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From the Desk of Warren Michelson February 7, 2020

 

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shield FROM THE DESK OF WARREN MICHELSON, MLA

Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week
Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week, from February 9th to 15th this year, happens annually the week prior to Family Day in Saskatchewan. Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week is celebrated across Canada to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of all our teachers and education professionals.Thank you to all those who work in our education system to help our children succeed. 


Municipal Revenue Sharing To Set New Record

In his annual speech to the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) Premier Scott Moe announced Saskatchewan municipalities will receive record revenue sharing.

Overall funding under the municipal revenue sharing program will increase to a record of $278 million next fiscal year – a total increase of $27 million in 2020-21. The amount represents a nearly 11 per cent increase in 2020-21 from the current fiscal year, and is almost a 119 per cent increase from the 2007-08 fiscal year.

“This massive investment will position municipalities across Saskatchewan for the new decade of growth and to continue making key investments in their communities,” said Premier Moe. “Municipal revenue sharing has provided municipalities a stable and predictable source of provincial revenue, and I am proud to continue our commitment to supporting key local priorities that help lay the foundation for a growing Saskatchewan.”

Municipal Revenue Sharing Background:

The Government of Saskatchewan’s municipal revenue sharing program is 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. As introduced last year, $1.5 million from the total municipal revenue sharing program will also be invested in the Targeted Sector Support Initiative for municipalities. The initiative is co-managed with municipal partners to support innovative ideas from municipalities that advance priority areas, such as good governance, regional planning, and inter-community collaboration. With this announcement, Saskatchewan municipalities have overall been allocated more than $3.1 billion in provincial funding through the revenue sharing program from 2007-08 to 2020-21. More details will be available when the provincial budget is released. 

Premier Scott Moe addresses
the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association.

Premier Addresses Unifor – Co-op Labour Dispute

In his address to delegates at the SUMA convention, The Premier also addressed the ongoing labour dispute between Unifor 594 and Federated Co-op Limited (FCL).

The Premier announced that the Government of Saskatchewan would appoint a special mediator in the ongoing labour dispute between Unifor 594 and FCL, on the condition that Unifor 594 agrees to cease all illegal activities, including removing the unlawful barricades immediately.

“As Premier I will act on options available under the labour laws of our province, starting with the conditional  appointment of a special mediator,” said Moe. “I will appoint a special mediator today – a tool available to me under the labour laws of Saskatchewan – if and only if Unifor 594 follows the law. It is my strong belief that a negotiated settlement is in the best interests of both parties, and by removing the barricades and accepting the assistance of a special mediator in the negotiations, I believe both parties will be well served.”

The Premier also stated that if Unifor did not accept this offer, that it is his expectation that the Regina Police Service uphold the law, enforce the court order, and remove the barricades at the Co-op Refinery. This will ensure that important fuel is supplied to communities across Saskatchewan that use diesel to heat homes in the winter, for school buses to transport kids, for emergency vehicles such as ambulances and fire trucks, and for industries that drive our economy such as agriculture and mining.


Kinsmen Sports Celebrity Dinner

I enjoyed a great evening at the 28th Annual Kinsmen Sports Celebrity Dinner, with Jamie Campbell, Master of Ceremonies; Eric Lindros, NHL; Reese McGuire, Toronto Blue Jays; and  Charleston Hughes, Sask Roughriders.
The Sports Builder Award was presented to Dave & Bill Pyle of Pyle’s Gym in honour of decades of contributions to strength conditioning and endurance for athletes in Moose Jaw.


More Students and Families Choosing
French Immersion Programming Than Ever Before

The week of February 3-7, 2020, was French-Second-Language Education Week in Saskatchewan.  It is a chance to celebrate the growing number of Saskatchewan families recognizing the value of French language education in our schools.

This year’s theme is “50 years of French Immersion, 50 years of the Official Languages Act.”  Over the last 10 years, enrolment in French Immersion programming around the province has risen by 30 per cent, with more than 16,500 students enrolled in French Immersion programs for the 2019-20 school year.

“It is wonderful to see so many students learning French from an early age,” Deputy Premier and Minister of Education Gordon Wyant said. “French Immersion is one of the many opportunities students have to learn a second language, enhance their communication skills and gain the benefits that come with being bilingual.”

There are now 77 schools offering French Immersion programming in the province. In the 2019-20 school year, Saskatoon’s École Silverspring School began offering French Immersion to accommodate increasing enrolment in the city. French Immersion programming has also expanded in schools around the province, including the addition of Grade 2 at École Traditions Elementary in Warman, Grade 6 at École Lumsden Elementary, Grade 8 at École Dundonald School in Saskatoon, Grade 10 at Greenall High School in Balgonie, and Grade 12 added at Carpenter High School in Meadow Lake.

