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From the Desk of Warren Michelson January 31, 2020

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shield FROM THE DESK OF WARREN MICHELSON, MLA

Krystal Chow, Citizen of the Year

2019 Moose Jaw Citizen
and Group of the Year Awarded

Congratulations to Krystal Chow, our newest Citizen of the Year.  Congratulations to the Group of the Year, Moose Jaw Families for Change, Inc.


Krystal was chosen because of her long list of community involvements, including: the Warrior’s Booster Club, Moose Jaw Health Foundation Radiothons, the Humane Society, Jumpstart, the recent Saskatchewan Air Show, and the upcoming Scotties Tournament of Hearts.


Moose Jaw Families for Change has found ways to make Moose Jaw a more inclusive community.  They have accomplished a lot in the last two years, opening the Kinsmen Inclusion Centre and the Kinsmen Cafe.


Also handed out were the Moose Jaw Heritage Awards. The winners are as follows:

Heritage Tradespeople and Craftspeople
Brysen Bert of Steady Metalworks

Heritage Advocacy and Education
Bison Festival
Moose Jaw Dayz Facebook Page
Tourism Moose Jaw
Percy Hill

Heritage Restoration
John and Donna Bye

Thank you to Moose Jaw Chamber of Commerce, CAE, and Country 100/ Mix 103/800 CHAB for sponsoring the awards.

Moose Jaw Families for Change,
Group of the Year.
Congratulations to all Nominees
Thank You for All You Do for our Community

Moose Jaw area receives $86,100
in Fall 2019 Community Initiative Grants

The Community Initiatives Fund is a special purpose fund created under The Saskatchewan Gaming Corporation Act, dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for Saskatchewan people and investing in communities throughout the province.


These grants support community programs and projects that focus on one of the following themes:
  • Healthy growth and development of children and youth.
  • Individual, family and community well-being.
  • Non-profit and community leadership.
 From the Fall 2019 applications, 137 grants totalling over two million dollars were approved. In Moose Jaw North Constituency, Big Brothers/Big Sisters and  the Association for Community Living received grants.  Other recipients in the Moose Jaw area included Age Friendly Outreach and Resource Network, the Canadian Mental Health Association, Cosmo Senior Citizens Centre and Moose Jaw Family Services.


Since its first grant in 1996-97, CIF has distributed approximately $159 million to over 400 communities in Saskatchewan!  CIF program information and guidelines can be found at: http://www.cifsask.org/.

Saskatchewan Posts Lowest Number Of Road Fatalities In Recorded History

Drivers Encouraged To Help Bring That Number Even Lower In 2020

Fewer people were killed on Saskatchewan roads in 2019 than in any single year since records started being kept in the 1950s.  SGI’s preliminary statistics indicate 71* people were killed in collisions in 2019.


Over the preceding 10 years (2009-2018) Saskatchewan averaged nearly 140 road fatalities per year.  Previously, the record low was 73, which occurred in 1951 when there was about a quarter the number of registered vehicles on the roads as there is today.


As SGI reported in August (
https://www.sgi.sk.ca/news?title=progress-report–fewer-road-injuries-and-fatalities-in-2018-compared-to-10-year-average) of last year when releasing preliminary 2018 numbers, fatalities and injuries caused by traffic collisions continue to decrease in Saskatchewan, particularly those caused by impaired driving, distracted driving, speeding and improper seatbelt use.  More enforcement, targeted legislation and powerful awareness efforts contribute to this, but it ultimately comes down to drivers making good decisions.


The Government of Saskatchewan, SGI and law enforcement ask everyone to keep one thing in mind throughout 2020, and beyond: Take care out there. *The 2019 number is considered preliminary, based on data available from police forces in Saskatchewan, and may be adjusted.

Bell “Let’s Talk” Day.
Wednesday, January 29th was Bell “Let’s Talk” Day.  One in five people in Canada will experience a mental health issue or illness in any given year.  That means everyone will at some time be impacted by mental illness, either personally, or with someone they are close to.


On Bell Let’s Talk Day, Canadians and people around the world joined in to help create positive change for people living with mental health issues.


One of the biggest hurdles for anyone suffering from mental illness is overcoming the stigma. It is the number one reason why two-thirds of those living with a mental illness do not seek help.Helping to end the stigma around mental illness can help create positive change.  Let’s all do our part.

South Saskatchewan First Responder Conference
Our dedicated First Responders from all around Southern Saskatchewan came together in Moose Jaw last weekend to learn, share knowledge and encourage one another.  Thank you to these generous women and men.

Minister Warren Kaeding Bringing Greetings.

Family Literacy Day And Week Promote

“Take 20 in 2020”

The Government of Saskatchewan and the Saskatchewan Literacy Network partnered to proclaim January 27 as Family Literacy Day in Saskatchewan and January 26 to February 1, 2020 as Family Literacy Week.  This year’s theme is Take 20 in 2020, a reminder to take 20 minutes everyday to make learning together a part of every family’s daily routine.


“Literacy is key to development at all ages and can be part of our everyday activities,” Deputy Premier and Education Minister Gordon Wyant said.  “As a father I enjoyed playing games and reading with my children and now I enjoy doing many of the same activities with my granddaughter.”


