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From the Desk of Warren Michelson August 9, 2018

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PLEASE NOTE:  Our office will be close Friday August 10 – Monday August 6.  We will re-open on Monday August 13.

MOURNING THE LOSS OF FORMER MLA, MINISTER AND SNOWBIRD LEADER YOGI HUYGHEBAERT

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Premier Scott Moe expressed his condolences on behalf of Saskatchewan Party MLAs to the family and friends of Lieutenant-Colonel (retired) D.F. (Yogi) Huyghebaert, who passed away August 2 at the age of 74.


“After a long and distinguished military career, Yogi could have chosen to enjoy his retirement, but instead, he decided to continue his public service as one of the first members of the Saskatchewan Party,” Moe said.   “He was a four-term MLA in opposition and government, a minister, and always a strong voice for his Wood River constituency and rural Saskatchewan.”
“He was a good friend and I will miss him.”


Huyghebaert joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1961.  He was selected for pilot training and received his wings in 1968.  He served as a squadron pilot in West Germany and a member of the embassy staff in Washington, DC before being selected to fly with and later lead the world famous Snowbirds.   In 1987, Governor-General Sauve invested Huyghebaert with the Order of Military Merit for his exceptional service with the Canadian Forces.


After retiring from the military, Huyghebaert and his wife Phyllis lived on a small ranch near Glentworth.  Huyghebaert was a prominent early member of the Saskatchewan Party, joining the party shortly after its creation in 1997 and then running in the first Saskatchewan Party leadership race in 1998.
Huyghebaert ran for the Saskatchewan Party in the 1999 provincial election, losing by a single vote.   That result was overturned a short time later, and Huyghebaert won the 2000 byelection with a large majority.  He was re-elected with huge majorities in 2003, 2007 and 2011, winning 82 per cent of the vote in his final election campaign in 2011.  Huyghebaert decided not to seek re-election in 2016.
Huyghebaert served as Minister of Corrections, Public Safety and Policing and later as the government’s Military Liaison.


“As Public Safety minister, Yogi made significant improvements to the Provincial Disaster Assistance Program (PDAP), which at the time was too slow and ineffective in responding to people whose homes and businesses were damaged or destroyed by natural disasters,” Moe said.  “Yogi greatly improved the coverage levels and reduced the turnaround time, so Saskatchewan people received the assistance they needed a lot more quickly.”

The flags at the Legislative Assembly will be lowered to half-staff until Huyghebaert’s funeral.

15 WING CHANGE OF COMMAND

Lyle Stewart to Step Down as Agriculture Minister
Lyle Stewart today announced he will be stepping down as Saskatchewan’s Minister of Agriculture to focus on his battle with cancer.  Stewart will remain as MLA for Lumsden-Morse.


“I was recently diagnosed with colorectal cancer and will be undergoing several months of pretty aggressive treatment,” Stewart said.  “Agriculture is a very important portfolio in this province and it has been a tremendous honour to serve as Saskatchewan’s Agriculture Minister under two great Premiers over the past six years.  However, given my current circumstances, I didn’t feel I would be able to give that position the attention it deserved, so I have asked Premier Moe to appoint a new Minister.”
Premier Scott Moe said he is sad to lose Stewart from cabinet, but his first concern is for Stewart’s health.
“First and foremost, Lyle Stewart is my friend, so the most important thing is for him to deal with his cancer,” Moe said.  “Everything else is secondary.  Lyle has been a great Agriculture Minister and I want to thank him for everything he has done for the ag industry in our province.”
Moe said he expects to name a new Agriculture Minister next week.  Stewart will remain as Agriculture Minister until a new Minister is appointed.


My thoughts and prayers go out to Minister Stewart and his family during this difficult time. 

REPORT FROM THE LEGISLATURE


After two years of telling us that a carbon tax would not affect Canada’s competitiveness and hurt our economy, the federal government has finally admitted that it will.


