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From the Desk of Warren Michelson December 14, 2018

December 14, 2018 View this email in your browser
shield FROM THE DESK OF WARREN MICHELSON, MLA

The Rotunda of the Legislature
beautifully decorated to celebrate Christmas.

Government House Hosts Saskatchewan Wall Of Honour

The Saskatchewan Wall of Honour will be on display at Government House in Regina from December 10, 2018 to January 6, 2019.


The Wall of Honour depicts the stories and pays tribute to 15 Saskatchewan soldiers awarded the Victoria Cross, the Commonwealth’s highest award for valour in war time.  It was first unveiled during this year’s Day of Remembrance ceremonies at the Saskatchewan Legislative building, as part of the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Armistice marking the end of the First World War.


Of note is that one of these soldiers being honoured is Lt. Colonel D. V. Currie.  Lt Colonel Currie grew up in Moose Jaw, attending King George School, Central Collegiate, and Moose Jaw Technical School.  Currie was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions as a Major in command of a battle group of tanks during the WW II Battle of Normandy. He want on to become a Lieutenant Colonel.  The armoury in Moose Jaw is named in his honour. 

Creation of the Wall of Honour was a collaborative effort of the Provincial Capital Commission, the Royal United Services Institute of Regina, Canadian Military personnel and employees of the Ministry of Central Services.


The Wall of Honour will be put on permanent display in Room 218 at the Saskatchewan Legislative building following the exhibition at Government House.


Merry Christmas from Moose Jaw North Constituency Office

Toy Days at Canadian Tire
Thank you to Canadian Tire, 800 CHAB, Mix103.9 and all who donated to help make sure everyone in Moose Jaw could have a special Christmas.

Report On Intersection Review Released
A traffic engineering review into safety at the intersection of Highways 35 and 335 is complete and the final report is now publicly available.


The purpose of the study was to review the geometric, collision, traffic and human factor characteristics of the intersection, identify any issues that could increase the risk of collisions at the intersection and recommend improvements that may reduce those risks.


The review was commissioned in the aftermath of the tragic accident involving the Humboldt Broncos this past April in which 16 people lost their lives and another 13 were injured.


Government’s standard practice is to conduct an internal traffic engineering review following any fatal collision on the provincial highway system.  Given the seriousness of this collision and the significant attention paid to it, the Ministry of Justice commissioned an independent consulting engineer to conduct the review.


The report made 13 recommendations to improve the overall safety of the intersection.  The Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure will implement all 13 recommendations, reconfirming the previous government commitment to implement all recommendations resulting from the review.


Since this issue is before the courts, the Government of Saskatchewan will not comment further on the report.


In order to inform the public of the report’s review and recommendations, the Government of Saskatchewan waives litigation privilege with respect to the report itself, but reserves all other claims of privilege.


Mosaic Place Ready for Christmas

Make Government House Part
of Your Family’s Christmas Tradition
The ninth annual Old-fashioned Victorian Christmas will be held at Government House, 4607 Dewdney Avenue, on Friday, December 14 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.  Everyone is welcome at this free family event that features an outdoor light display, a carol sing-along, craft-making and a very special appearance from the North Pole’s most famous resident.  Guests can partake in a Christmas-themed scavenger hunt through the Amédée Forget Museum and have a free family photo taken.


“Old-fashioned Victorian Christmas offers something for everyone,” Minister Responsible for the Provincial Capital Commission Ken Cheveldayoff said.  “From the opportunity to see Regina’s best holiday decorations, to partaking in fun family activities and a visit from Santa Claus himself, this event is not to be missed.”


Admission to Old-fashioned Victorian Christmas is free, but visitors are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item for donation to the Regina Food Bank.  There are things to see and do both indoors and out, so remember to dress for the weather.  Government House hosts a variety of events and activities throughout the year, and is open for tours Tuesday-Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For more information about Government House, please visit 
www.governmenthousesk.ca or follow on Facebook at 
www.facebook.com/governmenthouse

Dear Santa,
This year for Christmas I’d like
peace, joy and prosperity for everyone.

Report from the Legislature

Saskatchewan people are proud of our contributions to Canada.


