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From the Desk of Warren Michelson August 16, 2019

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MAIN STREET WATER MAIN REPLACEMENT

A little difficult to navigate downtown during construction season.

 


Canada And Saskatchewan Support Highway Improvements To Bring Safer, More Efficient Transportation To Saskatchewan Residents And Businesses

Investing in modern transportation infrastructure is critical to connecting communities, safely and efficiently moving commercial goods to market and people to their destinations, and building a strong economic future for all Canadians.

Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, on behalf of François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and Greg Ottenbreit, Saskatchewan Minister of Highways and Infrastructure, announced more than $75.3 million in joint funding to improve the provincial and national highway systems.


The projects involve building four sets of passing lanes on Highway 4 and repaving approximately 220 kilometres of Highways 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 14, 20, 21, 55 and 102.


Once complete, these vital improvements will not only increase the safety and efficiency of Saskatchewan’s highways, but also help facilitate trade and support economic growth for years to come.


The Government of Canada is contributing $32.7 million to these projects through the New Building Canada Fund, Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component—National and Regional Projects while the province of Saskatchewan is providing $42.6 million.


“Transportation and distribution of goods are a vital part of our local, regional and national economies,” Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness on behalf of Francois-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities said. “These highway improvements in Saskatchewan will keep motorists safe, shorten travel times and improve access of our products to world markets, bolstering economic growth and the prosperity of the middle class and all those working hard to join it.”


“Our government has demonstrated a commitment for investments into highways, bridges and culverts to keep our province growing,” Highways and Infrastructure Minister Greg Ottenbreit said. “  At the same time, it’s critical that we keep the infrastructure we already have in good condition.  Investing in Saskatchewan highways is important to all of us so that we can get people and products moving in a safe and timely manner.”


Quick facts

  • Through the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan, the Government of Canada is investing more than $180 billion over 12 years in public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and Canada’s rural and northern communities.
  • $26.9 billion of this funding is supporting green infrastructure projects, including $5 billion available for investment through the Canada Infrastructure Bank.

Related product Backgrounder: Four highway improvement projects in Saskatchewan receive government funding

Associated links

Investing in Canada: Canada’s Long-Term Infrastructure Plan at http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/icp-publication-pic-eng.html

Federal infrastructure investments in Saskatchewan at https://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/investments-2002-investissements/sk-eng.html

Investing in Canada Plan Project Map at http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/map 

CIBC HOT DOG SALE

Important Cultural Infrastructure Investments Support Shakespeare On The Saskatchewan

Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Natural Resources, today announced over $1.6 million in funding to support the redevelopment of the festival grounds for the Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan Festival.  He made the announcement on behalf of Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism and François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities.

Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan Inc. will use the funding for construction of a new amphitheatre base for the stage, audience seating, and park-style pavilions for dressing rooms, box office and concessions.  The organization will purchase a new tent structure to accommodate the larger amphitheatre, along with new energy-efficient lighting, sound equipment and riser decking for the stage.


The planned redevelopment will enable Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan to extend its summer programming, providing more economic opportunities for the organization.  The project will also improve working conditions for staff and performers, while enhancing access, on-site safety and overall audience experience.


Funding is being provided under the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund ($1 million) and the Community, Culture and Recreation Stream of the Investing in Canada Plan ($676,838).


“Our government has made arts and culture a priority, investing an additional $300 million over ten years to build and improve cultural infrastructure across Canada,” Rodriguez said.  “These investments build stronger communities by providing Canadians with quality, safe and accessible gathering places where they come together in support of our artists, creators and performers.”


“Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan Festival is a perfect example of a community working to celebrate and showcase our Canadian artists,” Sohi said.  “The redevelopment of the festival site will be a cultural and economic benefit to the City of Saskatoon, to the talented members of its artistic community and to those who appreciate the value of the arts.”


“Investing in cultural and recreational infrastructure helps build more dynamic and inclusive communities where Canadian families can grow and thrive,” Champagne said.  “Our Government is proud to be investing in infrastructure projects across Saskatchewan that are improving the lives of residents, promoting economic growth and strengthening the middle class.”


“Cultural and recreational infrastructure continues to be a priority for all Canadians,” Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Ralph Goodale said.  “Today’s announcement is good news for Saskatoon and all of Saskatchewan, and I look forward to working together with our community partners as we continue to make significant investments in our province.”


“Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan has played a vital role in Saskatoon’s rich cultural tapestry for more than 30 years,” Minister Responsible for SaskBuilds Gordon Wyant said.   “Today’s announcement ensures the festival will continue to offer captivating entertainment for many more years to come.”


“This project will reshape the future for Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan but beyond that it will open up one of the most beautiful spaces to the entire community,” Board Chair, Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan Festival, Inc. Vic Dubois said.  “It is so amazing to have the support of the Government of Canada in creating an accessible and amazing development plan.”


“We are beyond thrilled at this investment by the Government of Canada into this project,” Artistic Producer, Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan Festival Inc. Will Brooks said.  “This is a pivotal funding announcement that will allow our organization to take a huge leap forward in our planning. We can’t thank the federal government enough for their support of this great community vision.”


Quick Facts:
Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan Festival Inc.’s mission is to showcase the skills and talents of Saskatchewan artists in a manner that is accessible to all, through mounting productions of plays by William Shakespeare and other related works.


Since 1985, the organization has held an annual outdoor theatre festival in the heart of Saskatoon, on the banks of the South Saskatchewan River.


The Canada Cultural Spaces Fund plays a key role in improving physical conditions for artistic creativity and arts presentation or exhibition.  It is also designed to increase access for Canadians to performing arts, visual arts, media arts, museum collections and heritage displays.


Through the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan, the Government of Canada is investing more than $180 billion over 12 years in public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and Canada’s rural and northern communities.


Associated Links:
Canada Cultural Spaces Fund 
https://www.canada.ca/en/canadian-heritage/services/funding/cultural-spaces-fund.html

Investing in Canada Plan Project Map http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/map

Investing in Canada: Canada’s Long-Term Infrastructure Plan http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/icp-publication-pic-eng.html

Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan Festival Inc. http://www.shakespearesask.com/

CHANGE OF COMMAND

I was honored to attend the Change of Command at 15 Wing earlier today. Lieutenant Governor Russ Mirasty also attended the event.


Thank you outgoing Wing Commander, Colonel D.P O’Reilly for your dedicated services with 15 Wing and our community.
Congratulations and welcome incoming Wing Commander Colonel R.J. Walker, CD.


August Oil And Gas Public Offering Brings Fiscal Year Total To $9.5 Million

The third of six public offerings of Crown petroleum and natural gas rights in the province of Saskatchewan scheduled for 2019-20 was held Tuesday, generating $1.5 million, which brings the total revenue for the current fiscal year to just over $9.5 million.

The highest bonus bid received in this offering was $261,409.86 for a 258.254-hectare parcel west of Luseland, purchased by Millennium Land (333) Ltd., and is prospective for oil in the Mannville Group.  The highest dollars per hectare in this offering was $1,828.35 for a 129.041-hectare parcel, totalling $235,932.11.


This parcel, located east of St. Walburg, was purchased by Silver Hawk Resources Ltd. and is also prospective for oil in the Mannville Group.  Two leases in the Kindersley area consisting of 130.033 hectares received a total offer of $219,849.51. These parcels are situated southwest of Major, and were purchased by Millennium Land (444) Ltd. and Millennium Land (555) Ltd.


Saskatchewan currently averages $636.66 per hectare for the fiscal year, higher than similar public offerings held to date in Alberta and British Columbia, which average $155.63 per hectare and $87.46 per hectare respectively.


Requests for petroleum and natural gas rights in each public offering are submitted electronically from oil and gas companies to the Ministry of Energy and Resources through the Integrated Resource Information System (IRIS).


Later this year, new online training material, which was developed in conjunction with stakeholders, will be introduced.  This will help industry use IRIS as effectively as possible and align with the Government of Saskatchewan’s objective of achieving regulatory excellence.


The scheduled date for the next public offering will be October 1, 2019.


2018-19 Crown Executive And Senior Management Compensation Down 17.8 Per Cent

Executive and senior management compensation in Saskatchewan Crown Corporations is down nearly 18 per cent or $4.4 million in the past year, according to Crown Investments Corporation’s (CIC) 2018-19 Payee Disclosure Report submitted for CIC to the Standing Committee on Crown and Central Agencies today.

“By reducing executive and senior management compensation in Saskatchewan Crown Corporations by nearly 18 per cent, our government is working to ensure taxpayer dollars are going to the services that Saskatchewan people deserve,” said Joe Hargrave, Minister of Crown Investments. “Saskatchewan’s Crown sector supports the province’s overall economy by employing 11,200 Saskatchewan people with economic spinoffs that benefit Saskatchewan businesses, municipalities, and community groups.”


Total compensation in the sector was just over $1 billion.  Of that, executive and senior management compensation made up two per cent of the total.  2018-19 executive and senior management compensation was down nearly 18 per cent when compared to 2017-18 figures and included a reduction in positions from 86 to 75.


When compared to 2014, executive and senior management compensation is down 10 per cent.  The 2018-19 report shows that the Crown sector provided approximately $9.9 million in community support through grants, contributions, donations and sponsorships.


Municipalities received $20 million from the sector through grants-in-lieu of property taxes.  There was also $6 billion in payments to suppliers and others primarily for products and services.


The information is prepared in accordance with the Standing Committee’s guidelines established in 2003. The report lists the following detailed information for CIC and each of its subsidiary Crown corporations:

  • ministerial and board member expenses;
  • payments to suppliers for goods and services, as well as other payees who received more than $50,000;
  • employees who received more than $50,000 in compensation; and
  • grants, contributions, donations and sponsorships greater than $5,000.

The report is available on CIC’s website at www.cicorp.sk.ca in the Publications section.


Harvest time just around the corner.

Crop Report For The Period August 6 To August 12, 2019

Despite rain delays in some areas, producers now have over one per cent swathed or ready to straight-cut, and less than one per cent of the 2019 crop combined according to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s Crop Report.

