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From the Desk of Warren Michelson March 6, 2020

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shield FROM THE DESK OF WARREN MICHELSON, MLA

FIRST DAY OF SPRING SESSION
What Season Is It Anyway?

Both of these photos were taken within the last week.  I was raking leaves last weekend, and combining was going on in the Briercrest area.


Prepare To ‘Ring Those Phones’

Minister Responsible for the Provincial Capital Commission, Lori Carr, and the Kinsmen and Kinettes of Saskatchewan announced Telemiracle Week runs March 1-7, 2020, when the 44th edition of the annual 20-hour live telethon kicks off.


“Telemiracle is one of the many annual events in the province that brings out the kindness, generosity and good nature of Saskatchewan people,” Carr said.  “I encourage everyone across this great province to consider supporting Telemiracle 44 by tuning in for the telethon and telling your family, friends and neighbours to ‘ring those phones’ with donations.  The results will help enhance the quality of life of many in Saskatchewan.”


The fund-raiser will begin at 6:15 p.m., Saturday, March 7 online with a “Countdown to Telemiracle” streamed live on Telemiracle’s YouTube Channel.  At 9 p.m. that same day, the live television broadcast gets underway on CTV stations in Saskatchewan.  The telethon will air around the clock until it concludes at 5 p.m., Sunday, March 8.


“We are grateful for the honour of having Telemiracle Week declared in Saskatchewan, which helps raise awareness in advance of this important event,” Telemiracle 44 Chair Jesse Shkuratoff said.  “Thanks to the ongoing efforts of Kinsmen and Kinettes members and dedicated volunteers, the show continues to go on each year and helps touch the lives of Saskatchewan people, thanks to the compassion of all who call the Land of Living Skies home.”


Telemiracle is organized by the Kinsmen and Kinettes of Saskatchewan and held annually the first weekend in March.  Telemiracle proceeds are gifted through the Kinsmen Foundation to Saskatchewan residents in need of specialized mobility equipment and access to medical travel assistance.


Telemiracle 44 will take place at Conexus Arts Centre in Regina.  The event is open to the public and admission is free.  For more information and links to Telemiracle’s YouTube Channel and other social media platforms, visit 
www.telemiracle.com.


International Women’s Day – Sunday,March 8

Every March 8, Saskatchewan joins the world to mark International Women’s Day.  This day was chosen by the United Nations to acknowledge the contributions women make every day around the world.  The theme for 2020 United Nations International Women’s Day in Canada is “#Each for Equal.”


It is encouraging to see women in Saskatchewan making remarkable progress in many diverse roles in our economy and our communities. The women nominated for the Prism Awards are excellent examples of that.  Having the Prism Awards this Saturday is a great way to recognize International Women’s Day.


The International Women’s Day Luncheon and Retreat at the Grant Hall on Sunday, and the Potluck Supper at St. Andrew’s Church on Monday are other local events to recognize, celebrate and continue to promote equality and success for all women.





According to Statistics Canada preliminary trade data 2019, Saskatchewan exported nearly $30 billion worth of products to international markets in 2019 and continued to provide the food, fuel and fertilizer the world needs.


“The success of our economy depends on trade and these numbers are very encouraging, especially considering the market access issues in countries such as China,” Trade and Export Development Minister Jeremy Harrison said.  “Our government has made it a priority to diversify markets for our products through trade missions and international engagement and the result of these efforts is unprecedented market diversification in a relatively short period of time.  We will continue working to grow our exports, as outlined in Saskatchewan’s Plan for Growth, to build a strong economy that creates more jobs for a strong Saskatchewan.”

Saskatchewan’s top 10 export markets were the United States (U.S.), China, The European Union (EU), Japan, Brazil, India, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Mexico and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).  Overall exports were down slightly by 3.0 per cent, due mainly to trade actions by China, which resulted in a decline in exports of 32 per cent to that market.


However, the decline in exports to China was partially offset by the growth in other emerging markets like Bangladesh (118 per cent increase), the EU (59 per cent), the UAE (40 per cent), India (23 per cent) and Brazil (13 per cent).


Saskatchewan’s top export products included crude oil, potash, wheat, pulse crops, canola oil, barley, oats, agricultural machinery, and refined petroleum.

