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From the Desk of Warren Michelson January 25, 2019

January 25, 2018 View this email in your browser

Celebrate Family Literacy Day In Saskatchewan

Deputy Premier and Education Minister Gordon Wyant has proclaimed January 27, 2019, as Family Literacy Day in Saskatchewan.  Family Literacy Day raises awareness of the importance of reading and engaging in literacy-related activities as a family.

“Literacy skills play a crucial role in a child’s overall development,” Wyant said.  “Family member engagement helps support the foundation of literacy development of children.”

The Government of Saskatchewan continues to support the literacy development of children and families by funding eight family literacy hubs across the province and 20 summer literacy camps every year.  More than 1,200 children attended the camps last year and 49 per cent of them were returning participants.  The family literacy hubs are a provincial network of eight organizations that work with community organizations locally to identify family literacy needs and develop programming.

The government also partners with the Saskatchewan Literacy Network (SLN) to support the literacy sector and deliver family literacy practitioner training and resources throughout the province.  The 2018-19 provincial budget includes $1.5 million to support Ministry of Education literacy initiatives.

“Family Literacy Day is a wonderful opportunity for families and communities to come together and celebrate the learning that happens in every family,” SLN Executive Director Phaedra Hitchings said.  “Building literacy skills within the family leads to greater involvement and success at school and work, and in the community, benefitting all of Saskatchewan.”

Various literacy events will be held across the province to mark this day.  For more information about Family Literacy Day, this year’s events, family literacy resources and literacy initiatives in Saskatchewan, visit the SLN website at 
http://saskliteracy.ca or http://saskliteracy.ca/literacy-home-2/family-literacy-day/.

The 2018 Citizen of the Year Award goes to Cory Olafson.  Cory is involved in many different organizations within the city of Moose Jaw.  He takes part in local event planning such as the Santa Claus Parade, Chase the Ace, Sports Dinners and Hockey Drafts and has done so for many years.  Cory is also well known for his involvement in the local baseball community.

15 Wing Fellowship Inc. were the recipients of the Group of the Year Award.  15 Wing Fellowship was initiated in 2010. They are a not for profit organization, organized by volunteers. 15 Wing Fellowship Inc. is an extension of the Wing Commander’s office as a connecting point between the city and air base. They host fundraiser favorites such as Highway to Heroes and provide supports to local programs such as CHAB Toys for children, Supper with the Snowbirds, Support our Troops and STARS to name a few.

Thank you and congratulations to all nominees and winners for your dedication and hard work, making a difference in someone else’s life and contributing to our community . 

New Fees For Court Of Appeal, Court Of Queen’s Bench And The Sheriffs’ Office

The Ministry of Justice and Attorney General is making changes to fees for services provided by the Court of Appeal, Court of Queen’s Bench, and the Sheriffs’ Office.

The changes follow an extensive review that looked into the cost of providing services.

“The review determined that the current fees have not kept up with the actual costs of providing these services,” Justice Minister and Attorney General Don Morgan said.  “In the case of Court of Queen’s Bench, several of the current fees haven’t changed since the regulations came into effect in 1999.”

As a result, some new fees have been created and some existing fees have been revised to reflect the cost of providing those services, as well as to provide consistency between the courts.

Examples of fee changes include:

  • In Court of Queen’s Bench, Commencing an Action (where mediation is not required) was $100 and has been increased to $200.  Commencing an Action (where mediation is required) was $200 and has been increased to $300.
  • The fee to file a Notice of Appeal at the Court of Appeal is increasing from $125 to $200.
  • Photocopying fees in both Court of Queen’s Bench and the Court of Appeal go from $.50 to $1.00 per page to provide consistency with the fee charged at Provincial Court.
Consideration was given to ensuring that fee increases won’t unduly restrict access to the courts.  Eligible low income individuals will continue to be able to obtain fee waiver certificates at all three levels of court in Saskatchewan.

The review also looked at the costs and compensation provided to interpreters, transcript services and expert witnesses.  These fees have been updated to meet a reasonable standard of compensation for each service.

Saskatchewan Enacts Regulations With Goal To Reduce Methane Emissions By 4.5 Million Tonnes Annually

The Government of Saskatchewan has released regulations with the goal of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from venting and flaring in the province’s upstream oil and gas sector by 4.5 million tonnes per year by 2025.

