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From the Desk of Warren Michelson June 15, 2018

June 15, 2018 View this email in your browser



Left: Shaun Airey – Manager

Bottom:  MJ Ford Management Staff


The minimum wage in Saskatchewan will increase to $11.06 an hour from $10.96 an hour on October 1, 2018.

The increase is the 10th since this government took office.  An indexation formula has been used to calculate increases in the minimum wage since 2011.

The province also continues to have a low personal income tax rate, ensuring low income earners, including minimum wage earners, keep more of their money.

Saskatchewan’s legislation provides for an annual review based on changes to the Consumer Price Index and the average hourly wage for the previous year.  Any changes to the minimum wage are to be announced by June 30. Changes take effect October 1.

For more information on minimum wage, visit 
The Suburban Hotel on Diefenbaker Drive was host to the STARS AIR AMBULANCE fundraiser.
Thank you.


The Ministry of Corrections and Policing is providing roughly $1.6 million to the RCMP to permanently expand the Crime Reduction Team (CRT) initiative in Saskatchewan.

This funding will be used for 14 full-time team members made up of 10 police officers and four support staff.  Funding for these positions is provided through the Provincial Policing Services Agreement, which funds 70 per cent of all RCMP positions in Saskatchewan.  These additional staff will comprise two permanent CRTs—one operating out of Prince Albert and one operating out of North Battleford—that will be established this fall.  The RCMP will maintain a temporary CRT to ensure enforcement activities continue until the permanent teams are operational.

“The RCMP has seen great success with this project since they started the CRT as a pilot last February, and we’re happy to support the establishment of these two permanent teams,” Corrections and Policing Minister Christine Tell said.  “We look forward to seeing the positive impact this program will have in Saskatchewan’s rural communities.”

The CRT’s main goal will be to conduct targeted enforcement (also known as “hotspotting”) based on intelligence, analysis of crime trends and consultations with community leaders.  This may include high visibility patrols; tracking chronic offenders; tackling street-gang activity and executing arrest warrants.

“We have heard directly from our detachments and communities the value of the Crime Reduction Team,” Saskatchewan RCMP Commanding Officer A/Commr. Curtis Zablocki said.  “The team, made up of members with specialized enforcement and investigation skills, deliver focused, high-intensity policing to communities that need it most.  Their efforts have yielded results, taking drugs, firearms and criminals off the streets of our Saskatchewan communities.”

The CRT will work in partnership with other RCMP detachments and municipal law enforcement agencies to ensure a co-ordinated response to rural crime.

It will also collaborate with communities and other partner agencies to address root causes of crime and develop long-term solutions to ensuring community safety.

The CRT initiative began as a pilot program in early February.  Since being established, it has executed 193 arrest warrants dealing with 384 Criminal Code charges.  This includes charges against 26 known gang members and affiliates.
U of S. Provincial Tour Spots in Moose Jaw
Debra Pozega Osburn; PhD/ Vice President with professor of agriculture Jeff Schoenu.


Commercial vehicle enforcement officers in Saskatchewan have a new mandate and a new name.  The Saskatchewan Highway Patrol is replacing the former Commercial Vehicle Enforcement group.

The name change reflects the newly expanded role for the Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure’s enforcement team.  The new name and mandate will come into effect on July 1, 2018.

“Last year, it was announced that the Protection and Response Team (PRT) would be created to help reduce crime in rural Saskatchewan,” Highways and Infrastructure Minister David Marit said.  “Officers from Commercial Vehicle Enforcement were identified as members of the team that would provide support to the RCMP and municipal police forces and they will soon be ready to do that.”

Although protecting the provincial highway system through commercial vehicle enforcement will remain the primary function for Saskatchewan Highway Patrol officers, they’re receiving expanded responsibilities to support their role on the PRT.

These responsibilities include:

  • Responding to 911 calls;
  • Investigating impaired drivers;
  • Enforcing speed limits and other traffic violations – inside and outside of work zones;
  • Taking action when someone is found committing an offence;
  • Responding to motor vehicle accidents; and
  • Investigating vehicles hauling livestock to ensure the health and welfare of the animals.

“We are pleased to see the additional new officers capable of responding to incidents in rural areas,” SARM President Ray Orb said.  “Our membership has repeatedly noted that a timely response to emergency situations and addressing rural crime is a high priority.”

Members of the Saskatchewan Highway Patrol have received extensive training in recent months to prepare them for their new responsibilities.  They’ve received training in the enhanced use of force, firearms and tactics for 911 calls, such as clearing a house of suspects and high-risk vehicle stops.  Officers have also received training in dealing with people with mental health issues, as well as training in the Criminal Code and the requirements for the collection and control of evidence.


The Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority (FCAA) wants to protect seniors from financial exploitation and fraud.

