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From the Desk of Warren Michelson December 7, 2018

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I always look forward to this time of year with the local festivities, beautiful decorations and the spirit of giving.  

UNiTE TO END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND GIRLS ORANGE CAMPAIGN PROCLAIMED IN SASKATCHEWAN


Minister Responsible for the Status of Women Office Tina Beaudry-Mellor has proclaimed November 25 to December 10, 2018 as UNiTE to End Violence Against Women and Girls Orange Campaign in Saskatchewan.


The Orange Campaign is supported by the United Nations.  It begins with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on November 25 and ends on December 10, which is Human Rights Day around the world.  The global initiative is designed to encourage further action to end violence against women and girls.


“The Orange Campaign is held annually to recognize the action being taken to end violence against women,” Beaudry-Mellor said.  “We are proud to support this important initiative, and take action on interpersonal violence in Saskatchewan.  The proclamation provides an opportunity for the province to recognize the work being done to prevent violence against women, to support survivors of violence and to make our communities safer for everyone.”


The Government of Saskatchewan is committed to ending violence against women and girls in Saskatchewan.


The province has developed a series of new initiatives in response to the Domestic Violence Death Review and to assist those dealing with interpersonal violence including:
•             Launch of the Legal Information and Advice for Survivors of Sexual Violence (Listen Project);
•             Implementation of a new policy with the Saskatchewan Police Commission regarding the conduct of investigations into incidents of intimate partner violence;
•             Interpersonal violence awareness training for Conservation Officers and Highway Patrol Officers who respond to calls as part of their expanded role with the PRT;
•             The provision of two additional crisis workers for domestic violence and sexual assault;
•             Implementation of the Interpersonal Violence Disclosure Protocol Act (Clare’s Law);
•             Expansion of the Status of Women Office to oversee the implementation of the Domestic Violence Death Review recommendations; and
•             The development of a broader plan to address interpersonal violence and abuse.


The Government of Saskatchewan is collaborating with provincial partners and other ministries to reduce and prevent violence against women and girls.
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HIGHEST RATE OF JOB GROWTH IN WESTERN CANADA


Saskatchewan’s year-over-year employment increased by 16,300 jobs in November according, to Statistics Canada’s Labour Force Survey released today.  This is the largest job increase since 2013 and marks the fourth consecutive month of strong job gains for the province.


Saskatchewan had the highest rate of year-over-year job growth in Western Canada at 2.9 per cent, ranking second nationally, behind Prince Edward Island.


Full-time employment increased by 10,200 jobs and part-time increased by 6,100 jobs since this time last year.  On a monthly basis, seasonally adjusted employment increased by 5,500 jobs from October 2018.


“The fourth consecutive month of year-over-year job increases shows a positive trend for our economy,” Immigration and Career Training Minister Jeremy Harrison said.  “In spite of headwinds that our economy faces from outside of our borders, job creators are choosing Saskatchewan as the best province in Western Canada to invest and create jobs in.  Our government will continue to stand up for our province’s economy and resource sector to ensure further growth in order for Saskatchewan to remain the best place in the nation to invest, work, play and to raise a family.”


The seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate decreased to 5.5 per cent, down from 6.2 per cent in October and below the national average of 5.6 per cent.


Other November highlights include:
•             Major year-over-year gains were reported for health care and social assistance, up 5,700 jobs; educational services up 5,100 jobs; agriculture up 5,000 jobs.


•             Construction saw year-over-year gains of 1,500 jobs (+3.0 per cent) and a month-over-month increase of 300 jobs (+0.6 per cent) seasonally adjusted.


•             Female employment up 6,500 jobs (+2.5 per cent) and male employment up 9,800 jobs (+3.2 per cent).


•             Solid job growth in the private sector with 17,500 more jobs from a year ago (+5.5 per cent).

Saskpolytech Business and Industry Dinner with Ken and Angela McDougall and Dr. Rosia.
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MORE OPTIONS FOR A SAFE RIDE HOME: RIDESHARING REGULATIONS APPROVED
Government has approved regulations that will open the door for rideshare companies to begin operating in the province, as long as they follow requirements set out by the municipality in which they operate.  Regulations will take effect on December 14, 2018.


“After extensive consultation with numerous stakeholders – including rideshare and taxi companies, municipalities and law enforcement – SGI has developed a provincial framework that strikes a good balance between public demand and safety,” Minister Responsible for SGI Joe Hargrave said.  “Ridesharing will provide Saskatchewan residents more ways to get around in the province, and another option for planning a safe ride home.”


“Saskatchewan has some of the strongest impaired driving legislation in the country, but in addition to having effective legislation and strong penalties, it is crucial to ensure the availability of safe, convenient and reliable transportation options,” MADD Canada Regional Manager Michelle Okere said.  “By establishing provincial rules to enable ridesharing, the Government of Saskatchewan is providing a framework for an industry that will provide more safe rides and be an effective partner in the effort to end impaired driving.”


Rideshare drivers transporting passengers will have the option to use a commercial class licence (Class 1-4), or a Class 5 licence if they meet certain conditions.


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All drivers transporting passengers for hire will be required to pass annual criminal record checks and have their vehicles inspected annually.  If opting for a Class 5 licence, only drivers who meet certain additional conditions, including having a safe driving record, will be allowed to work as a rideshare driver.


Requirements for rideshare drivers using a Class 5 licence must:
•             be an experienced driver, not in the Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) program;

•             have at least two years post-GDL driving experience in Canada or a reciprocal jurisdiction; and


•             have a satisfactory driver history (meaning less than 12 points under the Driver Improvement Program in the last two years, and no impaired driving-related suspensions in the last 10 years).

Taxi and limousine drivers will have the same driver’s licence options as rideshare drivers.  They can continue to transport passengers for hire using a Class 4 licence, or they can use a Class 5 licence if they meet the above requirements.


Rideshare companies will be required to hold at least $1 million liability coverage for all affiliated drivers and vehicles.


For more information about rideshare requirements, visit SGI’s website at
www.sgi.sk.ca/rideshare.


BUYING A VEHICLE AT AN AUCTION? KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT
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The Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority (FCAA) wants to inform consumers of the rules around purchasing vehicles at an auction.  Vehicle dealers who sell vehicles through an auction are required to disclose which dealership the car came from and information about the car’s past use, history and condition.  Private sellers are not required to disclose information.


“In Saskatchewan, vehicle dealers are required to fully disclose, in clear written terms, all material facts known about the history and condition of the vehicle to customers,” FCAA’s Consumer Protection Division Deputy Director Denny Huyghebaert said.  “These same rules apply when a vehicle dealer sells a car through an auction.”


Attending a car auction and interested in buying a vehicle sold by a vehicle dealer?
Make sure the auctioneer lets you know:
1.            Name of dealer selling the vehicle.
2.            Information about a vehicle’s past use, history and condition.
3.            That the vehicle is “roadworthy” or fit to drive unless the vehicle is specifically deemed to be non-roadworthy in the written contract for sale.
4.            If the vehicle is described to be non-roadworthy, the dealer must disclose the particulars of the failures which must be repaired in order for the vehicle to be equipped as required by section 114 of The Traffic Safety Act.


It is the responsibility of the auctioneer to provide the disclosure information received from the dealer to potential buyers to allow them to make informed bidding decisions.  If required disclosures are not made, this could result in the successful bidder having the right to reject the vehicle and receive a full refund.


Additionally, vehicles sold from vehicle dealers are not allowed to be sold “as is” and successful bidders who purchase vehicles “as is” may pursue claims for breaches of the warranty provisions of The Consumer Protection and Business Practices Act.


Contact Consumer Protection Division


If you have questions about car auctions, you can contact FCAA toll free at 1-877-880-5550 or by email at
consumerprotection@gov.sk.ca.Visit

http://fcaa.gov.sk.ca/consumers-investors-pension-plan-members/consumers/consumers-of-goods-and-services/attending-auctions for more information.

Provincial

Auditor

Judy Ferguson


Report from the Legislature


I want to thank the thousands of SaskPower, SaskEnergy, SaskTel, emergency service workers, and many working across government Ministries for their tremendous response and their work through a major power outage affecting nearly one-third of SaskPower customers. Together their actions showcased the very best of Saskatchewan and that effort deserves recognition.


Your Saskatchewan Party government is committed to standing up for Saskatchewan. This was our focus as we delivered on priorities for the economy and people of Saskatchewan throughout the fall sitting of the legislature. We outlined our plan to balance the budget in the spring, to fight the federal carbon tax, and to invest in services and infrastructure across the province.


Even as we continue to face trade, transportation and economic challenges, this session saw a year-over-year employment increase of 9,400 jobs – the largest job gains in four years. We will keep standing up for our province locally, nationally and internationally to see this continue while fighting the Trudeau carbon tax, which will kill jobs and make our industries less competitive.