The regulations—part of the province’s Methane Action Plan (MAP)—signal a comprehensive, results-based approach that will require industry to annually reduce GHG emissions to meet the 2025 objective.  Included in the regulatory measures are annual penalties for non-compliance.

In April 2018, the federal government announced blanket methane regulations for the oil and gas sector, which are scheduled to come into force in 2020.

“Our regulatory package commits us to an alternative, robust plan to implement GHG emission reductions that help to achieve our climate change goals, while providing industry with the flexibility to implement those reductions in an effective, economically viable way,” Energy and Resources Minister Bronwyn Eyre said.  “This made-in-Saskatchewan approach will meet, and in many instances exceed, federal expectations.”

The regulatory program was established following extensive consultation with industry and other stakeholders to ensure the characteristics of Saskatchewan’s upstream industry were fully addressed.  MAP includes complementary programs and policies that protect industrial competitiveness and limit the risk of investment flight and carbon leakage to jurisdictions with less stringent standards.

The plan outlines the implementation strategy for commitments outlined in the Upstream Oil and Gas Industry section of Prairie Resilience: A Made in Saskatchewan Climate Change Strategy, released in December 2017.

Key elements of the action plan include:

  • reaffirming provincial regulatory jurisdiction over GHG emissions in the energy and resources sector;
  • new, made-in-Saskatchewan, results-based regulations—developed in consultation with industry—with the goal of reducing GHG emissions by 4.5 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) annually by 2025; and
  • the introduction of specific programs and policies that support emissions management innovations and technologies in the sector, including the expanded Oil and Gas Processing Investment Incentive and the Saskatchewan Petroleum Innovation Incentive, and encourage the increased use of methane for heating, electricity production and other commercial applications.

“Saskatchewan’s Methane Action Plan is an example of an efficient regulatory framework aimed at improving environmental outcomes, while protecting competitiveness,” Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers Vice-President Western Canada Operations Brad Herald said.  “The results-based design enables innovation, encourages new technology, and provides industry with the flexibility to apply strategies for methane emission reduction that are both efficient and effective.”

“The Saskatchewan government has taken a pragmatic and balanced approach through the development of the outcome-based Methane Action Plan,” Explorers and Producers Association of Canada President Tristan Goodman said.  “The transparent engagement approach has resulted in a policy that allows industry to innovate and remain competitive, while also ensuring policy objectives are achieved.”

The upstream oil and gas industry is the largest sector of the provincial economy, accounting for approximately 15 per cent of total Gross Domestic Product (GDP).  The sector supports roughly 34,000 full-time equivalent jobs and has been the top provincial exporter nine of the last 10 years.

In recent years, companies in the sector have invested between $4 and $6 billion annually and have contributed more than $1 billion annually to provincial revenues.

Detailed information on the Methane Action Plan is available at 


Strong Manufacturing And Wholesale Trade Sales In November

According to reports released by Statistics Canada today, Saskatchewan had strong manufacturing and wholesale trade sales in November 2018, both year-over-year and month-to-month.

Saskatchewan’s manufacturing sector sales were up 10.7 per cent (seasonally adjusted) from last November, the highest percentage rise among the provinces and well ahead of the 2.7 per cent posted nationally.  Compared to October, manufacturing sales were up 3.3 per cent, the second best increase when compared with other provinces, and above the 1.4 per cent decline for the national rate.

Manufacturing sales totalled $1.5 billion in November 2018.

Wholesale trade growth also ranked the highest in Canada in November, rising 4.5 per cent (seasonally adjusted) from the previous month, ahead of the -1.0 per cent decline recorded nationally.  Year-over-year wholesale trade increased by 10.3 per cent, the second highest percentage increase among the provinces.

Wholesale trade totalled $2.4 billion in November 2018.

“Nation leading growth in manufacturing sales and wholesale trade are indicators that Saskatchewan’s economy is remaining resilient in the face of headwinds,” Trade and Export Development Minister Jeremy Harrison said.  “Coupled with recent strong job numbers, we are optimistic that in 2019 our economy will continue to grow and create opportunity for Saskatchewan people.”

Swearing-in Ceremony for Judge Brian Hendrickson
Chief Justice James Plemel and newly appointed Judge Brian Hendrickson.

