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From the Desk of Warren Michelson April 12, 2019

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shield FROM THE DESK OF WARREN MICHELSON, MLA
PLEASE NOTE:  Our office will be closed  Friday, April 19th for Good Friday. 

MOOSE JAW WARRIORS RE-BRANDING ANNOUNCEMENT

Patrick Boyle, Moose Jaw Hockey Association President, announced a renewed partnership and sponsorship which sees the Midget AAA program re-branded as the MOOSE JAW AAA WARRIORS.

The announcement was made earlier today with AAA players Steven Kesslering and Ben Wourms displaying the new Moose Jaw AAA Warriors Jersey (below left pic), with the new coaching staff.

Governments Of Canada And Saskatchewan Team Up With Habitat For Humanity To Build A Home In Moose Jaw

The Governments of Canada and Saskatchewan are collaborating with Habitat for Humanity (Habitat) in Moose Jaw to help support another Saskatchewan family in need of a safe and affordable place to call home.

Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, on behalf of Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, and Member of the Legislative Assembly for Moose Jaw Wakamow Greg Lawrence on behalf of Social Services Minister and Minister Responsible for Saskatchewan Housing Corporation Paul Merriman, officially announced the construction of the Habitat for Humanity home today.


This Habitat for Humanity build consists of a three-bedroom, two-storey home located at 914 Ominica Street West.  Together, the main and upper floors of the home will total approximately 1,456 square feet or 135 square metres.


“Over the years, our government has teamed up with Habitat for Humanity to create safe and affordable housing for Saskatchewan families, and this one is no different,” said Goodale.  “There is a great deal of work and co-operation that takes place for each one of these builds.  This investment will create a new home for a deserving family, a place they can proudly call their own.  Our government is, and will always be a proud partner.”


“We are pleased to work with Habitat for Humanity and its partners to bring lasting change to another Saskatchewan family in need of safe, stable and affordable housing,” Lawrence said.  “Moose Jaw is a diverse community that works and builds together, and this sod-turning is another example of this commitment in action.  Our government continues to stand with Habitat, and with the people of Saskatchewan to make great things happen across the province.”


“We are very proud of everything our Moose Jaw chapter has accomplished over the past 11 years,” Habitat for Humanity Regina Chief Executive Officer Kelly Holmes-Binns said.  “To be building Habitat Moose Jaw’s ninth home is a great testament to the committee, donors, sponsors, volunteers and community who are committed to changing the lives of hard-working families through affordable homeownership.  Thank you to everyone who has made this day possible.”


Quick facts:

  • Each partner family selected by Habitat contributes 500 partnering hours in building their home or other Habitat homes.  The family purchases their home at fair market value, paying an interest-free, zero down-payment mortgage set at 25 per cent of their annual gross income.  Upon completion, the affordable no-interest mortgage is provided by Habitat to partner families with mortgage payments going back for future builds.  To learn more about Habitat for Humanity and their work across Saskatchewan, visit www.habitat.ca.
  • The Government of Canada, through Canada and Mortgage Housing Corporation (CMHC), along with the Government of Saskatchewan, through Saskatchewan Housing Corporation, are jointly contributing $65,000 to build the home through the 2014-2019 Investment in Affordable Housing Agreement.
  • The Government of Canada is currently rolling out its National Housing Strategy, an ambitious 10-year, $40 billion plan that will create 100,000 new housing units and lift 530,000 families out of housing need, as well as repair and renew more than 300,000 housing units and reduce chronic homelessness by 50 per cent.
  • The province’s overall commitment to Habitat totals $10.85 million since March 2009.  This investment supports Saskatchewan’s Housing Strategy goals of ensuring Saskatchewan people have access to affordable, safe, secure and stable housing.

Associated Links:

  • As Canada’s authority on housing, CMHC contributes to the stability of the housing market and financial system, provides support for Canadians in housing need, and offers unbiased housing research and advice to all levels of Canadian government, consumers and the housing industry.  For more information, please visit www.cmhc.ca or follow us on Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, LinkedIn and Facebook.  To find out more about the National Housing Strategy, visit www.placetocallhome.ca.
  • In October 2012, the Government of Saskatchewan released the Saskatchewan Plan for Growth: Vision 2020 and Beyond, which sets out the government’s vision for a province of 1.2 million people by 2020.  The plan identifies principles, goals and actions to ensure Saskatchewan is capturing the opportunities and meeting the challenges of a growing province.  Since 2007, the Government of Saskatchewan has invested more than $780 million to develop or repair more than 16,000 housing units across our province.   To learn more, visit www.saskatchewan.ca.

