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Moose Jaw Express August 12, 2020

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Reflecting On Progress

Moose Jaw is set to benefit from two major projects that will be starting in the very near future. Construction of a much-needed new joint-use school and groundbreaking for the Great Plains Power Station are both scheduled for early next year. With the expected fall provincial election and my time as your MLA coming to concluding at that time, I’ve been reflecting on the progress we have seen in Moose Jaw and across our province.

The F.H. Wigmore Regional Hospital is no doubt the most significant investment for Moose Jaw. It was a huge privilege to advocate for a new hospital for area residents, and to attend the grand opening. I will always remember getting a call from someone, who lived in Saskatoon, and had visited a friend who was hospitalized in Moose Jaw. He had so many good things to say about what a great facility it was, what good care his friend was receiving, and how fortunate we are to have this new hospital in our community.

Mosaic Place and YaraCentre opened in 2011. I’ve enjoyed many events at Mosaic Place and enjoyed “Turf Time” at YaraCentre with my grandchildren. Concerts and events like the Scotties Tournament of Hearts have brought significant economic activity to our local businesses.

In addition to major projects, Municipal Revenue sharing to Moose Jaw has increased 142 per cent. Provincial funding for Moose Jaw is allocated annually in other areas like upgrades at SaskPolytech, and through the Community Initiatives Fund. Just shy of $29,000,000 was invested in our city for the 2020-21 fiscal year.

I have seen Saskatchewan grow so much stronger in my time as your MLA.  Our population has grown by more than 170,000 people because our economy has grown with 75,500 new jobs and over $180 billion in capital investment.  Production and exports continue to climb, increasing by more than 60 per cent, with Saskatchewan product being shipped to more than 150 countries around the world. This strength helped our province weather the COVID-19 crisis, coming out on top, or second-best among provinces in terms of economy and employment.

However, progress is only meaningful if it improves quality of life for our people.  We have seen this with more doctors and nurses, more child care spaces and more education staff.  The Saskatchewan Assured Income for Disabilities was introduced in 2009 to better assist those living with a disability. We have built new long-term care homes, and increased income assistance for seniors.

Police and Crisis Teams are in place around the province, including in Moose Jaw.   Mental health workers now work alongside police to provide more appropriate support to individuals during a mental health crisis, reducing the number of individuals going into Emergency Departments or police custody.

It is always an honour to attend grand openings for new housing. Fifteen million dollars has been invested in Moose Jaw for improved social housing since 2007.  Wakamow Place and Wakamow Place II were constructed for hard-to-house individuals and the province contributed to eight Habitat for Humanity homes in Moose Jaw.

Your Saskatchewan Party government has always recognized that there is more that can be done, and it has been my privilege to be part of a government continually looking for the best ways to make life better for all of Moose Jaw and Saskatchewan.

From the Desk of Warren Michelson August 7, 2020

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FREE HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE DISPOSAL DAY

Residents with household hazardous waste will be able to dispose of those items for free on August 29.

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. residence can bring their unwanted chemicals and other hazardous waste to the city complex at 1010 High Street West for Household Hazardous Waste Day.

Materials that will be accepted include aerosol cans, liquid household cleaners, batteries and light bulbs.

Last year’s hazardous waste day collected 5,232 kilograms of material.

EARLY MORNING COMMOTION ON SOUTH HILL

South Hill residents woke to city police banging on their doors advising them to evacuated from their homes at 6:00 a.m. Wednesday morning due to a train collision and derailment.  By 7:00 a.m. the  Moose Jaw Fire Department, City Police and CP Rail had the situation under control. Residents were able to return to their homes by 7:30 a.m. 

Clean up and track repair carried on throughout the night until the site was safe, clean and trains were moving. 

CANADA AND SASKATCHEWAN INVEST IN IMPROVEMENTS AT MOOSE JAW MUNICIPAL AIRPORT

The Government of Canada and the Government of Saskatchewan recognize the different ways that the COVID-19 pandemic has affected communities across the province.  Both governments are making strategic investments in infrastructure to meet the specific needs of Saskatchewan communities to help strengthen local economies.


Today, Maryam Monsef, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development, Saskatchewan Government Relations Minister Lori Carr and City of Moose Jaw Mayor Fraser Tolmie announced funding for important improvements to the Moose Jaw Municipal Airport which will benefit the local economy and increase safety.


The rehabilitation and expansion of the existing runway and taxiway will help accommodate larger planes, including business class, turbo props and light jets.  The construction of a new apron space will increase the parking area and allow for heavier aircrafts to be parked.  A new hangar access road will reduce the use of taxiways by vehicle traffic.  Improvements also include the installation of additional runway, taxiway and approach lights.


The Government of Canada is investing $1.2 million in this project through the Rural and Northern Communities Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada plan while the Government of Saskatchewan is contributing $999,900.  The City of Moose Jaw is contributing $500,100 and is responsible for any additional costs.


