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From the Desk of Warren Michelson July 20, 2018

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Dave Proctor is running across Canada in 66 days, totaling 7200 km to raise awareness for rare diseases.
Pictured: Dave Proctor, (Warren, Dave Proctor, Mayor Tolmie, Staples Mgr Tony).

 Applications Open for Autism Spectrum Disorder Individualized Funding

The Government of Saskatchewan is fulfilling its commitment to provide individualized funding for children under the age of six who have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  The application form and eligible services list have been posted at www.saskatchewan.ca/autism.

“Our government remains committed to improving services for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their parents, caregivers and families,” Health Minister Jim Reiter said.  “Individualized funding will provide more choice and flexibility for families, and improve access to supports.”

In 2018-19, $2.8 million has been allocated to provide $4,000 per child with ASD under the age of six.  The program will provide parents with funding for therapeutic interventions and family supports that best suit their child’s individual needs.  It is estimated that approximately 700 children will be eligible for funding this year.

“Our government is working to make Saskatchewan a more inclusive province that is welcoming, responsive, innovative and accessible so people with disabilities can live the life of their choice,” Social Services Minister Paul Merriman said.  “Individualized funding makes it easier for parents of young children with autism to have access to services that make the most sense for their needs.”

ASD Individualized Funding is a joint Ministry of Health and Ministry of Social Services program.  The Ministry of Social Services is administering the program, and is now accepting applications.  Families who have applied and meet the program criteria will begin receiving funding in August 2018.  ASD Individualized Funding is in addition to autism services that will continue to be provided in the public system.

The Ministry of Health is building a registry of autism service providers to assist parents in locating service providers.  The registry will be posted on 
www.saskatchewan.ca/autism in August 2018, and will include:

  • Behavioural consultants (who may provide applied behaviour analysis);
  • Physical therapists;
  • Occupational therapists;
  • Psychologists;
  • Social workers;
  • Speech pathologists.

Private service providers are encouraged to sign up for the registry, and can contact autismregistry@health.gov.sk.ca for more information on how to do so.

Funding can also be used for respite services, therapeutic equipment, training/coaching for parents/caregivers and more.  For more information, consult the eligible services list available at www.saskatchewan.ca/autism.

Development of the Autism Individualized Funding program has been informed by the Autism Stakeholder Working Group.  The group included parents of children with ASD and individuals who provide services for families impacted by ASD.  The Government of Saskatchewan would like to thank them for their work and dedication to the creation of this program.

The Autism Individualized Funding program supports the 10-year Saskatchewan Disability Strategy and its vision of making Saskatchewan a more welcoming, inclusive, and accessible province for people who experience disabilities.  The program also supports Saskatchewan’s Early Years Plan and its goal of finding better ways to support children experiencing disabilities.

In addition to the $2.8 million allocated to ASD Individualized Funding in 2018-19, the Ministry of Health will continue to provide $8.55 million annually to support a continuum of autism services, including autism consultants, support workers and rehabilitation therapists.

Additional information on the program can be found at 


A celebration of Neil’s 80th Birthday was hosted at the Zion United Church last Friday.  Neil was born and raised in Canwood.  Neil is a United Church Minister, he was ordained in the early 70’s and retired in 2003.  Neil lived in Asquith with his wife, however moved to Moose Jaw in 2012 after her passing to be closer to his grandson and daughter in Caron. 

Neil currently fills his days by attending the Zion United Church, attending his church Men’s Club, delivers lunches for Hunger in MJ and enjoys the Miller Express baseball games.

Premier Doug Ford and Premier Scott Moe Agree to Fight Federal Carbon Tax 

Premiers will work together to stop federal government from imposing an oppressive tax on the people of their provinces

SAINT ANDREWS, NEW BRUNSWICK – Ontario Premier Doug Ford and Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe released a joint statement today about their discussions at the summer meeting of the Council of the Federation:

“We agreed today to join forces and use every single tool at our disposal to challenge the federal government’s authority to arbitrarily impose a carbon tax on the people of Ontario and Saskatchewan.

Carbon taxes make life unaffordable for families, and put thousands of jobs at risk. This type of taxation does nothing for the environment and hits people in the wallet in order to fund big government initiatives.

We agreed that, in a time of economic uncertainty, we need to put more money back in the pockets of families and businesses. A climate change strategy is critical, but a carbon tax would increase the price of virtually every product and service people need on a daily basis.

We will do everything in our power, including going to court, to prevent the federal government from imposing this punishing tax on hard-working people. That is why Ontario will be supporting Saskatchewan and intervening in the reference case Saskatchewan has launched with its Court of Appeal. Ontario and Saskatchewan agree that the federal government should not be able to impose a carbon tax on provinces. The federation needs to work more collaboratively.

We look forward to continuing to work together, and with our fellow premiers, to create good jobs and drive economic growth across the country.”


