest and Western Livestock Price Insurance.

The Crop Insurance program includes a number of enhancements for 2019-20, including higher coverage on tame and native grazing land to better reflect the losses producers experience during a shortfall in forage production.  Approximately 30 million acres are anticipated to be insured under Crop Insurance this year.

The government continues to invest $31.9 million in agricultural research, with funding for research projects, demonstration and adoption of new technologies.  The research funding is part of the $71.2 million that will be invested this fiscal year into strategic programs under the five-year CAP agreement.

This budget continues to support a number of industry organizations, with funding for groups that include Agriculture in the Classroom Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan 4-H Council, and Farm and Food Care Saskatchewan.  These organizations, among others, help build trust in agriculture, develop future leaders and support a sustainable industry.

Saskatchewan’s agriculture sector is an important part of the province’s diverse economy.  Producers harvested a crop of more than 35 million tonnes in 2018, the sixth consecutive year the provincial harvest has been more than 30 million tonnes.  Saskatchewan’s 2018 total agri-food exports were $13.4 billion, an increase of more than 60 per cent since 2010.


WHAT’S HAPPENING IN MOOSE JAW

Friday, March 22, 2019

What: Zion Village Flea Market
Time:   1:00 – 6:00 p.m
Place:  Zion Church

What: Sukanen Ship Antiques, Collectibles, and Vehicle Parts Show
Time:  12:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Place: Exhibition Grounds

Saturday, March 23, 2019

What: Sukanen Ship Antiques, Collectibles, and Vehicle Parts Show
Time:  9:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Place: Exhibition Grounds

What: Moose Jaw Thunder Creek Model Train Show
Time:  9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m
Place:  WDM
Cost:  Regular Admission Applies.  WDM Members free.

What: Zion Village Flea Market
Time:   1:00 – 6:00 p.m
Place:  Zion Church

Sunday, March 24, 2019

What: Moose Jaw Thunder Creek Model Train Show
Time:  9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m
Place:  WDM
Cost:  Regular Admission Applies.  WDM Members free.

UPCOMING

 

March 28, 2019
Heartland Hospice Fundraiser:  An Evening of Love, Hope, and Inspiration
With Greg and Leone Ottenbreit
Mae Wilson Theatre
6:30 p.m.
Tickets: $25 through the Theatre Box Office

Yara Community Gardens Registration Night
Hunger in MJ Office 269 – Stadacona St. W.
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

March 29, 2019
YMCA Home Alone Safety for Kids course
For ages 9 to 12
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
YMCA Fairford location
$45  ($35 for members)

April 6-7, 2019
Business Expo
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

April 10. 2019
MJBEX Awards
5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

From the Desk of Warren Michelson March 15, 2019

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Go Warriors Go
Congratulations to the Moose Jaw Warriors for clinching a spot in the playoffs.
Good Luck.


More Supports for Families in Moose Jaw

Deputy Premier and Education Minister Gordon Wyant has announced funding for an Early Years Family Resource Centre and funding for an Early Learning Intensive Support (ELIS) pilot program for Moose Jaw.$1.5 million in funding has been allocated to create Early Years Family Resource Centres in seven communities – The Battlefords, Meadow Lake, Moose Jaw, Nipawin, Prince Albert, Saskatoon and one in the North.

 

Early Years Family Resource Centres provide a place where families with young children can access reliable information, services and supports to help them raise healthy children.  Expert advice could be made available on everything from how to connect with your children, to how to stimulate your child’s development.

There could also be interactive activities for babies and toddlers, and support groups where young parents can share their experiences with others and seek advice.


The new centres will be developed through community partnerships led by KidsFirst, who will be responsible for finding physical space in each of the communities, hiring staff and developing programing for a planned opening in Fall 2019.  Funding is being provided through the Canada-Saskatchewan Early Learning and Child Care Agreement.


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The province’s Early Learning Intensive Support (ELIS) pilot program will be expanding from the two original locations of Regina and Saskatoon to five additional communities.  ELIS programs will soon be established in Moose Jaw, North Battleford, Prince Albert, Swift Current and Yorkton.  This expansion will provide 50 more Saskatchewan children with intensive needs access to professional supports,


More than $2 million in funding is being provided for this program through the Canada-Saskatchewan Early Learning and Child Care Agreement.  It will allow school divisions to provide additional supports for children with intensive needs attending Prekindergarten programs.  This includes hiring additional educational assistants and bringing in specialized resources.


Commonwealth Day

I was honoured to attend the 2019 Saskatchewan Branch Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Dinner tonight.
The dinner represented members of the Commonwealth from Jamaica, Ghana, Barbados, India, Uganda, South Africa, Zambia, Dominican, Bangladesh, Kenya, St Lucas, Nigeria, Somalia, Cameroon, Pakistan.
This special event is presented on Commonwealth Day to recognize the citizens from Commonwealth Countries who have settled in Saskatchewan



Agricultural Safety Week
Proclaimed In Saskatchewan

 

The Government of Saskatchewan has proclaimed March 10-16, as Agricultural Safety Week in Saskatchewan.“Self-care is a vital piece of farm safety,” Agriculture Minister David Marit said.  “This week serves as an important reminder to take care of ourselves by getting adequate rest, taking breaks and being aware of dangerous areas where we work.  Safety should be top of mind, because at the end of the day we all want to come home safely to our families.”Each year, Saskatchewan’s Agricultural Safety Week is recognized in conjunction with Canadian Agricultural Safety Week, a partnership between the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association and the Canadian Federation of Agriculture, as a way of raising awareness of on-farm safety issues.

“Regardless of the injury, safety is the responsibility of everyone,” Labour Relations and Workplace Safety Minister Don Morgan said.  “We encourage everyone to keep their mind on the task at hand and think about safety in everything that you do.”


