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From the Desk of Warren Michelson August 31, 2018

August 31, 2018 View this email in your browser
shield FROM THE DESK OF WARREN MICHELSON, MLA

Happy Labour Day
Our office will be closed on Monday, September 3, for the Labour Day holiday. 
Have a Great School Year
A good education is the key to success.  Thank you to all school staff and everyone involved in educating our children.  I wish a successful and fulfilling school year to every student and to all those who are dedicated to their learning.

Safety Top of Mind as Nearly 190,000 Saskatchewan Students Head Back to School

As students get ready to head back to school after the long weekend, drivers should be prepared to once again share the road with school buses and students.  The Ministry of Education, school divisions, teachers and support staff across the province have been busily preparing for students’ return to the classroom for the 2018-19 school year.
“As a parent and grandparent – I know back to school is a busy and exciting time for children, parents and teachers,” Deputy Premier and Education Minister Gordon Wyant said.  “Thank you to the more than 21,000 teachers and staff who work so hard to make returning to the classroom a safe and enjoyable experience for students.”
The return to school also means increased traffic, busy sidewalks, and active playgrounds.  The Government of Saskatchewan reminds all drivers to slow down and take extra caution around school zones to help keep our children safe as they travel to and from school.
This fall, Saskatchewan schools will welcome nearly 190,000 Prekindergarten to Grade 12 students at more than 770 schools across our 27 public, separate and francophone school divisions, including associate schools.


In Saskatchewan, legislation establishing the start of the school year after Labour Day has been in place since 2012.  An exception is granted in years when the statutory holiday falls on or after September 5 to allow for an earlier start to the school year.


The Moose Jaw Warriors
Pre-season begins this weekend.

Impaired Driving Laws are Changing: Stronger Penalties Take Effect Sept. 1


Consequences for impaired driving are getting even tougher in Saskatchewan as of Sept. 1, including stronger penalties for drug-impaired drivers and for impaired drivers who transport children.


The Traffic Safety (Miscellaneous) Amendment Act 2017 and The Miscellaneous Vehicle and Driving Statutes (Cannabis Legislation) Amendment Act, 2017 were both passed in the Spring sitting of the Legislature and come into effect Sept. 1.
“It’s never OK to drive impaired, whether it’s by drugs or alcohol,” Minister responsible for Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) Joe Hargrave said.  “This new legislation reflects the seriousness of this offence, with more severe punishments for drug-impaired drivers, and those who make the bad decision to drive with children in the vehicle.”
As of Sept. 1, zero tolerance for drug impairment will apply to all drivers.  Zero tolerance means that drivers should not get behind the wheel with any level of impairing drugs in their system detectable by a federally-approved screening device, or a standardized field sobriety test.  The province has also updated legislation and regulations so that tough administrative penalties that impaired drivers in Saskatchewan faced under existing legislation will also apply to anyone charged under three new federal drug-impaired driving laws (
http://www.justice.gc.ca/eng/cj-jp/sidl-rlcfa/index.html).
There will also be longer vehicle seizures for impaired drivers with passengers under 16 years of age in the vehicle.  In addition, experienced drivers who are impaired and transporting passengers under 16 will face longer roadside licence suspensions.
Penalties include:
Drug-Impaired Driving
  • Zero tolerance for all drivers
  • Immediate licence suspension
  • Vehicle seized for up to 60 days
  • Licence suspension for up to 5 years if convicted
Impaired Drivers with Passengers Under 16
  • Vehicle seized for up to 60 days
  • Licence suspended for up to 120 days
  • Licence suspension up to 18 months for new drivers
Police can tell if you’re driving while high (https://www.sgi.sk.ca/news?title=think-a-police-officer-can-t-tell-if-you-re-driving-stoned–think-again-).  If they suspect that a driver is impaired by a drug or alcohol (or a combination of both), they can demand that the driver take a standardized field sobriety test or use a roadside screening device.  If the driver fails the field sobriety test or registers a failure on the roadside screening device, they can have their vehicle seized and licence suspended for at least three days.  If the officer has reasonable grounds to believe that a driver is impaired by a drug or alcohol they can demand that the driver submit to an evaluation conducted by a Drug Recognition Evaluator (DRE) or a breath test at the police station.

If a driver subsequently fails a DRE, or exceeds .08 blood alcohol concentration, that triggers Criminal Code charges, which results in a minimum 30-day vehicle seizure, an indefinite licence suspension until the charges are dealt with, and – upon conviction – potential fines, jail time, ignition interlock requirements and driving prohibitions.


It doesn’t matter if a drug is legal or not.  If it impairs your ability to drive safely, don’t get behind the wheel.


Prescription and over-the-counter drugs can also make you impaired, and combining drugs with alcohol increases impairment.