The Government of Saskatchewan is taking action on climate change through the implementation of the Prairie Resilience Climate Change Strategy. This includes the introduction of new legislation to establish intensity-based performance standards for large emitters as well as the new Climate Resilience Measurement Framework, the first of its kind in Canada, with 25 different measures to monitor and enhance Saskatchewan’s resilience to climate change.


Over the past seven weeks we also became a leader in the country through legislation to expand Workers’ Compensation coverage for firefighters; by creating the longest maternity leave in the nation; and by becoming the first province in Canada to introduce Clare’s Law to help those at risk of intimate partner violence. Interpersonal violence leave will also be expanded to include sexual violence of any kind, allowing Saskatchewan residents to take time off to seek medical attention or access supports.


To help Saskatchewan people who may need time off from work to care for family members, changes to The Saskatchewan Employment Act will create a new critically ill adult leave.


Safety was a significant focus of the fall session with the introduction of mandatory minimum training requirements for commercial semi drivers; a proposed enhancement to rural policing to allow municipalities with populations under 500 to join regional police services; improved trespassing legislation; and new regulations to allow ridesharing companies to operate and provide more options for safe rides home.


Our infrastructure investments continued with Saskatchewan Hospital North Battleford nearing completion; the Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital reaching 92 per cent completion; continued work to improve cellular service in rural Saskatchewan; and the opening of new bridges, passing lanes, and intersection improvements across the province.


Bilateral agreements were signed with the federal government this fall to provide nearly $900 million for infrastructure projects over the next decade and more than $5 million to improve access to treatment for people with opioid or crystal meth dependencies.
A recent report has found that the wait time for patients receiving specialist services in Saskatchewan was the shortest in Canada. This is much improved from the days Saskatchewan patients suffered with some of the longest waits in the country under the NDP.

At the conclusion of the fall legislative session, and as we approach a new year, our commitment to always stand up for the people of Saskatchewan and the interests of our province remains the same. While we face many challenges in our province, one thing is certain: Saskatchewan people are determined, resilient and resourceful. Our government will always reflect those qualities as it stands up for our province and works to build a stronger Saskatchewan.


NEW MENTAL HEALTH TRAINING PROGRAM FOR PHYSICIANS LAUNCHING THIS WEEK


A new training program that will better equip physicians to assess and treat mental health conditions in children and youth was launched this week in Saskatoon.


The REACH Institute’s Patient-Centered Mental Health in Pediatric Primary Care program is being presented by the Continuing Medical Education (CME) Division at the University of Saskatchewan, with $400,000 of funding from the Government of Saskatchewan.


“Mental health is a priority for our government,” Health Minister Jim Reiter said.  “This training program will better equip doctors to meet the mental health care needs of children and youth.”


During the three-day training session, 25 physicians from across Saskatchewan will participate in 16 hours of interactive course work to build their skills in diagnosing and treating mental health conditions in children and youth.  Following this, participants will take part in a six-month case-based distance learning program to continue to advance their knowledge and skills in this area.


In addition, four child and youth psychiatrists, one pediatrician and four family doctors are currently working toward certification through The REACH Institute to deliver this course to Saskatchewan physicians.


“The program has the potential to significantly support the mental health of children and youth by enhancing general physicians’ skills to intervene early in psychiatric concerns,” provincial head of the Department of Psychiatry Dr. Marilyn Baetz said.  “This will support more immediate active treatment, potentially reducing wait times for patients, and may even mean the child or youth when treated early will not need more specialized care.”


“This course is a component of a bigger plan to support care providers in Saskatchewan in managing patient care related to mental health issues,” CME Associate Dean Jim Barton said.  “Our purpose at CME is to equip caregivers with knowledge and skills as they work to ensure the well-being of Saskatchewan people.  We’re thrilled to be moving forward with a program focused on mental health.”


CME develops, co-ordinates and delivers a range of conferences, online courses and other programs supporting lifelong learning of medical doctors and other health care providers.  Their highly successful Indigenous Wellness online course, the Saskatchewan Emergency Medicine Annual Conference, and courses for both instructors and providers of perinatal care are some examples of CME’s role in supporting education for better health care.


This initiative supports Saskatchewan’s Mental Health and Addictions Action Plan, specifically the recommendation that government help primary care providers fulfill their vital role as the first contact and ongoing support for individuals with mental health and addictions issues.


The Ministry of Health funding for this initiative comes from the Canada-Saskatchewan Bilateral Funding Agreement.
Announced in January 2017, the federal government is providing Saskatchewan with close to $350 million over 10 years for targeted incremental investments in home and community care and mental health and addiction services.

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN MOOSE JAW

Friday, December 7, 2018

What: Toy Days
Time: All day
Place: Canadian Tire

What: Christmas Play
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: MJ Seventh-day Adventist Church, 409 Oxford St. West

Saturday, December 8, 2018

What: Toy Days
Time: All day
Place: Canadian Tire

What: Christmas for a Cause (gift wrapping)
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  
Place: Kinsmen Inclusion Centre 335 4th Ave SW
Cost: Donation 
Please see Discover MJ for more dates

What: Christmas Around the World
Time: 1:00 p.m. & 3:00 p.m. 
Place: Golden Mile Arena
Cost: FREE SHOW – Donations to the Food Bank accepted
-Christmas Carols
-Demo by Moose Jaw Dog Club
-Demos by Moose Jaw Pony & Vaulting Club
-Thousands of Christmas Lights to Music
-FREE hot chocolate for everyone!

What: Exhibition Light Show  
Time:  1 p.m. & 3 p.m.
Place: Golden Mile Arena

What: Moose Jaw Public Library Movie Matinée • 90’s Christmas Classics •
Muppet Christmas Carol

Time: 3:00 p.m. 
Place: Library Theatre
Cost: Free

 

Sunday, December 9, 2018
What: Moose Jaw Homegrown Christmas Market
Time: 10:00 a.m. 
Place: Timothy Eatons

What: Santa ‘s Shopping Spree Trade Show

Time:  10:00 a.m. 
Place: Tune Up Hair Lounge

What: Pictures with Santa Claus
Time:  1:00 p.m.
Place: West Park Crossing Retirement Community, 1801 Meier Drive, MJ 

What: Welcome the Holidays – Heritage Singers
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Place: Central Lutheran Church, 27 Hochelaga St W
Cost:  $10

What: Worldwide Candle Lighting for Bereaved Parents
Time:  7:00 p.m.
Place: Crescent Park Event Centre, 262 Athabasca ST. E
Please bring a picture of your child

Upcoming Events

December 10, 11 & 12, 2018

What: Rotary Carol Festival

December 15 and 22, 2018

What: A Christmas Long Ago
Time: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Place: Western Development Museum
Learn about Christmas in Saskatchewan long ago and make an old fashioned craft.  Pre-registration is required.

Moose Jaw Express December 5, 2018

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Manufacturing Moves Saskatchewan Forward

There were things to celebrate in our city and our province last week, in spite of the Calgary Stampeders winning the Grey Cup. The Vanier Vikings won the High School Boys Provincial 4A Volleyball Championship. Congratulations to all the players and coaches.

Saskatchewan manufacturing was also celebrated this past week during Saskatchewan Manufacturing Week. In the past decade, manufacturing shipments increased by 54 per cent. That is certainly something to celebrate.

Manufacturing plays a key role in our Saskatchewan economy, accounting for seven per cent of the province’s gross domestic product. The manufacturing industry employs about 28,000 people working in our rural and urban communities. In 2017, manufacturing shipments totaled over $16 billion.

Saskatchewan manufacturers have achieved many world firsts – in everything from satellite communications technology and dryland farming equipment to in-road scales for the trucking industry. Our manufacturing industries are more diverse than many of us realize. Key clusters include agriculture machinery, transportation and industrial equipment; food, crop and beverage processing; wood, steel and plastic products; and chemical manufacturing.

Emerging clusters include aerospace and defense mechanisms, specialty automotive products, UAV’s (unmanned aerial vehicles – aircraft piloted by remote control or onboard computers); electronics and instrumentation. Saskatchewan’s aerospace and defence companies have proven themselves to be world-class suppliers to international space agencies as well as aerospace and defence contractors.

From pickup truck lids and front-end steel grilles to specialized military vehicles, our manufacturers are expanding into the specialty automotive and automotive accessory industry.

Saskatchewan food and beverage products have become internationally recognized. Our $4.5-billion food and beverage processing industry includes over 300 processors and 5,100 employees, exporting flour and bakery products, meat products, fruit-based products, certified organic foods, specialty foods and nutraceuticals. The food and beverage processing industry is responsible for about 30% of our province’s total manufacturing output.

Saskatchewan’s manufacturers are innovative and entrepreneurial, and the Government of Saskatchewan wants to encourage their success. Incentives that offer competitive advantages include:

  • a low corporate income tax on manufacturing and processing exporter and processing profits—Saskatchewan offers the lowest in Canada;
  • the Saskatchewan Commercial Innovation Incentive—the first “patent box” style incentive of its kind in North America;
  • manufacturing and processing exporter hiring tax incentives; and
  • provincial tax exemptions for eligible machinery, equipment and materials.