Canadian Agricultural Safety Week is focused on creating safe and strong farms by empowering farmers, farm families and farming communities to build, grow, and lead the agricultural industry in safety and sustainability.


Please visit www.saskatchewan.ca/farmsafety for more information about farm safety and for access to the Farm Safety Guide.

 


Saskatchewan Sees Record Job Growth In February

Saskatchewan’s year-over-year employment increased by 9,000 jobs from February 2018.  This marks the seventh consecutive month of strong job gains for the province and represents a record number of jobs for the month of February.The private sector continues to be the key driver of job growth, adding 14,100 jobs since February 2018.

The job gains were split between full-time and part-time increases, with full-time jobs up 5,800 and part-time jobs up 3,200.“It is encouraging to see job growth for the seventh consecutive month,” Immigration and Career Training Minister Jeremy Harrison said.  “Despite the significant economic headwinds facing our province, our industries continue to drive positive job growth.  Our government will continue to stand up for Saskatchewan families and work hard to ensure our province and economy remain strong.”

The seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 5.8 per cent, on par with the national average.


Other February highlights include:

  • Female employment, full-time employment and overall provincial employment – all hit record highs for the month of February.
  • Major year-over-year gains were reported for health care and social assistance up 4,200 jobs; finance, insurance, real estate and leasing up 3,600 jobs; agriculture up 3,600 jobs.
  • Regina’s employment was up 1,300 jobs (+0.9 per cent), and Saskatoon’s employment was up 6,500 jobs (+3.9 per cent) compared to last February.

 


Mandatory Minimum Standardized Training Requirements
For Commercial Semi Drivers

The changes were announced in December by Minister Responsible for SGI Joe Hargrave, after consultation with those in the trucking industry, training schools, additional stakeholders and other jurisdictions.  Changes were the culmination of work SGI began in 2017 to improve standards for training of commercial semi drivers.New mandatory standardized training requirements take effect March 15th for those wanting a Class 1 commercial licence in Saskatchewan to drive semi trucks.

Highlights of the changes include:
  • Drivers seeking a Class 1 commercial licence in Saskatchewan to drive semi trucks will be required to undergo a minimum standardized 121.5 hours of training (in-classroom, in-yard and behind the wheel) focusing on priority curriculum areas including basic driving techniques, professional driving habits, vehicle inspections and air brakes.
  • More rigorous driver’s tests, aligned with the new curriculum.
  • A 12-month safety monitoring program is in place (as of December 4, 2018) for all new semi drivers; SGI is monitoring semi drivers more stringently for a year post-testing so remedial action can be taken if there are safety concerns.
  • Class 1 road tests will be undertaken with SGI examiners only (previously, certain accredited training schools were allowed to test students).

A standardized curriculum has been rolled out to training schools across the province since the changes were announced in December.

Existing Class 1 drivers are grandfathered in as of the implementation date.


Under the new requirements, anyone wishing to drive a semi used in farming operations as of March 15, 2019 will need to pass the same more rigorous tests, to get an “F” endorsement on their existing driver’s licence.  They will be restricted to operating within Saskatchewan’s borders and will be subjected to the same 12-month monitoring program as Class 1 drivers.


More information is available at www.sgi.sk.ca/news?title=information-about-mandatory-class-1-driver-training


New Provincial Crime Watch System Launched In Saskatchewan


Saskatchewan residents located in the southern part of the province have a new way to get information about criminal activity in their area directly from the RCMP.


RCMP detachment commanders will use the Saskatchewan Crime Watch Advisory Network to send text messages, emails or phone calls to residents.  People can sign up and choose how they would like to get these advisories.


The Government of Saskatchewan is providing approximately $50,000 for the RCMP to initially launch this system in southern Saskatchewan.  The RCMP will evaluate the effectiveness of the program and the possibility of using it across Saskatchewan.


“When an RCMP detachment becomes aware of an incident or crime, they can issue an advisory via the system and local residents who have signed up for the program will become aware of what happened,” Saskatchewan RCMP Commanding Officer Assistant Commissioner Mark Fisher said.  “Equipped with this information, citizens will be in a better position to provide tips and information to their local RCMP.”


Visit https://sarm.ca/https://suma.org/ or https://member.everbridge.net/index/453003085619333#/loginto sign up for the Saskatchewan Crime Watch Advisory Network.


SASKATCHEWAN HOSPITAL NORTH BATTLEFORD OFFICIALLY OPENS

Patients and offenders living with mental health issues now have access to enhanced facilities and programming at the new Saskatchewan Hospital North Battleford (SHNB).  The Government of Saskatchewan’s $407 million investment replaces a century-old psychiatric care facility and two correctional facilities.

“The grand opening of the new Saskatchewan Hospital North Battleford represents the single largest investment in mental health services in the history of our province,” Premier Scott Moe said.  “Our government is committed to providing better, more efficient mental health services for Saskatchewan residents, and the Saskatchewan Hospital North Battleford will ensure patients in Saskatchewan receive the care they need, when they need it.”

The new SHNB includes 188 psychiatric rehabilitation beds and a separate secure wing with 96 beds for offenders living with mental health issues, a total of 284 beds.  This includes 32 more psychiatric rehabilitation beds than the old SHNB so that patients in need of care can receive it as quickly as possible.  All patients from the old SHNB have been relocated and settled in to the new facility.

The project is a multi-ministry partnership between the Ministries of Health, Corrections and Policing and Central Services, along with the Saskatchewan Health Authority and SaskBuilds, to address mental health needs in the province in accordance with Saskatchewan’s 10-year Mental Health and Addictions Action Plan.

