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From the Desk of Warren Michelson May 17, 2019

 

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Spring Legislative Session Concluding
With Balanced Budget
And A Strengthening Economy

Premier Scott Moe is finishing the spring legislative session today by highlighting the government’s balanced budget that was the right balance for Saskatchewan.  The balanced budget featured increased supports for Saskatchewan people, while managing spending to maintain economic growth and continue to provide the services Saskatchewan people expect for years to come.

“The budget fulfills our government’s three-year plan to balance the budget, and provides the right balance for our province with no new taxes or tax increases and a boost in supports for mental health, classrooms and highway safety,” Moe said.  “We are also seeing economic strength in Saskatchewan, despite the headwinds of a federal carbon tax and trade challenges, with 18,000 more full-time jobs in the province than one year ago.”
The 2019-20 Budget included:
  • A sustainable plan to ensure a balanced budget this year and for the years to come;
  • Nearly $30 million more for targeted mental health and addictions funding;
  • An increase of $26 million in operating funding for Saskatchewan school divisions;
  • New tax credits for volunteer firefighters and first responders;
  • Funding to begin a five-year Enhanced Intersection Safety Program for highway intersections; and
  • A focus on infrastructure with funding for preconstruction design of a new Victoria Hospital for Prince Albert, planning for a new Weyburn hospital and continued funding for school consolidation projects in Weyburn and Rosthern.
“This session, our government also took important steps in passing legislation to increase maternity leave, expand the number of cancers our firefighters and volunteer firefighters are covered for and bring Clare’s Law to Saskatchewan to help those at risk of intimate partner violence,” Moe said.  
 The government passed multiple pieces of legislation during the spring sitting, including:
  • Changes to The Saskatchewan Employment Act creating a new critically ill adult leave, expanding parental leave and adding an additional week of maternity leave;
  • Passing Clare’s Law, which will allow police to release information about someone’s violent or abusive past to intimate partners whose safety may be at risk;
  • Increasing the number of occupational diseases firefighters and volunteer firefighters are covered for through changes to The Workers’ Compensation Act;
  • Legislation to allow rural municipalities, and other municipalities with populations under 500, to join regional police services;
  • Legislation that better balances the rights of rural land owners and members of the public in accessing rural property; and
  • Creating a paid job leave option for survivors of interpersonal and sexual violence to take up to five paid days and five unpaid days off to seek supports or services.

During the spring session, Moe also continued to stand up for Saskatchewan on the national stage in the fight against the federal carbon tax and pushing for help for canola farmers facing trade barriers with China.


“The work our government is doing to keep Saskatchewan issues front and centre, both here at home and in Ottawa, will not stop over the coming months,” Moe said.  “We will always advocate for our industries that provide the means to keep Saskatchewan strong and continue our opposition to the Trudeau Carbon Tax, including fighting the carbon tax in the Supreme Court of Canada.”


Camping Season Begins
In Saskatchewan Provincial Parks

The time of year that many campers look forward to is finally here.  Saskatchewan Provincial Park campgrounds are set to officially open for the 2019 season on Thursday, May 16.


“Opening weekend for provincial park campgrounds is always an exciting time for us,” Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Gene Makowsky said.  “This year we are encouraging campers to get out to the parks early to make the most of the 2019 season.”

New this year, visitors can camp in a provincial park from Thursday, May 16 up until Monday, June 24, 2019, at a discounted rate of $5 per night off in any electric, non-electric or economy campsite.


This spring discount provides an opportunity for guests to enjoy the parks at a very affordable rate.  Spring is the perfect time to get out and explore while the parks are still quiet.  Campsites are still available in many provincial parks; nightly reservations can be made at 
www.saskparks.goingtocamp.com.


During the Victoria Day Weekend (Thursday, May 16 to Monday, May 20 inclusive), the alcohol ban will be in place once again and will include cannabis.  The alcohol and cannabis ban applies to all campgrounds and picnic areas within provincial parks and recreation sites.  The ban is also in effect at several regional parks.  For additional information on the alcohol and cannabis ban, please visit 
www.saskparks.com

Saskatchewan Parks offer something for everyone, from family-friendly sandy beaches to back-country hiking trails.  Throughout the summer months, many parks will once again be offering a variety of programs and special events that appeal to guests of all ages.  A list of programs and events can be found at www.saskparks.com, under the Events tab on each park page.


The Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport continues to invest in provincial park facilities and infrastructure to provide the best experience possible for visitors.


Since 2008-09, a total of $110 million has been invested in parks capital projects and maintenance.  The 2019-20 Budget includes further investment of $9.5 million for capital projects and $1.6 million for capital maintenance.  Saskatchewan’s provincial parks continue to be important destinations, attracting visitors and bringing economic benefits to the entire province.


Congratulations to Yvette Moore Art Gallery
Celebrating 20 Years of Success

Charitable Gaming Grants Benefit Moose Jaw

Moose Jaw and surrounding area will receive $63,274 in charitable gaming grants in this quarter.  The Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority (SLGA) has provided more than $1.6 million in gaming grants to approximately 1,100 community groups and organizations across the province.


“These groups and organizations raise money to support local programs that bring a wide variety of community benefits,” Minister Responsible for SLGA Gene Makowsky said.  “Our government is pleased to provide additional support through the charitable gaming grant program.”


Among the grants provided to other communities by SLGA this quarter are: Yorkton and surrounding area received $112,249; Estevan/Weyburn and surrounding area: $78,514; Humboldt and surrounding area: $83,340; and Swift Current and surrounding area: $42,967.


The quarterly grants are based on a percentage of net proceeds raised through licensed charitable gaming activities such as bingos, raffles, breakopen tickets, Texas Hold’em poker and Monte Carlo events.


Charitable gaming reports submitted by groups are used by SLGA to automatically calculate grant amounts.


Report from the Legislature

Saskatchewan’s economy is getting stronger.


New employment numbers show that 14,200 new jobs were created in the province over the past year, and there were 18,000 more full-time jobs.


This spring’s provincial budget is the right balance for our strengthening economy. It increases supports for Saskatchewan people while managing spending to maintain economic growth and provide the services Saskatchewan people expect.


The 2019 Saskatchewan Budget fulfills our government’s three-year plan to balance the budget with no new taxes or tax increases while boosting supports for mental health, classrooms and highway safety. It includes:

• A sustainable plan to ensure a balanced budget this year and for the years to come;
• Nearly $30 million more for targeted mental health and addictions funding;


• An increase of $26 million in operating funding for Saskatchewan school divisions;


• New tax credits for volunteer firefighters and first responders;


• Funding to begin a five-year Enhanced Intersection Safety Program for highway intersections; and


• A focus on infrastructure with funding for preconstruction design of a new Victoria Hospital for   Prince Albert, planning for a new Weyburn hospital and continued funding for school consolidation projects in Weyburn and Rosthern.
During the spring sitting, our government passed multiple pieces of legislation, including:
• Changes to The Saskatchewan Employment Act creating a new critically ill adult leave, expanding parental leave and adding an additional week of maternity leave;
• Passing Clare’s Law which will allow police to release information about someone’s violent or abusive past to intimate partners whose safety may be at risk;


• Increasing the number of occupational diseases firefighters and volunteer firefighters are covered for through changes to The Workers’ Compensation Act;


• Legislation to allow rural municipalities, and other municipalities with populations under 500, to join regional police services;


• Legislation that better balances the rights of rural land owners and members of the public in accessing rural property; and


• Creating a paid job leave option for survivors of interpersonal and sexual violence to take up to five paid days and five unpaid days off to seek supports or services.
The spring sitting of the legislature saw your Saskatchewan Party government continue to stand up for Saskatchewan in the fight against the federal government’s carbon tax and push for help for canola farmers facing trade barriers with China.


In the coming months, we will keep Saskatchewan issues front and centre here at home and in Ottawa.


Your Saskatchewan Party government will keep standing up for Saskatchewan and will keep our economy strong. We will advocate for our industries that provide the means to keep Saskatchewan strong – and we will continue our opposition to the Trudeau Carbon Tax, which includes taking our fight all the way to the Supreme Court of Canada.


Now that the Spring Sitting of the Legislature is complete, I look forward to hearing from you – your thoughts, suggestions and feedback in terms of how we can best represent you and build on the growth of our community and province today and in the years ahead.

A Sure Sign of the Summer Season

Paid Job Leave For Survivors Of Interpersonal Violence

Today paid job leave for survivors of interpersonal and sexual violence was introduced and passed in the Saskatchewan Legislature.


Employees will be able to take five paid days and five unpaid days under Bill No. 172, The Saskatchewan Employment (Paid Interpersonal Violence and Sexual Violence Leave) Amendment Act, 2019.  Previously, employees could take a 10-day, unpaid leave.


“All forms of interpersonal and sexual violence are unacceptable,” Labour Relations and Workplace Safety Minister Don Morgan said.  “It is important that we do everything we can to help survivors access the services and supports they need.  We hope that allowing for survivors to take five days leave without the financial worries will make it easier for them to do so.”


To be eligible, an employee, employee’s child or a person for whom an employee is a caregiver must be the victim of interpersonal or sexual violence and the employee requires time off work to:

  • Seek medical attention;
  • Obtain services from a victims’ services organization;
  • Obtain psychological or other professional services;
  • Relocate, either temporarily or permanently; or
  • Seek legal or law enforcement assistance and attend court appearances.

Employees must have worked for an employer for a minimum of 13 weeks and may be required to provide evidence of the services being received if asked to qualify for the leave.