The Government of Saskatchewan maintained an aggressive trade mission agenda in over the past year.  This included Premier and Ministerial trade missions to the U.S., Japan, South Korea, India, Mexico, Singapore, Bangladesh, the Philippines, and the EU.  Growing the province’s trade and exports is a key component of Saskatchewan’s Growth Plan.


The Plan includes goals to increase the value of exports by 50 per cent, grow the number of international markets to which Saskatchewan exports more than $1 billion annually, grow agri-food exports to $20 billion and increase the value of manufacturing exports by 50 per cent.


The plan includes several initiatives to help achieve these goals.  These include opening new international trade and investment offices in Japan, Singapore and India, undertaking SaskFirst new growth tax incentives, maintaining a competitive tax environment and expanding Saskatchewan’s export infrastructure.

REGINA GETS SNOW

Prepare To ‘Ring Those Phones’

Minister Responsible for the Provincial Capital Commission, Lori Carr, and the Kinsmen and Kinettes of Saskatchewan announced Telemiracle Week runs March 1-7, 2020, when the 44th edition of the annual 20-hour live telethon kicks off.


“Telemiracle is one of the many annual events in the province that brings out the kindness, generosity and good nature of Saskatchewan people,” Carr said.  “I encourage everyone across this great province to consider supporting Telemiracle 44 by tuning in for the telethon and telling your family, friends and neighbours to ‘ring those phones’ with donations.  The results will help enhance the quality of life of many in Saskatchewan.”


The fund-raiser will begin at 6:15 p.m., Saturday, March 7 online with a “Countdown to Telemiracle” streamed live on Telemiracle’s YouTube Channel.  At 9 p.m. that same day, the live television broadcast gets underway on CTV stations in Saskatchewan.  The telethon will air around the clock until it concludes at 5 p.m., Sunday, March 8.


“We are grateful for the honour of having Telemiracle Week declared in Saskatchewan, which helps raise awareness in advance of this important event,” Telemiracle 44 Chair Jesse Shkuratoff said.  “Thanks to the ongoing efforts of Kinsmen and Kinettes members and dedicated volunteers, the show continues to go on each year and helps touch the lives of Saskatchewan people, thanks to the compassion of all who call the Land of Living Skies home.”


Telemiracle is organized by the Kinsmen and Kinettes of Saskatchewan and held annually the first weekend in March.  Telemiracle proceeds are gifted through the Kinsmen Foundation to Saskatchewan residents in need of specialized mobility equipment and access to medical travel assistance.


Telemiracle 44 will take place at Conexus Arts Centre in Regina.  The event is open to the public and admission is free.  For more information and links to Telemiracle’s YouTube Channel and other social media platforms, visit 
www.telemiracle.com.


Helping Saskatchewan Farmers
Cope With Stress

Innovation Saskatchewan, in partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture, is asking technology entrepreneurs to develop a way for farmers, ranchers and agricultural workers to monitor their mental health.  This latest Innovation Challenge aims to address a growing concern within Saskatchewan where calls to the farm stress line in 2018-2019 doubled from the previous year.


“Mental health is a concern within every industry but particularly acute in agriculture,” Minister Responsible for Innovation Saskatchewan Tina Beaudry-Mellor said.  “Our government believes technology can provide help to farm families dealing with this complex and demanding issue.”


The Innovation Challenge, launched on March 5, asks for expressions of interest from Saskatchewan-based companies and entrepreneurs to answer the following: What technological solutions can assist Saskatchewan farmers in actively monitoring their mental health?  A survey of Canadian farmers released in 2016 found over half the respondents met the classifications for anxiety and one third met the classifications for depression, which is significantly higher than most Canadians.


Solutions could take many forms including, but not limited to, a mobile phone app, website program, artificial intelligence interface or offline sensor linking to the internet.  Selected submissions will be shortlisted, and a pitch competition will determine a winner.  Winners will receive $10,000 in funding and a 16-week collaboration with government to develop their concept.  The deadline for submissions is April 30.


Public information sessions will be held in Saskatoon and Regina, on March 17 and 19 respectively, as well as online on March 24.  Further information on times and locations will be posted on Innovation Saskatchewan’s website.


