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From the Desk of Warren Michelson May 25, 2018

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As young people wrap up the school year and start applying for summer jobs, they should remember to look into the employment and safety rules that apply to young workers.

Most importantly, 14- and 15-year-old workers need to have their Young Worker Readiness Certificate Course (YWRCC) Certificate of Completion before they can enter the workforce.  The course teaches young workers about their rights and responsibilities in the workplace.  Students will learn the basics about employment standards and workplace health and safety.

“Although this information is useful for anyone, it is targeted towards young people getting ready to start their first job,” Labour Relations and Workplace Safety Minister Don Morgan said.  “We want young workers to feel comfortable enough to ask questions when they don’t understand what is expected of them and refuse work they feel is unsafe.”

Young workers may apply for jobs and go for interviews before completing the course.  They may not start work until they have provided their employer with a copy of their Certificate of Completion.  Young workers must also provide written consent from their parent or guardian.  Employers are required to keep certificates and parental consent on file.

Young workers are only allowed to work limited hours during the school year. They are also not permitted to work in certain industries under Occupational Health and Safety regulations.

More than 7,800 people received their Certificate of Completion between April 2017 and March 2018.  The Employment Standards Division of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety also delivered two webinars for teachers who use the YWRCC in the classroom.

To learn more about the YWRCC or to take the online course, please visit 



The final report from Saskatchewan’s Domestic Violence Death Review Panel has been released.

The panel was formed in the summer of 2016, and released an interim report in May 2017.  The final report is the result of an in-depth look at six specific cases of homicide related to domestic violence.  The final report contains 19 recommendations, which will be used to guide specific key actions and ongoing consultation on the issue of domestic violence.

“I thank the members of the Domestic Violence Death Review Panel for their hard work over the last two years,” Justice Minister and Attorney General Don Morgan said.  “Their findings will now serve as the cornerstone of our efforts to reduce domestic violence in Saskatchewan.”

The following actions will be taken as a starting point in response to the report:

  • Domestic Violence Disclosure process (“Clare’s Law”)—A Domestic Violence Disclosure process will establish a way for police to disclose information about previous violent behavior by a potentially violent individual to their partner.
  • Kids on the Block/Kids Matter northern expansion—Additional funds will be provided to expand these programs in northern Saskatchewan. The programs are delivered by community partners who provide educational programming to school-aged children on family and domestic violence issues.
  • Additional crisis workers—Funding will be made available for additional crisis workers; one in northern Saskatchewan and one in the rural south.  Additional crisis workers will help meet the increasing demands for sexual assault services.
  • Expansion of the Children Exposed to Violence program—This program provides children who have been exposed to domestic violence with supports designed to reduce their risk of becoming a victim or offender.

In addition to these short-term responses, the results of the Domestic Violence Death Review Panel’s work will be used to inform ongoing consultations on a provincial domestic violence plan.

In 2018-19, approximately $19.5 million will be provided to community-based organizations across Saskatchewan to deliver violence support services and prevention programming.

Premier Scott Moe advocated for Saskatchewan’s interests at the Western Premiers Conference in Yellowknife, including on the issue of pipelines, to ensure we can get our resources to world markets. Saskatchewan is a landlocked province looking for continued access to Canada’s coastline and we will fight for our constitutional right to get our products to port and to customers around the world.

We will ensure that opportunity is found here by standing with the people and the industries that drive growth and support our families. This means working to find solutions to transportation challenges, clearing the path to get our products to market, and it most definitely means no carbon tax.

Your Saskatchewan Party government has a vision for a vibrant and growing province where our children, and their children, have every opportunity to get an education, start their careers, raise their families and build a life. This vision is supported by the 2018-19 Provincial Budget which continues to provide strong, predictable and stable funding for Saskatchewan municipalities.

Revenue sharing has increased by 89 per cent over the past decade, providing municipalities with unconditional funding to be invested in local priorities. The amount is set based on one point of the PST collected by the government. Virtually no other area of government funding has seen the overall levels of funding increases municipalities have received through this program.

Our government’s goal is to continue providing stable and predictable revenue sharing while remaining committed to our plan control spending, continue delivering high quality services, keep our economy strong and return the provincial budget to balance next year.

