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From the Desk of Warren Michelson March 13, 2020

March 13, 2020 View this email in your browser
shield FROM THE DESK OF WARREN MICHELSON, MLA
NOTEDue to concerns for public and member safety,  Budget will be closed to                     the public.  

A group of students and a teacher visited my MLA office here in Moose Jaw with concerns about the current status of teachers bargaining.

I encourage my constituents to come into the MLA office however I was disappointed to learn that the teacher’s union continues to spread misinformation.

The government trustee bargaining committee has invited the teachers bargaining committee back to the bargaining table, and their goal remains to negotiate a collective bargaining agreement for teachers.

The government trustee bargaining committee has a new mandate for the bargaining table and were also prepared to make a substantial investment regarding class composition as well.

The president and his Union has walked away; he walked away from bargaining and he walked away from conciliation and he has now asked his members to walk away from our students.

It is disappointing that the president of the Union has directed his members to withdraw services without even knowing what the new bargaining mandate from government is.


NORTH WEST CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER
It was an honor to bring greetings at the Northwest Child Development Center as it celebrated its grand opening of a new 75-space facility on Hall Street.

Moose Jaw Celebrates Grand Opening Of New Child Care Centre

The Northwest Child Development Centre is celebrating its grand opening of a new 75-space facility which features state-of-the-art equipment, furniture and children’s literature.


The centre is expanding from a 39-space facility to a larger, newly renovated building to provide additional early learning and child care services for young families in the growing Moose Jaw area.


“I was an advocate for this project from its early stages,” Moose Jaw North MLA Warren Michelson said on behalf of Education Minister Gordon Wyant.  “I know how much energy and effort centre staff have put in to reach this moment.”


“Our government is pleased to be able to offer financial assistance for the relocation and expansion of this child care centre,” Moose Jaw Wakamow MLA Greg Lawrence said on behalf of Education Minister Gordon Wyant.  “We know that the services offered at the Northwest Child Development Centre will be of significant benefit to families in and around our community.”


The Ministry of Education has provided a total of $282,000 to assist with this expansion.  The Government of Saskatchewan has allocated funding for more than 7,100 new child care spaces since 2007, an increase of 76.5 per cent.


In the last six months, new child care facilities offering nearly 200 additional child care spaces have also opened in Regina, Yorkton, Moose Jaw, Leroy and Saskatoon.


Report from the Legislature
March 12, 2020
The challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic are top of mind as the number of cases increases around the world.Public Health Agency of Canada advises:
  • All travelers returning to Canada should monitor their health. Monitor for fever, cough and difficulty breathing for 14 days after you arrive in Canada. If an employee has these symptoms, they are directed to self-isolate and stay at home and to contact HealthLine 811 for assessment and direction.
  • If you have travelled to a country with a level three travel advisory, limit your contact with others for a total of 14 days starting the day you began your journey to Canada. This means self-isolate and stay at home. Contact HealthLine 811 within 24 hours of arriving in Canada for direction.
  • Anyone who has been in close contact with someone who is ill with COVID-19 should self-isolate for 14 days.
Saskatchewan residents can take a number of steps to protect themselves from respiratory illness:
• Wash your hands frequently – for at least 20 seconds;
• Do not touch surfaces and then your mouth, eyes or nose;
• Use tissues when you cough or sneeze and dispose of them immediately (use your elbow if a tissue is unavailable); and
• Stay home if you become ill and prevent the spread of illness.You can keep up to date on COVID-19 at www.saskatchewan.ca/coronavirus, including questions and answers for the public and care providers, and testing surveillance.
The uncertainty caused by COVID-19 has affected our stock markets. Markets have been hit hard again after the steep drop in oil prices. As you know, lower oil prices are a challenge for our government and for our Saskatchewan economy.
There is always volatility in resources prices. That’s the reason we made the decision three years ago to reduce our dependency on resource revenues in the provincial budget. Our reliance on these revenues once peaked at 32 per cent; today it is 11 per cent. Oil revenues now make up less than 5 per cent of our provincial budget.
Saskatchewan is in a strong financial position and we will not respond to dropping oil prices in a knee-jerk fashion by cutting programs or services. Rather, we think it’s time to invest in programs and services, and that’s what you will see in the budget.
Recently, we announced that the upcoming provincial budget will include funding for a renewed and expanded Victoria Hospital in Prince Albert.
The Government of Saskatchewan has announced more than $300 million for a new multi-storey addition that will include a new acute care tower, replacement of the existing adult mental health space and renovations to the current facility.
This hospital will have:
  • an additional 69 acute care beds – a 40% increase in capacity
  • an expanded emergency department;
  • more space for ambulatory, diagnostic and inpatient services;
  • a new rooftop helipad to accommodate STARS Air Ambulance; and
  • enhanced medical imaging services which will include an MRI.

