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From the Desk of Warren Michelson December 6, 2019

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Today, December 6, is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women in Canada.


The Moose Jaw Transition House hosted a breakfast marking the 30th Anniversary of the deaths of 14 female engineering students who were targeted and killed in 1989 at Montreal’s Ecolé Polytechnique because they were women. 
PROVINCIAL TEACHER BARGAINING CONCILIATION BOARD ESTABLISHED


On November 14, 2019 the Teachers’ Bargaining Committee submitted a request for the establishment of a conciliation board to assist the Teachers’ Bargaining Committee and the Government Trustee Bargaining Committee in reaching a Provincial Collective Bargaining Agreement.


The membership of the conciliation board has been constituted and includes Fay Humbert as the nominee from the Teachers’ Bargaining Committee, Janet Foord as the nominee for the Government-Trustee Bargaining Committee and Arne Peltz, as the jointly nominated chair.


The conciliation board dates have been scheduled for late January and an additional tentative date has been set for mid-March 2020.


The parties have agreed that there will be no media availabilities offered between January 17 and January 25, 2020.

It’s great to see the creativity in Christmas lighting.

Saskatchewan Marks National Day Of Remembrance And Action On Violence Against Women

Today, December 6, is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women in Canada.  It is also the 30th anniversary of the deaths of 14 female engineering students who were targeted and killed in 1989 at Montreal’s Ecolé Polytechnique because they were women.


“Combatting violence against women and girls is everyone’s responsibility,” Minister Responsible for the Status of Women Tina Beaudry-Mellor said.  “The National Day of Remembrance on December 6 provides us with a day to remember and honour those who have lost their lives through violence and to think of ways we can each help.”


“Our government is committed to making our communities safer and reducing crime, specifically for those at risk of gender-based violence,” Justice Minister and Attorney General Don Morgan said.  “We’re taking action to ensure Saskatchewan is a place where women can live, work and go to school without needing to worry about the threat of violence.”


The White Ribbon Campaign was launched in 1991 to raise awareness, promote gender equality and condemn gender-based violence.  The Government of Saskatchewan is committed to ending violence against women and girls.  Ministries within the Saskatchewan Public Service are wearing white ribbons to show their support of efforts to prevent and end violence targeted at women and girls.


In the last year, the Government of Saskatchewan has developed new programs and policies to assist those dealing with gender-based violence.


These include:

  • Passage of The Interpersonal Violence Disclosure Protocol Act (Clare’s Law);
  • Launch of the Legal Information and Advice for Survivors of Sexual Violence (the Listen Project);
  • Implemented a new policy with the Saskatchewan Police Commission that improves how investigations into incidents of intimate partner violence are conducted;
  • Partnered with Sexual Assault Services of Saskatchewan and the Regina Police Service to support a pilot project of the Philadelphia Model at the Regina Police Service;
  • Interpersonal violence awareness training for Conservation Officers and Highway Patrol Officers; and
  • Released a paper that addresses the shared responsibility of solving the complex issue of interpersonal violence and abuse in Saskatchewan.

A Father’s Love

 

Briercrest College and Seminar presented A Father’s Love, a musical Christmas pageant.

Report from the Legislature


Our government’s plan for a strong and growing province highlighted the fall session of the Saskatchewan Legislature. Our plan for the next decade of growth will serve as our roadmap to growing a strong economy, strong communities and strong families.


Saskatchewan’s Growth Plan includes 20 actions for the 2020s and 30 goals for 2030, which include a population of 1.4 million people, 100,000 new jobs, increasing our exports by 50 per cent and increasing agriculture value-added revenue to $10 billion.


During the fall session, our government also outlined steps we are taking to advance our economic future, and to assert provincial autonomy over our own affairs. This includes an announcement that we will be aggressively advancing our own trade interests by establishing trade offices in Japan, India and Singapore.


We will continue to look for ways to assert more autonomy over Saskatchewan’s interests, including examining increased autonomy over areas like taxation, immigration, trade and climate change policy.


The government’s legislative agenda in the fall session included a number of measures that will strengthen Saskatchewan:

·        Bill 182 – The Tobacco Control Amendment Act, 2019, which brings vaping products in line with existing tobacco legislation.

·        Bill 199 – The Opioid Damages and Health Care Costs Recovery Act, giving Saskatchewan the ability to have direct action against opioid manufacturers and distributors.

·        Bill 203 – The Financial Planners and Financial Advisors Act, regulating who can use the titles of “financial planner” and “financial advisor.”

·        Bill 174 – The Enforcement of Maintenance Orders Amendment Act, 2019, amending The Enforcement of Maintenance Orders Act, 1997 and clarifying that the Maintenance Enforcement Office can collect financial information, including banking information.

·        Bill 183 – The Fisheries (Saskatchewan) Act, 2019, improving the province’s ability to respond to threats posed by prohibited and aquatic invasive species and providing additional protection for aquatic species at risk.

·        Bill 200 – The Saskatchewan Employment Amendment Act, 2019, increasing parental leave by eight weeks to ensure that employees who are entitled to the new shared parental Employment Insurance benefit have job protection while accessing benefits, and expanding candidate-public office leave to include employees who are running for election to a Band Council.

·        Bill 175 – The Marriage Amendment Act, 2019, allowing for an interested person, such as a family member, to ask the court to have a marriage nullified in situations where the person getting married did not have the capacity to consent to the marriage.

·        Bill 195 – The Lobbyists Amendment Act, 2019, promoting transparency and enhancing accountability among provincially-elected officials.

Our government took action during the fall legislative sitting to deliver on key commitments including the opening of the Regina Bypass, a project that is enhancing safety on our roads, while enhancing the flow of goods in and out of our capital city.


The mid-year financial report, released prior to the conclusion of the fall legislative session, shows that Saskatchewan remains on track with a balanced budget.


The 2019-20 provincial budget continues to be the right balance for Saskatchewan. There are no new taxes or tax increases and we continue to invest in important social programs, while continuing to keep the budget balanced.


Meanwhile, the NDP continues to demonstrate weak leadership with no commitment to balance the budget. In fact, their Finance critic recently admitted that the NDP would run deficit budgets if they were in government.


As we look toward the next year and the next decade, our government will continue working to strengthen our economy, communities and families. This starts with balanced budgets and lower taxes to ensure Saskatchewan remains strong for many years to come.

Multicultural Dinner

 

I enjoyed a variety of worldly tastes and entertainment attending the Moose Jaw Multicultural 6th annual International Supper!

Government Supporting Education And Employment Opportunities For Vulnerable Youth

The Ministry of Corrections and Policing is working with Regina Public Schools to support at-risk youth.

The ministry is providing $87,000 to Scott Collegiate’s Pathways program, a prevention-based initiative that helps vulnerable youth transition from high school into meaningful employment opportunities.  The funding will be directed toward a new position that will co-ordinate employment opportunities for students.


“The goal of this program is to increase student engagement and ultimately help young people find opportunities for employment after they graduate from high school,” Corrections and Policing Minister Christine Tell said.  “Engaging vulnerable youth early is key to helping them successfully transition into adulthood.”


The program increases students’ attachment to their education, provides training opportunities to increase their employability and provides them with information on potential post-secondary opportunities.  Some of the specific sectors the Pathways program focuses on include construction, tourism and hospitality, and communications and media.


“The Pathways approach is about providing meaningful and relevant opportunities for students,” Regina Public Schools Director of Education Greg Enion said.  “This new position is a critical step in connecting with our communities to provide students with access to training, skill acquisition, resume building, and other necessary life and career skills.”


