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From the Desk of Warren Michelson May 18, 2018

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Left:  Joan and Rob (Capone) Richie dress up for the grand opening of the Little Chicago Information Booth.

The bus will provide information hosts that will be happy to share stories and give you an introductory to Moose Jaw and area.

The bus will be open on Fairford St. from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. daily, beginning today until September 4th.

Below left:  Councilor Frose cutting the ribbon. 

Saskatchewan has submitted 11 projects to the Government of Canada’s Low Carbon Economy Fund, despite being deemed ineligible by the federal government for a portion of the funding.

The federal fund includes $1.4 billion for provinces and territories that have signed the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change. This includes $62 million of federal funding earmarked for Saskatchewan and supported by Saskatchewan taxpayers.

Saskatchewan did not sign the Pan-Canadian Framework because it prescribes a national approach to carbon pricing – a federal tax to which our residents and business community clearly object. We are committed to reducing emissions, and we don’t need a carbon tax to achieve that.

The projects we have put forward for consideration will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by an estimated 188 million tonnes from energy and power production, water, forests and agriculture.

Our made-in-Saskatchewan Climate Change Strategy is designed to make our province more resilient to the climactic, economic and policy impacts of climate change and we look forward to the federal government partnering with us on projects that will actually reduce emissions.

The Governments of Canada and Saskatchewan have signed a bilateral agreement outlining how the province plans to invest its share of targeted federal health care funding. With support from the Government of Canada, the Government of Saskatchewan will invest in a range of initiatives to expand home and community care as well as mental health and addiction services.

These include:

  • establishing Community Health Centres and teams to shift the delivery of care from hospitals into community settings;
  • improved access to palliative and end-of-life care to provide care at the right place, by the right providers, at the right time;
  • improving mental health services for youth through targeted training programs;
  • expanding internet-delivered cognitive behavioural therapy services; and
  • improving mental health services and supports for children, youth and families, through increased capacity for diagnosis and treatment.

Nurses are highly valued members of the health care team, and their contributions are key to quality care for Saskatchewan residents. The number of nurses in Saskatchewan is now higher than it has ever been with 3,700 more nurses providing services today than in 2007.

In total, more than 16,000 nurses are licensed to practise in the province, including registered nurses, registered psychiatric nurses, nurse practitioners, and licensed practical nurses. While we are pleased with this growth, we continue to work with partners to recruit for vacant positions across the province.

The warm glow of a campfire, the sound of children’s laughter, and star-filled Saskatchewan skies await as Saskatchewan Provincial Parks have officially opened for the season.

Campers can take in the fresh spring air, enjoy activities on the water, explore hiking trails, picnic in the park or relax with friends and family. Whether you’re a family heading back to your favourite park to unwind, or an adventure-seeker looking to explore, each park has a unique experience as well as a variety of programs, events and activities to keep busy.

Learn to Camp is designed to introduce beginner campers to skills and activities that are useful for a successful and memorable camping experience. Learn to Fish, interpretive activities and more are also offered.

A new Camp-Easy Equipped Camping program is being offered at Echo Valley, Buffalo Pound and Pike Lake Provincial Parks. These unique accommodations are a great option for families, first-time campers hoping to experience the outdoors or anyone who does not own camping equipment.

The Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport continues to invest in provincial park facilities and infrastructure to provide the best experience possible for visitors. With planned expenditures of more than $11 million for capital projects and maintenance in 2018-19, total investment in parks capital facilities and infrastructure since 2007 will reach $110 million.

If you are planning to spend some time in our parks, keep an eye out for provincial fire bans and advisories. A complete listing of all affected provincial parks and recreation sites can be found at 


Signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between four provincial entities.  The City of Moose Jaw, CAE Inc, the Moose Jaw Municipal Airport Advisory Committee and Saskatchewan Polytechnic have agreed to consider and explore opportunities for development of UAS training in Moose Jaw.
Signing are:
Dr. Larry Rosie, Saskatchewan Polytechnic.
Joe Armstrong CAE Canada.
Mayor Fraser Tolmie.
Jarrett Johnson Moose Jaw Airport Authority.

I was honored to attend and share greetings at the Grand Opening of Masjid (also known as a Mosque) on Landcaster Rd.

This is this first of it’s kind in Moose Jaw and has about 500 members.

