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From the Desk of Warren Michelson April 5, 2019

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shield FROM THE DESK OF WARREN MICHELSON, MLA

FINANCE MINISTER


It was with great pleasure Moose Jaw host  Donna Harpauer, Minister of Finance over lunch this past Thursday.


Minister Harpauer addressed guest questions regarding the 2019/ 20 Budget. 

Report from the Legislature

The federal carbon tax has now been forced on Saskatchewan, adding uncertainty for individuals, families, businesses and communities. From the gas station to the grocery store and all across the province, Saskatchewan people are now being forced to absorb higher costs on just about everything including our power and energy bills.


The federal government is even charging GST on their carbon tax – in effect taxing a tax. You won’t find PST on top of the federal carbon tax which will start appearing on your monthly utility bills, but those SaskPower and SaskEnergy bills will include a clearly detailed charge that reflects the new tax, and the GST on top of it.


On this and so many issues, the NDP is completely out of touch. Not only do they applaud the federal carbon tax, they don’t like the fact we are making the added costs on your bills known to you. So not only would they force this tax on you, your family, and job creators, it’s clear their preference would be to hide it from you too.


While Saskatchewan is fighting the Trudeau carbon tax in court, it’s now the law and the province needs to comply. Not paying the carbon tax it is not an option, even though SaskPower and SaskEnergy are owned by you, the people of Saskatchewan.


The Government of Saskatchewan has been clear in its court challenge that we believe the imposition of the federal carbon tax is a violation of the Constitution and has no place in our province. We have repeatedly asked the federal government to stop this forced carbon tax until the court has reached a decision – but they’re not listening.


We will continue to fight the federal carbon tax, while continuing to act on our made-in Saskatchewan Prairie Resilience climate change strategy, an effective plan to help our province address climate change. If we win this court case, we will make every effort to return all the carbon tax money charged through SaskPower back to Saskatchewan people where it should stay in the first place.


Manitoba has now joined our government and will be launching a legal challenge of the federal government’s decision to impose a carbon tax.


88 per cent of Saskatchewan people support the fight against the carbon tax, which raises an important question – why doesn’t the NDP? The Saskatchewan NDP has supported the Trudeau carbon tax from the very beginning. Their leader Ryan Meili is on the record saying he applauds the policy and has reinforced his support for a carbon tax on numerous occasions.


The federal government’s own numbers show a $4 billion cost to Saskatchewan residents out to the year 2022 will result in only a 0.6% reduction in emissions. This places tremendous costs on families and on our export-based economy.


While Ryan Meili and the Saskatchewan NDP stand and applaud Justin Trudeau, your Saskatchewan Party government will keep fighting this unconstitutional carbon tax, and are hopeful that it will soon be struck down in the courts. We will keep standing up for you, your family, and your jobs, and most certainly against the job-killing Trudeau carbon tax.


GREEN SHIRT DAY

The honorable Jim Reiter announces the Declaration of Green Shirt Day for Sunday April 7th in recognition of organ donor Logan Boulet.


Record Funding For Autism Spectrum Disorder Supports And Services In Saskatchewan

The 2019-20 Budget dedicates more than $12 million in annual funding to providing autism services and supports for Saskatchewan residents.

The budget includes a $700,000 increase to the Autism Spectrum Disorder Individualized Funding program.  This increases the annual funding per child under six from $4,000 to $6,000, providing parents with greater flexibility to choose from a range of therapeutic interventions and supports for their child.  The total budget commitment for Autism Spectrum Disorder Individualized Funding is $3.5 million.


The Autism Resource Centre in Regina and Autism Services of Saskatoon will also receive an annualized funding increase of $100,000 each.  This will allow each organization to hire a mental health professional to provide enhanced mental health services and supports for individuals with autism and their families.


“Autism services and supports are crucial for ensuring that families who have children with autism have the flexibility and assistance needed to thrive,” Reiter said.  “That is why this government brought in individualized funding last year and has increased spending on services and supports from just over $500,000 in 2007 to more than $12 million annually.”


“The Autism Resource Centre is very grateful to the Saskatchewan government for recognizing the unique mental health needs of people with autism,” Autism Resource Centre Executive Director Keely Wight said.  “It is a progressive step for Saskatchewan to include autism in the conversation about mental health, and we are now able to provide this much-needed service to those with autism and their loved ones.”


“This funding comes at a critical juncture as the need is great and the issues are complex,” Autism Services of Saskatoon Executive Director Lynn Latta said.  “As mental health services expand in our province, the need for an autism-specific lens is crucial.  We are excited to be working with the Autism Resource Centre of Regina on a service model combining direct face-to-face therapeutic services, community collaboration and awareness and education initiatives.”


