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From the Desk of Warren Michelson February 15, 2019

February 15, 2019 View this email in your browser
shield FROM THE DESK OF WARREN MICHELSON, MLA
PLEASE NOTE:  Our office will be closed Monday February 18th for FAMILY DAY. 

BITTER COLD CLOUDINESS & PILES OF SNOW ON CITY STREETS

Embracing Winter In Saskatchewan – A Week Of Fun Family Activity

Family Day in Saskatchewan is on February 18, which for many families is just the beginning of a week of school’s-out activities.  There are some great events happening in our province to keep the family busy through the February break.

“From parks, to heritage, to the Royal Saskatchewan Museum, there are all sorts of fun and educational experiences happening in Saskatchewan,” Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Gene Makowsky said.  “Whether you are looking for a way to embrace winter activities in our province, or to learn about our history, there is truly something for everyone.”


On February 16 and 17, residents and visitors to the province are welcome to ice fish in any waterbody that has an open sport fishing season, without purchasing a fishing license.  This is a great way to try the sport for the first time, or to get out for the first time this winter.  More information about fishing in Saskatchewan can be found in the Anglers’ Guide, available wherever fishing licenses are sold, or online at 
www.saskatchewan.ca/fishing.


This is a beautiful time of year to enjoy outdoor activities in provincial parks, starting February 15 with a 3.2 km candlelight ski at Moose Mountain Provincial Park from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. On February 17, from 10:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park will host a morning guided snowshoe hike and an afternoon demonstration on winter shelter building along with horse-drawn wagon rides, tobogganing, hot chocolate and marshmallows.  On February 24, from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m., Douglas Provincial Park will offer sleigh rides, snowshoeing, cross country skiing and a hotdog/marshmallow roast. For more information, visit 
www.saskparks.com.

While construction is still underway at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum, the facility will be open during family week, with a focus on wild families!  The Paleo Pit will be open daily from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. and there will be a family scavenger hunt taking place throughout the galleries.  From February 19 until February 22, the field station will be open from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. to allow visitors to touch furs, explore skulls and identify tracks. For more information, visit www.royalsaskmuseum.ca.


Our province’s rich heritage takes centre stage the week of February 18 to 24.  Heritage Week presents several free activities, including lectures on Saskatchewan archeology at the Regina Public Library on February 19, and on Regina’s four airports at the Artesian on 13th on February 20.  A reception at St. Matthew’s Anglican Church is also open to the public on February 21, hosted by the Saskatchewan Heritage Foundation.  Earlier that day, Heritage Saskatchewan and the Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport will present their annual Heritage Forum. For more information and to register, visit 
https://heritagesask.ca/projects/heritage-week/heritage-forum.


Report from the Legislature

Saskatchewan has now seen strong job growth for six consecutive months.


Saskatchewan’s year-over-year employment increased by 7,700 jobs from January 2018. The job gains were split between full-time and part-time increases, with full-time up 4,400 jobs and part-time up 3,200 jobs.


This is encouraging to see in spite of economic headwinds we have been faced with in recent months. We will continue to work hard and stand up for our province to ensure this positive economic trend continues.


Your Saskatchewan Party government committed to working with municipalities to develop a new, stable revenue sharing formula that works for everyone. Today we have a new, predictable, sustainable and transparent formula that will see municipalities receive 4% more as part of the 2019-20 provincial budget.


Saskatchewan’s municipal revenue sharing formula is now based on three quarters of one point of the provincial sales tax (PST) revenue collected from the fiscal year two years prior to the current year. This means a consistent source of unconditional provincial revenue for municipalities to invest in local priorities.


The adjusted revenue sharing formula recognizes our current fiscal reality and evolves this key provincial program. In a balanced 2019-20 provincial budget, Saskatchewan municipalities will see an overall funding increase of more than $10 million, bringing the total amount to $251 million next fiscal year.
From 2007-08 to the current fiscal year, Saskatchewan municipalities overall have received more than $2.6 billion in provincial funding through the revenue sharing program.


