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From the Desk of Warren Michelson July 6, 2018

July 6, 2018 View this email in your browser
shield FROM THE DESK OF WARREN MICHELSON, MLA

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! 

 PUBLIC ASKED FOR INPUT ABOUT IMPAIRMENT IN THE WORKPLACE BEFORE CANNABIS IS LEGALIZED


The Government of Saskatchewan is asking for feedback on how to keep workers safe from the impacts of impairment in the workplace as the legalization date for cannabis approaches.


In the fall of 2017, the Government of Saskatchewan conducted an online cannabis survey.  The survey revealed the majority of respondents believe additional steps need to be taken to keep workers and workplaces safe.  Based on this feedback, the public and stakeholders are being asked to provide written submissions sharing their thoughts on how to address impairment in the workplace through possible legislative changes to The Saskatchewan Employment Act and The Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, 1996.


“Being impaired at work is unacceptable, dangerous and illegal,” Labour Relations and Workplace Safety Minister Don Morgan said.  “With the introduction of the Cannabis Act, we are examining current legislation and will be making changes to ensure the safety of all workers.  We are seeking input from workers and employers across the province.”


A consultation paper has been posted at 
www.saskatchewan.ca/government/public-consultations/consultation-on-impairment-in-the-workplace.  Written submissions can be sent via mail or email to labourlegislationLRWS@gov.sk.ca by August 31, 2018.


To learn more about cannabis in Saskatchewan, visit 
www.saskatchewan.ca/government/cannabis-in-saskatchewan.

Regulations Passed Allowing for Ticketing of Cannabis Offences
The Government of Saskatchewan has amended regulations to allow for the ticketing of numerous offences under The Cannabis Control (Saskatchewan) Act.  Ticket amounts will range from $200 up to a maximum of $2,250 depending on the offence.  Passing of these regulations is another step toward the legalization of cannabis in Canada.


Offences subject to ticketing will include:

  • A $200 ticket for possessing or distributing more than 30 grams of dried cannabis in a public place;
  • A $200 ticket for consuming cannabis in a public place;
  • A $1,000 ticket for consuming cannabis at school, on school grounds or at a child care facility;
  • A $300 ticket if a minor is caught purchasing, possessing, consuming, or selling cannabis;
  • A $750 ticket for anyone caught selling or giving cannabis to a minor;
  • A $2,250 ticket if a permittee or employee of a retail cannabis location fails to demand proof of age and/or if a permittee sells or distributes cannabis to a minor;
  • A $300 ticket for possessing, consuming or distributing cannabis in a vehicle, which will not apply if someone is transporting cannabis from a legal point of purchase to a legal point of consumption; and
  • A $200 ticket for possessing or consuming cannabis in a campground when a cannabis prohibition is in effect.

These new regulations that apply to cannabis are similar to current rules regarding alcohol.  The ticketing rules for cannabis under The Summary Offences Procedure (Miscellaneous) Amendment Regulations, 2018, will not come into force until The Cannabis Control (Saskatchewan) Act is proclaimed this fall.

These regulations follow the release earlier this year of the Saskatchewan Cannabis Framework, which outlines a plan for the legal and responsible distribution, sale and use of cannabis in the province.

The federal government has indicated cannabis will be legal in Canada on October 17, 2018.  Until that time, current laws and rules apply and cannabis for recreational purposes remains illegal.


Relaxing after Canada Day in Buffalo Pound Provincial Park with our grand kids.

LARGEST MONTH-TO-MONTH JOB INCREASE SINCE 2012

Data released by Statistics Canada today shows that June had the largest month-to-month gain in employment in Saskatchewan since 2012, up 8,300 jobs (seasonally adjusted).

There were 583,700 people employed in the province in June, up 3,900 year-over-year.  Saskatchewan’s unemployment rate dropped to 6.3 per cent in June 2018, the fifth lowest in Canada (seasonally adjusted).  The unemployment rate was down from 6.8 per cent in May 2018.





“Saskatchewan is on the right track,” Immigration and Career Training Minister Jeremy Harrison said.  “We had our highest month-to-month job gain since 2012 and our unemployment rate fell significantly.  Our economy is creating jobs with a strengthening labour market.”