The Pathways program is integrated in the curriculum at Scott Collegiate at mâmawêyatitân centre in Regina.


This initiative aligns with the province’s Gang Violence Reduction Strategy and supports the Saskatchewan Growth Plan 2020-2030 by helping vulnerable individuals and creating safer, healthier communities.
FESTIVAL OF WORDS RECEPTION
The little book hut on the table was built by Amanda Farnel, operations coordinator for Festival of Words.
What makes it unique is that this book hut is completely made of gingerbread, and has books stored inside.
It was on display at the holiday Open House.

Dispute Resolution Requirement For Separation And Divorce Introduced In Prince Albert

The Government of Saskatchewan will begin implementing mandatory early family dispute resolution in separation and divorce proceedings in the new year, starting with Prince Albert on January 1.

Family dispute resolution includes a range of options that may be used to resolve family law issues as an alternative to going through costly court proceedings.  The majority of family law matters will be required to go through an early family dispute resolution process before moving ahead with court proceedings.  Exemptions will exist for matters in which interpersonal violence, child abduction and other extraordinary circumstances are a concern.


“Implementation of the mandatory early family dispute resolution process will begin in Prince Albert, and will be expanded to the rest of the province at a later date,” Justice Minister and Attorney General Don Morgan said.  “Our hope is that this provides a more cost-effective, less stressful avenue for parents to resolve their issues, resulting in less conflict and better outcomes for families and children.”


Prince Albert was chosen for the initial launch site as a result of discussions with the judiciary, and the desire to implement the change in a smaller centre before putting it in place across the rest of the province.


Family dispute resolution options include collaborative law services, family law arbitration, family mediation, and parent co-ordination.  A list of recognized service providers can be found at 
www.saskatchewan.ca/earlyfamilyresolution.


Low-income options are available in circumstances where other options represent a significant financial burden.


Government consulted with legal professionals, dispute resolution service providers and other stakeholders in 2017, and received positive feedback regarding early dispute resolution as an alternative to court.  The CREATE Justice group at the University of Saskatchewan College of Law also conducted a public survey that showed strong support for early dispute resolution.


For more information, call 1-833-787-0439, email 
earlyfamilyresolution@gov.sk.ca, or visit www.saskatchewan.ca/earlyfamilyresolution.

SALVATION ARMY AND CANADIAN TIRE TOY DAYS

Canadian Tire is taking toy donations both today and Saturday. 


WHAT’S HAPPENING IN MOOSE JAW

Friday, December 6, 2019

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

Saturday, December 7, 2019

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

What: Holiday Makers Market
Time: 10:00 a.m. 
Place: St. Aidan Hall, 124 1 Ave NE

What: Sacred Heart 3rd Annual Christmas Craft & Trade Show
Time:  10:00 a.m. 
Place:  Sacred Heart

What:  Photos with Santa at the Gingerbread House
Time:   1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. 
Place: Co-op Gas Bar, 500 1st Ave. NW

What: Vanier Collegiate Family Christmas Dinner
Time:  5:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. 
Place: Vanier Gymnasium
Cost:  $10 – tickets available at Vanier office

What: MJ Warriors Teddy Bear Toss
Time:  7:00 p.m. 
Place:  Mosaic Place

Sunday, December 8, 2019

What: Children’s Christmas Shopping
Time: 11:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. 
Place: Fraternal Order of Eagles

What: Family Christmas Party
Time:  1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. 
Place:  Westpark Crossing

What: Heritage Singers Christmas Concert
Time:
   2:30 p.m. 
Place:  Central Lutheran Church

What: The Rocket Man – The Tribute to Elton John
Time:  7:30 p.m. 
Place:  Mae Wilson

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Tuesday. Dec. 31

What: Voltage New Year’s Eve Party for Teens
Time:  8:00 p.m. – 6:00 a.m. 
Place: Hillcrest Church
Cost:  $20/ advance  or $25 at the door

From the Desk of Warren Michelson November 29, 2019

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CONGRATULATIONS
TO THE KINSMEN CAFE ON THEIR GRAND OPENING!

Play. Learn. Grow. Together! Provides Parents And Caregivers With Tools To Promote Early Learning

From newborns to kindergarteners, Saskatchewan’s youngest residents learn at an astonishingly fast rate.  Studies show 90 per cent of a child’s brain will be developed by age five, before they ever set foot in a school.  That means how families interact and teach their children during those earliest years of life will lay the foundation for their success decades later.


“Our government understands the value of investing in children during their early years,” Deputy Premier and Education Minister Gordon Wyant said.  “By providing families and caregivers with useful information and tips, we can assist them in fostering creativity, confidence and skills in their young children that will last a lifetime.”


Beginning today, parents and caregivers will have access to Play. Learn. Grow. Together! – a new website, interactive social media presence and series of informational videos to get parents thinking about simple and easy ways they can interact with their young child to assist in their development and education.  Additional tips and videos from our team of early learning experts will be added over time, allowing Play. Learn. Grow. Together! to evolve into a long term, reliable source of early years educational advice.


Funding for this new public outreach is being provided through the Canada-Saskatchewan Early Learning and Child Care Initiative.

Interacting with young children and babies is the key to their development, and it can have a profoundly positive lifelong impact.  And the best part? It’s easy, and it’s fun.  So get ready to Play. Learn. Grow. Together! by visiting www.saskatchewan.ca/residents/education-and-learning/prek-12-education-early-learning-and-schools/early-years-learning.

Sask Polytechnic Reception

I was delighted to attend the Sask Polytechnic Reception this past week.  Leo Beaulieu, from TSM Contractors Ltd attended and presented an interesting demonstration of his flagger design. 

Report from the Legislature

For the past 12 years, Saskatchewan has been growing – more people, more jobs and more investment in our families and communities. We want to ensure this strong growth continues. Your Saskatchewan Party government has a new Growth Plan for a new decade so that everyone continues to benefit from a growing province.


Our plan for the next decade of growth is a roadmap for a growing province with key targets such as growing our population to 1.4 million people, creating 100,000 new jobs, increasing exports by 50 per cent and agriculture value-added revenue to $10 billion.


Saskatchewan’s Growth Plan for 2020 to 2030 outlines 20 key actions our government will undertake in the 2020s to build a strong and growing province and ensure we remain on track to realize the 30 goals we look to achieve by 2030.


From supporting communities through $2.5 billion in revenue sharing to investing $30 billion in infrastructure and reducing surgical wait times, our new Growth Plan will ensure a strong economy, strong families and a stronger Saskatchewan.


Saskatchewan has always been a province of abundance and opportunity. Our province is home to natural resource wealth that is the envy of nations around the globe. Because of the hard work, optimism and innovation of its people, Saskatchewan has succeeded in overcoming obstacles and challenges.


Saskatchewan’s population has grown to its highest level in a century. There are more people working than at any time in our history. We are increasingly globally connected as a province – new Canadians from 180 countries call Saskatchewan home and our products are sold to 156 countries around the world. Our agricultural and natural resources feed and fuel the world. Through innovation, we are increasing the growth and sustainability of our agricultural and resource industries.


Saskatchewan’s future economic success is increasingly dependent on knowledge and innovation. Rapid technological changes, including advancements in automation and artificial intelligence will continue to impact our economy over the next decade. Supporting the creation of innovative products and services, as well as the adoption of leading-edge processes for industry will help our industries stay competitive and open up new markets while contributing to new technologies and practices to help achieve the province’s climate-change goals.


