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From the Desk of Warren Michelson August 24, 2018

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It was with great pleasure I attended the annual Fly-In Breakfast which was held on August 18 at  the Moose Jaw Municipal Airport.

This year’s breakfast offered an opportunity to get together for informal conversations, and to promote the Municipal Airport.

Ensuring Highway Safety During Harvest a Priority

With harvest underway, the Government of Saskatchewan is reminding farmer and motorists to keep safety as a top priority during this busy period.

“Nice weather makes for a busy time on the farm in Saskatchewan,” Minister of Highways and Infrastructure Lori Carr said. “By planning ahead and taking the appropriate steps, we can help limit the safety risks connected to harvest.”

To help improve safety:

  • take extra precautions when passing slow-moving farm equipment;
  • be respectful of other drivers, as slow-moving vehicles can cause frustration;
  • ensure lights are working and adjusted before moving farm equipment on public highways;
  • know all height, length and weight restrictions on farm vehicles and when permits may be required; and
  • regularly inspect and maintain equipment.
Producers who operate heavy trucks must comply with many of the same rules and regulations as commercial vehicle operators.  Vehicles may be inspected by Saskatchewan Highway Patrol officers, which may take up to an hour.

“While we want to keep people moving during the busy harvest, we also must ensure all vehicles are in safe operating order,” Carr said.

Drivers need to obey signs, stay alert and slow to 60 km/hr through the work zone.  There may be cases in work zones where workers are not present that still require you to slow down.  A sharp pavement drop or loose stones during a seal coat are examples of hazards that warrant a slower posted speed.

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.
Moose Jaw Co-op BBQ
Thanks to Moose Jaw Co-op for hosting a BBQ in support of
Moose Jaw Family Services. 

Government of Saskatchewan Senior Leadership Changes

Deputy Minister to the Premier Cam Swan announced changes to senior leadership of the Saskatchewan Public Service.

Effective immediately, Mike Carr has been appointed Deputy Minister of Central Services.  Carr was most recently Deputy Minister of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety since 2010.  Carr previously served as the Associate Deputy Minister, Advanced Education, Employment and Labour and has held many senior leadership positions in the private sector.

Richard Murray assumes the role of Deputy Minister of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety.  In his 30 years with government, Murray has served as Deputy Minister of Central Services since 2015 and previously served as Assistant Deputy Minister of Facilities Management, Government Services.

Tammy Kirkland has been appointed Deputy Minister of Social Services.  Kirkland has extensive experience with the Government of Saskatchewan having served as Deputy Minister of Government Relations and First Nations, Métis and Northern Affairs since 2016 and previously as Assistant Deputy Minister of Social Services and Assistant Deputy Minister of Corrections and Public Safety.

Greg Miller has been appointed Deputy Minister of Government Relations and First Nations, Métis and Northern Affairs.  Miller has served as Deputy Minister of Social Services since 2015 and previously as Associate Deputy Minister of Education with responsibility for the area of Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 12 education.

“These deputies have made significant contributions to their files since joining their respective ministries and have impressive records with the Government of Saskatchewan. I wish to thank them for accepting their new assignments and I am confident they will continue their excellent work in their new roles,” Swan said. 

Nominate Someone Today for the Province’s Highest Honour

Lieutenant Governor W. Thomas Molloy announced nominations will be accepted until November 1, 2018 for the 2019 recipients of the Saskatchewan Order of Merit.

“The Saskatchewan Order of Merit enables us to recognize our most outstanding citizens,” Molloy said.  “Our province is full of committed individuals who have made our home a better place.  I encourage everyone to consider nominating a deserving person for our highest honour.”

The Saskatchewan Order of Merit was established in 1985 to recognize excellence, achievement, and contributions to the cultural, social and economic well-being of the province.

Previous recipients have come from diverse backgrounds and have made contributions to the arts, business and industry, agriculture and volunteer service.