“The care and treatment delivered at the new Saskatchewan Hospital North Battleford builds on the best practices of the past and has the potential to develop innovative strategies for best practices in mental health care and treatment into the future,” Saskatchewan Health Authority COO Suann Laurent said.  “The opportunities for success are immense.”

The Government of Saskatchewan’s $407 million investment includes construction and maintenance costs to keep the facility in like-new condition for 30 years under a Public-Private Partnership (P3) agreement.  The P3 model selected ensures that the facility is delivered on budget, with total project cost savings estimated at $90 million compared to a traditional method of procurement.  The P3 also protects the public from risks, cost overruns and time delays that are the responsibility of the private sector partner, as per the agreement.

Sask Parks Expands Camp-Easy Program

This summer, campers can once again enjoy Saskatchewan’s beautiful provincial parks with convenience and ease.  The Camp-Easy program is expanding for the 2019 camping season and will be available in eight parks.


“The Camp-Easy program was piloted in 2018 in three provincial parks,” Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Gene Makowsky said.  “With the large amount of interest in the program, we are pleased to offer this unique experience to more people in a variety of new locations throughout the province.”

Camp-Easy is a fully equipped camping experience.  Each Camp-Easy site has a structure equipped with six sleeping cots, a camp stove and propane tank, lanterns, wash bins, camp chairs and roasting sticks.  All users need to bring is food, blankets and cooking supplies.  A complete suggested packing list is available at www.saskparks.com.


With the program expansion, Camp-Easy will offer yurts in addition to tents.  Similar to tents, the yurts are large canvas structures on wooden platforms, and will be filled with all the same equipment.

Once reservations open for the season, Camp-Easy sites will be available in the following provincial parks:

  • Blackstrap – two tents
  • Buffalo Pound – two tents
  • Crooked Lake – one tent
  • Echo Valley – two tents and one yurt
  • Good Spirit Lake – one tent and one yurt
  • Narrow Hills – one yurt
  • Meadow Lake – two yurts
  • Saskatchewan Landing – two tents
Camp-Easy is an excellent opportunity for those new to camping, or for those interested in a convenient camping trip that requires minimal preparation and effort.  There is no campsite set up and take down, so guests can maximize their time in the park.  The structured yurts and tents allow guests to enjoy the camping experience while staying warm and dry.

New this year, Camp-Easy sites can be booked through the online reservation system, available at www.saskparks.goingtocamp.com, or through the call centre at 1-855-737-7275.


Camp-Easy sites are $65 per night.  For those interested in an upgraded yurt experience, the Mongolian Yurt is available for another camping season at Anglin Lake in Great Blue Heron Provincial Park.


The Mongolian Yurt is furnished with a queen-sized bed and two double-sized futons, a table and chairs, small fridge, electrical outlet, electric heater and battery-powered lamps.  The Mongolian Yurt is $110 per night and can be reserved online or through the call centre starting April 18.


For more information, visit www.saskparks.com.


Government Invests In
Saskatchewan Conservation And Development Association
To Support Producers

Today, while delivering the Premier’s address at the 2019 Convention of the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities, Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe announced that the Government of Saskatchewan will invest $5 million in the Saskatchewan Conservation and Development Association (SCDA) to help advance the Agricultural Water Management Strategy.  This approach will support Saskatchewan producers while addressing impacts on downstream communities, infrastructure and the environment.

The SCDA is a governing body aimed at improving responsible surface water management.  It is the parent body to 96 conservation area authorities and districts as well as 13 water association boards, which collectively provide flood control for some 4.5 million acres of farmland.


The funding partnership will support conservation and development formation, governance support and funding, project development, qualified person support, engineering, legal and mediation support as well as LiDAR programs and support services.

The Agricultural Water Management Strategy focuses on responsible drainage that supports Saskatchewan producers and the environment.  A record 809 quarter sections of land have been brought into compliance so far in 2018-19, a five-fold increase from 2014-15.

The Water Security Agency (WSA) is currently working with hundreds of landowners on more than 20 organized drainage projects making up over 200,000 acres.

SCDA will help advance producer applications for approvals to ensure that downstream flooding, water quality, and wildlife habitat impacts are managed, and projects are registered on title, providing assurance, reducing risk, and recognizing the real business assets that improved land and crop production values can yield through well-planned, organized, and approved drainage projects.


Report from the Legislature,  March 14, 2019

From the Trudeau carbon tax and troublesome federal legislation such as Bill C-69, to the challenge of Canadian canola shipments being turned away at port in China, the spring sitting of the legislature is about standing up for Saskatchewan.

We will keep standing up for Saskatchewan families and work hard to ensure our province and economy remain strong. Despite economic headwinds facing our province, our industries continue to drive positive job growth. New figures from Statistics Canada  are showing seven consecutive months of strong job gains in Saskatchewan.


The spring sitting of the legislature has also seen the launch of some important initiatives including a new provincial crime watch system which can send text messages, emails and place phone calls to residents about criminal activity in their area.


Efforts to improve wireless services in rural communities continues with the announcement of 8 more small cell site towers to help improve coverage. Better coverage in our communities helps connect everyone from the farm to the city, and we’re going to keep working to improve our wireless network in Saskatchewan.


Our focus on mental health is delivering services directly to those who need them most through Police and Crisis Teams, Community Recovery Teams, and our new Mental Capacity Building pilot projects in Saskatchewan schools.


The grand opening of the new Saskatchewan Hospital North Battleford is a landmark achievement in mental health for our province. It takes a unique approach to mental health and will allow us to better treat and care for people with mental illness.