To learn about the Autism Spectrum Disorder Individualized Funding program and other services and supports available for people with Autism Spectrum Disorder, visit 
www.saskatchewan.ca/autism.

SASKPOWER UPGRADES

Lowest Unemployment Rate Since 2015 And 9,800 New Jobs

According to a report issued today by Statistics Canada, Saskatchewan’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.9 per cent last month, down from 6.0 per cent in March 2018 and 5.8 per cent in February 2019.

The unemployment rate was the second lowest in the country and well below the national average of 5.8 per cent.  March’s unemployment was the lowest recorded in Saskatchewan since August 2015.


Year-over-year employment increased by 9,800 jobs from March 2018.  This marks the eighth consecutive month of strong job gains for the province.  The job gains were primarily full-time employment with full-time jobs up 9,200 from a year ago; part-time jobs were up 800.  Jobs in the private sector were up 11,500 over the same period.


“With nearly 10,000 new jobs created in the last year, Saskatchewan employers are showing confidence in our economy in spite of the external headwinds we are facing,” Immigration and Career Training Minister Jeremy Harrison said.  “We will continue to stand up for Saskatchewan people against federal policies that are destructive to Western Canadian jobs and that will threaten the momentum that our economy continues to show.”


On a seasonally-adjusted basis, there were 3,900 more jobs compared to February 2019, up 0.7 per cent, the third highest percentage gain among provinces.


Other March highlights include:
  • Saskatchewan had record high levels for labour force, employment, full-time employment, male and female employment for the month of March.
  • Major year-over-year gains were reported for agriculture up 3,400; educational services up 2,400; health care and social assistance up 2,400.
  • Youth employment up 3,000 jobs for seven consecutive months of year-over-year increases, and the seasonally-adjusted youth unemployment rate was the second lowest in the country.
SOLAR ENERGY

Alex Stuart of SYCAMORE ENERGY gave an informative presentation on the advancement, cost and efficiency of Solar energy.  The presentation was hosted by the Moose Jaw and District Chamber of Commerce earlier this week.


Take Precautions Against Hantavirus

The Ministry of Health is reminding Saskatchewan residents to take precautions against hantavirus as the weather warms up.  People are most often exposed when cleaning up enclosed buildings (such as grain bins, sheds, barns, garages, trailers, cottages and homes) or farm equipment and vehicles after winter.


“You can get hantavirus by breathing in contaminated airborne particles from the droppings, urine and saliva of infected deer mice,” Saskatchewan’s Deputy Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. Denise Werker said.  “Hantavirus can cause a rare, but potentially fatal lung illness known as hantavirus pulmonary syndrome.”


Symptoms usually start within one to six weeks of exposure and include fever, muscle aches, cough, headaches, nausea and vomiting.  Some people develop severe symptoms that can be life threatening.  Seek medical attention immediately if you have a cough, fever and shortness of breath.


To avoid exposure to hantavirus, be aware of mouse droppings and nesting materials and take the following precautions when cleaning infested areas:

  • Ventilate the building by opening doors and windows for at least 30 minutes before cleaning;
  • Use wet mopping methods and wear rubber or plastic gloves;
  • Wear goggles and a well-fitting N-95 type filter mask when cleaning areas contaminated by droppings in a confined space;
  • Dampen areas contaminated with rodent droppings with bleach disinfectant and remove droppings with a damp mop or cloth;
  • Avoid using dry cleaning methods such as dusting, sweeping, vacuuming or air-hosing;
  • Steam clean, shampoo or spray upholstered furniture with a detergent, disinfectant or a mixture of bleach and water; and
  • Wash clothes and bedding with detergent in hot water.
Also, take steps to reduce rodent infestations:
  • Block openings that might allow rodents to enter a building;
  • Store human and animal food, water and garbage in containers with tightly-fitted lids; and
  • Move woodpiles or other potential hiding places for mice away from your home.
The risk of contracting hantavirus infection is currently low in Saskatchewan.  However, deer mice are present throughout the province and the risk will increase as the weather continues to warm up and people resume seasonal activities.


As of December 31, 2018, there have been 32 people with hantavirus pulmonary syndrome reported in Saskatchewan since 1994; 10 of those cases were fatal.


For more information on hantavirus, visit 
www.saskatchewan.ca/residents/health/diseases-and-conditions/hantavirus and HealthLine Online at www.healthlineonline.ca.


For advice on symptoms or when to seek care, call HealthLine 811.