As our province continues to control spending and meet fiscal challenges, our commitment to municipalities remains clear. In addition to revenue sharing, we continue to invest in a variety of municipal infrastructure projects and community services.

The 2018-19 Budget includes provincial support for municipal infrastructure, including the provincial portion of the New Building Canada Fund and the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund, the Municipal Roads for the Economy Program, and the Urban Highway Connector Program.

Provincial support for municipalities is also provided through investments in housing as well as through grants for municipal policing and libraries, transit assistance for people with disabilities, the Discount Bus Pass Program, and the Community Airport Partnership Program.

Over the past decade, 36 community airports have benefited from cost-shared grants for repairs and upgrades. Twelve community airports in our province will benefit from the Community Airport Partnership program this year.

Whether it’s a mile of runway, or a mile of highway, our government is making a major commitment to move people and products safely and efficiently.

The Saskatchewan Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure operates and maintains 26,000 km of provincial highways and motorists can expect to see road work in every region of the province throughout the 2018 construction season.

You can check the Highway Hotline for road restriction information before planning your trip at 

A number of passing lane projects and other improvements currently underway. In addition to slowing down and being alert when entering work zones, please remember to be aware of large farm equipment on our highways, especially during the busy Spring seeding season.

Since 2008, the Government of Saskatchewan has invested more than $8 billion in transportation infrastructure, including $3 billion over the last three years, to improve more than 12,000 km of Saskatchewan highways.


Today, three members of emergency management organizations in Saskatchewan were awarded the 2017 Emergency Management Exemplary Service Award.

The award, which is a partnership between provincial, territorial and federal governments, recognizes those who have achieved excellence in their respective fields in emergency management.  This is the first year for this national award program.

The Saskatchewan recipients who were recognized at a special awards ceremony in Ottawa are:

  • Jim Durnin from Prince Albert, in the category of Resilient Communities;
  • Richard Kent from Prince Albert, in the category of Outstanding Contribution to Emergency Management; and
  • Robert Smith from Prince Albert, in the category of Search and Rescue Volunteer.

Government Relations Minister Warren Kaeding congratulates those who were recognized for their contributions in the emergency management field.

“These individuals have dedicated their lives to supporting local Saskatchewan communities during times of crisis,” Kaeding said.  “This national award program acknowledges the skills and professionalism required by all emergency management personnel who respond to natural or man-made disasters in our province and across Canada.”

To be nominated, information about each candidate’s initiatives and achievements over the last two years was submitted to a General Selection Committee, which included representatives from all levels of government, Indigenous communities, Search and Rescue, non-governmental and professional organizations, as well as Canada’s Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction.  Their recommendations on award recipients were then forwarded to Senior Officials Responsible for Emergency Management for a final decision earlier this spring.

For more information about the Emergency Management Exemplary Service Award, visit 


Numbers Possible Sign of Change in Behaviour by Saskatchewan Drivers

Numbers released by Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) today confirm there were significantly fewer deaths involving alcohol and drugs on Saskatchewan roads in 2017.  Preliminary data from SGI shows there were 39 deaths* on Saskatchewan roads in 2017 from collisions involving alcohol or drugs, and approximately 340 injuries*.

Both numbers represent significant decreases in those categories from the previous year and from the five-year average.  From 2012-16, Saskatchewan averaged 596 injuries and 57 deaths resulting from collisions involving alcohol or drugs.

Of the 39 fatalities, 34 were alcohol-related, while five were attributed to drugs**.  There was a 40 per cent decrease in alcohol-related fatalities between 2016 and 2017.

“The fact that we’re seeing fewer collisions, injuries and fatalities attributed to impaired driving has us cautiously optimistic that attitudes and behaviours are changing in our province,” Minister Responsible for SGI Joe Hargrave said.  “We hope this is the start of something big and we want to let people know that when they make good decisions – to not drive impaired, to stop friends and family from driving impaired, to plan a safe ride home – it can have a real and positive impact.”

“The latest statistics are evidence of an encouraging trend,” Saskatoon Police Service Chief Troy Cooper said.  “The Saskatoon Police Service wishes to recognize the efforts of the Government of Saskatchewan, SGI, MADD Canada and our policing partners for their commitment to reducing impaired driving.”