Employers are required to keep personal information confidential.


The Saskatchewan Employment (Paid Interpersonal Violence and Sexual Violence Leave) Amendment Act, 2019 will come into effect upon Royal Assent, which is expected in mid-May. 


Applications Open For The New Saskatchewan Veterans Service Club Support Program

In 2019-20, the Government of Saskatchewan is providing $100,000 for a new program to support the important work of veteran service clubs across the province.


“Veterans are important to our province,” Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Gene Makowsky said.  “Through the Saskatchewan Veterans Service Club Support Program, we will honour the memory of fallen heroes and provide support to sustain Saskatchewan veteran service clubs, not only for veterans, but for their families and communities.”


This program will be delivered in collaboration with the Royal Canadian Legion Saskatchewan Command and the Army, Navy, Air Force Veterans (ANAVETS), Saskatchewan Provincial Command.  Registered, non-profit veteran service clubs, Legion branches and ANAVETS units based in Saskatchewan are eligible to apply for grants up to $5,000.  Applications will be accepted from May 23 to July 15, 2019.


“We thank the provincial government for providing this grant,” Royal Canadian Legion Saskatchewan Command President Lorne Varga said.  “This will definitely impact our ability to continue to serve our veterans and their families.”


“The Saskatchewan Veteran Service Club Support Program is much appreciated by the ANAVETS units in our province,” ANAVETS Saskatchewan Provincial Command President Alf Christensen said.  “This program will be an important part of keeping the veterans service clubs functioning and will be a great help.”


This program will provide grants toward facility improvement projects, upgrades, renovations and repairs to support community access to programming, meetings and events.  Grant money can also be used toward special events, programs and activities that engage the public and advance the work of veterans’ service organizations.


More information about the program, guidelines, application and eligibility are available through the Royal Canadian Legion Saskatchewan Command at 306-525-8739 or 
admin@sasklegion.ca.


Job Leave Provisions Are Now In Force

Changes to maternity, parental, adoption and interpersonal violence leaves, as well as a newly introduced critically ill adult leave, are now part of Saskatchewan’s employment laws.

Bill 153 introduced changes to leave provisions under The Saskatchewan Employment Act, including:
  • Expanding interpersonal violence leave to include sexual violence;
  • Increasing maternity and adoption leave to 19 weeks, the longest in Canada (previously 18 weeks);
  • Increasing parental leave to up to 59 weeks for the parent who gave birth, or up to 63 weeks for another parent (previously 34 and 37 weeks respectively); and
  • The addition of a critically ill adult leave, which allows employees 17 weeks of job protected leave to care for a critically ill adult family member.
“We know that people in Saskatchewan need these new leave provisions and we expect that there will be a positive impact on those that utilize these supports,” Labour Relations and Workplace Safety Minister Don Morgan said.  “Providing leaves that allow people to focus on family and accessing the supports they need and not having to worry about job security is important for our government.”


Bill 172, The Saskatchewan Employment (Paid Interpersonal Violence and Sexual Violence Leave) Amendment Act, 2019, which was introduced earlier this week, is also now in force.  This will allow employees who are survivors of interpersonal and sexual violence to take five paid days and five unpaid days to seek medical attention, access supports or relocate.


Some of the changes were introduced, in part, to allow Saskatchewan residents to fully access benefits available through the federal Employment Insurance program, such as an extended parental leave or time to care for a critically ill loved one.


For more information about job protected leave provisions in Saskatchewan, visit 
www.saskatchewan.ca/business/employment-standards.

Crop Report For The Period May 7 To May 13, 2019

Significant seeding progress was made this past week as 38 per cent of the crop is now in the ground, ahead of the five-year average (2014-18) of 31 per cent for this time of year.

Crops are slow to emerge due to cool conditions.  Seeding is furthest advanced in the southeastern region, where 53 per cent of the crop is in the ground.  Fifty-two per cent of the crop is seeded in the southwest, with 31 per cent seeded in the east-central region, 32 per cent in the west-central region, 22 per cent in the northeast and 28 per cent in the northwest.


Rainfall was reported this past week throughout the province.  The Nipawin area received the greatest amount, 21 mm.  Most regions of the province need rain to help alleviate dry field conditions.


Provincially, cropland topsoil moisture is rated as one per cent surplus, 52 per cent adequate, 40 per cent short and seven per cent very short.  Topsoil moisture on hay land and pasture is rated as 46 per cent adequate, 40 per cent short and 14 per cent very short.  Hay and pasture growth has been slow due to little rainfall and cool conditions.  Winter wheat assessments are continuing as fields green up and temperatures rise.


Farmers are busy seeding, working fields, controlling weeds and moving cattle.


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


Follow the 2019 Crop Report on Twitter at @SKAgriculture.


WHAT’S HAPPENING IN MOOSE JAW

Friday, May 17, 2019

What: Minto United Church Annual Garage Sale
Time:  9:00 am – 8:00 pm
Place:  Minto United Church

Saturday, May 18, 2019

What: Minto United Church Annual Garage Sale
Time:  9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Place:  Minto United Church

What:  K+S Shortline 101 Steam Locomotive Opening Day
Time:  11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Place:  Western Development Museum
Cost:    $5.00 per person or $15.00 per family

What: Cosmo Seniors’ Centre Social Dance with Al and Company
Time:   8:00 pm
Place:  Cosmo Seniors Centre
Cost:   $14.00 includes lunch

Upcoming Events

Thursday, May 23, 2019
Cosmo Seniors’ Centre BBQ
5:00 pm
$10.00

Saturday, May 25, 2019
Moose Jaw Homegrown Farmer’s Market

8:00 am – 100 pm


Langdon Crescent
Principles of Healthy Child Development9:00 am – 4:30 pm

Yara Centre

Free by calling Kinsmen at (306) 694-4483

Soar for Cystic Fibrosis

Featuring Performing Artist Tenille Arts & Aerobatics Pilot, Brent Handy

Moose Jaw Regional Airport

Tickets: Individual-$100, Corporate table of 10-$1350
https://cassidyslemonadestand.com/soar

Optimist All-Star Night
Cocktails 6:00 pm Dinner 7:00 pm
Cosmo Seniors’ Centre
Tickets $75 each or $600 table
Gord Currie @ 306-631-9835

Sunday, May 26, 2019
Knights of Columbus #9760 Steak Night Fundraiser

5:00 pm – 8:00 pm


Church of Our Lady Community Centre


$18.00


Tickets – Call Lawrence, (306) 684-0815


Limited tickets available at the door.

Saturday, June 1, 2019
Free Youth Lawn Bowling Open House

1:00 pm-5:00 pm

Moose Jaw Lawn Bowling Club in Crescent Park

Report from the Legislature May 16, 2019

Summer at the Legislative Building

Saskatchewan’s economy is getting stronger.  New employment numbers show that 14,200 new jobs were created in the province over the past year, and there were 18,000 more full-time jobs.

This spring’s provincial budget is the right balance for our strengthening economy. It increases supports for Saskatchewan people while managing spending to maintain economic growth and provide the services Saskatchewan people expect.  The 2019 Saskatchewan Budget fulfills our government’s three-year plan to balance the budget with no new taxes or tax increases while boosting supports for mental health, classrooms and highway safety. It includes:

  • A sustainable plan to ensure a balanced budget this year and for the years to come;
  • Nearly $30 million more for targeted mental health and addictions funding;
  • An increase of $26 million in operating funding for Saskatchewan school divisions;
  • New tax credits for volunteer firefighters and first responders;
  • Funding to begin a five-year Enhanced Intersection Safety Program for highway intersections; and
  • A focus on infrastructure with funding for preconstruction design of a new Victoria Hospital for Prince Albert, planning for a new Weyburn hospital and continued funding for school consolidation projects in Weyburn and Rosthern.

During the spring sitting, our government passed multiple pieces of legislation, including:

  •  Changes to The Saskatchewan Employment Act creating a new critically ill adult leave, expanding parental leave and adding an additional week of maternity leave;
  • Passing Clare’s Law which will allow police to release information about someone’s violent or abusive past to intimate partners whose safety may be at risk;
  • Increasing the number of occupational diseases firefighters and volunteer firefighters are covered for through changes to The Workers’ Compensation Act;
  • Legislation to allow rural municipalities, and other municipalities with populations under 500, to join regional police services;
  • Legislation that better balances the rights of rural land owners and members of the public in accessing rural property; and
  • Creating a paid job leave option for survivors of interpersonal and sexual violence to take up to five paid days and five unpaid days off to seek supports or services.

The spring sitting of the legislature saw your Saskatchewan Party government continue to stand up for Saskatchewan in the fight against the federal government’s carbon tax and push for help for canola farmers facing trade barriers with China.

In the coming months, we will keep Saskatchewan issues front and center here at home and in Ottawa.  Your Saskatchewan Party government will keep standing up for Saskatchewan and will keep our economy strong. We will advocate for our industries that provide the means to keep Saskatchewan strong – and we will continue our opposition to the Trudeau Carbon Tax, which includes taking our fight all the way to the Supreme Court of Canada.

Now that the Spring Sitting of the Legislature is complete, I look forward to hearing from you – your thoughts, suggestions and feedback in terms of how we can best represent you and build on the growth of our community and province today and in the years ahead.

Moose Jaw Express May 15, 2019

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The Start of Summer Memories

The May long weekend signifies the start of the summer outdoor recreational season throughout Saskatchewan.