Saskatchewan Gets An ‘A’ For Reducing Red Tape And Launches Web Page To Further Help Cut Red Tape

Saskatchewan’s efforts to reduce red tape and modernize regulations in the province received the highest ‘A’ grade ranking by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) in their 2019 national Red Tape Report Card.  The new grade was announced today at an event where the Government of Saskatchewan proclaimed January 21 to 25 as Red Tape Awareness Week, the 10th anniversary of this event.

Also announced at today’s event was the launch of a new ‘Help Cut Red Tape’ web page, available to all Saskatchewan residents and businesses who want to report red tape concerns they have encountered.  This information will make it easier to report red tape to government, while providing valuable perspective from the public on how the province may offer services more effectively.

“Red tape costs businesses, residents and the government $300 million and thousands of hours in lost time every year, and for the past decade, Red Tape Awareness Week has helped draw needed attention to this issue,” Trade and Export Development Minister Jeremy Harrison said.  “The launch of the new web page, and other efforts to modernize regulations and reduce red tape, are reasons why Saskatchewan has received the CFIB’s highest ‘A’ grade this year and strengthens our resolve to continue to support the residents and businesses we serve.”

The new ‘Help Cut Red Tape’ web page offers an “always-on”, client-centred platform for citizens and businesses to report red tape irritants they have encountered in the province.  Each submission received from the public will be referred to the appropriate Government of Saskatchewan ministry, agency or Crown corporation for effective follow up.

“We commend the Government of Saskatchewan for its ongoing leadership to make red tape reduction a priority,” CFIB Executive Vice President Laura Jones said.  “We’re especially pleased to see the province’s hard work of setting clear targets for reduction, as well as measuring and reporting the regulatory burden, has resulted in Saskatchewan moving to the head of the class with an ‘A’ on CFIB’s Red Tape Report Card.  We also thank the province for listening to small business owners and introducing the ‘Help Cut Red Tape’ web page, which is an easy, practical way for entrepreneurs to submit their red tape headaches directly to the government and have them addressed.  This is another clear example the government is serious about cutting red tape.”

The ‘Help Cut Red Tape’ web page is a continuation of the Government of Saskatchewan’s efforts to modernize regulations in the province.  Other initiatives include an ongoing commitment to a multi-year review of all business-related regulations for their impact and costs, to remove barriers to growth.  In 2017-18, regulatory modernization efforts across Saskatchewan were forecast to achieve $132.9 million in savings over the next 10 years—across government and Crown corporations.

Effective red tape reduction also means recognizing and addressing inter-provincial regulatory irritants.  To this end, Saskatchewan actively participates as a member of the Regulatory Reconciliation and Cooperation Table, as part of the Canada Free Trade Agreement.

Saskatchewan and Ontario are working with industry to identify opportunities to remove red tape for businesses selling goods or services across Canada.  Premier Scott Moe and Premier Doug Ford signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on October 29, 2018, to show leadership within Canada on reducing internal trade barriers and exploring opportunities for greater regulatory harmonization.  On November 26, 2018, Saskatchewan announced the first initiative under this MOU—harmonization with Ontario relating to the use of wide base single tires, making it easier for trucking companies to ship Saskatchewan goods to other provinces.

For more information on how to Help Saskatchewan Cut Red Tape, visit the new web page at 

More information on the 2019 Red Tape Awareness Week is available at 

Saturday, January 26, 2019
What: Robbie Burns Celebration
Time:  5:30 p.m.- 6:00 p.m. Cocktails, Toast to the Haggis & supper 6:15 p.m.
Evening program of Traditional Toasts, Music & Dance 7-9 p.m.
Place: Timothy Eatons

Cost:  $30 What: Fraternal Order of Eagles #3395, Ladies Auxiliary – Rib n; Cesar Night

Time:  5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Place:  Fraternal Order of Eagles #3395

Rib dinner, complete with a baked potato, caesar salad, garlic toast.
Tickets: Jean Nurse at 306-692-2543 or Eagles Club

Sunday, January 27, 2019

What: Chinese New Year

Time:  6:00 p.m.

Place: Jade Garden

Tickets:  Must Purchase in advance


Chinese New Year

Uptown Cafe

6:00 p.m.
must purchase tickets

Sports Celebrity Dinner

Heritage Inn

6:00 p.m.

Tickets $150/pp or Table of 8- $1200

Freedom to READ week

Feb 24- March 2

Coteau St. Library