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Moose Jaw Express November 14, 2018

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Serving the Community

It is a tremendous honour to serve you as the Member for Moose Jaw North in the Saskatchewan Legislative Assembly.

Under the leadership of Premier Scott Moe, our government is standing up for Saskatchewan by working to protect and grow our economy, by carefully managing taxpayer dollars, and by delivering important programs and services to the people of Moose Jaw and Saskatchewan.  Our three-year plan to reduce the province’s dependence on resource revenues and return the budget to balance is on track.

After a $1.2 billion budget deficit in 2016-17, our government made difficult but necessary decisions to significantly reduce the deficit the following year. This past spring, we delivered the 2018-19 budget which kept our three-year plan on track, while also making important investments for Saskatchewan people.  During this session of the legislature, our government will deliver the 2019-20 budget – and it will be a balanced budget.

Moody’s recently reconfirmed a triple-A credit rating score for Saskatchewan, making our province one of only two Canadian provinces to achieve Moody’s highest credit rating.  Strong financial management provides a solid foundation for the province’s economy, and this year, Saskatchewan has seen clear signs of an improving economy.

Our population continues to grow, reaching 1,162,000 people – an increase of more than 11,000 in the past year and 160,000 in the past 11 years. During that time, Saskatchewan has enjoyed the second-fastest rate of job growth in the country, with 62,700 more people now working in our province. Saskatchewan is experiencing strong job growth in spite of trade and transportation challenges, world resource prices, and the threat of a federally-imposed carbon tax.  Statistics Canada figures show 2,500 new jobs last month, nearly 10,000 new jobs since last year, and the best job growth our province has seen in the past four years.  The population and number of jobs has grown because our economy has grown.

Saskatchewan’s gross domestic product increased by 22 per cent in a decade. During that time, public and private capital investment grew at five times the national rate. The Fraser Institute’s 2017 survey for mining investment ranked Saskatchewan second out of 91 jurisdictions in the world for mining investment attractiveness.

To encourage further growth, the new four-year Mineral Development Strategy announced this spring creates an incentive program to encourage mineral exploration and will increase the amount of geophysical data available. Our government will continue exploring ways to maintain and improve the competitiveness of our oil and gas industry. This will be done by expanding existing incentives and introducing new oil well drilling and petroleum incentives.

Technology and innovation play a critical role in growing Saskatchewan’s economy. This includes the new Saskatchewan Technology Startup Incentive, which is a non-refundable tax credit designed to encourage investment in early-stage technology companies.  Innovation Saskatchewan will also continue to invest in the technology incubator Co.Labs, which has helped more than 50 companies receive programming support and mentorship, resulting in more than $5 million in private investment for those companies.

A growing economy and strong financial management has allowed our government to make important investments that improve quality of life and make life more affordable for those living in Moose Jaw and all across Saskatchewan.

This includes the creation and enhancement of the Saskatchewan Low-Income Tax Credit, tripling the Seniors Income Plan benefit for low-income seniors and increasing personal, spousal and child tax exemptions to the point that 112,000 more people no longer pay any provincial income tax.

We will continue to stand up for Saskatchewan’s interests, for our economy and, and most importantly, for our people. I look forward to continue advancing these interests and advocating on your behalf.

From the Desk of Warren Michelson November 9, 2018

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shield FROM THE DESK OF WARREN MICHELSON, MLA

PLEASE NOTE:  OUR OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 12th  IN OBSERVANCE OF REMEMBRANCE DAY.

Province Honours Those Awarded The Victoria Cross
At The Service Of Remembrance

Premier Scott Moe, dignitaries, veterans and members of the Saskatchewan public service gathered in the rotunda of the Legislative Building to mark 100 years since the end of the First World War.  The service pays tribute to all the men and women who gave their lives serving Canada in conflicts around the world and to those who continue to serve our country today.


“One hundred years ago, Saskatchewan men and women sacrificed their lives to fight for peace and freedom in the First World War,” Moe said.  “It is through remembrance that their stories of bravery live on through us.  As we mark a century of remembrance, may we never forget those who have fallen.”