Saskatchewan’s provincial Parks open for the 2019 season this Thursday, May 16. Our provincial parks provide great opportunities for a wide variety of outdoor activities. Campers can take in the fresh spring air, enjoy activities on the water, explore hiking trails as nature blooms, or relax with friends and family.

There was good news in April concerning our local Buffalo Pound Provincial Park. The Government of Saskatchewan announced funding for a new swimming pool for the park. The old one was irreparable and demolished last fall. While there will not be a public pool in place this summer, construction of the new pool complex will begin soon and continue through fall and early winter.

The new swimming pool at Buffalo Pound provincial park is being designed to meet the needs of a wide range of users. The facility will include a sloped accessible entry for young children or anyone with mobility concerns. The deeper portion of the pool will accommodate lane swimming and swimming lessons. A new change-house and a building containing mechanical systems and admission services will be added. Some existing facilities will be re-purposed, which will result in cost savings to the project.

Summer family activities make for some of our most treasured memories. Good safety practices can make a difference in the kind of memories we will have at the end of the holiday season. To increase safety for everyone using the provincial parks this coming long weekend, an alcohol ban will apply in all campgrounds and picnic areas within provincial parks and recreation sites. The same rules also apply to Cannabis use in in parks this weekend as well.

Summer always seems too short in Saskatchewan, so we try to pack a lot into our few warm months. There is so much going on besides recreation; building construction, highway construction, and farming and ranching activity. It takes a concentrated effort to pay attention to safety in all areas.

When enjoying the outdoors, protection from the sun and insects will make for a more enjoyable time. Boating and water safety can’t be emphasized enough. Statistics indicate young children ages 1 to 4 and men ages 15 to 44 are at the greatest risk of drowning. The absence of effective adult supervision is a factor in 75 per cent of deaths by drowning for children under the age of 10. There is no safe way to mix alcohol and drugs with boating. Every year hundreds of people die as a result of boating-related activities. Almost 65% of these deaths involve the use of alcohol.

SaskPower reminds farm and construction machinery operators to “Look Up and Live”. Plan work in advance, lower equipment and use a spotter to prevent contact with overhead power lines. In May of last year, there were 154 reports of farm machinery coming in contact with electrical equipment. Safety initiatives should help to reduce the number of incidents in 2019.

The highways will be busy this long weekend. This year, the province will invest more than $350 million to upgrade about 1,000 km of highways across Saskatchewan. This includes intersection safety improvements at Highway 1 and the Mosaic potash mine and passing lanes on Highway 2 between Moose Jaw and Chamberlain. For the safety of our highway construction workers, and for your own safety, you are encouraged to slow down to 60 km/h in construction zones. Remember safety, and be aware that speeding fines triple in construction zones.

Enjoy the start of the summer season, be careful, stay safe and make some good memories.

From the Desk of Warren Michelson May 10, 2019

 

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MOOSE JAW HEALTH FOUNDATION RADIOTHON TOTAL  
Thank you to all who made this possible.
Progress in Moose Jaw


I was pleased to chat with Rob Carney during the CHAB Family First Radiothon last week, in our impressive F.H. Wigmore Regional Hospital.  As I observed the actions at the hospital, I thought of the progress we have seen in Moose Jaw in my time as an MLA. 


The hospital was certainly the highlight; however it is only a part of significant investments in several areas. 


The announcement of a new Public and Catholic joint-use school in the recent budget is very exciting news.  The SaskPower natural gas power plant will add jobs to our area, and encourage investment in the Southeast Industrial Park.  The North Service Road has been upgraded.  Campsites have been added and upgrades continue at Buffalo Pound Provincial Park. 


Industry has recognized the positive investment climate in Saskatchewan, so we now have companies like K+S Potash and Agrocorp Processing adding to our economy. 


Economic growth has allowed for improved social supports.  Almost 100 new social housing units have been constructed.  The ninth Habitat for Humanity home is presently being built here in Moose Jaw, and nearly 200 daycare spaces have been added. 


The Police and Crisis Team, mental health professionals now work with city police when they are called to respond to individuals experiencing a mental health crisis.  A new Community Recovery Team in Moose Jaw is providing more intensive supports for people living with complex, persistent mental health challenges. New housing has been constructed for residents with complex situations.


We have experienced substantial improvements in many areas and appreciate new opportunities.   We also encourage your suggestions as to exciting new ideas that would benefit our community.   Please feel free to stop by our office at 326 High St. W, or send us an email at moosejawnorthmla@shaw.ca.

Seeding In Progress

3,800 Nurses Added To Saskatchewan’s Nursing Workforce Since 2007

Province Marks National Nursing Week, May 6-12


Saskatchewan continues to see an increasing number of nurses providing care to residents across the province.  Since 2007, 3,800 nurses have joined the province’s nursing workforce, a 30 per cent increase.  In total, almost 16,500 nurses of all designations are now practicing in Saskatchewan.


“Nurses are on the front lines of our health care system, making important contributions to the health and well-being of our residents,” Health Minister Jim Reiter said.  “We’ve made significant investments in recruitment and retention of nurses over the past decade, and we’ve seen solid growth.”

According to the latest available data, 11,533 registered nurses, 267 nurse practitioners, 3,820 licensed practical nurses and 835 registered psychiatric nurses are practicing in Saskatchewan.  Overall, there has been a 30 per cent increase in the number of nurses compared to 2007.  Nurses are being recognized during National Nursing Week, May 6-12.


“I want to thank nurses of all designations for their service to Saskatchewan people,” Rural and Remote Health Minister Greg Ottenbreit said.  “Our government remains steadfast in its commitment to continue building a strong nursing workforce in our province.”


Targeted investments in education initiatives are supporting recruitment and retention efforts:

  • 280 new training seats were added for Registered Nurses in 2011;
  • training seats for Nurse Practitioners doubled from 20 to 40 in 2015;
  • 56 new seats for Registered Psychiatric Nurses have been added since 2008, including 16 seats in North Battleford starting this fall.

Also, a number of incentives are being offered to address recruitment and retention challenges in rural and remote locations:

  • clinical placement bursaries with a return-in-service commitment to rural and remote parts of the province;
  • grant funding to the Saskatchewan Health Authority to support recruitment and retention of hard-to-recruit positions; and
  • funding for bursaries to support the recruitment of up to eight Nurse Practitioners or Midwives in hard to fill positions.
The theme of this year’s National Nursing Week is “Nurses: A Voice to Lead – Health for All”, reflecting the potential of nurses to improve the health system and enable individuals and communities to achieve a high standard of health.

Mosaic Potash at Sunrise

Be Emergency Ready
Plan, Prepare And Be Aware

Government Relations Minister Warren Kaeding is proclaiming May 5-11, as Emergency Preparedness Week in Saskatchewan.


“Over the past several years, Saskatchewan residents have faced emergencies such as floods, tornadoes, wildfires and grassfires,” Kaeding said.  “For this reason, community preparedness is a focus in Saskatchewan’s Prairie Resilience climate change strategy and resilience framework, which includes increased floodplain mapping, expansion of the FireSmart program, and training to help local governments and communities plan and respond to emergencies.”


Public Safety Division Assistant Deputy Minister Duane McKay noted that it is not if an emergency will happen, but when it will happen.


“That’s why being emergency ready – to plan, prepare and be aware – is so important,” McKay said.  “Take a few minutes to plan who you would call and what you would do if you needed to evacuate.  Then prepare a basic emergency kit containing water, non-perishable foods, a flashlight, batteries, a radio, a first-aid kit, prescription medications, money and copies of your family’s personal identification documents.”


The Saskatchewan Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) highlighted the need to think about your pet’s needs in an emergency.


“A bit of preparation now to gather items your pet will need can make a world of difference during an emergency,” Saskatchewan SPCA’s Community Relations Co-ordinator Josh Hourie said.  “It’s a perfect activity to do with your children so they understand the importance of being emergency ready and can pack items for your pet’s emergency kit in case you need to evacuate.”

Being emergency ready also means you need to be aware if an emergency is happening near you.


The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) works with all provinces and territories to test the national emergency alerting system: Alert Ready.


Saskatchewan will be participating in the SECOND annual test, the next one being scheduled for 1:55 p.m. on May 8.  The test issued in Saskatchewan will appear on television, radio and compatible wireless devices, as well as through the SaskAlert app.


For more information, please visit 
www.alertready.ca or contact your telecommunication provider.


For additional tips about emergency planning for your family and your pets, visit:

 


MOOSE JAW HERITAGE FAIR
Kassidy Farago chose Doris Barr as her topic for the Heritage Fair.  Interestingly enough, Kassidy is the great- great niece to Doris Barr.


Her presentation was beyond great. Kassidy had a lot of information, personal stories, signed books and pictures and even a ball glove that resembled the one of Doris Barr.  Sadly, Doris Barr passed away July 12, 2009.


Great job Kassidy!
I was honoured to congratulate Matthew Closs, winner of the Provinces and Territories Award at the Moose Jaw Regional Heritage Fair, held at the Western Development Museum.

The Heritage Fair is an intriguing event with students from Moose Jaw and across Southern Saskatchewan displaying their projects of Saskatchewan and Canadian figures and historic events. Their research and display design is outstanding, with the students well educated on their topics. 

18,000 New Full-Time Jobs

Saskatchewan’s year-over-year employment increased by 14,200 jobs from April 2018, marking the ninth consecutive month of strong job gains for the province.

The job gains were primarily full-time employment, with full-time jobs increasing by 18,000.  Jobs in the private sector were up 12,100.  Major year-over-year gains were reported for agriculture, up 4,100 jobs; accommodation and food services up 2,500 jobs; educational services up 2,500 jobs; and health care and social assistance up 2,500 jobs.