The Trudeau government recently announced that they will now reduce the amount of tax companies are required to pay on their greenhouse gas emissions.


This new, watered-down carbon tax scheme is still a carbon tax that does nothing for the environment, reduces jobs, and takes money from families.


In March of 2016, the Prime Minister said he would be willing to work on climate change with Canada’s premiers “in the spirit of co-operation and collaboration”. A few months later, his government announced that they would be imposing a carbon tax on every province in Canada.


Today, two or perhaps three provinces are actually in compliance with the federal carbon-pricing plan; Ontario has now joined Saskatchewan in challenging Trudeau’s carbon tax in court; and a number of the remaining provinces and territories will not be in compliance.


We accept that climate change is happening, and humans are contributing to the warming of our planet. We’re fighting the carbon tax because a carbon tax doesn’t work. No jurisdiction in the world has imposed a carbon tax and seen a reduction in greenhouse gases because of that tax.


A made-in-Ottawa carbon tax will impact Saskatchewan’s economy to the tune of $1.8 billion annually while only marginally reducing carbon emissions. It is our intent to fight this tax with every means at our disposal.


Our court challenge has moved forward with the filing of our constitutional argument. It is our position that under the Canadian constitution, provinces are sovereign in their assigned areas of jurisdiction. Therefore, the federal carbon tax is constitutionally illegitimate because it applies only in provinces that have not exercised their own jurisdiction in a way that the federal government thinks they should.


It is our position that the federal government has no constitutional authority to second guess provincial decisions with respect to matters within provincial jurisdiction, yet that is exactly what the federal government is attempting to do by imposing a carbon tax only in certain provinces, like Saskatchewan, based on their evaluation of provincial climate change and carbon pricing policies.


A new poll by The Angus Reid Institute shows overwhelming support for Saskatchewan’s court challenge of the Trudeau carbon tax. 88% of Saskatchewan people – and 72% of all Canadians – support our government taking the federal carbon tax issue to court. Unsurprisingly, the move to challenge federal jurisdiction receives near unanimous support here in Saskatchewan.


Meanwhile, Ryan Meili and the Saskatchewan NDP remain completely out of touch and out of step with the people of our province. Content to wave the white flag and let Justin Trudeau force his ineffective tax on Saskatchewan, the NDP are actually calling our court challenge a “pointless crusade”.


We have always said that the provinces should decide for themselves what works best when it comes to addressing climate change. The federal government would be well advised to take a step back, reassess, and reconsider its one-size-fits-all carbon tax. It’s time to give the provinces the freedom to develop climate change policies that actually work, without a federal carbon tax.

THE NEW CANOLA DISPLAY AT THE WDM
Construction Underway on Highway 4 Passing Lanes


$10 million of construction is underway on two sets of passing lanes on Highway 4 between North Battleford and Cochin.


“With a number of lakes and the growing economy in the area, these passing lanes will improve safety for travellers along Highway 4,” Highways and Infrastructure Minister David Marit said.  “As construction work progresses, please respect the work zone, follow the posted signage and slow down.”


Traffic volumes for the stretch of Highway 4 between North Battleford and Cochin range from 3,700 to 6,900 vehicles per day.


“We know the construction period will be an inconvenience when travelling between Cochin and the Battlefords, but it will be short-term and will ultimately prove to be a benefit to all especially those of us who frequently make the trip,” Cochin Mayor Harvey Walker said.  “With Cochin Days this weekend, there will be more traffic on the road than usual and we urge everyone to drive carefully so as to arrive safely.”


Road work for the new passing lanes is now underway, so motorists should watch for flag persons, expect delays and be aware of sharp drop offs, fresh oil and loose stones.  A vehicle width limit of 3.5 metres is in effect.