The efforts of our manufacturing industry, and the collaboration of our government are bringing about successful achievement. Wholesale trade in Saskatchewan jumped 11.4 per cent in September 2018 (seasonally adjusted) when compared to September 2017, the second highest percentage increase among the provinces. By comparison, national growth was up 3.8 per cent year-over-year (seasonally adjusted). The value of wholesale trade totaled $2.3 billion in September 2018, up from $2.1 billion in September 2017.

During my tenure as Legislative Secretary to the Minister of the Economy I visited a number of Saskatchewan manufacturers across this province. I was always impressed by their vision, determination and resourcefulness. Our Government will stand up for Saskatchewan by continuing to encourage and support that vision and determination for the positive growth of the manufacturing sector.

From the Desk of Warren Michelson November 30, 2018

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Congratulations, Hunger in Moose Jaw, for 25 years of Helping our Community!

What a wonderful celebration at Hunger in Moose Jaw last week, celebrating 25 years of making lives better.


Think Safety

The weather this week forced drivers to slow down.  Adjusting to driving in the first bad weather of the winter is sometimes challenges.  Giving ourselves extra time to get where we’re going, or delaying travel when it’s dangerous is always wise.


Safety on the ice of water bodies is also important to remember.  
Check the ice thickness before you travel on it.  As a guideline, you need at least 10 cm (four inches) of ice to walk on, 20 cm (eight inches) to drive a snowmobile or ATV on, 30 cm (12 inches) to drive a car or light truck on, and more than 30 cm (12 inches) to support a heavy truck.
Ice thickness depends on the particular waterbody and the local conditions.  It does not freeze at a uniform thickness and ice strength can vary considerably from one area to another.

Be aware that any activity on ice has risks.  Guidelines are provided to help individuals make a decision about whether to venture on to the ice.  Thickness is just one consideration when evaluating ice safety.  Clear, hard ice is the only ice recommended for travel.

Also avoid ice that:

  • looks slushy;
  • has thawed, then frozen again;
  • is near moving water;
  • is layered, caused by sudden temperature changes; or
  • has structures on it, such as pressure ridges.
Roads were treacherous after the freezing rain.

The International Dinner was a Delight

The Moose Jaw Multicultural Council and the Newcomer Welcome Centre hosted their 5th Annual International Dinner last Friday. The meal featured dishes from such countries as India, Ethiopia, and Syria, and entertainment from a number of different cultures.  The food was delicious and it was wonderful to get to know some of our newer neighbors better.


New Day Program Opens In Moose Jaw
Today, Moose Jaw Wakamow MLA Greg Lawrence on behalf of Social Services Minister Paul Merriman, joined community members, dignitaries and day program attendees in Moose Jaw to celebrate the grand opening of the new Kinsmen Inclusion Centre.


The Government of Saskatchewan provided $200,000 to Moose Jaw Families for Change (MJFFC) for the project.  The Kinsmen Inclusion Centre currently supports seven people with intellectual disabilities, with capacity to expand in the near future.  The day program is wheelchair accessible and will offer a range of recreational and life skill activities.


“Day programs play a valuable role in supporting people to be included in their communities,” Lawrence said.  “I want to applaud Moose Jaw Families for Change for being a part of creating an inclusive community right here in Moose Jaw.”


“This truly is an example of the community coming together to create something wonderful,” MJFFC Executive Director Tami Grieve said.  “We have been humbled by the outpouring of support for this project, and we are excited to present these amazing new opportunities for people with varying abilities.”


Since 2000, MJFFC has been supporting people with intellectual disabilities in Moose Jaw.  They currently operate two group homes, one group living home, a supported independent living program and a day program.  The new day program will allow people from the different group homes to come together to interact with one another.

Province Launches Climate Resiliency Framework
Today, Environment Minister Dustin Duncan announced a new Climate Resilience Measurement Framework to help measure resilience in the face of a changing global climate.

The framework is a first of its kind in Canada and a cornerstone commitment in Prairie Resilience, the made-in-Saskatchewan climate change strategy.   This government-wide action plan includes 25 measures to monitor and enhance provincial resilience to climate change.


Resilience is the ability to cope with, adapt to and recover from stress and change.  This includes the ability of natural systems (land, water and forests), physical infrastructure, economic sustainability, community preparedness, and the well-being of people to adapt and thrive in a low-carbon economy and changing environmental conditions, such as extreme weather or flooding.


Examples of specific measures in the framework are:
  • Percentage of agricultural land area with a nutrient stewardship plan, which matches the right source and rate of fertilizer to the right time and place of application;
  • greenhouse gas emissions from government-owned buildings;
  • Provincial forest harvest designs;
  • Floodplain mapping for at-risk communities; and
  • Wildfire fuel management work on Crown land.
The Climate Resilience Measurement Framework marks a significant commitment in the province’s Prairie Resilience strategy, which also includes emissions reductions in electricity, upstream oil and gas, and industrial facilities that emit more than 25,000 tonnes of emissions each year.  These commitments will reduce annual greenhouse gas emissions by 12 million tonnes by 2030.


The Climate Resilience Measurement Framework and other components of the province’s comprehensive climate change strategy are available at 
www.saskatchewan.ca/climate-change.

 

 

 

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Budget And Economy On Track At Mid-Year
Saskatchewan’s 2018-19 Budget remains on track at mid-year, with a projected deficit of $348.3 million, $17 million less than what was projected on budget day.


“Saskatchewan’s financial and economic outlook have both improved somewhat compared to our original budget projections,” Finance Minister Donna Harpauer said.  “Our government’s plan to return the province to balance by 2019-20 remains on track.”


Higher forecast revenue—up $138.1 million from budget—has helped reduce the projected deficit.  Revenue is forecast to be up due to higher projected resource revenue and higher net income from Government Business Enterprises, federal transfers and other own-source revenue, partially offset by lower personal income tax revenue.


Expense is forecast to be up $121.1 million from budget.  Nearly half of the increase is pension expense, reflecting changes in interest rates and actuarial assumptions.  Increases at mid-year also reflect higher-than-budgeted expense for child and family services, health services and forest-fire operations.


Saskatchewan is showing modest improvement in economic activity in 2018, and Gross Domestic Product (GDP) forecasts remain consistent with budget projections.  The current forecast projects cumulative GDP growth of 2.9 per cent for 2017 and 2018 (2.2 per cent in 2017 and 0.7 per cent in 2018), slightly higher than the budget forecast.


Public Debt at March 31, 2019 is forecast to be $19.78 billion, which is $251.6 million lower than budgeted, primarily due to decreased debt for Government Business Enterprises.


Saskatchewan recently had its triple-A credit rating confirmed by Moody’s Investors Service, and has the second-highest credit rating in Canada when ratings from the three major agencies are combined. Saskatchewan is also forecast to have the third-lowest net debt-to-GDP ratio in the country.


“While we are on course, there is still work to do,” Harpauer said.  “We continue to manage spending carefully, invest in priorities for Saskatchewan people, shift from our reliance on volatile resource revenue and help keep our economy strong.”

Report from the Legislature

Two years ago, our government prepared a 3-year plan to balance the budget while keeping our investment climate competitive and ensuring long-term economic strength. While we still face challenges, our province is well-positioned to weather them and emerge even stronger.


The mid-year budget update shows that Saskatchewan’s plan to get back to a balanced budget remains on track for next year. Our financial and economic outlook have both improved with this year’s projected deficit $17 million lower than expected.


While we are on course, there is still work to do.


We continue to manage spending carefully, invest in priorities for Saskatchewan people, shift from our reliance on volatile resource revenue and help keep our economy strong.


Saskatchewan’s triple-A credit rating was recently confirmed by Moody’s Investors Service. It is worth noting that when ratings from the three major agencies are combined, our province has the second-highest credit rating in Canada. Saskatchewan is also forecast to have the third-lowest net debt-to-GDP ratio in the country.


Saskatchewan is also seeing its strongest job growth in four years with 2,500 new jobs in October and nearly 10,000 new jobs since last year.


While our economy and finances are improving, we still have the threat of a damaging federal carbon tax, continued sanctions from the United States on our steel and uranium industries, and a deeply discounted price for our oil caused by a lack of pipelines.


Two years have now passed since the Trudeau government rejected the previously approved Northern Gateway pipeline project and since they announced the approval of the Trans Mountain expansion. Fast-forward to today and we have no progress, no pipelines, a regulatory environment that is full of uncertainty, and an oil differential crisis.


Your Saskatchewan Party government will keep standing up for Saskatchewan workers and jobs by calling on the federal government to build Trans Mountain and withdraw Bill C-69 so we can get Canada’s pipelines built and Saskatchewan’s resources to market.


This week Premier Moe travelled to India to help grow market access for our exports, highlight Saskatchewan’s attractive investment climate, and advance our post-secondary linkages with India – all of which are key to strengthening our economy and the province’s finances.


India is one of our province’s most important trading partners and holds enormous potential for growth. India’s economy and population are booming and Saskatchewan has what India needs to support that growth.