As part of the centennial services, a Wall of Honour recognizing Saskatchewan’s 15 recipients of the Victoria Cross was displayed at the service.  One of the first Victoria Cross recipients, George Mullin, returned from the Great War and went on to become the Legislature’s Sergeant-at-Arms in 1934.


The Wall of Honour will move to the Cumberland Gallery and be on display from November 8 to December 2, before becoming a permanent display in Room 218 of the Legislative Building.

There is an online commemoration of those from Saskatchewan who lost their lives in war.  The Saskatchewan Virtual War Memorial features more than 11,000 war casualties and their stories.  Find out more by visiting 
www.svwm.ca.  The website, managed by the Saskatchewan War Memorial Committee, accompanies the physical war memorial located west of the Legislative Building.

 


Thank You to the Bentley for helping all of us to remember. 

Province Announces
New Legion And Anavets Support Program

Today, Premier Scott Moe announced the creation of the new Legion and ANAVETS Support Program that will provide funding grants to Royal Canadian Legion branches and Army, Navy, Air Force Veterans (ANAVETS) units in Saskatchewan.  This grant program will assist with the important work of supporting veterans and keeping the memory of our fallen heroes.

“Past and present members of the Canadian Forces have taken it upon themselves to safeguard our freedoms and give back greatly to their communities,” Moe said.  “Now it’s our turn to support our veterans who have served and put everything on the line.  Today, our government is announcing a $100,000 Legion and ANAVETS Support Program that will provide funding grants to Legion branches and ANAVETS units across Saskatchewan.”


The $100,000 Legion and ANAVETS Support Program will be implemented as part of the 2019-20 budget and will offer support to Legion branches and ANAVETS units in their efforts to serve veterans and community members throughout Saskatchewan.


As not-for-profit member-based organizations, legions advocate for and serve veterans, active members of the Canadian Armed Forces, RCMP, and their families.  Their members provide vital services in their communities, free of charge.  Legions honour veterans and fallen heroes through various remembrance initiatives including Remembrance Day ceremonies and the Poppy Campaign.  Additionally, Canadian Legions act as one of the largest community volunteer groups nationwide.


In addition to providing fraternity for veterans, ANAVETS units in Canada are also mandated to maintain and operate clubs, museums, homes and meeting places for the benefit of veterans and Canada’s war history.


The provincial government will be working with the Legion and ANAVETS to determine where this funding will be most impactful, and release details on the application process in the coming months.



Saskatchewan Soldier Honoured Through Province’s Geomemorial Program

A beautiful coulee along Pipestone Creek, south of the Town of Whitewood, has been named after Lance Corporal Wilfred Jordens, a Saskatchewan son and brave fallen Canadian solider of the First World War.

“Through the GeoMemorial Commemorative Naming Program, the Government of Saskatchewan is pleased to announce the naming of Jordens Coulee,” Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Gene Makowsky said.  “Jordens Coulee will honour the legacy of Lance Corporal Wilfred Jordens, who left our province to serve and ultimately, sacrificed his life for our freedom.”

Jordens was born in Lebret on January 16, 1896.  He was farming near Whitewood when he enlisted in 1915.  He served with the 28th Battalion, Canadian Infantry – Saskatchewan Regiment and was killed in action on August 21, 1917 at the age of 21.  His body was never found and likely remains interred on the battlefield with more than 11,000 fallen Canadians, who along with Lance Corporal Wilfred Jordens are remembered with honour on the Vimy Memorial at Arras, Pas De Calais, France.


“We know that Wilfred Jordens will rest eternally in the soil of Europe alongside the other Canadians with whom he so gallantly fought,” nephew and nominator Thomas Jordens Sr. said.  “Through the GeoMemorial program, the official naming of this coulee enables the story of Wilfred’s service and sacrifice to live on in the area of Saskatchewan he called home.”


The GeoMemorial Commemorative Naming Program was established in 1947 and is designed to honour Saskatchewan military personnel, police officers, emergency responders and others killed while serving our country or province.  Since its inception, nearly 4,000 geographical features, such as lakes, hills, and valleys, have been named across Saskatchewan.