Other Saskatchewan highways projects underway this week includes bridges and culverts:

  • Culvert replacement on Highway 9 near Hudson Bay;
  • Bridge construction on Highway 55 west of Shoal lake; and
  • Bridge construction on Highway 983 over Peepaw River west of Highway 982.
A weekly highway construction update is also published on www.saskatchewan.ca/residents/transportation/highway-construction-projects/weekly-highway-construction-update to provide the travelling public with the latest details on projects underway to help plan safe and efficient travel.  You can also report a highway work zone signing problem by calling 306-244-5535.

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

The Government of Saskatchewan has invested more than $8.4 billion in highways and infrastructure since 2008, improving more than 13,000 kilometres of Saskatchewan highways.

Crop Report for the Period July 31 to August 6, 2018

Producers in the province have one per cent of the crop combined and two per cent swathed or ready to straight-cut, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s weekly Crop Report.  The five-year average for this time of year is one per cent combined.  Reported yields so far range from average to well-below average.
Fifty-five per cent of the fall rye, 15 per cent of the winter wheat, eight per cent of the field peas and seven per cent of the lentils are now in the bin.  One per cent of the canola has been swathed.


Harvest is most advanced in the south, where three per cent of the crop is combined.  Most producers in the central and northern regions are expecting to be in the field within the next few weeks.


There was scattered rainfall in parts of the province this week, with some storms bringing hail.  While the rain was welcomed in some areas, it may be too late to benefit the south, where crops are rapidly drying down.  Most crops remain in fair condition, although later-seeded crops need rain to help heads and pods fill.


Topsoil moisture conditions have improved slightly with the recent rainfall.  Provincial topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are currently rated as 42 per cent adequate, 40 per cent short and 18 per cent very short.  Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 32 per cent adequate, 41 per cent short and 27 per cent very short.


Hay yields are below average overall.  Estimated average dryland hay yields for the province are: 1.1 tons per acre for alfalfa and alfalfa/bromegrass; 0.9 ton per acre for other tame hay; 1.0 ton per acre for wild hay and 1.6 tons per acre for greenfeed.  Estimated average irrigated hay yields are: 2.8 tons per acre for alfalfa; 2.7 tons per acre for alfalfa/bromegrass; 2.2 tons per acre for other tame hay; 2.0 tons per acre for wild hay and 3.3 tons per acre for greenfeed.


The majority of crop damage this past week is attributed to lack of moisture, strong wind and high temperatures.  Some areas, including Cabri and Leader, received hail that caused severe damage to crops.  Producers are busy harvesting, hauling bales and desiccating crops.


A complete, printable 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

Please Note: Our office will be closed on Friday, August 10.
 

Friday, August 10, 2018

What: Mossbank’s Old Wives Lake Festival
Time:  All day
Place:  Around the community, Mossbank, SK
See discover MJ for more information. 

What: Steak Night fundraiser event
Time:  5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. 
Place:  Crushed Can
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What: RuBarb presents MARY POPPINS
Time:  7:30 p.m.
Place:  
Mae Wilson Theatre

Saturday, August 11, 2018

What: Mossbank’s Old Wives Lake Festival
Time: All day
Place: Around the community, Mossbank, SK

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

 

Yoga in the Park

Every Monday @ 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Amphitheatre- Crescent Park- By donation- in support of Hunger in MJ

 
Concert in the Park

Every Wednesday @ 7:00 p.m. 
Crescent Park


Downtown Moose Jaw Guided Walking Tours
Every Saturday @ 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Leaving hourly

Call to book 306-691-2015

Souvenir Shop

Summer Art Programs

MJ Museum & Art Gallery

Aug. 
To register 306-692-4471

Ages 3-5, 6-8, 9-11, 12 and up.