Representing the single largest investment in mental health in the history of our province, and the cumulative efforts and vision of many people, the new Saskatchewan Hospital North Battleford is now among the most advanced mental health treatment centres in Canada.


Our government’s commitment to early years education and child care can be seen in funding for the creation of seven new family resource centres, as well as hundreds more affordable child care spaces in communities across the province.


We also have a new agreement to expand access to dental services for Saskatchewan people. This includes cleft lip and palate treatment for infants, children, and adolescents, better coverage for dental extractions for cancer patients, and specialized dental consultations for medical patients.


These and other investments are possible because of a strong and growing Saskatchewan economy. This is why our government is focused on standing up for Saskatchewan families and jobs at a time when the NDP is more concerned with defending their weak leadership and reckless, ideological economic policies.


Saskatchewan’s Trade Export Minister Jeremy Harrison has been on a trade mission to southeast Asia. He’s been there promoting our agri-food strengths as there is a huge opportunity for increased trade between our province and this part of the world.


Right now, we are seeing a concerning trend with the federal government as it relates to trade. Instead of working to remove U.S. tariffs on steel & aluminum, we see the ambassador helping the Prime Minister with his crisis control; we have no permanent ambassador to China, where we just had a shipment of canola turned away at port; and we have seen a deterioration in trade relations with the nation of India.  The U.S., China, and India are Saskatchewan’s top 3 trading partners. While our province has the food, fuel and fertilizer the world needs, we need the federal government to treat our trading relationships with the seriousness that they deserve.


On March 20th your Saskatchewan Party government will deliver the 2019-20 Saskatchewan Budget. We are on track to deliver on our 3-year plan to balance while maintaining a competitive tax and business environment, and focusing on important government programs and services that are sustainable today and for the long-term.


WHAT’S HAPPENING IN MOOSE JAW

Friday, March 15, 2019

What: Moose Jaw Search and Rescue Steak Night
Time: 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Place: Crushed Can Sports Bar

Saturday, March 16, 2019

What: March Madness Shopping Extravaganza
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Place: Heritage Inn
Free Admission

What: SVDIC Chili Cook-off
Time:  4:00 – 9:00 p.m
Place: Spring Valley
Cost: 
Adults $10.00 Children $5.00  Preschoolers Free
Tickets available at the door or in advance at the RM Office

What: Warriors Home Game

Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Mosaic Place

Sunday, March 17, 2019

What: Tuxford Pancake Breakfast
Time:  10:00 – 11:00 a.m
Place: Tuxford Community Hall
Cost: 
Adults $7.00 Children $3.00  Five and under Free

What: March Madness Shopping Extravaganza
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Place: Heritage Inn
Free Admission

What: 15 Wing Fellowship Musical Swing Concert
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Place: Timothy Eaton Gardens
Cost:  $6.00

What: Moose Jaw Skating Club Ice Show
Time:  2:00 p.m.
Place: Mosaic Place
Cost:  Adults $15.00, Youth $10  Under 6 Free

 
What:  Trinity United Church Stew Supper
Time:  5:30 p.m.
Place: Trinity United Church
Cost:  $17.00
   Contact Harvey for tickets  (306) 693-5069 

UPCOMING

March 20, 2019
Tintamarre Fransaskois Ceremony
Departing Crescent Park at 10:00 a.m.

March 20, 2019
The ABC’s of Dementia
7:00 -8:00 pm
Chez Nous Senior Citizens Home
1101 Grafton Avenue
March 22 & 23, 2019
Zion Village Flea Market
March 22  1:00 – 6:00 p.m.
March 23  10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.March 22 & 23, 2019
Sukanen Ship Antiques, Collectibles, and Vehicle Parts Show
March 22  12:00 – 8:00 p.m.
March 23  9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Exhibition GroundsMarch 23 & 24, 2019
Moose Jaw Thunder Creek Model Train Show
Western Development Museum
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m
Regular Admission Applies.  WDM Members free.March 28, 2019
Heartland Hospice Fundraiser:  An Evening of Love, Hope, and Inspiration
With Greg and Leone Ottenbreit
Mae Wilson Theatre
6:30 p.m.
Tickets: $25 through the Theatre Box OfficeMarch 29, 2019
YMCA Home Alone Safety for Kids course
For ages 9 to 12
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
YMCA Fairford location
$45  ($35 for members)April 6-7, 2019
Business Expo
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.April 10. 2019
MJBEX Awards
5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Report from the Legislature March 14, 2019

Summer at the Legislative Building

From the Trudeau carbon tax and troublesome federal legislation such as Bill C-69, to the challenge of Canadian canola shipments being turned away at port in China, the spring sitting of the legislature is about standing up for Saskatchewan.

We will keep standing up for Saskatchewan families and work hard to ensure our province and economy remain strong. Despite economic headwinds facing our province, our industries continue to drive positive job growth. New figures from Statistics Canada  are showing seven consecutive months of strong job gains in Saskatchewan.

The spring sitting of the legislature has also seen the launch of some important initiatives including a new provincial crime watch system which can send text messages, emails and place phone calls to residents about criminal activity in their area.

Efforts to improve wireless services in rural communities continues with the announcement of 8 more small cell site towers to help improve coverage. Better coverage in our communities helps connect everyone from the farm to the city, and we’re going to keep working to improve our wireless network in Saskatchewan.

Our focus on mental health is delivering services directly to those who need them most through Police and Crisis Teams, Community Recovery Teams, and our new Mental Capacity Building pilot projects in Saskatchewan schools.

The grand opening of the new Saskatchewan Hospital North Battleford is a landmark achievement in mental health for our province. It takes a unique approach to mental health and will allow us to better treat and care for people with mental illness.  Representing the single largest investment in mental health in the history of our province, and the cumulative efforts and vision of many people, the new Saskatchewan Hospital North Battleford is now among the most advanced mental health treatment centres in Canada.