It is frustrating, however, when provinces like Quebec say there is “no social acceptability” for oil from western Canada when, at the same time, there seems to be a lot of social acceptability for Equalization payments from western Canada.


Quebec is now receiving $13 billion in total Equalization, $1.4 billion more than last year, and 66% of the Equalization pool in Canada. Yet they oppose needed pipeline projects, which support our energy sector, and generate the wealth that helps fund the Equalization program Quebec depends on. It just doesn’t add up.


Equalization is a federal program funded by the taxes you pay through federal income tax and GST. Equalization is calculated based on a complicated formula that is supposed to reflect the relative strength of different provincial economies. So, the “have” provinces get nothing while the “have-not” provinces get billions of dollars.


The problem is, the formula is flawed and doesn’t really reflect what is going on in different provincial economies. For example, while the economies of Saskatchewan, Alberta and Newfoundland were being hit by a downturn in the resource sector, they continue to get nothing while subsidizing other provinces whose economies are actually doing better.


In Saskatchewan, every man, woman and child contributes on average a little over $500 in federal taxes towards Equalization every year – money that is then handed out to other provinces. In total, Saskatchewan taxpayers pay about $600 million a year towards Equalization, subsidizing programs and services in other provinces. This has to change.


Earlier this year, your Saskatchewan Party government introduced a plan to fix Equalization by making it fairer for provinces that have been particularly hit hard by energy sector challenges. Unfortunately, the Trudeau government quietly renewed the program in its current form, which sees provinces like Quebec get increases to their take while provinces like ours get $0.  Not very equal, is it?


Saskatchewan is proposing a simple change that doesn’t require a complicated revision of the current Equalization formula. We call it the 50/50 formula. Under the 50/50 formula, half of the total Equalization pool would continue to be paid out under the current formula and the other half would be paid out on a per capita basis. This would ensure that every province would receive some money from Equalization while “have-not” provinces continue to receive more.


Under the 50/50 plan, Saskatchewan would still contribute to Equalization but would also receive about $300 million while Quebec would continue to receive about $8 billion a year. That seems more than fair.  The 50/50 plan is a simple, fair solution to fix Equalization and makes it just a little more equal for everyone.


On the jobs front, workers and businesses across Saskatchewan continued to exceed expectations in November. Saskatchewan’s year-over-year employment increased by 16,300 jobs according to Statistics Canada’s latest Labour Force Survey. This is the best rate of job growth in western Canada, the largest jobs increase since 2013, and marks the fourth consecutive month of strong job gains for the province.


While Saskatchewan’s economy is showing signs of strength and improvement, we are still facing challenges due to the threat of a damaging federal carbon tax, and a deeply discounted price for our oil caused by a lack of pipelines.


Your Saskatchewan Party government will continue to stand up for our province’s economy and resource sector to ensure further growth in order for Saskatchewan to remain the best place in the nation to invest, work, play and to raise a family.

The Louisiana Hayride Show Christmas Tour

This concert was great Christmas season entertainment.


THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU EMBARK ON YOUR NEXT VACATION
If you are planning a trip and thinking about purchasing travel insurance, the Financial and Consumer Affairs authority (FCAA) wants to make sure you understand coverage options as well as the exclusions and pre-existing condition clauses.
 Here are some tips to consider if purchasing travel insurance:
  •  Purchase the coverage you need – Make sure you know what types of coverage you want.  There are different coverage options available and not all of them may be suitable for your needs.  Carefully read the policy to understand what you are agreeing to.  If your vacation plans are for an extended period of time, make sure your coverage is sufficient for your entire trip.
  • Understand the exclusions and pre-existing conditions clauses – You are required to fill out an application when applying for coverage.  It is your obligation to provide the insurer with an accurate response to the questions.  If you have questions about the application, contact your insurance agent or insurer.  If you have questions about your medical history, contact your doctor.  If you fail to provide the health and medical information requested or provide inaccurate information, your future claim may be denied.
  • Read your policy – Even though insurance policies and documents may be lengthy and complex, make sure you take the time to read these documents so you know what type of coverage you have and what types of exclusions and limitations may apply.  If you have questions, ask the provider before you purchase the insurance.
  • Understand the claims process – Before you purchase insurance make sure you understand the claims process, what is required and who to contact.  Knowing the process before a situation arises can prevent unnecessary stress.
Has your claim been denied?
If your claim was denied by your insurance provider, call them and try to resolve the issue.  If you are still not satisfied with the response, contact the OmbudService for Life and Health Insurance at 
https://www.olhi.ca/ in the case of health claims, or the General Insurance OmbudService at https://www.giocanada.org/, in the case of property claims.