Saskatchewan is a world leading producer of sustainable food, fuel and fertilizer, which gives us the unique ability to work with India to enhance its food and energy security.


Over the past decade, Saskatchewan has exported more than $11 billion worth of goods to India, including $1.15 billion in 2017, more than any other Canadian province or territory. Saskatchewan was India’s largest supplier of lentils and peas. Potash and uranium are other important exports. Approximately 4,550 Saskatchewan jobs rely on exports to India.


At a time when Saskatchewan is on track to achieve a balanced budget in 2019-20, our government’s focus is to continue our work to grow the economy and province, providing the quality programs and services Saskatchewan people expect and deserve.


Winter Weights To Take Effect In Most Of Saskatchewan

Winter Weights Begin Early Monday

During the cold winter months, secondary highways will be allowed to carry primary highway weights.  This will be in effect at 12:01 a.m., Monday, December 3 for all applicable provincial highways, with the exception of southern Saskatchewan which will come into effect when weather permits.


“As a landlocked province dependent on exports we need to be able to get our goods to market,” Highways and Infrastructure Minister Lori Carr said.  “When shippers can travel on secondary highways with primary weight, they are able to move more goods and help our economy grow.”

Secondary weight highways contain the same strength as primary weight highways when the roadbed is frozen.  This helps support the heaviest legal loads on Saskatchewan highways.


When milder weather takes hold, winter weight season can be delayed.


Winter weights are weather-dependent, typically beginning mid-November and being removed on March 15.  Restrictions on the winter weights can be in effect from November 16 to 30 and also from March 1 to 14.  As in the past, when temperatures rise and roadbeds remain soft, the ministry may remove winter weights in some areas.
Commercial truckers and shippers are encouraged to check the status regularly at 
www.saskatchewan.ca/truckingweights

To find the latest road restriction orders online, visit www.saskatchewan.ca, follow us on Twitter @SkGovHwyHotline and look for #skweights or call the Hotline at 511.


For technical and regulatory information, commercial carriers can contact the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Inquiry Line weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 1-866-933-5290.


WHAT’S HAPPENING IN MOOSE JAW
Friday, November 30, 2018

What: Christmas in our Hearts and Homes
Time:  7:00 pm
Place:
Hillcrest Apostolic Church
Tickets: $15  (306) 692-5600 or (306) 631-8238

Saturday, December 1, 2018

What: Christmas Trade and Craft Fair
Time: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Place:
Legion Auditorium
Cost: Donation to the Food Bank

What: Small Business Christmas Party
Time:  5:30 pm
Place:
Heritage Inn
Tickets: $47  (306) 693-7550

Sunday, December 2, 2018
What: Christmas Trade and Craft Fair
Time: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Place:
Legion Auditorium
Cost: Donation to the Food Bank

What: Santa Claus Parade
Time:  6:00 pm
Place:  Main St. from Saskatchewan St. to High St.

Upcoming Events

December 10, 11 & 12, 2018

What: Rotary Carol Festival

December 15 and 22, 2018

What: A Christmas Long Ago
Time: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Place: Western Development Museum
Learn about Christmas in Saskatchewan long ago and make an old fashioned craft.  Pre-registration is required.

Report from the Legislature November 29, 2018

Summer at the Legislative Building

Two years ago, our government prepared a 3-year plan to balance the budget while keeping our investment climate competitive and ensuring long-term economic strength. While we still face challenges, our province is well-positioned to weather them and emerge even stronger.

The mid-year budget update shows that Saskatchewan’s plan to get back to a balanced budget remains on track for next year. Our financial and economic outlook have both improved with this year’s projected deficit $17 million lower than expected.

While we are on course, there is still work to do.  We continue to manage spending carefully, invest in priorities for Saskatchewan people, shift from our reliance on volatile resource revenue and help keep our economy strong.

Saskatchewan’s triple-A credit rating was recently confirmed by Moody’s Investors Service. It is worth noting that when ratings from the three major agencies are combined, our province has the second-highest credit rating in Canada. Saskatchewan is also forecast to have the third-lowest net debt-to-GDP ratio in the country.

Saskatchewan is also seeing its strongest job growth in four years with 2,500 new jobs in October and nearly 10,000 new jobs since last year.

While our economy and finances are improving, we still have the threat of a damaging federal carbon tax, continued sanctions from the United States on our steel and uranium industries, and a deeply discounted price for our oil caused by a lack of pipelines.

Two years have now passed since the Trudeau government rejected the previously approved Northern Gateway pipeline project and since they announced the approval of the Trans Mountain expansion. Fast-forward to today and we have no progress, no pipelines, a regulatory environment that is full of uncertainty, and an oil differential crisis.

Your Saskatchewan Party government will keep standing up for Saskatchewan workers and jobs by calling on the federal government to build Trans Mountain and withdraw Bill C-69 so we can get Canada’s pipelines built and Saskatchewan’s resources to market.

This week Premier Moe travelled to India to help grow market access for our exports, highlight Saskatchewan’s attractive investment climate, and advance our post-secondary linkages with India – all of which are key to strengthening our economy and the province’s finances.

India is one of our province’s most important trading partners and holds enormous potential for growth. India’s economy and population are booming and Saskatchewan has what India needs to support that growth.  Saskatchewan is a world leading producer of sustainable food, fuel and fertilizer, which gives us the unique ability to work with India to enhance its food and energy security.

Over the past decade, Saskatchewan has exported more than $11 billion worth of goods to India, including $1.15 billion in 2017, more than any other Canadian province or territory. Saskatchewan was India’s largest supplier of lentils and peas. Potash and uranium are other important exports. Approximately 4,550 Saskatchewan jobs rely on exports to India.

At a time when Saskatchewan in on track to achieve a balanced budget in 2019-20, our government’s focus is to continue our work to grow the economy and province, providing the quality programs and services Saskatchewan people expect and deserve.

Moose Jaw Express November 28, 2018

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Local Organizations Creating Positive Change

There are good news stories and encouraging events in Moose Jaw these days. Many Moose Javians, including myself, are excited about the announcement of an Air Show at 15 Wing next summer.

I am always pleased and proud to introduce school groups from Moose Jaw at the Legislature. A Social Studies 30 class from Vanier Collegiate visited the Legislative Building last week, and a class from Peacock Collegiate will be there this week.  I appreciate the keen interest the students have in our democratic process, and their participation during their visit.

Several local events highlight the dedication of individuals and organizations in responding to the needs of others. More than $120,000 was raised at the Moose Jaw Health Foundation Festival of Trees, bringing the total to well over $4 million over the history of the event. Proceeds from Festival will help to purchase a C-Arm imaging unit that will be used extensively for Orthopedic Surgery.

In partnership with the Moose Jaw Kinsmen Club, Moose Jaw Families for Change announced the grand opening of the Kinsmen Inclusion Centre. Their newly-opened facility will allow them to expand the services they offer to individuals facing mental and physical challenges, and their families.

Last week was Restorative Justice Week, a significant time for the Moose Jaw John Howard Society as they assist individuals who are involved in the criminal justice system. They strive to bring about a positive life change for those individuals as well as justice for victims. This year the Moose Jaw John Howard Society celebrated their 60th Anniversary as part of their annual Restorative Justice Week lunch.

Hunger in Moose Jaw marked its 25th Anniversary on November 23rd. In the beginning, the local organization provided school lunches for local students in need. Their programs have expanded beyond providing food, to making long-term improvements in many lives.

A new Police and Crisis Team (PACT) in Moose Jaw will improve how front-line policing services respond to people in mental health crisis situations. PACTs are a collaborative effort between the Saskatchewan Health Authority and local police services. Members of the Moose Jaw Police Service are paired with a mental health professional to respond to individuals experiencing a mental health crisis. The goal is to provide the right kind of care to people who are better-served within the community, thereby avoiding emergency department visits and entry into the criminal justice system.

Funding for PACT is in partnership with the federal government, as is funding to improve access to treatment for people with problematic substance use. An agreement with the federal government matches $7.4 million the Province of Saskatchewan has already invested in expanding access to opioid substitution therapy. The agreement will support initiatives to recruit and train health care providers and increase access to treatment for people with opioid or crystal meth dependency.

We are thankful that there are individuals in our community, organizations and other partners, who are passionate about improving the lives of others. Together, we continue to see the work that needs to be done, and come together to make positive change happen. To all who do that, thank you.

From the Desk of Warren Michelson November 23, 2018

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Moose Jaw Receives $690,000 For Policing Initiatives

The Government of Saskatchewan is helping to keep communities and families in Moose Jaw safe through the Municipal Police Grants.

The Ministry of Corrections and Policing’s contribution of $330,000 will fund three existing Moose Jaw Police Service positions in 2018-19.


“Community safety is a priority for the Government of Saskatchewan,” Moose Jaw North MLA Warren Michelson said on behalf of Corrections and Policing Minister Christine Tell.  “This funding helps with police initiatives that ensure the safety of Moose Jaw families and our community overall.”


