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From the Desk of Warren Michelson March8, 2019

March 8, 2019 View this email in your browser
shield FROM THE DESK OF WARREN MICHELSON, MLA

Ash Wednesday
Ash Wednesday began the season of Lent, in preparation for Easter when we celebrate Jesus’ resurrection.  Observed in many Christian traditions, Lent invites us to become better people.   Traditionally, this was done through prayer, fasting and almsgiving.  This could also be described as reflecting on God’s call to us, refraining from those things that hinder us from being our best selves, and being more generous in serving the needs of others. 

SASKATCHEWAN OBSERVES
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY
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 2019 United Nations International Women’s Day is “think equal, build smart, innovate for change.”


Women in Saskatchewan are making remarkable progress in many diverse roles in our economy.  Women and girls contribute to everything from medicine, to innovation and technology, and economic and entrepreneurial participation.  Women in agriculture take on vital leadership roles in our rural communities that continue to shape important conversations.


“International Women’s Day is a way to recognize the achievements of Saskatchewan’s women and girls,” Minister Responsible for the Status of Women Tina Beaudry-Mellor said.  “Women around the province are disrupting many industries, boardrooms, and entrepreneurial ventures. The more opportunities that are opened up for women, the more our economy benefits.”


“It is great to see that in 2018 Saskatchewan had the second highest employment rate for women in the country,” Trade and Export Development Minister Jeremy Harrison said.  “Women in Saskatchewan continue to play a significant role in our economy and we are proud of their accomplishments.”


More women are also participating in elected office.  The Status of Women Office is pleased to announce funding for the Women in the Legislature Program, in its eighth year of operation at the University of Saskatchewan.  Women in the Legislature promotes the participation of women in politics and governance, and gives students the opportunity to see how women contribute in government institutions


Starting today, on International Women’s Day, the Cumberland Gallery will feature an exhibit entitled The Stories of Immigrant Women, with a reception at 12 p.m. and a speaker at 12:30 p.m.

The Spring Session of the Legislature Began on Monday. 
I am glad to be there, but it didn’t feel much like spring those first few days.

Sunrise on the Way to the Legislative Building

More Licensed Child Care Centre Spaces
Allocated for Moose Jaw

The Government of Saskatchewan announced today that nearly 130 more licensed child care centre spaces have been allocated in Saskatoon, Delisle, Regina, Moose Jaw and Humboldt.


Funding is being provided through the Canada-Saskatchewan Early Learning and Child Care (ELCC) Agreement.


“I am proud of our government’s commitment to providing affordable child care options to families throughout the province,” Deputy Premier and Education Minister Gordon Wyant said.  “We are looking forward to seeing the positive impact of additional child care spaces in these communities.”


Northwest Child Development Centre Inc. in Moose Jaw has been allocated 23 new spaces.  This will bring the total of new spaces in Moose Jaw to 
220 in the last decade.
Almost 1,300 child care centre spaces have been allocated across Saskatchewan since the ELCC Agreement was signed in March 2018.  With the addition of these spaces, the government will have allocated funding for 7,116 new spaces since 2007 – a 76 per cent increase in the number of spaces in that time.


The Government of Saskatchewan prioritizes allocating new child care spaces in communities where there is both a high need for child care and a higher level of vulnerability, and to organizations that are ready to move forward with centre development.

Congratulations
The Prism Awards Ceremony recognized Moose Jaw’s outstanding women who contribute so much to our community.  Congratulations to all the nominees and especially to those who received the awards, Emmy Barr for Perseverance, Crystal Froese for Influential, Betty Butler for Lifetime Achievement, Nicole Radfelder for Role Model, Bonnie Nelson for Mentor, and Kyra Klassen for Successful.  Missing from the photos is Kaia Isenor for Youth Achievement.

New Provincial Parks Reservation System
Set To Launch – Save Your Account History
The Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport is excited to launch a new, upgraded online reservation system for the 2019 camping season.  In preparation for the new system, campers have until March 15 to save their account history.

“The new reservation website will provide a modern look and include features that will enhance the user experience,” Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Gene Makowsky said.  “Campers can look forward to a consistent, user-friendly interface across all devices, as well as the option to book a wider array of sites and services online, such as Camp-Easy sites and picnic shelters.”


With the transition to the new system, account details will not be carried over, including reservation history.  Campers interested in saving this information need to login to their current account and visit the “My Reservations” tab where past reservations can be filtered by year.  Users can save their account history by taking a screenshot, printing the pages from the website or writing down the details.  After March 15 at midnight, previous account data and reservation history will no longer be accessible.