Nominees must be current or former long-term residents of Saskatchewan. Any individual or group can submit a nomination, but the nomination must be for an individual, not an organization.  Posthumous nominations are accepted within one year of an individual’s date of death.

The recipients of the Saskatchewan Order of Merit will be invested by the Lieutenant Governor at a ceremony in the spring of 2019.

To nominate a deserving individual, or to learn more, visit


Farm Credit Canada held a Fill the Bucket BBQ on Tuesday with all proceeds going toward the Moose Jaw Food Bank.

Thank you FCC for stepping forward and helping those less fortunate. 

Report from the Legislature

Summer is always a great time to get back to our communities, reach out to constituents and gather feedback on how we can work together to build a better province.

Whether it is fighting the carbon tax or fixing Canada’s flawed equalization program, your Saskatchewan Party government will always stand with the people of this great province.

Right now we need to bring attention to a troublesome piece of legislation for our natural resource sector.

The federal government’s Bill C-69 has pulled the plug on Energy East; a $15 billion pipeline project that would create jobs and unlock more economic growth in Canada.

By considering changes like upstream and downstream emissions for pipeline projects, Bill C-69 will cause delays, add more costs, and undermine the future investment we need in Canada’s energy sector.

TransCanada CEO Hal Kvisle refers to Bill C-69 as “an absolutely devastating piece of legislation” and went on to say “I don’t believe any competent pipeline company would submit an application if Bill C-69 comes into force.”

Our government’s focus is improving competitiveness, by opposing a carbon tax and building increased pipeline capacity for our oil exports. We will not support a bill that delivers another body blow to our energy industry.

With harvest now in full swing and many students and families preparing for back to school, this is getting to be a busy time in households across Saskatchewan.

I sincerely hope you have had an opportunity to enjoy some recreation and relaxation this summer.

Saskatchewan’s provincial parks continue to be an important destination for many of us, attracting visitors and bringing economic benefits to the entire province.

Saskatchewan is investing more than $11 million for various parks improvements this year, increasing our total investment to nearly $110 million since 2008.

Highways have been another focus of our government with a variety of safety improvement and enhancement projects currently underway.

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

Shovels have also been hitting the ground on important housing projects this summer as we continue to support those in greatest housing need.

Since 2007, the Government of Saskatchewan has invested more than $770 million to develop or repair almost 16,000 housing units across our province.

Our government recently allocated the remaining licensed child care centre spaces as part of the Canada-Saskatchewan Early Learning and Child Care Agreement.

Signed earlier this year, the agreement includes the development of 1,015 licensed child care centre spaces and 1,500 licensed group and family child care home spaces.

Nearly 7,000 new spaces have been allocated across the province since 2007 –a 73% increase– for a total of more than 17,000 licensed child care spaces in Saskatchewan.

Even at a time of fiscal restraint, our government continues to support the priorities of Saskatchewan people through major investments in health care, education, social services, and the protection of people and property.

Today our plan to reduce the province’s reliance on resource revenue, control and carefully manage spending, and achieve a balanced budget by 2019-20 is on track. Together we will keep Saskatchewan growing strong now and into the future.


Lawn bowling, or “bowls,” is a game played on a flat lawn or green at least 36.6 m2. In a match, the object is to roll bowls so that as many as possible are nearer to the “jack” (a smaller white bowl) than the nearest opposing

Saskatchewan Leads Canada in Wholesale Trade Growth

Saskatchewan’s June 2018 wholesale trade numbers increased by 7.7 per cent, compared to June 2017 (seasonally adjusted)—the highest percentage increase among Canada’s provinces and higher than the national average of 3.9 per cent.

“Saskatchewan’s wholesale trade numbers are showing strong year-over-year growth,” Trade and Export Development Minister Jeremy Harrison said.  “These numbers indicate the strength and resilience of our province’s economy, which is sustained by diverse sectors that continue to attract investment and other opportunities.”

