326 B High Street West Moose Jaw, SK

From the Desk of Warren Michelson August 23, 2019

August 23, 2019 View this email in your browser

Premier Scott Moe was in Moose Jaw on Saturday for “Dinner with the Premier” hosted by Moose Jaw North Constituency.  The event was successful, and dinner was great.  Thank you Super Meats for the delightful meal. 

Government Increases Financial Supports For Jurors

The Government of Saskatchewan is increasing the amount of compensation jurors receive. Jurors will also be eligible for new compensation for dependant care.

“Saskatchewan is grateful for the contributions of everyone who acts as a juror,” Minister of Justice and Attorney General Don Morgan said.  “Being a juror is an important civic duty, and these changes will ensure everyone has an equal opportunity to perform this duty regardless of their financial circumstances.”

“The right to be tried by an impartial and independent jury is fundamental to our system of justice,” Martel D. Popescul, Chief Justice of the Court of Queen’s Bench for Saskatchewan said.  “That fundamental right depends on citizens being available for jury service.  The steps taken today will help to ensure jury duty is an opportunity and a privilege that all citizens are able to exercise.”

Effective September 1, 2019, under The Jury Amendment Act, 2019 and its Regulations, jurors sitting on civil and criminal juries will receive $110 per day.  The $15 fee currently paid to prospective jurors attending civil jury selection is being removed.  Previously, jurors received $15 per day for civil trials and $80 per day for criminal trials.

The amendments also introduce new financial aid for child care and dependant care expenses.  The amounts payable will be based on the actual expenses incurred, to a maximum of $40 per day for child care expenses and a maximum of $80 per day for elder or other dependant care expenses.  Jurors who incurred these expenses before being chosen as a juror will not be eligible to claim those expenses retroactively.

Further information on jury service and selection in Saskatchewan is available at 

I was honored to bring greetings to the Moose Jaw Soap Box Races on Sunday.  It’s great to see the efforts and creativity these youngsters put into their Soap Boxes.  The excitement among the competitors as they get positioned to race and the cheering of the fans is always an exciting time. 

Province Funds Epilepsy Monitoring Unit

Saskatchewan residents living with epilepsy can look forward to greater access to monitoring and diagnostic services with a highly specialized telemetry unit at Saskatoon’s Royal University Hospital (RUH).

The provincial government has committed to $1.35 million operational funding each year starting in 2020-21 to establish a four-bed Epilepsy Monitoring Unit. The Royal University Hospital Foundation (RUHF) will begin efforts to fundraise $1.2 million for the cost of capital and equipment.

“Our government is committed to improving access to high-quality health care services for people with epilepsy,” Health Minister Jim Reiter said.  “With the generous help of the RUH Foundation, this dedicated, specialized unit will make a tremendous difference to patients who need this service.”

“The addition of this unit will allow the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) to provide improved access to in-depth diagnostic and treatment services for people with difficult-to-diagnose or difficult-to-treat seizures or epilepsy,” SHA Vice President of Provincial Programs Corey Miller said.  “We are very grateful to our partners within the Ministry of Health and the Royal University Hospital Foundation for supporting the SHA in providing this improved access to innovative care.”

Many people with epilepsy are able to control seizures with medication.  However, telemetry is an important tool to determine if patients living with epilepsy will benefit from surgery to alleviate seizures and greatly improve their lives.

The telemetry unit will monitor the electrical activity in a patient’s brain over an extended time to determine if surgery would benefit the patient.

The telemetry unit will include dedicated epilepsy monitoring equipment and cameras, allowing physicians to conduct readings and assessments at the patient’s bedside.  Epilepsy monitoring is currently provided at RUH, but the dedicated unit will greatly improve access to services.

“RUH Foundation has already begun to engage potential donors in support of the funding required for the important work of Saskatchewan Epilepsy Program led by Dr. Jose Téllez-Zenteno and his team,” RUHF CEO Arla Gustafson said.  “Having additional telemetry beds will improve the ability to assess and determine if patients are candidates for surgery.  For people living with epilepsy, this is life changing.”