Targeted funding is now providing more intensive supports for people living with complex, persistent mental health challenges in Saskatoon, Regina, Prince Albert, North Battleford, Swift Current, Moose Jaw, Yorkton and Weyburn.


Multi-disciplinary Community Recovery Teams with a total of 40 new full-time employees are now using a holistic and team-based approach to help clients manage symptoms, achieve goals, avoid hospitalization, and thrive.


Investment in mental health continues to be a priority for our government.


A focus on improving access to services also continues in other ways as crisis teams pairing police officers with mental health professionals are fully operational in Moose Jaw, North Battleford, Yorkton and Prince Albert.


In Saskatchewan you can always call HealthLine 811 for free, confidential professional mental health support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can also learn more about mental health services online at Saskatchewan.ca.


With Saskatchewan’s Family Day holiday fast approaching, residents and visitors are encouraged to participate in the annual winter free fishing weekend February 16-18. Each year in conjunction with Family Day, people are encouraged to try ice fishing at no cost and enjoy Saskatchewan’s natural beauty in the winter.
Residents and visitors may fish in any waterbody that has an open sport fishing season without purchasing a fishing license.
Anglers are reminded to use caution and common sense, and always put safety first when going out on the ice. This includes testing the ice thickness before you travel on it. A minimum of 10 cm of good ice is required for walking and 30 cm for light vehicle travel.
Anyone planning to take advantage of free fishing weekend is reminded that all other fishing regulations, including possession limits and reduced limits on some lakes and rivers, remain in effect.


Free fishing weekend does not apply in national parks and anyone planning to take fish out of the province must purchase a license.
More information about fishing in Saskatchewan can be found online at
Saskatchewan.ca/fishing.


New Community Recovery Team At Work In Moose Jaw

A new Community Recovery Team in Moose Jaw is providing more intensive supports for people living with complex, persistent mental health challenges.  The Government of Saskatchewan has dedicated $4.2 million in targeted funding to launch a Community Recovery Team in Moose Jaw and seven other communities.


“Community Recovery Teams support their clients in a way that is tailored to their individual needs, bringing care to them – out in the community,” Moose Jaw Wakamow MLA Greg Lawrence said.  “This is an important step forward in our government’s commitment to improving mental health services.”


Community Recovery Teams (CRTs) use a holistic, team-based approach to help clients manage symptoms, avoid hospitalization, achieve their individual goals, and thrive in the community.  The 10-person Moose Jaw CRT includes an Assessor Coordinator, two Occupational Therapists, five Community Mental Health Nurses, and two Mental Health Therapists.  There are also multidisciplinary activities with psychiatrists, an adult psychologist, adult services and counsellors who are part of Mental Health and Addictions Services in Moose Jaw.


“This new funding has enabled us to expand the team in Moose Jaw, which was already operating in this capacity.  It also allowed us to make these specialized services available to more people in our community, and add services that were not previously available,” Director of Mental Health and Addictions (South West) for the Saskatchewan Health Authority Michael Seiferling said.  “Our residents will benefit from this expanded access.”


CRTs support Saskatchewan’s Mental Health and Addictions Action Plan and are also being launched in Regina, Prince Albert, North Battleford, Swift Current, Weyburn, Yorkton, and Saskatoon.


Funding comes from the Canada-Saskatchewan Bilateral Funding Agreement announced in January 2017.  The federal government is providing Saskatchewan with close to $350 million over 10 years for targeted incremental investments in home and community care and mental health and addiction services.

Government Launches Campaign To Save Lives From Opioid Overdoses

The Government of Saskatchewan today launched an awareness campaign to encourage people to learn the signs of an opioid overdose, know how to respond to one, and be assured that The Good Samaritan Act protects them from being arrested if illegal drugs are present when the police or first responders arrive.