“This significant decline in impaired driving deaths in Saskatchewan is a powerful illustration of the impact of strong laws and effective, ongoing awareness efforts,” MADD Canada National President Patricia Hynes-Coates said.  “MADD Canada applauds the Government of Saskatchewan and Minister Hargrave for incredible leadership in this effort.  We also thank the people of Saskatchewan who have taken this sober driving message to heart.  MADD Canada will continue to offer its support and assistance to the Government of Saskatchewan, law enforcement and other road safety organizations in their efforts to save even more lives.”

Over the past several years, there have been a number of focused efforts aimed at reducing Saskatchewan’s high rate of impaired driving, including:

Even with the dramatic improvement in 2017, impaired driving remains a serious concern, and is still the top cause of fatalities on Saskatchewan roads.

With the pending legalization of cannabis by the federal government, Saskatchewan has taken a zero tolerance approach to drug-impaired driving.  Legislation introduced last fall is anticipated to pass this spring.  The province also introduced legislation to strengthen penalties for impaired drivers who transport children in Saskatchewan.

*These numbers are preliminary, based on data available from police forces in Saskatchewan, and may be adjusted based on additional information from the Coroner’s office or other sources.

**Many impaired collisions involve people who have been using both alcohol and drugs. Because alcohol is more readily detected, many collisions involving both are often simply classified as “involving alcohol.” 


 Seeding progress has doubled in the province thanks to relatively good conditions.  Seventy per cent of the crop is now in the ground, up from 35 per cent last week and well ahead of the five-year (2013-2017) seeding average of 55 per cent for this time of year.

The southeast region is the most advanced with 82 per cent of the crop seeded.  Seventy-seven per cent is seeded in the northeast, 72 per cent in the southwest, 66 in the west-central region, 65 per cent in the northwest and 53 per cent in the east-central region.

Rainfall was reported in some areas, ranging from trace amounts to 28 mm in the Biggar area.  The majority of the province remains in need of rain to replenish the topsoil moisture as warm temperatures and strong winds continue to dry fields.  Provincially, topsoil moisture conditions on crop land are rated as 47 per cent adequate, 39 per cent short and 14 per cent very short.  Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 31 per cent adequate, 46 per cent short and 23 per cent very short.

Crops are slowly emerging but are mostly in good condition despite damage from strong winds and lack of moisture.  The majority are either at or behind normal developmental stages for this time of year.

Pastures and hay land remain dry and growth has been slow. Pasture conditions are rated as 22 per cent good, 40 per cent fair, 28 per cent poor and 10 per cent very poor.

SaskPower reports 34 cases of farm machinery contacting electrical equipment in the last week, bringing the total in May to 119.  SaskPower reminds producers that most farm-related incidents happen during the spring.  Please check for overhead power lines and plan ahead when moving equipment.  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 26, 2018

What: Garage and Bake Sale at Moose Jaw Family Services

Time:  8:00 a.m. 
Place: Moose Jaw Family Services, 200 Main St S

What: Yard Sale – Extendicare Family Support Group

Time:  8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 
Place: Extendicare Moose Jaw, 1151 Coteau St W

What:  Play It Forward Charity Children’s Festivile

Time:  10:30 a.m.
Place: Vanier Collegiate Field., 324 McDonald St. W.
For more info, visit Discover MJ -Community Events. 

Sunday, May 27, 2018

What: Pet Valu Walk For Dog Guides

Time:  9:00 a.m. 
Place:  Wakamow Valley – Kinsmen-Wellesley Pavilion
www.walkfordogguides.com for pledge sheets or to sign up online

What: MS Walk
Time:  12:00 p.m. sign up
Place:  Kiwanis Pavilion

What: Steak Night

Time:  5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. 
Place: Church Of Our Lady Community Centre
Cost:   $18
Tickets: Keith Byers @ 306-630-3451

What:  Fundraiser PaintNite Event @ Joe’s Place Youth Centre

Time:   6:30 p.m. 
Place:  Joe’s Place Youth Centre, 402 Main St N

Cost:  $45
Tickets much be purchased in advance- visit Discover  MJ – Community Events to register 



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