Our government’s commitment to early years education and child care can be seen in funding for the creation of seven new family resource centres, as well as hundreds more affordable child care spaces in communities across the province.

We also have a new agreement to expand access to dental services for Saskatchewan people. This includes cleft lip and palate treatment for infants, children, and adolescents, better coverage for dental extractions for cancer patients, and specialized dental consultations for medical patients.

These and other investments are possible because of a strong and growing Saskatchewan economy. This is why our government is focused on standing up for Saskatchewan families and jobs at a time when the NDP is more concerned with defending their weak leadership and reckless, ideological economic policies.

Saskatchewan’s Trade Export Minister Jeremy Harrison has been on a trade mission to southeast Asia. He’s been there promoting our agri-food strengths as there is a huge opportunity for increased trade between our province and this part of the world.

Right now, we are seeing a concerning trend with the federal government as it relates to trade. Instead of working to remove U.S. tariffs on steel & aluminum, we see the ambassador helping the Prime Minister with his crisis control; we have no permanent ambassador to China, where we just had a shipment of canola turned away at port; and we have seen a deterioration in trade relations with the nation of India.  The U.S., China, and India are Saskatchewan’s top 3 trading partners. While our province has the food, fuel and fertilizer the world needs, we need the federal government to treat our trading relationships with the seriousness that they deserve.

On March 20th your Saskatchewan Party government will deliver the 2019-20 Saskatchewan Budget. We are on track to deliver on our 3-year plan to balance while maintaining a competitive tax and business environment, and focusing on important government programs and services that are sustainable today and for the long-term.

Moose Jaw Express March 13, 2019

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Spring Legislative Session Begins

The busy days of the Spring Session of the Legislature started this past week. The Legislative Session will focus on building a stronger economy, providing needed services, managing spending and keeping taxes low. The government continues to stand up for Saskatchewan, to provide quality social programs, timely health services and continued improvements to infrastructure. We continue to stand up for Saskatchewan on the pipeline development necessary to get our oil products to world markets by the safest possible means, and get a reasonable return for the people of our province.

I will continue to advocate for Moose Jaw and programs to enhance the wellbeing of our citizens. I am pleased with some of the positive announcements in the past months. The announcement of a four per cent increase in municipal revenue sharing will help our city continue improving our infrastructure. SaskPower’s plan to build a 350-megawatt natural gas electrical generation plant in Moose Jaw will provide jobs and economic activity.

I will keep working towards those issues that constituents have told me are important to them:

  • Keeping the Saskatchewan economy growing;
  • Providing sustainable social programs;
  • Ensuring safety in our communities and on our highways;
  • Quality education at all levels;
  • Improving health care and health facilities; and
  • Managing spending and keeping taxes low.

The carbon tax that the federal government plans to impose on April 1st will hurt the Saskatchewan economy. The Government of Saskatchewan has presented its legal challenge of the federal carbon tax in court.  Not only do we believe the carbon tax is unconstitutional, we know that it would have very little impact in terms of a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. Our made-in-Saskatchewan Prairie Resilience Climate Change Strategy is designed to reduce greenhouse gases without negatively affecting the Saskatchewan economy. Premier Scott Moe is reminding Ottawa that is should hold off on forcing a carbon tax on Saskatchewan until the province’s Court of Appeal has ruled on its constitutionality.

We will continue to focus on important government programs and services to ensure such programs are sustainable for the long term. We continue to improve services addressing mental health in our communities. Here in Moose Jaw, the new Police and Crisis Team pairs Members’ of our Police Service with a mental health professional to respond to individuals experiencing a mental health crisis. In February, our city’s new Community Recovery Team began providing more intensive supports for people living with complex, persistent mental health challenges.

The provincial budget will be presented on March 20. Our fiscal plan over the past three years was to bring the budget to balance in the coming fiscal year – and we are on track to do so while maintaining a competitive tax and business environment.

During the legislative session, my colleagues and I are also busy attending various caucus meetings and committee meetings. I sit on a number of committees including; Economy, Red Tape, Treasury Board, Public Accounts and the Saskatchewan Construction Panel.

If you are interested in attending the budget address, or have concerns or suggestions, please contact the Moose Jaw North Constituency office.  Our office remains open during session with regular business hours.   We are located at 326 High St. West, 306-692-8884, moosejawnorthmla@shaw.ca

Report from the Legislature, March 7, 2019

Summer at the Legislative Building

The Saskatchewan Legislature is back in session. We are on track to deliver a balanced budget and committed to keep standing up for Saskatchewan, defending jobs and families across our great province.

The economic outlook for Saskatchewan is strong. Jobs are up, unemployment is down and exports are expected to increase. Saskatchewan’s GDP growth is expected to be higher than the national average, and the highest in the prairies. The Conference Board of Canada believes our agriculture, oil, and potash sectors will drive this growth.

Saskatchewan is also the most attractive place in Canada for mining investment according to the Fraser Institute’s Annual Survey of Mining Companies. The survey found that Saskatchewan is the world’s 3rd most attractive jurisdiction for mining investment and has moved into the top spot in terms of government policy. We’re going to keep working to ensure our world class mining sector creates even more opportunity for generations to come.

Right now, much of Saskatchewan’s growth and opportunity is at risk with a forced federal carbon tax, Bill C-69, and a lack of market access for our export products. Bill C-69, for example, will not accomplish its stated goals of streamlining or efficiency in getting resource projects built. It will only add uncertainty and further delays. The current system is not broken – what seems to be broken is political will and pride in the resource sector that Canada is known for.

