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From the Desk of Warren Michelson November 15, 2019

November 15, 2019 View this email in your browser
shield FROM THE DESK OF WARREN MICHELSON, MLA
PLEASE NOTE:  Our office will be closed Monday, November 11, 2019 for Remembrance Day.

Thank you to everyone who supported  the Movember flag raising at the legislative building. Caucus continues to collect donations on behalf of MLAs participating in this year’s fundraising initiative.

Online donations will be accepted all month.  Donation receipts for everyone who contributes.

Greg Ottenbreit
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Greg Lawrence
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Lyle Stewart
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Randy Weekes
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Muhammad Fiaz
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Todd Goudy
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OR you can simply donate to the entire Saskatchewan Party Caucus team here:
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Winter Weights Taking Effect Soon

Check the Hotline for Updates

Colder weather leads to benefits for the trucking industry as harder surfaces allow heavier loads to be shipped.


“As a land-locked province, the trucking industry plays a major role in getting our exports to market,” Highways and Infrastructure Minister Greg Ottenbreit said.  “Winter weight season allows shippers to haul heavier loads on secondary-highways, resulting in fewer trips and cost savings for the industry.”


Winter weights are put in place annually from about mid-November to mid-March.  Because the road bed freezes during this period, it is stronger and can withstand heavier truck loads without being damaged.  Typically, winter weights allow truckers to carry up to 15-20 per cent more payload on secondary highways than what can be carried during the summer.


Restrictions on the winter weights can be in effect from November 16 to 30 and also from March 1 to 14.  When temperatures rise and roadbeds remain soft, the ministry may remove winter weights in some areas.  Commercial truckers and shippers are encouraged to check the status regularly at 
www.saskatchewan.ca/truckingweights.

To find the latest road restriction orders online, visit www.saskatchewan.ca/highwayhotline, follow us on Twitter @SkGovHwyHotline and look for #skweights or call the Hotline at 511.


For technical and regulatory information, commercial carriers can contact the Inquiry Line weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 1-866-933-5290 in Saskatchewan or 306-933-5290 outside the province.

Laying a wreath on behalf of the Provincial Government. 

I always look forward to the wreath laying on Remembrance Day.  It’s important we set time aside to remember those who fought for our freedom and those who continue to do so. 


Report from the Legislature
November 14, 2019



Saskatchewan has a Growth Plan for the next decade.


The plan is a roadmap for a growing province of 1.4 million people and a strong economy with 100,000 more jobs.


The purpose of growth and our government’s Growth Plan is to build a better quality of life for Saskatchewan people – to build strong communities and strong families – and to grow a stronger Saskatchewan now, and for the next decade.


Over the next decade, business and investment growth will create stronger communities, while adding value to the products we export around the world will support the growth of new industries and new investment in our province.


Technology and innovation will be a catalyst for growth in our core economic sectors and growing diversification of our economy. Growth will create new jobs and more opportunities for young people to realize their future in our province, while attracting skilled and entrepreneurial newcomers from around the world.


These are just some of the benefits of a growing province over the next decade.


Since 2007, the benefits of population and economic growth in the province have provided the ability to make substantial investments in infrastructure and services that Saskatchewan people expect in their communities. Strong growth has also provided the means to invest in better supports for seniors and vulnerable people across the province while reducing taxes and making life more affordable for Saskatchewan families.