“With the French Immersion program taking root in Saskatchewan more than 50 years ago now, the steady enrolment growth we are seeing reflects the high value an increasing number of parents are placing on official bilingualism and is another terrific example of how we all connect as Canadians,” President of Canadian Parents for French – Saskatchewan Janet Loseth said. “CPF-SK is proud to organize this annual proclamation and last year more than 5,800 students participated in celebrating French-Second-Language Education Week around the province. We acknowledge all our partners who are creating lifelong opportunities for our youth during this week and throughout the year.”

French Immersion allows students the opportunity to learn French as a second language, with French used for a large part of the school day and as the language of instruction for most courses. Students who are in French Immersion become proficient in English while also developing a strong foundation in French. School boards make requests to the ministry annually to designate schools and grades offering French Immersion programming based on their local needs.


Celebrating Chinese New Year
at the Jade Gardens

Premier Announces New Committee To Evaluate Pipeline Projects

Today, Premier Scott Moe announced the establishment of the Pipeline Projects Assessment Committee (PPAC), a cabinet committee focused on evaluating potential pipeline projects in Saskatchewan.

PPAC is a cabinet committee formed to review and assess the viability of pipeline projects in Saskatchewan and possible government involvement in investing, stimulating, or generally advancing these projects.

“Our government recognizes the necessity of further developing pipeline infrastructure to help our energy products reach key global markets,” said Premier Moe. “I am pleased to announce this cabinet committee to assess the viability of pipeline project proposals in Saskatchewan and the opportunity for our government to invest or support future pipeline projects.”

The decision to establish the PPAC stems from a number of proposals from businesses, indigenous groups, and communities that are looking at pipeline projects to advance access for Saskatchewan’s energy products to market. This includes projects expanding access south through the United States, and projects that would create access through the port of Churchill.

The PPAC will be comprised of the following cabinet ministers:

  • Minister of Finance Donna Harpauer
  • Minister of Trade and Export Development Jeremy Harrison
  • Minister of Energy and Resources Bronwyn Eyre
  • Minister of Environment Dustin Duncan

Encouraging pipeline expansion and development within the province to enable the shipment of Saskatchewan oil through the U.S. and encouraging Indigenous equity participation in Saskatchewan pipeline projects were both goals set in Saskatchewan’s Growth Plan 2020-2030.


Winter Fun Continues In
Saskatchewan Provincial Parks!

Sask Parks is offering more winter activities this year than ever before.  With ten special events taking place throughout February and March, there is still plenty of opportunity to get out to a park for some winter fun the whole family will enjoy.

“So far this winter, we’ve had hundreds of Saskatchewan residents take part in our winter activities,” Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Gene Makowsky said.  “With a variety of events planned around skating, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and more, there is still plenty of opportunity to get out and discover what winter in the parks is all about.”

Locally, there will be a Winter Fun Day at Buffalo Pound Provincial Park, February 15 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.  Enjoy a day filled with tobogganing, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing, plus hot cocoa, marshmallows and hotdogs around the fire.

Other events to look forward to this winter include:

  • Snowshoe Through Time at Last Mountain House Provincial Historic Park, February 1 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Travel back in time to when this iconic trading post was in its prime.  Enjoy snowshoeing, learn about fur trapping, visit with historic characters and more. 
  • Winter by the Lake at Great Blue Heron Provincial Park, February 1 and March 7 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.  Join Sask Parks staff and guests for a cross-country ski and/or snowshoe adventure along the trails at Anglin Lake followed by a bonfire with hot beverages and cookies.
  • Winter Fun Day at Douglas Provincial Park, February 23 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.  Take in the frosted beauty of winter on Diefenbaker Lake with guided and self-led snowshoe treks through the park, plus horse-drawn sleigh rides and hotdogs, hot cocoa and marshmallows.
  • Winter Carnival at Duck Mountain Provincial Park, March 14 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Experience winter in the park with an entire day full of fun, including a pancake breakfast, snowshoeing, sleigh rides, skating, tobogganing, downhill tubing, an ice-cube hunt, a perogy supper and more.
  • Winter Escape at Saskatchewan Landing Provincial Park, March 14 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.  Stick it to winter with an afternoon of snowshoeing, quinzee-building and survival skill sessions and warm up around the bonfire with hotdogs and hot cocoa.
  • Learn to Ice-Fish at Blackstrap Provincial Park, March 21 at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.  Learn how to ice-fish on one of the most popular ice-fishing lakes in the province.  While the afternoon session is currently full, spots are still available for the morning.  Equipment is provided and all participants are required to sign up in advance.

Full details for all events can be found at https://www.saskparks.com by clicking on Provincial Park Events, or by following SaskParks on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/saskparks/.  Visitors are encouraged to use #saskparks when posting photos in provincial parks this winter. 