The five-year (2014-2018) average is four per cent combined and five per cent swathed or ready to straight-cut.  Seventeen per cent of the fall rye, 14 per cent of the winter wheat, three per cent of the field peas and one per cent of the lentils are now stored in bins.


Harvest progress is most advanced in the southeast and southwest regions where one per cent of the crop is now combined.  Producers in the central regions and north have less than one per cent of the crop in bins and expect to be harvesting in the coming weeks.


Rainfall last week delayed harvest operations in the southern regions.  Rainfall ranged from trace amounts to 82 mm in the Pense area.


Provincially, topsoil moisture on cropland is rated as three per cent surplus, 78 per cent adequate, 17 per cent short and two per cent very short.  Topsoil moisture on the hay land and pasture is rated as one per cent surplus, 72 per cent adequate, 25 per cent short and two per cent very short.  The recent rainfall may cause downgrading and quality issues in pulse crops.


Hay yields are below average overall.  Estimated average dryland hay yields for the province are 0.9 tons per acre for alfalfa; one ton per acre for alfalfa/bromegrass; 0.8 tons per acre for other tame hay; 0.7 tons per acre for wild hay and 1.8 tons per acre for greenfeed.


Estimated average irrigated hay yields are 2.4 tons per acre for alfalfa; 2.2 tons per acre for alfalfa/bromegrass; 1.9 tons per acre for other tame hay; 1.2 tons per acre for wild hay and 3.2 tons per acre for greenfeed.


The majority of crop damage this week was from strong winds and localized flooding. Producers are busy hauling bales and grain, getting ready for harvest and desiccating and combining crops.


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, August 17, 2019

What: Fly-In Breakfast 
Time:  8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. 
Place: MJ Municipal Airport

What: Yara Community Garden Farmers Market For Charity
Time:  8:00 a.m. 
Place: 200 Home Street West
Featuring: *Pesticide-Free Produce *Pancake Breakfast hosted by Riverside Mission *Preserves *Homemade Baking *50/50 Draw

What: Train Rides
Time:   11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Place:  WDM

What: Cosmo Centre Mini Polka Party 
Time:  3:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. 
Place: Cosmo Centre

Sunday, August 18, 2019  

What: Soap Box Races
Time:  10:00 a.m. 
Place:  Alder Avenue

What: Train Rides
Time:   11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Place:  WDM

What: Walk/ Run for Mental Health
Time:   7:30 p.m. 
Place: Spring Creek Park, 1100 Laurier St.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Sept. 15, 2019

NAFR ( National Association of Federal Retirees) BBQ
Members eat FREE
A member may bring a guest but guest cost is $15.00/person.
Members and guests must pre register by calling Barry 306-692-7978 by Sept 11,2019

From the Desk of Warren Michelson August 9, 2019

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Legislative Building view from Wascana Lake.

 

REPORT FROM THE LEGISLATURE

Your Saskatchewan Party government has always had a vision and a plan for a growing province that builds on the strength of our people, our resources and innovation to make Saskatchewan an economic leader.

In just over a decade, Saskatchewan has grown by 160,000 people and added 75,000 new jobs. This has allowed us to invest in strengthening health care, taking surgical wait times from the longest in Canada to now among the shortest. It has allowed us to improve education outcomes, with 46 new or replacement schools and 925 more teachers for our classrooms. And it has allowed us to invest in our most vulnerable people, making Saskatchewan the best place in Canada for someone with a disability.

Today, after three years of low natural resource prices and fiscal challenges, our economy is improving and our province continues to grow. Despite record investment in infrastructure and services over the past decade, we know that there is more to be done. That’s why your Saskatchewan Party MLAs are reaching out and asking for your input on the growth and development of communities across the province.

We want to hear about your priorities and how best to strengthen your community as we build a plan for 2030.

Our government’s plan to balance the budget and carefully control spending while continuing to invest into priority services, programs and infrastructure is proving to be the right balance for Saskatchewan. We have now seen eleven consecutive months of job growth with more people working in our province than ever before.

S&P Global Ratings recently affirmed Saskatchewan’s AA credit rating, and maintained its stable outlook for the province. When combined with the current triple A rating from Moody’s Investors Service and the AA rating from the Dominion Bond Rating Service (DBRS), which was confirmed in June, Saskatchewan maintains the second-highest credit rating in the country, when ratings from the three major agencies are considered.

In affirming Saskatchewan’s rating, S&P Global Ratings states in its report that “The Province of Saskatchewan’s policy response to the 2015 oil price collapse that included a balance of revenue and expenditure measures continues to positively affect the province’s budget performance.”

The report also notes that “decreased reliance on more volatile resource revenues, high wealth levels, and healthy cash balances also help to anchor the ratings.”

This is a signal that our economy is strengthening and while there is more work to do, we’re making progress. We will continue to balance careful spending with smart investing, while strengthening our economy and securing a brighter future for the people of our province.


The Wait Is Over – 2019 Western Canada Summer Games Kicks Off Tonight

Thousands of athletes, coaches, managers, mission staff, volunteers and spectators are in Swift Current for the largest event ever hosted in southwestern Saskatchewan.

“The 2019 Western Canada Summer Games has been a long time in the making,” Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Gene Makowsky said.  “It is great to see this world class sporting event come to life, thanks in part to the Host Committee, the City of Swift Current and surrounding communities, Saskatchewan Landing Provincial Park, Lac Pelletier Regional Park, Saskatchewan sport governing bodies and sponsors.”


The opening ceremonies kick off at 7 p.m. tonight.  The Games run from August 9 to 18, 2019 and will feature young athletes, as well as para sport and special Olympians from six provinces and territories who will be competing in 16 summer sports.


As with many Saskatchewan events, the Western Canada Summer Games would not be possible without the dedication and hard work of Saskatchewan volunteers.  Planning and delivery of this event have been in development for many years, with the majority of the plans being handled by volunteers.

“The dedication, passion and sense of community for all the volunteers has been a key ingredient in the planning and success of these games!” Western Canada Summer Games Co-chairs, Melissa Shaw and Mark Benesh said.  “As we welcome Western Canada to Southwest Saskatchewan, we are confident that we will provide the participants, volunteers and spectators an event that Saskatchewan can be proud of.”


The Western Canada Summer Games provide experience to amateur athletes in Western Canada and are a stepping stone to national and international competitions. Many athletes featured at these Games will represent their home province at the 2021 Canada Summer Games in Ontario.


The Government of Saskatchewan provided an investment of $1.5 million toward the administration and program delivery of the Games.


For event information and medal counts, visit 
http://www.2019wcsg.ca/, Facebook (@2019wcsg), Twitter (@2019WCSG) or Instagram (@2019wcsg).

WASCANA LAKE WATER FOUNTAIN

The rainbow through the spraying water was picture perfect.


A Year Of Strong Job Growth For Saskatchewan

According to a report issued today by Statistics Canada, employment in Saskatchewan rose by 12,200 jobs in July, compared to July 2018. The 2.1 per cent increase marks 12 consecutive months of year-over-year job increases.

Seasonally adjusted unemployment was 5.4 per cent last month, down from 6.5 per cent in July 2018. The unemployment rate was the third lowest among provinces and below the national average of 5.7 per cent.


Private sector jobs increased by 6,300 jobs. Major year-over-year gains were reported for accommodation and food services, up 6,400 jobs; agriculture up 3,600 jobs; and health care and social assistance up 2,900 jobs.


“Despite the external headwinds our province faces, Saskatchewan’s economy continues to demonstrate strength and resilience,” Immigration and Career Training Minister Jeremy Harrison said.  “A year of consistent job growth helps ensure Saskatchewan remains the best place to live, work and raise a family.”


Other July highlights include:

  • All-time historical highs were set for working-age population (889,600) and labour force (621,700).
  • Regina’s employment was up by 3,600 jobs (+2.5 per cent), and Saskatoon’s employment was up by 3,700 jobs (+2.1 per cent) compared to last July.
  • Female employment was up by 3,800 jobs (+1.5 per cent) and male employment was up 8,500 jobs (+2.7 percent) compared to last July.
  • Off-reserve Aboriginal employment was up 1,600 jobs (+3.4 per cent) year-over-year.

Construction On Highways 9 And 10 Passing Lanes Begins This Fall

The Government of Saskatchewan is pleased to announce that Yorkton based Potzus Paving & Road Maintenance Ltd. has been awarded the contract for safety improvements including passing lanes on Highway 9 and Highway 10.

“We are excited to add passing lanes to Highways 9 and 10,” Highways and Infrastructure Minister Lori Carr said.  “Traffic volumes are growing in the Yorkton and Melville region and the new passing lanes will improve safety and efficiency.”


This is the first design-build roadway contract in Saskatchewan and includes six sets of passing lanes, intersection improvements and realignments, access consolidation, 55 km of resurfacing, replacement and upgrading of a significant number of culverts, and intelligent transportation systems such as weather monitoring sensors.


“We’re very pleased that the Government of Saskatchewan has allowed us to include road construction for Grain Millers Road in the contract,” R.M. of Orkney Reeve Randy Trost said.  “This is very good news for the area.”


The cost of the project is about $34.9 million with a scheduled completion date of October 15, 2020.
New passing lanes opened last month including one set on Highway 2 north of Moose Jaw and two sets of passing lanes between Rosetown and Fiske on Highway 7.


If you’re planning to travel, check the Highway Hotline at 
www.saskatchewan.ca/highwayhotline, which provides up-to-date information on construction, emergency road closures, the status of ferries, barges and other road activities.  Information is also available by calling 511.


A weekly highway construction update is also published on 
www.saskatchewan.ca/residents/transportation/highway-construction-projects/weekly-highway-construction-update to provide the travelling public with the latest details on projects underway to help plan safe and efficient travel.  You can also report a highway work zone signing problem by calling 306-244-5535.


The Government of Saskatchewan has invested $9 billion in highways infrastructure since 2008, improving more than 14,000 kilometres of Saskatchewan highways.