The Ministry of Corrections and Policing provides funds to urban police services across the province to support 128 municipal police positions and policing initiatives.


The funding for Moose Jaw includes positions in the Combined Traffic Services Saskatchewan division, which works to improve safety on the highways through increased awareness and enforcement of traffic regulations.


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


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


Saskatchewan Government Insurance has also provided $360,000 for two police officers as part of the Combined Traffic Services Saskatchewan initiative.  This brings the total of the Moose Jaw Service Funding Agreement to $690,000 for 2018-19.


2018  MOOSE JAW HEALTH FOUNDATION FESTIVAL OF TREES
More than $120,000 was raised at the Moose Jaw Health Foundation Festival of Trees, bringing the total to well over $4 million over the history of the event. Proceeds from the Festival will help to purchase a C-Arm imaging unit that will be used extensively for Orthopedic Surgery.
MOOSE JAW OSMACHENKO RINK REPRESENTING SASKATCHEWAN AT THE TRAVELERS CANADIAN CURLING CHAMPIONSHIP
Presenting a Saskatchewan flag to the Osmachenko rink, who are representing our province at the Travelers Canadian Curling Championship being held in Moncton NB.
The team includes Elaine Osmachenko (skip), Candace Newkirk (3rd), Malysha Johnstone (2nd) and Sheri Logan (lead).

REPORT FROM THE LEGISLATURE

Pipelines are the safest, most efficient, and most sustainable way to get our oil to world markets. The problem for Saskatchewan and for all of Canada right now is that pipelines are being blocked, not built. The federal government has killed two projects, stalled a third, and we can’t get our oil to tidewater as a result. Inaction is costing Canadians every day.


We need pipelines and we need them now. Without them, Saskatchewan must sell nearly all of our oil to one market – the United States.


Every year, our economy loses billions because we can’t get our oil to market where it can sell for the world price, so we have to sell it at a discount. This doesn’t just cost energy producers – it means taxpayers in our province and others also lose hundreds of millions in additional taxes and royalties that could be going toward building more roads, schools and hospitals.


Right now, the oil price differential is costing us more and more each and every day. If it were to continue for an entire year, we would see a $7.4 billion impact on the energy sector and a $500 million impact on royalties in Saskatchewan. This is lost revenue that could be spent on important programs and services.


A quote from a Globe and Mail editorial earlier this month spelled out the solution succinctly, “To address the lack of pipelines, build more pipelines.”


Unfortunately, the federal government is making a bad situation worse not only by threatening us with a carbon tax, but also by moving to effectively end the future of pipeline projects in Canada through Bill C-69.


Experts have said that this bill will put the “nail in the coffin” of resource investment in Canada. This creates significant uncertainty for 34,000 direct and indirect jobs that are affected in this province.


The recent headlines are concerning:


Canada’s oil industry declares national emergency as prices drop
– Digital Journal, Nov. 16, 2018


Canadian energy sector losing patience with the country’s lack of support
– World Oil, Nov. 16, 2018


Canada’s crude crisis is accelerating
– WND.com, Nov. 16, 2018


Only new pipelines can close Canada’s yawning oil-price gap
– Globe and Mail, Nov. 15, 2018


We are doing everything we can as a government. We have been very outspoken and we are keeping the pressure up for pipelines, and for less regulatory overkill from the federal government.


Meanwhile, the NDP continues to oppose the construction of pipelines across Canada. In fact, the NDP Leader here in Saskatchewan has publicly questioned whether pipelines are good for the economy and whether they create jobs.


The NDP needs to stop opposing the construction of pipelines in Canada. Billions of dollars to Saskatchewan’s economy and thousands of jobs across our nation depend on it.


Your Saskatchewan Party government will continue to stand up for the jobs our oil and gas industry creates by continuing to press the federal government to take immediate action to get the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion built, and to withdraw Bill C-69. We will keep calling for the creation of a positive regulatory environment so we can get Canada’s pipelines built and get Saskatchewan’s resources to market.



SASKATCHEWAN REMEMBERS HOLODOMOR

A candle was lit during a commemorative service for Holodomor in the Legislature.
The Holodomor was a man-made famine in Soviet Ukraine in 1932 and 1933 that killed millions of Ukrainians.
The Saskatchewan Government recognizes this Genocide with the Ukrainian Famine and Genocide Memorial Day act.


Premier To Promote Saskatchewan On Trade Mission To India

Premier Scott Moe leaves November 23 for a week-long trade mission to India where he will meet with government and industry officials to promote opportunities for trade and investment between Saskatchewan and India.

“India is one of our province’s most important trading partners and holds enormous potential for further growth,” Moe said.  “India’s economy and population are booming and Saskatchewan has what India needs to support that growth.  Saskatchewan is a world leading producer of sustainable food, fuel and fertilizer, which gives us the unique ability to work with India to enhance its food and energy security.  I look forward to telling that story and highlighting our province’s academic and innovation strengths during this mission.”


The mission aims to improve market access for Saskatchewan exports to India; to create opportunities for Saskatchewan uranium and potash players to grow exports to India; to highlight the province’s attractive investment climate; and to advance Saskatchewan’s post-secondary linkages with India.


Highlights of the mission include:
  • meetings with senior Indian government officials, business leaders and potential investors;
  • meetings with current and potential importers of Saskatchewan products;
  • participation in the Indo-Canadian Business Chamber Annual National Convention;
  • participation in the Canada-India Business Council’s 8th Annual Mumbai Business Forum; and
  • discussions with Saskatchewan post-secondary students and alumni from India.
Over the past decade, Saskatchewan has exported more than $11 billion worth of goods to India, including $1.15 billion in 2017, more than any other Canadian province or territory.  Saskatchewan was India’s largest supplier of lentils and peas, with potash and uranium being other important exports.  Approximately 4,550 Saskatchewan jobs rely on exports to India.

Saskatchewan Leads Canada In Sales and Trade
Saskatchewan ranked first in retail sales growth among Canada’s provinces in September 2018, with a 1.7 per cent increase from the previous month and higher than the national average of 0.2 per cent.  All figures are seasonally adjusted.


“The increase in retail sales from August is good news, as it reflects consumer confidence in our economy,” Trade and Export Development Minister Jeremy Harrison said.  “This confidence and consumer demand is an important economic indicator which helps strengthen business performance and in turn positively impacts the economy.”

Wholesale trade in Saskatchewan jumped 11.4 per cent in September 2018 (seasonally adjusted) when compared to September 2017, the second highest percentage increase among the provinces.


The value of wholesale trade totaled $2.3 billion in September 2018, up from $2.1 billion in September 2017. Nationally, wholesale trade was up 3.8 per cent year-over-year (seasonally adjusted).


On a monthly basis, wholesale trade value remained steady in Saskatchewan between August 2018 and September 2018 while the national average dropped by 0.5 per cent (seasonally adjusted).

Saskatchewan To Improve Job Leaves For New Parents, Caregivers And Assault Survivors

Today the Government of Saskatchewan announced changes to some job-protected leaves in an amendment to The Saskatchewan Employment Act.


Maternity and adoption leave will increase from 18 weeks to 19 weeks, which will make Saskatchewan a leader in the country, offering the longest maternity and adoption leave in Canada.


A total of 78 weeks of leave will be available to new mothers or can be shared between parents.  On top of the 19-week maternity leave, the province will extend parental leave from 34 to 59 weeks for the mother of a child, if she chooses to take the full leave.  If another parent decides to take the entire leave or is collecting Employment Insurance benefits, they will see parental leave expand from 37 weeks to 63 weeks.


The government also announced a new critically ill adult leave which will offer 17 weeks for workers to care for critically ill adult family members.


Changes to the parental leave and the addition of a critically ill adult leave align job-protected leave provisions with benefits available through the federal Employment Insurance program.


“During a major life event, such as bringing a child into the family or assisting a loved one experiencing a serious illness, workers should not have to worry about job security,” Labour Relations and Workplace Safety Minister Don Morgan said.  “Some of these amendments were also made to allow Saskatchewan workers to fully access benefits from the federal government.”


The government also extended the 10 days of interpersonal violence leave to include survivors of all forms of sexual violence.  The time can be used to seek medical or legal help, access support services, or re-locate to a safe space.


TOURISM SASKATOON RECEPTION
MLA’s had an informative gathering with representatives of  Tourism Saskatoon.


