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From the Desk of Warren Michelson February 1, 2019

February 1, 2019 View this email in your browser


Ready To Escape The Cold? Five Tips For Booking A Trip


The Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority (FCAA) wants people to enjoy their winter getaways this year.  If you are planning a trip, make sure you follow these simple tips so your dream vacation doesn’t turn into a nightmare.

Here are five steps to protect yourself in case something goes wrong when booking a trip:
  1. Pay with a credit card (make sure you know which currency – CAD, USD, etc. is being used).  It is easier to get a refund through a credit card provider.
  2. Minimize or avoid cash/cheque deposits.  It may be more difficult or impossible to get a refund if the third party goes out of business.
  3. When booking airfare/hotel/car rental through a third party (online or in person), confirm your booking with the actual supplier to ensure the reservation was received and that the dates and details are correct.
  4. Make sure to thoroughly read the cancellation policy set out in your travel contract.
  5. Do research, read customer reviews, check with the Better Business Bureau, www.bbb.org/saskatchewan, and the Association of Canadian Travel Agencies (ACTA), www.acta.ca,  to confirm that the third party is well established and has a good reputation within the community.

Contact Consumer Protection Division

The Consumer Protection Division may be able to help consumers who have problems with a travel contract.  They can call toll free at 1-877-880-5550 or by email at consumerprotection@gov.sk.ca.

Report from the Legislature

Saskatchewan is a national leader in manufacturing sales and wholesale trade growth. This is an encouraging sign of our economic resilience. Coupled with strong job numbers, we can be optimistic that our economy will continue to grow and create opportunity for Saskatchewan people.

Agriculture is a key driver of our economy and plays an essential role on a global scale. Continued investments in research are vital to ensuring producers are growing what the world needs in the most efficient and sustainable way possible.

At the recent CropSphere conference in Saskatoon, in partnership with producers and the Government of Canada, the Government of Saskatchewan announced support for dozens of new
crop and livestock and forage-related research projects.These investments help to cement Saskatchewan’s status as a leader in agriculture research and create even more opportunities for our producers and agribusinesses, which in turn increases the competitiveness of our industry.

These investments also help to grow our reputation as an internationally recognized leader in the biosciences. Continued investment also helps to attract more world leaders in the field to our province, fostering continued innovation.

Innovation and technology play a critical role in growing our economy.

Our province is home to a thriving technology sector, and our government is encouraging its growth through the Made in Saskatchewan Technology (MIST) Program. The program is designed to find solutions from the province’s technology-based companies whose products may improve public service delivery. Innovation Saskatchewan has now started accepting applications. To learn more about the MIST Program and how to apply, visit innovationsask.ca.

Our technology sector continues to punch above its weight, and we want to keep it growing into the future. If you have a tech startup idea, you can also check out our Saskatchewan Technology Start-up Incentive.

Thank you to all entrepreneurs for their hard work and commitment to growing industry and opportunity in Saskatchewan.

Modernizing regulations and cutting the red tape is a priority of the Government of Saskatchewan. Unnecessary regulation and red tape costs business, residents and the governments millions of dollars and thousands of hours in lost time every year.

The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) recently recognized Saskatchewan for its ongoing leadership in red tape reduction by setting clear targets as well as measuring and reporting the regulatory burden. In 2017-18, regulatory modernization efforts were forecast to achieve $132.9 million in savings over the next 10 years—across government and Crown corporations.

The Government of Saskatchewan has also introduced the ‘Help Cut Red Tape’ web page, which is an easy, practical way for entrepreneurs to submit their red tape headaches directly to the government and have them addressed.

Saskatchewan’s efforts to modernize regulations and reduce red tape have earned our province the CFIB’s highest A grade in its 2019 Red Tape Report Card.

Effective red tape reduction also means addressing inter-provincial regulatory irritants. Saskatchewan actively participates as a member of the Regulatory Reconciliation and Cooperation Table, as part of the Canada Free Trade Agreement.

Saskatchewan and Ontario are also working with industry to identify opportunities to remove red tape for businesses selling goods or services across Canada.

For more information on how to Help Saskatchewan Cut Red Tape, visit

Big Game Management Licences Available For Elk In The Moose Mountain Area

The Ministry of Environment is issuing 100 Big Game Management Licences for elk in Wildlife Management Zone (WMZ) 33 that will be valid from February 4-25.  This decision is in response to significant concerns about agricultural damage and will help reduce the elk population in the region.

Big Game Management Licences are issued by the ministry to address concerns about overabundant big-game populations.

The licences will be issued on a first come, first served basis through the Saskatchewan Hunting, Angling and Trapping Licence system at 9 a.m. on Monday, February 4.

These licences are only valid for antlerless elk within the following area of WMZ 33:

  • Provincial Highway No. 9 between Grid Road No. 711 and Provincial Highway No. 13 (east boundary);
  • Grid Road No. 711 between Provincial Highway No. 9 and the west boundaries of the Rural Municipalities (RMs) of Brock No. 64 and Hazelwood No. 94 (north boundary);
  • West boundaries of the RMs of Brock No. 64 and Hazelwood No. 94 between Grid Road No. 711 and Provincial Highway No. 13 (west boundary); and
  • Provincial Highway No. 13 between the west boundaries of the RMs of Brock No. 64 and Hazelwood No. 94 and Provincial Highway No. 9 (south boundary).

The primary tool to manage elk populations is hunting.  Ensuring that licensed hunters have a reasonable opportunity to harvest elk is important in helping reduce populations in the region and attaining long-term elk management goals.