REDress Campaign
The Indigenous Strategy’s Moose Jaw Campus, local advisory Committee hosted an unveiling ceremony on Tuesday to reveal a permanent display that pays tribute to the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (ie, MMIWG) REDress campaign. 

Report from the Legislature

Saskatchewan workers and businesses continue to drive job growth across the province. Nearly 10,000 new jobs in the past year means Saskatchewan people can look forward to more opportunities for their families and communities.


In March – before the Trudeau carbon tax came into effect – Saskatchewan posted the second-lowest unemployment rate in the nation, its lowest since August 2015. While this is good news, the federal government’s carbon tax, along with Bills C-69 and C-48, threaten jobs and the momentum our economy continues to show.

The recent Regina Rally Against the Carbon Tax was an opportunity to stand up for the industries that drive growth, to say no to the Trudeau carbon tax, no to federal government’s harmful anti-pipeline and anti-tanker bills, and to stand up for Saskatchewan. That’s what the rally was about, despite what the NDP is suggesting.


Even now that the rally is over, the NDP Leader continues to repeat bizarre allegations that the rally was about spreading hatred against minorities. It is unbelievable how far the Leader of the Opposition is willing to go to discredit and smear the hard-working women and men standing up for jobs and opportunity for our families.


If the NDP were to form government, our progress would be hindered. Not only does the NDP support the job-killing Trudeau carbon tax, their Leader would also send our province in to crippling debt with an additional $2.5 billion in new spending every year.


While the Saskatchewan NDP stands with Justin Trudeau, you can count on your Saskatchewan Party MLAs to keep standing up for our province’s economy, our jobs and the industries that provide them, and for a brighter future for our families.


The future of education in Saskatchewan is the focus of a new online survey. Students, parents, educators and school staff are being encouraged to participate at
saskatchewan.ca/government/public-consultations/provincial-education-plan.


As engagement sessions with education partners occur, school divisions are also creating opportunities for parents and students to participate in person. The feedback provided will be used to help develop a provincial education plan that ensures schools are on the right path to meet the needs of students as we look toward the next decade.


As part of National Volunteer Week, 15 worthy individuals from across the province were recently presented with Saskatchewan Volunteer Medals – an award given to extraordinary citizens for their outstanding contributions to the province.


Volunteers make a difference by giving back to their communities in a variety of ways. Saskatchewan communities, particularly in rural areas, rely heavily on volunteers to respond to emergency situations. These volunteers put themselves at risk to protect the safety and well-being of others, and to respond to mass tragedies.


The words thank you seem inadequate in expressing our gratitude for the service and peace of mind provided by volunteer firefighters, first responders and search and rescue members. In recognition of their contributions, the Government of Saskatchewan is introducing new tax credits beginning in the 2020 taxation year.


Individuals who perform at least 200 hours of eligible volunteer services in a year, as certified by the organization managing the volunteer services, will be able to claim a $3,000 tax credit amount. These tax credits will acknowledge the difficult and demanding work of these individuals, recognize their ongoing training to be prepared for the call of duty, and hopefully encourage others to step into these volunteer roles to serve alongside their neighbours, which will enhance public safety in our communities.

Sign on side of trailer along the TransCanada Highway.

PRAYER BREAKFAST

April Oil And Gas Public Offering Raises $1.5 Million

The April public offering of Saskatchewan’s Crown petroleum and natural gas rights held on April 9, the first offering of the 2019-20 fiscal year, raised a total of $1.5 million for the province and was focused on the Swift Current area.

The public offering on April 9 saw 38 leases purchased, totalling 5,595.875 hectares.  The Swift Current area received the most attention, with 14 leases, totalling 2,106.288 hectares, being sold for $914,349.97.  On both a fiscal and calendar year basis, Saskatchewan continues to post the highest average-per-hectare revenues among the western provinces—a clear indicator of Saskatchewan’s continuing competitiveness and status as a jurisdiction of choice for the industry.


“Industry sources frequently identify Saskatchewan as having a very attractive operating environment and fiscal regime,” Energy and Resources Minister Bronwyn Eyre said.  “We are also home to some of the best and most cost-effective conventional oil and gas development opportunities you will find anywhere.  It’s not surprising that when we talk to audiences around the world about the investment opportunities in Saskatchewan, we are often talking about oil and gas.”


Three leases posted in the Gull Lake area and prospective for oil in the Upper Shaunavon area were purchased for a total of $527,384.24.  Millennium Land (444) Ltd., Millennium Land (555) Ltd. and Canada West Land Services Ltd. each purchased one of these leases.