WASCANA PARK HOME TO THE PELICANS 

Even the pelicans were enjoying the beautiful sunny day.


Investments In Northern Saskatchewan Provincial Parks

The Government of Saskatchewan is investing more than $3.3 million for facility and infrastructure improvements in northern provincial parks in 2019-20.  For the second year, an investment of $11 million will be made across Saskatchewan’s provincial parks system.

Provincial parks are a popular destination for Saskatchewan residents and visitors to the province.  Facility and infrastructure improvements will ensure that park users continue enjoying these spaces for years to come.


“The parks in northern Saskatchewan are hidden gems, each offering a unique experience that one may not expect on the prairies,” Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Gene Makowsky said.  “Enhancements to these parks, including a new visitor reception centre, campground infrastructure upgrades and trail development are necessary to continue attracting visitors to our province and providing a place for our residents to enjoy their vacation time.”


Along with ongoing upgrades to washrooms, docks, day-use facilities and signage, upgrades scheduled for completion prior to the 2020 camping season in northern Saskatchewan include:

  • Construction of a new visitor reception centre at Candle Lake Provincial Park;
  • Completion of the water system upgrade at The Battlefords Provincial Park;
  • Electrical service expansion at Matheson Campground in Meadow Lake Provincial Park; and
  • A major upgrade and expansion to the sewage lagoon at Lac La Ronge Provincial Park.

Upgrades that began in 2018-19 and are now complete in northern Saskatchewan include:

  • Two new service centres, a boat launch, road improvements and electrical upgrades in Meadow Lake Provincial Park;
  • The first phase of water system upgrades at The Battlefords Provincial Park;
  • A new equipment storage facility at Narrow Hills Provincial Park; and
  • Major waste water system upgrades at Greenwater Provincial Park.

From 2007-08 to 2018-19, capital investment and capital maintenance in parks reached a total value of more than $116 million.  Improvements planned for 2019-20 will further increase the total investment to more than $127 million since 2007.  Throughout 2018, Saskatchewan Provincial Parks saw nearly 4 million visits.


Saskatchewan’s provincial parks continue to be an important destination, attracting visitors and bringing economic benefits to the province. 


Saskatchewan’s AA Credit Rating Affirmed By Standard And Poor’s (S&P) Global Ratings

S&P Global Ratings has affirmed Saskatchewan’s AA credit rating, and maintained its stable outlook for the province.

When combined with the current triple A rating from Moody’s Investors Service and the AA rating from the Dominion Bond Rating Service (DBRS), which was confirmed in June, Saskatchewan maintains the second-highest credit rating in the country, when ratings from the three major agencies are considered.


“It is encouraging to see another strong rating confirmed. In Saskatchewan we continue to follow a fiscal plan to balance, carefully controlling spending while continuing to invest into priority services, programs and infrastructure for the people of the province,” Finance Minister Donna Harpauer said.  “It’s the right balance.  Our most recent labour force statistics show that we’ve had 11 consecutive months of job growth – there are more people working in our province than ever before.  It’s a signal that our economy is strengthening and while there is more work to do, we’re making progress.”


In affirming Saskatchewan’s rating, S&P Global Ratings states in its report that “The Province of Saskatchewan’s policy response to the 2015 oil price collapse that included a balance of revenue and expenditure measures continues to positively affect the province’s budget performance.”


The report also notes that “decreased reliance on more volatile resource revenues, high wealth levels, and healthy cash balances also help to anchor the ratings.”


Crop Report For The Period July 30 To August 5, 2019

Harvest operations have already begun in some parts of the province, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s weekly Crop Report.

As crops continue to mature in the next few weeks, most producers will begin to harvest.  Some crops are one-to-two weeks behind in development and this may be of concern depending on weather during harvest.


Scattered rainfall covered parts of the province this week with some storms bringing hail.  The moisture has helped later-seeded crops fill and replenish topsoil moisture.  Rainfall ranged from trace amounts to 94 mm in the Porcupine Plain area.


Provincially, topsoil moisture on cropland is rated as one per cent surplus, 60 per cent adequate, 36 per cent short and three per cent very short.  Topsoil moisture on hay land and pasture is rated as one per cent surplus, 48 per cent adequate, 41 per cent short and 10 per cent very short.


Across the province, pasture conditions are rated as four per cent excellent, 28 per cent good, 45 per cent fair, 19 per cent poor and four per cent very poor.  Additional rainfall would be beneficial for the pastures as they mature before harvest.


The majority of crop damage this week was from strong winds, hail, localized flooding, insects and a lack of moisture.  There are reports of ascochyta blight causing significant damage in chickpea crops in the southern regions.


Producers are haying, hauling bales and getting ready for harvest.


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, August 10, 2019

What: Train Rides
Time:  11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Place: WDM

What: Blow off Steam Day
Time:  11:00 a.m. 
Place: WDM

Sunday, August 11, 2019  

What: Mega Sports Camp
Time:  8:45 a.m. 
Place: Hillcrest Church
Cost:  $35 first child $25 for each additional child
Contact: 306-692-5600
More info: https://www.hillcrestmj.com/mega-sports-camp

What: Train Rides
Time:  11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Place: WDM

Moose Jaw Express August 7, 2019

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Wage Growth Another Example of Saskatchewan’s Economic Strength

The spirit of Saskatchewan people continues to be positive.  While we are enjoying the variety of cultural events that happen in the summer, celebrating the richness and diversity of our heritage, the hard-working determination of the people of our province is also evident.

New figures show that Saskatchewan had the highest increase in average weekly earnings among the provinces in May, up 5.8 per cent year-over-year. This is well-ahead of the national increase of 3.4 per cent.  May’s average weekly earnings in the province were $1,070.11 (seasonally adjusted), the second highest in the nation.

Industries with the highest year-over-year earnings growth were mining, oil and gas (up 24.5 per cent), health care and social assistance (up 14.3 per cent) and arts, entertainment and recreation (up 6.1 per cent).

Our government remains focused on investing in infrastructure and services, as well as educating, training and developing a strong, skilled workforce.

Encouraging growth means maintaining a competitive tax and regulatory environment that inspires new investment and creates jobs. Saskatchewan now has the highest tax threshold for small businesses in Canada. This gives employers greater incentive to hire more workers and invest in new capital projects.

Saskatchewan is Canada’s most entrepreneurial province with 18 per cent of our workforce being self-employed. Our Government will keep supporting this province’s entrepreneurial spirit and reduce red tape where it makes sense to encourage even more growth.

We have also introduced new incentives for capital investments in agriculture projects and small technology enterprises; keeping Saskatchewan strong and growing.

The 29th Pacific Northwest Economic Region (PNWER) Annual Summit was held in Saskatoon earlier this summer. Having attended past PNWER summits, I know how valuable these connections are in stimulating a thriving economy.

PNWER, a non-partisan, private/public non-profit organization created to advance common interests of its member jurisdictions, brought together over 400 provincial and state legislators and private sector representatives to address a range of issues impacting and of interest to the regional cross-border economy.

Since the United States is one of Saskatchewan’s biggest trading partners, PNWER’s work on trade is critical to our province’s economic success. Many of PNWER’s current initiatives, such as its work on energy and the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), align with Saskatchewan’s goals and priorities.

Leaders at the summit also discussed Indigenous economic development in the Northwest, climate policy, water policy, invasive species and advances in agriculture technology and livestock health planning.

Trade, transportation and a fair tax and regulatory environment were key themes at PNWER. These are the 3 Ts Saskatchewan industries require to succeed. We are constantly working to grow interprovincial and international trade to keep Saskatchewan economically strong.

Congratulations to our new Lieutenant Governor, the Honourable Russell Mirasty, who was sworn-in July 18. His career with the RCMP, including his position as Assistant Commissioner, will serve him well as he represents Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II to our province. The Honourable Russell Mirasty will be Saskatchewan’s first Indigenous Lieutenant Governor and will bring a very valuable and important perspective to his new role.

From the Desk of Warren Michelson August 2, 2019

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PLEASE NOTE:  OUR OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED
FOR SASKATCHEWAN DAY, Monday August 5, 2019.

Happy Saskatchewan Day
We have much to celebrate and be grateful for in Saskatchewan, a great place to live, work, go to school and raise a family.


Major Announcement and Tour at Gibson Energy Today
It was a great morning in Moose Jaw when Premier Moe announced that Gibson Energy in Moose Jaw is the first successful applicant for the Oil and Gas Processing Investment Incentive.  The tour that followed was very informative. 

Gibson Energy in Moose Jaw
is the first successful applicant for the Oil and Gas Processing Investment Incentive



The Government of Saskatchewan introduced the Oil and Gas Processing Investment Incentive (OGPII) today, a versatile new incentive program designed to enhance Saskatchewan’s competitiveness in oil and gas development by enabling increased value-added processing and infrastructure capacity.


The incentive will support oil and gas producers and value-added companies to grow and generate more value from their operations in the province.  OGPII can also be used to support improved greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions management projects in the sector.


“Establishing functional, practical incentives through collaboration with our stakeholders is how we attract investment, create jobs and support long-term sustainable growth in Saskatchewan’s oil and gas industry,” Premier Scott Moe said.  “This incentive will help the sector increase throughput capacity and grow value-added processing, while overcoming operational challenges associated with effectively managing emissions.”


“Today’s announcement highlights the importance of partnerships between the public and private sectors to help drive investment and growth across the province,” Gibson Energy’s Chief Administrative Officer Sean Wilson said. “As a proud member of the Moose Jaw community for nearly twenty years, we would like to recognize the Government of Saskatchewan for offering programs such as the OGPII to help businesses strengthen their ties to the province and to continue to create jobs throughout Saskatchewan.”


“Being a part of Gibson Energy’s debottlenecking project was very impactful for us at Right Choice,” said Trevor Hagerman of Right Choice Energy Services Inc.  “It allowed us to provide new opportunities for over 40 local employees and subcontractors, who came together as a team and completed this project with zero incidents.  We are all proud to have been part of such a successful project.”