WHAT’S HAPPENING IN MOOSE JAW

Friday, November 23, 2018

What: Friends of the Library Used Book Sale
Time:  1:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Place: 
Moose Jaw Public Library

What: Moose Jaw Community Players Dinner Theatre
“Gladys in Wonderland”
Time:  6:00 pm
Place: The Cosmo Senior Centre
Tickets: $45

What: Warriors Home Game vs Edmonton
Time:  7:00 pm
Place:  Mosaic Place

Saturday, November 24,2018 

What: Breakfast with Mrs. Claus
Time:  9:00 – 11:00 am
Place: The Western Development Museum
Tickets: $5

What: Kids Secret Shopping and Shortwave to Santa
Time:  10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Place: The Western Development Museum

What: Friends of the Library Used Book Sale
Time:  9:30 am – 3:00 pm
Place: 
Moose Jaw Public Library

What: Zion Christmas Sale
Time:  10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Place:  Zion United Church
Tickets: $2 or donation of mitts, hats, or scarves

What: Warriors Home Game vs Lethbridge
Time:  2:30 pm
Place:  Mosaic Place

What: Baked Potato Fundraiser
Time:  5:30 pm
Place: Moose Jaw & District Seniors’ Centre
Tickets: $12 

What: Moose Jaw Community Players Dinner Theatre
“Gladys in Wonderland”
Time:  6:00 pm
Place: The Cosmo Senior Centre
Tickets: $45

What: Town & Country Singles Dance with Leon Ochs
Time:  8:00 pm
Place:  Church of our Lady Community Centre
Tickets: $14  Married Couples Welcome

Upcoming Events
Friday, November 30, 2018

What: Christmas in our Hearts and Homes
Time:  7:00 pm
Place:
Hillcrest Apostolic Church
Tickets: $15  (306) 692-5600 or (306) 631-8238

Saturday, December 1, 2018

What: Small Business Christmas Party
Time:  5:30 pm
Place:
Heritage Inn
Tickets: $47  (306) 693-7550

Saturday & Sunday, December 1 & 2, 2018
What: Christmas Trade and Craft Fair
Time: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Place:
Legion Auditorium
Cost: Donation to the Food BankDecember 10, 11 & 12, 2018What: Rotary Carol Festival

Report from the Legislature November 22, 2018

Summer at the Legislative Building

Pipelines are the safest, most efficient, and most sustainable way to get our oil to world markets. The problem for Saskatchewan and for all of Canada right now is that pipelines are being blocked, not built. The federal government has killed two projects, stalled a third, and we can’t get our oil to tidewater as a result. Inaction is costing Canadians every day.

We need pipelines and we need them now. Without them, Saskatchewan must sell nearly all of our oil to one market – the United States.

Every year, our economy loses billions because we can’t get our oil to market where it can sell for the world price, so we have to sell it at a discount. This doesn’t just cost energy producers – it means taxpayers in our province and others also lose hundreds of millions in additional taxes and royalties that could be going toward building more roads, schools and hospitals.

Right now, the oil price differential is costing us more and more each and every day. If it were to continue for an entire year, we would see a $7.4 billion impact on the energy sector and a $500 million impact on royalties in Saskatchewan. This is lost revenue that could be spent on important programs and services.

A quote from a Globe and Mail editorial earlier this month spelled out the solution succinctly, “To address the lack of pipelines, build more pipelines.”

Unfortunately, the federal government is making a bad situation worse not only by threatening us with a carbon tax, but also by moving to effectively end the future of pipeline projects in Canada through Bill C-69.

Experts have said that this bill will put the “nail in the coffin” of resource investment in Canada. This creates significant uncertainty for 34,000 direct and indirect jobs that are affected in this province.

The recent headlines are concerning:

Canada’s oil industry declares national emergency as prices drop
– Digital Journal, Nov. 16, 2018

Canadian energy sector losing patience with the country’s lack of support
– World Oil, Nov. 16, 2018

Canada’s crude crisis is accelerating
– WND.com, Nov. 16, 2018

Only new pipelines can close Canada’s yawning oil-price gap
– Globe and Mail, Nov. 15, 2018

We are doing everything we can as a government. We have been very outspoken and we are keeping the pressure up for pipelines, and for less regulatory overkill from the federal government.

Meanwhile, the NDP continues to oppose the construction of pipelines across Canada. In fact, the NDP Leader here in Saskatchewan has publicly questioned whether pipelines are good for the economy and whether they create jobs.

The NDP needs to stop opposing the construction of pipelines in Canada. Billions of dollars to Saskatchewan’s economy and thousands of jobs across our nation depend on it.

Your Saskatchewan Party government will continue to stand up for the jobs our oil and gas industry creates by continuing to press the federal government to take immediate action to get the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion built, and to withdraw Bill C-69. We will keep calling for the creation of a positive regulatory environment so we can get Canada’s pipelines built and get Saskatchewan’s resources to market.

Moose Jaw Express November 21, 2018

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Saluting Saskatchewan’s Agriculture Industry

Canadian Western Agribition is underway in Regina. Growing up on the farm, I enjoy the atmosphere that promotes agriculture throughout the province during this time. There is an air of excitement and celebration walking through the barns and looking through the displays. The event is an international hub of agriculture excellence, hosting over 1,250 international guests from over 86 countries. Agribition is the largest livestock show in Canada. The livestock producers of Saskatchewan are showing their best, which is noteworthy on the world stage. The main focus is beef cattle but the show also features horses, bison, sheep, goats, and, this year alpacas are also being featured. The show also includes displays of agriculture equipment and apparatus.

The festivities and entertainment are a delight for everyone; including those not directly involved in agriculture. It is a very educational experience for over 8,000 students who attend the event. The milking demonstrations, as well as cattle dog and sheep dog demonstrations, are popular with the school groups. This year the familiar face of former Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall was there in a new capacity, as part of a panel on “Fuel, Food and Free Trade”.

The Government of Saskatchewan knows how important it is to work with and invest in the livestock industry. Last year, our government announced a renewed $200,000 partnership with Canadian Western Agribition that will provide $50,000 in funding annually until 2021.

The 2018-19 Saskatchewan Budget invested $378.6 million to help ensure a strong agriculture sector, including a record investment in agricultural research and continued strong support for business risk management programs such as Livestock Price Insurance and Crop Insurance.

Innovation has always been a key to the success of the livestock industry, and innovative initiatives continue. Last month, representatives of the federal government, the University of Saskatchewan and the agriculture industry gathered to celebrate the grand opening of the Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence, a world-class research and teaching facility funded in part by the federal-provincial Growing Forward 2 agreement. The $38 million Centre of Excellence includes the Beef Cattle Research Teaching Unit and the Forage Cow-Calf Research Teaching Unit, both located south of the community of Clavet.
Saskatchewan is one of Canada’s leading agri-food exporters with international sales of $13.6 billion in 2017. This revenue accounts for 47 per cent of the province’s total exports.

We salute our industry partners and Canadian Western Agribition for all they do to promote the agriculture industry. Most importantly, we salute farmers and ranchers as they do the hard work of growing our food, caring for the land and growing our province.

From the Desk of Warren Michelson November 16, 2018

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REMEMBRANCE DAY CEREMONIES

I always enjoy attending the Remembrance Day Ceremonies at Mosaic.  It’s a time of reflection, thankfulness and the opportunity to pay respect to those who gave their lives for our freedom. 


Police And Crisis Team Now Operational In Moose Jaw

A new Police and Crisis Team (PACT) in Moose Jaw will improve how front-line policing services respond to people in mental health crisis situations.  Corrections and Policing Minister Christine Tell joined representatives of the Saskatchewan Health Authority, the Moose Jaw Police Service, and the community for a launch event today.

“The PACT program helps us respond to people with complex mental health challenges within our communities,” Tell said.  “It is a unique way of handling police calls for mental health crisis situations and directing clients to the right services.”


PACTs are a collaborative effort between the Saskatchewan Health Authority and local police services.  Members of the Moose Jaw Police Service are paired with a mental health professional to respond to individuals experiencing a mental health crisis.  The goal is to provide the right kind of care to people who are better-served within the community, thereby avoiding emergency department visits and entry into the criminal justice system.


“Police and Crisis Teams change the way mental health crisis situations are handled,” Health Minister Jim Reiter said.  “The new Police and Crisis Team in Moose Jaw reflects our government’s commitment to improving mental health services for people across Saskatchewan.”


PACTs are already making a difference in Saskatoon and Regina, and another was recently launched in Prince Albert.  Additional units will be launched in North Battleford and Yorkton in the coming months.


Between April 2017 and June 2018:

  • Saskatoon PACTs provided 922 interventions and diverted 234 patients from the emergency department.
  • Regina provided 658 interventions and diverted 192 patients from the emergency department.

“The launch of the Police and Crisis Team is an important step in providing additional supports for some of the most vulnerable members of our community,” Integrated Community Health Programs – Community Health Services Transition Lead Mary Lee Booth said.  “They will assist vulnerable people with crisis support, stabilization and crisis de-escalation.  They will also connect these people to the appropriate services.”


“The Police and Crisis Team is a significant addition to community safety and wellbeing,” Moose Jaw Police Chief Rick Bourassa said.  “We welcome this collaborative partnership, which gives us the ability to provide more effective and efficient services to those who are most in need.”


The Government of Saskatchewan is investing $980,000 in 2018-19 for new PACT programs.  The Ministry of Health funding for this expansion comes from the Canada-Saskatchewan Bilateral Funding Agreement.  Announced in January 2017, the federal government is providing Saskatchewan with close to $350 million over 10 years for targeted incremental investments in home and community care and mental health and addiction services.