Top Right:  Trevor Herriot
Bottom Left:  David Chariandy
Bottom Right:  Monica Mazihg

Storytelling in its various forms has been part of the human experience since the beginning of time. Both entertaining and informative, storytelling serves to broaden our sense of the world.

Here in Moose Jaw we enjoy year-round programming and performances, and each summer we look forward to learning and growing through shared experiences.

It is interesting to reflect on how far we have come since the Festival of Words first began. Each passing year it continues to grow and evolve, celebrating all aspects of language and literacy. Through the years it has helped to reinforce Moose Jaw’s reputation as a cultural capital.

The festival started with the bold vision of the late Gary Hyland and a founding committee, but it’s the passion and perseverance of the people that bring it together every year.

Year-End Actuals Show Saskatchewan’s Finances are Continuing to Improve

Deficit Drops by $393 Million in 2017-18 Public Accounts Compared to 2017-18 Budget

The final results for the 2017-18 fiscal year show a significant drop in Saskatchewan’s deficit.  The province finished the year with revenue of $14.02 billion and total expense of $14.32 billion—leaving a deficit of $303 million.

“Our government’s plan to return the province to balance by 2019-20 remains on track,” Finance Minister Donna Harpauer said.  “Our economy is growing and the province’s fiscal position continues to improve, with an actual deficit of $303 million in 2017-18, $393 million less than what was projected in the 2017-18 Budget.”

Revenue in 2017-18 was down $146 million, or one per cent, from the budget.  The decrease was primarily due to lower-than-expected tax revenue and transfers from the federal government, offset by higher net income from government business enterprises, other own-source revenue and non-renewable resource revenue.

Expense in 2017-18 was $489 million, or 3.3 per cent, lower than projected at budget.  The largest contributor to this improvement was lower-than-anticipated expense for agriculture insurance claims, resulting from a better-than-expected crop year.

“Throughout 2017-18, our government invested in the priorities of Saskatchewan people,” Harpauer said.  “Health, education, social services and assistance continued to see major investment in the programs and services Saskatchewan people value.  Nearly three-quarters of all government spending was in these three areas combined in 2017-18.  In addition, more than $3.2 billion was invested in 2017-18 in building highways, schools, and health care facilities, along with Crown investments in needed power, energy, water, and telecommunications infrastructure—key priorities for a growing province.”

Harpauer said that while the plan to return to an annual balance is on course, there is more work to do.

“Each fiscal year is unique and while we are on the right path, unanticipated challenges or at times good fortune—like the better-than-anticipated crop year—can occur,” Harpauer said.  “To ensure we remain on track, our government will continue to manage spending carefully, invest in priorities for Saskatchewan people, shift from our reliance on volatile resource revenue and help to keep our economy strong.”

5-2 win for Okotoks

Additional Grants for Adult Learners Enrolling in Post-Secondary Education

Students enrolling in post-secondary studies after several years away from school are eligible to access all student loan and grant programs through the Canada-Saskatchewan Integrated Student Loan program.  There are new features to the program that help eligible adult learners pay for post-secondary education.

These include:

  • $200 per month in additional grant money for full-time students who have been out of high school for at least 10 years;
  • A person who has lost their job or experienced a drop in income may qualify for additional assistance and may have their current income used to assess Canada Student Grant eligibility; and
  • Ability to request grants-only funding and decline the loans portion.

“Our government understands that returning to post-secondary education after several years away can be challenging,” Advanced Education Minister Tina Beaudry-Mellor said.  “We hope that these additional grants and features will make it easier for adult learners to pursue post-secondary education.”

There are also additional features to the Canada-Saskatchewan Integrated Student Loan program to benefit adult learners with dependants.

  • Full-time or part-time students with dependant children may be eligible for monthly living allowances based on their income and the number and age of their children, which will include a monthly allowance for daycare.  These students may also receive additional grants for being students with dependants; and
  • Students with children do not have to make the fixed student contribution.

Students can now submit their student financial assistance applications for the 2018-19 student loan year for academic programs beginning on or after August 1, 2018.  Students are encouraged to apply early.

More information on Saskatchewan Student Loans can be found at www.saskatchewan.ca/studentloans or by calling 1-800-597-8278.


Provincial Physician Recruitment Agency Moving to Saskatchewan Health Authority

Saskatchewan is taking steps to ensure that access to physician services continues to be a high priority, particularly in rural and remote communities.

The Physician Recruitment Agency of Saskatchewan will transition to the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) on July 23.  The agency focuses on recruitment and retention of physicians and health care professionals in Saskatchewan and uses the saskdocs and HealthCareersinSask websites as tools to connect them with current opportunities in the province.

This transition will build on saskdocs’ good work, helping align recruitment efforts with the SHA’s physician resource planning and ensure that physicians are practising in communities where they are most needed.

To facilitate continuity and ongoing connections with key partners, a number of current board members will have the opportunity to continue serving in an advisory capacity following the transfer – a further example of the province’s commitment to recruitment and retention efforts.

