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From the Desk of Warren Michelson January 24, 2020

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NEW STRATEGY TO MANAGE & REDUCE WASTE

I was with Environment Minister Dustin Duncan at the announcement of our Government’s new Solid Waste Strategy.
The strategy will Provide a practical and sustainable solid waste management system over the next 20 years.

Saskatchewan Develops New Strategy To Manage And Reduce Waste

Environment Minister Dustin Duncan released a new Solid Waste Management Strategy for the province today.  This strategy is a starting point to providing a practical and sustainable solid waste management system to achieve specific goals over the next 20 years.


Used packaging, food scraps, electronics, plastic, paper and scrap materials are a few examples of solid waste.


Saskatchewan produces the second-highest amount of waste per capita in Canada – an amount equivalent to each resident of the province generating about 842 kilograms of waste.  This is roughly the weight of 60 regular household bags of garbage per person per year.  The strategy was developed in an effort to change that statistic and move toward more responsible waste management.


“This strategy is about working together to address the ongoing challenges of waste management and to identify potential new economic opportunities for industry,” Duncan said.  “This is important because the status quo is unsustainable and the province needs a comprehensive and strategic action plan to address the unique challenges posed by solid waste management.”

Since 2018, a Solid Waste Management Advisory Committee engaged extensively with stakeholders, which led to a list of recommendations for government to consider when developing the strategy.  The strategy outlines six goals to reduce the amount of waste generated per person by 30 per cent by 2030, and 50 per cent by 2040, based on 2014 baseline levels.


The six goals are to:

  1. Enhance education, awareness and technical understanding of waste management best practices and the risks of improper practices across Saskatchewan;
  2. Encourage regional collaboration to enhance the cost effectiveness of waste management infrastructure;
  3. Foster innovative and sustainable solutions to manage waste;
  4. Demonstrate government leadership in waste management;
  5. Provide a modern, efficient and effective regulatory system for waste disposal and management; and
  6. Enhance waste diversion across Saskatchewan.

Meeting these targets will require dedicated efforts to educate and better inform waste management decisions by all Saskatchewan residents.  It will also require innovation and local solutions to better understand the value of the province’s waste as a resource, and build upon the success of Saskatchewan’s established recycling and waste stewardship programs.


“It’s no secret that waste is an issue in Saskatchewan and around the world,” Solid Waste Management Advisory Committee Chair Richard (Porky) Porter said.  “This strategy is a significant start and will help our province develop policies and programs to address a number of ongoing challenges related to waste management.”


Effective waste management is essential to responsible growth.  The Solid Waste Management Strategy aligns with Saskatchewan’s Growth Plan and will serve as the roadmap for waste reduction and management for the well-being of the province, its people and its future.


“We are pleased that education is a priority and encouraged by the focus on waste diversion and organics management,” Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council Executive Director Joanne Fedyk said.  “We look forward to the implementation of the Solid Waste Management Strategy and applaud the provincial government for pursuing funding opportunities.”


Every Saskatchewan resident can contribute by generating less waste, recycling and composting.


Saskatchewan’s new Solid Waste Management Strategy is available at 
www.saskatchewan.ca.


Saskatchewan Modernizes Pipeline Regulations

Province Introduces The First Electronic Pipeline Registry In Canada


The Government of Saskatchewan is modernizing and strengthening its regulatory oversight of oil and gas pipeline infrastructure in the province, with the proclamation of the Pipelines Amendment Act, 2019 (the Act).


“This is the culmination of several years work and delivers on our promise, made in 2017, to ensure that Saskatchewan citizens and our environment are protected to the highest standard,” Energy and Resources Minister Bronwyn Eyre said.  “The introduction of substantial enhancements to our pipeline licensing system will also provide more efficiency and regulatory certainty for our oil and gas sector.”


In recent years, the province has enhanced regulatory systems to monitor and review pipeline construction and operations, with more stringent inspection, investigation, penalty and audit powers.  

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The new Act and regulations will expand regulatory oversight to include retroactive licensing of approximately 80,000 flowlines across the province over the next four years and more stringent scrutiny of applications at higher-risk locations, such as waterways.  With these changes, the Ministry of Energy and Resources has fully addressed all outstanding issues raised by the Provincial Auditor regarding the integrity and safety of pipelines in Saskatchewan.