Saskatchewan’s technology sector is a growth driver in our economy and an important future enabler of growth in our agriculture and resource sectors. The combination of existing research infrastructure and two new technological incubators has increased momentum in the province’s digital economy, making Saskatoon the second-fastest growing tech job market in Canada.


Our government’s plan is to triple the growth of Saskatchewan’s technology sector by 2030. This includes:

  • Aggressively pursuing new measures to retain and attract large-scale tech employers in Saskatchewan to anchor the province’s technology ecosystem;
  • Ensuring investors are aware and accessing Saskatchewan’s “Patent Box” incentive which reduces the corporate tax rate to six per cent for income taxes generated through the commercialization of innovation in Saskatchewan;
  • Supporting the Saskatchewan Technology Start-up Incentive (STSI). Introduced in 2018, the STSI has addressed a need for capital investment in emerging startups in Saskatchewan. As of April 2019, 26 companies and 83 investors have been approved for tax credits that have triggered over $3 million in private investment;
  • Supporting the Made-in-Saskatchewan Technology (MIST) program to allow companies access to public sector partners to test and refine their technologies and serve as a launching pad towards new sales and customers; and
  • Positioning government as a test-bed and platform for the adoption of Saskatchewan-based technology to create made-in-Saskatchewan solutions to public sector challenges. This will assist technology entrepreneurs in our province to land their first major customer, validate their technology and commercialize their innovation – creating new businesses and jobs.

Examples of recent success and details of our government’s Growth Plan for the next decade can be found online at saskgrowthplan.ca.

Saskatchewan To Allow Third Party Liquor Warehouses To Help Meet Growing Demand For Specialty Products

Changes are being made to allow third parties to operate liquor warehouses in Saskatchewan to distribute specialty products.  Amendments to The Alcohol and Gaming Regulation Act, 1997 were introduced today in the Legislature.

“We already use Saskatchewan-based third party warehouses to distribute beer and coolers to retailers but have been sourcing many specialty products from warehouses outside the province,” Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming (SLGA) Minister Gene Makowsky said.  “This change will allow such warehouses to set up in Saskatchewan to distribute a broad range of specialty beer, wine and spirits.”


Specialty products account for approximately five per cent of the province’s liquor sales and include products typically ordered in small quantities and often on an irregular basis.


Currently, SLGA orders these products from out-of-province warehouses, receives them and then ships them out to retailers around Saskatchewan via SLGA’s Distribution Centre.


Allowing such warehouses to operate here will allow SLGA to focus on maintaining the efficient distribution of popular, high volume wines and spirits.  All applicable markup will continue to be collected by SLGA, no matter who distributes the product.


“It’s a positive change for businesses who want to operate in Saskatchewan,” Makowsky said.  “And it will also mean improved access to these niche products for retailers and their customers.”


Saskatchewan’s Tobacco Control Act To Limit Vaping To Protect Youth

Today, Health Minister Jim Reiter introduced proposed amendments to The Tobacco Control Act to bring vaping products in line with existing tobacco legislation.

“The Government of Saskatchewan takes the health of our citizens very seriously and this legislation is an important step in protecting Saskatchewan youth in particular from the harms of vaping products,” Reiter said.  “If you don’t smoke there is no need to vape.”


“On behalf of The Lung Association and its Youth4Change chapter, I applaud the Government of Saskatchewan for introducing vaping legislation aimed at protecting Saskatchewan kids,” The Lung Association of Saskatchewan Vice President of Community Engagement Jennifer May said.  “We have worked closely with the government on this issue and have advocated for these changes.  It is fitting that the government is introducing this legislation in November, which is proclaimed as Lung Month.  By reducing access to vape products and eliminating advertising the residents of Saskatchewan can breathe easier knowing that the government is taking this issue seriously.”


The proposed amendments will be consistent with the majority of provinces that have vaping legislation and will follow existing Saskatchewan tobacco legislation restrictions.


The amendments outlined in Bill 133 will:

  • restrict the sale of vapour/e-cigarette devices and products to individuals 18 years of age and older;
  • prohibit the display of vapour/e-cigarette products in a retail business where young persons have access;
  • restrict the use of vapour/e-cigarette products in and around public buildings, including schools and school grounds, in the same manner as our provincial tobacco legislation;
  • prohibit the sale of vapour/e-cigarette products from specified facilities such as amusement parks, arcades, and theatres where youth frequent;
  • restrict advertising of vapour/e-cigarette products in the same manner as tobacco products by prohibiting advertising signs and promotional signs in areas where young persons can enter;
  • provide the ability to restrict the sale of flavoured tobacco and vapour products by regulation; and
  • expand the authority of tobacco enforcement officers to include enforcement of vapour/e-cigarette product restrictions.

The Government of Saskatchewan believes that the proposed amendments will help decrease the number of Saskatchewan youth accessing or using vaping products.

If passed, the amendments will come into effect next spring.

The Legislative Building offers a beautiful view on cold winter evenings. 

Saskatchewan To Allow Third Party Liquor Warehouses To Help Meet Growing Demand For Specialty Products

Changes are being made to allow third parties to operate liquor warehouses in Saskatchewan to distribute specialty products.  Amendments to The Alcohol and Gaming Regulation Act, 1997 were introduced today in the Legislature.

“We already use Saskatchewan-based third party warehouses to distribute beer and coolers to retailers but have been sourcing many specialty products from warehouses outside the province,” Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming (SLGA) Minister Gene Makowsky said.  “This change will allow such warehouses to set up in Saskatchewan to distribute a broad range of specialty beer, wine and spirits.”


Specialty products account for approximately five per cent of the province’s liquor sales and include products typically ordered in small quantities and often on an irregular basis.


Currently, SLGA orders these products from out-of-province warehouses, receives them and then ships them out to retailers around Saskatchewan via SLGA’s Distribution Centre.


Allowing such warehouses to operate here will allow SLGA to focus on maintaining the efficient distribution of popular, high volume wines and spirits.  All applicable markup will continue to be collected by SLGA, no matter who distributes the product.


“It’s a positive change for businesses who want to operate in Saskatchewan,” Makowsky said.  “And it will also mean improved access to these niche products for retailers and their customers.”


WHAT’S HAPPENING IN MOOSE JAW

Friday, November 29, 2019

What: Four by Four
Time:  7:00 p.m. 
Place: Mae Wilson
A tribute to the music of The Beach Boys,The Beatle, The Bee- Gees,Motown

Saturday, November 30, 2019

What: Annual Open House 
Time:  10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 
Place: Evans Florist

What: The Rotary Club  – A photo with Santa 
Time:   1-3 p.m.
Place:  Gingerbread House  (Wakamow Rotary Tree Stand @ Coop 1st. ave NW)

What: Christmas Trade Fair
Time:  10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Place:  Legion
Cost:    $2.00 admission

Sunday, December 1, 2019

What: Budget Blinds Grand Opening & Charity Fundraiser 
Time:  4- 6 p.m. 
Place:  63 High St. E. 
Bring a donation for the Food Bank and enjoy a cup of Hot Chocolate

What: McCurdy Family Fundraiser – Pizza & Burger
Time:
   5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Place: Canadian Brewhouse
Tickets: $20- 1 (306) 691-5001.

What: Santa Claus Parade
Time:  6:00 p.m. 
Place:  Main St. 

