|March 1, 2019||View this email in your browser|
|FROM THE DESK OF WARREN MICHELSON, MLA|
MONKEY BARS INDOOR PLAYCENTRE GRAND OPENING
Report from the Legislature
Your Saskatchewan Party government starts the spring sitting of the legislature with a commitment to stand up for Saskatchewan and move forward with plans to build a stronger economy, all while managing spending and keeping taxes low.
Standing up for Saskatchewan means protecting the people and jobs that keep our province moving forward. This means a focus on the three Ts – trade, transport and taxes.
The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) is a step in the right direction, but we need to keep working with our American counterparts and be mindful of the deep integration of our economies. From steel to manufacturing, to agriculture, we should keep working to improve the flow of goods back and forth across our borders and maximize our competitiveness.
Growing and improving the Canada-U.S. relationship by reducing trade barriers was the focus of a recent trip to Washington. Premier Moe joined New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs and Ontario Premier Doug Ford as part of a Canadian delegation to build relationships and engage with U.S. governors on the importance of trade with our largest trading partner.
We value the relationship we have with the United States, and it is one we must continue to improve.
Importantly, we need the ability to transport our products to port.
The recent ruling by the National Energy Board on Trans Mountain confirms what we already know about the project: it’s in our national interest, and it needs to be built. Now we need the federal government to keep moving ahead to ensure it gets done.
This reinforces the need for Canada to have a regulatory framework that gives private investors enough certainty to proceed with projects that are beneficial to our economy and create wealth for everyone in Canada. Bill C-69 most certainly is not that framework, and will only see the current trend of global energy sector investment leaving Canada accelerate.
We also need a fair tax and regulatory environment so we are competitive with other people who are producing products around the world.
Saskatchewan and its supporters recently put forward strong and compelling arguments in court, supporting the position that the Trudeau carbon tax is fundamentally unconstitutional. The Trudeau carbon tax is just that, a tax – not a regulatory charge – and it violates the principles of federalism which underwrite our great country.
This spring, your Saskatchewan Party government will continue to stand up for Saskatchewan while delivering on our 3-year plan to balance budget while maintaining a competitive tax & business environment, and focusing on important government programs and services for the long-term.
I look forward to the spring sitting and the opportunity to keep standing up for Saskatchewan’s interests in the Legislative Assembly.
WINTER DRIVING CONDITIONS
Slippery winter driving conditions prevail.
Vaccination Prevents Spread Of Measles
Ensure Your Immunizations Are Up-To-Date
The Ministry of Health is strongly encouraging Saskatchewan residents to ensure their measles immunizations are up-to-date.
There are currently no confirmed cases of measles in Saskatchewan; however, vaccinations are key to staying healthy and preventing the spread of the disease.“Because measles is a serious, infectious illness, we are urging all residents to ensure that their immunization and their children’s immunizations are up-to-date,” Saskatchewan’s Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. Saqib Shahab said. “We are aware of measles cases in Canada and the U.S., and we are monitoring the situation here closely. Vaccines are safe and have saved more lives in Canada in the last 60 years than any other medical intervention.”
The measles vaccination is routinely given as MMRV vaccination to all children at 12 and 18 months of age in Saskatchewan. All children in Saskatchewan starting school should have received two doses of a measles containing vaccine – MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella).
People born in 1970 or later are also eligible for MMR if they have not received two doses of a measles vaccine in the past. Individuals travelling with infants six-11 months of age outside of North America and the Caribbean should contact their local public health office to inquire if they need a vaccination against measles. Regardless of travel plans, all Saskatchewan residents age one year and older should ensure they are up-to-date on their measles vaccinations.
Measles cases are rare in Canada, but do occur typically as a result of international travel. Currently there are measles cases reported in British Columbia and in the United States. The last reported case of measles in Saskatchewan was in 2014.
Measles is a viral infection that is airborne and can spread easily from person to person, even without direct contact.
People who have contracted measles usually have the following symptoms:
Symptoms usually occur within eight to 12 days after exposure, but this timeframe can range from seven to 21 days post-exposure. Measles is highly contagious from about four days before the appearance of the rash until about four days after.
If a person develops the symptoms listed above, they should call ahead before going to see their physician to ensure they are seen in a manner that minimizes exposure to others in the waiting area.
For more information on immunizations, residents can contact their local public health office.
Information on measles and immunizations is also available through the HealthLine at 811 and on the Ministry of Health website at www.saskatchewan.ca/residents/health/diseases-and-conditions/measles.
For information on how to access your immunization records, visit www.saskatchewan.ca/residents/health/accessing-health-care-services/immunization-services#immunization-records.
Information for international travelers is available at https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/measles.html and https://www.cdc.gov/features/measlesinternationaltravel/idex.html#graphic2.
World Day of Prayer
Energy And Resources Minister States Saskatchewan’s Case Against Bill C-69 In Ottawa
Energy and Resources Minister Bronwyn Eyre appeared before the Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources in Ottawa today, stating Saskatchewan’s unequivocal opposition to the Government of Canada’s proposed Bill C-69.
Intended to come into force this summer, Bill C-69 – which was referred to the Committee after its second reading in the Senate on December 12, 2018 – would make fundamental changes to the way resource infrastructure projects are reviewed and approved in Canada in the future.
Warren with Joey Ferguson,
Record Crop Insurance Coverage For Saskatchewan Producers In 2019
Today, federal Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Lawrence MacAulay and Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister David Marit announced enhancements to the 2019 Crop Insurance Program. Once again, Saskatchewan producers can access the highest coverage in program history as the Crop Insurance Program evolves and continues to adapt to the changing agricultural landscape in the province.
