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From the Desk of Warren Michelson December 21, 2018

December 21, 2018 View this email in your browser
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PLEASE NOTE:  OUR OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED Monday December 24, 2018 – Monday January 1, 2019.  We will re-open on Wednesday January 2, 2019


A CHRISTMAS MESSAGE FROM WARREN MICHELSON

Merry Christmas!   These words of greeting are spoken through our homes and community during the most festive time of year.   Indeed, they are an expression of compassion here at home and extends all around the world.   It is a gentle greeting of peace and contentment.
Merry Christmas is significant in that it reminds us of the love and giving of Christmas gifts to our family and friends.   It is also a time for charity organizations assisting those who may be less fortunate, and the charitable giving of community citizens who appreciate their abundance and are willing to make donations and share their time with those in need.


Through the planning of all the shopping for gifts, wrapping, meal preparation, traveling to family and friends; the greeting of Merry Christmas brings a calming expression which makes it all worthwhile.


Merry Christmas is a reminder of the love and compassion that was given to the world on that first Christmas morning.  It is a reminder of a baby born in very humble surroundings who came to earth bringing the peace and compassion we share at this time of the year, and attempt to carry those sentiments to everyone all year long.
Thank you to all those who have expressed their compassion through your Merry Christmas greetings, and may you enjoy that same love and compassion with your family and friends during this time and throughout the year.


Merry Christmas.


Saskatchewan Grows By More Than 3,800 People In Third Quarter Of 2018

Saskatchewan’s population continued to grow in the third quarter of 2018.  According to the latest population estimates released today by Statistics Canada, Saskatchewan grew by 3,841 to 1,165,903 people as of October 1, 2018.

This represents the 50th consecutive quarter of population growth – the longest sustained period of population growth in Saskatchewan since quarterly records started being kept in 1971.


“Despite the challenges facing our energy sector, people still see Saskatchewan as a great place to live, and they’re right,” Trade and Export Development Minister Jeremy Harrison said.  “Our government will continue working hard to stand up for Saskatchewan and ensure it’s a great place to live, work and raise a family.”


Saskatchewan’s population growth in the most recent quarter was driven by net international migration of 5,261 and a natural increase (births minus deaths) of 1,762, partially offset by net interprovincial migration of 3,182.

WATCHING THE ZAMBONI

2018 Christmas Message From Premier Scott Moe

Roughly 2000 years ago, a group of people were out on the night shift, somewhere in the countryside.

It was likely the same group of people who worked the day shift.  There was no limit to the hours they put in. And there was no overtime pay either.

Nobody in charge cared about their stress level or their benefits, because they were shepherds.  And shepherds were at the bottom of the Judean social ladder.

The fact that those lowly shepherds were the first ones to hear the Christmas message was unexpected.

But Someone thought they were worthy.  Someone was unconcerned about their social status.  Maybe Someone did it on purpose.

It’s part of the Christmas story that shows us, year after year, that everyone deserves to hear a message of love – no matter their station in life.

Those shepherds must have been filled with total fear and awe.

Imagine, you’re out in the pasture, probably half-asleep.  Nothing around you but the nighttime and the smell of sheep.

And suddenly the sky lights up and angels, yes angels, are singing: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth, peace, goodwill toward men.”

The fragile little baby in this Christmas story comes to bring us peace and love.  And reminds us every year to spread His love to those around us.

Christmas is a time of joy.  But it’s also a time of sorrow for many, and we all know someone who could use a kind word or a helping hand.

It might be the family who just lost their mother and grandmother in a sudden accident, or a young man waiting desperately for a heart transplant.

It might be a family going through a financial setback, or a young woman fighting addiction, feeling lost and alone.  Or the families of a hockey team who have lost so much but won the hearts of the world.

George Matthew Adams said, “Let us remember that a Christmas heart is a giving heart, a wide-open heart that thinks of others first.”

Standing up for Saskatchewan means we look out for each other.

As you go from city, to small town, to countryside in this great province, it amazes me how people do just that – look out for one another.

And they do it in so many ways: through volunteering, fundraising, helping refugee families, and supporting those in crisis.

Saskatchewan people, we reach out to others, always, without question, extending the hand of friendship to those in need.

Around the world and right here at home, our province continues to be a shining example, and I am so proud to call Saskatchewan my home.

So from my wife Krista and I, and our family, and on behalf of my colleagues in the Government of Saskatchewan,

May the wondrous spirit of Christmas fill your heart with peace and love.

And may that same spirit continue to fill you with hope in the New Year.

And may all of you know warmth and joy as you celebrate with those you love.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


MOOSE JAW WARRIORS TEDDY BEAR TOSS

‘Tis The Season Of Gift Cards – Important Things To Know

Gift cards are a very popular way to send some holiday cheer to your friends, family and coworkers.

The Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority (FCAA) wishes to make consumers aware of gift card rules in the province, as FCAA sees a rise in calls and complaints about gift cards after the holiday season has concluded.

Consumers often have concerns about usage limits and expiry dates.

Gift Card Tips

  1. Gift cards can’t expire – Gift cards bought and sold in Saskatchewan are not allowed to have an expiry date (with a few exceptions).  An expiry date is only allowed for gift cards that are issued for charitable purposes or where the consumer provides nothing of value for the card (e.g. as part of an advertising promotion).
  2. There can be no additional fees – All fees must be paid up front and no additional monthly or usage fees are allowed after the fact.
  3. Read the fine print on the gift card – It’s important to read the fine print on a card before buying it to understand what limits may exist on its use.
  4. Use your gift card as soon as possible – If a retailer goes out of business, it is unlikely you can recover the value on your card.

For more information, visit http://fcaa.gov.sk.ca/consumers-investors-pension-plan-members/consumers/consumers-of-goods-and-services/gift-cards.

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The Consumer Protection Division may be able to help consumers with gift card disputes.  Consumers can call toll free at 1-877-880-5550 or by email at 
consumerprotection@gov.sk.ca.


Explore The Magic Of Winter In Saskatchewan Provincial Parks

This winter, families and friends can explore the cool side of Saskatchewan’s provincial parks, with a night of enchanting holiday lights, hot cocoa around a toasty-warm campfire or snowshoeing through forests of frost-covered trees.  The Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport is offering a variety of winter events in provincial parks that the whole family can enjoy.


“Saskatchewan Provincial Parks are beautiful destinations to visit every season of the year and winter is truly no exception,” Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Gene Makowsky said.  “These upcoming events are a unique way to experience winter in our parks while enjoying fresh air and perhaps trying something new.  I am pleased many local communities and organizations are teaming up to provide these wonderful opportunities in our parks for people of all ages.”

To kick off the series of winter events, a Festival of Lights in Sandy Bay Campground at Candle Lake Provincial Park will showcase more than 15 stunning light displays, with hot cocoa and treats.  The festival will run December 22, 28, 29, 30 and 31, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. with each night offering something a little different.  The festival is mainly a drive-thru tour, with the exception of December 28, which will feature a self-guided walking/snowshoeing tour.


On Saturday, January 12, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Echo Valley Provincial Park will once again host a Snowshoe in the Park event, with freshly groomed trails and snowshoes provided.  Guests can also enjoy a campfire cookout with hotdogs, hot cocoa, coffee and tea in the park’s brand new visitor centre.  Fun and educational demonstrations on camping, winter survival and safety will be on site, as well as door prizes and other giveaways.  With more than 200 visitors in attendance at last year’s snowshoeing event, this year is expected to be another success with the help and generosity of local businesses.


Families looking for a unique winter experience can visit Last Mountain House Historic Site on Saturday, January 26 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. for an afternoon of snowshoeing, fiddlers, furs and trapping, crafts, historic characters and fun interactive demonstrations and activities.  Guests can try their hand at baking bannock over an open fire.

In Great Blue Heron Provincial Park, visitors can experience Winter by the Lake on Saturday, February 9 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. where staff and guests will set out on a cross country skiing and/or snowshoeing adventure along the trails at Anglin Lake.  The afternoon will be complete with hot beverages, a campfire and crafts available in the warm-up shelter.


A starry night candle-lit ski, perfect for couples and families, will take place in Moose Mountain Provincial Park on Friday, February 15 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.  Guests can enjoy cross-country skiing on the 3.2 km Riding Academy Trail, lit with soft candle glow, along with hotdogs and hot cocoa around the campfire.


Additional details on these events and more are available at 
www.saskparks.com under Winter Fun.


2018 Christmas Message From Lieutenant Governor W. Thomas Molloy

As we celebrate this special season, I am pleased to extend greetings on behalf of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, Queen of Canada.

This has been a remarkable year for me, as I had the honour of becoming Saskatchewan’s 22nd Lieutenant Governor in March.  As I have travelled across our beautiful province, I have been very impressed by our outstanding volunteers.  I am grateful to everyone who donates their time to improve the lives of others.


I also want to thank the many Indigenous communities that have invited me to visit and have given me a warm welcome.  I have had the privilege of taking part in pow wows, treaty gatherings, a sweat lodge, flag-raisings, declaration signings, and many other celebrations.  At each of these meaningful events, I have witnessed both a respect for cultural traditions and creative innovation.  I wish to express my gratitude to everyone who is exploring how we can achieve reconciliation together.


