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From the Desk of Warren Michelson July 13, 2018

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SIDEWALK DAYS

Sidewalk Days are well underway.  Take some time today and tomorrow to walk down Main St. and check out some of the vendors and events taking place.  There is something for everyone! 

SASKATCHEWAN’S FREE FISHING WEEKEND IS JULY 14 AND 15


Saskatchewan’s annual summer free fishing weekend is just around the corner.


On July 14 and 15, residents and visitors to the province are welcome to fish in any of Saskatchewan’s public waters open to sport fishing without purchasing a fishing licence.


“Saskatchewan offers some of the best freshwater fishing in the world,” Environment Minister Dustin Duncan said.  “Free fishing weekend is a great opportunity for families and visitors to make summer memories at one of our province’s many lakes.”





For those new to fishing or interested in learning more on fishing necessities, local fishing experts Jason and Jeff Matity will be leading free Learn to Fish sessions during free fishing weekend.  Participants will learn about fish identification, how to pack a tackle box, cleaning/filleting and more.  These free lake-side sessions run at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. in Douglas and Moose Mountain provincial parks on July 14, and Buffalo Pound and Echo Valley provincial parks on July 15.  More information can be found at 
www.tourismsaskatchewan.com/places-to-go/provincial-parks/summer-fun.


Anyone planning to take part in free fishing weekend should note that all other fishing regulations, including possession limits, gear restrictions and size limits on some lakes and rivers, remain in effect.  Free fishing weekend does not apply in national parks and anyone planning on taking fish out of the province must purchase a licence.



More information about fishing in Saskatchewan can be found in the 2018 Anglers’ Guide, at 
www.saskatchewan.ca/fishing.


The first free fishing weekend in Saskatchewan was held in the summer of 1989 to encourage participation in sport fishing and increase public awareness about the value and diversity of angling opportunities in the province.

In 2015, the province held the first winter free fishing weekend.  Annually, approximately 250,000 people sport fish in Saskatchewan, including more than 50,000 out-of-province anglers.


TOUR OF THUNDER CREEK PORK PLANT
Thunder Creek Pork employs 200 people and is a great economic asset to our community.  Thunder Creek Pork exports locally, as well as China, Japan and Australia.

ENHANCING ACCESS TO COMMUNICATION SERVICES


Summer in Saskatchewan is a great time to enjoy recreation and relaxation.


When travelling throughout our province, our government understands the importance of high-speed internet and cellular connections both in business and in our personal lives.


We also understand that too many rural areas still have poor cellular coverage and slow internet service which is why we’re working with SaskTel to expand and enhance its network.


Late last year, we announced a four-phase initiative to provide rural Saskatchewan communities with enhanced access to communications services. This work started with a SaskTel-led investment of $4.2 million to expand its High-Speed Fusion Internet Service to 34 additional towers.


The second phase of this initiative will see SaskTel deploy small cellular sites to will improve the level of service in 100 rural communities. The upgrades on the first 43 towers will be completed by March 31, 2019. The remaining 57 locations to receive upgrades will be announced once details are finalized.


This most recent round of wireless improvements will greatly benefit many residents, farms, and businesses across rural Saskatchewan.


Phase 3 will see us continue to explore ways for SaskTel to enhance its cooperation with the private sector to look for additional opportunities to improve rural wireless services while the fourth phase will involve research gathered to identify coverage gaps in mobility and internet service. The data collected will be used by SaskTel to formulate a broad expansion plan to improve services.


Keeping connected and staying safe are key to enjoying recreation and relaxation in Saskatchewan. Earlier this month, the new Saskatchewan Highway Patrol vehicles hit the road with the former Commercial Vehicle Enforcement group taking on expanded responsibilities.


If you’re travelling around the province this summer, you should be aware that Saskatchewan Highway Patrol officers are now responding to situations where previously only the police would be involved. In addition to the enforcement of commercial vehicles, the Saskatchewan Highway Patrol is supporting the provincial Protection and Response Team (PRT) by enforcing Criminal Code violations.


Last year, the Government of Saskatchewan announced the creation of the PRT to help reduce crime in rural Saskatchewan. The team is comprised of police officers from the RCMP and municipal police forces, as well as Saskatchewan Highway Patrol officers from the Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure and Ministry of Environment Conservation Officers.