What: Timothy Eaton Annual Christmas Dinner
Time:   6:00 p.m.  
Place: Timothy Eaton
Cost: 
$20/ ticket

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Friday, Dec. 6

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

What: Children’s Christmas Shopping
Time: 11:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. 
Place: Fraternal Order of Eagles

Tuesday. Dec. 31

What: Voltage New Year’s Eve Party for Teens
Time:  8:00 p.m. – 6:00 a.m. 
Place: Hillcrest Church
Cost:  $20/ advance  or $25 at the door

From the Desk of Warren Michelson November 22, 2019

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IT’S TIME TO CELEBRATE THE FESTIVE SEASON AT GOVERNMENT HOUSE!

Celebrate this Christmas Victorian-style, while enjoying classic holiday traditions, sweet treats and special guests form the North Pole.

This year, we are also proud to launch our Accessible Holiday Initiative with Santa.  This initiative will be sensory-sensitive for children who require more time to speak with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Old-fashioned Victorian Christmas:

Kick-off the holiday season and join in the fun as Government House hosts the 10th annual Old-fashioned Victorian Christmas.  The festivities take place on Friday, November 22 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Government House.

“Government House will be adorned with its finest holiday décor, to welcome visitors of all ages,” Minister Responsible for the Provincial Capital Commission Lori Carr said.  “This is a fun family event that provides a glimpse back in time and allows everyone to share in the wholesome traditions practiced in days of Christmas past, while also celebrating our shared Saskatchewan history.”

Everyone is invited to attend this free family event and enjoy horse-drawn wagon rides, hot chocolate, Victorian Christmas crafts, caroling, and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus.  This event is a great opportunity to explore the Amédée Forget Museum and try to complete the 12 days of Christmas scavenger hunt!

Accessible holiday initiative with Santa:

This Saturday, November 23, Government House will be hosting their inaugural Accessible Holiday Initiative with Santa.  The event provides a sensory-sensitive event for children who require more time to speak with Santa and Mrs. Claus.  The house will have limited lighting and sound, in addition to being closed to the public.

Families will be allotted 15 minutes each to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, along with a photo opportunity to capture the special moment.  Representatives from the Saskatchewan Health Authority’s Autism Centre will be available to assist families and answer any questions.

The event takes place from 9 a.m. to noon.

“Our Old-fashion Victorian Christmas at Government House is extremely popular, however, we understand it’s not for everyone,” Carr said.  “The accessible holiday initiative provides an opportunity for families to visit Government House and experience its finest holiday décor, while visiting with Santa in a more inclusive, calm environment.”

Information about these events and other Government House programming can be found at www.governmenthouse.gov.sk.ca, on Facebook, or by calling 306-787-5773.

About Government House and the Edwardian Gardens:

Government House is a Provincial Heritage Property and National Historic Site and is bursting with over 125 years’ worth of stories and history.  Government House provides visitors an accessible historic place to preserve, promote and celebrate Saskatchewan’s living heritage.

Government House is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday.  Admission is free.

FESTIVAL OF TREES
Over 700 women each year in this province are diagnosed with breast cancer, and because of the generosity of Moose Jaw businesses and volunteers who worked tirelessly, over $372,000 was raised Saturday night for the mammography matters campaign. 

Funding For Innovation And Opportunity Scholarships

More Than 30,000 Scholarships Awarded Since Program Was Launched

Today, Advanced Education Minister Tina Beaudry-Mellor announced $3 million for the Saskatchewan Innovation and Opportunity Scholarships program.  This amount is to be matched by scholarship funding raised by post-secondary institutions through private sector and community-based partner donations.


“Our government provides financial assistance to students so that they can accomplish their educational goals, transition directly into employment and contribute to the growth of Saskatchewan’s economy,” Beaudry-Mellor said.


More than 30,600 Innovation and Opportunity Scholarships have been awarded since the program was launched in 2011 and nearly 3,500 were awarded in 2018-19.  The average value of the scholarship is $2,000 per student.  The scholarship focuses on a number of components: innovation and excellence, international study and priorities established in the institution’s strategic plan.


The innovation and excellence component is targeted to students in areas of study where innovative work is being done such as mining, energy, biotechnology, environment, engineering, medicine and science programs.


“This scholarship celebrates innovation and excellence and we’re proud to support students in this way,” Beaudry-Mellor said.  “The advances made through their research allows Saskatchewan to compete in the global market.”


To learn more about the scholarship visit 
https://www.saskatchewan.ca/residents/education-and-learning/scholarships-bursaries-grants/scholarships/saskatchewan-innovation-and-opportunity-scholarship

John Howard Society held their annual luncheon today OPto celebrate Restorative Justice Week.

Board chair Christine Boyczuk welcomed some 50 guests, with greetings from Shaun Fraser, John Howard society of Saskatchewan CEO.


Special Guest presenter was Jorgina Sunn who told of her life struggles and how she was given help and assistance to change her life.

Premier Announces The Recipients Of The 2019 Premier’s Award For Excellence In The Public Service

Premier Scott Moe announced one emerging leader, two individuals and five teams from the public service who will receive the Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Public Service for 2019.


“Saskatchewan is privileged to have such passionate and dedicated public servants,” Moe said.  “I want to extend my sincere gratitude to the recipients of this award.  They have gone above and beyond with their commitment to serving our province and have set a high standard of excellence in all they do.”


The Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Public Service is awarded in three categories: emerging leader, individual and teams.


The 2019 recipients are:

  • Keysha Jansen, Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation (Emerging Leader)
  • Martin Dochylo, Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport (Individual)
  • Michelle Stevenson, Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation (Individual)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder Individualized Funding Team, Ministry of Social Services
  • Crop Walks Team, Ministry of Agriculture
  • Customer Connect Team – Constellation Initiative, SaskEnergy
  • Indigenous Procurement Initiative Team, SaskPower
  • Valley View Centre Transition Team, Ministry of Social Services
Individuals and teams from across government, including ministries, agencies, boards and crown corporations, are nominated for the Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Public Service by their peers, the public, stakeholder organizations, clients and citizens.  Final selections are made by an independent committee.


The Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Public Service has been recognizing exceptional work for 16 years.  Honourable mentions are provided to third parties and/or private sector partners who have assisted team recipients in their projects.


The recipients will receive their award at an event held in their honour on November 25, 2019.


For more information about the Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Public Service, visit 
www.saskatchewan.ca/honoursawards.

MEETING WITH RAMYA CHAWLA
Central student who has developed a program to assist in DWI proactive actions.

Heads Up: Distracted Driving Penalties Are Getting Tougher

The Cost Of A First-Time Ticket Will More Than Double; Repeat Offenders To Pay Even More

Drivers in Saskatchewan who make the unsafe decision to drive while distracted will soon be paying more for a ticket, with escalating fines for repeat offences within a 12-month period.  Changes take effect February 1, 2020.


Driver distraction or inattention is one of the top causes of collisions, injuries and fatalities on Saskatchewan roads.  In 2018, it was a factor in more than 6,000 collisions, 774 injuries and 22 deaths.


“Enough is enough,” Minister Responsible for SGI Joe Hargrave said.  “Despite increased enforcement by police and significant awareness efforts by SGI, 22 people lost their lives on Saskatchewan roads in 2018 due to distracted driving or inattention.  That is 22 deaths too many.”


Currently, a distracted driving ticket* costs the recipient $280 plus four demerits, with vehicle seizures for repeat offenders.  Starting February 1, 2020, the cost of a ticket will more than double, and the cost of subsequent tickets will escalate.


Here are the consequences distracted drivers can expect:

  • First offence – $580 ticket plus four demerits.
  • Second offence within a year of being convicted of the first – $1,400 ticket, plus an additional four demerits, plus an immediate, seven-day vehicle seizure.  Vehicle owners are responsible for the towing and impound fees (cost varies according to mileage, but expect to pay approximately $400 at least).
  • Third offence within a year of conviction of the first – $2,100 ticket, plus four more demerits and another seven-day vehicle seizure.