Gibson Energy’s existing Moose Jaw operation consists of a heavy crude oil processing facility that produces a variety of refined products including distillate and asphalt.


The expansion, completed on June 29, 2019, will increase throughput capacity by approximately 30 per cent—from 17,000 barrels per day to 22,000 barrels per day—with no increase in GHG emissions, ultimately reducing the facility’s emissions per barrel of oil processed by approximately 20 to 25 per cent. The incentive provides successful applicants with a 15 per cent transferrable royalty credit, applied to eligible costs directly related to an eligible greenfield or brownfield project.


In order to be eligible, a project must be a refinery, an upgrading facility, a gas commercialization project or other value-added facilities, including helium processing, petrochemicals and carbon capture, storage, and utilization for enhanced oil recovery, or a value-added project.


It must result in a significant increase in processing capacity, and have a minimum of $10 million in eligible costs.  This incentive has a royalty credit cap of $75 million per project and a total program credit cap of $300 million in royalty credits.


OGPII aligns with the goals of the Government of Saskatchewan’s Methane Action Plan, which is part of Prairie Resilience: A Made-in-Saskatchewan Climate Change Strategy.


For complete details on the incentive, please visit 
https://www.saskatchewan.ca/business/agriculture-natural-resources-and-industry/oil-and-gas/oil-and-gas-incentives-crown-royalties-and-taxes/oil-and-gas-processing-investment-incentive.

It’s the First Pitch at Thursday’s Miller Express Game.

Highest Wage Growth In Canada

New figures released last week show Saskatchewan had the highest increase in average weekly earnings among the provinces in May, up 5.8 per cent year-over-year, well ahead of the national increase of 3.4 per cent.

May’s average weekly earnings in the province were $1,070.11 (seasonally adjusted), the second highest in the nation.


“In spite of the external headwinds facing our provincial economy, it is very encouraging to see the growth in earnings,” Immigration and Career Training Minister Jeremy Harrison said.  “The hard working men and women of our province benefit from the rise in wages, which supports a better quality of life for Saskatchewan people.”


Industries with the highest year-over-year earnings growth were mining, oil and gas (up 24.5 per cent), health care and social assistance (up 14.3 per cent) and arts, entertainment and recreation (up 6.1 per cent).


PRAIRIE GOAT SHOW

Moose Jaw welcomed contestants from Western Canada competing in the Prairie Goat Show at the Exhibition Grounds.


The Attorneys General Fighting The Carbon Tax Meet In Saskatoon

The Government of Saskatchewan hosted the Attorneys General from the provinces across the country that are fighting the Trudeau Carbon Tax.  Saskatchewan was the first province to stand up to the Trudeau government’s ineffective, job killing Carbon Tax as an infringement on provincial authority under the Constitution.  The Government of Saskatchewan was supported by Ontario and New Brunswick at the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal.  Manitoba, Alberta and Quebec have also joined the Saskatchewan appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada.

The Ministers from Saskatchewan, Alberta, Ontario, New Brunswick and their legal counsel as well as counsel from Manitoba are collaborating on legal arguments and discussing additional legal strategies to defeat the ineffective Trudeau imposed Carbon Tax.

“It is a honour to be meeting with Minister Schweitzer, Minister Downey and Minister Anderson-Mason in person to discuss and coordinate our legal cases challenging the Trudeau government carbon tax,” Saskatchewan’s Minister of Justice and Attorney General Don Morgan said.  “This application is critically important to asserting provincial jurisdiction.  Thus we want to ensure that we have the most cohesive and consistent legal arguments which is why it is essential that the provinces met together today to further define and align our plans moving forward.”

“Ontario continues to stand united with our provincial partners in fighting against this federal overreach into provincial jurisdiction and is committed to using every tool at our disposal to protect the people of Ontario from Justin Trudeau’s tax on everything,” Ontario’s Attorney General Doug Downey said.  “I am honoured to meet with my provincial partners to discuss our approach to fight the federal government’s job-killing carbon tax that makes life more expensive for hard-working individuals, families and businesses.”

“Alberta is proud to stand with our provincial allies against this federal overreach into provincial jurisdiction,” Alberta’s Minister of Justice and Solicitor General Doug Schweitzer said.  “This one-size-fits-all tax is all economic pain with no environmental gain and ignores our constitutional right to make policy choices that reflect local conditions and circumstances.”

“I am pleased to be here today representing New Brunswick in this coalition of provinces fighting against Justin Trudeau’s Carbon Tax,” New Brunswick’s Minister of Justice and Office of the Attorney General Andrea Anderson-Mason said.  “There are better ways to reduce emissions and hard-working taxpayers should not be punished for heating their homes and driving to work.”


Brickspo
Brickspo at the Western Development was amazing as always, for kids of all ages.


Provincial Parks Saskatchewan Day Celebrations

This weekend, Sask Parks has a variety of special events and programs lined up throughout the province for families of all ages to enjoy.

“Spending time in a provincial park over Saskatchewan Day weekend is the perfect way to celebrate our beautiful province,” Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Gene Makowsky said.  “Summer in Saskatchewan is short, so we want to encourage everyone to get outside and enjoy nature while they still can.”


Terrance Littletent, a talented grass and hoop dancer from Saskatchewan continues his provincial parks tour this weekend with performances in Duck Mountain, Echo Valley and Rowan’s Ravine on Aug 3, 4 and 5 at 7 p.m.  Terrance shares his gift of dance, song and narrative through his captivating performances.


This weekend is also a great opportunity for park visitors to try out Sask Parks’ new Survival Series program, a fun and educational program designed to help visitors explore parks and learn survival skills.

With six different modules, participants can learn key survival techniques, fire safety, navigation, animal awareness, how to build an emergency shelter and how to identify edible and medicinal plants in the parks.  Other special events include:

  • Get Outdoors – Echo Valley – Aug 3 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. – try a variety of exciting outdoor activities with local vendors
  • Saskatchewan Day celebrations – Great Blue Heron and Candle Lake – enjoy face painting, a bike parade, cake, games and a sandcastle contest
  • Knockerball ($10-$20), pancake breakfast and night mini golf – Good Spirit Lake – Aug 3 
  • Midnight Swim ($2) – Pike Lake – Aug 3 at 10 p.m. – swim under the stars in the heated pool
  • Fireworks – Duck Mountain – Aug 4 – take in this annual August long weekend fireworks display
  • Saskatchewan Arts Day – Meadow Lake – Aug 4 – enjoy face painting, cake, and make your own clay owl ($10)
  • Cannington Manor Annual Fair – Aug 4 – horse drawn wagon rides, hand-churned ice cream, rope making and more

For a full list of programs and events offered in provincial parks, visit www.saskparks.com, select your park from the drop down menu and use the events tab to browse.


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


Watch For Road Work Over The Holiday Weekend


Drive with care and attention this long weekend as highway crews are working at a number of locations across the province.


“Please obey the posted speeds in our work zones as you enjoy your weekend camping or visiting family and friends,” Highways and Infrastructure Minister Lori Carr said.  “We ask that if you have plans that include highway travel, please respect the signs and allow yourself additional time to get to your destination safely.”
“We have a lot traffic on holiday weekends, which increase the risk of road collisions, so please take care out there and obey the posted speed limits,” Minister responsible for SGI Joe Hargrave said.  “Police will also be out watching for impaired drivers, so if long weekend plans involve alcohol — or anything else that impairs you — plan a safe ride home.”


Your risk of a crash doubles on long weekends.  For tips on how to stay safe during your travels, and to hear SGI’s radio ads on long weekend road safety, visit 
https://www.sgi.sk.ca/news?title=risk-of-a-crash-doubles-on-long-weekends.
Some of the highway construction work this week includes:
  • Highway 2 south of La Ronge – seal coating; 
  • Highway 3 near Spiritwood – surfacing; 
  • Highway 4 near Saskatchewan Landing – bridge rehabilitation;
  • Highway 9 near Usherville – paving; 
  • Highway 55 near Green Lake – paving; and
  • Highway 202 near Buffalo Pound Lake – grading. 

You may encounter sharp pavement drop-offs, lane closures or loose gravel that warrant slower posted speeds when workers are not present.  If you’re planning to travel, check the Highway Hotline at www.saskatchewan.ca/highwayhotline, which provides up-to-date information on construction, emergency road closures, the status of ferries, barges and other road activities.  Information is also available by calling 511.


A weekly highway construction update is also published on 
www.saskatchewan.ca/residents/transportation/highway-construction-projects/weekly-highway-construction-update to provide the travelling public with the latest details on projects underway to help plan safe and efficient travel.  You can also report a highway work zone signing problem by calling 306-244-5535.


Crop Report For The Period July 23 To July 29, 2019

Livestock producers continue to make good haying progress as 39 per cent of the hay crop is now baled or put into silage.  An additional 27 per cent is cut and ready for baling according to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s weekly Crop Report.  Hay quality is currently rated as three per cent excellent, 52 per cent good, 34 per cent fair and 11 per cent poor.  Hay yields have been well below normal for many producers this year and will be in short supply in several areas.  Most producers have indicated that there will not be a second cut of hay.

Rainfall was highly varied across the province this past week, though the moisture will help with filling pods and heads in the later crops. Rainfall ranged from nil to 57 mm in the Turtleford area. Provincially, topsoil moisture on cropland is rated as two per cent surplus, 76 per cent adequate, 21 per cent short and one per cent very short.  Topsoil moisture on hay land and pasture is rated as one per cent surplus, 66 per cent adequate, 29 per cent short and four per cent very short.


Crop conditions across the province are also varied, with the majority of crops being in fair-to-good condition.  Producers have indicated that some crops are in excellent condition and some remain in poor condition.  Some crops are one-to-two weeks behind in development and this may be of concern depending on weather at harvest time and when the first fall frost occurs.


Some early-seeded and winter cereals crops are beginning to ripen, and desiccating pulse crops and harvest operations will be starting in the coming weeks across the province.