Report from the Legislature

Your Saskatchewan Party government maintains its focus on growth and opportunity because a strong economy is essential to strengthen communities and make life better not just for ourselves, but for our friends, neighbours, and future generations.


Saskatchewan had the worst economic growth and job creation record under the NDP. Schools and hospitals closed, highways crumbled, young people and professionals left the province, and wait times for surgery were the longest in Canada.


Today, schools and hospitals are being built, highway safety is a priority, young people and professionals are staying, others are moving here to raise their families and build a life, and wait times for surgery are a lot better than they once were.


The NDP government’s failure to properly invest in Saskatchewan’s infrastructure needs left the province with a massive infrastructure deficit.


This is why we continue to invest in important infrastructure projects like highways, schools, and hospitals in every part of Saskatchewan.


This week we opened new passing lanes to improve safety on Highway 4. This is in addition to ongoing and completed work all across the province.


Earlier this fall, the Chief Mistawasis Bridge in north Saskatoon was opened to traffic.


New interchanges at Warman and Martensville, two of the fastest-growing communities in Saskatchewan, will open this fall, one year ahead of schedule.


The Regina Bypass, which offers a long-term safety solution for Regina and the surrounding area, will be completed next October, on time and on budget.


In all, more than 13,000 kilometres of Saskatchewan highways have been built or improved and 275 bridges have been repaired or replaced since 2007. These projects reduce congestion, improve traffic safety and support future growth.


This fall thousands of students in the province started another school year in a brand-new school, built for them and thousands of future students.


One year ago, we celebrated the completion of 18 new joint-use schools that will provide space for more than 11,000 students and remain in like-new condition for the next 30 years, thanks to our government’s innovative P3 contracts.


Two more schools will be built using traditional methods, contributing to the $1.6 billion our government has invested in education infrastructure. This includes 40 new schools and 25 major school renovations. Using both P3 and traditional models, our government will continue to support our education system and our students by using the model that makes the most sense with each new project.


Our commitment to modernizing healthcare infrastructure has resulted in an investment of approximately $1.5 billion. This includes the completion of two new hospitals, 14 long-term care facilities, and ongoing capital for the construction of two additional hospitals.


We are now nearing completion of the new provincial psychiatric hospital in North Battleford. The facility will be among the most innovative mental health treatment centres in the country and ensure those facing significant mental health needs receive the best treatment available. Through a phased-in approach, 188 mental health beds will be available to deliver mental health care and support and an adjoining correctional facility will provide 96 beds for offenders living with mental health challenges.


The new long-term care facility in Swift Current and Saskatchewan Hospital North Battleford both used a P3 model, allowing us to save more than $100 million throughout the life of these two contracts – money that instead can be invested in other projects to improve frontline services.


This year, SaskTel expanded its High-Speed Fusion Internet to 35 additional rural locations in the province, completing Phase 1 of our government’s plan to provide communities with enhanced access to high-speed internet services.


As part of Phase 2 of this plan, SaskTel is working to improve 4G LTE cellular services in 100 rural Saskatchewan communities through the deployment of a small cell site solution, with the first 50 communities expected to be complete in the spring.


Our government is moving to a single procurement service for the nearly $2 billion worth of goods and services procured every year. This is estimated to result in significant savings thanks to increased coordination, while ensuring the best value for taxpayers and fair treatment for Saskatchewan suppliers.


I am also pleased to say that Saskatchewan recently signed a bilateral agreement with the Government of Canada to provide nearly $900 million for infrastructure projects over the next decade. This agreement will result in long-term infrastructure investments that will create jobs and enhance the quality of life for people around the province.

I had the opportunity to talk to Devin Der.
Devin goes to Sunningdale School. He took a day to visit the Legislature to talk about living with Type 1 Diabetes.

SEIZURE OF CRIMINAL PROPERTY AMENDMENT ACT INTRODUCED


The Government of Saskatchewan is taking steps to strengthen the civil forfeiture program by expanding the serious forms of criminal activity that are covered by the Seizure of Criminal Property Act.


“We are committed to ensuring property is taken out of the hands of criminals,” Corrections and Policing Minister Christine Tell said.  “These changes will broaden when that can be done and in turn, provide support to victims of crime and other community safety initiatives.”


Currently, the Act sets out a number of instances where it is presumed that property is an instrument of unlawful activity, and thus subject to forfeiture.  In those instances, an onus is placed on the defendant to demonstrate that the property should not be subject to forfeiture.


The proposed amendments would ensure the following are also covered under the legislation:


•             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 align with approaches that are being explored and implemented in other jurisdictions.  This will help ensure that the most harmful and serious forms of criminal activity are properly covered under the civil forfeiture program.


 15 WING AIRSHOW 

It was announced today that the Saskatchewan Airshow will be hosted by 15 Wing
on July 6-7, 2019.


This is an exciting event for our community,  I look forward to the show. 


Government Releases Results Of Trespass Survey

About two-thirds of the responses to the provincial government’s recent trespassing survey support advance consent being required by anyone wanting to access privately-owned rural property.  Results of the survey were released today.

Government gathered responses by mail, email and through an online questionnaire from August 9 to October 2 to collect insight from Saskatchewan residents on potential changes to trespassing legislation.


Justice Minister Don Morgan thanked everyone who responded to the survey and said it provides a clear direction to the government as it updates provincial trespassing legislation.


“The responses show that many people see the current onus on the land owner to post their property as unfair, and that instead, the onus should be on the person accessing the private property,” Morgan said.  “We are now in the process of updating the legislation to clarify the consent requirements for those seeking access to privately-owned land for recreational activities like hunting and snowmobiling.


“Respondents also said that responsible hunters and snowmobilers already seek appropriate consent and that any change would only affect the small number who do not consider land owners’ concerns.”


The government expects to introduce legislative amendments during the current fall sitting of the Legislative Assembly.

Executive Summary:

Total Responses Received

1601

In favour of permission prior to entry in all cases

1039

65%

Opposed to permission prior to entry in all cases

515

32%

Inconclusive responses

47

3%

Four questions were set out for consideration in the questionnaire:


Question #1 – Should all access by members of the public to rural property require the express advance permission of the rural land owner regardless of the activity?


Question #2 – Should there be a distinction between cultivated land, fenced property and open pasture land or should all land being used for agricultural purposes be treated the same?


Question #3 – How should permission be sought and granted?


Question #4 – Would making consent an express prerequisite in all circumstances represent an unreasonable impediment to recreational activities?


These questions were asked in response to concerns that Saskatchewan’s trespass legislation can be confusing and that it needs to better address the appropriate balance between the rights of rural land owners and members of the public.  Existing access and posting rules vary for different activities under The Trespass to Property Act, The Wildlife Act, 1998, The All-Terrain Vehicles Act, and The Snowmobile Act.


Question #1 – Should all access by members of the public to rural property require the express advance permission of the rural land owner regardless of the activity?
The strong majority of respondents indicated a clear preference that express advance consent be required in all cases of access to private rural property by members of the public.  Most respondents said that the existing onus on rural land owners to post their land in a particular manner in order to prevent trespassing was frustrating and unfair, and that the burden should lie on the person seeking access to request permission.  Hunter safety, rural crime and biosecurity were most often cited as concerns from landowners who have experienced trespassing.


Concerns were expressed by a significant minority of respondents that the existing provisions were appropriate and that changes to the rules were not needed.  Some respondents argued that restrictions should apply only to vehicles, as foot traffic did not represent the same risk for abuse.


Question #2 – Should there be a distinction between cultivated land, fenced property and open pasture land or should all land being used for agricultural purposes be treated the same?
Those who supported a requirement for express advance permission generally drew no distinction between cultivated land, fenced land and open pasture land.  Their view was that all property owned by an individual should be treated in the same fashion when it came to permission.  A minority, particularly snowmobilers, supported a legal distinction between fenced and unfenced property that did not require them to ask for consent to snowmobile on unposted, unfenced property.


Question #3 – How should permission be sought and granted?
There was less clarity in the responses around how such permission should best be sought and granted.  Some responses advocated advance written permission, while others supported the practice of providing oral consent, or consent through posting or other signage.  Some respondents suggested that stronger supports or systems should be put in place for those wishing to obtain permission to access land, in the event consent requirements are enhanced.


Question #4 – Would making consent an express prerequisite in all circumstances represent an unreasonable impediment to recreational activities?
With respect to impact on recreational activities, respondents noted that responsible hunters and recreational activists were already seeking appropriate consent and that this change would only impact those who do not respect legitimate land owner concerns.  A significant minority indicated that this change would have a detrimental effect on hunting, snowmobiling and other recreational activities.

The questionnaire and the collected responses can be found in the attachments at the bottom of this release. The attached documents do not include blank responses received via the online questionnaire, emails that did not provide a response, or responses that were determined to be inappropriate or inflammatory.