“Canada’s experience under COVID-19 has demonstrated how interdependent Canadians are, as well as our need to stay connected,” said Monsef.  “Connecting Canadians through regional transportation hubs, like the Moose Jaw Airport, brings jobs to rural communities in the region, and will support Canada’s economic recovery.  Since 2015, the Government of Canada has supported five major broadband projects in Saskatchewan, impacting more than 56,000 households and 54 institutions, including schools, libraries, municipal offices and health centres.  More than 1,000 km of fibre has been deployed across the province to help connect homes and businesses.  This is in addition to 230 projects across the province to improve roads, bridges, drinking water, waste water, and build community recreation projects.  By investing in projects such as this, we are helping communities across Saskatchewan strengthen their economies and build more resilient infrastructure.”


“The Government of Saskatchewan’s investment of more than $900,000 toward this Moose Jaw area infrastructure project will ensure it becomes a reality,” Carr said.  “Work from this local initiative, along with job creation from other projects under our government’s $7.5 billion, two-year provincial capital plan will also kick-start economic recovery from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic – investments that will strengthen local infrastructure and build a stronger Saskatchewan.”


“Today’s announcement demonstrates our continued commitment to growing our city and reinforces our confidence that Moose Jaw is moving forward,” Tolmie said.  “We thank the Government of Canada and the Government of Saskatchewan for recognizing the value of this project and making significant investments.  These improvements to the Moose Jaw Municipal Airport will benefit our local economy, and we thank the Moose Jaw Municipal Airport Authority and local business community for their hard work, support and commitment to the municipal airport.”


“The Moose Jaw Municipal Airport Authority team is very excited to see this runway expansion and rehabilitation of the airside facilities project begin to come to fruition,” Moose Jaw Municipal Airport Authority Chair Greg Simpson said.  “When construction is finished, these upgrades will improve safety and benefit current airport users in the health and agricultural sectors, along with potential new business that rely on general aviation.  This will improve access to critical health care services and help support economic development in our community, thanks to improved transportation infrastructure.  We are grateful for both the confidence demonstrated and the financial support provided.”


Visiting Local Businesses
Top Left:
The Sweet Spot Discount Golf
Bottom Left:
Hudson’s Boutique
Top Right:
Quilters Haven
Bottom Left:  Hudson’s Boutique
Bottom Right: Think Tank – Chamber of Commerce 
Report from the Legislature

 A safe return to school has been the top priority of your Saskatchewan Party government ever since our in-school programs came to a halt this past March.


Recently, our government released a plan that will allow for our staff and students to return safely to school this fall. We have evaluated best practices and emerging research that has been provided by public health and have worked alongside our Chief Medical Health Officer to develop this plan.


Our government has developed an eight-step guideline for general operation. All steps will be tailored by their school division to fit the needs of local students and staff. We trust local autonomy, as we understand that a cookie-cutter plan will not work across our province. By laying out the foundation, school divisions will develop plan that is practical for their area. In close consultation with public health officials, the Education Response Planning Team has reviewed and approved each plan to ensure alignment with Saskatchewan’s Safe Schools plan.


Safe attendance and safe classrooms are part of these new operational guidelines. All staff and students are encouraged to stay home if they are feeling unwell. Protocols will be put in place for a staff member or student who falls ill while at school. In the classroom, procedures to limit physical contact and promoting hygiene will be implemented.


The third priority within the guidelines is safe transportation. Where possible, parents are encouraged to transport their own children to and from school. Recognizing this isn’t an option for many, there will also be protocols in place for those who will utilize transport such as:

  • Assigned seats and a record of this seating plan on school buses;
  • Students who live in the same household should be seated together;
  • Partitions around drivers can be considered; and
  • Cleaning and sanitation of buses or other vehicles used to transport students is required between each run.


The fourth and fifth priorities are safe access and safe facilities. Safe access will focus on the daily flow of students and staff within the building. Safe access includes school-level considerations such as dedicated entrances, staggered start times and controlled flow of students and staff in common areas.


Safe facilities will focus on the cleaning and sanitation of school buildings. Each school has been asked to increase sanitation measures and continue to promote proper hygiene practices. This includes the availability of hand sanitizer wherever possible and establishing clear protocols for bringing supplementary school materials such as backpacks and school supplies in and out of schools. If needed, the ministry will provide Personal Protection Equipment, or PPE to students and teachers at the request of the Chief Medical Health Officer.


The sixth guideline focuses on safe classrooms. This measure will ensure the safe sharing of space in the classroom between students and staff. Safer classrooms will include increased personal sanitation measures and proper hygiene practices, as well as minimizing contact among students and staff as much as possible. Many students and teachers across our province are missing their classrooms and classmates, so we must ensure that they are able to return to these spaces as safely as possible.


The seventh guideline includes safe supports. Our physical health has been threatened by this pandemic, but we understand that our mental health has taken a toll as well. This measure will ensure that support for our staff and students mental health is readily available when needed. Support for the learning needs of intensive needs or immune-compromised students will also be put in place. I encourage you to read through your school divisions tailored plan to become familiar with the various supports that will be available in this area.


The eighth guideline focuses on safe activities. This protocol focuses on policies governing group activities including:

  • Extra-curricular club activities;
  • Participation in athletic events/competitions; and,
  • School assemblies.


Our plan includes four levels of safe alternatives that focus on our province’s contingency plan at the advice of our Chief Medical Health Officer. These four scenarios may be activated regionally or provincially.