The majority of crop damage this week was from strong winds, hail, localized flooding, insects such as grasshoppers and aphids and a lack of moisture.  There are reports of ascochyta blight causing significant damage in chickpea crops in the south. Producers continue with haying operations, scouting for pests and are getting ready for harvest.


A complete, printable version of the Crop Report is available online at 
https://www.saskatchewan.ca/crop-report.
Follow the 2019 Crop Report on Twitter at @SKAgriculture.

Last Chance To Trek Back To The Cretaceous
At The Royal Saskatchewan Museum

The Royal Saskatchewan Museum (RSM) stage show titled: “T.rex Tale, a Trek to the Cretaceous” was a summer success and will only offer a few more shows before wrapping for the season.

“T.rex Tale has been a well-attended hit at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum this summer,” Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Gene Makowsky said.  “This show offers a fun and educational way for families to enjoy their summer vacation and is another new activity that draws visitors to the museum, where they can visit Scotty, the world’s largest T.rex ever discovered!”


The stage show takes the audience back in time 66,000,000 years with avid birdwatcher Robin Starling to meet a young T.rex named Tini.  Participants learn about the biology of this animal and explore the environment of Saskatchewan during the Cretaceous period.


T.rex Tale is presented by Taylor Portfolio Management – Scotia Wealth Management and has been enjoyed by more than 6500 people.  Another group that has enjoyed bringing this show to life has been Sask Abilities.


The organization has provided volunteer greeters on Tuesdays and Wednesdays to help welcome and seat guests of the performance.  The volunteers have been a part of the success of the show and have had the opportunity to gain work experience along the way.


“Our partnership with the Royal Saskatchewan Museum aligns with our vision of working together to build inclusive communities for people of all abilities,” Connections Coordinator with Sask Abilities Daniela Wagman said.  “In addition to a sense of satisfaction and achievement, this experience provided the volunteers with opportunities to learn new skills and for meaningful participation in the community.”


“They were thrilled to be part of this exciting event,” Connections Coordinator with Sask Abilities Tracy Wright said.


Performances will continue to run daily at 2:00 p.m. until August 11.  On August 16, to celebrate the Anniversary of Scotty’s discovery, a viewing of the show will take place at 2:00 p.m. and will lead into a dinosaur parade around the RSM grounds.  The final shows will take place on August 23 and 30 at 2:00 p.m.


For more information about the Royal Saskatchewan Museum, programming or to learn about supporting the RSM’s world class work, visit 
https://www.royalsaskmuseum.ca/, Facebook (@Royal.Saskatchewan.Museum), Twitter (@royalsaskmuseum) or Instagram (@RoyalSaskMuseum).


Visit. Donate. Discover. The RSM, located at 2445 Albert Street, is open daily from 9:30 a.m. until 5 p.m.


Beware Of Door-To-Door Driveway Repair Scams

Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority (FCAA) is warning Saskatchewan residents about door-to-door driveway repair scams.  Some salespeople may not be licensed or may use leftover materials that result in low quality work.

Check for a license
If a salesperson is coming to your door wanting to pave your driveway, they need to be licensed under the Direct Sellers Act.  You can check if a salesperson is licensed on 
https://fcaa.gov.sk.ca/fcaa411. Licensed salespersons are regulated to ensure that consumers are protected from harmful practices.How the scam works
Scammers often come, unlicensed, door-to-door and offer “on the spot” driveway repair using leftover materials from other projects.  The driveway may look good initially, but may crumble and crack as it dries.Red flags
Be cautious if a salesperson:
  • makes the price sound “too good to be true”;
  • pressures you into buying immediately or claim that you’ll “lose a deal”; or
  • asks you to write a blank cheque.
Keep yourself safe
When dealing with a door-to-door salesperson, make sure that:
  • everything is documented in writing, that you agree to the expectations of the work, that a price is set and there is a timeframe of when work is to be completed;
  • you ask questions when you do not understand something;
  • you are not pressured into buying on the spot; 
  • you do not write them a blank cheque;
  • you check to see if they have property damage and liability insurance; and
  • you check if they are listed on the Better Business Bureau directory (or call 1-888-352-7601).  If they are listed, read their customer reviews to make sure you are hiring someone who does work you like.
If consumers have questions about hiring a door-to-door contractor, they can find more information at http://fcaa.gov.sk.ca/consumers-investors-pension-plan-members/consumers/consumers-of-goods-and-services/tips-for-driveway-repairs, call toll free at 1-877-880-5550, or contact by email at consumerprotection@gov.sk.ca.

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN MOOSE JAW

Friday, August 3, 2019

What: SCHA MJ Cutting Horse Show
Time:  9:00 a.m.
Place: Moose Jaw Exhibition Centre

Saturday, August 3, 2019

What: Moose Jaw Homegrown Farmer’s Market
Time:  8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Place: Langdon Crescent

What: SCHA MJ Cutting Horse Show
Time:  8:00 a.m.
Place: Moose Jaw Exhibition Centre

What: Summer Sizzler – BBQ & Dance
Time:  BBQ- 5:30 p.m. Dance 7:00 p.m.. – 11:00 p.m
Place:. Timothy Eatons
Tickets:  (306) 694-4223

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

Sunday, August 4, 2019  

What: Tugaske Lion’s Pancake Breakfast
Time:  9:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Place:  Tugaske Community Centre
Cost:  Adults – $10, Children – $5, Preschoolers FreeWhat: SCHA MJ Cutting Horse Show
Time:  8:00 a.m.
Place: Moose Jaw Exhibition CentreWhat: Millers vs Weyburn
Time:  4:00 p.m. 
Place:  Ross Wells ParkMonday, August 5, 2019OFFICE CLOSED FOR SASKATCHEWAN DAYWhat: Saskatchewan Day Activities
Time:  9:00 a.m – 5:00 p.m.
Place: Western Development Museum
Regular admission applies
What: Pop Up Museum
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. 
Place: Buffalo PoundWhat: Historic Homestead Picnic & Wagon Rides
Time:  1:00 p.m. 
Place: Buffalo PoundUPCOMING EVENTS:Wednesday, August 7, 2019
What:
Moose Jaw Homegrown Farmer’s Market
Time:  5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Place: Langdon CrescentWhat: Concert in the Park with Scott Heatcoat
Time: 7:00 p.m. 
Place: Crescent ParkSaturday, August 10, 2019
What: “Blow Off Some Steam”
Time:  11:00 a.m – 4:00 p.m.
Place: Western Development Museum
Learn about the importance of steam in transportation history.
K + S Shortline 101 train will be running.
Regular admission applies
What: Bison Fest
Time:  1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Place: Tatawaw Park (formerly the Wild Animal Park)
Learn about the history of the area and bison, with active demonstrations and performances.

Moose Jaw Express July 31, 2019

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There are a number of symbols that bring out the pride of our Province. One of the most notable is our provincial flag. The pride in the Saskatchewan flag has been amplified over the past month as we commemorate 50 years since its inception in 1969. To promote this anniversary, events with special festivities have taken place in its honour.  The attendance of designer Anthony Drake further captured the pride we see in this iconic symbol that provides our province with distinction.

I was privileged to visit with Anthony Drake and his wife Joan. They are British citizens who were teaching in Hodgeville from 1967 to 1969.  Through a public contest, over 4,000 flag designs were submitted. One of the 13 designs submitted by Mr. Drake was selected. The simple design of the southern prairies (yellow) and the northern forestry (green) including he Saskatchewan coat of arms and the provincial flower emblem of the Western Red Lilly encapsulates our province in is simplest, yet absolute detail.

I met Anthony Drake and his wife Joan three years ago on their first visit back to Saskatchewan since his design was accepted. He never actually observed the winning design of the flag as they had returned to England before the final selection was made. It was a pleasure to meet them again through the organization of Gale Hapanowicz, now a resident of Hodgeville, who realized the significance of this unique prairie town in the history of the flag on its 50th anniversary.

Anthony Drake is a humble man. His friendly, welcoming demeanour would indicate he is well-accepted by everyone he comes in contact with. He is very knowledgeable in a variety of subjects and his recollection of teaching in Hodgeville is nostalgic. Some of the details may have escaped him after 50 plus years; however his wife Joan is by his side to affirm dates, times and places.

Anthony and Joan are now back in their homeland of England. Their time in Saskatchewan was busy with a variety of celebratory events including a Saskatchewan Roughrider game, the Saskatchewan Air Show, Tea at Government House, a luncheon at the Swift Current Bentley Senior Centre, and the Shaunavon Fair. They packed in a lot of events, met a number of people, travelled thousands of kilometres, and always the same friendly smile, warm greeting, and happy to discuss the flag or any subject that would arise.

I had an opportunity to visit with Anthony and Joan just prior to the conclusion of his visit.  Saying goodbye was difficult as, through this short period of time, we had developed an honourable relationship. I felt that I had gained through this relationship of understanding, knowledge, respect and admiration for a person that humbly had made a significant and lasting imprint on millions of people through the creation of one of our most cherished provincial emblems, the Saskatchewan flag. It was an honour and privilege to have them return to Saskatchewan on this momentous anniversary.

From the Desk of Warren Michelson July 26, 2019

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Goodbye to Anthony Drake and his wife Joan

Meeting for coffee before they end their 50th Anniversary Saskatchewan flag tour.


Test Your Survival Skills In Saskatchewan Provincial Parks

For those travelling to a provincial park this summer, participation in the Saskatchewan Survival Series is a must – a fun and educational program designed to help visitors explore parks and learn survival skills.

“Parks are a popular destination for Saskatchewan residents and visitors to our province,” Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Gene Makowsky said.  “This fun program offers visitors, especially new visitors, the opportunity to learn about our parks while getting familiar with safety and survival techniques.”

There are six unique modules to explore in the Survival Series, including:

  • Key survival techniques;
  • Fire safety and fire starting techniques;
  • Navigating, using compasses, maps and GPS units;
  • Animal awareness and safety;
  • Building emergency shelters; and
  • Identifying plants growing in the parks and if they are edible or could be used for traditional medicine.

