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From the Desk of Warren Michelson January 24, 2020

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NEW STRATEGY TO MANAGE & REDUCE WASTE

I was with Environment Minister Dustin Duncan at the announcement of our Government’s new Solid Waste Strategy.
The strategy will Provide a practical and sustainable solid waste management system over the next 20 years.

Saskatchewan Develops New Strategy To Manage And Reduce Waste

Environment Minister Dustin Duncan released a new Solid Waste Management Strategy for the province today.  This strategy is a starting point to providing a practical and sustainable solid waste management system to achieve specific goals over the next 20 years.


Used packaging, food scraps, electronics, plastic, paper and scrap materials are a few examples of solid waste.


Saskatchewan produces the second-highest amount of waste per capita in Canada – an amount equivalent to each resident of the province generating about 842 kilograms of waste.  This is roughly the weight of 60 regular household bags of garbage per person per year.  The strategy was developed in an effort to change that statistic and move toward more responsible waste management.


“This strategy is about working together to address the ongoing challenges of waste management and to identify potential new economic opportunities for industry,” Duncan said.  “This is important because the status quo is unsustainable and the province needs a comprehensive and strategic action plan to address the unique challenges posed by solid waste management.”

Since 2018, a Solid Waste Management Advisory Committee engaged extensively with stakeholders, which led to a list of recommendations for government to consider when developing the strategy.  The strategy outlines six goals to reduce the amount of waste generated per person by 30 per cent by 2030, and 50 per cent by 2040, based on 2014 baseline levels.


The six goals are to:

  1. Enhance education, awareness and technical understanding of waste management best practices and the risks of improper practices across Saskatchewan;
  2. Encourage regional collaboration to enhance the cost effectiveness of waste management infrastructure;
  3. Foster innovative and sustainable solutions to manage waste;
  4. Demonstrate government leadership in waste management;
  5. Provide a modern, efficient and effective regulatory system for waste disposal and management; and
  6. Enhance waste diversion across Saskatchewan.

Meeting these targets will require dedicated efforts to educate and better inform waste management decisions by all Saskatchewan residents.  It will also require innovation and local solutions to better understand the value of the province’s waste as a resource, and build upon the success of Saskatchewan’s established recycling and waste stewardship programs.


“It’s no secret that waste is an issue in Saskatchewan and around the world,” Solid Waste Management Advisory Committee Chair Richard (Porky) Porter said.  “This strategy is a significant start and will help our province develop policies and programs to address a number of ongoing challenges related to waste management.”


Effective waste management is essential to responsible growth.  The Solid Waste Management Strategy aligns with Saskatchewan’s Growth Plan and will serve as the roadmap for waste reduction and management for the well-being of the province, its people and its future.


“We are pleased that education is a priority and encouraged by the focus on waste diversion and organics management,” Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council Executive Director Joanne Fedyk said.  “We look forward to the implementation of the Solid Waste Management Strategy and applaud the provincial government for pursuing funding opportunities.”


Every Saskatchewan resident can contribute by generating less waste, recycling and composting.


Saskatchewan’s new Solid Waste Management Strategy is available at 
www.saskatchewan.ca.


Saskatchewan Modernizes Pipeline Regulations

Province Introduces The First Electronic Pipeline Registry In Canada


The Government of Saskatchewan is modernizing and strengthening its regulatory oversight of oil and gas pipeline infrastructure in the province, with the proclamation of the Pipelines Amendment Act, 2019 (the Act).


“This is the culmination of several years work and delivers on our promise, made in 2017, to ensure that Saskatchewan citizens and our environment are protected to the highest standard,” Energy and Resources Minister Bronwyn Eyre said.  “The introduction of substantial enhancements to our pipeline licensing system will also provide more efficiency and regulatory certainty for our oil and gas sector.”


In recent years, the province has enhanced regulatory systems to monitor and review pipeline construction and operations, with more stringent inspection, investigation, penalty and audit powers.  

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The new Act and regulations will expand regulatory oversight to include retroactive licensing of approximately 80,000 flowlines across the province over the next four years and more stringent scrutiny of applications at higher-risk locations, such as waterways.  With these changes, the Ministry of Energy and Resources has fully addressed all outstanding issues raised by the Provincial Auditor regarding the integrity and safety of pipelines in Saskatchewan.


This is the first system of its kind in Canada to adopt an entirely electronic registry of pipeline licensing and administration.  The Act establishes a new module in the Integrated Resource Information System (IRIS) for an Online license registry, similar to the Saskatchewan Land Titles Registry, which will issue and administer licenses for the oil, gas and mining sectors.