This year I have met many inspiring young people.  The youth of our province are providing leadership in many areas, including mental health, overcoming racism, and welcoming new Canadians.  Our impressive young leaders are reason for great hope for our future.


This has been a year of sadness for many.  2018 will long be remembered as the year of the Humboldt Broncos accident.  The crash claimed the lives of 16 people who were deeply loved and will be greatly missed.  Others in our province have also experienced personal hardship this year.


I have been inspired by those who face challenges with courage and resilience.  Many see adversity as an opportunity not only to find solutions for themselves, but to help others. This is the Saskatchewan way.


For me, this season is an opportunity to spend time with family and friends, and also to give thanks for my many blessings.  I am truly grateful to call Saskatchewan home.  My experiences in this role have filled me with hope for all that we can accomplish together.


Merry Christmas from my family to yours.

Saskatchewan Provincial Parks – Start Planning But Note The Changes

Starting in April, visitors will be able to reserve campsites for the 2019 season in Saskatchewan’s beautiful provincial parks on a new and improved online reservation site.  The upgraded site will enhance the overall visitor experience and increase online services, such as seasonal bookings.

“Visitation continues to increase in Saskatchewan parks and we are already looking forward to welcoming families back for another memorable season,” Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Gene Makowsky said.  “From guided nature hikes to games on the beach, visitors will once again be able to enjoy the many programs, events and outdoor activities available in each park.”


In 2019, seasonal campsites will be moved to the online reservation system.  Due to high demand for seasonal sites, a queuing system will be used to ensure a fair process.  For seasonal campsites, customers will only be able to book for one person in one campsite with one payment.  Reservations for seasonal campsites will open Tuesday, April 2 at 7 a.m.

Group campsites will also be added to the online reservation system this year.  Starting on Thursday, April 4, sites can be booked online year-round or through the call centre up until October.  School and youth groups will continue to book by calling the parks directly.  Campers should note that fees for reservation cancellations, changes and no-shows will increase for nightly, group and seasonal bookings.

For the first time, there will be a significant discount of $5 per night in the spring season for electric, non-electric and economy sites.


Other changes coming in 2019:
  • Annual park entry permits will increase to $75, weekly permits will increase to $40 and three-day entry permits will no longer be available;
  • Nightly full service and electric sites will increase by $2;
  • Seasonal sites will increase to $2,600 (electric), $1,400 (non-electric) and $1,100 (economy); and
  • Daily entry and non-electric camping rates are not changing.
Nightly reservations for 2019 campsites will open at 7 a.m. from Monday, April 8 to Thursday, April 18, 2019.  Staggered launch dates and a queuing system will be implemented again in 2019 to help provide the best user experience possible during reservations.


The schedule for the nightly reservations is as follows:
  • Monday, April 8: Blackstrap and Pike Lake
  • Wednesday, April 10: Meadow Lake
  • Thursday, April 11: Saskatchewan Landing and The Battlefords
  • Friday, April 12: Buffalo Pound, Douglas and Danielson
  • Monday, April 15: Echo Valley, Rowan’s Ravine, Makwa Lake, Bronson Forest and Lac La Ronge
  • Tuesday, April 16: Cypress Hills
  • Wednesday, April 17: Duck Mountain, Good Spirit and Greenwater
  • Thursday, April 18: Moose Mountain, Crooked Lake, Great Blue Heron, Narrow Hills and Candle Lake
For additional details on fees, and seasonal and group campsite reservations, visit www.saskparks.com.

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN MOOSE JAW

PLEASE NOTE:  OUR OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED: Monday December 24, 2018 – Monday January 1, 2019.  We will re-open on Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Saturday, December 22, 2018

What: School Break Short Films at the WDM
Time:  9:00 a.m.
Place:  Western Development Museum

What: 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.

Kinsmen 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

UPCOMINGChristmas Eve (Monday, December 24) Church Services

Central Lutheran Church
St. Barnabas Traditional Anglican Church (that uses our building) is having
3:30 pm Matins of Christmas Day on the 24th
4:30 pm The Nativity of Our Lord with carols and lessons
7:00 p.m. Traditional candlelight communion service
11:30 pm Holy Communion midnight Candlelight Service

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
strong>Victory Church  7:00 pm

Christmas Day Services
St. Joseph Catholic Church  10:00 am
Church of Our Lady Catholic Church 10:00 a.m
 
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

January 18, 19 & 20, 2019

What: 100th Anniversary of WW1- Royal Canadian Legion ask Curling Bonspiel
Time: All Day
Place: MJ RCL- 268 High St. W.
Curling Ice: Mosaic Place
Cost:  Command Fees- $75/Team paid direct to Provincial Command (asap)
Entry Fee:  $300 per team