Campers are encouraged to share this message with family and friends to ensure all existing users have a chance to save their data prior to the transition.  Reservations open April 2 for seasonal sites, April 4 for group camping sites, and April 8 to 18 for nightly sites.


For more information, visit 
www.saskparks.com


Southeast Asia Trade Mission
To Promote Saskatchewan’s Agri-Food Strengths

Trade and Export Development Minister Jeremy Harrison will showcase Saskatchewan’s dynamic agri-food industry and associated trade and investment opportunities while strengthening existing relationships during a mission to Southeast Asia next week.


Harrison leaves Friday for a six-day trade mission (March 10-15) to Singapore and the Philippines (Manila).  He will meet with a number of food processing and agriculture companies in both countries and encourage them to purchase additional agricultural products from Saskatchewan suppliers while strengthening existing trade ties.

Historically, significant trade opportunities have followed such substantial population shifts.”


Saskatchewan exported $7.9 billion worth of goods and services to Asia in 2017, including $1.2 billion to Singapore, the Philippines and the other member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

At the Prism Awards, it was an honor
to meet Vice Mayor Linda Otnes Henriksen,
visiting Moose Jaw from Norway
.

Anglers Reminded Of March Deadline
To Remove Ice Fishing Shelters
With ice fishing season winding down, anglers are reminded that all fishing shelters south of Highway 16 must be removed by March 15, and shelters in areas north of Highway 16 must be removed by March 31.


If shelters are not removed, owners may be prosecuted, and the structure and contents may be moved off the ice and confiscated.


Every year, ice fishing shelters are abandoned on the ice, which can later pose a danger to boaters, water-skiers and others enjoying our lakes.  Pieces can also wash up on shore and cause environmental hazards.  Litter must also be removed when ice shelters are taken off the ice.


Structures must be moved to a location where they can be loaded and transported to the individual’s residence or property.  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.


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.

Engineering and Geoscience Week Proclaimed

The week of March 3-9, 2019, has been proclaimed as Engineering and Geoscience Week by the Government of Saskatchewan.  The week recognizes the significant contributions that members of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan (APEGS) make in our province.

APEGS is the governing body responsible for regulating the practice of engineering and geoscience professionals in the province.
“Whether it is designing new transportation infrastructure to support our exports getting to market or new innovative technology to make our roads safer for commuters, engineers and geoscientists play an important role,” Highways and Infrastructure Minister Lori Carr said.  “The work of these professional men and women makes a mark in sectors across Saskatchewan including agriculture, construction, environment, forestry, manufacturing, mining, utilities, transportation and resources.”

APEGS wants more Saskatchewan students to know about engineering and geoscience as career options, and has helped produce a movie called Dream Big: Engineering Our World, which will be circulated to all schools in Saskatchewan with the assistance of the Ministry of Education.


Professional engineers and geoscientists are introducing the movie in schools across the province this week to celebrate how engineers improve lives for people by being creative and asking themselves what can happen if you dream big.


“Meeting professional engineers or professional geoscientists in person, watching Dream Big and asking questions will help students discover how inspiring it is to work in these professions,” APEGS President Stormy Holmes said.  “Like the professionals in Dream Big, our members practice engineering and geoscience in a safe, competent and ethical manner every day to ensure public safety.”


Engineering and Geoscience Week coincides with National Engineering and Geoscience Month, Canada’s biggest celebration of engineering and geoscience.


New Agreement Expands Access To Dental Services

Saskatchewan residents now have access to expanded insured dental services thanks to a new agreement between the College of Dental Surgeons of Saskatchewan (CDSS) and the Ministry of Health.

The new and expanded insured services under the Ministry of Health include cleft lip and palate treatment services for infants, children, and adolescents, expanded coverage for dental extractions for cancer patients, and specialized dental consultations for medical patients.


“This new agreement is a win for patients, dental specialists and surgeons,” Health Minister Jim Reiter said.  “I want to thank the College of Dental Surgeons of Saskatchewan and our officials in the Ministry of Health for their diligence and collegiality throughout the negotiation process.”


Coverage for these services under this new agreement will mean more patients get the help they need when it is required.  The new agreement provides a two per cent increase to dental surgical and specialty fees in 2019-20.  The new fee schedule takes effect April 1, 2019.