Commercial vehicle enforcement will remain the primary responsibility of the Saskatchewan Highway Patrol.  However, the officers will have additional responsibilities, including arrest and detention powers, to support their role on the PRT.


Other duties include:

  • Responding to 911 calls;
  • Investigating impaired drivers;
  • Enforcing speed limits and other traffic violations – inside and outside of work zones;
  • Responding to motor vehicle accidents; and
  • Taking action when offences are committed.

Wherever your summer travels take you, stay safe and enjoy!


Saskatchewan Technology Companies Benefit From SOCO’s Supportive Environment


The province’s vibrant technology sector continues to grow due in part to the supportive environment offered by Saskatchewan Opportunities Corporation (SOCO), a Crown corporation that operates under the business name of Innovation Place.


SOCO’s 2017-18 Annual Report, released today, highlights a wealth of technology companies that have experienced notable growth and development at Innovation Place.


“SOCO helps grow Saskatchewan’s technology sector through its ongoing support of new technology businesses and growth of existing companies by fostering tenant collaboration and providing access to a broad range of technical and scientific facilities and services,” Minister Responsible for SOCO Joe Hargrave said.

SOCO manages technology parks adjacent to the province’s universities in Saskatoon and Regina.  The two parks are home to 142 tenants employing more than 3,700 people.

“Of the 161 new technology companies started at Innovation Place over the last 25 years, 117 or 73 per cent are still operational today – more than twice the five-year survival rate for new businesses in Canada,” SOCO President and CEO Van Isman said.  “Of these, 111 or 69 per cent are still operating in Saskatchewan, with 54 at Innovation Place and 57 at other locations in the province.”


Highlights of the 2017-18 Annual Report:

  • SOCO generated net income of $5.6 million.
  • Innovation Place received a 98 per cent approval rating from tenant CEOs who would recommend the park to other technology organizations.
  • Strong tenant programming included 156 business development and networking events, attracting more than 8,300 attendees in Saskatoon and Regina.
  • In June 2017, Co.Labs, Saskatchewan’s first technology incubator, was launched at Innovation Place in Saskatoon.  Co.Labs provides support and mentorship to early-stage technology startups and entrepreneurs.
  • In March 2018, Saskatchewan Research Council (SRC) Environmental Analytical Labs moved into the East Atrium Building in Saskatoon – the result of a multi-year, multi-million dollar renovation project that addressed SRC’s specialized needs.
  • Innovation Place received the first place Mission: Zero Award in the Medium Employer category, recognizing an exemplary safety record and strong safety culture.

The 2017-18 Annual Report is available online at www.soco.sk.ca.


2018 S.S.F.A. Provincial 55+ Games
CLOSING CEREMONIES OF THE 55+SENIOR GAMES

Top: Moose Jaw volunteers.
Lower Left: Doris Dunphy- games chairperson.
Lower Right: Retiring the colours- Royal Canadian Legion.

CARBON TAX
At a time when the NDP wants us to wave the white flag and allow Justin Trudeau to force a carbon tax on the people of our province, new analysis confirms why our government has never supported the tax and is challenging it in court.
The University of Regina’s Institute for Energy, Environment and Sustainable Communities finds that a federal carbon tax could potentially reduce Saskatchewan’s gross domestic product (GDP) by almost $16 billion, with little effect on emissions.


The Government of Saskatchewan, in conjunction with researchers from the Institute, looked at several detailed scenarios of a federal carbon tax. The most conservative scenario shows a carbon tax of $50 per tonne would reduce provincial GDP by 2.43 per cent or $1.8 billion annually. Total impact to the provincial GDP could reach approximately $16 billion from 2019 to the end of 2030.


The study also looked at the potential environmental impact of a federal carbon tax and found it will only reduce GHG emissions by less than one megatonne. This is approximately 1.25 per cent of Saskatchewan’s total emissions and would result in a cost to GDP of $1,890 per tonne.


The federal government has significantly underestimated the economic impact of its carbon tax and overestimated the expected Greenhouse Gas (GHG) reductions. This new and more thorough model indicates GDP reductions in the billions, which translates to less competitive industries in Saskatchewan and fewer jobs across the province.