“Opioids and opioid-related deaths are an increasing public health concern in Saskatchewan and across Canada,” Health Minister Jim Reiter said.  “An opioid overdose can happen to anyone, whether the drugs were obtained legally or illegally.  It is important to know the signs of an opioid overdose and how you can prevent one from becoming fatal.”


The Good Samaritan Act was introduced by the federal government in 2017 and provides legal protection for people who seek an emergency response to a drug overdose.  The goal is to ensure that fear of repercussion does not get in the way of anyone taking action to save a life.


“You can save a life. Call 911 and use your Take Home Naloxone kit,” Reiter said.


People living with addictions are encouraged to seek treatment, and make use of harm reduction services such as Take Home Naloxone kits if they continue to use.  Kits are available to people who use, their friends, family, or anyone who may witness an overdose through the Take Home Naloxone Program.

In addition to expanding the Take Home Naloxone Program, the Government of Saskatchewan has expanded harm reduction programs and opioid substitution therapy, and provides funding for the Prescription Review Program, which aims to detect the abuse and diversion of prescription opioids.

For more information on opioids, services and recovery, visit www.saskatchewan.ca/opioids.

Sexually Transmitted Infection Awareness Campaign – Protect Yourself From The Symptoms You Can’t See

Sexual and Reproductive Health Week runs from February 11-15, 2019 and the Government of Saskatchewan is encouraging people to discuss sexual health as part of routine visits to their health care provider and get tested regularly for sexually transmitted infections (STIs).  

An awareness campaign aims to normalize assessment of sexual health and screening for STIs among sexually active individuals and reduce the stigma associated with discussing sexual health.  Deputy Chief Medical Health Officer for Saskatchewan Dr. Denise Werker is reminding people that sexual health at all ages is important. 

“We are concerned about the high rates of STIs in our province,” Werker said.  “We want to make sure that if people are sexually active, they know they may be at risk of contracting a STI, and that getting tested and conversations about your overall sexual health should be expected as part of your regular checkup.”

Many individuals who are infected with STIs (chlamydia, gonorrhea, early stages of herpes) do not know it because they don’t have symptoms or symptoms are mild.  The consequences of not getting tested or treated vary depending on the infection but can be significant. Patients should feel comfortable asking their health care provider any questions they need to make safe and informed choices about their sexual health.  This can include information about STI testing, birth control, PAP tests, testicular exams, the HPV vaccination, or if they are experiencing issues with erectile dysfunction.

Saskatchewan provides medications to treat sexually transmitted infections to physicians and sexual health clinics to offer free of charge to patients at the time of their appointment.

For more information about STI symptoms, testing, and treatment, visit www.saskatchewan.ca/STI


WHAT’S HAPPENING IN MOOSE JAW

PLEASE NOTE:  Our office will be closed Monday February 18 for FAMILY DAY.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

What: Wakamow Valley Winterfest
Time:  11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. 
Place: Kiwanis River Park Pavilion, 301 River Dr.
Free event consisting of snowshoeing, Christmas tree toss, crafts, games, wagon rides, axe throwing and more.  Concession will be available in the lodge – menu includes Smokies, Hot Dogs and Grilled Cheese Sandwiches with Tomato Soup.

What: MJ Warriors home game
Time:  7:00 p.m. 
Place: Mosaic

What: Stephan Palmer – New Album dedicated to the memory of his                   sweetheart “Lorraine Hill’.
Time:  7:00 p.m. 
Place:  MJ Museum/ Art Gallery
Tickets: $15 at the door

Monday, February 18, 2019

What: YMCA Family Day
Time:  10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 
Place:  220 Fairford St. E.

What: Kinsmen Sportsplex Family Day 
Time: All Day- swimming, skating
Place: Kinsmen Sportsplex

UPCOMING

FEBRUARY/MARCH 2019
Freedom to READ week

Feb 24- March 2

Coteau St. Library