This is the first system of its kind in Canada to adopt an entirely electronic registry of pipeline licensing and administration.  The Act establishes a new module in the Integrated Resource Information System (IRIS) for an Online license registry, similar to the Saskatchewan Land Titles Registry, which will issue and administer licenses for the oil, gas and mining sectors.


“In developing the pipeline regulatory framework, the Government of Saskatchewan worked to ensure both regulatory efficiency and predictability for operators,” Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) Vice-President of Western Canada Operations, Brad Herald said.  “The new pipeline module, with its Online licensing registry, highlights the province’s commitment to monitoring and upholding the highest standards of safety for the public and the environment; standards that are also continuing priorities for industry.”


The new system will also streamline the review of applications and reduce the time required for routine approvals.  In addition, the introduction of administrative penalties will complete the overall compliance framework tied to pipeline regulation.  The Pipelines Administration and Licensing Regulations are now in effect, along with Directive PNG034: Saskatchewan Pipelines Code, which clarifies and enhances requirements set out in previous regulations.


Saskatchewan Receives ‘A’ For Reducing Red Tape For Second Consecutive Year

The province has proclaimed January 20 to 24, as Red Tape Awareness Week.  The week highlights the importance of government ministries, agencies and Crown corporations’ efforts to reduce red tape and modernize regulations in order to help businesses grow and be more successful and to encourage further investment in the province’s economy.


“The Government of Saskatchewan recognizes that reducing red tape and regulatory burdens for our province’s businesses is imperative for their growth and competitiveness in the economy,” Trade and Export Development Minister Jeremy Harrison said.  “The province’s Growth Plan has outlined numerous action items that illustrate our government’s commitment to supporting the citizens and businesses of Saskatchewan by reducing red tape.”


The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) has given the Government of Saskatchewan the highest ‘A’ grade ranking for the second year in a row, in their 2020 national Red Tape Report Card, for efforts in reducing red tape and modernizing regulations.


“We are pleased the Government of Saskatchewan has maintained its ‘A’ grade in 2020,” CFIB Vice-President Western Canada and Agri-business Marilyn Braun-Pollon said.  “The grade is the result of the provincial government exceeding its clear targets for red tape reduction.  As of 2018-19, Saskatchewan has publicly reported more than $450 million in cumulative, forecasted red tape savings over the next 10 years.  The government’s ‘Help Cut Red Tape’ webpage also continues to be useful at identifying and addressing red tape headaches for entrepreneurs.  Clearly, red tape reduction remains a top priority for the Government of Saskatchewan.”

During Red Tape Awareness Week, the CFIB hosts a number of activities and events including their annual Golden Scissors Awards to be announced January 23, 2020.  These awards acknowledge leadership from politicians, public servants, or other Canadians, for their work in cutting red tape and regulatory burdens for business.


Harrison is nominated for this year’s awards for creating Saskatchewan’s ‘Help Cut Red Tape’ web page, launched in January 2019.  The ‘Help Cut Red Tape’ web page is available to Saskatchewan citizens and businesses to provide feedback on how the province may offer services more effectively and efficiently.


Since inception, until the end of 2019, the web page had 2,684 visitors from outside of government and 44 red tape irritants submitted.  Nearly all submissions have either been resolved or forwarded to the appropriate Municipal or Federal government for consideration.  For example, one submission identified the need to streamline the appeal process under the Residential Tenancies Act that affected more than 8,000 appeals per year.


This red tape issue is now in the process of being resolved.  Action items in the Growth Plan to reduce red tape and regulatory burdens are aimed at encouraging businesses to expand and invest in the province.


In addition, the 2018-19 Regulatory Modernization Annual Report from government identified an achieved forecasted savings of $229.7 million over the next 10 years across government and Crown corporations.  Overall, this will contribute to the province’s main goal of increasing jobs by 100,000 and reaching 1.4 million people in population by 2030.


Specific red-tape reduction action items outlined in the Growth Plan include:

  • Appointing a business advisory panel from communities across the province to identify priorities for the Government of Saskatchewan’s Red Tape Reduction Committee;
  • Address issues identified by individuals and businesses through the ‘Help Cut Red Tape’ web page;
  • Keeping the province’s finances strong and investing in priorities such as infrastructure and health care, which are areas of concern for small businesses; and

Utilizing the Government of Saskatchewan’s Direct Cost Estimator to make informed decisions.

