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From the Desk of Warren Michelson March 29, 2019

March 29, 2019 View this email in your browser
shield FROM THE DESK OF WARREN MICHELSON, MLA

With my grandson Jacob at the end of the hockey season. His team won silver honors in the provincial finals held in Moose Jaw last Sunday.

Vehicle Advertising Rules Help Consumers

The Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority of Saskatchewan (FCAA) would like to remind consumers about drive-away price advertising laws in Saskatchewan.

If a vehicle dealer advertises a price for a vehicle (new or used) the law requires that the price includes ALL fees and charges that a dealer intends to collect, with the exception of PST and GST.  This is called “The Drive-Away Price”, and the law applies to all cash transactions when there is no trade-in.



Some examples of fees or charges that must be included in an advertised price include:

  • Freight;
  • Administrative and documentation fees; and
  • Government levies (i.e. tire tax, air tax etc.).

Products or services that have been pre-installed on a vehicle by a dealer must also be included in the advertised price.




These include products or services such as:

  • Nitrogen/tire protection package;
  • Security or theft deterrent products/services (i.e. etching);
  • Fuel; and
  • Warranties.

Before a consumer buys their next car, they should take a picture of the vehicle’s advertised price and bring it with them to the dealer.  If the drive-away price rules apply to the purchase, the consumer should never be charged more than the dealer’s advertised price.



If the consumer notices a difference between the advertised price and the full cash price, they should work with the dealer to remedy the situation, alternatively, if they are unsuccessful in resolving the dispute, they can file a formal complaint with the FCAA to pursue a remedy.


Buy from a licensed dealer


The FCAA encourages consumers to purchase vehicles from licensed dealers.  The Drive-Away Price rules do not apply to private sales.


FCAA411


Consumers can ask a dealer for their licence number and confirm the validity on 
http://www.fcaa.gov.sk.ca/fcaa411/.

Contact FCAA

If consumers have questions about The Drive Away Price or have a dispute with a licensed dealer, they can contact us toll free at 1-877-880-5550 or by email at consumerprotection@gov.sk.ca.


SK Association of Community Living has changed their name to “Inclusion Saskatchewan ” which uniquely better defines the residents who now are part of many neighborhoods.

I chatted with Jane, a resident of Moose Jaw, at the Legislature Receptions this week.
Jane was a residence of Valley View and has been placed in a group home here in Moose Jaw. Jane is enthusiastic and excited about being able to do such things as go out and shop for groceries.

Lowest Saskenergy Commodity Rate In 20 Years Approved By Government; Savings Eliminated By Federal Carbon Tax

The Government of Saskatchewan has approved changes recommended by the Saskatchewan Rate Review Panel to SaskEnergy’s Commodity and Delivery Service Rates.  SaskEnergy’s Commodity Rate will be lowered from $3.65/Gigajoule(GJ) to $2.575/GJ, the lowest rate in 20 years, and the Delivery Service Rate will increase by 3.4 per cent to provide additional funding for safety and infrastructure investments.


On April 1, 2019, customers will see these changes to their bills, which would have provided estimated annual savings of $90 per average residential customer. 

 However, starting April 1, 2019, SaskEnergy is also required to begin collecting the Federal Carbon Tax, which will eliminate the anticipated savings from SaskEnergy’s rate changes and result in a $109 average increase this year, with a further $54 annual increase each of the following three years.

“SaskEnergy customers should be able to take advantage of what would have been the lowest commodity rate in 20 years,” Minister Responsible for SaskEnergy Bronwyn Eyre said.  “Instead, the Federal Carbon Tax will wipe out those savings and raise heating costs for families and businesses across the province.  The harsh winter we’ve just experienced reminds us how much we depend on SaskEnergy for safe and reliable natural gas service.”


The winter of 2018-19 was colder than normal, and the month of February was 40 per cent colder than the 30-year average.


While the Saskatchewan Rate Review Panel was in the process of reviewing SaskEnergy’s rate application, the government approved an interim SaskEnergy Commodity Rate of $2.95/GJ, effective from November 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019, saving customers about $50 over the past few winter months.


SaskEnergy’s new Commodity Rate is the lowest since 1999.  The adjustment to the Delivery Service Rate will provide additional funding for safety and system integrity programs, as well as infrastructure investments for projects such as the relocation of major pipeline infrastructure outside large urban centres.

Model Train Show
Thank you to the Western Development and Thunder Creek Model Railroad Club for hosting the interesting event.

New Group To Provide Feedback And Advice To Social Services

The Government of Saskatchewan is forming a new Income Assistance Advisory Group to help Social Services improve income assistance programs and services.

This new group will expand on the work of the Program Implementation Advisory Team (PIAT) after they wind down this spring.  PIAT was instrumental in developing and implementing the Saskatchewan Assured Income for Disability (SAID) program.  Now that the SAID program is fully operational, PIAT’s mandate has come to an end and their terms expire this May.