To learn more about the province’s GeoMemorial Commemorative Naming Program, including nomination instructions, visit 
www.saskatchewan.ca/residents/parks-recreation-heritage-and-arts/heritage/propose-a-new-geographic-place-name.


Moose Jaw Family And Habitat For Humanity Complete Home With Support From Governments Of Canada And Saskatchewan

The Government of Canada, the Government of Saskatchewan and Habitat for Humanity (Habitat) have partnered to help a Moose Jaw family realize their dream of homeownership.

Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, on behalf of Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), and Moose Jaw North MLA Warren Michelson, on behalf of Social Services Minister and Minister Responsible for Saskatchewan Housing Corporation (SHC) Paul Merriman, made the announcement today.


“Our government is dedicated to working in partnership with organizations like Habitat to build the sort of safe, appropriate, affordable housing necessary for healthy, sustainable communities,” said Goodale.  “The investments in this new home will make a real difference for a hard-working Moose Jaw family, a place they can proudly call their own.”


“Our government is pleased to stand with our partners today to welcome a Moose Jaw family to their new home,” Michelson said.  “Having a safe, comfortable and affordable home is important for all Saskatchewan people and their communities.  This home marks an important step forward for this family and demonstrates our commitment to helping more families achieve strength, stability and self-reliance, beginning with a home to call their own.”

Crop Report For The Period October 30 To November 5, 2018

Warm and sunny weather in mid-to-late October allowed producers to return to the field and finish combining.  Harvest has all but wrapped up, as 99 per cent of the crop is now combined, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s Final Crop Report of 2018.

Snow and rain in early November is delaying the harvest of the remaining crops such as flax and oats; however, producers hope to be back combining once the weather improves.  Aeration bins and grain dryers have been in continuous operation on many farms for well over a month.


Although harvest conditions were less than ideal for most of the fall, producers were able to pull off average to above-average crop quality overall.  Crops that came off prior to the rain and snow in September have been grading in the top two grades, while some crops that have recently come off have been downgraded due to weather-related factors such as sprouting, bleaching, staining and frost.  There have been limited reports of diseases such as fusarium head blight and ergot affecting crop production this year.


Crop yields vary greatly across the province, mainly due to the amount of moisture received throughout the season.  Overall provincial yields are about par with the 10-year average, although many areas are reporting higher-than-expected yields thanks to timely rain.  Yields in many southern and central areas were significantly affected by the hot and dry conditions this summer.  Average provincial yields at this time are being reported as 43 bushels per acre for hard red spring wheat, 38 bushels per acre for canola, 22 bushels per acre for soybeans, 35 bushels per acre for field peas, 61 bushels per acre for barley, 1,236 lb. per acre for lentils and 1,153 lb. per acre for chickpeas.

While topsoil and subsoil moisture conditions remain a concern in much of the province, they have drastically improved with the recent snow and rain.  Significant moisture will still be needed heading into winter to replenish what has been lost throughout the growing season.  Many producers have indicated that the subsoil is very dry and that growing conditions may be affected next year if conditions do not improve.  Heading into winter, topsoil moisture on cropland is rated as five per cent surplus, 64 per cent adequate, 24 per cent short and seven per cent very short.  Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as two per cent surplus, 52 per cent adequate, 36 per cent short and 10 per cent very short.


Average hay yields on dry land are reported as 1.0 ton per acre (alfalfa and alfalfa/brome), 0.9 ton per acre (other tame hay), 0.7 ton per acre (wild hay) and 1.7 tons per acre (greenfeed).  Hay quality going into winter is rated as one per cent excellent, 85 per cent good, 13 per cent fair and one per cent poor.


At this time, most livestock producers have indicated that they will have adequate supplies of hay, straw, greenfeed and feed grain heading into winter; however, producers in drier areas of the province are reporting that they will have inadequate winter feed supplies and that shortages are likely if the winter season is extended.


With the drier-than-normal field conditions at fall seeding time, the number of acres seeded to winter cereals is below average in most areas; however, rain in September allowed the winter cereal crops to germinate and establish in many areas.  When time and weather permit, producers hope to continue with fall work such as working and cleaning up fields, picking rocks, hauling grain and bales, moving cattle and putting down fertilizer.