For more information on how to Help Cut Red Tape, visit the web page at http://saskatchewan.ca/help-cut-red-tape.

More information on the 2020 Red Tape Awareness Week is available at https://www.cfib-fcei.ca/en/red-tape-awareness-week


WHAT’S HAPPENING IN MOOSE JAW

Saturday, January 25, 2020

What: Uptown Cafe Chinese New Year
Time:  6:00 p.m. 
Place: Uptown Cafe
Tickets: Gale Chow 306-693-6893

What: Warriors Home Game
Time:  7:00 p.m. 
Place:  Mosaic Place

Sunday, January 26, 2020

What: Uptown Cafe Chinese New Year
Time:  6:00 p.m. 
Place: Uptown Cafe
Tickets: Gale Chow 306-693-6893

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Event:  Citizen & Group of the Year Luncheon
Time: 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 
Location:  Heritage Inn

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Event:  Rotary Club The Spelling Bee and Beeyond
Time:   7:00 p.m. 
Location:  Art Museum Theatre

Moose Jaw Express January 22, 2020

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Cutting Red Tape Boosts Our Economic Outlook

 Saskatchewan saw a year of strong job growth in 2019, according to new Statistics Canada data.  Saskatchewan saw an increase of 10,400 jobs from 2018. December 2019 also marked the 17th consecutive month of job growth on a year-over-year basis. This is an indication that in spite of challenges in 2019, Saskatchewan has a robust, diverse and growing economy.

Cutting red tape and modernizing regulations are important to keep our economy growing. In fact, growing small businesses and reducing government red tape are among the 20 actions in our government’s new Growth Plan to create 100,000 new jobs in the next decade.

This week is Red Tape Awareness Week. Launched by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, and recognized by the Government of Saskatchewan, Red Tape Awareness Week aims to reduce the unnecessary regulation and red tape that costs business, residents and governments millions of dollars and thousands of hours in lost time every year.

Throughout my career, I worked in small businesses and served on the Saskatchewan Government Red Tape Reduction committee for five years. I have seen how reducing red tape makes such a difference to businesses, and am pleased with the progress being made in Saskatchewan.

Saskatchewan received the highest ‘A’ grade ranking by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business in their 2019 national Red Tape Report Card. They recognized Saskatchewan for its ongoing leadership in red tape reduction by setting clear targets as well as measuring and reporting the regulatory burden.

Right off the start in 2020, Saskatchewan is reducing tape for businesses that file returns for the Provincial Sales Tax (PST), Liquor Consumption Tax (LCT), and Beverage Container Program. In addition, due dates for electronic filers are being extended.

Effective April 1, 2020:

  • the threshold for annual filing of PST, LCT, and beverage container returns will increase to $4,800 (from $3,600);
  • the threshold for quarterly filing will increase to a range of $4,800 to $12,000 (from $3,600 to $7,200); and
  • the threshold for monthly filing will increase to $12,000 (from $7,200).

Once the changes take effect, more than 4,600 Saskatchewan businesses will be able to file their returns less frequently.

These changes will save Saskatchewan businesses more than 11 per cent of their administrative costs related to the filing of PST, LCT, and beverage container returns.

The Government’s ‘Help Cut Red Tape’ web page is an easy, practical way to submit red tape headaches directly to the government and have them addressed. The web page offers an “always-on”, client-centred platform for citizens and businesses to report red tape irritants they have encountered in the province.  Each submission received from the public will be referred to the appropriate Government of Saskatchewan ministry, agency or Crown Corporation for effective follow up.

Anytime is a good time to help cut red tape, but especially during Red Tape Reduction Week.  I encourage you to visit the web page, http://saskatchewan.ca/help-cut-red-tape,  to share your ideas to help businesses , and our economy, grow.

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Next Round Of Online Auctions For Retail Liquor Permits Set To Open

The second round of auctions for available retail liquor store permits in Saskatchewan begins January 21 with bids closing on January 31.