For more information on the consequences of impaired driving, visit SGI’s Drugs and alcohol page (
https://www.sgi.sk.ca/drugs-alcohol).
Remember the Labour Day Weekend for the Right Reasons


With summer winding down, our provincial highways are busy with people trying to enjoy the season’s last long weekend. The Government of Saskatchewan would like to remind you to drive safe over the Labour Day weekend.


“Long weekends are a good time to relax, but we all need to remember to travel safe,” Highways and Infrastructure Minister Lori Carr said.  “Whether you’re driving to Regina to cheer on the Riders or travelling to see loved ones, drive safe and make this weekend memorable for the right reasons.”


“Saskatchewan RCMP continue to make traffic safety a priority,” Superintendent Grant St. Germaine, Officer in Charge of Saskatchewan RCMP Traffic Services said.  “Our members will be out patrolling Saskatchewan roads to ensure everyone’s safety this Labour Day Long Weekend.  We remind people to obey all posted speed limits, refrain from driving distracted, and to always find a safe and sober ride home.”


You should also plan your route ahead of time so you are aware of the work zones and ongoing construction.  For those of you heading to the big game this weekend, there are work zones all around the province.  This includes various seal coating projects on Highway 39.


Even if workers aren’t present, drivers need to obey signs, stay alert and slow to 60 km/h through the work zone.  Work zones may contain driving hazards, like sharp pavement drop or loose stones, which require you to slow down.


A weekly highway construction update is published on
www.saskatchewan.ca/residents/transportation/highway-construction-projects/weekly-highway-construction-update to provide the travelling public with the latest details on projects underway to help plan safe and efficient travel.  If you see a highway work zone signing problem, you can report it by calling 306-244-5535.

Check the Highway Hotline at
www.saskatchewan.ca/highwayhotline, before you hit the road.  It provides up-to-date information on construction, emergency road closures, the status of ferries, barges and other road activities.  Information is also available by calling 511.
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.

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
www.saskatchewan.ca/honoursawards.

Minister Duncan Speaking in Moose Jaw on the Prairie Resilience Climate Change Strategy

New Industry Standards Next Step in Prairie Resilience Climate Change Strategy

The Government of Saskatchewan continues to implement key commitments made in the province’s climate change plan to help reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and maintain a competitive economy.

As part of the made-in-Saskatchewan Prairie Resilience strategy, government has developed new output-based performance standards that will apply to more than 40 Saskatchewan industrial facilities.  These facilities generate 11 per cent (or approximately 8.5 million tonnes) of total provincial emissions and are expected to reduce that portion by a total of 10 per cent by 2030.  These measures are in addition to previously announced reductions in electricity generation (40 per cent) and methane from upstream oil and gas (40 per cent).


“Reductions in these three key areas will reduce emissions by 12 megatonnes of greenhouse gases each year by 2030,” Environment Minister Dustin Duncan said.  “Our bold and innovative system-wide strategy is designed to responsibly and tangibly reduce emissions without the imposition of an economy-wide carbon tax.”


Saskatchewan’s performance standards will increase over an established schedule from 2019 to 2030, cumulatively reducing GHG emissions by 5.3 million tonnes.  The sector-specific performance standards are expected to achieve the following emissions intensity reductions:

  • Potash, coal and uranium mining (5 per cent)
  • Iron and steel mills (5 per cent)
  • Fertilizer manufacturing (5 per cent)
  • Pulp mills (5 per cent)
  • Ethanol production (5 per cent)
  • Refining and upgrading (10 per cent)
  • Upstream oil and gas – combustion only (15 per cent)
Saskatchewan facilities will be able to choose from a suite of flexible compliance options including offset credits, best performance credits and a technology fund.

Prairie Resilience is designed to protect economic competitiveness while achieving cumulative greenhouse gas reductions by 2030.  The standards for these sectors were developed in consultation with industry and account for overall economic growth, competitiveness and trade exposure, minimal regulatory burden, and sector-specific achievability.


“Our approach with Prairie Resilience is a more effective plan than a carbon tax, and these commitments demonstrate why the federal backstop should not be imposed on Saskatchewan businesses, industries, communities and families,” Duncan said.  “We plan to advise the federal government of our progress on reducing emissions and building a more resilient province; however, we are not submitting our plan for assessment, nor are we changing course on our strong and effective approach on climate change.”


“We are pleased to work with the government on this proactive, made-in-Saskatchewan approach to climate change to ensure emissions are reduced in an efficient manner that fosters innovation and ensures the province remains competitive,” Director of Climate, CAPP Patrick McDonald said.


“Ensuring the mining sector remains globally competitive is vitally important to Saskatchewan and to Canada as a whole,” Saskatchewan Mining Association Vice President Environment, Safety and Regulatory Affairs Brad Sigurdson said.  “We need to be mindful that, as we work to reduce GHG emissions, mining investments and jobs are not being directed to other international jurisdictions that don’t have the robust environment and safety regulatory framework that exists in Saskatchewan and Canada.  Our members are committed to bringing our expertise to the table and working with the province to reduce GHG emissions from the mining sector.”