Other June highlights include:

  • Major year-over-year employment gains were reported for public administration, up by 3,200 jobs, finance, insurance, real estate and leasing, up 2,500 jobs, and health care and social assistance, up 2,100 jobs.
  • The forestry, fishing, mining, oil and gas sector also showed growth, up 1,500 jobs, and the manufacturing sector was up 1,400 jobs from June 2017.
  • Compared to June 2017, Regina’s employment increased by 1,400 jobs while Saskatoon’s increased by 4,100 jobs.

GOVERNMENT ISSUES BLUE-GREEN ALGAE ADVISORY

The Water Security Agency and the Saskatchewan Ministry of Health are advising the public to avoid swimming in or drinking water where blue-green algae blooms are occurring.


Algae blooms, or heavy concentrations of blue-green algae, commonly occur during calm, hot weather in areas of lakes and reservoirs with shallow, slow moving or still water that has sufficient nutrients.  Pet owners and livestock producers are also advised to keep their animals away from such water.

Algae blooms often give the water a shimmering, foamy pea soup appearance.  They are usually blue-green, bright blue, grey or tan in colour.  The recent warm temperatures in the province may result in the quick formation of algal blooms.


The blooms typically last up to three weeks and can be pushed around the lake or reservoir by the wind.
Swimming in or drinking this algae-contaminated water can cause red skin, sore throat, cramps or diarrhea.  In addition, caution should be taken when considering the consumption of fish or shellfish caught in areas of a water body where a bloom exists; in particular the internal organs of the fish should not be eaten.


If you have health symptoms, please call Healthline 811 or contact your health care provider.


Saskatchewan Premier’s Service Club Award Recipients Announced 

Premier Scott Moe announced the four community organizations that will be presented with this year’s Premier’s Service Club award.


“Looking at the impact made by each of these organizations, I am truly humbled by Saskatchewan’s drive to give back,” Premier Scott Moe said.  “These groups and the individuals who dedicate themselves are an example to everyone of how selflessness and service can make our province a better place.  Thank you on behalf of a grateful province to each of them for their tireless efforts.”


This year’s recipients are:

  • Broadview and District Rotary Club
  • Kelvington Lionelles
  • Rotary Clubs of Saskatoon
  • Synergy 8 Community Builders

The Premier’s Service Club Award was established in 2013 to recognize voluntary, non-profit service clubs or fraternal organizations that meet to perform charitable work either by hands-on effort or by raising money for other organizations.  Presentation ceremonies will be held in the recipients’ communities throughout 2018.

Nominations for the 2018 Premier’s Service Club Award are now open.  The deadline to submit a nomination for next year’s award is September 30, 2018.  Nomination forms, a full list of eligible organizations and additional information on the Premier’s Service Club Award can be found at www.saskatchewan.ca/premierserviceclubaward.

I ENJOYED THE OPPORTUNITY TO THROW THE FIRST PITCH AT THE MILLER EXPRESS GAME. 
Miller Express won with a 4-3 win over the Swift Current 57s on Tuesday. 
Moose Jaw Millers lining up for their introduction prior to first pitch at Tuesday nights game. 

COME OUT TO ROSS WELLS BALL PARK THIS EVENING TO WATCH THE MILLERS TAKE ON YORKTON.  

The game starts at 8:00 p.m., entry is $10.00.


SaskTel Improving Wireless Service in 43 Rural Saskatchewan Locations

SaskTel announced plans today to improve 4G LTE cellular services in 43 rural communities throughout rural Saskatchewan by deploying a small cell site solution.

Today’s announcement includes the first 43 locations of Phase 2 of the Government of Saskatchewan’s December 2017 announcement of a four-phase initiative to provide rural communities with enhanced access to reliable cellular and high speed internet services.  The upgrades on the first 43 towers will be completed by March 31, 2019 and the remaining 57 locations for Phase 2 will be announced when details are finalized.

“Our government understands that having access to fast and reliable communications services are vital in today’s digital world,” Minister Responsible for SaskTel Don Morgan said.  “This most recent round of wireless upgrades from SaskTel will greatly benefit many residents, farms, and businesses who call rural Saskatchewan home.”

“Today’s announcement further demonstrates our commitment to deliver world-class communications services to our customers throughout the province,” SaskTel Acting President and CEO Doug Burnett said.  “These upgrades will help bolster our network and add capacity to address the ever-growing demand for wireless data.”


See the attached appendix for a full list of towers to be upgraded.