Find previous Innovation Challenge winners and program information at 
https://innovationsask.ca/initiatives/innovation-challenge/previous-innovation-challenges

SET FOR CULTURE THEATER 

Province Proclaims Agriculture Literacy Month
The Government of Saskatchewan proclaimed March 1-31, 2020, as Agriculture Literacy Month in Saskatchewan.  Agriculture Literacy Month brings producers and industry professionals to the classroom to give students the opportunity to learn where the food on their plate comes from.


“Our food has a story and Agriculture Literacy Month allows students to hear that story first hand from producers,” Agriculture Minister David Marit said.  “It is important that our children and grandchildren receive accurate information about the work done by our agriculture industry straight from the experts.”


This year’s theme is technology, which will teach students about development, uses and the importance of innovation on modern farms and ranches.


“Agriculture has always been, and continues to be, a significant part of the province,” Deputy Premier and Education Minister Gordon Wyant said.  “Our government supports classroom opportunities for Saskatchewan students to learn about agriculture and its contribution to our province.”


“There are so many myths and misconceptions about food and agriculture today, it is difficult for people to know what to believe,” Agriculture in the Classroom Executive Director Sara Shymko said.  “The classroom visits with real people working in the industry are so important because they give students a chance to ask questions and have them answered honestly and openly.”

March Deadline Approaching To Remove
Ice Fishing Shelters



As ice fishing season begins to wind down, anglers are reminded that all fishing shelters south of Highway 16 must be removed by March 15.  Shelters in areas north of Highway 16 must be removed by March 31.


Every year, ice fishing shelters are abandoned on the ice, which can pose a danger to boaters, water-skiers and others enjoying our lakes.  Pieces of abandoned shelters can also wash up on shore, causing environmental hazards.

If shelters are not removed, owners may be prosecuted and the structure and contents may be moved off the ice and confiscated.  Structures must be moved to a location where they can be loaded and transported to the owner’s residence or property.  Litter must also be removed when ice shelters are taken off the ice.


Anyone travelling on the ice should take extreme caution.  Slush indicates that ice is eroding from above and below at an advanced rate.  Changing temperatures can cause thermal cracks and pressure ridges, which are indicators of unsafe conditions.

Ice fishing shelters must have the owner’s complete name, address and phone number on the outside in legible letters that are at least 2.5 cm high.


Information about fishing in the province can be found in the Saskatchewan Anglers’ Guide and online at 
www.saskatchewan.ca/fishing. If you suspect wildlife, fisheries, forestry or environmental violations, please call your local Ministry of Environment office, Saskatchewan’s toll-free Turn in Poachers and Polluters (TIPP) line at 1-800-667-7561 or #5555 for SaskTel cellular subscribers.  Violations can also be reported online at www.saskatchewan.ca/tipp. You may be eligible for cash rewards from the SaskTip Reward Program.  Callers can remain anonymous.


Report from the Legislature
March 5, 2020



The spring session of the legislature started this week with a focus on the upcoming provincial budget which will build on the strength of our people with investments in stronger families, stronger communities and a stronger economy.


The budget – to be released March 18th – will build on the Growth Plan our government introduced last fall by providing financial stability and investment in communities and infrastructure to support expanding our export-based economy.


The Supreme Court of Canada is set to hear Saskatchewan’s argument against the federal carbon tax later this month. Your Saskatchewan Party government is calling on Prime Minster Trudeau to pause the carbon tax in Saskatchewan, until the Supreme Court delivers its ruling. The Alberta Court of Appeal has ruled the carbon tax unconstitutional and we are confident the Supreme Court will rule the same.


On the economic front, our government recently delivered on a commitment to provide $10 million to support Estevan, Coronach, and nearby communities transitioning from coal-based industries to other economic opportunities. This situation was unfortunately imposed much earlier than planned by new federal regulations. Our government will work hard to ensure this part of our province can successfully move to cleaner energy sources and new business developments to remain prosperous and vibrant.


As we grow Saskatchewan over the next decade we have committed to building and upgrading another 10,000km of highway across our province.