Industries which saw the highest increases on a year-over-year basis include food, beverage and tobacco (19.7 per cent), motor vehicle and parts (11.2 per cent) and machinery, equipment and supplies (8.5 per cent) all seasonally unadjusted.

On a monthly basis, wholesale trade decreased by 1.4 per cent in June 2018, compared to May 2018, the fourth in percentage change among the provinces.

Wholesale trade totaled nearly $2.3 billion in June 2018, seasonally adjusted.


Soap Box Derby is a youth soapbox car racing group which holds its annual races yearly here in Moose Jaw. Cars competing in this are unpowered, relying completely upon gravity to move.

If you have never gone to watch the derby,  I would recommend you do.  It’s an entertaining event and watching the kids enjoy themselves is priceless. 

Crop Report for the Period August 14 to 20, 2018

Another week of warm and dry weather has allowed producers to make great strides in the field, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s weekly Crop Report.
Sixteen per cent of the 2018 crop is now in the bin, up from five per cent last week and significantly ahead of the five-year (2013-2017) average of seven per cent for this time of year.  Twenty-two per cent of the crop is now swathed or ready to straight-cut. Reported yields vary greatly, depending on moisture received in the past few months.
Seventy-five per cent of the fall rye, 57 per cent of the winter wheat, 55 per cent of the field peas and lentils, 24 per cent of the mustard, 16 per cent of the barley, 14 per cent of the durum, five per cent of the spring wheat and soybeans, and three per cent of the canola are now in the bin. An additional 29 per cent of the canola and 14 per cent of the mustard are swathed or ready to straight-cut.

Harvest is most advanced in the southwest, where 31 per cent of the crop is now combined.  The southeastern region has 24 per cent combined, the west-central region 13 per cent and the east-central region seven per cent.  The northeast now has four per cent combined, while the northwest has one per cent.  Many producers in the north expect to be in the field within the next week.

Little to no rainfall was received across the province, although the Radville area reported 8 mm.  Topsoil moisture conditions have significantly worsened this week in the face of the warm and dry weather.  Across the province, topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as 25 per cent adequate, 44 per cent short and 31 per cent very short.  Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 17 per cent adequate, 35 per cent short and 48 per cent very short.  Many southern and central areas have not received significant rainfall in close to two months and crops continue to rapidly dry down.

The majority of crop damage this past week was due to lack of moisture and high temperatures.  As well, strong wind has blown swaths around.  Some areas in the province received frost, although damage is expected to be minimal as crops were advanced enough.  Pastures and hay crops continue to decline due to lack of moisture.  Pasture conditions are currently rated as 17 per cent good, 28 per cent fair, 29 per cent poor and 26 per cent very poor.  There continue to be reports of stubble and grass fires and concerns remain of feed shortages in some drier areas.  Producers are busy combining, swathing crops, desiccating crops and hauling bales.

A complete, printable version of the Crop Report is available online –
Follow the 2018 Crop Report on Twitter at @SKAgriculture.

Saturday, August 25, 2018
What: Community Gardens Farmer’s Market
Time:  8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  
Place:  200 block of Home st. W. What:  Southern Independent Riders 19th Annual Toy Run
Time:  11:00 a.m. 
Place:  Centre Park. Assiniboia, SK

What: Train Rides at the WDM
Time:  11:00 a.m. 
Place:  WDM

What: Charity Roast Beef Supper Ticket Sale G 4 G
Time:  11:00 a.m. 
Place:  Superstore
G 4 Grandmothers will be at Superstore Sat. Aug 25 11 am – 4 pm selling
Roast Beef Supper Tickets for our Supper at Bugsy’s in the Town & Country Mall.
Sept 27 between 5 pm – 8 pm.

What: Band City Fest Arts and Music Festival
Time:  1:00 p.m.- 10:00 p.m.
Place:  Amphitheater 

Sunday, August 26, 2018

What: Brain Boogie
Time:  10:00 a.m. Registration
Place:  Amphitheater



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

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