These organizations provide independent complaint resolution and information services for the insurance industry.  Time restrictions might apply, so make sure to ask the OmbudService about limitation periods.


For more information about travel insurance, visit 
http://fcaa.gov.sk.ca/consumers-investors-pension-plan-members/consumers/insurance-consumers/travel-insurance.  

The Children’s Joy Foundation of Canada
fundraising by caroling at local businesses

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN MOOSE JAW

Friday, December 14, 2018

What: Saskatoon Jazz-Orchestra Holiday Swing and Then Some
Time: 7:00 pm
Place: Mae Wilson Theatre
Cost: Adults $30  Students $15

Saturday, December 15, 2018

What: A Christmas Long Ago- also playing Dec. 22
Time: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Place: Western Development Museum
Learn about Christmas in Saskatchewan long ago and make an old fashioned craft.  Pre-registration is required. 

What: Warriors Home Game vs Regina Pats
Time: 7:00 pm
Place: Mosaic Place
Bring a Teddy Bear for the Teddy Bear Toss

What: Cosmo Social Dance with Len Gadica
Time:  8:00 pm
Place:  Cosmo Seniors’ Centre
Cost:  $14 includes lunch

 

Sunday, December 16, 2018
What: Tuxford Pancake Breakfast
Time:  10:00 to 11:00 am
Place: Tuxford Community Hall
Cost: Adults $7, Under 10 years $3, Pre-school free

What: Poor Nameless Boy Indie Folk Artist

Time: 7:30 pm
Place: Mae Wilson Theatre
Cost:  Adults $30  Seniors $25 Students $20

What:  MJ Peewee B Blackhawks Rib Night
Time:  5:00 – 8:00 pm
Place: Rock Creek Tap and Grill
Cost:  Ribs $20  Chicken Fingers $10

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

What: MJ Public Library Movie Night  “The Nightmare before Christmas”

Time: 7:30 pm
Place: Moose Jaw Public Library
Cost:  Free

Upcoming Events
December 1 to 22, 2018Kinsmen Inclusion Centre Christmas for a Cause
Gift Wrapping Services
Thursdays from 6:00 – 8:30 pm
Saturdays from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
(306) 693-2271
December 22, 2018What: A Christmas Long Ago
Time: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Place: Western Development Museum
Learn about Christmas in Saskatchewan long ago and make an old fashioned craft.  Pre-registration is required.Christmas Eve Church Services
St. Joseph Catholic Church   7:00 pm and 10:00 pm
Church of Our Lady Catholic Church  7:00 pm
St. Aidan Anglican Church  7:00 pm and 11:00 pm
St. Andrew’s Church 8:00 pm
Minto United Church  7:00 pm
Zion United Church  7:00 pm

Church of God 
4:00 pm and 6:00 pm
Emmanuel Lutheran Church  7:00 pm
First Free Methodist Church  6:00 pm
Hillcrest Apostolic Church 6:30 pm
Moose Jaw Alliance Church 6:30 pm
Victory Church  7:00 pm

Christmas Day Service’s
St. Joseph Catholic Church  10:00 am
Church of Our Lady Catholic Church 10:00 am

December 25, 2018

What: The Christmas Inn Annual Christmas Dinner
Time:  Begins at 3:30 pm
Place:  St. Andrew’s Church

December 31, 2018

What: Winter Wagon Rides
Time: 3:00 – 7:00 pm
Place: Kiwanis River Pavilion, Wakamow Valley

Cost:  Free

What: Cosmo New Year’s Eve Dance with Al & Company
Time: 8:00 pm
Place: Cosmo Seniors’ Centre
Cost: $25 includes turkey lunch