This significant investment reflects the importance of Victoria Hospital in providing a wider and improved variety of health services, not only to people in Prince Albert, but to patients and clients across central and northern Saskatchewan.

Recently, we announced that the Government of Saskatchewan would be moving forward with its 2020 Targeted Initiatives for Older Workers program. This is in an effort to increase the engagement of older workers in our labour force. The program is aimed at workers aged 55-64 who are currently unemployed and are legally entitled to work in Canada, but lack the skills needed to successfully secure employment.

The Government of Saskatchewan is also investing in English for Employment programming to assist newcomers to overcome language barriers and engage in the labour force. English for Employment programming assists those with a low English proficiency in developing their language skills, with a focus on supporting their capacity to find and maintain employment in Saskatchewan.

It is anticipated that more than 300 newcomers will participate in English for Employment programming over the coming year.

These investments and the latest figures from Statistics Canada show us that Saskatchewan people are hard at work, contrary to what you might have heard from the NDP Opposition.

The most recent job numbers show that 569,700 people in our province were employed in February – an increase of 4,900 compared to February 2019.

Over the same period, full-time employment has increased by 3,100 and part-time employment increased by 1,900.

The latest numbers also showed strength in retail trade and housing starts.

This growth highlights the importance of a plan for our economy and that is why your Saskatchewan Party government has a long-term plan for growth.

Saskatchewan’s economy remains strong and in sharp contrast to the way things were under the NDP when Saskatchewan had the worst job numbers in the country.


Saskatchewan Job Seekers To Benefit From Career Training Investments

The Government of Saskatchewan is investing $650,000 to help transition unemployed individuals to the workforce through Enhanced Career Bridging programs.  This funding will allow up to 160 individuals to participate in opportunities in Prince Albert, Humboldt and Saskatoon.

“Enhanced Career Bridging programs align with the priorities identified in Saskatchewan’s Growth Plan and our government’s commitment to promote employment opportunities for under-represented job seekers,” Immigration and Career Training Minister Jeremy Harrison said.  “These individuals have valuable skills to contribute and we want to ensure they have every opportunity to succeed.”


The programs will be delivered by the Prince Albert Multicultural Council, Humboldt and District Community Services Inc., Saskatchewan Abilities Council Inc. and Saskatchewan Polytechnic.  Program participants come from groups that may be under-represented or facing barriers to employment in the Saskatchewan labour market, including Indigenous individuals, persons with disabilities, visible minorities and women.


Offering practical instruction, employability skills and work experience, the targeted programs are designed to respond to the unique needs of participants while addressing the relevant needs of employers, providing training that aids in obtaining quality jobs and building long-term careers.


As outlined in Saskatchewan’s Growth Plan, the Government of Saskatchewan is committed to developing the potential of Saskatchewan’s diverse population and providing people with education, training and employment opportunities that will help build a stronger Saskatchewan.


More information on finding a job, accessing training and working in Saskatchewan can be found at 
www.saskatchewan.ca/residents/jobs-working-and-training


PRISM AWARDS

The Business Women of Moose Jaw celebrated leadership, achievement and success at the annual PRISM AWARDS, in support of the Moose Jaw Transition House.
There has been 120 nomiations raising over $90,000 for Transition House .
This years the awards were presented with a 1920s theme.
Teagan Witko of Goldenwest Radio emceed the awards.
Greetings were presented by Transition House President Kayla Dale, chairperson Lauren Dawling and Exec Director Jenn Angus.
Guest Speaker was CWO Marlene Shillingford of 15 Wing.
Awards to:
Julie Knox – Perseverance,
Jackie Wilson – Role Model
Roberta Fonger – Influential
Marcy Duffey – Successful
Jocelyn MacLeod – Mentor
Jamie Lynn-Hodgson – Youth Achievement
Joann Buckmaster – Lifetime Achievement
Congratulations to all winners and to all nominees.


Nominations For Saskatchewan’s 2020 Council Of The Federation Literacy Award Are Now Open

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2020 Canada’s Premiers’ Council of the Federation Literacy Award.