THE GOVERNMENTS OF CANADA AND SASKATCHEWAN IMPROVE ACCESS TO TREATMENT FOR PEOPLE WITH SUBSTANCE USE DISORDERS


The opioid crisis continues to devastate individuals, families and communities across the country.  Without increased access to effective, evidence-based treatment options, people with substance use disorder will continue to be at risk for overdose.


Today, Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Health and Saskatchewan Health Minister Jim Reiter, signed a bilateral agreement under the Government of Canada’s Emergency Treatment Fund.


“Opioid-related overdoses continue to claim the lives of thousands of Canadians, having a devastating impact across Canada,” said Taylor.  “In addition, Saskatchewan has rising rates of problematic methamphetamine use.  This bilateral agreement will facilitate and increase access to essential treatment services in the province to help people with problematic substance use.  We must continue to work in a comprehensive and collaborative way to address substance use disorder and to help Canadians access treatment and supports.”


“We believe that even one opioid related death is too many,” Reiter said.  “Our government has been taking action on this issue by supporting harm reduction, opioid substitution therapy, and expanding take home naloxone programs across the province.  We will continue to assess the location and type of services in our province to ensure they are comprehensive and minimize the risks associated with drug use.  The Emergency Treatment Fund will allow us to build on the good work already happening in Saskatchewan.”


This agreement provides more than $5 million in funding from the Government of Canada to support initiatives that will:
  •          Recruit and train more health care professionals qualified to provide opioid-substitution therapy (including nurse practitioners and physicians) and other non-prescribing professionals (such as counsellors, social workers and allied professionals);
  •          Train health care providers to adjust treatment and care plans based on client needs and root causes of problematic substance use (for example, the impact of trauma on the lives of people with substance use disorders);
  •          Increase access to treatment for people with opioid or crystal meth dependency by working with the Saskatchewan Health Authority and community-based organizations to expand the use of remote services (such as telehealth) where services are not locally available and support case managers to connect clients to the health and social services they need; and
  •          Train providers in therapeutic approaches and evidence-based treatment options for patients who use crystal meth (for example, behavioural therapy and motivational interviewing and trauma informed practices).

This matches $7.4 million the Province of Saskatchewan has already invested in expanding access to opioid substitution therapy.  While preventing overdoses remains vital, helping people with problematic substance use to access treatment will ultimately help them live healthier lives.

NEW AGRICULTURE MENTORSHIP PROGRAM LAUNCHED IN SASKATCHEWAN


Today the Governments of Canada and Saskatchewan announced $100,000 in funding for Next Gen Agriculture, a Saskatchewan agricultural mentorship program to be delivered by Canadian Western Agribition.


“Our government supports the growth of a competitive, innovative and sustainable Canadian agriculture sector,” said Ralph Goodale, Federal Minister of Public Safety and Member of Parliament for Regina-Wascana, on behalf of Lawrence MacAulay, Federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food.  “Mentorship programs like this give young Canadians the opportunity to become future leaders of a world-class Canadian agricultural economy through a bedrock of knowledge and experiences they can use to grow the agricultural sector of tomorrow.”


The objective of the program is to develop the leadership capacity of young people in agriculture to prepare them to take active roles in industry leadership, governance and efforts to build public trust.


“We have many skilled, confident young leaders ready to take on leadership roles and get involved in decisions affecting our industry,” Agriculture Minister David Marit said.  “This program will support, engage and train these young people as they prepare to fill vacancies on industry organizations, boards and commissions.”


Next Gen Agriculture is funded through the Public Trust Pillar of the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, a five-year, $388 million investment in strategic initiatives for Saskatchewan agriculture by the federal and provincial governments.


“Canadian Western Agribition has a long and proud tradition of supporting education and youth in agriculture,” Canadian Western Agribition President Bruce Holmquist said.  “Partnering on this new mentorship program is an exciting opportunity for Canadian Western Agribition to take an active role in building the next generation of leaders in the sector.”


The program aims to accept eight applicants for an 18-month mentorship beginning in February 2019.  Applicants should have clear leadership goals and objectives and exhibit strong leadership potential.


More information about the program is available online at
www.saskatchewan.ca/CAP.

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN MOOSE JAW

Friday, November 16, 2018

What: Festival of Words Wine fundraiser
Time:  7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Place: 
SaskPolytech
Tickets: Ticket $60 purchase at Festival of Words office (217 Main St. W. or www.festival of words.com)

What: Vanier Collegiate Musical – Little Women
Time:  7:00 p.m. 
Place:  MJ Cultural Centre

Tickets: Moose Jaw Cultural Centre Box Office at 306-693-4700

Saturday, November 17,2018 

What: Vanier Collegiate Musical – Little Women
Time:  2:00 p.m. 
Place:  MJ Cultural Centre

Tickets: Moose Jaw Cultural Centre Box Office at 306-693-4700

What: Festival of Trees
Time: 
5:00 cocktails, 6:00 dinner, 8:00 Grand Auction
Place: Heritage Inn

What: MJ Search and Rescue Steak Fundraiser
Time: 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. 
Place: Crushed Can
Tickets: $20/ ticket – Judy 306-681-4680 txt or call

Sunday,November 18, 2018

What: Sundae with Santa   
Time:  4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. 
Place: Heritage Inn
Cost:  $8/pp with children. Tickets available at Health Foundation  or Heritage Inn

What: Vanier Collegiate Musical – Little Women
Time:  7:00 p.m. 
Place:  MJ Cultural Centre

Tickets: Moose Jaw Cultural Centre Box Office at 306-693-4700

 

Report from the Legislature November 15, 2018

Summer at the Legislative Building

Your Saskatchewan Party government maintains its focus on growth and opportunity because a strong economy is essential to strengthen communities and make life better not just for ourselves, but for our friends, neighbours, and future generations.

Saskatchewan had the worst economic growth and job creation record under the NDP. Schools and hospitals closed, highways crumbled, young people and professionals left the province, and wait times for surgery were the longest in Canada.

Today, schools and hospitals are being built, highway safety is a priority, young people and professionals are staying, others are moving here to raise their families and build a life, and wait times for surgery are a lot better than they once were.

The NDP government’s failure to properly invest in Saskatchewan’s infrastructure needs left the province with a massive infrastructure deficit.

This is why we continue to invest in important infrastructure projects like highways, schools, and hospitals in every part of Saskatchewan.

This week we opened new passing lanes to improve safety on Highway 4. This is in addition to ongoing and completed work all across the province.

Earlier this fall, the Chief Mistawasis Bridge in north Saskatoon was opened to traffic.

New interchanges at Warman and Martensville, two of the fastest-growing communities in Saskatchewan, will open this fall, one year ahead of schedule.

The Regina Bypass, which offers a long-term safety solution for Regina and the surrounding area, will be completed next October, on time and on budget.

In all, more than 13,000 kilometres of Saskatchewan highways have been built or improved and 275 bridges have been repaired or replaced since 2007. These projects reduce congestion, improve traffic safety and support future growth.

This fall thousands of students in the province started another school year in a brand-new school, built for them and thousands of future students.

One year ago, we celebrated the completion of 18 new joint-use schools that will provide space for more than 11,000 students and remain in like-new condition for the next 30 years, thanks to our government’s innovative P3 contracts.

Two more schools will be built using traditional methods, contributing to the $1.6 billion our government has invested in education infrastructure. This includes 40 new schools and 25 major school renovations. Using both P3 and traditional models, our government will continue to support our education system and our students by using the model that makes the most sense with each new project.

Our commitment to modernizing healthcare infrastructure has resulted in an investment of approximately $1.5 billion. This includes the completion of two new hospitals, 14 long-term care facilities, and ongoing capital for the construction of two additional hospitals.

We are now nearing completion of the new provincial psychiatric hospital in North Battleford. The facility will be among the most innovative mental health treatment centres in the country and ensure those facing significant mental health needs receive the best treatment available. Through a phased-in approach, 188 mental health beds will be available to deliver mental health care and support and an adjoining correctional facility will provide 96 beds for offenders living with mental health challenges.

The new long-term care facility in Swift Current and Saskatchewan Hospital North Battleford both used a P3 model, allowing us to save more than $100 million throughout the life of these two contracts – money that instead can be invested in other projects to improve frontline services.

This year, SaskTel expanded its High-Speed Fusion Internet to 35 additional rural locations in the province, completing Phase 1 of our government’s plan to provide communities with enhanced access to high-speed internet services.

As part of Phase 2 of this plan, SaskTel is working to improve 4G LTE cellular services in 100 rural Saskatchewan communities through the deployment of a small cell site solution, with the first 50 communities expected to be complete in the spring.

Our government is moving to a single procurement service for the nearly $2 billion worth of goods and services procured every year. This is estimated to result in significant savings thanks to increased coordination, while ensuring the best value for taxpayers and fair treatment for Saskatchewan suppliers.

I am also pleased to say that Saskatchewan recently signed a bilateral agreement with the Government of Canada to provide nearly $900 million for infrastructure projects over the next decade. This agreement will result in long-term infrastructure investments that will create jobs and enhance the quality of life for people around the province.