The highest bonus bid was $221,322.02 for 129.360 hectares located south of Gull Lake.  This parcel, which also received the highest dollars per hectare at $1,710.90 per hectare, was purchased by Millennium Land (444) Ltd. which was the top bidder in this public offering, picking up four leases totalling 912.976 hectares for $416,196.81.


The scheduled date for the next public offering will be June 4, 2019.

SASKATCHEWAN VOLUNTEER MEDAL AWARD

Christine Boyczuk receives the Saskatchewan Volunteer Medal award.


Congratulations Christine and thank you for all you do in our community. 

Lieutenant Governor Presents The 2018 Saskatchewan Volunteer Medal To Recipients

At a ceremony held today Lieutenant Governor W. Thomas Molloy presented 15 worthy individuals with the Saskatchewan Volunteer Medal.

“By donating their time and energy, volunteers give hope and optimism to the organizations they serve,” Molloy said.  “These impressive recipients are proof that everyone has the power to make a difference, and by giving back to our communities, they are inspiring a new generation of volunteers in our province.”

The recipients of the 2018 Saskatchewan Volunteer Medal are:

  • Christine Boyczuk, Moose Jaw
  • Ben Buhler, Osler
  • David Burke, Kindersley
  • Janet Caldwell, Meadow Lake
  • Nelson Eng, Regina
  • The Reverend Alvin Hingley, Humboldt
  • Syl Kulyk, Saskatoon
  • Ivadelle Kulyk (posthumous), Saskatoon
  • Myrna Nagy, Prince Albert
  • Teena Polle, Prince Albert
  • Edna Poncelet, Grandora
  • Barb Ryan, Regina
  • Mary Walters, Pilot Butte
  • Robert Dumur, Fort Qu’Appelle, 2017 recipient
  • Audrey Heit, Kindersley, 2017 recipient

This morning the recipients were presented the Saskatchewan Volunteer Medal during a ceremony at the Hotel Saskatchewan.  The ceremony coincided with National Volunteer Week.


Since its establishment in 1995, the Saskatchewan Volunteer Medal has been awarded to extraordinary citizens across the province for their outstanding contributions to Saskatchewan.  Today’s recipients join the ranks of 204 exemplary volunteers recognized in previous years.


For more information about the Saskatchewan Volunteer Medal or to nominate someone for other Saskatchewan Honours and Awards, visit 
www.saskatchewan.ca/honoursawards.


Discussion on the saskatchewan construction sector with the Government Caucus Economy Committee.

First Resilience Report Measures Province’s Readiness For Climate Change

The Government of Saskatchewan released its first climate resilience report today, with measures that demonstrate how the province is increasing resilience to climate change.  The report covers five key areas: natural systems, physical infrastructure, economic sustainability, community preparedness and human well-being.

The Climate Resilience Measurement Framework, released in November 2018, is a commitment in the province’s Prairie Resilience climate change strategy.  This first report identifies targets, baselines, historical trends and the current status for 25 measures of resilience.  The measures are classified in one of three ways: good (showing desired trend), fair (maintaining or mixed trend) or poor (undesirable trend).


“Resilience to a changing climate is just as important as reducing our own provincial emissions,” Environment Minister Dustin Duncan said.  “Assessing and improving on these 25 measures will help people and communities across the province to cope with, adapt to and recover from the inevitable stresses of climate change and extreme weather.”


Fifteen resilience measures in the report are classified as good and are demonstrating anticipated trends.  Most of the measures listed under natural systems and economic sustainability are in good standing, including the following:

  • Saskatchewan continues to sequester significant amounts of soil organic matter, an indicator of soil productivity and carbon sequestered in provincial soil.
  • We are increasing the number of culverts on the national highway system to meet a new provincial flood standard.  This makes the province’s transportation network more resilient to extreme weather events.
  • We are reducing the intensity of greenhouse gas emissions per unit of gross domestic product, which indicates our industries are becoming more environmentally efficient and cost-effective.
  • We are increasing the area of Crown land with wildfire fuel management practices, which reduces the risk of wildfire to northern communities.

Seven measures in the report are classified as fair, providing opportunities to reinforce the province’s resilience to climate change, including:

  • Efforts will continue to increase the amount of renewable energy sources as part of our provincial electricity mix, with a goal of up to 50 per cent of provincial electricity generation capacity from renewables by 2030.
  • We will increase the number of communities with active surveillance for mosquito- and tick-borne disease, both indicators of changing climates and conditions.
  • We will continue to look at options to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions from government-owned buildings.