While we await a decision on our government’s court challenge of the federal carbon tax, the Trudeau government will be forcing the tax on Saskatchewan. The federal government should stop its forced carbon tax until the courts have had their say but they won’t. Starting April 1, the cost of the federal carbon tax is going to make it more expensive to gas up our vehicles, heat our homes and keep the lights on.

This is unfortunate for families and businesses across our province. SaskPower worked hard to ensure there would be no rate increase this year, and our government is currently reviewing a request by SaskEnergy to reduce natural gas commodity rates to their lowest level in 20 years, effective April 1. These savings would be wiped out by the Trudeau carbon tax.

Our government has been clear from the start: our made-in-Saskatchewan plan will achieve real emissions reductions, while the Trudeau carbon tax, with its multi-year increases, will only impose costs on families with virtually no impact on emissions.

Meanwhile, the NDP continues to demonstrate how truly out of touch they are with the people of our province. On February 12, the Leader of the Opposition said “our position is very clear…we think that a price on pollution is a reasonable thing.” This is a change in terminology for the NDP who are now shifting their language on a carbon tax to “a price on pollution”, just like Prime Minister Trudeau has. The NDP is standing with Prime Minister Trudeau in support of a carbon tax that would be a hit to Saskatchewan jobs and a $16 billion hit to our GDP. This is clearly out of touch with Saskatchewan and its residents.

Our government will continue to stand up for Saskatchewan and stand up against the Trudeau carbon tax. We will continue voicing Saskatchewan’s concerns with this and other federal headwinds that would cause harm to our economic interests.

Moose Jaw Express March 6, 2019

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Rules of the Road

The spring legislative session began earlier this week. I look forward to the challenges of keeping Saskatchewan growing and the opportunity to present Moose Jaw interests at the provincial level. At this time of the year, the daily trips to and from the legislature can be a challenge in itself with little sign of winter coming to an end. While the first snowfall of the season is always the hardest to adjust to, significant snowfall and colder than average temperatures this past month have presented challenges of their own, reminding us to stay up to date with conditions and drive with extra care and attention.

My 15-year-old grandson with his learners’ licence is a positive reminder of safety on the roads. While new drivers have a lot to learn, they conscientiously practice to follow every rule of the road. Stop signs mean coming to a complete stop, not just slowing down. They make a complete stop before turning right on a red light; signal and shoulder checked before changing lanes. This is all pretty basic driving knowledge that many of us may overlook in our busy lives.

Making a habit of being a conscientious driver in good road conditions will decrease the chance of vehicle damage, time loss, or worse yet, injury, when road conditions are less than ideal.

SGI offers some important winter driving tips.

  • Clear snow from your vehicle, including headlights and taillights, and be sure your windows are completely defrosted before you drive.
  • Slow down. Posted speed limits are for ideal driving conditions. Adjust your speed accordingly when conditions are less than favourable.
  • Don’t use cruise control in slippery conditions.
  • Leave more distance between your vehicle and the one in front of you, allowing yourself more time to stop.
  • Invest in a set of winter tires, which provide improved traction on winter road surfaces.
  • Turn on your headlights, so other drivers can see you.

Sometimes, when venturing out in wintry conditions, we have a false sense of security just because we have a cellphone. Even if we’re travelling on a major highway, there can be delays because of weather conditions or a collision. Having a full tank of gas, a safety kit, snacks, water, and warm clothing or blankets is very important when heading out. If you are stranded, always stay with your vehicle.

At any age, keeping up good driving habits requires a deliberate effort. SGI has published a booklet, “The Mature Driver”. This booklet is available at motor license issuers or online at www.sgi.sk.ca. The Saskatchewan Safety Council offers refresher courses for older drivers and defensive driving courses.

The SGI Safe Driver Recognition Program rewards safe drivers with a discount on their vehicle insurance. Depending on how long drivers have been incident-free, they can earn a safety rating point giving them from two to twenty-five percent off their vehicle insurance.

On the other hand, the program also ensures drivers who demonstrate risky behaviours pay their share in financial penalties, helping offset the costs of the discount for safe drivers. The number of points lost varies based on the driving incident. Penalties are applied to even common infractions like speeding, changing lanes at an unsafe time, or failing to stop at a stop sign.

Thank you to our highway crews, our city crews, our tow truck drivers and all First Responders who do their best to prevent tragedy in our winter weather. The rest of us can do our part to keep ourselves and others safe.

Report from the Legislature February 28, 2019

Summer at the Legislative Building

Your Saskatchewan Party government starts the spring sitting of the legislature with a commitment to stand up for Saskatchewan and move forward with plans to build a stronger economy, all while managing spending and keeping taxes low.

Standing up for Saskatchewan means protecting the people and jobs that keep our province moving forward. This means a focus on the three Ts – trade, transport and taxes.

The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) is a step in the right direction, but we need to keep working with our American counterparts and be mindful of the deep integration of our economies. From steel to manufacturing, to agriculture, we should keep working to improve the flow of goods back and forth across our borders and maximize our competitiveness.

Growing and improving the Canada-U.S. relationship by reducing trade barriers was the focus of a recent trip to Washington. Premier Moe joined New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs and Ontario Premier Doug Ford as part of a Canadian delegation to build relationships and engage with U.S. governors on the importance of trade with our largest trading partner.  We value the relationship we have with the United States, and it is one we must continue to improve.

Importantly, we need the ability to transport our products to port.  The recent ruling by the National Energy Board on Trans Mountain confirms what we already know about the project: it’s in our national interest, and it needs to be built. Now we need the federal government to keep moving ahead to ensure it gets done.

