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From the Desk of Warren Michelson June 29, 2018

June 29, 2018 View this email in your browser
shield FROM THE DESK OF WARREN MICHELSON, MLA

PLEASE NOTE:  Our office will be closed on Monday July 2, 2018 in celebration of Canada Day.

CONGRATULATIONS 2018 GRAD STUDENTS! 
Sixty nine Vanier students were celebrating their graduation last evening with their parents proudly by their side.


I was honored to share greetings with the graduates and their families,
wishing all students the very best in their future endeavors, whether it be continuing their education or finding employment. 

STUDENTS CAN NOW APPLY FOR THE 2018-19 STUDENT LOAN YEAR

The 2018-19 student loan year is underway and students can now submit their applications for student financial assistance for academic programs beginning on or after August 1, 2018.


The Government of Canada and the Government of Saskatchewan have made recent updates to the Canada-Saskatchewan Integrated Loan Program to help eligible students 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.
  • Changes to how the Canada Student Grant is calculated for full and part-time students with dependents.
  • Ability to request grants-only funding (money that you do not need to pay back) and decline the loans portion (money you must pay back).

“Our government is committed to ensuring students have access to the education and training they need to build their careers and their futures,” Advanced Education Minister Tina Beaudry-Mellor said.  “These updates to the student loan program will help ensure post-secondary education remains affordable for students.”


Loans and grants can be used to pay for more than just tuition.  Students can use this money for living expenses such as rent, food, transportation and child care.


In 2018-19, the provincial government is providing approximately $73 million in financial assistance for about 17,000 students.  Students are encouraged to apply early.  Both full-time and part-time students can apply for financial assistance.  As well, Saskatchewan Grade 12 graduates (as of 2012 or later) enrolled at a Saskatchewan post secondary institution, will automatically receive the Saskatchewan Advantage Scholarship of up to $500 each year (to a maximum of $2,000).


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

MEMORIAL FIELD FLAG PRESENTATION

Presenting Lyle Hellings of Memorial Field with two new Saskatchewan Flags.  The flags will be flown at the field in honor of the 55+ plus games that will be hosted in Moose Jaw next month. 


REPORT FROM THE LEGISLATURE

Each year at this time we come together to celebrate our country, its identity, our shared values, and our collective good fortune to live here.


Canada is a country that works, but like all countries, Canada is imperfect and one of its enduring imperfections is the federal equalization program. The objective to ensure all Canadians have access to a comparable level of service is commendable, but the program designed to do that is flawed.


Consider how the economies of Saskatchewan, Alberta and Newfoundland have been hit hard by a sharp decline in resource prices. While the impact on government revenues and employment has been significant, all three provinces are ineligible for equalization payments.


Saskatchewan has received no equalization for 11 years and is not expected to receive equalization for the foreseeable future. Over the same period, Quebec received $100 billion, including $11.7 billion this year alone. Equalization has allowed Quebec to pay for public services that in some areas far exceed what is typically provided by other provinces. The money continues to flow to Quebec, even as Premier Philippe Couillard declares that his province “has never been so well off as it is now.”


It is true that provinces don’t pay directly into equalization. However, Canadian taxpayers finance the program through the federal taxes they pay. On average, each Canadian contributes about $500 per year to equalization. That amounts to about $600 million a year for Saskatchewan.


Saskatchewan has received equalization in the past, but what our province has received is less than two per cent of the $430 billion paid out since the program began in 1957, while Quebec has collected more than 50 per cent of the total. This is not fair to Saskatchewan taxpayers.


Your Saskatchewan Party government recently released a proposal calling for a simple change to a complicated formula that would make equalization fairer.


Under the 50-50 formula we’ve proposed, the overall amount of equalization and relative fiscal capacity of each province would continue to be calculated in the same way it is now, using the same revenue sources. Half of the total equalization pool would be distributed on this basis.


The other half would be distributed on a per capita basis, based on the population of each province relative to the other provinces. This would ensure that all provinces receive some amount of funding from the equalization program, while continuing to ensure the “have not” provinces receive significantly more relative to their size, based on their relative fiscal capacity.


Even under this proposal, the benefit to Saskatchewan remains quite small. Saskatchewan would receive about $300 million, or about 1.6 per cent of the overall equalization amount. This is more than reasonable in terms of its benefit to our province.