Premier Scott Moe has now appointed new Legislative Secretaries responsible for a variety of important portfolios.

The new Legislative Secretaries and their specific duties are:

  • Nadine Wilson, Legislative Secretary to the Premier;
  • Everett Hindley, Legislative Secretary to the Minister of Trade and Export Development;
  • David Buckingham, Legislative Secretary to the Minister of Immigration;
  • Doug Steele, Legislative Secretary to the Minister of Energy and Resources;
  • Larry Doke, Legislative Secretary to the Minister of Government Relations;
  • Hugh Nerlien, Legislative Secretary to the Minister Responsible for SaskTel;
  • Terry Denis, Legislative Secretary to the Minister of Education;
  • Herb Cox, Legislative Secretary to the Minister of Corrections and Policing;
  • Greg Lawrence, Legislative Secretary to the Minister of Social Services;
  • Lori Carr, Legislative Secretary to the Minister of Finance;
  • Fred Bradshaw, Legislative Secretary to the Minister of Environment;
  • Eric Olauson, Legislative Secretary to the Minister of Parks, Culture and Sport; and
  • Steven Bonk, Legislative Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture.

“These appointments reflect the depth of experience within our government caucus,” Moe said.  “I look forward to seeing these talented individuals provide their expertise to our government as we work to keep Saskatchewan strong.”

Thanks to good seeding conditions, Saskatchewan producers made up the time lost in previous weeks.  Thirty-five per cent of the crop is now in the ground, just ahead of the five-year (2013-2017) seeding average of 32 per cent for this time of year.  Crops are starting to emerge.

Seeding is furthest advanced in the southeast, where 49 per cent of the crop is in the ground.  Forty-five per cent is seeded in the southwest, 28 per cent in the northeast, 26 per cent in the west–central region and 24 per cent in the east-central and northwestern regions.

Rain showers were reported throughout the province, particularly in the southwestern and west-central regions.  The Gull Lake area received 18 mm of rain, the most in the province.  There have been multiple reports of grass and stubble fires due to the dry conditions and rain would be welcomed to help alleviate dry field conditions and concerns.

Thirty-three per cent of the spring wheat, 26 per cent of the canola, 57 per cent of the lentils and 63 per cent of the field peas have been seeded to date.  Little rain, warm temperatures and strong and warm winds have caused topsoil moisture conditions to decline.  Hay and pasture growth is slow due to little rainfall.  Provincially, topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as 57 per cent adequate, 35 per cent short and eight per cent very short.  Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 40 per cent adequate, 43 per cent short and 17 per cent very short.

Producers are busy seeding, controlling weeds and moving cattle.

SaskPower reports 46 cases of farm machinery contacting electrical equipment in the last week, bringing the total for May to 73. Most farm-related incidents happen during seeding.  SaskPower reminds producers to be aware of their surroundings at all times and to plan ahead.  More safety information is available at www.saskpower.com/safety.

A complete, printable version of the Crop Report is available online at 

Follow the 2018 Crop Report on Twitter at @SKAgriculture.



Saturday, May 19, 2018

What: Burrowing Owl Season Opener

Time:  12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. 
Place: Bouncing Castle, Face Painting, Hot dogs
Cost:   $10/ person, $35/ Family of 5

What:  ESP Psychic Fair

Time:   11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Place:  Shrine Club, Moose Jaw
Cost:   $5.00 admission

Sunday, May 20, 2018

What:  Transplant Trot

Time:   9:50 a.m. 
Place:  Sunningdale School

What:  ESP Psychic Fair

Time:   11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Place:  Shrine Club, Moose Jaw
Cost:   $5.00 admission



Keep MJ Alive! – Doug Griffith
Wed. June 6
7:00 – 8:00 p.m. 
Performing Arts Theatre
$25/ ticket – MJ & District Chamber of Commerce

Professional Bull Riders (PBR)
Sat. June 9
7:00 p.m. 
$20 plus fees

Habitat for Humanity 2nd Annual Gala
Sat. June 16
Cocktails @ 5:30 p.m.
Welcome @ 6:15 p.m.
Dinner @ 6:45 p.m.
Dancing @ 9:00 p.m.
Featuring The New Montagues
Derek 306-692-5050

The Saskatchewan 55+ Games 
July 10th- 12th