All programs include materials and snacks

Western Development Museum Summer Heritage Club

August. 
Ages 5-18.

more info/ register www.wdm.ca/mj

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The Heritage Fiddlers at Concert in the Park

Government to Test New and Collaborative Approach to Help Tackle Impaired Driving

A new, collaborative approach to help address impaired driving in Saskatchewan will be tested by the Government of Saskatchewan from the August long weekend until Labour Day. Five pilot projects have been designed through collaboration between various government ministries and agencies, law enforcement and Crown corporations. These projects will be implemented in different areas across the province.
“Saskatchewan has a problem with impaired driving and it’s important we approach this issue with all the tools at our disposal, because even one death or injury from impaired driving is too many,” Minister Responsible for Innovation Saskatchewan Tina Beaudry-Mellor said. “Government, law enforcement and Crown corporations have come together on these five pilot projects that present innovative ways to look at a critical problem facing our province.”
The projects are:
Drive Dollars
Lead: Innovation Saskatchewan
Overview: In this project, bar patrons will be asked (as they order drinks) if they would like to put a small amount of money toward a “tab” for a taxi.  This amount of money will be matched in part by the provincial government. The project will gather data and assess whether a small matching contribution by the government would increase the likelihood of bar patrons planning ahead for a safe ride home.

Liquor Permit Regulatory Review
Lead: Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority
Overview: This project added two questions to the liquor permit application, to prompt applicants to develop a plan for guests to have a safe ride home.

Positive Ticketing
Lead: SGI
Overview: The project aim is for police officers to give a “positive ticket” to sober/designated drivers at scheduled police check stops and/or routine traffic stops.  The tickets will encourage recipients to speak about their experience on social media using the hashtag #CareAboutImpaired. Ticket recipients who use the hashtag publicly will be eligible to win one of 25 $150 VISA gift cards.

Sobering Messages
Lead: Ministry of Corrections and Policing
Overview: This project is focused on impact messaging through a couple of streams.


Water Security Agency Urges Saskatchewan Residents to be Cautious of Doorstep “Water Testing” Kits

The Water Security Agency (WSA) wishes to draw public attention to the business practices of private companies leaving “water testing kits” on people’s doorsteps.
Recently, some residents across the province have been receiving these kits, which include a bottle and instructions for water testing.  The instructions for taking a water sample are incorrect and the bottle provided does not appear to be sterilized.  Residents should be cautious if they are encouraged to purchase water purification kits at the doorstep.
Public confidence in Saskatchewan’s drinking water systems is a core priority for WSA.  WSA partners with municipalities across Saskatchewan to ensure drinking water is safe, in accordance with national drinking water standards.   Rigorous and ongoing testing requirements are a condition of WSA’s permits of water systems.
The public can see testing information for all WSA regulated waterworks at http://www.saskh2o.ca/MyDrinkingWater.asp


 

Take Precautions Against West Nile Virus


Saskatchewan residents are reminded to protect themselves against mosquito bites, as the peak season for West Nile Virus (WNV) approaches.  There is increased risk of West Nile Virus in late July and August when the mosquitoes that carry the virus (Culex tarsalis) are most active and present in higher numbers.


Currently, the risk is highest in southern Saskatchewan where positive pools of mosquitoes have been found for the past two weeks.  Most people who become infected with West Nile Virus experience no symptoms or have mild illness (fever, headaches, body aches).
“A small number of people develop a more serious illness called West Nile Virus neuroinvasive disease,” the province’s Chief Medical Health Officer, Dr. Saqib Shahab said.  “If you develop serious symptoms like a persistent fever, confusion, neck stiffness or an unusually severe headache, seek medical attention immediately.”


Mosquitoes are most active on warm evenings and between dusk and dawn.  Take precautions against getting bitten.  Use mosquito repellent, cover up and reduce the time spent outside when mosquitoes are most likely to bite. Maintain door and window screens so they fit tightly and are free of holes.  Reduce mosquito habitat around your home and yard (such as standing water, old tires and other items that can collect water, bushes, shrubs, lawn overgrowth and debris).


So far this season, there has been one positive West Nile Virus lab test.  A positive lab test does not necessarily indicate a current WNV infection.
West Nile Virus was first identified in Saskatchewan in 2002.  Significant outbreaks of WNV infection in humans occurred in 2003 and 2007.  Between 2003 and 2017, there were 158 cases of WNV neuroinvasive disease; 17 resulted in death.


