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Moose Jaw Express September 18, 2019


Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Saskatchewan Flag

This coming Sunday marks the 50th anniversary of the time our Saskatchewan flag was raised for the very first time. Our office will be celebrating this commemorative day on Friday, September 20 between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. I encourage you to stop in.

Our Saskatchewan Flag has a very unique history as Saskatchewan had existed as a province for 64 years before it had an official flag. A special flag had been designed to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Saskatchewan, and the use of it was extended for Canada’s Centennial in 1967.  Some expected that it would be adopted as the provincial flag, but instead there was a public contest to design a new provincial flag, which drew over 4,000 entries.

Thanks to Gail Hapanowicz of Hodgeville, the story of our Saskatchewan flag has been made known in a much greater way. She and her husband purchased the former school in Hodgeville to renovate as a Bed and Breakfast. There she came across information about the flag’s designer, Anthony Drake. Anthony, who had come from England, was a teacher in Hodgeville from 1967 to 1969 and had submitted 13 designs for the Saskatchewan flag contest. Anthony and his wife, Joan, had returned to England before actually seeing the flag fly over Saskatchewan.

Gail contacted Anthony and he came to visit Saskatchewan in 2016 where he experienced the touching moment of seeing, for the first time, the flag he designed being raised. Anthony and his wife returned again this past summer in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Saskatchewan Flag. During his visit Anthony was able to meet Percy Schmeiser from Bruno, Sask., the only surviving member of the committee that selected the flag design.

It is an interesting story on how the committee narrowed the 4,025 entries down to one. The entries were put into groups; ones with flowers, ones with grain elevators, ones with wheat, etc. From there they received input from the public. Most people chose the symbol of wheat. With that, the committee brought it from 4,025 down to ten. Anthony actually had two of his designs in the top ten.

The flag is a symbol of pride and respect for the ideals that are a representation of our province. Watching a Saskatchewan Roughrider fan wave a Rider flag demonstrates a very enthusiastic example of Rider pride. In a quieter way, I am often stirred as I see the Saskatchewan flag fly above the Legislative building, thinking of how it represents who we are as the people of Saskatchewan.

The simple design of the southern prairies (yellow) and the northern forests (green) with the Saskatchewan coat of arms and the provincial flower emblem of the Western Red Lily encapsulates our province in its simplest, yet absolute detail. The representation of the fields and the forests speaks indeed of the hardworking, innovative and generous people of Saskatchewan, an identity we can be all proud of.

Thank you to Gail for bringing the history of our Saskatchewan flag to life. On this 50th anniversary, let’s celebrate our flag and the people it represents with pride. In honour of the 50th anniversary, we invite you to stop at our office this Friday (September 20th) 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  to commemorate this special event. You can find us at 326 High Street West in Moose Jaw.

From the Desk of Warren Michelson September 13, 2019

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We are celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Saskatchewan Flag.

Please join us at our office for coffee, cookies and conversation Friday, September 20th between 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


Russ Mirasty was installed as the 23rd Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan during a ceremony at the Legislative Building today.“Mr. Mirasty has dedicated his life to serving Saskatchewan and Canada,” Premier Scott Moe said.  “His background as an exceptional leader with deep roots throughout Saskatchewan will be an asset to our province, our country and most importantly to our citizens. 

On behalf of the Government of Saskatchewan and the people of this province, I offer Mr. Mirasty my congratulations and welcome him to this esteemed role.”

The installation ceremony, which complements Mirasty’s swearing-in last July, was followed by the inspection of an honour guard by the Lieutenant Governor and a fly past from 15 Wing Moose Jaw.  As Lieutenant Governor, Mirasty is the personal representative of the Queen of Canada in the province, and is responsible for granting Royal Assent to provincial laws, as well as summoning and dissolving the provincial legislature.  Under the Canadian Constitution, lieutenant governors are appointed by the federal government for a minimum of five years; however, there is no fixed term of office.

Thursday the Honourable Russ Mirasty was officially installed as the 23 Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan.

In a welcoming address His Honour talked about his journey from early years as part of the LaRonge Indian Band to becoming a decorated RCMP Commissioner, and his postings throughout Canada.

He is the first Indigenous person appointed as Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan.


Standing Up for the Moose Jaw SaskPower Plant

SaskPower’s natural gas-fired power plant planned for the City of Moose Jaw is of vital importance to our community and I want to assure citizens that the Saskatchewan Party Government and I are working diligently to see this project move forward.

This week I wrote to Minister McKenna, the Federal Minister of Environment and Climate Change, stating our disapproval of changes made on June 28, 2019, to the environmental status of natural gas fired power plants, and to express serious concerns about the increase to the carbon tax on large emitters.
This increase to the carbon tax for the planned power plant project in Moose Jaw represents a significant cost of over $2 billion in the first 15 years of operation, assuming that the tax doesn’t continue to increase beyond $50 in 2022.

This change in environmental status should be reconsidered and repealed as our province has demonstrated environmental leadership through ‘Prairie Resilience’, our made-in-Saskatchewan climate change plan.

Minister McKenna was well aware of SaskPower’s decision to build a combined cycle natural gas power plant in Moose Jaw through an initial environmental impact assessment several years ago.  It is also important to note that Minister McKenna did not consult on this carbon tax increase for natural gas-fired electricity facilities. The regulations as she proposed them in October 2018 were completely different than the increase that she made in June 2019.
We urge the decision makers in Ottawa to repeal this unnecessary increase to the carbon tax and implement regulations that support the Climate Change Framework and economic opportunities for the Province of Saskatchewan.