This reinforces the need for Canada to have a regulatory framework that gives private investors enough certainty to proceed with projects that are beneficial to our economy and create wealth for everyone in Canada. Bill C-69 most certainly is not that framework, and will only see the current trend of global energy sector investment leaving Canada accelerate.

We also need a fair tax and regulatory environment so we are competitive with other people who are producing products around the world.  Saskatchewan and its supporters recently put forward strong and compelling arguments in court, supporting the position that the Trudeau carbon tax is fundamentally unconstitutional. The Trudeau carbon tax is just that, a tax – not a regulatory charge – and it violates the principles of federalism which underwrite our great country.

This spring, your Saskatchewan Party government will continue to stand up for Saskatchewan while delivering on our 3-year plan to balance budget while maintaining a competitive tax & business environment, and focusing on important government programs and services for the long-term.

I look forward to the spring sitting and the opportunity to keep standing up for Saskatchewan’s interests in the Legislative Assembly.

Moose Jaw Express February 27, 2019

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Standing Up Against Bullying

A rosy hue around Saskatchewan would be a good thing Wednesday, February 27, Red Cross Pink Day. Pink Day began when two boys chose to take action against bullying by encouraging their peers to wear pink. Pink Day is now recognized nationally to prevent bullying in all its forms. Everyone is urged to wear pink on February 27 to help raise awareness about bullying issues and to encourage speaking up when bullying occurs. Hopefully, we can exceed last year’s count of more than 56,000 people in Saskatchewan participating in Pink Day.

The Canadian Red Cross has provided a lot of leadership to address bullying, particularly educational resources for schools and organizations serving our youth. Positive partnerships have developed with the Ministry of Education, SaskTel and other organizations. Thank you to K+S Potash Canada for joining with the Red Cross to present 2019 K+S Pink Day in Saskatchewan.

The Ministry of Education and SaskTel work together through a joint campaign to prevent bullying and cyberbullying. The goal is to engage all members of the community while empowering the youth of Saskatchewan to realize their potential to directly influence change in their own schools, communities and online. SaskTel and the Ministry of Education believe that the answers to solving the issues of bullying and cyberbullying lie in the hearts and minds of the youth of today. To empower youth to take their ideas and turn them into positive action that can influence social change in schools, communities and online, grants of up to $1,000 are awarded for youth-led initiatives that promote kindness.

Online at iamstronger.ca, students will find information on how they can get help. They can also anonymously report bullying from a smartphone, tablet or computer. There are also resources on bullying prevention for youth, families and educators.

Bullying of course does not only affect youth. It can happen to adults in the workplace and in their relationships. Experiencing bullying at any age can have a serious negative effect on one’s mental health. We look toward the day when bullying will no longer happen, however in the meantime mental health supports are required.

Investment in mental health continues to be a priority for our government as we move toward closing some of the gaps that exist in mental health services. A new Community Recovery Team in Moose Jaw is providing more intensive supports for people living with complex, persistent mental health challenges.

The 10-person Moose Jaw Community Recovery Team uses a holistic and team-based approach to help clients manage symptoms, achieve goals, avoid hospitalization, and thrive. Community Recovery Teams have also been put in place in seven other Saskatchewan communities. Funding comes through the Canada-Saskatchewan Bilateral Funding Agreement announced in January 2017.

Mental illness is experienced by 1 in 3 Canadians during their lifetime. Too many are experiencing bullying. No one should feel that they must struggle alone. Individuals can contact Mental Health and Addiction Services at 306-691-6464 during business hours. Healthline 811 has Psychiatric Nurses to provide mental health and addictions support. The local Canadian Mental Health Association also has many useful resources.

Thank you to the Red Cross, SaskTel, K+S, school leadership, and everyone who works to promote ‘respect’ and eliminate bullying from our communities. I am planning wear pink on February 27 – I hope you are too.

From the Desk of Warren Michelson February 22, 2019

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WARRIORS LEGENDS HALL OF FAME BANQUET

A great night of entertainment and appreciation for Brian Sutherby & Shawn Limpright, two former star Warriors inducted into the Moose Jaw Warriors Hall of Fame.

Wholesale Trade Increase Second Highest In Canada

Saskatchewan’s wholesale trade in December 2018 reflected a 16.3 per cent increase from December 2017—the second highest increase among Canada’s provinces and the highest in Western Canada.

The increase was also higher than the national average of 1.7 per cent.  On a month-over-month basis, wholesale trade rose 4.0 per cent from November 2018, higher than the national average of 0.3 per cent and the second highest among the provinces.  The number also places Saskatchewan as the highest in Western Canada.


“Saskatchewan continues to show solid growth with solid wholesale trade numbers,” Trade and Export Development Minister Jeremy Harrison said.  “These increases on a year-over-year and month-over-month basis reflect strong market confidence and demand for Saskatchewan products—a positive indicator for the province’s economy.”


Wholesale trade totaled $2.5 billion in December 2018, up from $2.2 billion in December 2017.


Major year-over-year increases were recorded in motor vehicle and parts, up by 6.3 per cent and miscellaneous wholesale merchandise up by 53.9 per cent.


All numbers are from Statistics Canada and are seasonally adjusted.


New Labour Relations Board Vice-Chairperson Brings Years Of Legal Experience To Role

Barbara Mysko has been appointed as the Vice-Chairperson of the Labour Relations Board.  She replaces Justice Graeme Mitchell, who was appointed to the Court of Queen’s Bench in September 2018.

“Ms. Mysko is a welcome addition to the board, bringing significant labour and employment law experience to the role,” Labour Relations and Workplace Safety Minister Don Morgan said.  “Her extensive knowledge of constitutional law, human rights law and government processes and her active involvement with the Law Society of Saskatchewan enable her to consider issues brought to the board with fairness and neutrality.”