“Despite headwinds that our economy faces domestically and abroad, Saskatchewan job creators continue to show confidence in our province,” Immigration and Career Training Minister Jeremy Harrison said.  “Our government will continue to stand up for Saskatchewan to ensure that our province remains the best place to live, work and to raise a family.”


The seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 5.4 per cent last month, down from 6.4 per cent in April 2018.  The unemployment rate was the fourth lowest in the country and below the national average of 5.7 per cent.

Other April highlights include:

  • On a seasonally-adjusted basis, there were 1,600 more jobs from March 2019, the fifth highest percentage gain among provinces.
  • Saskatchewan had record high levels for the labour force, employment, full-time employment, and male and female employment for the month of April.
  • Saskatoon’s employment was up 7,100, and Regina’s employment was up 2,800, from a year ago.

Saskatchewan Invests In Community Airports

Once again, municipal airports in Saskatchewan will be making some upgrades and improvements through the Community Airport Partnership (CAP) program.  The $700,000 in cost-shared grants will provide important investment dollars to nine community airports this year.

“Our communities and regionally-owned airports provide important transportation infrastructure that support critical services like air ambulance, law enforcement and firefighting,” Highways and Infrastructure Minister Lori Carr said.  “By partnering with municipalities, we’re ensuring a network of airports is in place to enhance economic development in sectors like tourism, oil and gas, agriculture and mining.”

CAP is designed to help offset the capital costs of rehabilitation and infrastructure improvements with grants being cost-shared up to a maximum amount of $275,000.


“Over the past five years Yorkton has invested more than $269,000 in matching infrastructure improvement funds for our airport, which help to maintain and improve it,” Yorkton Mayor Bob Maloney said.  “Yorkton Regional Airport is an important piece of our local and provincial transportation infrastructure and provides economic benefits throughout the region.”


“We are very pleased to obtain this CAP grant for improvements and upgrades to our airport facility,” Moosomin Mayor Larry Tomlinson.  “Any investment into our local transportation infrastructure is always welcome.”

Airports benefiting from the CAP program this year include:

  • Birch Hills – $17,500 – replace and repair runway and apron lights;
  • Estevan – $86,750 – runway drainage improvements;
  • Humboldt – $36,500 – runway repairs and replacement of the Nondirectional Radio Beacon system with a GPS approach;
  • Kindersley – $4,000 – runway repairs;
  • Kipling – $6,650 – installation of a RNAV (GNSS) approach system;
  • Maple Creek – $27,000 – runway repairs;
  • Moosomin – $275,000 – new runway construction Phase 1;
  • Swift Current – $55,000 – asphalt maintenance and runway, taxiway, and apron painting; and
  • Yorkton – $257,760 – runway rehabilitation Phase 1.

“As we like to say – a mile of highway gets you a mile down the road; a mile of runway gets you the world,” Saskatchewan Aviation Council President Janet Keim said.  “Our communities realize the tremendous value of their airports in both social and economic growth benefits and this program assists in important capital reinvestment opportunities.”

Since 2007, more than $7 million has been invested in community airports and, coupled with 50-50 matching community contributions, the program has generated about $14 million in airport improvements.  A total of 36 different communities have benefited from the program since its inception.


For more information about the program, please visit 
https://www.saskatchewan.ca/residents/transportation/airports/community-airport-partnership-cap-program.


Palliser Regional Library  Annual Meeting
Report from the Legislature
May 9, 2019
For myself and my colleagues, the Spring Sitting of the Legislature has been a busy season of representing our constituents and constituencies, proposing ideas, engaging in debate and passing legislation to improve the lives of Saskatchewan people.


The Government of Saskatchewan is passing legislation that better balances the rights of rural land owners and members of the public. Most notably, it moves the onus of responsibility from rural land owners to individuals seeking to access their property.  Under the new legislation, those wishing to access a rural land owner’s property for recreational purposes will need to first gain access from the land owner. Land owners will be able to provide consent for activities on their land through posted signs.  We believe this will promote communication with rural land owners, while still giving Saskatchewan people the opportunity to take advantage of our rural landscapes for outdoor activities such as hunting, fishing, snowmobiling and hiking.  The legislation will come into force after the necessary regulations are developed.


Innovation Saskatchewan is working with the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities to develop a technological solution to promote contact between land owners and those seeking access to private property. The Innovation Challenge will select a successful applicant to develop their solution over a 16-week residency period.


One of the highlights of the 2019 Provincial Budget is our government’s record investment in mental health and addictions services.  Recently, we announced that Saskatchewan paramedics and other first responders will benefit from $250,000 in funding for mental health and addictions programming.  EMS providers and volunteer medical first responders are on the frontlines of medical care and are exposed to a high number of stressful situations. This funding will help to set up supports that best address their mental health needs.


From market access and equalization to pipelines and the carbon tax, your Saskatchewan Party government is standing up for Saskatchewan.  We are standing up to protect and open market access for Saskatchewan exports; to fix Canada’s flawed Equalization program; and against harmful federal government policies, like Bills C-48 and C-69, which threaten industries and families in our province.


While we are disappointed with the recent ruling at the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal, we will continue to stand up on behalf of the people across our province who are opposed to the federal government’s ineffective, job-killing carbon tax.


The Court of Appeal ruling was a 3-2 split decision. Two judges provided a detailed, dissenting opinion that the carbon tax is unconstitutional. There are strong grounds for an appeal and we look to appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada.  We are grateful for all of the organizations and the provinces that intervened in this case on Saskatchewan’s side, and we are grateful for Saskatchewan Justice and our two outstanding constitutional lawyers who presented Saskatchewan’s case.  Meanwhile, other provinces are also proceeding with their own court challenges. Saskatchewan plans to intervene in each of these cases.


The Trudeau carbon tax is bad economic policy; it is bad environmental policy; and our government’s fight against it will continue.  Our province already has a plan – a Prairie Resilience plan – to fight climate change; to reduce emissions; and to do it without a carbon tax.


The NDP has called our fight against the carbon tax “a pointless crusade”. Their leader even said they “applaud” the Trudeau carbon tax. These comments prove that the NDP is out of touch with Saskatchewan.


I want to thank small business owners, farmers, energy sector workers, and all hard-working families for their support as we continue this fight.
15 WING SNOW BIRDS HOME- OPENER SHOW
Although the weather didn’t want to cooperate,  we were still able to enjoy a good  show.
Thank you to the Snow Birds who spend many hours training to put on a great show. 

Crop Report For The Period April 30 To May 6, 2019

Despite cool weather this past week, many producers have begun seeding operations and many more expect to be in the field this coming week, once conditions improve.  Thirteen per cent of the crop is now seeded, which is slightly behind the five-year average (2014-18) of 14 per cent for this time of year.  Recent cool weather has delayed field operations across much of the province.


Seeding is furthest advanced in the southeastern region, where 23 per cent of the crop is in the ground.  Fourteen per cent of the crop is seeded in the southwest and northwest, while seven per cent is seeded in the east-central region, nine per cent in the west-central region and three per cent in the northeast.  Nine per cent of the spring wheat, 10 per cent of the canola, 19 per cent of the lentils and 22 per cent of the field peas have been seeded to date.


Rainfall was reported this past week throughout the province, particularly in the northeastern and northwestern regions.  The Neilburg area received 25 mm, the largest amount of precipitation in the province.

Field conditions across the province have not changed much from the previous week.  Cropland topsoil is rated as one per cent surplus, 60 per cent adequate, 30 per cent short and nine per cent very short.  Topsoil moisture on hay land and pasture is rated as one per cent surplus, 53 per cent adequate, 35 per cent short and 11 per cent very short.


Winter wheat assessment is continuing as fields green up and temperatures rise.  Pasture and hay land growth has been slow, but is expected to improve, given the recent moisture and favourable weather in the forecast.


Farmers are busy seeding, working fields and moving cattle.


SaskPower reminds everyone to take their time and to be aware of overhead power lines crossing fields and farm yards this spring.


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


Follow the 2019 Crop Report on Twitter at @SKAgriculture.


WHAT’S HAPPENING IN MOOSE JAW

Saturday, May 11, 2019

What:  Town and Country Singles Dance
Time:   8:00 p.m. – 12:00 am
Place:  Church of Our Lady Community Centre
Cost:   $14.00 admission includes midnight lunch
Call 691-6634 for information

What: 2019 MJ Masquerade Ball
Time:   5:00 p.m.. 
Place:   Heritage Inn
Cost:   $75.00
All proceeds towards the MJ Mental Health Association

What:  Mother’s Day Craft and Trade Show
Time:  10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Place:  Zion Hall
All proceeds towards South Central Early Childhood Intervention Program

Sunday, May 11, 2019Happy Mother’s Day

What:  Mother’s Day at the Western Development Museum – Movies and
family activities.

Time:  1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Place: Western Development Museum
Cost:   Regular Admission Applies

Report from the Legislature May 9, 2019

Summer at the Legislative Building

For myself and my colleagues, the Spring Sitting of the Legislature has been a busy season of representing our constituents and constituencies, proposing ideas, engaging in debate and passing legislation to improve the lives of Saskatchewan people.