A valid park vehicle entry permit is required to visit provincial parks year-round.  The purchase of a Saskatchewan Provincial Parks Annual Entry Permit is a great way to enjoy park activities and events both in the summer and in the winter.


Financial Literacy Courses Now Available To All High School Students In Saskatchewan

All Saskatchewan school divisions now have the opportunity to offer financial literacy courses to their students. Financial Literacy 20 and 30 was piloted by 20 teachers in 12 school divisions and two First Nation education authorities.

“Our Government wants to ensure Saskatchewan’s students are provided with relevant and practical curricula that will prepare them for their futures,” Deputy Premier and Education Minister Gordon Wyant said. “Developing additional opportunities for all Saskatchewan students to learn and improve upon their financial literacy empowers them to manage their money effectively, and will be of significant benefit to students throughout their lives.”

financial literacy

The Financial Literacy 20 and 30 electives can be used to fulfill the Practical and Applied Arts/Arts Education requirement for high school graduation. Teachers in grades 7 to 9 are able to introduce financial literacy to their students by using content from this curriculum in middle level Practical and Applied Arts courses. Financial Literacy 20 and 30 addresses financial topics and decisions that students may already be facing while highlighting others they are likely to face within the first few years of leaving high school. It also touches upon more complex topics such as home ownership, debt management and planning for the future, which are part of a lifelong financial journey.

The areas of focus for Financial Literacy 20, 30 are:

  • learning – receiving money and/or resources as recognition for paid or unpaid work;
  • saving – purposefully setting aside resources for future use and/or enjoyment
  • spending – consciously using resources to enhance the well-being of self and others;
  • borrowing – taking something on loan, with a promise of returning it, or its equivalent, often at a higher value, by a specific time;
  • sharing – giving of one’s skills, abilities, time or resources to enhance the well-being of community and self;
  • investing – engaging in reflective decision-making for future benefit; and,
  • protecting – recognizing, appreciating and maintaining the value and worth of oneself, community resources and the environment. 

“Saskatchewan’s school boards recognize the importance of financial literacy and our members passed a resolution in support of developing elective personal finance classes for high school students,” President of the Saskatchewan School Boards Association Dr. Shawn Davidson said. “In our recent engagements with more than 10,000 people as part of the developing a shared vision for the future of education in Saskatchewan, we heard a clear desire from students, families and communities for increased opportunities to learn life skills such as budgeting and money management. We welcome the availability of these classes across the province.”

Boards of education will determine what schools will offer these classes within their division, supporting the local needs of their students.


WHAT’S HAPPENING IN MOOSE JAW

Friday, February 7, 2020

What: Warriors and Legends Hall of Fame Banquet 
Time:  6:00 p.m.
Place:  Mosaic Place
Tickets: $75 from Warriors Office

Saturday, February 8, 2020

What: Sask Wildlife Open House
Time:  11:30 a.m. 
Place:  Sask Wildlife Building

What: Warriors Home Game vs Saskatoon
Time:  7:00 p.m
Place:  Mosaic Place

What: Singles Dance
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Place: Church of Our Lady Community Centre
Tickets:  $15 includes lunch

Sunday, February 8, 2020

What: Heritage Day
Time:  1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Place:  Western Development Museum

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Friday, February 14, 2020

What: Valentine’s Day Dinner and Dance with Harry Startup
Time:  6:00 p.m.- 12:00 a.m.
Place:  Army Nave and Air Force Veterans
Tickets: Advance tickets only (306) 693-1656
$20 for members $25 for non-members

What: Steak and Chicken BBQ
Time:  Refreshments 5:30 p.m.  Supper 6:30 p.m.
Place:  St. Joseph’s Church
Tickets: $20 (306) 631-1610, (306) 692-7106

Saturday, February 15, 2020

What: Scotties Tournament of Hearts
Time:  9:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Place:  Mosaic Place

What: Wakamow Valley Winterfest
Time:  11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Place:  Wakamow Valley

What: Buffalo Pound Winter Fun Day
Time:  1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Place:  Buffalo Pound Provincial Park

What: Dance with the Bromantics  Optimist Club fundraiser
Time:  8:00 p.m.
Place:  Church of Our Lady Community Centre
Tickets: $30 (306) 631-4129

What: Social Dance with Al and Company
Time:  7:30 p.m.
Place:  Cosmo Seniors’ Centre
Tickets: $15 includes lunch

What: Humane Society Valentine’s Dinner
Time:  5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Place:  The Canadian Brewhouse
Tickets: $20

February 15, 16 and 22

What: Moose Jaw Hometown Farmers Market
Time:  10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Place:  Heritage Inn