Minister of Agriculture David Marit addresses the Moose Jaw Rotary Club. 

Overseas Companies Attempting To Take Saskatchewan Residents’ Money

The Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority of Saskatchewan (FCAA) issued a Temporary Cease Trade Order against a group of overseas companies; United Financial Commodity Group, United FCG, UFCG Limited and UFCG Ltd.  They appear to be trading and advising with respect to securities and derivatives in Saskatchewan.

These companies are not registered in Saskatchewan and should not be trading or giving advice about securities or derivatives.


Representatives of these companies have contacted at least one Saskatchewan resident by telephone, seeking investment funds for the purpose of trading options online.  The companies appear to be operating out of either England or Bulgaria.  The website 
www.unitedfcg.com appears to be owned by the named companies, and apparently offers users the ability to trade in commodities, currencies and cryptocurrencies through options offered online.


“An investor should always check to see if a company is registered to trade in Saskatchewan, before handing over their money,” FCAA Deputy Director of Enforcement Harvey White said.  “A company’s registration status can be checked by using the Canadian Securities Administrators’ National Registration Search database at www.aretheyregistered.ca.  Just because a company claims to be registered in a foreign country, does not mean they are registered to trade or advise in Saskatchewan.”


Anyone contacted by United Financial Commodity Group, United FCG, UFCG Limited, UFCG Ltd. or any representative of any of the named companies, should contact FCAA’s Securities Division at 306-787-5645.

The Saskatchewan Association of Fire Chiefs (SAFC) Annual Convention

It was my pleasure to bring greetings to the opening ceremonies of the Saskatchewan Association of Fire Chiefs Annual Conference in Moose Jaw.  I appreciate the hard work and dedication firefighters across Saskatchewan do to keep our communities safe.

Government Of Saskatchewan Now Accepting Applications For Impacted Sites Fund

Saskatchewan municipalities can now apply for funding to clean up abandoned, environmentally impacted sites through the Impacted Sites Fund.

Administered by the Ministry of Environment, the fund provides financial support to municipal governments to clean up these sites so they can be used for future economic or social development opportunities.  An abandoned, environmentally impacted site is an area, such as a former gas station or laundromat, that has been contaminated.


“In addition to the obvious environmental and human health benefits of cleaning up contaminated sites, the Impacted Sites Fund will allow communities to use those sites for other, economically beneficial purposes,” Environment Minister Dustin Duncan said.


The program will be funded on an ongoing basis through fines issued and collected under The Environmental Management and Protection Act, 2010.  To date, there is approximately $178,000 available in the fund.


The Ministry of Environment will assess and rank the applications according to environmental, social, and economic factors.  First priority will be given to sites that pose the greatest risk to human or ecological health.


In 2018, the ministry invited stakeholders to provide feedback on the funding process, which was used in the development of the Impacted Sites Fund.


Municipalities can apply for funding at 
www.saskatchewan.ca/business/environmental-protection-and-sustainability/hazardous-materials-and-safe-waste-management.


WHAT’S HAPPENING IN MOOSE JAW

Saturday,April 6 , 2019

What: Taoist Tai Chi Open House
Time:  11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Place:  St. Andrew’s United Church Social Hall
Cost:  Open House is Free  For more info call Elaine at (306) 693-9034

What: Introduction to Dungeons and Dragons
Time:  1:00 p.m.
Place:  Moose Jaw Public Library
For ages 13 and older,
Free, No registration necessary

What: Business Expo
Time:  10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Place:  Exhibition Grounds

What: Social Dance with Dennis and Curtis Ficor
Time:  8:00 p.m.
Place: Timothy Eaton Garden
Cost: $14 includes midnight lunch

Sunday,April 7, 2019 

What: Business Expo
Time:  10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Place:  Exhibition Grounds

What: Rowletta Spring Supper
Time: 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Place: Civic Centre
Cost:  Adults $15  Children $7
Call Bonnie  (306) 631-6534

What: Easter Ham and Turkey Bingo
Time:  7:00 p.m.
Place:  Church of Our Lady Community Centre
Hosted by Knights of Columbus Fr. Gilpin Council

UPCOMING
April 10. 2019
MJBEX Awards
5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Heritage Inn
For tickets call the Chamber of Commerce (306) 692-6414

April 12 & 13
Friends of the Library Book Sale
April 12:  1:00 – 4:30 p.m.
April 13:  9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.April 13
Imagine Local Craft Sale
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Kinsmen Inclusion Centre  335 – 4th Ave SWEaster Funday
1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Western Development Museum
For children 7 and under
Regular admission applies

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