The total cost for fee increases and the expansion of insured services as part of the agreement is approximately $200,000.  The new agreement covers the period ending March 31, 2020.


Approximately 3,000 Saskatchewan patients receive insured surgical interventions and treatments each year.  About 1,300 additional patients will benefit from the new and expanded services under the new agreement.


Sunrise on the Way to the Legislative Building

Report from the Legislature,  March 7, 2019


The Saskatchewan Legislature is back in session.   We are on track to deliver a balanced budget and committed to keep standing up for Saskatchewan, defending jobs and families across our great province.


The economic outlook for Saskatchewan is strong. Jobs are up, unemployment is down and exports are expected to increase. Saskatchewan’s GDP growth is expected to be higher than the national average, and the highest in the prairies. The Conference Board of Canada believes our agriculture, oil, and potash sectors will drive this growth.


Saskatchewan is also the most attractive place in Canada for mining investment according to the Fraser Institute’s Annual Survey of Mining Companies. The survey found that Saskatchewan is the world’s 3rd most attractive jurisdiction for mining investment and has moved into the top spot in terms of government policy.   We’re going to keep working to ensure our world class mining sector creates even more opportunity for generations to come.


Right now, much of Saskatchewan’s growth and opportunity is at risk with a forced federal carbon tax, Bill C-69, and a lack of market access for our export products. Bill C-69, for example, will not accomplish its stated goals of streamlining or efficiency in getting resource projects built. It will only add uncertainty and further delays.   The current system is not broken – what seems to be broken is political will and pride in the resource sector that Canada is known for.


While we await a decision on our government’s court challenge of the federal carbon tax, the Trudeau government will be forcing the tax on Saskatchewan.   The federal government should stop its forced carbon tax until the courts have had their say but they won’t. Starting April 1, the cost of the federal carbon tax is going to make it more expensive to gas up our vehicles, heat our homes and keep the lights on.


This is unfortunate for families and businesses across our province. SaskPower worked hard to ensure there would be no rate increase this year, and our government is currently reviewing a request by SaskEnergy to reduce natural gas commodity rates to their lowest level in 20 years, effective April 1. These savings would be wiped out by the Trudeau carbon tax.


Our government has been clear from the start: our made-in-Saskatchewan plan will achieve real emissions reductions, while the Trudeau carbon tax, with its multi-year increases, will only impose costs on families with virtually no impact on emissions.


Meanwhile, the NDP continues to demonstrate how truly out of touch they are with the people of our province. On February 12, the Leader of the Opposition said “our position is very clear…we think that a price on pollution is a reasonable thing.”   This is a change in terminology for the NDP who are now shifting their language on a carbon tax to “a price on pollution”, just like Prime Minister Trudeau has.  The NDP is standing with Prime Minister Trudeau in support of a carbon tax that would be a hit to Saskatchewan jobs and a $16 billion hit to our GDP. This is clearly out of touch with Saskatchewan and its residents.


Our government will continue to stand up for Saskatchewan and stand up against the Trudeau carbon tax. We will continue voicing Saskatchewan’s concerns with this and other federal headwinds that would cause harm to our economic interests.


WHAT’S HAPPENING IN MOOSE JAW

Saturday, March 9, 2019

What: Moose Jaw Gun Show
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Place: Exhibition Convention Centre
Cost:  $5.00

What:  Introduction to Dungeons and Dragons
Time:  1:00 p.m.
Place:  Moose Jaw Public Library
Free admission, no registration required.  For ages 13 and older.

What: Sugar Shack and Show
Time:  5:00 p.m.
Place: Ecole Ducharme
Cost:  Adults: $20.00
Children age 10 – 15: $15.00, Under 10:  $10.00, Under 2: Free

What: Warriors Home Game

Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Mosaic Place

Sunday, March 10, 2019

What: Moose Jaw Gun Show
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Place: Exhibition Convention Centre
Cost:  $5.00

 

UPCOMING

March 12, 2019

Pancake Breakfast sponsored by 15 Wing Fellowship

Smitty’s – Town and Country Mall

7:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. 

March 15, 2019

St. Joseph’s Parish Rib Night

Crushed Can

5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. 

March 17, 2019

15 Wing Fellowship Musical Swing Concert

 1:00 p.m.
Timothy Eaton Gardens
 $6.00

Trinity United Church Stew Supper

5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Contact Harvey for tickets  (306) 693-5069  $17

April 6-7, 2019

Business Expo

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

April 10. 2019

MJBEX Awards
5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.