Communities included in the second round of auctions are the Rural Municipality (RM) of Blucher, Carlyle, RM of Corman Park, Esterhazy, Gull Lake, RM of Kindersley, Langham, RM of Longlaketon, Regina Beach, RM of Shellbrook, Unity and White City.


“There was strong interest during the initial online auction for permits that concluded in December,” Minister Responsible for the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority Gene Makowsky said.  “The auction process has worked well and ensures that available liquor permits in the province are allocated efficiently and transparently.”


Each auction will have an opening bid of $1,000 and interested bidders are required to register at 
www.McDougallBay.com, which is the website where all bidding will take place.


More information about the auction process can be found at 
www.slga.com.


The availability of permits is determined by the population of a community and the number of current retailers operating.  A community must have a minimum population of 500 to be eligible for a retail liquor permit.  An auction will only occur if someone expresses interest in a community where there is an available retail store permit.


In cases where there is more than one permit available in a community/RM, the auction will determine the applicant for one permit only.  Future auctions will be held for additional available permits.  The winning bidder must also meet all terms associated with holding a liquor permit.


Further auctions will be held over the next few months until all current expressions of interest are addressed.  After the initial rounds, auctions will take place on a quarterly basis, if interest is expressed in a community where there is at least one available permit.


Saskatchewan Seeking More Home-Based Child Care Providers

To meet the needs of a growing province, the Government of Saskatchewan is encouraging residents to consider the idea of operating a licensed child care business right in their own home.

“As part of our government’s Plan for Growth, we are committed to increasing the number of quality early learning and child care opportunities in Saskatchewan,” Deputy Premier and Education Minister Gordon Wyant said.  “Grant money, professional supports and training opportunities are all being offered to assist new licensed home-based child care providers get their business started.”


The results of a recent survey of existing licensed home-based child care providers in Saskatchewan shows that people may not be aware of the many government supports available to them.  Under the Canada-Saskatchewan Early Learning and Child Care Agreement, funding has been provided for the creation of new licensed child care home spaces in Saskatchewan.


Caregivers who would like to start a licensed home-based child care business in Saskatchewan have access to:

  • grant money to help with start-up and food costs;
  • training and workshops;
  • assistance from educated child care consultants; and
  • inclusion in government materials provided to parents seeking child care.

Whether it be stay-at-home parents, retirees or those who simply like working with kids, not commuting to work or the idea of owning their own business, there are plenty of Saskatchewan residents who might do well as a licensed child care provider, but have never considered it.

“I have been able to stay home and raise my daughter, and have an interesting career at the same time,” licensed home-based child care provider Katherine Pulice said.  “This is the most rewarding job I have ever had.  Every child in your care is unique.  Every day is different.  This is a job that is never, ever boring.”

Details on grants available, training, eligibility and how to apply can be found on the Government of Saskatchewan website at https://www.saskatchewan.ca/business/entrepreneurs-start-or-exit-a-business/start-a-business/managing-a-child-care-business/start-a-licensed-family-child-care-home.


Shelter Spaces Still Available During Extreme Cold Snap

With the extreme cold warnings across the province, the Government of Saskatchewan and its community partners want to remind residents of the Cold Weather Strategy to ensure that everyone has a safe and warm place to sleep.

“These extreme temperatures are dangerous for those spending time outside, especially for people who don’t have shelter or a home,” Social Services Minister Paul Merriman said.  “Shelter spaces are still available across the province and we encourage anyone who finds themselves without shelter to contact the Ministry of Social Services, our community partners or 911 for help.  We will find them a warm, safe place to stay.”


“Mobile Crisis Services collaborates with over a dozen community partners to ensure that no one is left out in the cold,” Mobile Crisis Services Executive Director John McFadyen said.  “If you are aware of anyone that may be at risk, don’t hesitate to call.  We have toques, mitts and socks available for those in need, thanks to donations from the community.”


“With the harsh winter weather our province experiences it is critical that everyone has a warm, safe place to stay,” Salvation Army Major Mike Hoeft said.  “In cooperation with many other community partners The Salvation Army stands ready to help all citizens of Saskatchewan stay safe this winter.”


If ongoing supports are required, residents can apply for Saskatchewan Income Support (SIS) or Saskatchewan Assured Income for Disability (SAID) benefits.