This is the first year the Survival Series has been offered in Saskatchewan Provincial Parks and it will run until the end of August.  Interested participants can visit www.saskparks.com to find when the Survival Series programs are taking place and in which parks.

To keep up-to-date with park activities and events, follow SaskParks on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/saskparks/

Report from the Legislature

July has been a busy month with Saskatchewan playing host to the Council of the Federation, an annual summer gathering of Canada’s Premiers, as well as the 29th Pacific NorthWest Economic Region (PNWER) Annual Summit in Saskatoon.


The Council of the Federation was an opportunity to work on removing barriers to internal trade, advance access to international markets, labour mobility and immigration. Priorities at this gathering also included strategic infrastructure investment, climate change policy, healthcare sustainability, and mental health and addiction services.


PNWER, a non-partisan, private/public non-profit organization created to advance common interests of its member jurisdictions, brought over 400 provincial and state legislators and private sector representatives to Saskatchewan to address a range of issues impacting and of interest to the regional cross-border economy.


Trade, transportation and a fair tax and regulatory environment were key themes at both of these events. These are the 3 Ts Saskatchewan industries require to succeed.


The U.S. is Saskatchewan’s most important trading partner with 84 per cent of our imports coming from the United States. This includes consumer items but also bringing products to operate our key industries like mining, energy, manufacturing and agriculture – industries that in turn produce an exportable product that often times will head south again to have value added to it before it’s headed off to the world.


While Saskatchewan’s economy continues to grow and evolve, our fortunes depend on market access and our market relationships around the world.


As it stands now, Saskatchewan trades $30 billion worth of goods and does business with about 150 different countries each year. We need to work to maintain and build upon those relationships, and we need a tax and regulatory environment that’s competitive. We need transportation ability to move the goods that we produce, harvest and manufacture, and we need trade agreements with countries around the world.


Since the United States is one of Saskatchewan’s biggest trading partners, PNWER’s work on trade is critical to our province’s economic success. Many of PNWER’s current initiatives, such as its work on energy and the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), align with Saskatchewan’s goals and priorities.

Leaders at the summit discussed the USMCA, Indigenous economic development in the Northwest, climate policy, energy innovation and resilience, water policy, invasive species and advances in agriculture technology and livestock health planning.


Hosting both the Council of the Federation and PNWER, provided Saskatchewan with a tremendous opportunity to showcase our competitive business climate and diverse resource sectors, advance our shared interests, and to continue to build strong relationships with our partners.

REMOTE CONTROL AIR SHOW
Moose Jaw Remote Control Air show on Saturday.

Enthusiasts participate from across Saskatchewan.


New Addictions Treatment Beds In Indian Head

Residents of southern Saskatchewan will soon have better access to inpatient addictions services through Pine Lodge Treatment Centre in Indian Head.

As part of a record $402 million investment in mental health and addictions in the 2018-19 budget, $467,000 will be provided for 10 new treatment beds.


“This investment will help Pine Lodge reduce wait times, providing people across southern Saskatchewan with better access to inpatient addictions services,” Health Minister Jim Reiter said.  “This aligns with our government’s commitment to increase mental health and addiction supports across the Province.”


Pine Lodge Treatment Centre is a community-based organization that provides addictions treatment services.  Pine Lodge has a total of 33 addictions treatment beds, now that the 10-bed expansion is complete.


“This 10-bed increase at Pine Lodge will be a very positive factor in our ability to provide services to residents of Saskatchewan dealing with addiction,” said Foster Monson, Executive Director of Regina Recovery Homes Inc. which operates Pine Lodge.  “I appreciate the Government of Saskatchewan’s understanding of mental health and addictions and their commitment to providing the supports patients need.”


The Government of Saskatchewan is committed to improving access to services for people with addictions challenges.  Mental health and addictions services received $402 million in funding this year, an increase of almost $30 million.  These investments support the province’s 10-year Mental Health and Addictions Action Plan.


For more information about Pine Lodge Treatment Centre, please visit 
www.pinelodgetreatment.ca.


Government Issues Blue-Green Algae Advisory

Released on July 25, 2019

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

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


Algae blooms often give the water a shimmering, foamy pea soup appearance. They are usually blue-green, bright blue, grey or tan in colour.  The recent warm temperatures in the province may result in the quick formation of algal blooms. The algae blooms typically last up to three weeks and can be pushed around the lake or reservoir by the wind.




Swimming in or drinking this algae-bloom affected water can cause red skin, sore throat, cramps or diarrhea.  In addition, caution should be taken when considering the consumption of fish or shellfish caught in areas of a water body where a bloom exists; in particular the internal organs of the fish should not be eaten.


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

MOOSE JAW FARMERS MARKET

Langdon Cres is a busy street during the Farmers Market. Fresh vegetables, honey, crafts.
It was a great day to be there.


New In-Patient Acute Care Beds To Be Added At Saskatoon’s Royal University Hospital

Plans are underway to open 36 additional permanent acute care in-patient beds at Royal University Hospital (RUH) in Saskatoon to accommodate patients admitted through the Emergency Department.

The new beds will be located in the space that will become available following the transition of maternal, newborn and pediatric services to the Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital (JPCH) this fall.


“Our government is committed to improving the health care experience for patients requiring hospital admission following an emergency room visit,” Health Minister Jim Reiter said.  “This $2.6 million investment in new acute care beds at Royal University Hospital aligns with other improvements that will allow our health system to better meet the needs of our growing population.”


The new acute care beds initiative will receive funding of $2.6 million in 2019-20, with annual funding of almost $8 million in subsequent years, and will be staffed by 56 full-time nursing positions. Royal University Hospital Foundation has generously donated new funding of $500,000 for purchasing new technology, beds and equipment for these areas.


“This is an important step in reducing the length of time admitted patients are waiting for an in-patient bed when they go through the Emergency Department.  This will make a big difference in improving the care experience for patients who require the services of the Emergency Department,” said Diane Shendruk, Executive Director, Acute Care Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Health Authority.


A temporary 22-bed admission transition area will be set up for the interim period until plans are complete for the new permanent in-patient beds.  This will allow for transferring admitted patients out of the Emergency Department, initiating the admission process and ordering treatments while patients wait for an appropriate in-patient bed to be vacated.

Crop Report For The Period July 16 To July 22, 2019

Haying continues to progress in the province as livestock producers now have 20 per cent of the hay crop cut and 25 per cent baled or put into silage.  Hay quality is currently rated as four per cent excellent, 47 per cent good, 32 per cent fair and 17 per cent poor.

Hay yields have been well below normal for many producers and will be in short supply this year in several areas.  Estimated average dryland hay yields at this time are 0.9 tons per acre for alfalfa,1 ton for alfalfa/brome grass, 0.7 tons for other tame hay and 1.7 tons per acre for greenfeed.  Estimated average irrigated hay yields are 1.6 tons per acre for alfalfa, 1.2 tons per acre for alfalfa/brome grass and 2.3 tons per acre for greenfeed.


Most producers have indicated that there will not be a second cut of hay this year.  Some areas of the province received rainfall last week that will help crops fill and replenish topsoil moisture.  Rainfall ranged from nil to 83 mm in the Sonningdale area.  Provincially, topsoil moisture on cropland is rated as three per cent surplus, 84 per cent adequate, 12 per cent short and one per cent very short.  Topsoil moisture on the hay land and pasture is rated as one per cent surplus, 75 per cent adequate, 22 per cent short and two per cent very short.


Seventy-six per cent of the fall cereals, 67 per cent of the spring cereals, 55 per cent of the oilseeds and 69 per cent of the pulse crops are at their normal stages of development for this time of year.  Some crops are one to two weeks behind in development, which may be of significance depending on the weather during harvest and when the first fall frost occurs.


The majority of crop damage this week was from localized flooding, strong winds, hail and insects such as grasshoppers and aphids.  There are reports of disease issues in pulse crops.  Producers continue with haying operations and scouting for pests.


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, July 26, 2019

What: Prairie Goat Expo
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. 
Place: MJ Exhibition

What: Millers vs Swift Current
Time:  7:00 p.m. 
 Place: Ross Wells Ball Park

Saturday, July 27, 2019

What: Brickspo
Time:  9:00 a.m. 
Place: WDM

What: Prairie Goat Expo
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Place: MJ Exhibition
 
What: Hot Dog Sale for AAA Allstars
Time:  11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. 
Place: All Coop Locations

What: Community BBQ
Time:  11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. 
Place: Elgin Park

Sunday, July 28, 2019  

What: Brickspo
Time:  9:00 a.m. 
Place: WDM

What: Prairie Goat Expo
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Place: MJ Exhibition

What: Job Fair
Time:  2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. 
Place: Heritage Inn

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Summer Sizzler – BBQ & Dance
Sat. Aug. 3
BBQ- 5:30 p.m.
Dance 7:00 p.m.. – 11:00 p.m.
Tickets:  (306) 694-4223

Saskatchewan Day
Mon. Aug. 5
9:00 a.m.
WDM

Pop Up Museum
Mon. Aug. 5
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Buffalo Pound

Historic Homestead Picnic & Wagon Rides
Mon. Aug. 5
1:00 p.m.
Buffalo Pound 

Report from the Legislature July 25, 2019

Summer at the Legislative Building

July has been a busy month with Saskatchewan playing host to the Council of the Federation, an annual summer gathering of Canada’s Premiers, as well as the 29th Pacific NorthWest Economic Region (PNWER) Annual Summit in Saskatoon.

The Council of the Federation was an opportunity to work on removing barriers to internal trade, advance access to international markets, labour mobility and immigration. Priorities at this gathering also included strategic infrastructure investment, climate change policy, healthcare sustainability, and mental health and addiction services.

PNWER, a non-partisan, private/public non-profit organization created to advance common interests of its member jurisdictions, brought over 400 provincial and state legislators and private sector representatives to Saskatchewan to address a range of issues impacting and of interest to the regional cross-border economy.