“People in rural, northern, and urban communities throughout the province continue to have better access to physician care,” Rural and Remote Health Minister Greg Ottenbreit said.  “The efforts of saskdocs, along with other recruitment and retention initiatives introduced by our government, have resulted in 900 more licensed doctors and 3,700 more nurses in Saskatchewan than in 2007.”

There will also be a continued focus on retention and recruitment of other valued health professionals.  The transfer will include Health Careers in Saskatchewan, which focuses on recruitment of other health professionals and is also operated by the agency.  Future doctors and health professionals will continue to see the saskdocs and Health Careers in Saskatchewan names, as they find employment in the province.

The strength of saskdocs has been its member organizations, including:

  • Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association;
  • Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities;
  • College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan;
  • Saskatchewan Health Authority;
  • Saskatchewan Medical Association;
  • medical residents and students;
  • Ministry of Immigration and Career Training; and
  • Ministry of Health.

“We are pleased to welcome these staff into our organization to ensure a more consistent, co-ordinated approach to recruitment,” SHA Chief Executive Officer Scott Livingstone said.  “With this move, the SHA will be better positioned to ensure the people we serve receive high-quality and timely care regardless of where they live.”

The transfer follows a review of the agency, which was recommended by the Advisory Panel on Health System Structure in 2016.

Crop Report for the Period July 10 to July 16, 2018

Crops across the province are advancing quickly, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s weekly Crop Report.

Eighty per cent of the fall cereals, 78 per cent of the spring cereals, 76 per cent of the oilseeds and 78 per cent of the pulse crops are at their normal stages of development for this time of year.  Crop conditions vary widely based on moisture levels but the majority of crops range from fair to excellent in condition.

Many areas of the province have seen another week of wild weather that brought hail, severe wind and crop damage; however, it also brought some much-needed moisture.  Rainfall ranged from trace amounts to 103 mm in the Glaslyn area.  The Turtleford area reported 61 mm of rain, the Broadview area reported 18 mm, the Shaunavon area 48 mm, the Lumsden area 10 mm and the Saskatoon area 52 mm.  Some areas in the west-central and southwestern regions are still in need of a significant rainfall to help crops fill pods and heads.

Despite this week’s weather, livestock producers have continued with haying and now have 22 per cent of the hay crop cut and 47 per cent baled or put into silage.  Hay quality is rated as seven per cent excellent, 65 per cent good, 25 per cent fair and three per cent poor.  Many swaths are smaller than normal and hay yields are below average overall.

Estimated average dryland hay yields at this time are one ton per acre for alfalfa and alfalfa/bromegrass; 0.8 ton per acre for other tame hay and 1.5 tons per acre for greenfeed.  Estimated average irrigated hay yields are 2.1 tons per acre for alfalfa; 2.2 tons per acre for alfalfa/bromegrass and 2.7 tons per acre for greenfeed. Pasture growth is limited in some areas and a significant rainfall would be beneficial.

Across the province, topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as two per cent surplus, 57 per cent adequate, 30 per cent short and 11 per cent very short.  Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as two per cent surplus, 45 per cent adequate, 35 per cent short and 18 per cent very short.

Producers have seen crop damage this week from a variety of sources.  High temperatures and strong winds throughout the province continued to stress crops.  Storms brought localized flooding, hail and strong wind.  There have been some reports of high numbers of grasshoppers in areas, along with some disease issues caused by fusarium head blight, root rots and leaf spot diseases. Due to recent high temperatures, there has been some damage due to heat blasting in flowering canola crops.

A complete, printable version of the Crop Report is available online at 

Follow the 2018 Crop Report on Twitter at @SKAgriculture.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

What: Multifamily Garage Sale-HOPE for Shailynn Taylor
Time:  9:00 a.m. 
Place: 1056 Browm Street, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan

What: Train Rides 

Time:  11:00 a.m. 
Place:  WDM

What: Family Day 
Time:  1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. 
Place:  Sukanen Ship
admission: $2.00

What: Mock Wedding – HOPE for Shailynn Taylor

Time: 7:00 p.m. 
Place: Golden Nugget

What: Millers vs Weyburn DOUBLE HEADER/ Retro night and pick your favorite player!
Time: 5:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. 
Place: Ross Wells Park

Sunday, July 22, 2018

What: Train Rides 

Time:  11:00 a.m. 
Place:  WDM




Yoga in the Park

Every Monday @ 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Amphitheatre- Crescent Park- By donation- in support of Hunger in MJ

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

Crescent Park


Sat. July 28 & Sunday July 29

11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 

Western Development Museum

Downtown Moose Jaw Guided Walking Tours

Every Saturday @ 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Leaving hourly

Call to book 306-691-2015

Souvenir Shop

Summer Art Programs

MJ Museum & Art Gallery

July and Aug. 
To register 306-692-4471

Ages 3-5, 6-8, 9-11, 12 and up.

All programs include materials and snacks

Western Development Museum Summer Heritage Club
July and August. 

Ages 5-18.

more info/ register www.wdm.ca/mj