“PIAT provided a voice for the disability community during the development and implementation of the Saskatchewan Assured Income for Disability program,” Social Services Minister Paul Merriman said.  “I want to thank all PIAT members, past and present, for their guidance and support over the past decade, and congratulate them on a truly historic achievement for people with disabilities in Saskatchewan.


“The new advisory group, made up of citizens with interest and experience in income assistance, will provide valuable perspectives on our programs and services, as well as practical advice on how we can help people achieve a better quality of life.”


The advisory group will be asked for their advice and feedback on the development of income assistance policies, programs and services that will best meet the needs of vulnerable Saskatchewan people.  Their mandate will include the new Saskatchewan Income Support (SIS) program announced last week.


Topics the group will be asked to discuss could include:

  • how our programs and services can be made more client friendly;
  • positive ways to help clients become self-reliant to the best of their ability;
  • how to build on the good work of PIAT to ensure that people with disabilities continue to receive good quality services and supports; andbetter alignment of ministry and community services for our clients and beneficiaries.

Social Services invites representatives from the disability community, as well as all other interested stakeholders, organizations, community members and clients to apply to participate in the advisory group.


To apply, please send a letter of interest, including your experience and expertise specific to income assistance, to 
incomeassist@gov.sk.ca or Program and Service Design, Income Assistance, Ministry of Social Services, 8th floor 1920 Broad Street, Regina, Saskatchewan, S4P-3V6.  Applications will be accepted until April 12, 2019.


The new Advisory Group will be appointed in Spring 2019.


HEARTLAND HOSPICE FUNDRAISER
Greg & Leone Ottenbreit were special guests at the fundraiser.

Saskatchewan Offering Free Hunting And Angling Licences For Canadian Armed Forces Veterans

In recognition of their service, Saskatchewan will provide free hunting and angling licences for veterans of the Canadian Armed Forces beginning in the 2019-20 licensing year.

The new initiative applies to veterans who were honourably discharged from the Armed Forces and is available to Saskatchewan and Canadian resident veterans.


Free licences for regular hunting and angling opportunities will be available to Saskatchewan and Canadian resident veterans starting on Friday, April 12, 2019.  They do not apply to Big Game Draw licences or outfitted licence opportunities.


“The Government of Saskatchewan appreciates the commitment and sacrifices of Canadian Armed Forces veterans and will offer hunting and angling licences at no cost to recognize their contributions,” Environment Minister Dustin Duncan said.


The free licences will be subject to an initial verification process to confirm eligibility through the automated Hunting, Angling and Trapping Licence (HAL) system.  Verification can be completed at a ministry field office or by emailing the required information to the ministry.


The following forms of identification will be acceptable:

  • National Defense Identification Certificate;
  • Picture or copy of Certificate of Service; and
  • Release or Discharge Certificate.

Photo identification indicating date of birth and current address is also required.  In the absence of photo identification, two pieces of acceptable identification will be required.

For electronic verification, clients must provide a valid HAL account number.  Information on how to establish a HAL account in advance of applying can be found at www.saskatchewanlicences.active.com.

For more information on this opportunity, including eligibility requirements and how to apply, please visit www.saskatchewan.ca/hunting or call the Ministry of Environment Inquiry Centre at 1-800-567-4224.


EARLY BIRD LIONS
Early Birds Lions members receive recognition for their support.

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN MOOSE JAW

Friday, March 29, 2019

What: James Coghlin Piano Recital
Time:   7:30 p.m
Place:  Zion Church
Cost:  Adults $20,  Seniors & Students $12

Saturday, March 30, 2019

What:  Hip Hop into Spring Craft and Trade Fair
Time:  10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Place: Masonic Temple

What: Trade Fair
Time:  1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. 
Place:  Masonic Temple – 1755 Main St. N. 

What: Minto United Church Irish Stew Supper and Auction
Time:  6:00 p.m
Place:  Minto United Church
Cost:  $15  Children 12 & under free.
Call Linda at (306) 694-1209

UPCOMING

 

April 4, 2019
Chamber of Commerce Budget Presentation
with Finance Minister Donna Harpauer
11:45 a.m.
Grant Hall
$25   Call the Chamber of Commerce (306) 692-6414

April 6, 2019
Introduction to Dungeons and Dragons
Moose Jaw Public Library
1:00 p.m.
For ages 13 and older,
Free, No registration necessary

April 6, 2019
Easter Ham and Turkey Bingo
7:00 p.m.
Church of Our Lady Community Centre
Hosted by Knights of Columbus Fr. Gilpin Council

April 6-7, 2019
Business Expo
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

April 6, 2019
Rowletta Spring Supper
4:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Rowletta Civic Centre
Adults $15  Children $7
Call Bonnie  (306) 631-6534

April 10. 2019
MJBEX Awards
5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Heritage Inn
For tickets call the Chamber of Commerce (306) 692-6414