In addition, The Management and Reduction of Greenhouse Gases (Reporting and General) Regulations take effect September 1, 2018.  The regulations obligate any provincial facility that emits more than 10,000 tonnes per year to report those emissions.


The Prairie Resilience strategy is a system-wide approach that includes more than 40 commitments designed to make Saskatchewan more resilient to the effects of a changing climate. The commitments – which go beyond emissions reductions alone – span Saskatchewan’s natural systems and resources, infrastructure for electricity, transportation, homes and buildings, and community preparedness.


Prairie Resilience is available at
www.saskatchewan.ca/climate-change.

Nominate a Saskatchewan Service Club for the Premier’s Service Club Award


The Government of Saskatchewan is accepting nominations for the 2018 Premier’s Service Club Award until September 30, 2018.


Since its establishment in 2013, the Premier’s Service Club Award has recognized the dedication and charity of the province’s service clubs.


“Service Clubs across Saskatchewan have an invaluable impact in their communities.  Their fundraising efforts help shape our province and their continued dedication to Saskatchewan will shape our future,” Premier Scott Moe said.  “I encourage everyone to nominate a service club for this recognition.”


In order to be eligible for the Premier’s Service Club Award, nominated groups must be voluntary, non-profit service clubs or fraternal organizations where people meet regularly to fundraise for other organizations.  Their mandate must better the lives of the people of Saskatchewan.  This award does not recognize individuals, and service clubs cannot self-nominate.


Groups selected to receive the Premier’s Service Club Award will be presented their awards at an event in their home communities in 2019.


To nominate a group for the Premier’s Service Club Award, or for more information, visit
www.saskatchewan.ca/honoursawards.

Crop Report for the Period August 21 to 27, 2018

Producers took advantage of the warm and dry weather to make considerable harvest progress before light showers later in the week put field work on hold, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s weekly Crop Report.

Twenty-seven per cent of the crop is now in the bin, well ahead of the five-year (2013-2017) average of 13 per cent for this time of year.  Seventeen per cent of the crop is now swathed or ready to straight-cut.  Yields vary across the province, depending on the amount of moisture received over the growing season.


Harvest is most advanced in the southwestern region, where 46 per cent of the crop is now combined.  The southeastern region has 42 per cent combined, the west-central region 23 per cent and the east-central region 16 per cent.  Ten per cent of the crop is in the bin in the northeast and five per cent in the northwest.


Ninety-six per cent of the fall rye, 76 per cent of the field peas, 78 per cent of the winter wheat, 74 per cent of lentils, 30 per cent of the mustard, 36 per cent of the barley, 32 per cent of the durum, 16 per cent of the spring wheat and seven per cent of the canola are now in the bin. An additional 43 per cent of the canola and eight per cent of the mustard are swathed or ready to straight-cut.


There were some light showers throughout the province this week, with the highest rainfall (29mm) being reported in the Ponteix area.  Topsoil moisture conditions remain unchanged, despite the limited extra moisture. Across the province, topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as 25 per cent adequate, 46 per cent short and 29 per cent very short.  Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 21 per cent adequate, 38 per cent short and 41 per cent very short.  Many southern and central areas have not received a 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 strong wind.  There continue to be reports of stubble and grass fires even though light showers helped to reduce fire risk in some areas.  Concerns remain of feed shortages occurring in drier areas.


Producers are busy combining, swathing crops and hauling bales.


SaskPower reports six cases of farm machinery coming into contact with electrical equipment in the last week, bringing the total for August to 18. SaskPower reminds producers to take the time this harvest season to identify overhead power lines and to plan ahead when moving equipment.


More safety information is available at
www.saskpower.com/safety.
A complete, printable version of the Crop Report is available online at
http://www.saskatchewan.ca/crop-report.

Follow the 2018 Crop Report on Twitter at @SKAgriculture.


WHAT’S HAPPENING IN MOOSE JAW

Friday, August 31, 2018

What: Fall Fashion Show
Time:  2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.  
Place:  Timothy Eaton Garden
Cost:   $5

Saturday, September 1, 2018

What: Social Dance
Time:  8:00 p.m. – 12:00 p.m.  
Place:  Timothy Eaton Garden
Cost:   $14

What: Train Rides at the WDM
Time:  11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Place:  WDM

Sunday, September 2, 2018

What: Train Rides at the WDM
Time:  11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Place:  WDM

UPCOMING EVENTS:
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
Moose Jaw and District Chamber of Commerce Annual Golf Tournament
Thursday, September 6
Call Barry Watson (306) 630-4041 Riverside Mission BBQ sponsored by Suburban Extended Stay Hotel
Thursday September 13
Canadian Tire Parking Lot
Riverside Mission Harvest Banquet
Tuesday, September 25 and Wednesday, September 26
Sportsman’s Centre