The Government of Saskatchewan is upgrading Highway 5. This is a multi-year project, to be completed in three phases, which include passing lanes, widening of the shoulders, resurfacing, grade-line improvements, access consolidation, intersection realignment and treatments, as well as culvert replacements.


As part of our commitment to safety and growth, we also recently announced an agreement to improve 39km of Highway 21 and 9km of the Frenchman Butte Access, upgrading the surface to asphalt concrete from the current thin membrane surface.


As our government carries out the work of the legislative session, we continue to see quality of life improvements across our province.


Just recently, it was announced that thirty-six additional permanent acute care in-patient beds are opening at Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon. Investing in these additional acute care beds allows our health system to better meet the urgent care needs of our residents. The new acute care beds initiative will receive annual funding of almost $8 million to staff more than 50 full-time nursing and support positions.


Our government has also directed the Saskatchewan Health Authority to gather information to determine the feasibility of a privately built, owned and operated parkade at Regina General Hospital. We know that parking at Regina General Hospital has been an issue for a long time, and we are committed to finding a long-term solution. It’s important that staff and visitors feel safe around the facility and have convenient access to the building. Since parking is a support service, not a direct health care service, we believe it could be appropriately provided through the private sector.


New homes for people with different abilities recently opened in Saskatoon. In partnership with LutherCare Communities, our government is providing over $530,000 in annual funding to cover residential and day program supports for new residents.


LutherCare Communities provides services to people with intellectual disabilities, high medical needs and complex needs. The funding for this new home is part of the more than $5.5 million provided to LutherCare Communities each year.


Our government also opened a new affordable rental housing project for six families in need of a safe, comfortable home. The project, in partnership with the Governments of Canada, the City of Saskatoon and SaskNative Rentals Inc. is designed for independence and affordability and is fully accessible to individuals with varying mobility.


One of the first announcements of the new legislative session was that in-province ministerial travel and expense reports will be publicly disclosed on a quarterly basis. The bi-annual public disclosure of out-of-province ministerial travel and expenses, a measure we introduced to increase transparency, will also now be posted quarterly.


Our government values the hard-earned tax dollars of Saskatchewan people. While we have previously taken steps to decrease travel costs and increase transparency, we feel it is necessary to continue these efforts to ensure the public knows how tax dollars are being spent by government ministers as they travel across the province.


Increased transparency measures accompany a number of steps the government has taken to reduce ministerial travel expenses. These include a 53 per cent reduction in travel costs in 2018-2019 compared to the last year of the former government in 2006-2007, and the shutdown of Executive Air, the former government-owned air service, for an annual savings of $1 million.

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN MOOSE JAW

Friday, March 6, 2020

What: MJ Warriors Home Game vs Winnipeg  “Snowbirds Night”
Time: 7:00 p.m. 
Place: Mosaic

Saturday, March 7, 2020

What: Sugar Shack Supper and Show
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Place: Ecole Ducharme
Tickets: Supper and Show   Adults $20, Students $15, Under 10 $10 
Show only   Adults $10, 16 and Under  $5
Call 306 692-8112  acfmoosejaw@gmail.com

What: Prism Awards  –  Sold Out
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Place: SaskPolytech

What:  MJ and Dist. Seniors’ Dance with Len Gadica
Time:  7:30 – 11:00 p.m.
Place: Timothy Eaton Garden

Sunday, March 8, 2020

International Women’s Day

What: International Women’s Day Luncheon and Retreat
Time: 12:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Place: Grant Hall Hotel
Tickets: $50  Includes lunch and presentations.  (306) 972- 7546

What: Seedy Sunday
Time: 10:00  a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Place: Public Library
Free Admission

What: Rugby Skills Training session
Time:  4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. 
Place: Yara Centre
Cost: $15 or $50 for all classes 
Mar 8 – 1-2pm
Mar 22 – 1-2pm
April 4 – 4-5pm

Monday, March 9, 2020

What: International Women’s Day Potluck Supper  “Realizing Women’s Rights”
Time: 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Place: St.Andrew’s United Church
Contact nazmia79@yahoo.com

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Saturday, March 14 , 2020

What: Town and Country Social Dance with “Just Us”
Time:  7:30 – 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