In Regina, Mobile Crisis Services provides services and referrals 24 hours a day, seven days a week and can be reached at 306-757-0127.  People will be connected with the appropriate shelter supports in Regina that will meet their needs.  During weekday business hours, people can drop into the Ministry of Social Services’ Regina Service Centre at 2045 Broad Street for assistance.


In Saskatoon, the Salvation Army can be contacted by calling 306-244-6280.  They provide emergency services and referrals 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  People will be directed to appropriate shelter supports in Saskatoon that will meet their needs.  During weekday business hours, people may visit the Ministry of Social Services’ Saskatoon Service Centre at 160 – 2nd Avenue South for assistance.


In Prince Albert, Prince Albert Mobile Crisis is available after hours at 306-764-1011 and will connect callers with shelter supports.  YWCA after-hours emergency services for men and women at Our House (15th Street Location) are available by calling 306-922-6162.


People in other communities across the province should contact their nearest Ministry of Social Services Centre.  A list of service centres is available at 
www.saskatchewan.ca/residents/family-and-social-support/find-a-social-services-office.  They can also contact an emergency shelter, Mobile Crisis Services (if available in their community) or the police.


Members of the public are encouraged to call 911 if they see someone in immediate danger.  A list of shelters and services for people in need is available at 
www.sk.211.ca.


Additionally, motorists are advised to stay with their vehicle if they are experiencing car trouble in extreme cold.  It is much safer to stay with your vehicle than risk walking for help.


Saskatchewan Provincial Parks Announce 2020 Reservation Dates For Seasonal And Nightly Camping

Campers can mark their calendars – reservations for 2020 campsites are scheduled to begin Monday, April 13 for seasonal and Wednesday, April 15 for nightly and Camp-Easy.

“We are looking forward to another exciting camping season in Saskatchewan Provincial Parks,” Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Gene Makowsky said.  “Whether a seasoned-camper or first-time visitor, our parks continue to provide a variety of outdoor activities, programs and special events that offer unique and memorable experiences for all.”


Reservations for campsites will open at 7 a.m. on the scheduled days below, with the queue opening at 6:40 a.m.  Staggered launch dates and the queuing system will be implemented again in 2020 to help manage the volume the site experiences.


The schedule is as follows:

  • Monday, April 13: Seasonal campsites
  • Wednesday, April 15: Pike Lake, The Battlefords, Narrow Hills, Blackstrap
  • Thursday, April 16: Bronson Forest, Meadow Lake, Makwa Lake, Lac La Ronge
  • Friday, April 17: Saskatchewan Landing, Douglas, Danielson
  • Monday, April 20: Buffalo Pound, Rowan’s Ravine, Echo Valley, Crooked Lake
  • Wednesday, April 22: Cypress Hills
  • Thursday, April 23: Duck Mountain, Good Spirit Lake, Greenwater Lake
  • Friday, April 24: Candle Lake, Great Blue Heron, Moose Mountain

Seasonal, nightly and group campsites can be reserved through the online system https://saskparks.goingtocamp.com or through the call centre at 1-855-737-7275.  School and youth groups will continue to book by calling the parks directly.  Group campsites for 2020 are currently open for reservations.

Camping information, along with reservation, cancellation, change and no-show fees is available on www.saskparks.com.  There will be no fee changes for 2020.  At the time of reserving a site, customers will have the option to purchase a vehicle entry permit.  A Saskatchewan Provincial Parks Annual Vehicle Entry Permit, available for $75, is a great way to enjoy unlimited camping, day trips, park activities and events throughout the entire year.  A valid park entry permit is required year-round.


The 2020 camping season officially kicks off on Thursday, May 14.


WHAT’S HAPPENING IN MOOSE JAW

Saturday, January 18, 2020

What: Repair Cafe
Time:  10:00 a.m. 
Place: Wandering Market, 461 Athabasca St East
Bring your repairs in wood working, mechanical, sewing and more. We have people who will help you figure out what may be wrong, what you might need to fix it, repair it or re purpose. There will be coffee and fellowship.

What: WDM Volunteer Blitz
Time: 2:00 p.m. 
Place:
WDM

What: Moose Jaw radio control aircraft club fundraiser
Time: 5:00 P.M. 
Place: Eagles Club

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Event:   Citizen & Group of the Year Luncheon
Time: 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location:  Heritage Inn