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From the Desk of Warren Michelson January 18, 2019

January 18, 2018 View this email in your browser
shield FROM THE DESK OF WARREN MICHELSON, MLA

CRESTVIEW MANOR MORTGAGE BURNING
It is always a great day when you get to retire a loan.  Congratulations to the residents, management and the Board – for your diligents over the past 30 years. The decision to construct Crestview Housing  30 years ago; was a big decision; a substantial challenge and a huge undertaking – at that time. Good on Crestview for taking on that initiative.


For more than three decades, Crestview has provided quality, affordable housing for seniors. Wednesdays mortgage burning marked the fulfillment of Crestview’s agreement with the Saskatchewan Housing Corporation. It goes to show the value in setting goals and then working to achieve them.  Congratulations on becoming mortgage-free.


Thank you for the contributions Crestview had made to this Housing project, our community and our province.

CALL HEALTHLINE AT 811 FOR PROFESSIONAL HEALTH ADVICE ANYTIME



Influenza has been hitting Saskatchewan hard this year. Here are some facts…
What is influenza?
Influenza (also known as flu) is a contagious respiratory (breathing) illness. It can cause mild to severe illness, even death. Symptoms usually include a sudden onset of fever, headache, muscle aches, joint pain, sore throat, tiredness and cough. Fever may not be prominent in children or the elderly and while nausea, vomiting and diarrhea are not common in adults, they may occur in children.
Why get your yearly influenza vaccination?
It is the best tool modern medicine currently has to prevent infection with influenza viruses. The vaccine changes year to year to try to best match the strains of influenza circulating that year. Influenza vaccine clinics are still available. Find one here or get one at your local pharmacy (must be 5 years or older):
https://www.saskhealthauthority.ca/…/…/Clinic-Locations.aspx
What should I do if I suspect influenza?
http://publications.gov.sk.ca/…/94747-influenza-decision-ch…
What else can I do to protect myself?
Get the influenza vaccine, which is available to anyone over 6 months old. Wash your hands often. Clean common surfaces often. Cough into your elbow (not your hands). Stay home if you feel sick.
More information: The
Government of Saskatchewan weekly influenza activity report can be found here: https://www.saskatchewan.ca/…/other-repor…/influenza-reports

Scams And Frauds Targeting Saskatchewan Residents

The Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority (FCAA) and the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC) want to warn residents about common frauds and scams that are occurring in Saskatchewan.

“We are partnering with the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre because we have common concerns about frauds happening in the province,” Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority Director of Securities Dean Murrison said.


The most prominent frauds and scams in Saskatchewan by complaint are:
  • Phishing – Any email falsely claiming to be an established legitimate organization such as a financial institution, business or government agency in an attempt to have the consumer give private and personal information.
  • Service scam – Any false, deceptive or misleading promotion of or solicitation for services.  These solicitations involve third parties that commonly make offers for telecommunications, and internet finance services.
  • Prize scam – Any false, deceptive or misleading solicitation advising victims they have won or have a chance to win something, but are required to purchase something first or pay an advance fee, such as taxes, to receive the prize.
  • Sale of fraudulent securities – Sale of investments that do not exist.
  • Recovery scam – A victim who lost money in a previous scam, is approached by someone claiming to work for a government agency, private company or consumer organization and told that they can help recover the lost money for a fee.
  • Extortion – Any person who unlawfully obtains money, property or services from a person, entity or institution, through coercion.
How to protect yourself:
  • Be very cautious when speaking to people on the phone you do not know.
  • If someone emails, texts or calls asking for personal or banking information, do not provide the information.
  • Never wire money to a stranger.
  • Never make a cheque payable to a financial advisor personally or to a financial advisor’s personal company, it should only be payable to the registered dealer or issuer of the securities.
  • If someone contacts you about an investment opportunity, contact a professional adviser.
  • If you are investing money, check and make sure the person you are sending money to is a registered professional (http://aretheyregistered.ca/) with the Canadian Securities Administrators.

Who to contact:

If you suspect that you may be the target of a scam or fraud, you can contact the Anti-Fraud Centre toll free at 1-888-495-8501 or online at www.antifraudcentre.ca.


If you suspect you may have been a target of investment fraud, contact FCAA’s Securities Division at 306-787-5645.
For more information about investment fraud visit 
http://fcaa.gov.sk.ca/consumers-investors-pension-plan-members/investors/investment-fraud.


CAFC is the central agency in Canada that collects information and criminal intelligence on such matters as mass marketing fraud (e.g., telemarketing), advance fee fraud (e.g., West African letters), Internet fraud and identification theft complaints.

SASKPOWER REPLACING STREET LIGHTS

Saskatchewan Highway Patrol Welcomes Six New Recruits

Six new officers join the Saskatchewan Highway Patrol after graduating from its recruit training program last month.  The new recruits will join detachments in Regina, Lloydminster and Prince Albert.

