326 B High Street West Moose Jaw, SK

From the desk of Warren Michelson August 2, 2018

August 2, 2018 View this email in your browser

PLEASE NOTE:  Our office will be close Friday August 3 – Monday August 6.  We will re-open on Tuesday August 7.

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
Follow the 2018 Crop Report on Twitter at @SKAgriculture.


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



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

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

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