“Insurance-based programs help to ensure farmers have the tools they need to maintain and grow their business,” said MacAulay. “Through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, our government is working closely with provinces and territories to ensure we have business risk management programs that meet the needs of farmers.”
“By investing in sound risk management programming, we are providing a foundation for our agriculture industry to grow,” Marit said. “We want farmers to be innovative, make sound business decisions, and propel the industry forward as agriculture continues to be a major driver of our provincial economy.”
On average, Crop Insurance coverage levels are increasing to a record $230 per acre, up from $216 per acre in 2018. The average coverage remains strong due to the success of Saskatchewan producers’ ongoing improvements in crop production with an increase in overall yields. Premiums have remained relatively steady, with the premium per acre only slightly increasing to an average of $8.61 per acre, up from $8.41 in 2018.
Producers faced ongoing challenges throughout the 2018 growing season. Excess moisture delayed seeding, dry conditions and localized flooding challenged summer growing, and early frost and snowfall delayed harvest. Compensation for producers is estimated to reach $300 million in claims.
Despite the challenging growing season, there continues to be a strong balance of funds allowing the Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation (SCIC) to keep premiums low for producers. There are a number of enhancements for the Crop Insurance Program in 2019.
SCIC continues to work with industry to ensure its programs are meeting the needs of producers and advancements in agriculture. SCIC understands no two farms are the same, which is why Crop Insurance offers coverage based on a producer’s own yields rather than the average of their area. A producer’s insurance package can be custom-fit through a huge selection of price options, coverage levels and other program features to meet their own risk management needs.
“When the grass and hay doesn’t grow, when the weather doesn’t co-operate or when animals are lost to predators, farmers and ranchers need insurance programs to help them replace the feed and livestock they are expecting to have,” Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association District 5 Director Levi Hull said. “These programs help producers address those uncontrollable risks and provides some management tools. Combine these programs with the price assurance of WLPIP and we are confident there is a full suite of insurance options available.”
Since 2015, SCIC has engaged with producers and the agriculture industry. They identified insured values for grazing acres as a main priority, indicating coverage needs to more accurately represent the cost of replacing lost grazing production.
For 2019, insured values on tame and native grazing are significantly increasing to better reflect the losses producers experience during a shortfall in forage production. Another enhancement for forage and grain corn producers includes the introduction of the Corn Rainfall Program.
This program provides coverage against lack of moisture for corn acres. Claims are triggered when precipitation is below 80 per cent of the long-term average at any of the weather stations across the province. Corn acres grown for grain, grazing or silage are now eligible for protection through this new Corn Rainfall Program and the Corn Heat Unit Program. Also new for 2019, both programs will provide an establishment benefit of $90 per acre on corn crops that fail to adequately establish or suffer damage before June 20.
“We appreciate the enhancements announced today to make forage insurance coverage more reflective of local precipitation conditions and forage production capacity,” Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association Zone 1 Chair Henry McCarthy said. “These enhancements are a positive step in enabling producers to better manage their forage production risks.”
This year, 55 new weather stations will be added throughout the province to increase SCIC’s weather data network and to ensure the weather information captured is more reflective of the farms it represents. Producers have more options to select a representative weather station for their pastureland, through the Forage Rainfall Insurance Program. A larger selection of weather station options for corn acres is available through the Corn Rainfall Program and/or the Corn Heat Unit Program. Almost all agricultural land in Saskatchewan will be within 30 kilometres of an eligible weather station.
“SARM is pleased with the enhancements SCIC has announced to the suite of Crop Insurance Programs,” SARM Division 4 Director Harvey Malanowich said. “We’ve been seeking many of the changes and have been active in the Forage Insurance working group. We believe the addition of over 50 weather stations will enhance the Forage Rainfall Insurance and the new Corn Rainfall Programs and will equip farmers and ranchers in Saskatchewan to best inform their business decisions.”
SCIC also works closely with the Winter Cereal Development Commission. Understanding the challenges fall weather conditions can have on seeding winter cereal crops, SCIC extended the fall seeding deadline to September 30. This provides producers an additional 15 days to be eligible for winterkill insurance when seeding fall rye and winter wheat. March 31, 2019, is the deadline for producers to apply or make changes to their Crop Insurance contract.
SCIC has 21 offices across the province with knowledgeable staff who can help producers review the range of features and options available to customize coverage to the needs of their operation. Producers who prefer to do their business online are encouraged to use CropConnect to review coverage, options and make their insurance package selections.
For more information about the 2019 Crop Insurance Program enhancements, prices and coverage options, call
1-888-935-0000 or visit www.saskcropinsurance.com.
Crop Insurance is a Business Risk Management program supported through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership. Under Crop Insurance, premiums for most programs are shared 40 per cent by participating producers, 36 per cent by the Government of Canada and 24 per cent by the Government of Saskatchewan. Administrative expenses are fully funded by governments, 60 per cent by Canada and 40 per cent by Saskatchewan.
WHAT’S HAPPENING IN MOOSE JAW
Friday, March 1, 2019
What: Warriors Game & Chuck a Puck Fundraiser for Telemiricle
Saturday, March 2, 2019
What: Moose Jaw Snow-Drifters Sled Rally
Time: 10-12 registration
What: PRISM Awards
Sunday, March 3, 2019
What: Masonic Building Corp. Pasta Supper
Time: 5:00 p.m.
March 6, 2019
April 6-7, 2019
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