  • Level 1: Primary and Secondary Educational Guidelines – as close to ‘normal’ as possible, with some additional measures.
  • Level 2: will involve mask usage as determined by the Chief Medical Health Officer.
  • Level 3: will involve reducing classrooms capacity. This may include establishing cohorts and hybrid learning models as considerations.
  • Level 4: would take us back to suspending in-class learning and moving back to a similar model we saw this past spring, with divisions working at the local level to ensure learning continues. In this model school would continue to be mandatory, albeit remotely.


As it stands our government is planning on our classroom return to be at a Level 1. As the situation with COVID-19 in Saskatchewan is evolving, plans may be updated and adjusted as needed. Again, our government is trusting the advice and direction of our Chief Medical Health Officer and we will monitor our provinces potential outbreaks closely.


Through increased investment in our 2020 Budget, initial estimates show school divisions are planning to hire more than 225 additional staff.  School divisions were able to save about $40 million due to the in-school suspension earlier this year. Divisions have indicated to our government that they will use their savings for costs associated with a safer return to school. While the costs may not be finalized yet, divisions have identified over $3 million in expenses so far. No school division has identified the need for funding outside of their savings at this time.


For parents with questions or concerns regarding your child’s return to school we encourage you to first contact your local school division as they have created the detailed guidelines and protocols for local school. Our government has given our local school divisions autonomy to tailor their return to school plan to the best interest of their students, and we thank them for their cooperation during these unprecedented times.


For more information please contact your local school division or www.saskatchewan.ca.

Report from the Legislature August 6, 2020

Summer at the Legislative Building
A safe return to school has been the top priority of your Saskatchewan Party government ever since our in-school programs came to a halt this past March.
Recently, our government released a plan that will allow for our staff and students to return safely to school this fall. We have evaluated best practices and emerging research that has been provided by public health and have worked alongside our Chief Medical Health Officer to develop this plan.Our government has developed an eight-step guideline for general operation. All steps will be tailored by their school division to fit the needs of local students and staff. We trust local autonomy, as we understand that a cookie-cutter plan will not work across our province. By laying out the foundation, school divisions will develop plan that is practical for their area. In close consultation with public health officials, the Education Response Planning Team has reviewed and approved each plan to ensure alignment with Saskatchewan’s Safe Schools plan.Safe attendance and safe classrooms are part of these new operational guidelines. All staff and students are encouraged to stay home if they are feeling unwell. Protocols will be put in place for a staff member or student who falls ill while at school. In the classroom, procedures to limit physical contact and promoting hygiene will be implemented.The third priority within the guidelines is safe transportation. Where possible, parents are encouraged to transport their own children to and from school. Recognizing this isn’t an option for many, there will also be protocols in place for those who will utilize transport such as:

  • Assigned seats and a record of this seating plan on school buses;
  • Students who live in the same household should be seated together;
  • Partitions around drivers can be considered; and
  • Cleaning and sanitation of buses or other vehicles used to transport students is required between each run.

The fourth and fifth priorities are safe access and safe facilities. Safe access will focus on the daily flow of students and staff within the building. Safe access includes school-level considerations such as dedicated entrances, staggered start times and controlled flow of students and staff in common areas.

Safe facilities will focus on the cleaning and sanitation of school buildings. Each school has been asked to increase sanitation measures and continue to promote proper hygiene practices. This includes the availability of hand sanitizer wherever possible and establishing clear protocols for bringing supplementary school materials such as backpacks and school supplies in and out of schools. If needed, the ministry will provide Personal Protection Equipment, or PPE to students and teachers at the request of the Chief Medical Health Officer.

The sixth guideline focuses on safe classrooms. This measure will ensure the safe sharing of space in the classroom between students and staff. Safer classrooms will include increased personal sanitation measures and proper hygiene practices, as well as minimizing contact among students and staff as much as possible. Many students and teachers across our province are missing their classrooms and classmates, so we must ensure that they are able to return to these spaces as safely as possible.

The seventh guideline includes safe supports. Our physical health has been threatened by this pandemic, but we understand that our mental health has taken a toll as well. This measure will ensure that support for our staff and students mental health is readily available when needed. Support for the learning needs of intensive needs or immune-compromised students will also be put in place. I encourage you to read through your school divisions tailored plan to become familiar with the various supports that will be available in this area.

The eighth guideline focuses on safe activities. This protocol focuses on policies governing group activities including:

  • Extra-curricular club activities;
  • Participation in athletic events/competitions; and,
  • School assemblies.

Our plan includes four levels of safe alternatives that focus on our province’s contingency plan at the advice of our Chief Medical Health Officer. These four scenarios may be activated regionally or provincially.

  • Level 1: Primary and Secondary Educational Guidelines – as close to ‘normal’ as possible, with some additional measures.
  • Level 2: will involve mask usage as determined by the Chief Medical Health Officer.
  • Level 3: will involve reducing classrooms capacity. This may include establishing cohorts and hybrid learning models as considerations.
  • Level 4: would take us back to suspending in-class learning and moving back to a similar model we saw this past spring, with divisions working at the local level to ensure learning continues. In this model school would continue to be mandatory, albeit remotely.

As it stands our government is planning on our classroom return to be at a Level 1. As the situation with COVID-19 in Saskatchewan is evolving, plans may be updated and adjusted as needed. Again, our government is trusting the advice and direction of our Chief Medical Health Officer and we will monitor our provinces potential outbreaks closely.