SaskTel is the leading Information and Communications Technology (ICT) provider in Saskatchewan, with over $1.2 billion in annual revenue and approximately 1.4 million customer connections including 607,000 wireless accesses, 356,000 wireline network accesses, 279,000 internet accesses and 111,000 maxTV subscribers.  SaskTel and its wholly-owned subsidiaries offer a wide range of ICT products and services including competitive voice, data and Internet services, wireless data services, maxTV services, data centre services, cloud-based services, security monitoring services, advertising services, and international software and consulting services.  SaskTel and its wholly-owned subsidiaries have a workforce of approximately 4,000 full-time equivalent employees (FTEs). Visit SaskTel at 
www.sasktel.com.


BLOOMING CANOLA FIELD

Crop Report for the Period June 26 to July 2, 2018

Scattered showers last week brought much-needed rain to many areas of the province, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s weekly Crop Report.  Rainfall last week ranged from trace amounts to 53 mm in the Arborfield area.  Additional rainfall in the past few days has alleviated concerns of dry conditions in some areas, although more will be needed in the coming weeks to help crops develop.


The majority of crops are in good condition and at their normal stages of development for this time of year.  Twenty per cent of the spring cereals are in the heading stage, while 45 per cent of the canola and mustard and 44 per cent of the pulse crops are flowering.


Overall, topsoil moisture conditions have slightly worsened in the past week, due to the warmer temperatures and lack of moisture.  Provincially, topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as four per cent surplus, 62 per cent adequate, 29 per cent short and five per cent very short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as three per cent surplus, 52 per cent adequate, 32 per cent short and 13 per cent very short.  Topsoil moisture remains in very short supply in many southwestern areas.


Haying continues, although there have been delays due to rain and high humidity.  Livestock producers now have 14 per cent of the crop cut and 10 per cent baled or put into silage.  Hay quality is rated as seven per cent excellent, 50 per cent good, 37 per cent fair and six per cent poor.


Hay yields so far are reported to be much lower than average and many pastures are expected to have significantly reduced carrying capacity heading into the summer.  Pasture conditions are rated as six per cent excellent, 44 per cent good, 34 per cent fair, 13 per cent poor and three per cent very poor.


Producers are wrapping up in-crop herbicide applications in most areas and are applying fungicides when warranted.  The majority of crop damage this past week was due to localized flooding, lack of moisture, strong winds and hail.  Some crops are suffering from diseases such as root rot due to excess moisture.


Farmers are busy haying and scouting for insects and disease.


A complete, printable version of the Crop Report is available online at 
http://www.saskatchewan.ca/crop-report.


Follow the 2018 Crop Report on Twitter at @SKAgriculture.


WHAT’S HAPPENING IN MOOSE JAW

Friday, July 6, 2018

What: Sidewalk Days
Time:  10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. 
Place:  Main St. 

What: Millers vs Yorkton
Time:  8:00 P.M. 
Place:  Ross Wells Park

Saturday, July 7, 2018

What: Sidewalk Days
Time:  10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 
Place:  Main St. 

What: Mortlach Saskatoon Berry Festival

Time:  8:00 a.m. Pancake Breakfast 
Place: Mortlach, Rose St.

$5.00 Admission, 8:00 am Pancake Breakfast, 9:00 am Vendors open, 11:00 am Parade, Kids Activities at Vimy Park, Show and Shine, Music All Day, Saskatoon Berry Pie from Prairie Berries at Keeler, Saskatchewan, Beer Garden.

What: Berry Jam Music Festival
Time:  11:00 a.m. 
Place:  Bouvier’s Berry Basket, 12 km North on Highway #19, Kincaid, Saskatchewan.

Sunday, July 8, 2018

What: Saskatchewan Men’s Ministry Team – Teen Challenge
Time:  11:00 a.m. 

Place:  Cavalry Baptist Church, 60 Hochelaga St.W.
Come and hear a dynamic presentation by Teen Challenge, featuring students sharing their amazing stories of freedom from addiction.

What:  Run to Besant Car & Motorcycle Show and Shine

Time:  12:00 p.m. 
Place: Besant Park and campground, Saskatchewan

$20.00 per entry proceeds go to hunger in MooseJaw.Dash plaques for first 100 entries. Registration from 10:30am-12noon,there will be a concession on site.There will be tables available for swap meet or crafts. Besant Park is 20 minutes west of Moose Jaw on highway #1.

What: Deb Blash – Steak Night

Time:  5:00 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. 
Place:  Cornerstone Pub & Grill 
Tickets – $20

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

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