Greetings along with Mayor Tolmie and welcoming Sam Fiorella, the promoter of the Yellow Friendship Bench.  Sam Fiorella lost his son to depression while attending Carleton University.   The Yellow Bench Program was created and established for campuses throughout Canada to assist students and to help those who struggle with depression and create awareness of mental health. 

The yellow bench provides a safe place for students to express their concerns regarding depression and mental health issues.  

Renewed Lottery Agreement Will Continue To Benefit Saskatchewan Communities

A renewed lottery agreement guarantees eligible sport, culture and recreation organizations will continue to receive and benefit from Saskatchewan Lottery proceeds for the next five years.

This morning, the Government of Saskatchewan, Sask Sport, SaskCulture and the Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association signed the agreement.

“Saskatchewan Lotteries is a successful fundraiser for community sport, culture and recreation,” Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Gene Makowsky said.  “The Saskatchewan Lotteries provides opportunities to more than 600,000 participants in many communities across our province.  These far-reaching benefits would not be possible without our partners, Sask Sport, SaskCulture and the Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association, and of course thousands of volunteers.”

“We fully support the new lottery agreement, and look forward to another five years working with our partners to build active, healthy communities in Saskatchewan,” Sask Sport Chair Leslie Blyth said.  “Long-term planning is essential to non-profit organizations and their ability to deliver quality, sustainable programs, services and events.  This agreement will continue to positively impact our communities and provide more opportunities for all.  Together, we all win!”

“The government’s commitment to this new lottery agreement, and its support for the cultural life of Saskatchewan residents, is greatly appreciated,” SaskCulture President James Rose said.  “Lottery funding is instrumental to ensuring that cultural activity, ranging from galleries and museums to cultural forums, festivals and more, fosters the growth of inclusive and engaged communities, individual well-being, and overall quality of life throughout the province.”

“We are grateful for the government’s support of the renewed lottery agreement,” Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association President Coralie Bueckert said.  “It creates opportunities for the recreation community to maintain and enhance well-being for all people within this province.  With lottery funding, we can continue to work collectively to build our sector’s capacity to deliver safe, quality and inclusive recreation environments, programs and services for the people of Saskatchewan.”

The lottery licence fee will remain at 3.75 per cent of annual sales, providing continued funding stability and allowing organizations to maintain quality programs and services to the residents of Saskatchewan.  It will also allow continued investments in strategic priority areas, such as promoting healthy lifestyles and reducing barriers to participation.

For the 2017-18 fiscal year, $54.2 million from the Saskatchewan Lotteries Trust Fund was granted to sport, culture and recreation organizations across Saskatchewan.

Credit Cards 101 – Tips For Students

The Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority (FCAA) is offering advice to students about credit card usage to help them responsibly use their first credit card.  When used responsibly, a credit card can help build good credit history which is important when it’s time to buy a car or a house.

“Making late credit card payments or skipping them will seriously harm your credit rating,” FCAA’s Consumer Credit Division Director Cory Peters said.  “It’s important to always make your minimum payment on time.  Better yet, if you always pay the full balance on time you can avoid interest charges entirely.”

Keep the following tips in mind when getting a credit card:

  • Always make your minimum payment on time – At the very least, make the minimum payment by the due date and to avoid interest charges, pay off the full balance on time.
  • Don’t share your PIN – If something happens to your account and you’ve given someone your PIN, you are on the hook.
  • Avoid cash advances – There often is a fee associated with this and interest is charged immediately.
  • Read your statement – Make sure your transactions recorded in the statement are accurate and check for any fraudulent and unauthorized charges.  Fraudsters can sometimes gain access to your card without you noticing it.
  • It’s not free cash – If you can’t afford to pay it off right away, think twice before buying something with your credit card.  Not all credit cards are the same, offering different interest rates, fees and rewards.  Make sure to research which one is the right fit for you.
For more helpful information on credit card usage, visit http://fcaa.gov.sk.ca/financial-literacy/youth-parent-educators/credit-card-tips.


Friday, February 1, 2019

What: Moose Jaw Warriors Home Game vs Medicine Hat Tigers
Time:  7:00 p.m.
Place: Mosaic Place

Saturday, February 2, 2019

What: Family Literacy Event
Time:  1:00 p.m.

Place:  Moose Jaw Public Library
FREE movie, snacks, a take home book and bookmark for children ages 12 and under.  All children must be accompanied and supervised by a parent for the duration of the event.  Admission is on a first come, first serve basis.What: Sports Celebrity Dinner
Time:  6:00 p.m.
Heritage Inn
Tickets: $150/pp or Table of 8- $1200  Cory at 631-8893, or John at 690-4555 What: Chinese New Year
Time:  6:00 p.m. 
Place: Uptown Cafe

Tickets: Must Purchase in advance 

What: Social Dance
Time:  8:00 p.m. 
Place:  Timothy Eaton Garden

Tickets: $14

What: Dance to th 50’s and 60’s with the Bromantics

            Sponsored by the Friendly City Optimist Club

Time:  8:00 p.m.

Place:  Church of our Lady Community Centre
Tickets: $30  Includes lunch  Susan  (306) 690-7164

Monday, February 3, 2019

What: Soup and Sandwich Lunch

Time:  11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Place:  Masonic Temple

Tickets: $10  Cathy  (306) 240-9950UPCOMINGFEBRUARY 9, 2019

Ice Fishing at Buffalo Pound

with L’Association communautaire Fransaskoise de Moose Jaw

10:00 a.m. -2:00 p.m.

Tickets $5 for children, $15 for adults

acfmoose@gmail .com or (306) 692-8112

Heritage Day

Western Development Museum

1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Annual Valentine Tea hosted by Zion Sanctuary Choir

2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Zion United Church


Freedom to READ week

Feb 24- March 2

Coteau St. Library