“In developing the pipeline regulatory framework, the Government of Saskatchewan worked to ensure both regulatory efficiency and predictability for operators,” Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) Vice-President of Western Canada Operations, Brad Herald said.  “The new pipeline module, with its Online licensing registry, highlights the province’s commitment to monitoring and upholding the highest standards of safety for the public and the environment; standards that are also continuing priorities for industry.”


The new system will also streamline the review of applications and reduce the time required for routine approvals.  In addition, the introduction of administrative penalties will complete the overall compliance framework tied to pipeline regulation.  The Pipelines Administration and Licensing Regulations are now in effect, along with Directive PNG034: Saskatchewan Pipelines Code, which clarifies and enhances requirements set out in previous regulations.


Saskatchewan Receives ‘A’ For Reducing Red Tape For Second Consecutive Year

The province has proclaimed January 20 to 24, as Red Tape Awareness Week.  The week highlights the importance of government ministries, agencies and Crown corporations’ efforts to reduce red tape and modernize regulations in order to help businesses grow and be more successful and to encourage further investment in the province’s economy.


“The Government of Saskatchewan recognizes that reducing red tape and regulatory burdens for our province’s businesses is imperative for their growth and competitiveness in the economy,” Trade and Export Development Minister Jeremy Harrison said.  “The province’s Growth Plan has outlined numerous action items that illustrate our government’s commitment to supporting the citizens and businesses of Saskatchewan by reducing red tape.”


The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) has given the Government of Saskatchewan the highest ‘A’ grade ranking for the second year in a row, in their 2020 national Red Tape Report Card, for efforts in reducing red tape and modernizing regulations.


“We are pleased the Government of Saskatchewan has maintained its ‘A’ grade in 2020,” CFIB Vice-President Western Canada and Agri-business Marilyn Braun-Pollon said.  “The grade is the result of the provincial government exceeding its clear targets for red tape reduction.  As of 2018-19, Saskatchewan has publicly reported more than $450 million in cumulative, forecasted red tape savings over the next 10 years.  The government’s ‘Help Cut Red Tape’ webpage also continues to be useful at identifying and addressing red tape headaches for entrepreneurs.  Clearly, red tape reduction remains a top priority for the Government of Saskatchewan.”

During Red Tape Awareness Week, the CFIB hosts a number of activities and events including their annual Golden Scissors Awards to be announced January 23, 2020.  These awards acknowledge leadership from politicians, public servants, or other Canadians, for their work in cutting red tape and regulatory burdens for business.


Harrison is nominated for this year’s awards for creating Saskatchewan’s ‘Help Cut Red Tape’ web page, launched in January 2019.  The ‘Help Cut Red Tape’ web page is available to Saskatchewan citizens and businesses to provide feedback on how the province may offer services more effectively and efficiently.


Since inception, until the end of 2019, the web page had 2,684 visitors from outside of government and 44 red tape irritants submitted.  Nearly all submissions have either been resolved or forwarded to the appropriate Municipal or Federal government for consideration.  For example, one submission identified the need to streamline the appeal process under the Residential Tenancies Act that affected more than 8,000 appeals per year.


This red tape issue is now in the process of being resolved.  Action items in the Growth Plan to reduce red tape and regulatory burdens are aimed at encouraging businesses to expand and invest in the province.


In addition, the 2018-19 Regulatory Modernization Annual Report from government identified an achieved forecasted savings of $229.7 million over the next 10 years across government and Crown corporations.  Overall, this will contribute to the province’s main goal of increasing jobs by 100,000 and reaching 1.4 million people in population by 2030.


Specific red-tape reduction action items outlined in the Growth Plan include:

  • Appointing a business advisory panel from communities across the province to identify priorities for the Government of Saskatchewan’s Red Tape Reduction Committee;
  • Address issues identified by individuals and businesses through the ‘Help Cut Red Tape’ web page;
  • Keeping the province’s finances strong and investing in priorities such as infrastructure and health care, which are areas of concern for small businesses; and

Utilizing the Government of Saskatchewan’s Direct Cost Estimator to make informed decisions.

For more information on how to Help Cut Red Tape, visit the web page at http://saskatchewan.ca/help-cut-red-tape.

More information on the 2020 Red Tape Awareness Week is available at https://www.cfib-fcei.ca/en/red-tape-awareness-week


WHAT’S HAPPENING IN MOOSE JAW

Saturday, January 25, 2020

What: Uptown Cafe Chinese New Year
Time:  6:00 p.m. 
Place: Uptown Cafe
Tickets: Gale Chow 306-693-6893

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

Sunday, January 26, 2020

What: Uptown Cafe Chinese New Year
Time:  6:00 p.m. 
Place: Uptown Cafe
Tickets: Gale Chow 306-693-6893

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

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

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Event:  Rotary Club The Spelling Bee and Beeyond
Time:   7:00 p.m. 
Location:  Art Museum Theatre