Saskatchewan recognizes literacy champions by focusing on a different category every two years, rotating the award with literacy learners, literacy volunteers and literacy leaders.  This year, Saskatchewan will honour a family literacy volunteer.

“The dedication of our literacy volunteers gives Saskatchewan families a strong start to a bright future,” Deputy Premier and Education Minister Gordon Wyant said.  “The Council of the Federation Literacy Award recognizes the important work that volunteers do to support increasing literacy levels.”

Family literacy volunteers provide an important service to Saskatchewan families by growing engagement and improving families’ capacity to support their children’s learning.  Nominees for the 2020 Council of the Federation Literacy Award promote family literacy awareness, contribute to providing programming, advance collaborative partnerships in communities and educate on the benefits of family literacy.

This year’s award will go to a volunteer who has made a significant contribution to family literacy in Saskatchewan.  Unpaid literacy volunteers living in Saskatchewan who are currently, or since January 1, 2019, have contributed significant knowledge, time and/or expertise to assist family literacy learners, family literacy organizations or communities are eligible to be nominated.

Nominations will be reviewed by a panel, and the award recipient will be honoured at a presentation ceremony at the Saskatchewan Legislature later this year.  The Council of the Federation Literacy Award is an annual award that recognizes the valuable contributions made by Canadians across the entire field of literacy.  This includes family, Aboriginal, health, workplace and community literacy.

The Council of the Federation is made up of all provincial and territorial premiers.  It enables premiers to work collaboratively on key initiatives that are important to all Canadians.  This year’s nomination deadline is June 12, 2020.

To make a nomination, please visit the following link for the nomination guidelines, criteria, form and a list of previous award recipients at http://www.saskatchewan.ca/government/heritage-honours-and-awards/council-of-the-federation-literacy-award.

For more information about the Council of the Federation, visit http://canadaspremiers.ca.


March 16-22 Proclaimed Social Work Week In Saskatchewan

The Government of Saskatchewan has officially proclaimed March 16-22 as Social Work Week in Saskatchewan.  The theme for this year’s celebration is United by Diversity. Strengthened by Inclusion.

“Social Work Week gives us the chance to celebrate the life-changing work that social workers do in our province every day,” Social Services Minister Paul Merriman said.  “I want to thank all of Saskatchewan’s registered social workers and the Saskatchewan Association of Social Workers for their commitment to supporting and empowering our most vulnerable citizens.”


Across the province, social workers can be found working in public or private practice, or for community-based organizations across the health, education, justice, disability and child welfare sectors.  They may also be engaged in policy, planning or administration.


The Saskatchewan Association of Social Workers promotes and governs the profession of social work in the province, ensuring accountability of Registered Social Workers and protecting the public through recognized, ethical standards of practice.  The member-based organization was first established in October 1962, and has grown from an active membership of 83 to more than 2,000 registered members.


“The theme for Social Work Week is fitting as social workers are truly united by diversity and strengthened by inclusion,” Saskatchewan Association of Social Workers President Wanda Miller said.  “Social workers engage with people in every area of the province, with people of all ages, and with people of all backgrounds.  They help people reach their full potential and make our communities better places to live.  This week is an opportunity to promote the vital work they undertake and to thank them for their efforts.”


Social Work Week activities are planned in a number of communities across Saskatchewan.


For more information on Social Work Week in Saskatchewan, please visit the Saskatchewan Association of Social Workers’ website at 
www.sasw.ca or the SASW Facebook page.


WHAT’S HAPPENING IN MOOSE JAW

Friday, March 13, 2020

What: Adult Comedy & Magic Night
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. 
Place: Kinsmen cafe

Saturday, March 14, 2020

What: Prairie Bee Meadery Launch
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m, 
Place: Main St. location 

What: Town and Country Social Dance with “Just Us”
Time:  7:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Place: Church of Our Lady Community Centre
Tickets:  $15 includes lunch
306 691-6634

What: Eagles Club Spring Cabaret with “The Milkman’s Sons”
Time:  8:00 p.m.
Place: The Eagles Club
Tickets:  $15 – 306 693-1715

Sunday, March 15 , 2020

What: Trinity United Church Stew Supper
Time:  5:30 p.m.
Place: Trinity United Church
Tickets: Adults $17, Children $10  Preschoolers Free
306 692-2780

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Provincial Budget 

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Budget Luncheon with Finance Minister
Heritage Inn
11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Tickets: $30