Through increased investment in our 2020 Budget, initial estimates show school divisions are planning to hire more than 225 additional staff.  School divisions were able to save about $40 million due to the in-school suspension earlier this year. Divisions have indicated to our government that they will use their savings for costs associated with a safer return to school. While the costs may not be finalized yet, divisions have identified over $3 million in expenses so far. No school division has identified the need for funding outside of their savings at this time.

For parents with questions or concerns regarding your child’s return to school we encourage you to first contact your local school division as they have created the detailed guidelines and protocols for local school. Our government has given our local school divisions autonomy to tailor their return to school plan to the best interest of their students, and we thank them for their cooperation during these unprecedented times.

For more information please contact your local school division or www.saskatchewan.ca.

Moose Jaw Express August 5, 2020

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Enjoying the Height of A Saskatchewan Summer

During these days in the height of summer, I enjoy visiting local businesses. I notice people tend to slow down and enjoy shopping in our community at unique shops and retailers. The flowers are blooming on the boulevards, beautifying storefronts, and are an added attraction making our city warm and welcoming.

Businesses and customers are adapting to functioning in a different way. Sales are still slow for many retailers, however there are many encouraging indicators. People are making up for restricted indoor activities by doing more outdoors. Recreation and camping sales are positive. Boh’s Cycle reports a very busy season. Keon Garden Centre reports that they have had an increase in customers and, in spite of the extra expenses of infection precautions, revenue should be on par with last year.

The Chamber of Commerce initiated a “Pop-Up Patio Plan”, assisting and encouraging restaurants and businesses to make a “pop-up a patio” in their own parking lots, or on the sidewalks surrounding their businesses. Yvette Moore, along with Tourism Moose Jaw, have set up an attractive rest area on the East side of her gallery where locals and tourists can enjoy their take-out food, or just relax at the many tables in the area.  Initiatives like these make our downtown an inviting place to meander through unique stores or walk through beautiful Crescent Park and enjoy the summer.

Provincial Parks and campgrounds have become very popular this year. Lots of kids and adults are enjoying the new pool at Buffalo Pound Provincial Park since it opened on July 17. Most of the provincial park campgrounds nearby are at capacity for the next couple of weekends; however, for those who can get away during the week, or after mid-August, there’s space to enjoy the great outdoors. This year Provincial Parks will extend full services until the end of September.

The farm boy in me always enjoys seeing the crops flourish when I drive out of town this time of year. The crops in the area are looking good, and some are beginning to turn color and dry-down. Local producers expect harvest operations to begin in the next couple of weeks. Timely rains have kept topsoil moisture adequate in most of our area, however those showers offer a challenge to cut and process hay and other forage crops.

Highway construction is always part of a Saskatchewan summer. Although it can be an inconvenience for travellers, it is a sign of improvement and progress. The Government of Saskatchewan has invested more than $9.8 billion in highways infrastructure since 2008, improving more than 15,800 kilometres of Saskatchewan highways.

Work continues in many areas including the junction of Highway 1 and Kalium Road, with construction of two high speed ramps. Work there is expected to be completed by August 15.

Wherever you are travelling this summer, please allow extra time for travelling through construction zones. If you’re planning to travel, check the Highway Hotline at www.saskatchewan.ca/highwayhotline  or call 511.  The importance of slowing down for construction workers cannot be overstated.

As you enjoy the outdoors, and support our local businesses, please continue to practise COVID-19 safety precautions and stay safe as you travel, work or play, so you can treasure some happy memories of the summer of 2020.

From the Desk of Warren Michelson July 30, 2020

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CONGRATULATIONS
Congratulations to Constables Cesar Suarez and Anureet Kaur as they were sworn in on Friday July 24th with the Moose Jaw City Police. 
Yvette Moore summer relaxation area with Tourism Moose Jaw 
The Chamber of Commerce initiated a “Pop-Up Patio Plan”, assisting and encouraging restaurants and businesses to make a “pop-up a patio” in their own parking lots, or on the sidewalks surrounding their businesses.  Yvette Moore has set up a lovely area on the East side of her gallery, where locals and tourists can enjoy their take-out food.  Initiatives like these make our downtown a great place to meander and enjoy the summer. 

DANCE IMAGES IN CRESCENT PARK

Dance Images Studio performed a free show for a small crowd in Crescent Park Tuesday evening.  If you missed out,  you will have another opportunity to watch featuring solo, duo and trio performances on Tuesday, August 4th.


Local Business Visit

It was a pleasure to visit Unique SK.  Unique SK is one of many new stores popping up around Moose Jaw.  They are a  wholesale and retail car accessories store in Moose Jaw.

SASKATCHEWAN PROVINCIAL PARKS HOST DRIVE-IN MOVIE NIGHTS

Three Saskatchewan Provincial Parks will host drive-in movie nights this summer and the lineup is sure to please!

The first movie night will take place on Friday, July 31 at 9:30 p.m. in Moose Mountain Provincial Park and will feature The Great Outdoors.