Unfortunately, rather than engage in meaningful discussions, the Trudeau Liberals have decided to renew the same flawed formula. This means five more years of zeroes for Saskatchewan, Alberta and Newfoundland, while Quebec will continue to receive between $50 billion and $60 billion.


Saskatchewan is offering a simple solution in keeping with the spirit of fairness and generosity that has come to define our nation.


We can build a better equalization program and in doing so, we will build a better Canada.


South Central Early Childhood  Intervention Program
and
Moose Jaw Family Services 
I attended the South Central Early Childhood Intervention Program AGM this past week as well as the Moose Jaw Family services AGM.


I appreciate your hard work and dedication to the clients you serve.
THANK YOU!

FORMER VALLEY VIEW RESIDENTS MOVE INTO NEW REGINA GROUP HOME


Today, Regina Walsh Acres MLA Warren Steinley on behalf of Social Services Minister Paul Merriman joined community members, dignitaries and group home residents in Regina to celebrate the grand opening of Clare Parker Homes new group home.


This home will provide care to three former residents of Valley View Centre who have transitioned into community-based living.  Currently, 60 people reside at Valley View Centre and are in the process of finding new homes in communities of their choice.


“The opening of this new group home represents another step forward in our government’s support of person-centred community living,” Steinley said.  “I wish all the best to the three people moving into their new home and I want to thank Clare Parker Homes for working to create an inclusive community here in Regina.”





Clare Parker Homes operates six group homes, a day program and offers supported independent living services.


“Clare Parker Homes aims to provide high-quality supported living options for people experiencing disability,” Clare Parker Homes Executive Director Rosa Smith said.  “The agency has been providing support since 1978 in the community.  We are so excited to welcome the three gentlemen to our agency and our community.  The team works toward creating a great life for the gentlemen.  Witnessing their everyday connections is truly incredible and continues to inspire us to do the work that we do, as well as expand our services.”


This group home supports the Saskatchewan Disability Strategy by creating residential services for people with disabilities.  The strategy which was released in June 2015 focuses on six priority areas including: transportation, respite, accessibility legislation, residential services, service co-ordination and navigation, and awareness/understanding of the rights of people with disabilities.


Saskatchewan residents and communities that have done work that aligns with the Disability Strategy are encouraged to share their accomplishments using the hashtag #SKDisability.  The Saskatchewan Disability Strategy Facebook page can be found at 
www.facebook.com/skdisability.


Moose Jaw Family Services Community Garden

The garden is planted by the children of the families served by Moose Jaw Family Services.


GOVERNMENT FUNDS PROJECT TO SUPPORT THE DEVELOPMENT OF AUTONOMOUS FARMING TECHNOLOGY


The Government of Saskatchewan has committed $230,000 to DOT Technology Corporation, to support its project to develop and pilot its autonomous power platform, DOT, for use in the agriculture sector.


DOT is an autonomous tractor designed to complete various farm tasks such as seeding and spraying, with minimal human supervision.  The technology will enhance productivity in the agricultural sector and reduce producers’ costs.


Government funds will be provided over two years, through Innovation Saskatchewan’s Saskatchewan Advantage Innovation Fund, and will be used to develop the platform’s autonomous functions, and to allow for user interaction through a tablet device.





“DOT is a clear example of innovative technology with the potential to transform the business of agriculture in Saskatchewan,” Minister Responsible for Innovation Saskatchewan Tina Beaudry-Mellor said.  “We are pleased to support this innovation to stimulate research and development that will provide Saskatchewan and the world with cutting edge, home-grown technology.”


DOT Technology Corporation was founded by Norbert Beaujot, Saskatchewan-based farmer, engineer and entrepreneur.  Beaujot is also the founder and president of sister company, SeedMaster Manufacturing, and has invested $1.6 million toward the production of the first DOT prototype.


“It is great to have organizations like Innovation Saskatchewan that keep innovation rooted in the province,” Beaujot said.  “The government’s continued support for entrepreneurs and innovation is critical in helping companies like DOT Technology succeed locally.”


In collaboration with researchers from the University of Regina, DOT Technology Corporation will develop various technologies to enable the platform to function autonomously.  Once fully developed, DOT will be able to complete farming tasks like seeding, spraying and harvesting, with minimal human supervision.  The technology will also be open to implements developed by third-party manufacturers, a number of whom have already expressed intentions to build DOT-ready equipment.