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


Follow the 2018 Crop Report on Twitter at @SKAgriculture.


WHAT’S HAPPENING IN MOOSE JAW

Saturday, November 10, 2018

What: Unity Float Spa Open House 
Time:  9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. 
Place:  49 High St. W.

Sunday,November 11, 2018

What: 100th Annual Remembrance Day Parade & Services   
Time:  10:30 a.m.
Place:  Mosaic Place

What: Army, Navy, and Airforce Veterans Club Open House
Time:  12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. 
Place:  279 High St. W.

Monday, November 12, 2018

The office is CLOSED in observance of Remembrance Day.
 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Saturday, November 17,2018 

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

Report from the Legislature November 8, 2018

Summer at the Legislative Building

Saskatchewan is experiencing strong job growth in spite of trade and transportation challenges, world resource prices, and the threat of a federally-imposed carbon tax.  Statistics Canada figures show 2,500 new jobs last month, nearly 10,000 new jobs since last year, and the best job growth our province has seen in the past four years.

Your Saskatchewan Party government will keep standing up for Saskatchewan workers and jobs. We will promote our province and the goods produced and manufactured by our residents to new and existing trade markets in order to create more jobs and opportunity here at home.

Saskatchewan homeowners and businesses will see a reduction in their natural gas rates starting this month – the lowest offered to customers since 1999 – but the savings may be temporary if the federal government decides to force a carbon tax on SaskEnergy customers.  SaskEnergy has also applied to the Rate Review Panel for an even lower rate which would come into effect on April 1, 2019.  The total SaskEnergy rate reduction is designed to save customers about $80/year, while the federal carbon tax will see a $1/GJ increase April 1, 2019. This would increase an average residential natural gas bill by approximately 12 per cent or $100-$120 annually.  One of the largest commodity rate reductions in SaskEnergy’s 30-year history could be short-lived due to the Trudeau government’s plan to impose a fuel levy on every home, farm, and business served by natural gas. While SaskEnergy will pass along savings this winter, it could be forced into several years of large, uncalled-for increases due to the federal carbon tax.

As our constitutional court challenge of the federal carbon tax continues, we are repeating our call for the federal government to respect our legal challenge and forget about trying to force this costly, ineffective tax on the people of our province.  Our government is moving ahead with Prairie Resilience, the province’s climate change strategy. This will take action on emissions without a carbon tax on our families and job creators.  Bill 132, The Management and Reduction of Greenhouse Gases Amendment Act, provides the regulatory framework for performance standards to reduce industrial greenhouse gas emissions, a provincial technology fund, performance credits and offset credits.

These amendments are an important step in fulfilling our promise to reduce emissions and make Saskatchewan more resilient to the impacts of climate change. We already have an effective plan, and we are proceeding with industrial performance standards and compliance options in 2019 – especially with the federal government’s recognition of Prairie Resilience.  In addition to performance standards and compliance options, these amendments require large emitters to register with the province, provide for administrative efficiencies in governance of the technology fund, and enable associated regulations and standards. Stakeholders, including industry and associations, provided input into the regulatory framework and indicated support for the amendments throughout summer and fall 2018.

I am also proud to say that our government recently introduced Clare’s Law: the first provincial law in Canada that allows police to release information about someone’s violent or abusive past to intimate partners who may be at risk.  Police services will be able to proactively disclose information to people at risk through the “right to know” process and people who are concerned their partner may potentially have a violent past will be able to ask for information through the “right to ask” process.  We have seen too many cases of interpersonal, domestic and sexual violence in our province. If we are able to identify risk and inform those at risk, we hope to help protect people in Saskatchewan from violent and abusive behaviour by a partner.  Clare’s Law originates in the UK, and is named in honour of Clare Wood, whose father advocated for more disclosure by police after she was murdered by her partner and unaware of his violent past.  Clare’s Law stands alongside existing work with police services and organizations helping domestic violence survivors in our province.