Attendees will be excited to know that many in-park businesses will be participating in the event and offering some great giveaways.  Promotional items from the Kenosee Inn & Cabins, Kenosee Superslides and Club 19/Golf Kenosee will be given away prior to the event.  Movie-goers are encouraged to go to the park early and enjoy a special rate at Master’s Mini Golf or take part in a meet and greet with horses from the Kenosee Lake Riding Academy before the show.


Movies aren’t complete without snacks, so Allison’s Park Store will be setting up a temporary outdoor concession and selling treats prior to and during the movie.


More Sask Parks drive-in movie nights will take place on these dates and in the following locations:


Saturday, August 22 at 9 p.m. in Blackstrap Provincial Park Featuring: Toy Story 4


Friday, September 4 at 9 p.m. in Blackstrap Provincial Park Featuring: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker


Saturday, September 5 at 9 p.m. in Buffalo Pound Provincial Park Featuring: The Lion King (2019).

Drive-in movies are free to attend with a valid park vehicle entry permit.  Visitors should note that space is limited and available on a first come, first served basis.  Campsites are available in all Saskatchewan Provincial Parks until the end of September, for more information and to book a site, campers can visit https://saskparks.goingtocamp.com/.


Park visitors are encouraged to share their photos on social media using #saskparks for a chance to be featured on the Sask Parks website and social platforms.


Sask Parks staff continue to implement enhanced cleaning and sanitization procedures.  Signage is in place throughout the parks to remind visitors of the safety protocols.  Campers are asked to bring hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes, maintain physical distance from others, respect the restrictions and rules that are in place and to stay home if not feeling well.  By working together, park staff and visitors can ensure parks remain safe spaces for all.

Nice to see young athletes playing sports at the Yara Centre.

Flowering canola & bins ready for harvest

Moose Jaw Express July 29,2020

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“From Many Peoples, Strength”

The motto on our Saskatchewan coat of arms, “From many peoples, strength”, describes our province so well. This brought to mind all we have to celebrate this upcoming Saskatchewan Day weekend; the diversity not only of our people, but of our geography, our natural resources and our opportunities.

From before recorded history, different First Nations had unique ways of living, creating and celebrating.  Each wave of immigrants brought their own culture and talents, which continues today. Our many cultures and backgrounds, and the great variety of skills and abilities, have built a strong and diversified province.

The quality of life in our province is one of the best in the world. We have universal education and health care. Our library system is top notch; with one library card, we can access books, DVDs, videos and more from across the province.  People of many faiths and backgrounds can worship according to their beliefs and celebrate their own cultural traditions. Our province has one of the highest volunteer rates in Canada.

Most summers in Saskatchewan are filled with the vibrancy of cultural celebrations. Our museums help keep the engaging stories of our past accessible. I really missed Sidewalk Days and Motif this year, and we’ll have to wait until next year to ride the Western Development Museum Shortline 101 train, or take part in the Sukanen Ship Museum Threshing Bee.

From the prairies with far-reaching vistas to the lakes and forests in the north, the diversity of our geography provides so many opportunities. These opportunities, along with our vibrant cultural attractions, help strengthen our tourism industry. Tourism injects $600 million annually into our local economies. Events like the Scotties last February, and attractions like the Temple Gardens Mineral Spa and the Tunnels of Moose Jaw are important economic drivers. I acknowledge and thank all who work and contribute to our tourism industry.

Saskatchewan’s numerous provincial parks and recreation sites are a big part of the tourism industry.  Provincial parks span Saskatchewan; offering camping, hiking, water sports, fishing and seasonal recreation activities.

Saskatchewan has approximately 94,000 lakes that contain around 50,000 fish of 69 different species. Aquatic invasive species has become a disturbing problem in many parts of North America, and our government has taken precautions to prevent it from entering Saskatchewan waters. Over the past few years, fishing and boating enthusiasts have been encouraged to take measures to stop the spread of aquatic invasive species.

Saskatchewan’s Aquatic Invasive Species program focuses on ongoing public education, promoting the Clean, Drain, Dry Program for watercraft, roadside boat inspections, decontaminations and regular monitoring of Saskatchewan’s busy waterbodies. Prevention of zebra and quagga mussels remains a top priority for the province. Efforts have been successful to date, with no invasive mussels found in Saskatchewan waterbodies.

I encourage people to make the most of our incredible Saskatchewan summer, which means keeping safety in mind; on the roads, on the water and around machinery. Also, this summer, please continue to follow the advice and requirements of our medical health authorities to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  Enjoy Saskatchewan Day, celebrating the tremendous diversity of our province.

From the Desk of Warren Michelson Juy 24, 2020

 

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The Legislative Building is one of the most beautiful buildings in Saskatchewan. 

Pastor Larry amid the changes to worship during COVID-19 at the Moose Jaw Victory Church.
Report from the Legislature
July 23, 2020

After months of isolation and social distancing, people across the province are starting to return to more regular routines. Almost everything is open again, most of us are back to work, and we are finally able to enjoy many of the activities we love while continuing to take the necessary precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.


Recently, a number of COVID-19 restrictions were revised or lifted from various amenities in the province. These include:

  • Drive-in theatres: reducing distance between vehicles to two metres, down from five metres.
  • Retail guidelines, libraries and places of worship: reducing the length of time that returned or donated items must be held to 24 hours, down from 72 hours.
  • Fitness facilities: permitting 24-hour access to fitness facilities, and ensuring registration of guests to facilitate contact tracing, if required.
  • Campgrounds: laundry facilities are now able to open following new guidelines for safe operation.