“Highway patrol officers are providing valuable support to the RCMP and municipal police services,” Highways and Infrastructure Minister Lori Carr said.  “We are pleased to add six new officers as they will improve response times for emergency calls and the valuable service the Saskatchewan Highway Patrol provides.”


The Saskatchewan Highway Patrol is made up of special constables with the authority to enforce the Criminal Code, federal, provincial and municipal statutes relating to road transportation and the licensing, registration and operation of vehicles.


Officers have completed extensive training in tactics for 911 calls, such as clearing a house of suspects and high-risk vehicle stops.  Officers have also received training in dealing with people with mental health issues, in addition to learning the Criminal Code and the requirements for the collection and control of evidence.


Commercial vehicle enforcement remains the primary responsibility of the Highway Patrol.  These uniformed officers have the authority to stop trucks and complete vehicle weight and safety inspections, enforce speed limits and other rules of the road.  However, the officers will be responding to emergency calls and enforcing traffic safety laws, to support their role on the Protection and Response Team (PRT).


The PRT has helped increase the presence of uniformed officers in rural communities in an effort to deter crime.


PRT was created one year ago to reduce crime, particularly in rural areas, by bringing together highway patrol officers, conservation officers, RCMP and municipal police officers.


PRT vehicles are equipped with Automatic License Plate Readers funded by SGI, which use infra-red technology to scan licence plates as officers drive and alert them when the plate is linked to a stolen or unregistered vehicle, a suspended driver, a reported impaired driver or even a person wanted by police.

Moose Jaw Sports Hall of Fame at
Mosaic Place

REPORT FROM THE LEGISLATURE

Saskatchewan is off to a strong start in 2019.


Despite challenging world resource prices and national headwinds, Saskatchewan pulled through and created nearly 11,000 new jobs this past year.


Our province has seen strong job gains for the fifth month in a row, and it’s particularly encouraging to see significant growth in full-time employment.


Mosaic recently signed an agreement with China’s largest agricultural inputs company to buy even more Saskatchewan potash. Meanwhile, Husky has announced a new SAGD project in Spruce Lake using industry-leading thermal extraction processes to recover heavy oil and reduce emissions. Both projects are great news for Saskatchewan’s resource industries.


The start of another new year brings growing opposition to federal government policies that are hurting our resource sector in Saskatchewan. In fact, hundreds of people recently braved bitterly cold conditions to participate in a Rally for Resources at the Legislative Building in Regina. Those in attendance voiced their support for greater market access for Western Canadian oil.


Addressing the root cause of the current energy crisis won’t happen until market access is enhanced and investor confidence is restored. Your Saskatchewan Party government is standing up for Saskatchewan by fighting the imposition of a carbon tax, Bills C-69 and C-48, and calling on the federal government to build pipelines so our energy sector can regain certainty and receive fair value for Canadian resources.


Without new pipeline capacity, demand for rail transportation will continue increasing to record levels, which will increase transportation costs for Western Canadian oil producers as well as all other rail-dependent industries, such as mining and agriculture.


Unless pipeline access to Canadian tidewater ports can be secured, producers will be forced to continue to sell into a glutted United States market that routinely prices Canadian oil at a significant discount to the world price.


A lack of market access leads to price discounts that are estimated to cost Saskatchewan’s oil producers billions of dollars in revenues per year, and cost the Government of Saskatchewan hundreds of millions in lost royalties.


This has to change.


While the federal government has promised to force a carbon tax on Saskatchewan in 2019, our government will be fighting back in the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal. Our constitutional court challenge of the federal carbon tax will be heard next month.


Saskatchewan is starting the new year from a position of strength with a growing population, a growing number of jobs, and a 3-year plan that remains on track to balance the budget. In 2019, we will continue to stand up for our province’s economy and resource sector in order to maintain and build on the quality of life Saskatchewan people expect and deserve.


WHAT’S HAPPENING IN MOOSE JAW

Friday, January 18, 2019

What: PRISM Award Banquet- Nominee introduction
Time:  6:30 p.m. 
Place: Temple Gardens

Saturday, January 19, 2019

What: Saskatchewan 2019 Royal Canadian Legion

Provincial Bonspiel Championships

Welcoming and Opening Ceremonies

Time:  10:30 a.m.
Place: Mosaic Place
What: Hillcrest Health Clinic Grand Opening
Time:  1:00 p.m. 
Place: Hillcrest Health Clinic- old school division office on Thatcher Dr.

What: WDM Volunteer Blitz
Time:  2:00 p.m.
Place: Western Development MuseumSunday, January 20, 2019
What: Smokies and Perogies Fundraiser Dinner
Time:  4:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Place:  Anavets

Cost:   $13


UPCOMING

FEBRUARY 2, 2019
Chinese New Year
Uptown Cafe
6:00 p.m.

must purchase ticketsSports Celebrity Dinner
Heritage Inn
6:00 p.m.
Tickets $150/pp or Table of 8- $1200

FEBRUARY/MARCH 2019
Freedom to READ week
Feb 24- March 2
Coteau St. Library