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From the Desk of Warren Michelson January 17, 2020

January 17, 2020 View this email in your browser

Next Round Of Online Auctions For Retail Liquor Permits Set To Open

The second round of auctions for available retail liquor store permits in Saskatchewan begins January 21 with bids closing on January 31.

Communities included in the second round of auctions are the Rural Municipality (RM) of Blucher, Carlyle, RM of Corman Park, Esterhazy, Gull Lake, RM of Kindersley, Langham, RM of Longlaketon, Regina Beach, RM of Shellbrook, Unity and White City.

“There was strong interest during the initial online auction for permits that concluded in December,” Minister Responsible for the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority Gene Makowsky said.  “The auction process has worked well and ensures that available liquor permits in the province are allocated efficiently and transparently.”

Each auction will have an opening bid of $1,000 and interested bidders are required to register at 
www.McDougallBay.com, which is the website where all bidding will take place.

More information about the auction process can be found at 

The availability of permits is determined by the population of a community and the number of current retailers operating.  A community must have a minimum population of 500 to be eligible for a retail liquor permit.  An auction will only occur if someone expresses interest in a community where there is an available retail store permit.

In cases where there is more than one permit available in a community/RM, the auction will determine the applicant for one permit only.  Future auctions will be held for additional available permits.  The winning bidder must also meet all terms associated with holding a liquor permit.

Further auctions will be held over the next few months until all current expressions of interest are addressed.  After the initial rounds, auctions will take place on a quarterly basis, if interest is expressed in a community where there is at least one available permit.

Saskatchewan Seeking More Home-Based Child Care Providers

To meet the needs of a growing province, the Government of Saskatchewan is encouraging residents to consider the idea of operating a licensed child care business right in their own home.

“As part of our government’s Plan for Growth, we are committed to increasing the number of quality early learning and child care opportunities in Saskatchewan,” Deputy Premier and Education Minister Gordon Wyant said.  “Grant money, professional supports and training opportunities are all being offered to assist new licensed home-based child care providers get their business started.”

The results of a recent survey of existing licensed home-based child care providers in Saskatchewan shows that people may not be aware of the many government supports available to them.  Under the Canada-Saskatchewan Early Learning and Child Care Agreement, funding has been provided for the creation of new licensed child care home spaces in Saskatchewan.

Caregivers who would like to start a licensed home-based child care business in Saskatchewan have access to:

  • grant money to help with start-up and food costs;
  • training and workshops;
  • assistance from educated child care consultants; and
  • inclusion in government materials provided to parents seeking child care.

Whether it be stay-at-home parents, retirees or those who simply like working with kids, not commuting to work or the idea of owning their own business, there are plenty of Saskatchewan residents who might do well as a licensed child care provider, but have never considered it.

“I have been able to stay home and raise my daughter, and have an interesting career at the same time,” licensed home-based child care provider Katherine Pulice said.  “This is the most rewarding job I have ever had.  Every child in your care is unique.  Every day is different.  This is a job that is never, ever boring.”

Details on grants available, training, eligibility and how to apply can be found on the Government of Saskatchewan website at https://www.saskatchewan.ca/business/entrepreneurs-start-or-exit-a-business/start-a-business/managing-a-child-care-business/start-a-licensed-family-child-care-home.

Shelter Spaces Still Available During Extreme Cold Snap

With the extreme cold warnings across the province, the Government of Saskatchewan and its community partners want to remind residents of the Cold Weather Strategy to ensure that everyone has a safe and warm place to sleep.

“These extreme temperatures are dangerous for those spending time outside, especially for people who don’t have shelter or a home,” Social Services Minister Paul Merriman said.  “Shelter spaces are still available across the province and we encourage anyone who finds themselves without shelter to contact the Ministry of Social Services, our community partners or 911 for help.  We will find them a warm, safe place to stay.”

“Mobile Crisis Services collaborates with over a dozen community partners to ensure that no one is left out in the cold,” Mobile Crisis Services Executive Director John McFadyen said.  “If you are aware of anyone that may be at risk, don’t hesitate to call.  We have toques, mitts and socks available for those in need, thanks to donations from the community.”

“With the harsh winter weather our province experiences it is critical that everyone has a warm, safe place to stay,” Salvation Army Major Mike Hoeft said.  “In cooperation with many other community partners The Salvation Army stands ready to help all citizens of Saskatchewan stay safe this winter.”