For up-to-date WNV risk levels, maps and surveillance results, visit https://www.saskatchewan.ca/residents/health/diseases-and-conditions/west-nile-virus/west-nile-virus-risk-level-and-surveillance-results. For advice on symptoms or when to seek care call HealthLine 811.


Crop Report for the Period July 24 to July 30, 2018

Harvest operations are underway for some producers in the south, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s weekly Crop Report.  Crops are rapidly drying down across the province and many pulse crops are being desiccated.  Most crops remain in fair to excellent condition, although later-seeded crops need rain to help heads and pods fill.  Reported yields so far range from average to well-below average, depending on field and moisture conditions.
Most areas of the province did not receive any rain last week, although the Arborfield area reported 22 mm and the Macklin area 20 mm.  Many southern and central areas have not received significant moisture for well over a month, and any future rainfall may be of limited benefit since most southern crops are quickly ripening.
Topsoil moisture conditions have worsened since last week due to the lack of rain and hot temperatures.  Provincial topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are currently rated as 39 per cent adequate, 43 per cent short and 18 per cent very short.  Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 33 per cent adequate, 39 per cent short and 28 per cent very short.
The majority of crop damage this past week is attributed to lack of moisture, strong wind and high temperatures.  There have been some reports of grasshoppers in the south.  Haying is wrapping up for some livestock producers and yields remain significantly lower than normal.  Pasture conditions are currently rated as two per cent excellent, 25 per cent good, 37 per cent fair, 26 per cent poor and 10 per cent very poor.
A complete, printable 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

Please Note: Our office will be closed on Friday, August 3 – Monday, August 6.  We will re-open with regular business hours on Tuesday, August 7. 
Thursday, August 2, 2018
What: Millers vs Weyburn – Play off
Time:  7:00 p.m. 
Place:  Ross Wells Park

Friday, August 3, 2018

What: The Moose Jaw Real Canadian Superstore and The Salvation Army          Partner Together for Back-to-School
Time:  All Day
Place:  Real Canadian Superstore

What: RuBarb presents SUNSHINE SKETCHES OF A LITTLE TOWN –            the musical
Time:  7:30 p.m. 
Place:  Mae Wilson Theatre

Saturday, August 4, 2018

What: OPENING – Bilingual Travelling exhibition Canola: A Story of
Canadian Innovation

Time:  9:00 a.m. 
Place:  WDM

What: RuBarb presents MARY POPPINS

Time:  2:00 p.m. 
Place:  Mae Wilson Theatre

What: RuBarb presents SUNSHINE SKETCHES OF A LITTLE TOWN –           the musical
Time: 7:30 p.m. 
Place: Mae Wilson Theatre

Monday, August 6, 2018

What: Saskatchewan Day at the WDM

Time:  9:00 a.m. 
Place: WDM

What: Train Rides at the WDM

Time: 11:00 A.M. 
Place: WDM

UPCOMING EVENTS:

 

Yoga in the Park

Every Monday @ 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Amphitheatre- Crescent Park- By donation- in support of Hunger in MJ

 
Concert in the Park
Every Wednesday @ 7:00 p.m. 

Crescent Park

Downtown Moose Jaw Guided Walking Tours
Every Saturday @ 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Leaving hourly

Call to book 306-691-2015
Souvenir Shop

Summer Art Programs
MJ Museum & Art Gallery
Aug. 

To register 306-692-4471
Ages 3-5, 6-8, 9-11, 12 and up.
All programs include materials and snacks

Western Development Museum Summer Heritage Club
August. 

Ages 5-18.
more info/ register www.wdm.ca/mj

 

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SASKATCHEWAN ECONOMIC SUMMIT

I represented Saskatchewan at an Economic Summit held last week. The delegates included business leaders, company owners, elected officials, and economic administrators from a variety of sectors throughout the western provinces and north western states.  