“The overall status of the measures is encouraging,” Duncan said.  “This report indicates where we are demonstrating desirable results, and also where we may need to improve going forward to keep communities and families protected from the impacts of climate change.”


The province will continue to track and annually report on the climate resilience measures to better understand Saskatchewan’s resilience to climate change, and to identify areas of further focus and improvement.


The province’s first annual Climate Resilience Measurement Framework report and full Prairie Resilience climate change strategy are available at 
www.saskatchewan.ca/climate-change.

MJBEX AWARDS

Presenting the NEW BUSINESS VENTURE AWARD with Pete (Warriors) to 4 Plants Indoor Gardening Supply.

Congratulations to all the nominees and award winners.
Thank you Moose Jaw Chamber of Commerce for hosting the awards and to all sponsors for your support and generosity making this event successful.

30TH ANNUAL SASKATCHEWAN TOURISM AWARDS CELEBRATED

Saskatchewan’s tourism sector honoured businesses and individuals at the 30th annual Saskatchewan Tourism Awards of Excellence Gala, which was celebrated in Saskatoon on April 11 at TCU Place.

“This is a special occasion celebrating the 30th annual Saskatchewan Tourism Awards of Excellence,” Minister Responsible for Tourism Saskatchewan Gene Makowsky said.  “The Government of Saskatchewan extends congratulations to the award recipients and finalists, and to the Tourism Builders honoured.  Their hard work contributes to authentic, remarkable visitor experiences that make Saskatchewan a great place to visit.”

“Tourism Saskatchewan is exceedingly proud of the effort that has made the Saskatchewan Tourism Awards of Excellence a 30-year success story,” Tourism Saskatchewan CEO Mary Taylor-Ash said.  “We take even greater pride in the work of our industry.  These awards showcase tourism operators and businesses that epitomize hospitality and leadership.  They inspire others to dream big and pursue their goals with unwavering determination.  Tourism Saskatchewan is delighted to celebrate their achievements.”

The winners of the Saskatchewan Tourism Awards of Excellence for 2018 are:

•             Rookie of the Year Award
Sponsored by the Saskatchewan Roughrider Football Club
Wheatland Express, Cudworth/Wakaw

•             Service Excellence Award
Sponsored by the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce
Harvest Eatery, Shaunavon

•             Tourism Employee of the Year Award
Sponsored by Harvard Broadcasting
Brenda Peterson, Parks Canada, Grasslands National Park

•             Tourism Employer of the Year Award
Sponsored by Regina Airport Authority
Gold Eagle Casino, Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority, North Battleford

•             Gil Carduner Marketing Award
Sponsored by Phoenix Group
Kinder Surprises Antiques, Davidson

•             Fred Heal Tourism Ambassador Award
Sponsored by Wanuskewin Heritage Park
Watrous Manitou Marketing Group, Watrous

•             Travel Media Award
Sponsored by Vendasta
Robin and Arlene Karpan, Saskatoon

•             Indigenous Tourism Experience Award
Sponsored by Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies
Wanuskewin Heritage Park, Saskatoon

•             Community Event of the Year Award
Sponsored by the Saskatchewan Arts Board
Taste of Maple Creek Festival, Maple Creek

•             Marquee Event of the Year Award
Sponsored by CTV
2018 WBSC Junior Men’s World Softball Championship, Prince Albert

•             Business of the Year Award (Under 20 Full-time Employees)
Sponsored by the Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority
Over the Hill Orchards and Winery, Lumsden

•             Business of the Year Award (More than 20 Full-time Employees)
Sponsored by Insightrix Research
Regina Exhibition Association Limited, Regina

•             Tourism Builder Award
Sponsored by Tourism Saskatchewan
Randy Fernets, Saskatoon Scott Ford, Saskatoon Shann Gowan, Swift Current

Detailed information on each category winner is available at www.Industry.TourismSaskatchewan.com.


CHAMBER OF COMMERCE EXPO

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN MOOSE JAW

Friday, April 12, 2019

What: Friends of the Library Book Sale
Time:  1:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Place:  Library

Saturday,April 13 , 2019

What: Friends of the Library Book Sale
Time:  9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Place:  Library

What: Imagine Local Craft Sale
Time:  10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Place:  Kinsmen Inclusion Centre  335 – 4th Ave SW

What: Easter Funday
Time: 1:00 – 4:00 p.m
Place: Western Development Museum
For children 7 and under, Regular admission applies.

What: Craft and Trade Fair
Time:  9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Place:  Cosmo Seniors Centre

PLEASE NOTE:  OUR OFFICE IS CLOSED FRIDAY, APRIL 19 FOR GOOD                                       FRIDAY.