The Government of Saskatchewan is passing legislation that better balances the rights of rural land owners and members of the public. Most notably, it moves the onus of responsibility from rural land owners to individuals seeking to access their property.  Under the new legislation, those wishing to access a rural land owner’s property for recreational purposes will need to first gain access from the land owner. Land owners will be able to provide consent for activities on their land through posted signs.  We believe this will promote communication with rural land owners, while still giving Saskatchewan people the opportunity to take advantage of our rural landscapes for outdoor activities such as hunting, fishing, snowmobiling and hiking.  The legislation will come into force after the necessary regulations are developed.

Innovation Saskatchewan is working with the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities to develop a technological solution to promote contact between land owners and those seeking access to private property. The Innovation Challenge will select a successful applicant to develop their solution over a 16-week residency period.

One of the highlights of the 2019 Provincial Budget is our government’s record investment in mental health and addictions services.  Recently, we announced that Saskatchewan paramedics and other first responders will benefit from $250,000 in funding for mental health and addictions programming.  EMS providers and volunteer medical first responders are on the frontlines of medical care and are exposed to a high number of stressful situations. This funding will help to set up supports that best address their mental health needs.

From market access and equalization to pipelines and the carbon tax, your Saskatchewan Party government is standing up for Saskatchewan.  We are standing up to protect and open market access for Saskatchewan exports; to fix Canada’s flawed Equalization program; and against harmful federal government policies, like Bills C-48 and C-69, which threaten industries and families in our province.

While we are disappointed with the recent ruling at the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal, we will continue to stand up on behalf of the people across our province who are opposed to the federal government’s ineffective, job-killing carbon tax. The Court of Appeal ruling was a 3-2 split decision. Two judges provided a detailed, dissenting opinion that the carbon tax is unconstitutional. There are strong grounds for an appeal and we look to appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada.  We are grateful for all of the organizations and the provinces that intervened in this case on Saskatchewan’s side, and we are grateful for Saskatchewan Justice and our two outstanding constitutional lawyers who presented Saskatchewan’s case.
Meanwhile, other provinces are also proceeding with their own court challenges. Saskatchewan plans to intervene in each of these cases.

The Trudeau carbon tax is bad economic policy; it is bad environmental policy; and our government’s fight against it will continue.  Our province already has a plan – a Prairie Resilience plan – to fight climate change; to reduce emissions; and to do it without a carbon tax.

The NDP has called our fight against the carbon tax “a pointless crusade”. Their leader even said they “applaud” the Trudeau carbon tax. These comments prove that the NDP is out of touch with Saskatchewan.

I want to thank small business owners, farmers, energy sector workers, and all hard-working families for their support as we continue this fight.

Moose Jaw Express May 8, 2019

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A Heartfelt Thank You to Heartland Hospice

A few weeks ago, I attended an inspirational and informational evening sponsored by Heartland Hospice Moose Jaw. While I was aware of the work this group is doing, I left that event even more grateful for the dedication of the volunteers and board members who give so much of themselves to provide comfort and quality of days.  Lets us recognize and thank those involved with Heartland Hospice this week in particular as it is National Hospice Palliative Care Week.

The purpose of hospice palliative care is to relieve suffering and improve the quality of living and dying for those nearing the end of their physical life. It promotes opportunities for meaningful and valuable experiences and personal/spiritual growth, for both the dying individual, and their family. Hospice palliative care affirms life and regards dying as a normal process and intends neither to hasten nor to unduly postpone death.

Recognizing a need for this type of care in our area, Heartland Hospice was established in 2014 with a goal of supporting the provision of compassionate holistic care to those nearing the end of their physical life. While palliative care has been part of the health services offered in Moose Jaw for some time, the hospice model of delivering care is a more individual quality compassionate care.

Thanks to the work of Heartland Hospice, a room at Pioneer Lodge has been designated as a Hospice Care space. The room is home-like, and the space is comfortable for families who are journeying with their loved one. A “Serenity Garden” is located just outside the hospice room. A multi-disciplinary team of health professionals, and well-trained, compassionate volunteers are closely involved to ensure that emotional, spiritual and physical needs are available. Heartland Hospice will also provide support to someone who would like to spend their final days in their own home.

The recently launched “My Wish” Program is coordinated by Heartland Hospice to assist terminally ill individuals who are seeking peace and closure with the realization of a final wish. Wishes are intended to be simple and carry little cost, but be rich in meaning for patients, families, and health care providers. Heartland Hospice has partnered with other community agencies and sponsors to make an individual’s wish come true.

Heartland Hospice has lots of excellent information on their website at https://www.heartlandhospicemj.com/

This week is also Mental Health Week, a topic too important to miss. Just as, even when we aren’t ill, we need to take care of our physical health, so it is with mental health. The Canadian Mental Health Association offers 16 tips on their website to stay mentally healthy. Some examples are:

  • focusing on the positive;
  • getting outdoors;
  • staying active;
  • finding meaning;
  • connecting with others; and
  • disconnecting from screens.

You can visit https://mentalhealthweek.ca/16-strategies-to-help-you-thrive for more of these tips.

Finally, this Sunday is a time to show appreciation for an important individual in all our lives. Mother’s Day is a time to reflect on and celebrate all Mothers. Whether they are biological moms, step-moms, grandmothers, sisters, aunts, friends, or whomever else we think of when we think of mother; Mother’s Day is for all women. They raised and nurtured us, taught us important lessons and picked us up when we fell down. We owe these women a debt we’ll never be able to repay. I hope everyone takes a moment to thank the women in their lives who love them in that special way only Mothers can – unconditionally, unequivocally, and unacquired, because that’s what moms do. Happy Mother’s Day!

From the Desk of Warren Michelson May 3, 2019

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MOOSE JAW HEALTH FOUNDATION RADIOTHON

Newborn Hearing Screening Program Expanded To Eighteen Saskatchewan Hospitals As Of May 1

Newborn babies will now be screened for early signs of hearing loss in all eighteen Saskatchewan hospitals that regularly deliver babies as of May 1.


The Universal Newborn Hearing Screening Program identifies early signs of hearing loss so the language and literacy skills of children who are deaf or hard of hearing can be improved.  Funding of $523,000 was provided in last year’s budget to purchase equipment and hire staff.


“May is Speech and Hearing Awareness month, so it’s fitting that we are able to announce this month that this program has been expanded to all eighteen Saskatchewan hospitals that regularly deliver babies,” Health Minister Jim Reiter said.  “This investment will ensure that children born in Saskatchewan with hearing loss are identified, so the proper supports can be put into place to help those children succeed.”


“Having a Universal Newborn Hearing Screening Program in Saskatchewan represents a huge win for the province,” Saskatchewan Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Executive Director Nairn Gillies said.  “Early identification of Deaf and Hard of Hearing children is key in eliminating debilitating linguistic delays.  Universal Newborn Hearing Screening is a critical step toward empowering parents to engage with their newborns with hearing loss in a much more-timely and informed manner.”


Communities that offer the Universal Newborn Hearing Screening Program include: Estevan, Fort Qu’Appelle, Humboldt, Kindersley, La Ronge, Lloydminster, Meadow Lake, Melfort, Moose Jaw, Moosomin, Nipawin, North Battleford, Regina, Rosetown, Saskatoon, Swift Current, Yorkton and Prince Albert.


For more information about the Universal Newborn Hearing Screening Program, including the hospitals that offer it, visit 
www.saskatchewan.ca/residents/health/accessing-health-care-services/audiology-and-hearing-services.


For more information about Saskatchewan Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services, visit 
www.sdhhs.com.


ELKS CHILI CHALLENGE


Eleven varieties of chili at the Elks Chili Challenge; all with there own distinct taste, all seasoned to tempt any palate.
Not sure which might have been voted the #1 by the panel of judges and public opinion, but the varieties I tasted scored quite favorable to my taste.
Great event Elk members; well done!

The Countdown Is On – Swift Current Set To Host Major Sporting Event

In just 100 days Swift Current will host more than 1,700 participants at the 2019 Western Canada Summer Games.

“Saskatchewan is excited to host the Western Canada Summer Games for a fifth time,” Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Gene Makowsky said.  “Hosting this exciting event allows us to showcase our community pride, great volunteerism and provide a stepping stone for athletes to compete on national and international stages.  Thank you to Swift Current for being gracious hosts and best of luck to all the participants.”


From August 9 to 18, Swift Current will be the centre of attraction for spectators, athletes, coaches, mission staff, officials and volunteers at the Western Canada Summer Games.  There will be 16 summer sports featuring young athletes, para sport and special Olympians from six provinces and territories.  Hosting the Western Canada Summer Games generates tourism and economic benefits for the host region of Swift Current.


“The City of Swift Current is thrilled to be the host of the 2019 Western Canada Summer Games,” Swift Current Mayor Denis Perrault said.  “The games promise to bring the spirit of competition and camaraderie to the doorstep of our community while having a significant, positive impact on our local economy.  I join our entire community in welcoming our provincial and territorial friends to Swift Current in August for what will be an unforgettable event.”


This event requires the helping hands of more than 2,000 volunteers.  Melissa Shaw and Mark Benesh, volunteer co-chairs, have been working hard to organize this large southwest Saskatchewan event.


“We are proud to be part of this event, which is the largest ever to be held in Swift Current and the southwest region,” Western Canada Summer Games Co-chairs Shaw and Benesh said.  “It really is our time to showcase our region while providing a conduit for athletes, coaches, officials and volunteers to pursue new levels of excellence.”
The 2019 Western Canada Summer Games are still looking for the enthusiasm and hospitality of volunteers to help out with the Games.