The summit exchanged ideas of common interest in both countries including; energy, transportation, trade, carbon policies, tourism, infrastructure resilience, health innovation, mining, livestock, security and environment.  It was an exceptional event with delegates from both sides of the boarder sharing common concerns and a keen willingness to work toward the economic betterment of the entire region. 

I appreciated the friendly and cooperative attitude of our neighboring provinces and leaders from the United States who are dedicated to Canada / USA trade without limitations.  This was unique in the face of the uncertainty and rhetoric of what has become common in the leadership status we hear on the daily news. 

Summer Literacy Camps Teach a Life-long Love of Reading in Students

Summer literacy camps are well underway for more than 1,200 students across the province.  These camps encourage students to continue reading over the summer months while having fun and interactive learning experiences.
“These camps instill a life-long love of reading in children with a focus on First Nations and Métis students,” Deputy Premier and Minister of Education Gordon Wyant said.  “The camps maintain and enhance the literacy skills students learned during the school year and help prepare them for classes in the fall.”
The camps are meant to be culturally relevant and have visits from parents and Elders to lead activities and support a community-based approach to learning.  At the end of the camp, students are encouraged to further develop their literacy skills by taking home the books they read to continue building a love of reading.
“Literacy camps are an integral part of our communities.  They provide free books and fun for campers in communities where there are often few alternatives; in addition to this the camps create employment for community members,” Saskatchewan Summer Literacy Camp Facilitator for the Northern Lights School Division Robert Dolan said.  “Literacy Camps also prevent summer reading loss, which supports the Education Sector Strategic Plan outcome of 80 per cent of students reading at or above grade level by 2020.”
The camps offer First Nations content and have presentations with Elders.  At least 65 First Nations content books were purchased for each location.
“I like the books, and the games; I like everything!” Camp participant Etienne Divinagracia said.
There are 20 camps for students aged five to 15 throughout July and August across the province.  Northern Lights School Division hosts 14 of the 20 camps.  The other camps are run by Prince Albert Roman Catholic, Saskatchewan Rivers, Creighton, Ile-à-la Crosse, Light of Christ, Living Sky, Northern Lights and Prairie Valley school divisions.
The Government of Saskatchewan is providing $500,000 to run these camps for a total investment of more than $4.5 million over the past nine years the camps have been running.  The ministry also provided $45,000 to Frontier College to support summer literacy camps delivered on Ahtahkakoop and Beardy’s and Okemasis Cree Nations.


REPORT FROM THE LEGISLATURE


One of the reasons we pursue economic growth is so we can help support families and those most vulnerable in our communities. One of the ways our government is working to do this is through individualized funding for children under the age of six with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).


The Autism Individualized Funding program is designed to provide parents with funding for therapeutic interventions and family supports that make the most sense for their needs. This year, $2.8 million has been allocated to provide $4,000 per child with ASD under the age of six.


In addition to autism services that will continue to be provided in the public system, it is estimated that approximately 700 children will be eligible for individualized funding this year. An application form and eligible services list have been posted at 
www.saskatchewan.ca/autism. Families who have applied and meet the program criteria will begin receiving funding in August 2018.


The Autism Individualized Funding program supports the 10-year Saskatchewan Disability Strategy and its vision of making Saskatchewan a more welcoming, inclusive, and accessible province for people who experience disabilities. The program also supports Saskatchewan’s Early Years Plan and its goal of finding better ways to support children experiencing disabilities.


After experiencing a $1.3 billion drop in resource revenues, getting the province’s finances back on track was key to ensuring the services our people expect are sustainable for generations to come. I am pleased to say our plan to get to a balanced budget by next year is on track as finances are continuing to improve. In fact, last year’s deficit improved by nearly $400 million.


There are encouraging signs in our economy with Stats Canada figures showing Saskatchewan recently had the highest month-to-month job increase in six years. At the same time, manufacturing shipments in Saskatchewan are seeing the highest year-over-year growth out of all the provinces.