Two beds equipped for pediatric epilepsy telemetry services will also become available in fall 2019 with the opening of the Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital.  These beds will be available for children to receive telemetry services as required.

Approximately 10,500 people in Saskatchewan are living with epilepsy, 700 of whom are children.

To donate to the telemetry unit, visit the RUHF web site.


Report from the Legislature


The strength and resilience of Saskatchewan’s economy can be seen in the latest labour force figures from Statistics Canada. July’s numbers show 12,200 new jobs since this time last year, and 12 months of consecutive year-over-year growth.

This strength and resilience can be found in a number of areas, including building permits. In June, Saskatchewan had the second highest growth rate among the provinces.

Despite the external headwinds our province faces, these economic indicators are very encouraging.

Three major credit rating agencies also recently confirmed Saskatchewan’s strong fiscal position. When all three are considered together, Saskatchewan’s ratings are the second-highest of any province in Canada.

Our path to a balanced budget is maintaining and building a strong Saskatchewan for years to come, while a year of consistent job growth helps to ensure our province remains the best place to live, work and raise a family.

Saskatchewan’s Crown sector supports the province’s overall economy by employing 11,200 people with economic spinoffs that benefit businesses, municipalities, and community groups.

As part of our focus to ensure taxpayer dollars are going to the services that Saskatchewan people deserve, executive and senior management compensation in our Crown Corporations is down nearly 18 per cent in the past year. This ensures that nearly $4.4 million are going back into the important services and infrastructure people expect.



It was a beautiful
evening for the last Concert in the Park of the season.   

Crop Report For The Period August 13 To August 19, 2019

Producers in the province now have two per cent of the 2019 crop combined, up from less than one per cent last week, but behind the five-year (2014-2018) average of nine per cent.

Five per cent of the crop is now swathed or ready to straight-cut, which is behind the five-year (2014-2018) average of 12 per cent.  Thirty-nine per cent of the fall rye, 23 per cent of the winter wheat, 10 per cent of the field peas, five per cent of the lentils and two per cent of the barley is now stored in bins.  An additional two per cent of canola has been swathed.

Harvest progress is most advanced in the southern regions, where three per cent of the crop is now combined.  Producers in the central and northern regions have less than one per cent of the crop stored in bins and expect to be harvesting in the coming weeks as crops mature.

Scattered rainfall covered parts of the province this week.  Rainfall ranged from trace amounts to 27 mm in the Shaunavon area.  Provincially, topsoil moisture on crop land is rated as one per cent surplus, 75 per cent adequate, 21 per cent short and three per cent very short.  Topsoil moisture on hay land and pasture is rated as one per cent surplus, 67 per cent adequate, 26 per cent short and six per cent very short.

The majority of crop damage this week was from strong winds and a lack of moisture.  Some areas of the province reported frost and, although it was reported to be a light frost, some crop damage may have occurred.

Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation (SCIC) would like to remind producers that frost damage takes time to show effects. Once damage is confirmed, please contact your local SCIC office with any questions you may have.

Producers are busy hauling bales, getting ready for harvest, swathing, desiccating and combining crops.
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.




Beautiful flowers on

High Street, in


of DDK Pets and

EZ-Tech Computers


Saturday, August 24, 2019

What: Homegrown Farmer’s Market
Time:  8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 
Place: Langdon Crescent

What:  Run to the Oasis Car show
Time:   11:00 a.m. 
Place:  Oasis Trailer Court

What:  Transplant Trot Golf Tournament 
Time:   1:00 p.m. 
Place:  Deer Ridge Golf

What: End of Summer Party Featuring Reptile Zoo
Time:  2:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m, 
Place: Public Library

Sunday, August 25, 2019  

What: Brain Boogie Walk/ run
Time: 10:00 a.m. – Registration 
Place: Crescent Park


Sept. 15, 2019

NAFR ( National Association of Federal Retirees) BBQ
Members eat FREE
A member may bring a guest but guest cost is $15.00/person.
Members and guests must pre register by calling Barry 306-692-7978 by Sept 11,2019