Trade, transportation and a fair tax and regulatory environment were key themes at both of these events. These are the 3 Ts Saskatchewan industries require to succeed.

The U.S. is Saskatchewan’s most important trading partner with 84 per cent of our imports coming from the United States. This includes consumer items but also bringing products to operate our key industries like mining, energy, manufacturing and agriculture – industries that in turn produce an exportable product that often times will head south again to have value added to it before it’s headed off to the world.

While Saskatchewan’s economy continues to grow and evolve, our fortunes depend on market access and our market relationships around the world.

As it stands now, Saskatchewan trades $30 billion worth of goods and does business with about 150 different countries each year. We need to work to maintain and build upon those relationships, and we need a tax and regulatory environment that’s competitive. We need transportation ability to move the goods that we produce, harvest and manufacture, and we need trade agreements with countries around the world.

Since the United States is one of Saskatchewan’s biggest trading partners, PNWER’s work on trade is critical to our province’s economic success. Many of PNWER’s current initiatives, such as its work on energy and the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), align with Saskatchewan’s goals and priorities.

Leaders at the summit discussed the USMCA, Indigenous economic development in the Northwest, climate policy, energy innovation and resilience, water policy, invasive species and advances in agriculture technology and livestock health planning.

Hosting both the Council of the Federation and PNWER, provided Saskatchewan with a tremendous opportunity to showcase our competitive business climate and diverse resource sectors, advance our shared interests, and to continue to build strong relationships with our partners.

Moose Jaw Express July 24, 2019

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A cool and dry spring in Saskatchewan had a lot of people concerned. Very little precipitation in March, April and May delivered drought conditions and worry about the coming crop year. Fortunately, through the better part of June and now into mid-July, we have received much-needed moisture for lawns, gardens and our agriculture sector.

The weather can be unpredictable across the prairies, as we have seen recently.  Severe storms can pop up quickly, with little warning, bringing heavy rain, hail, thunder, lightning and damaging winds with potential for funnel clouds and tornadoes.

While rapidly changing weather conditions can present challenges in enjoying ourselves outdoors, I encourage all who are able to get out and enjoy everything our community and region has to offer. From the Hometown Parade and Fair, Sidewalk Days and the Air Show to events like MOTIF and the Mortlach Berry Festival, Moose Jaw and area has been home to many outdoor events and activities in recent weeks.

For those who enjoy fresh produce or herbs, evening markets have returned to Langdon Crescent and will continue every Saturday morning until early October, and every Wednesday evening through late August. If you don’t feel like cooking, it’s no problem as the market provides hot food that can be taken home or enjoyed in the park.

There are many urban parks in Moose Jaw to enjoy like Crescent Park, and Happy Valley park.  Wakamow Valley presents a variety of outdoor activities including trail walks through the park or canoeing and kayaking for those who prefer to be on the water. These are some of the best ways to explore the beautiful river valley and wildlife along the way.  If you don’t have a kayak or canoe, or maybe lack experience and would still like to try it, equipment rentals and guided tours are available by calling 306-630-7525.  

If floating on the river is not really your thing, there are other amenities Wakamow Valley has to entertain you during these summer months.  You may enjoy bird watching. Over 190 species of birds have been sighted within Wakamow Valley across all seasons of the year. Bird kits including binoculars, a bird book, a check-list of birds and bird seed can be borrowed free of charge from the Wakamow Valley Authority office. Tatawâw Park also has beautiful scenery as well as great walking and biking paths. After a day of adventure and fresh air, the famous Burger Cabin in the heart of Wakamow Valley is another great place to enjoy.

Our Moose Jaw Miller Express baseball team can be found on the field inside Ross Wells Park throughout the summer. The young ball players provide our community with an exciting atmosphere and experience several times a week, and I would recommend taking in a game or two before the season comes to a close.

Brickspo is returning for another display at the Western Development Museum July 27 and 28. I always enjoy attending this event. It amazes me the time put in to the displays and the talent it takes to create such exhibits. If you have a free moment this weekend, I encourage you to round up the family and take in this creative event.

Moose Jaw is a great place to live, work and raise a family.  We have an array of activities taking place throughout the city no matter what season we are in, but especially during the summertime. Whether the festivities are outside or indoors, I encourage you to step out and appreciate all we have in Moose Jaw.

From the Desk of Warren Michelson July 19, 2019

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Miller Express Ball Game

Mayor Tolmie, Tim McLeod enjoying the Miller ball game. 


Registration For Saskatoon School Of Horticulture Inc. Not Being Renewed For 2019-20

The Ministry of Advanced Education has not renewed the registration of the Saskatoon School of Horticulture Inc. for 2019-20 and has directed the school to cease operation as a Category I school in Saskatchewan.

The school has demonstrated a pattern of non-compliance with The Private Vocational Schools Regulation Act, 1995 and The Private Vocational Schools Regulations, 2014.  The Ministry of Advanced Education regulates private vocational schools so that students are protected and the public may have confidence that students are trained by an institution that: is financially stable; offers quality curriculum and instruction; and prepares students for the workforce in an environment that supports their success.  Non-renewal of the Certificate of Registration prevents the school from accepting new students into registered programs and prevents students from applying for student loans.


The Ministry will be contacting affected students and will make every effort to minimize the impact on students.


I was invited to tour the Thunder Creek pork processing plant. The plant employs almost 250 people from Moose Jaw and serves to process Hogs from Southern Saskatchewan. I was pleased to see the Humane process and the emphasis on cleanliness as we toured the facilities.
Thank-you you to Steve Ma and the employees at Thunder Creek for there hospitality and also for their work in providing quality pork to markets in the United States, Mexico Japan and as far as way as Australia.
MOTIF
Great food from a variety of ethnic cuisine.
Fascinating entertainment

Another Set Of Passing Lanes Ready To Open

Passing lanes on Highway 2, north of Moose Jaw, are set to open next week.  This is in addition to passing lanes that opened earlier this week on Highway 7 near Rosetown. 

“Highway 2 north of Moose Jaw is a busy highway and the new passing lanes will improve traffic flow and safety,” Highways and Infrastructure Minister Lori Carr said.  “Please be patient when driving, and use the new lanes to pass slower traffic safely.”

Meanwhile, construction continues on additional passing lanes on Highway 7 west of Rosetown.  A second set of lanes is expected to open by the end of July.  Construction on Highways 9 and 10 passing lanes is scheduled to get underway later this season, while planning and design work continues on Highway 5 east of Saskatoon and Highway 39 northwest and southeast of Weyburn.

Passing lanes can reduce collisions by 25 per cent at 80 per cent less cost than that of a fully twinned highway.  When passing through a construction work zone, it is the law to slow to 60 km/hr.  Drivers need to be attentive and obey signs in the work zone to ensure the safety of workers and other travellers.

A weekly highway construction update is also published on www.saskatchewan.ca/residents/transportation/highway-construction-projects/weekly-highway-construction-update to provide the travelling public with the latest details on projects underway to help plan safe and efficient travel.  You can also report a highway work zone signing problem by calling 306-244-5535.

If you’re planning to travel, check the Highway Hotline at www.saskatchewan.ca/highwayhotline, which provides up-to-date information on construction, emergency road closures, the status of ferries, barges and other road activities.  Information is also available by calling 511.

The Government of Saskatchewan has invested $9 billion in highways and infrastructure since 2008.

The designer of our Saskatchewan flag along with his wife Joan, celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the inception of our Provincial emblem.

  Saskatchewan has some of the most beautiful scenery. This canola field looks absolutely gorgeous with the grain elevator behind it.

It was an honour to attend the opening reception of the Saskatchewan Festival of Words, and meet some of the presenters, including Dr. Dave Williams, a renowned Canadian astronaut and writer of “defying limits”.
Other guest artists include Kristine Scarrow, Tenille Campbell, Billy-Ray Belcourt, among many others.
The Saskatchewan Festival of words continues this weekend until Sunday.

Crop Report For The Period July 9 To July 15, 2019

Crops continue to develop across the province, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s weekly Crop Report.

Sixty-three per cent of the fall and spring cereals, 53 per cent of the oilseeds, and 73 per cent of the pulse crops are at their normal stages of development for this time of year.


Crop conditions vary throughout the province, but the majority are in poor-to-good condition.  Wild weather this past week brought hail, severe winds and some crop damage to areas of the province.


Rainfall ranged from trace amounts to 90 mm in the Frobisher area. The Kyle area reported 60 mm, the Saltcoats area 22 mm, the Biggar area 28 mm, the Hudson Bay area 12 mm and the Glaslyn area 13 mm.


Provincially, topsoil moisture on cropland is rated as two per cent surplus, 84 per cent adequate, 13 per cent short and one per cent very short.  Topsoil moisture on the hay land and pasture is rated as one per cent surplus, 79 per cent adequate, 19 per cent short, and one per cent very short.


Livestock producers continue haying and now have 13 per cent of the crop cut and eight per cent baled or put into silage.  Hay quality is rated as three per cent excellent, 42 per cent good, 42 per cent fair and 13 per cent poor.  Producers are indicating that hay yields are below average and that some will need to find alternative feed sources.  While pasture growth has occurred since the rainfall, some livestock producers have indicated they may still have a reduced carrying capacity.


Sources of crop damage this week include localized flooding, strong winds, hail, lack of moisture and insects such as grasshoppers and aphids.


There are reports of disease issues in pulse crops caused by root rot. Some producers have been spraying for diseases such as fusarium head blight in cereal crops and sclerotinia in canola where environmental conditions warrant application.  Farmers are busy haying and scouting for insects and disease.


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.

Seen from the Tourist Information Centre after Tuesday’s rain fall.