Literacy is important to children’s development, with studies showing that up to 90 per cent of a child’s brain is developed by age five.  A child’s primary caregiver is one of the first teachers in a child’s life and everyday activities like talking, reading, playing games, cooking and so much more can be opportunities to grow together.  To find tips on how to incorporate learning into your everyday routine, check out the Government of Saskatchewan’s Play. Learn. Grow. Together! videos and resources at 
https://www.saskatchewan.ca/residents/education-and-learning/prek-12-education-early-learning-and-schools/early-years-learning.


The Government of Saskatchewan provides $500,000 to support family literacy programs, services and supports around the province through Family Literacy Hubs and the Saskatchewan Literacy Network.  Family literacy programs and services help parents become more aware of opportunities for playful and age-appropriate learning in everyday life, encourage the use of the local library and provide information on community events designed for families.  More information on Family Literacy Hubs can be found at 
https://www.saskatchewan.ca/residents/education-and-learning/literacy-in-saskatchewan.


A number of government supported community programs also provide resources and an introduction to early literacy.  This includes licenced child care, family resource centres, KidsFirst regional and targeted programs, Early Childhood Intervention Programs and public libraries.  For a full listing of these resources and the services they provide, visit 
www.saskatchewan.ca.


Family Literacy Hubs have worked with community partners to develop and host events locally to celebrate Family Literacy Day and Week.  The Saskatchewan Literacy Network supports the work of the Family Literacy Hubs.


Celebrating Chinese New Year at the Uptown Restaurant. 
Thank you, Gale Chow, for organizing this great event for many years. 

Saskatchewan’s Vapour Product Legislation Now In Force

In order to better protect Saskatchewan youth from risks associated with vaping, The Tobacco and Vapour Products Control Act takes effect tomorrow, February 1, 2020. 

The new legislation is similar to measures found in other provinces and territories in Canada with vaping legislation in place.  To address vapour products, The Tobacco and Vapour Products Control Act contains provisions that:

  • restrict the sale of vapour/e-cigarette devices and products to individuals 18 years of age and older;
  • prohibit the display of vapour/e-cigarette products in a retail business where young persons have access;
  • restrict the use of vapour/e-cigarette products in and around public buildings, including schools and school grounds, in the same manner as our provincial tobacco legislation;
  • prohibit the sale of vapour/e-cigarette products from specified facilities such as amusement parks, arcades, and theatres where youth frequent;
  • restrict advertising of vapour/e-cigarette products in the same manner as tobacco products by prohibiting advertising signs and promotional signs in areas where young persons can enter;
  • provide the ability to restrict the sale of flavoured tobacco and vapour products by regulation; and,
  • expand the authority of tobacco enforcement officers to include enforcement of vapour/e-cigarette product restrictions.

For further information on the changes, please visit: saskatchewan.ca/vaping.


Governments Make $8.1 Million Investment
In Livestock And Forage Research

This week federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Maire-Claude Bibeau and Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister David Marit announced nearly $8.1 million in funding under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership for 28 livestock and forage-related research projects through Saskatchewan’s Agriculture Development Fund (ADF).  This includes $4.9 million in funding for 27 livestock and forage-related research projects and $3.2 million in operational funding for the Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence. 

The ADF is supported through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, a five-year, $388 million investment in strategic initiatives for Saskatchewan agriculture by the federal and provincial governments.


Support from the ADF is awarded on a competitive basis to projects that create future growth opportunities and enhance the competitiveness of the industry.


“The partnership that this research funding represents is an important part of Saskatchewan agriculture,” Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association Chair Rick Toney said.  “Having governments that will invest in research along with industry groups like the Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association is a key part of growing our cattle receipts and staying competitive in this global business.  We appreciate this partnership and the focus the government has on agriculture as a major part of the provincial economy and way of life.”


The ADF projects supported this year will explore a variety of areas of interest to producers, including: strategies to address mineral nutrition in the face of poor water quality, developing new and improved forages, and developing diagnostics supports.  Projects will also examine cutting edge computing tools that will help the livestock industry manage genomic test data, assess risk, inform therapy decisions, and ultimately achieve more prudent antimicrobial use.


In addition to funds committed by the federal and provincial governments, the ADF is also supported by industry groups and other organizations.  Livestock and forage projects are also receiving more than $650,000 from the following organizations: the Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association, the Western Grains Research Foundation and Feedlot Health Management Services.


For more information, including a full list of funded projects, please visit 
www.saskatchewan.ca and search “Agriculture Development Fund.”


Football Tryouts at Yara Centre


WHAT’S HAPPENING IN MOOSE JAW

Friday, January 31, 2020

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

Saturday, February 1, 2020

What: Kinsmen Sport Celebrity Dinner 
Time:  6:00 p.m.
Place:  Heritage Inn

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

What: Timothy Eaton Centre Dance with Two Stepp
Time:  7:30 p.m.
Place: Timothy Eaton Centre 
Tickets: $15 includes lunch

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Monday, February 3, 2020
What:
Chinese New Year Banquet
Time:  6:00 p.m.
Place:  Jade Gardens Restaurant
Tickets:  $30  Call Ahead to Jade Gardens  (306) 69405566

Tuesday, February 4, 2020
What:
Family Led End of Life Care Workshop
Time:  11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Place:  Salvation Army Church
Tickets:  $5 includes lunch
Facilitated by Saskatchewan Hospice Palliative Care Association

What: KJ Quilters and Minto Hugs Cabin Fever Quit Show
Time:  1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Place:  Minto United Church
Free Will Offering will be donated to St. Andrew’s Refugee Fund

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