“We know seniors are trusting, often have accumulated wealth, and tend not to report crimes, which makes them a target for fraudsters or exploitive relatives who want to take advantage of them,” FCAA Securities Division Director Dean Murrison said.  “We want seniors to know the warning signs of financial abuse so they can recognize when someone is targeting them, as well as preventative steps they can take to protect themselves and their finances.”

Too frequently people provide personal information such as credit card numbers, banking information or PINs to people they do not know and end up losing money to fraudsters or unethical relatives.

Here are some tips for seniors so they can protect themselves from exploitation and fraud:

  • Be very cautious when speaking to people on the phone if you do not know them.
  • If someone emails, texts or calls asking for personal or banking information, do not provide the information.
  • Never wire money to a stranger.
  • Do not download email attachments from people you don’t know.

Seniors, relatives and caregivers, can visit www.fcaa.gov.sk.ca/financial-literacy/seniors/senior-financial-abuse to find out more information about preventative steps, red flags and who to contact.


Premier Moe spoke about the Federal Carbon Tax and the significant challenge it poses to Saskatchewan residents and businesses. 


Saskatchewan’s manufacturing shipments were up 16.2 per cent (seasonally adjusted) to $1.53 billion in April 2018 when compared to April 2017.  This represents the second highest percentage increase among the provinces.  Nationally, sales were up 3.6 per cent over the same period.

“This significant increase in the year-over-year comparison shows the resiliency and diversity of our economy,” Trade and Export Development Minister Jeremy Harrison said.  “Manufacturing is one of the key components of Saskatchewan’s economy, creating jobs and investment across the province.”

On a month-over-month basis, shipments were up 6.7 per cent between March 2018 and April 2018, the highest percentage increase among the provinces.  On a national basis, manufacturing shipments dropped 1.3 per cent.

Year-over-year increases (seasonally unadjusted) were reported for food manufacturing (up 23.5 per cent); wood products (up 20.8 per cent); fabricated metal manufacturing (up 16.3 per cent) and; machinery manufacturing (up 10.1 per cent).

Crop Report for the Period June 5 to June 11, 2018

Rain across most of the province has helped to alleviate dry topsoil moisture conditions.  Areas in the southeast, which was one of the drier regions over the past couple of months, received large amounts that caused flooding.  The moisture will help to replenish pasture and encourage hay growth.

Seeding operations are mostly complete, but there are a few fields being seeded for green feed and silage.
Germination is patchy in some regions due to dry conditions, but the recent rain has helped.

The northwestern region reported large amounts of rain this week.  The St. Walburg area recorded 154 mm and the Barthel 93 mm.  In the southwest, areas around Hazenmore received 100 mm.  Areas around Lucky Lake, Outlook, Shaunavon, Dinsmore and Rosetown remain very dry, having received less than 25 mm of rain since April 1.

Topsoil moisture conditions have improved in much of the province, thanks to the recent rainfall.  Provincially, topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as nine per cent surplus, 73 per cent adequate, 16 per cent short and two per cent very short.  Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as six per cent surplus, 68 per cent adequate, 15 per cent short and 11 per cent very short.

Crop conditions have improved with the recent moisture.  The majority of crops are in good to fair condition.  Provincially, 74 per cent of spring cereals, 70 per cent of oilseeds and 76 per cent of pulse crops are at normal stages of development for this time of year.  Strong winds are slowing down in-crop weed control operations.

The majority of crop damage this past week was due to localized flooding, lack of moisture, hail, strong winds and insects such as flea beetles and cutworms.

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

Follow the 2018 Crop Report on Twitter at @SKAgriculture.


Friday June 15, 2018

What: Millers vs Fort McMurray

Time:  7:00 p.m. 
Place: Ross Wells

Saturday, June 16, 2018

What: MJ Ford Grand- Reopening Pancake Breakfast 

Time:  8:00 p.m. 
Place:  MJ Ford

What: MJ Guided Tours 

Time: 10:30 a.m
Place: The Souvenir Shop – 207 Main St. N. 

What: Legion Show and Shine and Beer Gardens

Time:  11 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Place:  Legion Parking Lot
What: Habitat for Humanity 2nd Annual Gala
Time:  Cocktails @ 5:30 p.m.

Welcome @ 6:15 p.m.

Dinner @ 6:45 p.m.

Dancing @ 9:00 p.m.

Featuring The New Montagues


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What: The Bent Wrench Car Show Shine and Swap Meet  

Time:   6:00 p.m. 
Place:  Main St. 

Sunday, June 17, 2018


What:  The Bent Wrench Run Cruise Night 

Time:   11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Place:  Wakamow Valley

What:  The Whistle is Back in MJ – Father’s Day Special 

Time:   1-4 p.m. 
Place:  WDM

What:  Millers vs Regina

Time:   7:00 p.m. 
Place:  Ross Wells Park


The Saskatchewan 55+ Games 

July 10th- 12th