In addition to significant impacts on provincial and national GDP, research conducted at the University of Calgary confirms a federal carbon tax will cost an average Saskatchewan household more than $1,000 per year.


The federal government has not incorporated specific provincial economic data in its modelling. Saskatchewan exports more than any other province as a proportion of its total GDP. In 2017, Saskatchewan exports made up 47.7 per cent of the provincial GDP.


The federal government has not accounted for energy-intensive, trade-exposed industries that drive our economy and has not told Canadians what they will be paying or what little impact that price will have on emissions.


Saskatchewan’s strategy will enhance our resiliency to climate change, result in actual emissions reductions, and ensure our industries remain competitive. It includes SaskPower’s commitment to achieve up to 50% electricity capacity from renewable resources and reduce overall GHG emissions by 40 per cent by 2030.  This will result in GHG reductions of approximately six million tonnes.


In addition, upstream oil and gas producers will reduce GHG emissions by 40 to 45 per cent through a methane reduction strategy, which will result in reductions of 4 to 4.5 million tonnes.


Prairie Resilience also recognizes the prominent role of agriculture in addressing climate change and reducing emissions. Producers already sequester nearly 12 million tonnes of carbon through innovations such as zero till technology.


Further reductions are expected from large industrial emitters as the performance standards are developed. Saskatchewan will make these significant reductions in GHG emissions without a carbon tax.

Premier Moe Names New Deputy Minister

Cam Swan to Serve as Province’s Top Public Servant


Premier Scott Moe has announced that Cam Swan will be the new Deputy Minister to the Premier, replacing Kent Campbell who has served in an interim capacity since August 2017.


Swan has served as President and CEO of the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority since May 2017.  Previously, Swan held a number of senior positions in the public service, including Special Advisor to the Deputy Minister to the Premier, Deputy Minister of Environment, Chair of the Public Service Commission and General Manager of Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation.


“Cam Swan’s depth of experience and reputation as a hardworking and respected civil servant will be an asset in providing leadership to Saskatchewan’s public service,” Moe said.  “I look forward to working with Cam over the coming years as our government continues to stand up for the best interests of Saskatchewan people.”


Moe also announced the following changes to the senior leadership of Saskatchewan’s Public Service:


Kent Campbell is appointed Deputy Minister of Trade and Export Development.  Campbell formerly served as Interim Deputy Minister to the Premier and Deputy Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs.  He has previously served as Saskatchewan’s Deputy Minister of Economy and Deputy Minister of Energy and Resources.


Wes Jickling is appointed Deputy Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs while retaining his current responsibilities as CEO of Innovation Saskatchewan.  Jickling has previously held senior roles in corporate, government and international organizations, including previous service for the Government of Saskatchewan as Associate Deputy Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, global potash exporter Canpotex, and the United Nations.


Clare Isman is appointed President and CEO of the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority.  Isman has formerly served as Senior Advisor to the Deputy Minister to the Premier, and Deputy Minister of Finance.


“I would like to thank Kent Campbell for his diligence and service as Interim Deputy Minister to the Premier and congratulate Kent, along with Wes and Clare, on their new assignments,” Moe said.

These appointments are effective July 16, 2018.

Strong and Steady Performance for Auto Fund and SGI Canada

Both divisions of Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) showed strong financial performance in 2017-18.  Today the Crown corporation tabled financial and operational highlights for the Saskatchewan Auto Fund and SGI CANADA.

The Saskatchewan Auto Fund is the self-sustaining, compulsory auto insurance plan administered by SGI on behalf of the province.   The Auto Fund had a strong 2017-18, thanks in large part to solid investment earnings ($162.8 million) from a well-managed investment portfolio.  Traffic safety awareness targeted at reducing the number of people killed or injured due to impaired driving continued to be a strong focus for the year, through award-winning campaigns like “People Shouldn’t Disappear” and “Be A Good Wingman.”


“Overall we are very pleased with the performance and service of the Saskatchewan Auto Fund,” Minister Responsible for SGI Joe Hargrave said.  “Our goal of having the safest roads in all of Canada is an ambitious one, but we are committed to this work, and we will continue to bring awareness to these important safety issues.”