*(Cost of tickets includes Victims of Crime surcharges).

The demerits could also cost the driver insurance discounts they had earned or – if they are on the negative side of the SGI Safe Driver Recognition (SDR) scale – additional financial penalties, at $50 for every point below zero.  If a driver started at zero, and received three distracted driving tickets in a year, they would have to pay a total of $1,200 in SDR financial penalties, on top of the other financial impacts.


Police across the province have been catching more distracted drivers than ever before, and statistics reported to SGI show there have been more than 1,000 distracted driving tickets* issued during May and July of 2019.  The vast majority of tickets issued are to drivers caught using their phones behind the wheel.


“Distracted driving kills and injures people; it is a serious safety concern, and our government is sending a direct message to drivers,” Hargrave said.  “Yes, the tickets are costly.  Don’t want to get one?  It’s easy.  Put the phone down, keep your head up, and focus on the road.”


* “Distracted driving tickets” refers to tickets under The Traffic Safety Act for violating either:

  • Section 241.1(2) – “No driver shall hold, view, use or manipulate electronic communications equipment (cell phone) while driving a motor vehicle on a highway,” or
  • Section 213 (1) – “No person shall drive a vehicle on a highway without due care and attention.”

Crop Report For The Period November 12 To 18, 2019

Despite the challenging and difficult harvest, Saskatchewan producers now have 93 per cent of the crop combined.  Harvest operations may continue in parts of the province as weather and field conditions permit.  Producers are hopeful that much of the remaining crop will be able to be taken off prior to winter, although there are indications that some of the crop will likely be left out until the spring.

Cool and wet conditions have halted most harvest operations in the province for a number of weeks.  Any crop harvested now is being taken tough or damp.  Aeration and drying operations continue on many farms as they have for most of harvest.

The east-central region has the most crop remaining in the field with 83 per cent combined.  The southeast and northwest regions have 94 per cent of the crop combined; the southwest and west-central regions 97 per cent; and, the northeast region has 98 per cent combined.

Crop yields vary greatly across the province, mainly due to the extremely dry conditions this spring and summer as well as moisture received throughout the growing season.  Many areas have reported average to above average yields.  Yields for hard red spring wheat are reported as 45 bushels per acre, durum as 39 bushels per acre, oats as 88 bushels per acre, barley as 66 bushels per acre, canola as 38 bushels per acre, peas as 38 bushels per acre and lentils 1,392 pounds per acre.


Quality is below average for almost all crops due to varying factors such as sprouting, staining and bleaching.  Crops harvested early on fared better for quality.  Average hay yields on dry land are reported as 1.2 tons per acre (alfalfa), 1.2 tons per acre (alfalfa/brome), 1.1 tons per acre (other tame hay), 0.8 tons per acre (wild hay) and 1.9 tons per acre (greenfeed).  On irrigated land, the estimated average hay yields are 3.5 tons per acre (alfalfa), two tons per acre (alfalfa/brome) and 3.5 tons per acre (greenfeed).  Hay quality going into winter is rated as one per cent excellent, 58 per cent good, 40 per cent fair and one per cent poor.


Cattle producers have indicated that they have adequate winter feed supplies.  The number of acres seeded into winter cereals is decreased due to the late harvest delaying fall seeding operations in much of the province.


Cropland topsoil moisture conditions are rated as 15 per cent surplus, 80 per cent adequate, four per cent short and one per cent very short.  Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture conditions are rated as 10 per cent surplus, 80 per cent adequate, nine per cent short and one per cent very short.


Farmers are busy trying to complete harvest, drying grain, completing fall work and hauling grain.




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, November 22, 2019

What: Mistletoe Magic Evening
Time:   5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. 
Place:  Keon Garden Centre

What: The Offspring & Sum41
Time:   6:00 p.m. 
Place:  Mosaic Place

What: Moose Jaw Community Players Dinner Theatre – Paper Wheat
Time:  6:00 p.m. 
Place: Cosmo Senior Centre

What: Moose Jaw Nature Society: PALEONTOLOGICAL FINDS IN                                      SASKATCHEWAN
Time:  6:30 p.m. 
Place: St. Mark’s Presbyterian Church

Saturday, November 23, 2019

What: Breakfast With Mrs. Claus
Time:  9:00 a.m. 
Place: WDM

What: Kids Secret Shopping and Shortwave to Santa
Time:   9:00  a.m.  
Place:  WDM

What: Vanier Craft and Trade Show
Time:  10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m
Place: Vanier

What: Westpark Crossing Craft & Trade Show
Time:  10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. 
Place: Westpark Crossing 

What: William Grayson 5th annual winter tradeshow
Time:   10:00 a.m. 
Place:  William Grayson school gym

What: 7th Annual Vanier Christmas Craft and Trade Show
Time:   10:00 a.m. 
Place:  Vanier Collegiate

What: Central Collegiate Presents Honk
Time: The show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are available through ShowTix4U
Place: Centennial Auditorium (located in Peacock Collegiate).

What: Warriors vs Calgary Hitman
Time:
   7:00 p.m. 
Place:  Mosaic

Sunday, November 24, 2019

What: Black Sunday 5 Trade Show
Time:  11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 
Place: Heritage Inn
There will be lots of vendors on hand and hourly draws for gift bags filled with items from the vendors.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Sunday, Dec. 1

What: Santa Claus Parade
Time:  6:00 p.m. 
Place:  Main St. 

Tuesday. Dec. 31

What: Voltage New Year’s Eve Party for Teens
Time:  8:00 p.m. – 6:00 a.m. 
Place: Hillcrest Church
Cost:  $20/ advance  or $25 at the door

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Thank you to everyone who supported  the Movember flag raising at the legislative building. Caucus continues to collect donations on behalf of MLAs participating in this year’s fundraising initiative.

Online donations will be accepted all month.  Donation receipts for everyone who contributes.

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Winter Weights Taking Effect Soon

Check the Hotline for Updates

Colder weather leads to benefits for the trucking industry as harder surfaces allow heavier loads to be shipped.


“As a land-locked province, the trucking industry plays a major role in getting our exports to market,” Highways and Infrastructure Minister Greg Ottenbreit said.  “Winter weight season allows shippers to haul heavier loads on secondary-highways, resulting in fewer trips and cost savings for the industry.”


Winter weights are put in place annually from about mid-November to mid-March.  Because the road bed freezes during this period, it is stronger and can withstand heavier truck loads without being damaged.  Typically, winter weights allow truckers to carry up to 15-20 per cent more payload on secondary highways than what can be carried during the summer.


Restrictions on the winter weights can be in effect from November 16 to 30 and also from March 1 to 14.  When temperatures rise and roadbeds remain soft, the ministry may remove winter weights in some areas.  Commercial truckers and shippers are encouraged to check the status regularly at 
www.saskatchewan.ca/truckingweights.

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


For technical and regulatory information, commercial carriers can contact the Inquiry Line weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 1-866-933-5290 in Saskatchewan or 306-933-5290 outside the province.

Laying a wreath on behalf of the Provincial Government. 

I always look forward to the wreath laying on Remembrance Day.  It’s important we set time aside to remember those who fought for our freedom and those who continue to do so. 


Report from the Legislature
November 14, 2019



Saskatchewan has a Growth Plan for the next decade.


The plan is a roadmap for a growing province of 1.4 million people and a strong economy with 100,000 more jobs.