LEGION VETERANS LUNCHEON

A presentation on Canadian troops deployed to Hong Kong in 1941 was held during the Legion Veterans Luncheon Thursday afternoon.  The information provided was presented in a way that kept the interest of all guests.
Thank you!


NEW FEES FOR PROVINCIAL COURT SERVICES


The Ministry of Justice has completed an extensive review of fees for services within Provincial Court.


User fees are charged for a number of different services, such as photocopying, processing applications for record suspensions or issuing a summons for Small Claims Court.


This review looked into each task and the actual cost of providing the service.  It also looked at fees charged in other provinces and how Saskatchewan’s current fees compare.


Although some fees have been revised over the years, the Provincial Court Fees Regulations have not been changed since 1988.  The current fees have not kept up with the actual costs of operating the courts.


“The introduction of new fees and changes to existing fees will better reflect the costs of the services being provided,” Justice Minister and Attorney General Don Morgan said.  “Consideration was also given to maintain a fee structure that won’t restrict access to the courts and low income individuals will be able to obtain fee waiver certificates.”


Payments for court fees can be made in person with cash, debit, cheque, money order or credit card.  Credit card information will be accepted over the phone.


Information on accessing court services can be found at 
www.sasklawcourts.com.

Crop Report for the Period June 19 to June 28, 2018

Across the province, the majority of crops are in good condition and at their normal stages of development for this time of year, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s Weekly Crop Report.


Seventy-six per cent of the oilseeds and fall and spring cereals are at their normal stages of development, while 80 per cent of the pulses are at the normal stages of development for this time of year.  Sixty-five per cent of spring wheat, 57 per cent of canola, 47 per cent of lentils and 54 per cent of peas are in good condition.


Many areas received rain showers this week, although amounts varied significantly.  In some areas in the southwest, the rain has helped replenish top soil moisture.  The Vanguard area received 80 mm of rain, the Shaunavon area 49 mm, the Success area 39 mm, the Fife Lake area 23 mm, the Mossbank area 15 mm and the Tompkins area 18 mm.  Other parts of Saskatchewan reporting significant rainfall include the Broadview area 56 mm, the Fillmore area 30 mm, the Jedburgh area 53 mm, the Humboldt area 38 mm, the Eyebrow area 42 mm and the Tisdale area 32 mm.


Provincially, topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as two per cent surplus, 64 per cent adequate, 30 per cent short and four per cent very short.  Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 55 per cent adequate, 35 per cent short and 10 per cent very short.  Topsoil moisture is in shortest supply in the southwest.
Haying operations have started and five per cent of the hay crop has been cut and two per cent baled or put into silage.  Across the province, quality is rated as eight per cent excellent, 44 per cent good, 38 per cent fair and 10 per cent poor.


Crops, hay and pasture—particularly in the southwestern and west-central regions—are being affected by the dry conditions.  Hay yield is expected to be lower than average and pastures are expected to have significantly reduced carrying capacity going into the summer months.


As well as starting to cut hay, producers are finishing weed control operations.  The majority of crop damage this week was due to lack of moisture.  Cutworms are still causing damage in some areas.


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

Saturday, June 30, 2018

What: Pound Fitness Class

Time:  1:00 p.m. 
Place: Westmount

By donation, $10 or moreWhat: Spring Valley Cabaret 
Time:  7:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m. 
Place: Spring Valley Hall 

Sunday, July 1, 2018

What: CANADA DAY PANCAKE BREAKFAST

Time:  8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m 
Place:  Cosmo Senior Centre

Cost $5.00 per person for pancakes, sausages, juice, coffee, tea

What:  Moose Jawg Charity Road Race

Time:   8:00 a.m. 
Place: Wakamow Valley

What: Park Art 

Time: 10:00- 4:00 p.m. 
Place: Crescent Park

What: Canada Day Entertainment  

Time:  1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. 
Place: Amphtheatre

What: Canada Day at the WDM

Time: 10:00 a.m. 
Place: Western Development Museum

What: Canada Day Official Closing Ceremony 

Time:  5-6 p.m.
Place: Amphtheater 

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

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Mortlach Saskatoon Berry Festival

July 7  @ 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 

Pancake Breakfast

Pie Sales

Eating Contest

Trade Show/ Vendors

Easy Riders Horse Club

Parade

Beer Gardens

Children’s rides

Show and Shine

Live Music

Concert in the Park

Every Wednesday @ 7:00 p.m.
Crescent Park