If ongoing supports are required, residents can apply for Saskatchewan Income Support (SIS) or Saskatchewan Assured Income for Disability (SAID) benefits.

In Regina, Mobile Crisis Services provides services and referrals 24 hours a day, seven days a week and can be reached at 306-757-0127.  People will be connected with the appropriate shelter supports in Regina that will meet their needs.  During weekday business hours, people can drop into the Ministry of Social Services’ Regina Service Centre at 2045 Broad Street for assistance.

In Saskatoon, the Salvation Army can be contacted by calling 306-244-6280.  They provide emergency services and referrals 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  People will be directed to appropriate shelter supports in Saskatoon that will meet their needs.  During weekday business hours, people may visit the Ministry of Social Services’ Saskatoon Service Centre at 160 – 2nd Avenue South for assistance.

In Prince Albert, Prince Albert Mobile Crisis is available after hours at 306-764-1011 and will connect callers with shelter supports.  YWCA after-hours emergency services for men and women at Our House (15th Street Location) are available by calling 306-922-6162.

People in other communities across the province should contact their nearest Ministry of Social Services Centre.  A list of service centres is available at 
www.saskatchewan.ca/residents/family-and-social-support/find-a-social-services-office.  They can also contact an emergency shelter, Mobile Crisis Services (if available in their community) or the police.

Members of the public are encouraged to call 911 if they see someone in immediate danger.  A list of shelters and services for people in need is available at 

Additionally, motorists are advised to stay with their vehicle if they are experiencing car trouble in extreme cold.  It is much safer to stay with your vehicle than risk walking for help.

Saskatchewan Provincial Parks Announce 2020 Reservation Dates For Seasonal And Nightly Camping

Campers can mark their calendars – reservations for 2020 campsites are scheduled to begin Monday, April 13 for seasonal and Wednesday, April 15 for nightly and Camp-Easy.

“We are looking forward to another exciting camping season in Saskatchewan Provincial Parks,” Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Gene Makowsky said.  “Whether a seasoned-camper or first-time visitor, our parks continue to provide a variety of outdoor activities, programs and special events that offer unique and memorable experiences for all.”

Reservations for campsites will open at 7 a.m. on the scheduled days below, with the queue opening at 6:40 a.m.  Staggered launch dates and the queuing system will be implemented again in 2020 to help manage the volume the site experiences.

The schedule is as follows:

  • Monday, April 13: Seasonal campsites
  • Wednesday, April 15: Pike Lake, The Battlefords, Narrow Hills, Blackstrap
  • Thursday, April 16: Bronson Forest, Meadow Lake, Makwa Lake, Lac La Ronge
  • Friday, April 17: Saskatchewan Landing, Douglas, Danielson
  • Monday, April 20: Buffalo Pound, Rowan’s Ravine, Echo Valley, Crooked Lake
  • Wednesday, April 22: Cypress Hills
  • Thursday, April 23: Duck Mountain, Good Spirit Lake, Greenwater Lake
  • Friday, April 24: Candle Lake, Great Blue Heron, Moose Mountain

Seasonal, nightly and group campsites can be reserved through the online system https://saskparks.goingtocamp.com or through the call centre at 1-855-737-7275.  School and youth groups will continue to book by calling the parks directly.  Group campsites for 2020 are currently open for reservations.

Camping information, along with reservation, cancellation, change and no-show fees is available on www.saskparks.com.  There will be no fee changes for 2020.  At the time of reserving a site, customers will have the option to purchase a vehicle entry permit.  A Saskatchewan Provincial Parks Annual Vehicle Entry Permit, available for $75, is a great way to enjoy unlimited camping, day trips, park activities and events throughout the entire year.  A valid park entry permit is required year-round.

The 2020 camping season officially kicks off on Thursday, May 14.


Saturday, January 18, 2020

What: Repair Cafe
Time:  10:00 a.m. 
Place: Wandering Market, 461 Athabasca St East
Bring your repairs in wood working, mechanical, sewing and more. We have people who will help you figure out what may be wrong, what you might need to fix it, repair it or re purpose. There will be coffee and fellowship.

What: WDM Volunteer Blitz
Time: 2:00 p.m. 

What: Moose Jaw radio control aircraft club fundraiser
Time: 5:00 P.M. 
Place: Eagles Club


Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Event:   Citizen & Group of the Year Luncheon
Time: 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location:  Heritage Inn