Auto Fund highlights for 2017-2018 include:

  • $937.3 million in gross premium written;
  • $144.2 million in discounts to customers through SGI’s Safe Driver Recognition and Business Recognition programs;
  • $162.8 million in investment earnings, primarily from strong equity returns;
  • $787.9 million in claims incurred (a 1.3 per cent decrease when compared to the previous year);
  • $33.6 million in storm claims, the largest being a hailstorm in Saskatoon which resulted in estimated claim costs of $15.9 million;
  • $210.1 million added to the Rate Stabilization Reserve, which acts as a cushion that protects customers from severe rate increases due to a sudden influx of claims from summer storms or downturns in investment markets;
  • Implemented a number of customer-focused improvements, including:
    • a redesigned website that makes it easier for customers to find what they came to do, and
    • a provincial call centre for claims so that customers are connected to the first available claims person and spend less time waiting on hold;
  • New legislation was introduced in Fall 2017 (and passed in Spring 2018) that:
    • paved the road for ridesharing services to operate in Saskatchewan;
    • increased penalties for impaired drivers who transport children; and
    • declared a zero-tolerance policy for drug-impaired driving, and paired SGI administrative penalties with incoming federal legislation.

SGI CANADA is the competitive side of SGI’s operations, selling property and casualty insurance in Saskatchewan, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario and British Columbia.


“SGI CANADA continues to focus on growth, and has successfully increased the share of business written out of province,” Hargrave said.  “The company is on pace to achieve its target of $1 billion in premium written by 2020 with 40 per cent written outside Saskatchewan. Geographic and product diversification helps keep the company stable and insulate it from losses in any one region.”


Highlights for SGI CANADA in 2017-18 include:

  • $59.4 million profit;
  • 8.7 per cent premium growth (outperforming the industry average of approximately three per cent), with premium growth both inside and outside Saskatchewan;
  • 15.8 per cent return on equity, after tax;
  • $43.5 million in investment earnings, driven by strong equity returns from a well-managed and diversified investment portfolio;
  • $10.9 million underwriting profit;
  • $802.8 million in premiums written (including $277.4 million – or 34.6 per cent – written outside Saskatchewan);
  • $50.2 million in storm claims (all provinces);
  • $35.8 million dividend to Crown Investments Corporation, representing 60 per cent of SGI CANADA’s net income over the fiscal year;
  • Began selling personal property and auto insurance in Ontario under the SGI CANADA brand (SGI CANADA also continues to offer non-standard auto insurance products in Ontario under the Coachman brand); and
  • Launch of the Farm Business Unit to provide unique and personalized service to agricultural customers.

The complete Saskatchewan Auto Fund annual report can be found at www.sgi.sk.ca.


BLOOMING CANOLA FIELD
Strong and Steady Performance for Auto Fund and SGI Canada

Both divisions of Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) showed strong financial performance in 2017-18.  Today the Crown corporation tabled financial and operational highlights for the Saskatchewan Auto Fund and SGI CANADA.

The Saskatchewan Auto Fund is the self-sustaining, compulsory auto insurance plan administered by SGI on behalf of the province.   The Auto Fund had a strong 2017-18, thanks in large part to solid investment earnings ($162.8 million) from a well-managed investment portfolio.  Traffic safety awareness targeted at reducing the number of people killed or injured due to impaired driving continued to be a strong focus for the year, through award-winning campaigns like “People Shouldn’t Disappear” and “Be A Good Wingman.”


“Overall we are very pleased with the performance and service of the Saskatchewan Auto Fund,” Minister Responsible for SGI Joe Hargrave said.  “Our goal of having the safest roads in all of Canada is an ambitious one, but we are committed to this work, and we will continue to bring awareness to these important safety issues.”