For more information on how to “get in the game” or purchase tickets, visit 
http://2019wcsg.ca/, Facebook (@2019wcsg), Twitter (@2019WCSG) or Instagram (@2019wcsg).
DAY OF MOURNING
Day of Mourning is a tribute to those who were injured or died due to work accidents.
A special ceremony took place in Moose Jaw on Sunday as
48 names were read of those who passed away last year.
Due to the unseasonably weather the ceremony was conducted in-doors.
Our condolences, and a reminder to keep safety top of mind in our work, homes and travel.

Expanded Multiple Sclerosis Drug Coverage For Patients

Effective May 1, Saskatchewan residents now have access to another treatment for multiple sclerosis (MS), Ocrevus.

Ocrevus is the first MS medication approved to treat early primary progressive MS, and the thirteenth option for patients with relapsing remitting MS, the most common form of the condition.


“Our government is committed to providing Saskatchewan residents with better access to innovative new treatment options,” Health Minister Jim Reiter said.  “Ocrevus will be the first drug treatment option approved for the primary progressive form of multiple sclerosis.  It offers a treatment option that may slow the progression of multiple sclerosis and improve patients’ quality of life.”


The Saskatchewan Formulary offers a variety of options for MS treatment.  Ocrevus is the first that can be used to treat both primary progressive MS and relapsing remitting MS.  Last year, the provincial government spent about $17 million on MS medications for eligible patients.


Multiple Sclerosis is an autoimmune disease that attacks the central nervous system and leads to a progressive loss of motor skills.  An estimated 3,700 people in Saskatchewan live with MS.


For more information on the approval process and income-assisted programs, contact the Drug Plan and Extended Benefits Branch at 1-800-667-7581 or 306-787-3317 in Regina.


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the Legislature
Building


Seizure Of Criminal Property Amendment Act Passes

The Government of Saskatchewan has passed legislation that will enhance the province’s civil forfeiture program in order to take property and profits out of the hands of criminals.


The Seizure of Criminal Property Amendment Act, 2018 expands the types of criminal activities that are presumed to be subject to forfeiture to include:
  • Property that was previously subject to a community safety order under The Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods Act;
  • Vehicle owners with a history of impaired driving suspensions;
  • Gang or terrorist activity involving prohibited and restricted firearms; and
  • Matters involving sexual offences, including sexual offences with child victims.
“These changes are designed to help combat serious crimes that threaten the safety of our communities,” Corrections and Policing Minister Christine Tell said.  “Forfeited property is used to fund victims’ programming, policing initiatives, and other programs that promote community safety.”


Seized property can be an asset acquired as a proceed of crime or an object used to commit a crime.


Examples of property forfeited has included:
  • Buildings used to house cannabis grow operations;
  • Currency resulting from the sale of illicit drugs; and
  • Vehicles used in the sale of illicit drugs.
The Seizure of Criminal Property Amendment Act, 2018 will come into effect upon Royal Assent, which is expected in mid-May.

Report from the Legislature

The Spring Sitting of the Saskatchewan Legislature continues with debate and legislation, as well as enhanced programs and services as part of a balanced budget. Your Saskatchewan Party government also continues to stand up for Saskatchewan.


This week the Senate committee on Bill C-48, the federal government’s Oil Tanker Ban, came to Regina and heard our government’s position on this proposed legislation, the double standard it creates between East & West, and why it is bad policy. The Oil Tanker Ban is part of a broader issue of not getting Canadian oil to tidewater, which hurts Saskatchewan’s economy and social investments. Senators have an opportunity to prevent this legislation from passing, and we encourage them to do just that.


In light of trade restrictions in China, we were pleased to see the federal government has largely adopted our plan to provide relief for Canada’s canola producers. This includes access to an expanded Advanced Payment Program and an extended AgriStability deadline. These are steps in the right direction.


While we look forward to participating in trade missions to Japan and South Korea to secure new markets for our world-class canola, we need to regain certainty in China. The federal government must continue to actively engage on scientific and diplomatic levels to find a resolution and restore access to one of our largest markets.


A Step Forward For “Clare’s Law”

Saskatchewan is one step closer to becoming the first province to implement “Clare’s Law.”

The Interpersonal Violence Disclosure Protocol (Clare’s Law) Act has received third reading in the legislature.  The Act will come into force after the disclosure protocol and regulations are established.


“Government will collaborate over the summer with our partners in law enforcement and the shelter community to develop the protocol and regulations,” Justice Minister and Attorney General Don Morgan said.  “We are working hard to get this legislation in place to help people who may be at risk in an intimate relationship.”


The Act will allow police to release information about someone’s violent or abusive past to intimate partners whose safety may be threatened.


It creates a framework and standard process for the disclosure of information to applicants who believe they may be at risk from an intimate partner (“right to ask”), and to persons identified by police to be at risk (“right to know”).


“The Saskatchewan Association of Chiefs of Police recognizes that Saskatchewan has one of the highest rates of domestic assaults in Canada,” Saskatchewan Association of Chiefs of Police President Chief Marlo Pritchard said.  “Clare’s Law is designed as a tool for individuals who think they may be at risk of interpersonal violence to get knowledge that will allow them to make those necessary decisions to increase their safety.  We know this law will not be a panacea for eliminating domestic assaults, but we hope that it will increase prevention and reduce the prevalence of interpersonal violence in our communities.”


Part of the standard process will involve a multi-sector review committee, which will provide recommendations on potential disclosures.  The police service will retain the ultimate discretion as to when to disclose information.


“Clare’s Law” was implemented across England and Wales in March 2014.  It is named in honour of Clare Wood, who was the victim of a homicide committed by her partner.

Saskatchewan’s 2019 Big Game Draw Opens Online May 1

Saskatchewan’s big game draw opens on May 1 and hunters have until midnight on May 25 to submit their online applications.

“Saskatchewan’s big game draw continues to be very popular and remains an important milestone for the hunting community,” Environment Minister Dustin Duncan said.  “The Ministry of Environment continues to work with stakeholders to improve the process and encourages all hunters to apply early.”


Changes to the big game draw pool system were implemented in 2018 when the draw was expanded from four to six priority pools.  Beginning this year, all first-time applicants will be placed in the D pool.  They will be joined in that pool by all successfully drawn applicants from 2018 in an effort to reduce the number of applicants entering the Super A pool each year.




The application process remains unchanged and information regarding the application, priority pools, wildlife management zone (WMZ) quotas and detailed application instructions can be found online at 
www.saskatchewanlicences.active.com.


Apply early and use the online residency verification tool to avoid complications.  Draws for several of the species receive a high number of applications compared to the number of licences available.  For these species, the odds of being drawn will be low, even for applications in the top priority pool.


The big game draw is administered through the Saskatchewan Hunting, Angling and Trapping Licence (HAL) system.  Clients can submit, review and update their applications, check pool status history and purchase a draw licence through their HAL accounts.


Draw results will be available through the HAL accounts around mid-June, with the exception of pronghorn, which will be available around mid-July.  Applicants are responsible for checking their own draw results.


Successful applicants will be able to purchase licences through their HAL accounts beginning August 1, 2019.


For information on your HAL account or assistance with completing an application, please call 1-888-773-8450.  If you have questions about your pool status or hunting in Saskatchewan, call the Ministry of Environment’s Inquiry Line at 1-800-567-4224.  Further information about the big game draw is available at 
www.saskatchewan.ca/hunting.

Crop Report For The Period April 23 To 29, 2019

Saskatchewan farmers have been able to seed five per cent of the 2019 crop, compared to the five-year average (2014-18) of three per cent.  Field activities such as harrowing, rock picking and fertilizing are taking place.  Many producers have indicated that seeding will begin in the coming weeks, once weather conditions improve.

Field conditions across the province have improved with recent moisture.  Cropland topsoil is rated as one per cent surplus, 62 per cent adequate, 30 per cent short and seven per cent very short.  Topsoil moisture on hay land and pasture is rated as one per cent surplus, 58 per cent adequate, 32 per cent short and nine per cent very short.


The dry weather conditions last year continue to affect pasture quality, as conditions are currently rated as one per cent excellent, 25 per cent good, 40 per cent fair, 25 per cent poor and nine per cent very poor.


Much of the southern and western regions received a combination of snowfall and rain this past week, with 73 mm reported in the Shaunavon area.  This precipitation created some challenging calving conditions for livestock producers.


SaskPower reminds everyone to take their time and to be aware of overhead power lines crossing fields and farm yards this spring.


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


Follow the 2019 Crop Report on Twitter at @SKAgriculture.


WHAT’S HAPPENING IN MOOSE JAW

Friday, May 3, 2019

What: Spring Fair Trade Festival
Time:  9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Place:  Central Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall

What: Quilt Show
Time:   9:00 a.m. 
Place:  MJ Exhibition Grounds

What: Cobra Cheer Open House & Major Sponsorship Announcement
Time:  6:00 p.m. 
Place: Cobra Cheer Gym, 1350 Caribou St. E. 

Saturday, May 4, 2019

What:  Mother’s Day Trade Show
Time:   10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. 
Place:  Westmount School 

What: Spring Trade Fair
Time:   10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 
Place:   Legion 
Cost:   $2.00 admission

What:  Wakamow Spring Home and Garden Show
Time:  10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. 
Place:  Sportsman’s Centre Event Hall 
Cost:   $3.00 admission

What:  Five Hills Karate Club Bottle Drive
Time:   10:30 a.m. 
To Donate please call :  Nancy Rosnes @ 306-630-5892

What:  Volunteer Fair 
Time:   All Day
Place:  WDM
What: Don Dreger Steak Night
Time:   5:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. 
Place:  Eagles Club
Cost:  $20
Upcoming
 
May 7
Mental Health Pop-up- cafe @ 7-8:30 p.m.
Riverview Collegiate
May 8
Sukenan Ship Opening DayMJ Canada’s Most Notorious City Official Launch @ 5:15 p.m. 
Yvette Moore Gallery
May 9
MJ Regional Heritage Fair – WDM

Report from the Legislature May 2, 2019

Summer at the Legislative Building

The Spring Sitting of the Saskatchewan Legislature continues with debate and legislation, as well as enhanced programs and services as part of a balanced budget. Your Saskatchewan Party government also continues to stand up for Saskatchewan.

