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From the Desk of Warren Michelson July 17, 2020

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Brand New Pool Opens At Buffalo Pound Provincial Park

The brand new pool at Buffalo Pound Provincial Park is now open and welcoming visitors.

The new swimming pool was designed to meet the needs of a wide range of users.  The facility uses universal design principles and includes a sloped accessible entry for young children or anyone with mobility concerns.  Hours of operation will be daily from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. until after the September long weekend.

Left:  Minister of Parks, Culture and Sport, Gene Makowsky and MLA,Warren Michelson.


$800,000 For Policing Initiatives In Moose Jaw

The Ministry of Corrections and Policing is providing $440,000 for four police positions in Moose Jaw through the Municipal Police Grants program in 2020-21.  This is an increase of $110,000 from last year, which will provide for one additional police officer for the Moose Jaw Police and Crisis Team (PACT).


PACT units comprise teams of police officers and mental health workers who provide an integrated and coordinated response to persons experiencing mental health crises in the community.

“Ensuring public safety is a priority for our government,” Moose Jaw Wakamow MLA Greg Lawrence said on behalf of Corrections and Policing Minister Christine Tell.  “We’re proud to provide this funding to support the Moose Jaw Police Service in the work it does every day to protect citizens in Moose Jaw.”

Saskatchewan Government Insurance is also providing $360,000 for two positions as part of the Combined Traffic Services Saskatchewan initiative, which works to improve highway safety through increased awareness and enforcement of traffic regulations.

“The City of Moose Jaw and the Moose Jaw Board of Police Commissioners look forward to continuing and enhancing our partnership with the province to address our shared public safety priorities through the municipal police grants program,” Moose Jaw Mayor Fraser Tolmie said.  “This is an important program.  Its benefits are felt not only in our community, but also across our region as our police service works to keep our community safe, harmonious and inclusive.”

“The Moose Jaw Police Service welcomes the renewal of its partnership with the Ministry to provide effective and efficient policing services in our community and region,” Moose Jaw Police Service Chief Rick Bourassa said.  “The positions created through this partnership focus on the key priorities of traffic and public safety throughout the region, and support the enhanced Police and Crisis Team’s collaborative efforts to provide community mental health supports.  These initiatives are instrumental in enhancing safety and well-being in our communities.”

The Ministry of Corrections and Policing provides funds to police services across Saskatchewan through the Municipal Police Grants program to support 129 municipal police positions and targeted policing initiatives.

Thank you Mark Belanger for the invitation, it’s always a pleasure and educational to visit
and tour Moose Jaw Diversified Services.

It’s always nice to see businesses take pride in beautifying our city.
City Facilities Media Release


The City’s skateboard park (9th Avenue NW and MacDonald St.) and BMX bike park (just west of Yara Centre on High St. West), and basketball courts open June 8, 2020.

·         City Playgrounds open June 12, 2020.

·         Ball diamonds and athletic fields open Tuesday, June 23. Click here for the detailed Outdoor Spaces Reopen Plan. 
·         Crescent Park amphitheatre rentals open Tuesday, June 23. (Graduations and weddings only)

·         All City spray parks open June 25.

·         The Phyllis Dewar Outdoor Pool will not open in 2020.

·         City paddling pools will not open in 2020.

·         The City is targeting Thursday, August 13 for the reopening of the Kinsmen Sportsplex indoor pools.

·         Preparation for reopening is underway and includes:

o    Filling, heating, and treating the pools.

o    Developing a new programming plan and updating the Aquatic Safety Plan to adhere to provincial guidelines.

o    Recalling, retraining, and recertifying staff.

o    Facility modifications and Public Health inspection

·         The full programming plan including new guidelines will be announced in early August.

·         Note: It is anticipated that swim lessons will remain postponed until the fall.

·         The Yara Centre will be reopened through a phased approach. Click here for the detailed Yara Centre Reopen Plan. 
o    Phase 1: Summer day camps and outdoor fitness classes open Monday, July 6.

o Phase 2: Fitness centre & walking track opens Monday, August 10

o    Phase 3: Turf rentals and drop-in turf reopening dates will be announced in early August along with the new programming plan and operating guidelines.

·         Reopening dates for City arenas including Mosaic Place remain under review.  Further information will be provided once available.

·         Updates on the Moose Jaw Public Library Re-opening Plan can be found at: http://moosejawlibrary.ca/
·         Updates on the Moose Jaw Museum and Art Gallery Re-opening Plan can be found at: http://www.mjmag.ca/
·         Updates on the Moose Jaw Cultural Centre Re-opening Plan can be found at: http://www.moosejawculture.ca/


·         Registration is open for Yara Centre summer day camps, outdoor fitness classes and the FREE Play at Home Summer Program.

·         To sign up, use the Online Recreation Registration button at www.moosejaw.ca or the City of Moose Jaw app. Space is limited.

Trails and open spaces remain open under the following measures:

·         Physical distancing must always be practiced – two metres apart unless with family or people you live with.

·         Avoid touching shared public surfaces like benches and railings and be sure to wash your hands as soon as you return home.

·         Avoid group sports and activities unless with your family or people you live with. Gatherings must still follow the public health order and be no more than thirty people.

·         Stay home if you are sick.

We will continue to offer updates on changes to services and operations via www.MooseJaw.ca and the City of Moose Jaw app, which can be found in the Apple and Google Play app stores.

Construction around the city can be a nuisance, but it is necessary.  Thank you all for your patience during construction season. 

Now that restrictions are lifting and doors are beginning to open,  I found it to be the perfect opportunity to visit local businesses and ask how their openings are going.  So far,  I’ve had very positive feedback.  Thank you Moose Jaw for supporting our local retailers,  your efforts have made a huge impact on keeping our stores open.