We need to do what we can to ensure our province’s job creators can keep producing what the world needs, despite competitive challenges our nation faces like a forced federal carbon tax, limited market access for our manufactured goods, and a US tax and regulatory advantage.


Market access, trade between provinces and Canadian competitiveness were among the priorities discussed as Canada’s Premiers gathered for meetings recently. It was there where our province gained a strong ally in Ontario as we stand against the Trudeau carbon tax in court.


We understand that taxing our families, jobs, and businesses is the wrong way to tackle what is a global climate challenge. The federal government’s “one size fits all” approach to climate action is deeply out of touch with what provinces want. In our province, we have a made-in-Saskatchewan climate plan that will actually reduce emissions – and does so without a carbon tax.


We don’t need taxes that drive opportunities for businesses out of Canada. As more and more Canadians realize that, we are seeing provinces like Ontario and Prince Edward Island join Saskatchewan in standing up for their citizens and saying no to an ineffective tax from Ottawa.

Stats Canada Numbers Show Strong Tourism Growth in Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan’s tourism sector made significant gains in 2017.

Visits to and within the province by Canadians increased by 9.4 per cent from 2016, placing Saskatchewan well ahead of Canada’s overall growth rate of 2.1 per cent.  Visitor expenditures showed even higher growth, with a jump of 10.4 per cent. Canadian visitors, including Saskatchewan residents travelling within the province, spent $1.88 billion in 2017.

“We are delighted by the growth in the province’s tourism sector in the domestic market,” Minister Responsible for Tourism Saskatchewan Gene Makowsky said.  “Saskatchewan has an abundance of attractions and beautiful natural scenery, and it is good to see visitors from Canada discovering what we in Saskatchewan have always known.”

       

To further increase engagement and drive visitation to the province, Tourism Saskatchewan has introduced new technologies and online capabilities over the last year. Engagement on Tourism Saskatchewan’s consumer website has grown significantly between 2017 and 2018, with a 99.5 per cent increase in page views and average time spent on the site up by 85 per cent.

“Tourism Saskatchewan made a shift to focus on digital marketing strategies in recent years, and this move is paying dividends in visitor engagement and spending,” Tourism Saskatchewan CEO Mary Taylor-Ash said.  “It is gratifying to see that visitors are coming to the province in ever-greater numbers to enjoy our diverse and unique tourism experiences.”

Improvements to the consumer website, TourismSaskatchewan.com, include a new interactive map, advanced search capability, re-categorized and revised tourism operator listings, and a new approach to vacation offerings.  Further enhancements to the website will be introduced in the coming months.


Review Your Pension Investments

The Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority (FCAA) wants to remind people who contribute to a defined contribution (DC) pension plan to review their pension investments.
In a DC plan, employees typically decide how their money is invested, so it’s important to stay informed and make suitable investment choices.
“Be comfortable with your investment decisions and the level of risk involved,” Director of FCAA’s Pensions Division Leah Fichter said.  “Choose the investment strategy that is best for you, since retirement income is impacted by how well your investments perform.”
Pension Investment Tips:

1. Review your pension investments periodically.  Your pension statement will let you know which funds your money is invested in and how well they are doing through investment earnings.
2. Make sure they are the right fit for you.  Make sure you are comfortable with your pension investments.  Many plans offer a selection of funds, so it’s important to know your options.  Consider the length of time to your retirement to choose the most suitable investment option for you.  Some plans have funds which automatically adjust investments to safer investments as you age; this option might be ideal for some people.


3. Talk to your pension plan administrator. If you are unsure and have questions, contact your plan administrator who will help you find the resources you need.
For more pension information, visit:
www.fcaa.gov.sk.ca/consumers-investors-pension-plan-members/pension-plan-members.