Yard and garage sales, as well as door-to-door canvassing and sales are now permitted. Social distancing and frequent hand hygiene are encouraged and there should be no sharing of common materials including pens, pencils, and promotional materials.


Saskatchewan had one of Canada’s strongest rates of job growth in June as more of the economy re-opened and our province continued its recovery from the impact of COVID-19. Another positive sign is the Canadian Federation of Independent Business business barometer index for small business confidence which ranks Saskatchewan’s business confidence above the national average and second-highest among provinces.


Subsidies and supports are available to employers and employees who may need them. For example, the Saskatchewan Temporary Wage Supplement Program provides a temporary wage supplement to eligible workers helping Saskatchewan’s most vulnerable citizens through the COVID-19 pandemic. To learn more, I would encourage you to visit
www.saskatchewan.ca.


Recently, our government approved its first parcel of work packages to be completed through the Accelerated Site Closure Program (ASCP). The first parcel of work packages includes around 300 well and 300 flowline abandonments, 75 facility decommissions and 700 other activities. This will engage up to 50 service companies across the province, helping one of our most hard-hit industries, the oil and gas sector, and help to develop a program that gets Saskatchewan companies back to work.


Continued investment in agricultural technology will be a driving force in our economic recovery and growth. That is why applications are now being accepted for the new $1 million AgTech Growth Fund – the first program of its kind dedicated to the development of agricultural technologies in Saskatchewan.


Investments in local projects and initiatives will also be key to job creation. 303 new projects totaling more than $16.6 million of provincial investment under the Municipal Economic Enhancement Program (MEEP) 2020 were recently announced. The $150 million program is part of our plan to build a strong province and stimulate its economic recovery from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. You can learn more about the program at
saskatchewan.ca/municipal-economic-enhancement.


Major infrastructure projects are planned and being completed to improve campsites and visitor experiences in Saskatchewan Provincial Parks. Recently, a brand-new pool opened at Buffalo Pound Provincial Park.


This year our government announced $10.3 million in improvements to our provincial parks as part of our governments $7.5 billion two-year capital plan. Parks are now welcoming visitors for recreation and relaxation. Health restrictions in response to COVID-19 remain in place and we ask that visitors comply within the guidelines to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone.


As we continue to ease restrictions and reopen our economy, it is important to monitor symptoms and encourage testing to prevent any further outbreaks. Universal testing for COVID-19 is now available, even in the absence of symptoms. A referral for testing can be made by contacting the Healthline at 811.


If you have questions regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, I encourage you to visit saskatchewan.ca/COVID19.

Visiting local businesses is one of my favorite things to do as an MLA.  I enjoy touring the facilities and hearing different ideas on how to bring more business to our province. 
Visiting local businesses is one of my favorite things to do as an MLA.  I enjoy touring the facilities and gathering different ideas on how to attract more business to our province. 

The scenery doesn’t get much better than this. Hillcrest Golf Course is host to a couple of deer.

Justice Holland was the very first paying customer at the new Buffalo Pound Provincial Park Swimming Pool.  Justice was so eager to try it out that he arrived early and stood in line to be the first customer. 

Paving along 9th Ave and High St. is now complete. The bridge will open on Saturday. 

Report from the Legislature July 23, 2020

Summer at the Legislative Building

After months of isolation and social distancing, people across the province are starting to return to more regular routines. Almost everything is open again, most of us are back to work, and we are finally able to enjoy many of the activities we love while continuing to take the necessary precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Recently, a number of COVID-19 restrictions were revised or lifted from various amenities in the province. These include:

  • Drive-in theatres: reducing distance between vehicles to two metres, down from five metres.
  • Retail guidelines, libraries and places of worship: reducing the length of time that returned or donated items must be held to 24 hours, down from 72 hours.
  • Fitness facilities: permitting 24-hour access to fitness facilities, and ensuring registration of guests to facilitate contact tracing, if required.
  • Campgrounds: laundry facilities are now able to open following new guidelines for safe operation.

Yard and garage sales, as well as door-to-door canvassing and sales are now permitted. Social distancing and frequent hand hygiene are encouraged and there should be no sharing of common materials including pens, pencils, and promotional materials.

Saskatchewan had one of Canada’s strongest rates of job growth in June as more of the economy re-opened and our province continued its recovery from the impact of COVID-19. Another positive sign is the Canadian Federation of Independent Business business barometer index for small business confidence which ranks Saskatchewan’s business confidence above the national average and second-highest among provinces.

Subsidies and supports are available to employers and employees who may need them. For example, the Saskatchewan Temporary Wage Supplement Program provides a temporary wage supplement to eligible workers helping Saskatchewan’s most vulnerable citizens through the COVID-19 pandemic. To learn more, I would encourage you to visit www.saskatchewan.ca.

Recently, our government approved its first parcel of work packages to be completed through the Accelerated Site Closure Program (ASCP). The first parcel of work packages includes around 300 well and 300 flowline abandonments, 75 facility decommissions and 700 other activities. This will engage up to 50 service companies across the province, helping one of our most hard-hit industries, the oil and gas sector, and help to develop a program that gets Saskatchewan companies back to work.