After earning a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies at the University of Saskatchewan and a Master of Arts in International Development at Dalhousie University, Mysko received her Bachelor of Civil Law and Bachelor of Common Law from McGill University in 2005.  She was called to the bar in 2007.  Since 2009, she worked as Crown Counsel at the Ministry of Justice, first in the Civil Law Division before moving to the Constitutional Law Branch in 2011.  Mysko was Saskatchewan’s representative for the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.


The Saskatchewan Labour Relations Board is a quasi-judicial tribunal that adjudicates disputes under The Saskatchewan Employment Act and deals with applications for union certification or decertification.  The board operates independently of government and, in addition to the Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson, is comprised of equal numbers of employee and employer representatives.

Premier Moe Participates In COF Delegation To National Governors Association

Premier Scott Moe is in Washington, D.C. to attend the winter meeting of the National Governors Association (NGA) along with a Council of the Federation (COF) delegation led by COF Chair and New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs, and Ontario Premier Doug Ford.

“As sub-national leaders, it is of the utmost importance that we continually represent the interests of Canadian provinces with our counterparts in the United States,” Moe said.  “Saskatchewan is one of the most trade-oriented provinces within Canada, and the United States continues to be Saskatchewan’s most significant trading partner.  With the food, fuel, and fertilizer that the United States and the rest of the world need, our province is part of a closely integrated supply chain that supports thousands of jobs on both sides of the border.  I look forward to the opportunity to build essential relationships and further advance Saskatchewan’s trade interests.”


With 44 U.S. Governors confirmed to attend, the 2019 NGA winter meeting provides a significant opportunity for Premiers to build relationships with their counterparts from a number of American states.  The meeting will feature a roundtable focusing on U.S.-Canada relations, and a session on the sub-national implications of the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement.


The COF led mission to Washington, D.C. marks Premier Moe’s second visit to the American capital.  Saskatchewan exported $11.8 billion and imported $7.5 billion worth of goods to the United States in 2017.

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN MOOSE JAW

Saturday, February 23, 2019

 

What: Monkey Bars Indoor Play Centre Grand Opening
Time:  10:00 AM  7:00 PM
Place:  Monkey Bars Indoor Playcentre1235 Main St. N.

 

What: MJ Warriors home game
Time:  2:30 p.m. 
Place: Mosaic

Sunday, February 24, 2019

What: MJ Warriors vs Kootenay Ice (last game in MJ for Kootenay) 

Time: 4:00 p.m. 
Place: Mosaic

UPCOMING

FEBRUARY/MARCH 2019
Freedom to READ week

Feb 24- March 2

Coteau St. Library


March 4, 2019

Moose Jaw Business Excellence Awards

5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. 

March 6, 2019

MJ Warriors home game

7:00 p.m. 

Moose Jaw Express February 20, 2019

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Celebrating Heritage to Enhance Our Future

The Honourable Gene Makowsky, Minister of Parks, Culture and Sport has declared February 18th – 24th, 2019 as Heritage Week in Saskatchewan. The week aims to celebrate and raise awareness about the province’s unique past, and how that impacts our future as individuals and as a province. Our heritage goes far beyond old buildings, history books and dusty articles from the past. Our heritage is so important that we have a Crown agency, the Saskatchewan Heritage Foundation, to foster conservation of heritage resources for the benefit of present and future generations. The Foundation invests in communities across the province through heritage property grant programs.

The Heritage Fair program is one of the initiatives of Heritage Saskatchewan, a non-profit organization funded through SaskCulture Inc. Participating as a judge and presenting an award at the annual Moose Jaw Heritage Fair is always a rewarding experience. The Grade 4 to 8 students put a lot of thought, effort and enthusiasm into their projects. They choose their own topic related to history or culture, often with a personal connection, and put together a visual display, written report and oral presentation. These students have grasped the benefit of celebrating heritage.

Heritage Saskatchewan sees heritage as a valued and dynamic legacy that contributes to our sense of identity, creates an understanding of our past, is used to build communities in the present, and informs our choices for the future. Heritage goes beyond past history to being “Living Heritage” which builds an inclusive, cohesive, vibrant and sustainable heritage community.

Another important initiative is the Saskatchewan Index of Wellbeing (SIW). This is a resource that expands our understanding of how well our communities and citizens are faring beyond the economic measures of the Gross Domestic Product. The SIW measures eight areas such as time use, democratic engagement, education, and community vitality, that allow us to monitor changes in quality of life and wellbeing for our citizens, and provides community-based organizations, all levels of government, businesses and citizens with the evidence required to inform policies, decisions and actions.

Heritage Saskatchewan is excited about the “2019 Heritage Forum” happening this Thursday in Regina, with some very notable speakers. The focus will be on factors impacting wellbeing in Saskatchewan.

We see dedicated local organizations and individuals improving our quality of life through heritage initiatives. Our local museums, the Western Development Museum, the Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery, and Sukanen Ship Pioneer Village, have found very creative ways to enrich our lives through the preservation of historical artifacts. The Moose Jaw Heritage Advisory Committee provides the City with policy advice and recommendations on matters regarding our heritage properties. We are fortunate to have retained many distinct heritage features in our city.

Entities that have become part of the fabric of our community like the Festival of Words, long-serving service groups, the ANAVETS and the Royal Canadian Legion, and even our Moose Jaw and District Sports Hall of Fame provide heritage experiences that add colour to our lives, and influence our future for the good.

While we celebrate Heritage Week this week, I would encourage you to mark May 9 on your calendar as you’ll see an inspiring example of the benefits of celebrating heritage if you stop by the Heritage Fair at the Western Development Museum.