The purpose of growth and our government’s Growth Plan is to build a better quality of life for Saskatchewan people – to build strong communities and strong families – and to grow a stronger Saskatchewan now, and for the next decade.


Over the next decade, business and investment growth will create stronger communities, while adding value to the products we export around the world will support the growth of new industries and new investment in our province.


Technology and innovation will be a catalyst for growth in our core economic sectors and growing diversification of our economy. Growth will create new jobs and more opportunities for young people to realize their future in our province, while attracting skilled and entrepreneurial newcomers from around the world.


These are just some of the benefits of a growing province over the next decade.


Since 2007, the benefits of population and economic growth in the province have provided the ability to make substantial investments in infrastructure and services that Saskatchewan people expect in their communities. Strong growth has also provided the means to invest in better supports for seniors and vulnerable people across the province while reducing taxes and making life more affordable for Saskatchewan families.


While growth brings challenges, it also provides new opportunities to build on the investments that have been undertaken since 2007. Recognizing the importance of ensuring investments are affordable within a balanced budget, the Government of Saskatchewan will continue to invest in our communities and families to improve their quality of life as the province and economy grows over the next decade.
20 Actions for the 2020s

  • Growing our population by keeping more young people in Saskatchewan and increasing immigration to the province;
  • Maintaining a competitive tax environment and undertaking SaskFirst new growth tax incentives;
  • Growing Saskatchewan exports and core exporting sectors, such as manufacturing;
  • Engaging internationally to secure access and expand international markets for Saskatchewan products;
  • Growing Saskatchewan’s agricultural economy;
  • Adding value and increasing Saskatchewan-based processing of the province’s agricultural products;
  • Growing Saskatchewan’s oil, gas and natural resource economy;
  • Promoting the quality and sustainability of Saskatchewan’s agricultural and natural resource exports;
  • Creating opportunities by reducing interprovincial barriers to trade;
  • Growing Indigenous participation in the economy through the growth of Saskatchewan’s natural resource industries and labour market development;
  • Expanding Saskatchewan’s export infrastructure;
  • Supporting the transformation of Saskatchewan’s economy through innovation and technology and the growth of Saskatchewan’s technology sector;
  • Developing Saskatchewan’s labour force;
  • Growing small businesses and reducing government red tape for businesses;
  • Delivering on Saskatchewan’s climate change plan to reduce carbon emissions;
  • Reducing carbon emissions in electricity production and advancing the development of zero-emission small modular reactor technology using Saskatchewan uranium;
  • Keeping the province’s finances strong and the budget balanced;
  • Building strong communities by investing in infrastructure;
  • Delivering on the purpose of growth by ensuring growth builds a better quality of life for Saskatchewan families and communities; and
  • Always standing up for Saskatchewan.

30 Goals for 2030

  • 1.4 million people living in Saskatchewan;
  • 100,000 new jobs;
  • Grow private capital investment in Saskatchewan to $16 billion annually;
  • Increase the value of exports by 50 per cent;
  • Grow the number of international markets to which Saskatchewan exports more than $1 billion;
  • Grow Saskatchewan’s agri-food exports to $20 billion;
  • Increase crop production to 45 million metric tonnes and livestock cash receipts to $3 billion;
  • Expand irrigation in Saskatchewan;
  • Increase agriculture value-added revenue to $10 billion;
  • Crush 75 per cent of the canola Saskatchewan produces in Saskatchewan;
  • Process 50 per cent of the pulse crops Saskatchewan produces in Saskatchewan;
  • Double meat processing and animal feed value-added revenue to more than $1 billion;
  • Increase oil production by 25 per cent to 600,000 barrels per day;
  • Increase the annual value of potash sales to $9 billion;
  • Double the growth of Saskatchewan’s forestry sector;
  • Grow Indigenous participation in Saskatchewan’s natural resource industries;
  • Triple the growth of Saskatchewan’s technology sector;
  • Increase the value of Saskatchewan manufacturing exports by 50 per cent;
  • Increase tourist expenditures in Saskatchewan by 50 per cent;
  • Enhance oil recovery, carbon capture utilization and storage and position Saskatchewan as the best place in North America to test, commercialize and scale new oil and gas technologies;
  • Invest $30 billion in infrastructure over the next decade;
  • Build and upgrade 10,000 kilometres of highways;
  • Expand Saskatchewan’s export infrastructure;
  • Keep the budget balanced;
  • Keep Saskatchewan’s debt-to-economic growth (GDP) ratio within the top three in Canada;
  • Deliver on Saskatchewan’s climate change strategy, Prairie Resilience;
  • Advance development of zero-emission small modular reactor technology;
  • Support communities through $2.5 billion in revenue sharing; and
  • Reduce surgical wait times to a three-month target.

You can learn more about The Next Decade of Growth in Saskatchewan online at saskgrowthplan.ca.

A beautiful Moose Jaw sunset

The 10th Anniversary Saskatchewanderer Search Begins Now!

 

With nearly 100,000 social media fans across Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, the Saskatchewanderer is a ‘must follow’ for residents and tourists.  As the program approaches its tenth year, the search is on for the new Saskatchewanderer to promote our province to the world in 2020.

“The Saskatchewanderer program brings attention to a range of industries and businesses in the province and highlights why Saskatchewan is a great place to operate a business, build a career and raise a family,” Minister Responsible for Tourism Saskatchewan and Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Gene Makowsky said.  “I am pleased this program continues to be a successful and effective marketing tool, showcasing all our province offers.”


Zane Buchanan, the 2019 Saskatchewanderer, brought his gift of writing and storytelling to the position.  As a born Saskatchewanian, who was living in Toronto, he jumped at the opportunity to return to the province to become the 2019 Saskatchewanderer.  Throughout the year, Zane showcased the province with fresh eyes, often commenting about how proud he was of his home province.


“My term as the Saskatchewanderer is unlike anything I have done or will do in my life,” Zane said.  “I saw and learned more than most people get to in a lifetime – and all within the confines of the province I (now more than ever) am proud to call home.  Although I’m sad to be passing the torch, I’m looking forward to taking the perspective gained from this experience and applying it to whatever else comes my way.”


In 2020, the program will be refreshed and will align with the Plan for Growth to build strong communities, families and a stronger Saskatchewan by focusing on small business, investment and entrepreneurs in the tourism industry.


Each applicant is required to shoot, edit and submit their own original video explaining why they should become the next Saskatchewanderer. Applications will be accepted until noon on Friday, December 20, 2019 at 
www.saskatchewanderer.ca/apply.

Questions about the application process can be emailed to saskatchewandererofficial@gmail.com


New Tools Help Police Services Across Saskatchewan

Released on November 15, 2019

Government is providing more than $680,000 for new policing tools and programming to police operations, community-based organizations and the Victims’ Fund through the Civil Forfeiture Program.


Approximately $340,000 of this will be provided to Saskatchewan police forces and community-based organizations.  In accordance with legislation, a matching amount will be deposited from the Criminal Property Forfeiture Fund into the Victims’ Fund.


“Police services and community-based organizations across Saskatchewan are taking action to make our province a safer place for everyone,” Corrections and Policing Minister Christine Tell said.  “We are proud to support their efforts by funding new tools and programs that support safe and healthy communities.”


The police and community program funding will be used to provide for the following technology and programming:

  • A research program studying Occupational Stress Injury (OSI) or PTSD (Saskatchewan Association of Chiefs of Police (SACP).
  • Digital Vehicular Repeater Systems (Regina Police Service).
  • Mobile Breath Testing Van (Saskatoon Police).
  • Planning Together Project PRIDE Partnership (Moose Jaw Police Service).
  • A domestic/family abuse program (Parkland Victims Services Inc.).
  • Sexual Assault Review Committee (Sexual Assault Services of Saskatchewan).
  • Other tools and programs further described in the backgrounder.