Continued investment in agricultural technology will be a driving force in our economic recovery and growth. That is why applications are now being accepted for the new $1 million AgTech Growth Fund – the first program of its kind dedicated to the development of agricultural technologies in Saskatchewan.

Investments in local projects and initiatives will also be key to job creation. 303 new projects totaling more than $16.6 million of provincial investment under the Municipal Economic Enhancement Program (MEEP) 2020 were recently announced. The $150 million program is part of our plan to build a strong province and stimulate its economic recovery from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. You can learn more about the program at saskatchewan.ca/municipal-economic-enhancement.

Major infrastructure projects are planned and being completed to improve campsites and visitor experiences in Saskatchewan Provincial Parks. Recently, a brand-new pool opened at Buffalo Pound Provincial Park.

This year our government announced $10.3 million in improvements to our provincial parks as part of our governments $7.5 billion two-year capital plan. Parks are now welcoming visitors for recreation and relaxation. Health restrictions in response to COVID-19 remain in place and we ask that visitors comply within the guidelines to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone.

As we continue to ease restrictions and reopen our economy, it is important to monitor symptoms and encourage testing to prevent any further outbreaks. Universal testing for COVID-19 is now available, even in the absence of symptoms. A referral for testing can be made by contacting the Healthline at 811.

If you have questions regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, I encourage you to visit saskatchewan.ca/COVID19.

Moose Jaw Express July 22, 2020

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Businesses in our area have had to get creative and adjust to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Some have been able to adapt their operations and stay open while others had no choice but to temporarily close their doors. While COVID-19 is still a concern, a vast majority of businesses have re-opened in compliance with public health orders to protect staff and the community at large.

Now more than ever, I strongly encourage everyone to do their shopping in Moose Jaw to support the businesses that support our community. Entrepreneurs are the backbone of our community, providing products services and employment while strengthening the tax base. They also proudly support our local service clubs, community organizations and minor sports teams in a variety of ways.

Traffic restrictions is another challenge businesses may face due to planned upgrades and the replacement of the City’s aging underground infrastructure. During the summer construction period, the City streets can be challenging to navigate with frequent lane changes, street closures, and detours. It is important to remember, though a short-term inconvenience, is a necessity to long-term growth.

Saskatchewan is open for business and entrepreneurs in Moose Jaw are ready to lead the way. Local businesses need our support and with your diligence and patience, Moose Jaw will continue to provide the friendly, quality service and product that have been a trademark for our notorious City. When traveling throughout the City, allow yourself extra time to find your destination, be alert to the construction areas and conduct yourself accordingly to keep safe and protect the workers on site.

An awesome segment of summer in Moose Jaw is the recreation and tourist opportunities throughout the area. There are a number of parks and playgrounds to admire, including Crescent Park, in the heart of our City. Crescent Park provides the beauty of the floral gardens throughout, the walking paths, the serpentine with aqua-fowl, and an active spray park for the children to have fun and stay cool. There are a variety of spray parks throughout the city and also at 15 Wing. Our Tourist Information Centre is open to assist local citizens and travelers alike with direction and details of parks and events in and around Moose Jaw.

While the Phyllis Dewar Pool will not be open this year, you can look forward to the Kinsmen Sportsplex opening August 13 for aqua recreation including swimming and waterslides. The YaraCentre is open for summer day camps and will be opening the fitness centre and walking track soon. Please check the City of Moose Jaw website (www.moosejaw.ca) for schedules and details.

Last week, I had the honor to attend the opening of the new pool at Buffalo Pound Provincial Park; officially opened by Saskatchewan’s Minister of Parks, Culture & Sport Gene Makowsky, along with other dignitaries. The new pool is a welcome addition to the Park which includes all aspects of family camping facilities. Buffalo Pound is one of Saskatchewan’s pristine parks just 20 minutes from Moose Jaw.

Just as local businesses have done and continue to do in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Saskatchewan Parks staff have implemented enhanced cleaning and sanitization procedures and are minimizing in-park contact with visitors where possible. Park visitors are asked to bring their own hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes, maintain physical distance from others, respect the restrictions and rules that are in place and to stay home if not feeling well.

Working together, we can share an enjoyable summer ensuring our parks, places of business, recreation and worship remain safe spaces for all.

From the Desk of Warren Michelson July 17, 2020

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shield FROM THE DESK OF WARREN MICHELSON, MLA

Brand New Pool Opens At Buffalo Pound Provincial Park

The brand new pool at Buffalo Pound Provincial Park is now open and welcoming visitors.

The new swimming pool was designed to meet the needs of a wide range of users.  The facility uses universal design principles and includes a sloped accessible entry for young children or anyone with mobility concerns.  Hours of operation will be daily from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. until after the September long weekend.

Left:  Minister of Parks, Culture and Sport, Gene Makowsky and MLA,Warren Michelson.

BEAUTIFUL RAINBOW AFTER THE STORM

$800,000 For Policing Initiatives In Moose Jaw

The Ministry of Corrections and Policing is providing $440,000 for four police positions in Moose Jaw through the Municipal Police Grants program in 2020-21.  This is an increase of $110,000 from last year, which will provide for one additional police officer for the Moose Jaw Police and Crisis Team (PACT).