Crop Report for the Period July 17 to July 23, 2018

Crops continue to develop quickly in the province, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s weekly Crop Report.
Many pulse and winter cereal fields in drier areas are rapidly drying down and producers have begun desiccation in some areas.  Some producers expect harvest to get underway in the next few weeks.  The majority of crops remain in fair to excellent condition, depending on moisture received over the past few weeks.
Some areas received rainfall last week that will replenish the topsoil moisture and help crops fill.  Rainfall in the province ranged from nothing to 71 mm in the Craik area.  Many southern and central areas remain very dry, and are in need of significant rain to help later-seeded crops fill heads and pods.
Topsoil moisture conditions remain relatively unchanged from last week.  Provincial topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as two per cent surplus, 51 per cent adequate, 35 per cent short and 12 per cent very short.  Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as one per cent surplus, 44 per cent adequate, 36 per cent short and 19 per cent very short.
Livestock producers are continuing to hay, and 63 per cent of the hay crop has now been baled or put into silage.  An additional 19 per cent is cut and ready for baling.  Hay quality at this time is rated as four per cent excellent, 65 per cent good, 25 per cent fair and six per cent poor.  Hay yields are significantly lower than normal for many producers and hay will be in short supply this year in some areas.  Most producers have indicated that there will not be a second cut of hay this year.
The majority of crop damage this past week is attributed to hot temperatures, strong wind, hail, localized flooding and lack of rain.  There have been some reports of grasshoppers in some areas as well as diseases such as root rot and leaf spots.  Producers continue to scout for pests and prepare equipment for harvest.
A complete, printable version of the Crop Report is available online –http://www.saskatchewan.ca/crop-report.
Follow the 2018 Crop Report on Twitter at @SKAgriculture.


WHAT’S HAPPENING IN MOOSE JAW
Saturday, July 28, 2018

What: 1st Annual Riverhurst Bean Festival
Time:  8:00 A.M. 
Place:  Riverhurst Community Hall and Riverhurst Arena, Main St.

What: BRICKSPO

Time:  11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 
Place:  Western Development Museum

What: 2018 Mankota Show & Shine / Village Birthday
Time:  11:00 a.m.  
Place:  Makota’s 90th Birthday, 101 SK-18, Mankota, SK

What: Ruhbarb-SUNSHINE SKETCHES OF A LITTLE TOWN –
the musical

Time:  2:00 p.m.  
Place:  Mae Wilson Theatre

What: RuBarb presents MARY POPPINS
Time:  7:30 p.m. 
Place:  Mae Wilson Theatre

Sunday, July 29, 2018

What: BRICKSPO

Time:  9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 
Place: Western Development Museum

What: Splash ‘n Dash 2k or 5k Walk or Run

Time:  10:00 a.m. 
Place:  Crescent Park, Langdon Crescent

Registration individuals is $50
5 and under free (donations accepted)
6 to 17 – $15
Individuals – $50
Teams of 6 or more – $20/person
We also encourage Individuals and teams to collect pledges in lieu of registration – $100 minimum (more info: visit Discover Moose Jaw Local Events)

What: RuBarb presents MARY POPPINS

Time:  2:00 p.m. 
Place:  Mae Wilson Theatre

What: Millers vs Melville

Time:  7:00 p.m. 
Place:  Ross Wells Park

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

 

Yoga in the Park

Every Monday @ 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Amphitheatre- Crescent Park- By donation- in support of Hunger in MJ

 
Concert in the Park

Every Wednesday @ 7:00 p.m. 

Crescent Park

Downtown Moose Jaw Guided Walking Tours

Every Saturday @ 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Leaving hourly

Call to book 306-691-2015

Souvenir Shop

Summer Art Programs

MJ Museum & Art Gallery

July and Aug. 
To register 306-692-4471

Ages 3-5, 6-8, 9-11, 12 and up.

All programs include materials and snacks

Western Development Museum Summer Heritage Club

July and August. 
Ages 5-18.
more info/ register www.wdm.ca/mj