Auto Fund highlights for 2017-2018 include:

  • $937.3 million in gross premium written;
  • $144.2 million in discounts to customers through SGI’s Safe Driver Recognition and Business Recognition programs;
  • $162.8 million in investment earnings, primarily from strong equity returns;
  • $787.9 million in claims incurred (a 1.3 per cent decrease when compared to the previous year);
  • $33.6 million in storm claims, the largest being a hailstorm in Saskatoon which resulted in estimated claim costs of $15.9 million;
  • $210.1 million added to the Rate Stabilization Reserve, which acts as a cushion that protects customers from severe rate increases due to a sudden influx of claims from summer storms or downturns in investment markets;
  • Implemented a number of customer-focused improvements, including:
    • a redesigned website that makes it easier for customers to find what they came to do, and
    • a provincial call centre for claims so that customers are connected to the first available claims person and spend less time waiting on hold;
  • New legislation was introduced in Fall 2017 (and passed in Spring 2018) that:
    • paved the road for ridesharing services to operate in Saskatchewan;
    • increased penalties for impaired drivers who transport children; and
    • declared a zero-tolerance policy for drug-impaired driving, and paired SGI administrative penalties with incoming federal legislation.

SGI CANADA is the competitive side of SGI’s operations, selling property and casualty insurance in Saskatchewan, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario and British Columbia.


“SGI CANADA continues to focus on growth, and has successfully increased the share of business written out of province,” Hargrave said.  “The company is on pace to achieve its target of $1 billion in premium written by 2020 with 40 per cent written outside Saskatchewan. Geographic and product diversification helps keep the company stable and insulate it from losses in any one region.”


Highlights for SGI CANADA in 2017-18 include:

  • $59.4 million profit;
  • 8.7 per cent premium growth (outperforming the industry average of approximately three per cent), with premium growth both inside and outside Saskatchewan;
  • 15.8 per cent return on equity, after tax;
  • $43.5 million in investment earnings, driven by strong equity returns from a well-managed and diversified investment portfolio;
  • $10.9 million underwriting profit;
  • $802.8 million in premiums written (including $277.4 million – or 34.6 per cent – written outside Saskatchewan);
  • $50.2 million in storm claims (all provinces);
  • $35.8 million dividend to Crown Investments Corporation, representing 60 per cent of SGI CANADA’s net income over the fiscal year;
  • Began selling personal property and auto insurance in Ontario under the SGI CANADA brand (SGI CANADA also continues to offer non-standard auto insurance products in Ontario under the Coachman brand); and
  • Launch of the Farm Business Unit to provide unique and personalized service to agricultural customers.

The complete Saskatchewan Auto Fund annual report can be found at www.sgi.sk.ca.


WHAT’S HAPPENING IN MOOSE JAW
FREE FISHING WEEKEND

Friday, July 13, 2018

What: Millers vs Weyburn
Time:  7:00 p.m. 
Place:  Ross Wells Park

What: Moose Jaw DameBusters
Time:  8:00 p.m. 
Place: Red Knight Arena at 15 Wing 

Saturday, July 14, 2018

What: Dave Proctor Run 
Time:  10:00 a.m. 
Place:  Staples Parking Lot
Dave Proctor running across Canada in 66 days to raise awareness for rare diseases.

What: Load of Nonsense at the Lake

Time: 10:00 a.m. 
Place: Buffalo Pound Lake

What: Jeep Cruise for Parkinsons
Time:  6:00 p.m. 
Place: Boston Pizza, 1650 Main St N, Moose Jaw
From Melfort to Moose Jaw, follow this restored ’56 Willys Jeep on a fundraiser for Parkinson Canada at “Jeep Cruise for Parkinsons” . Expected ETA in Moose Jaw is 6:00 p.m. at Boston Pizza, Main St. North. Stop by to meet Kurt and see the Jeep restored by his father who lived with Parkinsons Disease for nearly 20 years

Sunday, July 15, 2018

What: 15 Wing car show
Time:  11:00 a.m. 

Place:  15 Wing

What: Train Rides at the WDM

Time:  11:00 a.m. 
Place:  Western Development Museum

What:  Air Show & Car Show

Time:  3:00 p.m. 
Place: 15 Wing

UPCOMING EVENTS:

2018 Saskatchewan Festival of Words
Thursday, Jul 19, 2018 at 9:00 a.m.
Workshops around the city 

Train Rides at the WDM

July 21, 22, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. 
Western Development Museum

Concert in the Park
Every Wednesday @ 7:00 p.m. 

Crescent Park