“These tools and programs will contribute to the well-being and safety of all Saskatchewan people, making our province a better place for us all to live and work,” SACP President and Saskatchewan RCMP Commanding Officer A/Commr. Mark Fisher said.  “The SACP is pleased to receive the funds for research about Occupational Stress Injuries and PTSD, as ensuring the health of our first responders is critical to a safer Saskatchewan.”


Previous funding provided to police agencies through this program has helped save lives.


The File Hills First Nations Police Service received funding for off-road equipment to enhance the service’s ability to locate missing persons and conduct search and rescue operations.  Members recently used the equipment to find a woman in a wooded area in the dark.


“It is certainly gratifying to now have the capacity to extend our ability to efficiently access the many remote areas in our area,” File Hills First Nation Police Chief Len Busch said.  “In this particular case I have little doubt that a life was saved because we had the equipment immediately on hand to be able do so.  Our communities are safer because of it.”


The funding also helped purchase a camera and software for the Saskatoon Police Service’s plane.  The equipment was used to help the RCMP find a legally blind man who was missing in a wooded area near North Battleford in February.


Saskatchewan’s Civil Forfeiture Program, through The Seizure of Criminal Property Act, 2009, seeks the forfeiture of property that is considered to be proceeds or an instrument of unlawful activity.  Money from the forfeitures is deposited in the Criminal Property Forfeiture Fund.


WHAT’S HAPPENING IN MOOSE JAW

Friday, November 15, 2019

What: Search & Rescue Steak Night
Time:   5-9 p.m. 
Place:  Crushed Can
Kids can join from 5-8 p.m. All kids meals will come with tokens for games. 

Saturday, November 16, 2019

What: Christmas Trade Show
Time:  10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. 
Place: Westmount School gym

What:  Festival of Trees
Time:    5:00 p.m. 
Place:   Mosaic Place

What: Cosmo Social Dance with Dennis Ficor
Time:   8:00 p.m. 
Place:  Cosmo Seniors’ Centre

Sunday, November 16, 2019

What: Festival of Trees Brunch 
Time:  12:00 p.m.
Place:  Mosaic Place
Cost:   $28 adults, $12 children
Call 306-694-0373

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Saturday, Nov. 23

What: Vanier Craft and Trade Show
Time:  10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m
Place:  Vanier

Sunday, Dec. 1

What: Santa Claus Parade
Time:  6:00 p.m. 
Place:  Main St. 

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FALL SESSION TO BEGIN OCTOBER 23 WITH SPEECH FROM THE THRONE

Premier Returns From Successful Trade Mission In Japan, South Korea And Hong Kong

Premier Scott Moe has returned from a successful trade mission to Japan, South Korea, and Hong Kong, his first trade mission to these markets.  The Premier’s focus was on expanding and diversifying access in the Asian markets for Saskatchewan’s food, fuel and fertilizer.  The mission involved more than 25 meetings and events, including the signing of 10 MOUs by Saskatchewan based organizations to expand and extend the relationships that Saskatchewan has abroad.

“Japan and South Korea represent key growth markets for our food, fuel and fertilizer, but also serve as launch points into developing markets in the Asian region,” Moe said.  “In a time where global challenges are impacting exports such as canola or other agri-foods, I was proud to represent the hardworking people of Saskatchewan that are the lifeblood of our export reliant industries.  I was also proud to highlight that our industries provide a cleaner, more sustainable, and more competitively priced product than many of our global competitors.”


In Japan, Premier Moe met with international trading corporations and industry associations that make a substantial contribution to the foundation of the Japanese economy.  Meetings included: Marubeni Corporation, Itochu Corporation, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, NH Foods, Lacto Japan, Zen-Noh, Japan-Canada Uranium, Overseas Uranium Resource Development, Sojitz Corporation, the Japan Atomic Industrial Forum, the Japanese Flour Millers Association, and the Japanese Society for Syncrotron Radiation Research.

In South Korea, the Premier maintained his focus on promoting Saskatchewan’s food, fuel, and fertilizer in meetings with traders and retailers including: Daesang Corporation, Ottogi Corporation, and Homeplus.  There was also an emphasis on building stronger international partnerships in Saskatchewan’s academic and research sectors by joining with the University of Saskatchewan, the University of Regina, and Saskatchewan Polytechnic in formalizing agreements to expand the exchange of students and ideas with Korean academic institutions.


The mission included strong representation from industry and business stakeholders, including the Saskatchewan Trade and Export Partnership and a contingent of its member companies, along with Cameco, Mosaic, and Canpotex.


“Team Saskatchewan was on full display during our mission to Japan, South Korea, and I would like to thank each and every one of the organizations that took part in supporting this team effort to promote Saskatchewan to the world,” Moe said.


The mission also included a one-day stop in Hong Kong, the third leading global financial market and an important bridge into the Asian market.  In an investor roundtable, Premier Moe spoke to the competitive investment climate and abundance of resources in Saskatchewan’s wealth creating industries.


Since being sworn in as Premier, Moe has placed an increased importance on expanding and diversifying Saskatchewan’s global export markets.


REPORT FROM THE LEGISLATURE

Saskatchewan residents can now look at their laboratory test results and other health records online anywhere, anytime.


MySaskHealthRecord is a secure website that gives eligible Saskatchewan residents quick and easy access to personal health information such as lab results, medical imaging reports and clinical visit history, including hospital admissions.


Those who register will have quick and easy access to their personal health information. They will also have the ability to add their own personal information to track and generate reports; set medication and appointment reminders; and upload information from health devices such as wearable activity trackers.


Patients and the health system will see significant benefits from things like fewer unnecessary phone calls and less time taken off work for routine medical appointments. Greater access to information also empowers patients to be more active participants in their care, and that can result in better health outcomes.


Some provinces that offer similar programs have delays built in so that people have to wait to see their own personal health information, and some provinces only provide limited lab results or require people to have a family physician in order to sign up. Meanwhile, Saskatchewan is leading the nation with the rollout of MySaskHealthRecord. Our program gives people access to their lab results, plus other important health information, as soon as it’s available.


MySaskHealthRecord is open to Saskatchewan residents who are 18 years of age and older. To register, residents will need a valid Saskatchewan health card, plus a Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) driver’s licence or SGI photo ID card.


All personal health information in MySaskHealthRecord is safe and private. Residents who sign up will only be able to access their accounts through a highly secure, personalized login.


To register for a MySaskHealthRecord account, go to
www.eHealthSask.ca.


Although there have been delays in the delivery of this year’s influenza vaccine, the Ministry of Health has confirmed with Health Canada that Saskatchewan will receive vaccine to support the provincial program start date of October 21.


Saskatchewan residents with a valid health card can get their flu shot at public health clinics, local pharmacies, and some physician and Nurse Practitioner offices.


Flu shots are recommended for those at higher risk, including seniors, people with underlying chronic health conditions, children under five, and pregnant women. Seniors often have chronic health conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes, and weaker immune systems, which makes them particularly vulnerable to complications from influenza.


Pharmacists can administer the free flu shot to residents five years and older, during home visits, and in congregate living settings. Children under five and non-Saskatchewan residents can be vaccinated at a public health clinic.


You can visit
www.saskhealthauthority.ca/Services-Locations/flu for the most up-to-date information on drop-in flu clinic times and locations.