 

PACT units comprise teams of police officers and mental health workers who provide an integrated and coordinated response to persons experiencing mental health crises in the community.

“Ensuring public safety is a priority for our government,” Moose Jaw Wakamow MLA Greg Lawrence said on behalf of Corrections and Policing Minister Christine Tell.  “We’re proud to provide this funding to support the Moose Jaw Police Service in the work it does every day to protect citizens in Moose Jaw.”

Saskatchewan Government Insurance is also providing $360,000 for two positions as part of the Combined Traffic Services Saskatchewan initiative, which works to improve highway safety through increased awareness and enforcement of traffic regulations.

“The City of Moose Jaw and the Moose Jaw Board of Police Commissioners look forward to continuing and enhancing our partnership with the province to address our shared public safety priorities through the municipal police grants program,” Moose Jaw Mayor Fraser Tolmie said.  “This is an important program.  Its benefits are felt not only in our community, but also across our region as our police service works to keep our community safe, harmonious and inclusive.”

“The Moose Jaw Police Service welcomes the renewal of its partnership with the Ministry to provide effective and efficient policing services in our community and region,” Moose Jaw Police Service Chief Rick Bourassa said.  “The positions created through this partnership focus on the key priorities of traffic and public safety throughout the region, and support the enhanced Police and Crisis Team’s collaborative efforts to provide community mental health supports.  These initiatives are instrumental in enhancing safety and well-being in our communities.”

The Ministry of Corrections and Policing provides funds to police services across Saskatchewan through the Municipal Police Grants program to support 129 municipal police positions and targeted policing initiatives.

Thank you Mark Belanger for the invitation, it’s always a pleasure and educational to visit
and tour Moose Jaw Diversified Services.

It’s always nice to see businesses take pride in beautifying our city.
City Facilities Media Release

·     OUTDOOR RECREATION FACILITIES AND SPACES


The City’s skateboard park (9th Avenue NW and MacDonald St.) and BMX bike park (just west of Yara Centre on High St. West), and basketball courts open June 8, 2020.

·         City Playgrounds open June 12, 2020.

·         Ball diamonds and athletic fields open Tuesday, June 23. Click here for the detailed Outdoor Spaces Reopen Plan. 
·         Crescent Park amphitheatre rentals open Tuesday, June 23. (Graduations and weddings only)

·         All City spray parks open June 25.

·         The Phyllis Dewar Outdoor Pool will not open in 2020.

·         City paddling pools will not open in 2020.

KINSMEN SPORTSPLEX AQUATIC FACILITY
·         The City is targeting Thursday, August 13 for the reopening of the Kinsmen Sportsplex indoor pools.

·         Preparation for reopening is underway and includes:

o    Filling, heating, and treating the pools.

o    Developing a new programming plan and updating the Aquatic Safety Plan to adhere to provincial guidelines.

o    Recalling, retraining, and recertifying staff.

o    Facility modifications and Public Health inspection

·         The full programming plan including new guidelines will be announced in early August.

·         Note: It is anticipated that swim lessons will remain postponed until the fall.

YARA CENTRE
·         The Yara Centre will be reopened through a phased approach. Click here for the detailed Yara Centre Reopen Plan. 
o    Phase 1: Summer day camps and outdoor fitness classes open Monday, July 6.

o Phase 2: Fitness centre & walking track opens Monday, August 10

o    Phase 3: Turf rentals and drop-in turf reopening dates will be announced in early August along with the new programming plan and operating guidelines.

CITY ARENAS
·         Reopening dates for City arenas including Mosaic Place remain under review.  Further information will be provided once available.

LIBRARY & CULTURAL FACILITIES
·         Updates on the Moose Jaw Public Library Re-opening Plan can be found at: http://moosejawlibrary.ca/
·         Updates on the Moose Jaw Museum and Art Gallery Re-opening Plan can be found at: http://www.mjmag.ca/
·         Updates on the Moose Jaw Cultural Centre Re-opening Plan can be found at: http://www.moosejawculture.ca/

PROGRAM REGISTRATION

·         Registration is open for Yara Centre summer day camps, outdoor fitness classes and the FREE Play at Home Summer Program.

·         To sign up, use the Online Recreation Registration button at www.moosejaw.ca or the City of Moose Jaw app. Space is limited.

TRAILS & OPEN SPACES
Trails and open spaces remain open under the following measures:

·         Physical distancing must always be practiced – two metres apart unless with family or people you live with.

·         Avoid touching shared public surfaces like benches and railings and be sure to wash your hands as soon as you return home.

·         Avoid group sports and activities unless with your family or people you live with. Gatherings must still follow the public health order and be no more than thirty people.

·         Stay home if you are sick.

We will continue to offer updates on changes to services and operations via www.MooseJaw.ca and the City of Moose Jaw app, which can be found in the Apple and Google Play app stores.


Construction around the city can be a nuisance, but it is necessary.  Thank you all for your patience during construction season. 

Now that restrictions are lifting and doors are beginning to open,  I found it to be the perfect opportunity to visit local businesses and ask how their openings are going.  So far,  I’ve had very positive feedback.  Thank you Moose Jaw for supporting our local retailers,  your efforts have made a huge impact on keeping our stores open.