This week the Senate committee on Bill C-48, the federal government’s Oil Tanker Ban, came to Regina and heard our government’s position on this proposed legislation, the double standard it creates between East & West, and why it is bad policy. The Oil Tanker Ban is part of a broader issue of not getting Canadian oil to tidewater, which hurts Saskatchewan’s economy and social investments. Senators have an opportunity to prevent this legislation from passing, and we encourage them to do just that.

In light of trade restrictions in China, we were pleased to see the federal government has largely adopted our plan to provide relief for Canada’s canola producers. This includes access to an expanded Advanced Payment Program and an extended AgriStability deadline. These are steps in the right direction.

While we look forward to participating in trade missions to Japan and South Korea to secure new markets for our world-class canola, we need to regain certainty in China. The federal government must continue to actively engage on scientific and diplomatic levels to find a resolution and restore access to one of our largest markets.

Saskatchewan is now one step closer to becoming the first province in Canada to implement “Clare’s Law.” The Interpersonal Violence Disclosure Protocol (Clare’s Law) Act has received third reading in the legislature. The Act will come into force after the disclosure protocol and regulations are established.

The Act will allow police to release information about someone’s violent or abusive past to intimate partners whose safety may be threatened.

We are working hard to get this legislation in place to help people who may be at risk in an intimate relationship. Over the summer, our government will collaborate with partners in law enforcement and the shelter community to develop the protocol and regulations.

It creates a framework and standard process for the disclosure of information to applicants who believe they may be at risk from an intimate partner (“right to ask”), and to persons identified by police to be at risk (“right to know”).

“Clare’s Law” was implemented across England and Wales in March 2014.  It is named in honour of Clare Wood, who was murdered by her partner and unaware of his violent past.

May is Speech and Hearing Awareness Month, and fittingly, our government has announced that the Universal Newborn Hearing Screening Program will be expanding. Newborn babies will now be screened for early signs of hearing loss in all 18 Saskatchewan hospitals that regularly deliver babies.

Communities that offer the newborn hearing screening program now include: Estevan, Fort Qu’Appelle, Humboldt, Kindersley, La Ronge, Lloydminster, Meadow Lake, Melfort, Moose Jaw, Moosomin, Nipawin, North Battleford, Regina, Rosetown, Saskatoon, Swift Current, Yorkton, and Prince Albert.

Our government’s investment in the Universal Newborn Hearing Screening Program will ensure that children born in Saskatchewan with hearing loss are identified early. This is crucial in eliminating linguistic delays, and will help us make sure that the proper supports can be put into place to help those children succeed.

Moose Jaw Express May 1, 2019

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Recognizing Dedication to Health Care

The dedicated board of directors and community volunteers at the Moose Jaw Health Foundation have been putting in many hours getting ready for the 13th Annual 800 CHAB Family First Radiothon. The Radiothon will take place this Thursday and Friday, May 2nd and 3rd. For as long as I have had the honour to serve as an MLA, it has been a pleasure, each and every year, to be part of the broadcast bright and early before driving to the Legislature for the day. I feel humbled to be among those who give so much of themselves to provide the best health care possible in our city. I encourage everyone to tune in and to donate to help make significant improvements in the ability to provide the best possible care at the Dr. F.H. Wigmore Hospital.

For 32 years, the volunteer board members, donors, and Foundation leadership have helped raise over 37 million dollars to help medical professionals save lives. Since the first Radiothon in 2006, funds have purchased pediatric, chemotherapy and endoscopic equipment; vital signs monitors, defibrillators, anesthetic machines, ultrasounds, portable digital x-ray and ultrasounds devices, critical care beds, monitors, and the hyperbaric chamber. Every area of hospital care has benefited from donor generosity.

The focus of this year’s surgical campaign is to raise $150,000 for the purchase of a lithotripsy unit to treat kidney stones and bladder stones. The surgical device pulverizes the stones and suctions away the fragments so patients do not experience the pain of passing them. The campaign also includes the purchase of a new anesthetic machine to provide surgical patients with the latest and safest technology. Every donation, regardless of the size, will make a difference in patient care in our community. Thank you to Thunder Creek Pork for generously pledging to match donations, dollar-for-dollar, up to $25,000.

Executive Director Kelly McElree and the Moose Jaw Health Foundation are active all year round with organizations, community clubs and groups. Besides the Radiothon, community volunteers get involved with events like the Festival of Trees and Sundae with Santa, the Little Princess Ball, Moose Jawg, the Cancer Care Raffle, and Concerts in the Park. More than 37 million dollars raised for health care over the years shows what great success comes about with teamwork and the generosity of a caring community.

This is also a good time to recognize those who are on the front lines of providing health care; our nurses. Next week is “National Nursing Week”. Excellence in care and positive outcomes depend on these dedicated professionals. In Saskatchewan we have more than 16,000 nurses to thank; including registered nurses, registered psychiatric nurses, licensed practical nurses and nurse practitioners. Thank you for your dedication.

Many will remember how Saskatchewan lost 450 nurses from 2001 to 2006. Fortunately, since that time, health care has continued to improve in large part because of the over 3,700 more nurses providing services. We have more nurses in the province now than at any other time in our history.

Dedicated health care professionals, outstanding organizations like the Moose Jaw Health Foundation, together with the Government of Saskatchewan has seen great improvement in the delivery of health care. Together we will continue to improve health care throughout the province.

From the Desk of Warren Michelson April 26, 2019

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shield FROM THE DESK OF WARREN MICHELSON, MLA

DANDELIONS…. ALREADY?

Saskatchewan Workers Who Lost Their Lives To Be Honoured On Sunday

Every year on April 28, Canada marks the National Day of Mourning to honour workers killed or injured on the job.

Across the country, groups hold vigils, light candles, wear ribbons and armbands and participate in other activities as an act of remembrance and support.  In Saskatchewan flags, will fly at half-mast at the Legislature.


“Our thoughts are with the friends and families who have lost a loved one,” Labour Relations and Workplace Safety Minister Don Morgan said.  “No one should ever suffer because of their job.  Safety must continue to be a priority in everything we do.”


“There is no greater reminder for us than today of the importance of creating safe workplaces to protect workers, employers and families from the tragedy of a workplace injury or death,” Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board Chairperson Gord Dobrowolsky said.  “This is not the responsibility of one, but all of us.  We must continue to strive to make every workplace in Saskatchewan safe, and work together to prevent and eliminate workplace injuries and fatalities.”


On April 18, the names of the 48 Saskatchewan workers who lost their lives were read in the Legislature by Minister Morgan and Saskatoon Centre MLA David Forbes, followed by a moment of silence.


Day of Mourning vigils will be held in communities throughout the province.  A list of events open to the public can be found at 
http://www.sfl.sk.ca/public/images/documents/DAY_OF_MOURNING__Events_2019.pdf.

Buffalo Pound Provincial Park Will Welcome a New Swimming Pool in 2020

The Government of Saskatchewan is pleased to announce the 2019-20 Budget includes funding for a new swimming pool for Buffalo Pound Provincial Park.

“The Government of Saskatchewan recognizes that the swimming pool at Buffalo Pound Provincial Park is a key attraction for visitors,” Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Gene Makowsky said.  “We are pleased to announce that a new swimming pool will open to the public during the summer of 2020.”

Demolition of the former pool facility is now complete.  By the end of April, the final drawings will be complete and the successful construction contract should be in place by mid-June.  Construction is slated to begin this summer and will continue through fall and early winter.

The new swimming pool is being designed to meet the needs of a wide range of users.  The facility will be developed using universal design principles and will include a sloped accessible entry for young children or anyone with mobility concerns.  The deeper portion of the pool will accommodate lane swimming and swimming lessons.

Two new buildings will be provided; a change-house and a building containing mechanical systems and admission services.  Some existing facilities will be re-purposed, which will result in cost savings to the project.  The original pool opened in 1972 and has been a key attraction for park visitors and therefore, re-development is a priority for this government.  Preliminary estimates for the new facility including the pool, additional buildings and site developments are in the range of $2.5 million.

Buffalo Pound Provincial Park is located 20 minutes northeast of Moose Jaw and offers a balanced blend of nature and recreational opportunities.  This park offers excellent hiking and biking trails, fishing, canoeing and kayaking opportunities.  Visitors to this park can also enjoy migrant waterfowl viewing at Nicolle Flats Interpretive Area and on the Marsh Boardwalk.

For more information, visit www.saskparks.com, Facebook (@SaskParks) or Instagram (@SaskParks).


SASKATCHEWAN FESTIVAL OF WORDS COME AND GO LAUNCH

Saskatchewan Festival of Words launch with CEO Sarah Simison and the staff.
Scheduled July 18 to 21, promises to be a linguistic experience of interesting authors, storytelling and entertainment.