Alongside Premier Scott Moe, Saskatchewan Environment Minister Dustin Duncan, and our Saskatchewan Party Government, I will continue to stand up for the Moose Jaw natural gas power plant project and continue standing up for Saskatchewan.

$13 Million In Intersection Safety Improvements Underway In Saskatchewan

Major intersection improvements are underway on Highway 1 near Kalium Road, east of Moose Jaw.

The $5.2 million of enhancements include the addition of high-speed entrance and exit ramps, which will move turns away from the intersection to help travellers make left turns safely.  The project also includes extending the turning lanes on Highway 1.

“Safe and efficient travel is crucial for the movement of people and goods,” Highways and Infrastructure Minister Greg Ottenbreit said.  “This year’s intersection safety improvement projects include new turning lanes, lighting, clearing of sight lines and installation of rumble strips.”

The project at Kalium Road is one of more than 60 intersection improvements announced last spring and are part of a five‐year $65 million to enhance safety at intersections province-wide.

In addition, safety improvements are underway at the intersection of Highways 35 and 335 and includes new paving, rumble strips, changes to memorial site access and elevator access, which will be tendered in the coming weeks.

Design for improved lighting on Highway 3 at Shellbrook continues, which could see an additional 60 street lights be installed.  Intersection and lighting improvements are also planned for Highway 21 and Highway 307, which have been tendered.  Work is expected to begin in the fall.

A weekly highway construction update is 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.  If you see a highway work zone signing problem, you can report it by calling 306-244-5535.

Check the Highway Hotline at 
www.saskatchewan.ca/highwayhotline before you hit the road.   It 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.



Out going president Riley Wright presents the gavel to president elect Jasmine Cameron.

Investor Alert – International Derivatives Group And Red Maple FX Inc. Not Registered In Saskatchewan

The Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority (FCAA) wants to inform Saskatchewan investors that International Derivatives Group and Red Maple FX Inc. are not registered to sell or offer investment advice on securities or derivatives in Saskatchewan.

Saskatchewan residents should be cautious when buying securities or derivatives or taking investment advice regarding securities or derivatives from any individual or firm that is not registered with FCAA.  To check registration visit www.aretheyregistered.ca.

If you have been contacted by anyone claiming to work for International Derivatives Group or Red Maple FX Inc., please contact FCAA’s Securities Division, Enforcement Branch at 306-787-5936.

For more information about International Derivatives Group or Red Maple FX visit https://fcaa.gov.sk.ca/whats-new/alerts.


Crop Report For The Period September 3 To September 9, 2019

Despite rainfall and cool weather producers were able to make harvest progress this week, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s Weekly Crop Report.  Eighteen per cent of the crop is now in the bin, up from 11 per cent last week but well behind the five-year (2014-2018) average of 43 per cent for this time of year.

Twenty-five per cent of the crop is now swathed or ready to straight-cut.  Warm, windy and dry weather is needed for producers to return to the field.  Harvest is most advanced in the southwest region, where 31 per cent of the crop is now combined.  The southeast region has 24 per cent combined and the west-central region 18 per cent.  The east-central and northeast regions have eight per cent combined while the northwest region has seven per cent.

Eighty-three per cent of fall rye, 79 per cent of winter wheat, 66 per cent of field peas, 63 per cent of lentils, 28 per cent of barley, 10 per cent of durum, seven per cent of spring wheat and four per cent of canola is now in the bin.  An additional 36 per cent of canola is swathed or is ready to straight-cut.

Estimated average crop yields for the province are 39 bushels per acre for field peas, 1,452 pounds per acre for lentils, 35 bushels per acre for canola, 23 bushels per acre for flax, 36 bushels per acre for durum, 42 bushels per acre for spring wheat and 66 bushels per acre for barley.

A large portion of the province received rainfall last week, ranging from trace amounts to 51 mm in the Big Beaver area.  Across the province, topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as 17 per cent surplus, 75 per cent adequate and eight per cent short.  Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as three per cent surplus, 84 per cent adequate, 11 per cent short and two per cent very short.

Most crop damage this past week was due to localized flooding, strong winds, light frost and hail.  There have been some reports of crops bleaching and sprouting in areas with excess moisture.  Farmers are waiting for favorable weather so they can continue with harvest operations.

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

Follow the 2019 Crop Report on Twitter @SKAgriculture.


Saturday, September 7, 2019

What: Habitat for Humanity Color Run
Time:  10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. 
Place: Wakamow Valley

What: Walk for Life
Time:   10:30 a.m. 
Place:  Victory Church

What:  Grandmothers 4 Grandmothers Steak Night
Time:   5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Place:   The Crushed Can 
Cost:   $20

What: Moose Jaw and District Seniors Fowl Supper
Time:   5:00 p.m.
Place: Timothy Eaton Centre
Cost:  $20  Advance tickets only

Sunday, September 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

What: Terry Fox Run
Time:   Check In 10:30 a.m.   Walk starts at 11:03 a.m.
Place:  Elks Field  1600 Caribou St. W.
Contact: info@terryfoxrun.org

What: Mulberry Open House
Time:   1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. 
Place:  Mulberry

What: Bench Dedication- Garden of Angels
Time:  3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. 
Place: Sunset Cemetary Garden of Angels

What: Moose Jaw and District Seniors Fowl Supper
Time:   5:00 p.m.
Place: Timothy Eaton Centre
Cost:  $20  Advance tickets only


Tuesday Sept. 17, 2019
Coop Big Fuel Good Day- all day

Wednesday Sept. 18, 2019
MJ Multicultural Council Open House
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Friday Sept. 20, 2019
Saskatchewan Flag 50th Anniversary Celebration
10:00 a.m. -4:00 p.m. Coffee, Cookies
Warren’s constituency office-  326 High St. W.