More than 340 pharmacies will offer free flu vaccinations this season. For a list of pharmacies that provide the free flu shot, visit
www.skpharmacists.ca/site/flu-shots or ask your local pharmacy if they offer it.

Information on influenza immunization in Saskatchewan is available at
www.saskatchewan.ca/flu. For advice on influenza symptoms and when to seek care, call HealthLine 811 or visit www.healthlineonline.ca.

BEAUTIFUL SUNSET

SGI Partners With Ministries Of Justice And Corrections And Policing To Expand Northern Alcohol Strategy

Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) is partnering with the ministries of Justice and Corrections and Policing to invest $250,000 into the expansion of the Northern Alcohol Strategy in 2019-20.

“Since this work began in 2016, it has gathered significant support and buy-in from community leaders in the north,” Corrections and Policing Minister Christine Tell said.  “We are excited to move into the next phase of this work with SGI’s help, so that we can continue to reduce alcohol-related harms and help people make informed decisions about responsible alcohol use.”


“The Northern Alcohol Strategy aligns with our government’s goal to reduce the number of impaired driving injuries and fatalities across Saskatchewan, and SGI is pleased to support this initiative,” Minister Responsible for SGI Joe Hargrave said.


This investment will expand the Northern Alcohol Strategy to La Loche, Creighton, English River First Nation and surrounding communities.  The funding will provide for Northern Alcohol Strategy personnel and resources in these communities in the 2019-20 fiscal year.  These personnel will support local leadership in the development of local solutions to reduce the impacts of alcohol misuse in these regions.


“I’m proud of my community’s collaborative work on our alcohol strategy so far and am looking forward to the next steps,” La Loche Mayor Robert St. Pierre said.


The communities of the Lac La Ronge region began work on alcohol management planning in January of 2016.  Since then, Northern Alcohol Strategy staff have worked closely with stakeholders in the region to provide information on best practices to address the impacts of alcohol misuse in the region.


The Lac La Ronge region has since reported an eight per cent reduction in alcohol-related emergency room visits for between November 2017 and March 2019.


“These initial successes reflect the collaborative efforts of community agencies and organizations in working toward healthier communities through supporting moderation in alcohol-use, enhanced support in addictions treatment, and expanded family and youth alcohol-free activities,” Medical Health Officer Dr. James Irvine said.


The Northern Alcohol Strategy is informed by best practices, support from the University of Victoria and the Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research, and cross-jurisdictional data on the consequences of alcohol misuse.


Fall colors are beautiful and the weather is crisp and cool. 

Nearly $260 Million Worth Of Highway Construction Being Tendered In The Fall

While another busy construction season is drawing to a close, preparation is underway for the 2020 construction season.  The Government of Saskatchewan will tender $259.8 million of highway construction work as part of the fall tender plan.

“Construction crews have completed dozens of highway safety improvement projects such as twinning, passing lanes, intersections, surfacing, bridge and culvert work,” Highways and Infrastructure Minister Greg Ottenbreit said.  “While there is more work to be done, we’ve begun the initial planning for the next construction season.”


By tendering projects earlier, the ministry can secure contractors sooner, reducing the risk of increased costs, while supporting the road building industry.


The fall tender plan includes more than 45 planned projects and more than 400 kilometres of highway work across the province.

Projects to be tendered include:

  • Passing lanes and resurfacing on Highway 39 between Weyburn and Corinne;
  • Grading and paving of passing lanes on Highway 7 near Kindersley;
  • Resurfacing on Highway 6 north of Regina;
  • Resurfacing on Highway 11 near Bethune;
  • Resurfacing on Highway 33 near Kronau;
  • Resurfacing on Highway 3 east of Prince Albert;
  • Resurfacing on Highway 4 from the U.S. border to Grasslands National Park Access;
  • Grading and paving on Highway 5 east of Saskatoon;
  • Resurfacing on Highway 14 near Unity;
  • Resurfacing on Highway 16 near Marshall;
  • Resurfacing on Highway 36 from the U.S. border to north of Coronach;
  • Grading and paving on Highway 219 from Highway 15 to Danielson Provincial Park;
  • Clay-capping on Highway 135 south of Pelican Narrows;
  • Resurfacing on Highway 265 near Candle Lake; and
  • Grading and paving on Highway 355 near Spruce Home.

“Investments into the province’s highways and infrastructure helps support our members, keep the economy strong and enhance driver safety,” Saskatchewan Heavy Construction Association President Shantel Lipp said.  “By tendering earlier, our members are in a much better position to plan effectively and get the resources into place that will be required.”

Tenders can be found at 
www.sasktenders.ca.

Most of this year’s major construction is coming to an end, however some work, such as bridge and culvert repairs, along with gravel stockpiling can occur year round.  Please respect the work zone, drive with caution and slow to 60 km/hr.


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


Crop Report For The Period October 8 To 14, 2019

Released on October 17, 2019

Relatively warm and dry weather allowed for some producers to return to the field last week, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s Weekly Crop Report.  Sixty-nine per cent of the crop is now in the bin, up from 55 per cent last week but remaining well behind the five-year (2014-18) average of 88 per cent for this time of year.

While many areas received mixed precipitation, others received very little and were able to spend more time in the field.  The warm and dry weather forecast for next week will allow producers throughout the province to resume combining.

Good harvest progress was made in many regions last week; the northeastern region is the most advanced with 85 per cent of the crop now combined.  The west-central region has 77 per cent combined, the southwest region 76 per cent, the northwest region 65 per cent, the southeast region 62 per cent and the east-central region 51 per cent.

Eighty-three per cent of barley, 79 per cent of mustard, 69 per cent of canary seed, 68 per cent of durum, 66 per cent of spring wheat, 58 per cent of canola and 43 per cent of chickpeas are now in the bin.  An additional 35 per cent of canola is swathed or ready to straight-cut.

Many areas of the province received moisture last week, with the Moosomin area reporting 40 mm of mixed precipitation.  Provincially, topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as 19 per cent surplus, 77 per cent adequate and four per cent short.  Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 10 per cent surplus, 83 per cent adequate and seven per cent short.


Some fields remain saturated with excess water, particularly in southern regions.  Most crop damage this past week was due to lodging, strong winds, localized flooding and frost.  Geese and wildlife continue to cause damage by feeding on swathed crops.


Reports continue of significant downgrading at the elevator due to crops sprouting.  The majority of the crop coming off is tough or damp and is being placed into aeration bins and grain dryers.  At this time, most livestock producers indicate they have adequate supplies of hay, straw, greenfeed and feed grain heading into winter.


Farmers are busy drying grain, hauling bales and combining when they are able to.


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, October 18, 2019

What:  Zion’s Craft Show
Time:    1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. 
Place:   Zion Social Hall

Saturday, October 19, 2019

What:  Zion’s Craft Show
Time:    10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. 
Place:   Zion Social Hall

What:  Spooky Fall Trade Show & Craft Sale
Time:   9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 
Place:  Saskpolytechnic Cafeteria 

What:  Girl Guide Cookie Sales
Time:   10:00 a.m. 
Place:  Walmart

What: Mysteries at the Museum
Time:  10:00 a.m.
Place:  WDM

Sunday, October 20, 2019

What: Trinity United Church Fowl Supper
Time:  5:30 p.m. 
Place:  277 Iroquois St. W. 
Cost:  $20/ pp

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Friday Oct. 25 & Saturday Oct. 26, 2019
Whistletop Christmas Craft Show
MJ Exhibition Grounds

Friday, Nov. 15
Search & Rescue Steak Night
Crushed Can