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN MOOSE JAW

Friday, July 19, 2019

What: Festival of Words
Time:  9:00 a.m. 
Place: Various Venues in Downtown Moose Jaw

What: Save Eatons Bottle and Can Drive
Time:  All Day
Place: Timothy Eatons
Drop off at Timothy Eatons- every one counts

What: The Bromantics Sock Hop
Time:  6:00 p.m. 
 Place: Ford Curling Centre – Mosaic Place

Saturday, July 20, 2019

What: MJ Homegrown Farmer’s Market
Time:  8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 
Place: Langdon Crescent
 
What: Festival of Words
Time:  9:00 a.m. 
Place: Various Venues in Downtown Moose Jaw

What: Caregiver Support Group – Parenting a child with Autism
Time:  10:00 a.m. 
Place: Sask Polytechnic

What: Family Day
Time:  10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 
Place: Sukanen Ship

What: Steak Night Fundraiser
Time:  5:00 p.m. 
 Place: Legion – to help with operational expenses

What: Festival of Words Sat. Night Concert
Time:  8:00 p.m. 
Place: Mae Wilson

Sunday, July 21, 2019  

What: Festival of Words
Time:  9:00 a.m. 
Place: Various Venues in Downtown Moose Jaw

What: Moose Jaw Show & Shine 
Time:  12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. 
Place: Happy Valley Park

From the Desk of Warren Michelson July 10, 2019

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I was pleased to participate in a $3,762 donation to Moose Jaw Transition House from SaskGaming Players Club.
Transition House executive director Jenn Angus accepted the donation, with great appreciation.


Partnerships And Collaboration Produce Strong 2018-19 Crown Sector Results

Released on July 10, 2019

Saskatchewan’s Crown sector posted another successful year in 2018-19.  Working towards Crown sector and government priorities with a focus on partnerships and collaboration, the sector recorded earnings of just over half-a-billion dollars and provided a 25 per cent increase in dividends to the province.


“Across Canada, Saskatchewan’s Crown sector has no equal and these strong financial results are proof this model works,” Crown Investments Minister Joe Hargrave said.  “The Crowns deliver not just financially, but also with excellent customer service, providing affordable and safe utilities, cost-effective insurance programs, support for innovative technology start-ups and first-class entertainment opportunities.”


In 2018-19, the Crowns recorded net earnings of $540.6 million, an increase of $37.6 million over the previous year.  CIC delivered $256 million in dividends to the General Revenue Fund (GRF), an increase of $51 million over 2017-18.


Over the past five years, earnings of $1.9 billion were reported while providing $1.2 billion in dividends.  Investment in capital renewal and expansion totalled $1.4 billion in 2018-19 with a further $1.7 billion investment forecast annually over the next five years to ensure Saskatchewan people have safe, reliable and affordable utilities and services.


The Crowns continue to contribute to the high quality of life in Saskatchewan.  Collaboration efforts include participating in initiatives like the framework for Prairie Resilience: A Made-in-Saskatchewan Climate Change Strategy, ongoing implementation of the rural wireless initiative, exploring partnership opportunities with rural municipalities on water infrastructure projects, and working with Saskatchewan business to help develop a globally competitive private sector.


The 2018-19 annual reports for Crown Investments Corporation (CIC) and Saskatchewan Transportation Company (STC) are available online at 
www.cicorp.sk.ca.  This is the final annual report for STC. The wind-up is complete with the company’s dissolution on March 31, 2019. 


15 WING AIR SHOW

This past weekend I took in the 15 Wing Air Show.  It never ceases to amaze me at how talented the men and women are in flight.  The shows were a hit on both days keeping 15 Wing grounds full of spectators all weekend long.
GREAT JOB! 


SGI Finances Remained Stable In 2018-2019

Financial stability. Those two words sum up the story told by the 2018-2019 financial and operational highlights for both the Saskatchewan Auto Fund and SGI CANADA, which were tabled in the provincial legislature today.

The Saskatchewan Auto Fund is the self-sustaining, compulsory auto insurance plan administered by SGI on behalf of the province.  As part of its mandate, the Auto Fund also works toward making Saskatchewan’s roads safer for everyone who uses them.


“Saskatchewan residents now enjoy, on average, the lowest overall personal vehicle insurance rates in Canada,” Minister Responsible for SGI Joe Hargrave said.  “Our government and the Auto Fund remain committed to a continued focus on traffic safety, and a number of initiatives implemented over the past year will make Saskatchewan’s roads safer for everyone who uses them.”


Auto Fund highlights for 2018-2019 include:
  • $894.9 million in claims
  • $956.5 million in gross premium written
  • $149.1 million in discounts to customers through the Safe Driver Recognition (SDR) and Business Recognition programs
  • $26.2 million net storm claims
  • $135.8 million in investment earnings, increasing the Auto Fund’s rate stabilization reserve by $77 million
  • New impaired driving legislation took effect
  • Implemented new mandatory training standards for commercial semi drivers
  • Introduced ride-sharing to Saskatchewan, providing people another safe alternative to impaired driving
  • Announced photo speed enforcement would now be permanent, with proceeds funding a new traffic safety grant program for communities
SGI CANADA is the competitive side of SGI’s operations, selling property and casualty insurance in Saskatchewan, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario and British Columbia.  In 2018-2019, SGI CANADA continued to be in a stable financial position, which was the result of progress on long-term goals of growth and geographic diversification.


“I’m very proud of how this Saskatchewan-based company continues to earn profits and achieve growth in an industry where it competes with many national and international insurers,” Hargrave said.


Highlights for SGI CANADA in 2018-2019 include:
  • $48 million profit, with a return on equity of 9.8 per cent pre-tax
  • $12.5 million dividend to Crown Investments Corporation
  • 13.4 per cent premium growth (outperforming the industry average of approximately 6.7 per cent), with premium growth both inside and outside Saskatchewan
  • $53.4 million in investment earnings
  • $919.4 million in premiums written, including $371.4 million (40.4 per cent) written outside Saskatchewan, achieving SGI CANADA’s goal of 40 per cent one year ahead of target
  • $39.8 million in storm claims (all provinces)
  • more than 940,000 customers across Canada
  • 76 per cent combined customer CXi score, (the number of customers who found SGI / SGI CANADA effective at meeting their needs and easy to do business with) which is the highest in Canada for home and auto insurers
  • launched commercial lines products under the SGI CANADA banner in Ontario
  • launched a new line of coverage, CyberOne and Data Compromise, to protect business owners in all provinces SGI CANADA serves against the growing threat of cyber attacks and data breaches
Visit www.sgi.sk.ca to see Saskatchewan Auto Fund’s annual report, and www.sgicanada.ca to see SGI CANADA’s annual report.

Welcoming Anthony Drake to Moose Jaw. Anthony is the design artist all of the Saskatchewan flag.

Saskatchewan’s Free Fishing Weekend is July 13 and 14

Saskatchewan’s annual summer free fishing weekend is just around the corner.  On July 13 and 14, residents and visitors to the province are welcome to fish in any of Saskatchewan’s public waters open to sport fishing without purchasing a fishing licence.


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


Anyone planning to take part in free fishing weekend should note that all other fishing regulations, including possession limits, gear restrictions and size limits on some lakes and rivers, remain in effect.


Free fishing weekend does not apply in national parks and anyone planning on taking fish out of the province must purchase a licence.


More information about fishing in Saskatchewan can be found in the 2019 Anglers’ Guide at 
www.saskatchewan.ca/fishing.


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


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


Terrance Littletent
to Perform at Buffalo Pound Provincial Park

This summer, Saskatchewan Provincial Parks will welcome Terrance Littletent, an accomplished grass and hoop dancer, to share his gift of dance, song and narrative to 10 different parks throughout the summer.  He will perform at Buffalo Pound Provincial Park on Saturday, July 13 at 7:00 p.m.

“Terrance shares a unique performance that is sure to resonate with Saskatchewan park visitors,” Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Gene Makowsky said.  “We are proud to offer local entertainment that will inspire and educate our park users, I encourage everyone to attend one of these performances this summer.”


“The hoop represents the circle of life,” Terrance Littletent said.  “We live in a time where we see issues, like racism, the hoop represents everyone on Mother Earth and symbolizes arms opening and inviting all people in that circle to live together in harmony.”


On July 5, 2019, Terrance will kick off his summer tour in Pike Lake Provincial Park, performing alongside the Festival Fransaskois, a family-friendly event that celebrates the Francophone culture in Saskatchewan through music, food and fun activities.


To enjoy one of Terrance Littletent’s performances, a detailed event listing is provided below:

  • Friday, July 5 Pike Lake Provincial Park 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 6 Fort Carlton Provincial Park 1:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 6 Great Blue Heron Provincial Park 7:30 p.m. 
  • Saturday, July 13 Buffalo Pound Provincial Park 7:00 p.m. 
  • Saturday, July 20 Meadow Lake Provincial Park (Greig Lake) 7:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, July 21 Sask Landing Provincial Park 7:00 p.m. 
  • Saturday, August 3 Duck Mountain Provincial Park 7:00 p.m. 
  • Sunday, August 4 Echo Valley Provincial Park 7:00 p.m. 
  • Monday, August 5 Rowan’s Ravine Provincial Park 7:00 p.m. 
  • Saturday, August 24 Buffalo Pound Provincial Park 7:00 p.m.

For more information on events in Saskatchewan Provincial Parks this summer, visit www.saskparks.com.  To keep up-to-date with park activities and events, follow SaskParks on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/saskparks/.


The purchase of a Saskatchewan Provincial Parks Annual Permit is a great way to enjoy park activities and events all year round!


WHAT’S HAPPENING IN MOOSE JAW

Friday, July 12, 2019

What: MOTIF
Time:  All Day
Place: Happy Valley Park

Saturday, July 13, 2019

FREE FISHING

What: MOTIF
Time:  All Day
Place: Happy Valley Park

What:Terrance Littletent, Grass and Hoop Dancer
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Buffalo Pound Provincial Park

What: Social Dance with Dusty Rose Band
Time:  8:00 p.m.

Place: Cosmo Seniors’ Centre
 

Sunday, July 14, 2019  

FREE FISHING

What: MOTIF
Time:  All Day
Place: Happy Valley Park

Upcoming Events

July 18 – 21
Saskatchewan Festival of Words