Saskatchewan Crime Watch Advisory Network Expanded Province-Wide

The Saskatchewan Crime Watch Advisory Network is expanding to include central and northern Saskatchewan.  The network allows RCMP detachment commanders to send text messages, emails or phone calls to residents with information about criminal activity in their area.  Residents can then contact the police with tips related to the advisory.

The Government of Saskatchewan is providing approximately $50,000 for the RCMP to operate the Saskatchewan Crime Watch Advisory Network.


“People are the eyes and ears of a community,” Battlefords MLA Herb Cox said on behalf of Corrections and Policing Minister Christine Tell.  “Every new person who signs up for the program boosts the reach of the network, allowing the RCMP to more effectively communicate with rural residents about crime in their area.”


The crime watch network was initially launched in March in southern Saskatchewan.  Since then, people across the province have expressed interest in the program.


“This now wide-reaching network, coupled with our existing crime prevention programs and strategies, has created an environment where we are all able to contribute to community safety,” Saskatchewan RCMP Commanding Officer Assistant Commissioner Mark Fisher said.


“SARM is encouraged by the expansion of the Crime Watch Advisory Network,” Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities President Ray Orb said.  “Crime prevention is key in ensuring our rural communities are a safe place to call home, and it takes all of us working together to do that.”


“Expanding the advisory network means residents in all of our hometowns can now sign up and receive reliable information directly from the RCMP,” Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association President Gordon Barnhart said.  “With the information at their fingertips, residents can help reduce opportunities for crime, increasing the safety in our hometowns.”


Visit 
www.saskcrimewatch.ca to sign up for the Saskatchewan Crime Watch Advisory Network.


ADMINISTRATIVE PROFESSIONALS DAY LUNCHEON
The Moose Jaw & District Chamber of Commerce held the Administrative Professionals Day Luncheon with guest speaker Richelle Grocott.  Richelle spoke on what it was like as a female fire fighter in Moose Jaw and how she felt it was the best job ever. 

WCB Coverage Expanded For Volunteer Firefighters In The Province

The Government of Saskatchewan announced today that the province’s 6,500 volunteer firefighters will have easier access to Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) benefits.  Volunteer firefighters will have access to the same presumptive coverage as professional firefighters.  Expanded presumptive coverage was first introduced for professional firefighters through an amendment to the legislation introduced this past December, which includes six additional cancers – prostate, skin, breast, cervical and ovarian cancer as well as multiple myeloma.

“We thank firefighters for the work they do every day to keep us safe,” Labour Relations and Workplace Safety Minister Don Morgan said.  “We are extending presumptive coverage to volunteer firefighters to make it easier for them to access the supports they need.”


These changes, as part of Bill 165, the Workers’ Compensation Amendment Act, will come into force on proclamation.


To apply for Workers’ Compensation, applicants will need to provide a diagnosis and other required information from a medical professional to support their claim.


HABITAT FOR HUMANITY FUNDRAISER

Bill Harris – Chair Moose Jaw Habitat for Humanity, presenting a short (on his knees) presentation at the Habitat fundraiser-to raise funds and promote Habitat builds in Moose Jaw.


Saskatchewan Wholesale Trade Increase Best In Canada

Saskatchewan led the nation in both month-over-month and year-over-year wholesale trade increases according to Statistics Canada.

Wholesale trade in Saskatchewan was up 18.2 per cent (seasonally adjusted) in February 2019 when compared with last February.


On a monthly basis, wholesale trade jumped 7.5 per cent between January and February 2019.


“It is reassuring to see Saskatchewan lead Canada in both year-over-year and month-over-month increases,” Trade and Export Development Minister Jeremy Harrison said.  “This sustained growth reflects strong market confidence and demand for Saskatchewan products indicating that our economy is on the right track.”


The total wholesale trade for February 2019 in Saskatchewan was $2.4 billion.


Warning Signs Of Investment Fraud

The Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority (FCAA) is highlighting investment scam red flags and tips to help Saskatchewan investors protect their money.

“We want people to spot investment scams so they don’t become victims of a scam,” FCAA Director of Securities Dean Murrison said.  “Giving practical tips, such as: do not give out your personal financial information to strangers, can help people protect their hard earned money.”


Here are some red flags to watch out for:

  • If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
  • High returns on a low-risk investment.
  • Secret, “this is only available for you” sales pitch.
  • Pressure to make a quick decision.
  • Request for personal financial information from strangers.

What you can do to protect yourself:

  • Check the registration of the person or company selling or advising about securities or derivatives.  The Canadian Securities Administrators National Registration Search is a simple and free tool for investors to use to check registrations.
  • Check the disciplinary history for the person or company, to find out if they have broken regulatory rules in the past.  It is easy to do, using the Canadian Securities Administrators Cease Trade Orders database and the list of disciplined people and companies.
  • Know exactly what you are investing in.
  • Take time to research the investment, and see if it actually exists.
  • Do not feel pressured, seek professional advice about the investment.
  • Do not give out personal financial information to strangers.

If you have questions or concerns about investment fraud, contact the Securities Division at 306-787-5936.


For more information about investment fraud, visit 
http://fcaa.gov.sk.ca/consumers-investors-pension-plan-members/investors/investment-fraud/red-flags-and-what-to-do.


Meeting with the Ambassador of Estonia, and the Commissioner of Shrilanka.
Report from the Legislature

From fighting the federal carbon tax and fixing Canada’s flawed Equalization program to protecting jobs and ensuring programs and services are sustainable for years to come, your Saskatchewan Party government is standing up for Saskatchewan.


This week we sent a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, reiterating our concerns regarding the escalating trade restrictions China has placed on Canadian canola. Saskatchewan has proposed changes to the federally-administered Advance Payments Program to limit the effects of drastic changes in seeding intentions and to cushion producers from a need to sell into an artificially depressed market.


While the federal government seemed prepared to act quickly on this proposal, we are no further along today than we were nearly a month ago when it was first proposed. This lack of action from the federal government is concerning when canola producers are facing unprecedented uncertainty ahead of spring seeding.


We are repeating our request that changes be made immediately to mitigate the risk to our canola producers in Saskatchewan while the federal government seeks to resolve its issues with China. We have also expressed a willingness to participate in a mission to China to resolve this issue through scientific or diplomatic means. In fact, we have offered any and all assistance to the federal government to resolve this matter.


Large fires and extremely dry conditions continue to be a concern across the province. In these conditions, cigarette butts, hot ATV exhaust, and even bonfires can easily trigger grassfires that quickly burn out of control.


Thank you to all Saskatchewan firefighters and emergency personnel for their response so far. Please pay attention and follow any fire bans issued by your municipality, as they are put in place for everyone’s protection.


Our province is grateful for the volunteer and professional firefighters and first responders who keep our people, property and communities safe.


Recently, we announced that Saskatchewan’s 6,500 volunteer firefighters will soon have easier access to Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) benefits. Volunteer firefighters will have access to the same presumptive coverage as professional firefighters.


Expanded presumptive coverage was first introduced for professional firefighters through an amendment to the legislation introduced this past December, which includes six additional cancers – prostate, skin, breast, cervical and ovarian cancer as well as multiple myeloma.


Our government recently announced the expansion of the Rural Crime Advisory Network. Initially launched in southern Saskatchewan earlier this year, the program is a partnership with the RCMP that allows detachment commanders to send text messages, emails or phone calls to residents with information about criminal activity in their area.


Since the program was rolled out, people across the province have expressed interest and we’re now proud to announce its expansion to include central and northern Saskatchewan. This allows the RCMP to get information to the residents directly and encourages them to contact police when they see similar, suspicious activity.


People are the eyes and ears of a community and every new person who signs up for this program boosts the reach of the network, allowing the RCMP to more effectively communicate with rural residents about crime in their area.


You can sign up today at saskcrimewatch.ca.


Investments into Crime Reduction Teams, Protection and Response Teams, and Community Safety Officers have all helped in addressing rural crime. Part of these efforts include making sure that police and communities are able to communicate and work with each other.


The expansion of the Rural Crime Advisory Network is all about connecting people and it is part of our government’s commitment to make sure our communities are safer so that Saskatchewan remains the best place in Canada to live, work and raise a family.


WHAT’S HAPPENING IN MOOSE JAW

Friday, April 26, 2019

What: What Women Want 
Time:  5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. 
Place: Mosaic Place
Tickets: $12 

What: All ages karaoke party
Time:  7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. 
Place: Hopkins Diner

What: Good Friday – St. Vladimir Ukrainian Orthodox Church
Time:  4:00 p.m. 
Place: St. Vladimir Ukrainian Orthodox Church, 673 Grandview St.W.

What: Moose Jaw Nature Society: HISTORY OF TATAWAW (Wild Animal Park)
Time:   6:30 p.m. 
Place: St. Mark’s Church, 80 High St. E

Saturday, April 27, 2019

What:  Spring Break Short Films
Time:   9:00 a.m. 
Place:  WDM

What: Spring Craft Sale
Time:   9:30 a.m. 
Place:  Central Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall
Cost:  Free admission

What: What Women Want 
Time:  11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 
Place:  Mosaic Place
Tickets: $12

Sunday, April 28, 2019

What:  Day of Mourning Ceremony
Time:   2:00 p.m. 
Place:  Union Centre – 1402 Caribou St. W.  

What: Elks Chili Challenge
Time:   3:00 p.m. 
Place:  Elks club
Cost:  $10/  all you can eat, silent auction

Upcoming 

May 2, 3 
MJ Health Radiothon 

May 8
Sukenan Ship Opening Day

May 9
MJ Regional Heritage Fair – WDM