While growth brings challenges, it also provides new opportunities to build on the investments that have been undertaken since 2007. Recognizing the importance of ensuring investments are affordable within a balanced budget, the Government of Saskatchewan will continue to invest in our communities and families to improve their quality of life as the province and economy grows over the next decade.
20 Actions for the 2020s

  • Growing our population by keeping more young people in Saskatchewan and increasing immigration to the province;
  • Maintaining a competitive tax environment and undertaking SaskFirst new growth tax incentives;
  • Growing Saskatchewan exports and core exporting sectors, such as manufacturing;
  • Engaging internationally to secure access and expand international markets for Saskatchewan products;
  • Growing Saskatchewan’s agricultural economy;
  • Adding value and increasing Saskatchewan-based processing of the province’s agricultural products;
  • Growing Saskatchewan’s oil, gas and natural resource economy;
  • Promoting the quality and sustainability of Saskatchewan’s agricultural and natural resource exports;
  • Creating opportunities by reducing interprovincial barriers to trade;
  • Growing Indigenous participation in the economy through the growth of Saskatchewan’s natural resource industries and labour market development;
  • Expanding Saskatchewan’s export infrastructure;
  • Supporting the transformation of Saskatchewan’s economy through innovation and technology and the growth of Saskatchewan’s technology sector;
  • Developing Saskatchewan’s labour force;
  • Growing small businesses and reducing government red tape for businesses;
  • Delivering on Saskatchewan’s climate change plan to reduce carbon emissions;
  • Reducing carbon emissions in electricity production and advancing the development of zero-emission small modular reactor technology using Saskatchewan uranium;
  • Keeping the province’s finances strong and the budget balanced;
  • Building strong communities by investing in infrastructure;
  • Delivering on the purpose of growth by ensuring growth builds a better quality of life for Saskatchewan families and communities; and
  • Always standing up for Saskatchewan.

30 Goals for 2030

  • 1.4 million people living in Saskatchewan;
  • 100,000 new jobs;
  • Grow private capital investment in Saskatchewan to $16 billion annually;
  • Increase the value of exports by 50 per cent;
  • Grow the number of international markets to which Saskatchewan exports more than $1 billion;
  • Grow Saskatchewan’s agri-food exports to $20 billion;
  • Increase crop production to 45 million metric tonnes and livestock cash receipts to $3 billion;
  • Expand irrigation in Saskatchewan;
  • Increase agriculture value-added revenue to $10 billion;
  • Crush 75 per cent of the canola Saskatchewan produces in Saskatchewan;
  • Process 50 per cent of the pulse crops Saskatchewan produces in Saskatchewan;
  • Double meat processing and animal feed value-added revenue to more than $1 billion;
  • Increase oil production by 25 per cent to 600,000 barrels per day;
  • Increase the annual value of potash sales to $9 billion;
  • Double the growth of Saskatchewan’s forestry sector;
  • Grow Indigenous participation in Saskatchewan’s natural resource industries;
  • Triple the growth of Saskatchewan’s technology sector;
  • Increase the value of Saskatchewan manufacturing exports by 50 per cent;
  • Increase tourist expenditures in Saskatchewan by 50 per cent;
  • Enhance oil recovery, carbon capture utilization and storage and position Saskatchewan as the best place in North America to test, commercialize and scale new oil and gas technologies;
  • Invest $30 billion in infrastructure over the next decade;
  • Build and upgrade 10,000 kilometres of highways;
  • Expand Saskatchewan’s export infrastructure;
  • Keep the budget balanced;
  • Keep Saskatchewan’s debt-to-economic growth (GDP) ratio within the top three in Canada;
  • Deliver on Saskatchewan’s climate change strategy, Prairie Resilience;
  • Advance development of zero-emission small modular reactor technology;
  • Support communities through $2.5 billion in revenue sharing; and
  • Reduce surgical wait times to a three-month target.

You can learn more about The Next Decade of Growth in Saskatchewan online at saskgrowthplan.ca.

A beautiful Moose Jaw sunset

The 10th Anniversary Saskatchewanderer Search Begins Now!

 

With nearly 100,000 social media fans across Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, the Saskatchewanderer is a ‘must follow’ for residents and tourists.  As the program approaches its tenth year, the search is on for the new Saskatchewanderer to promote our province to the world in 2020.

“The Saskatchewanderer program brings attention to a range of industries and businesses in the province and highlights why Saskatchewan is a great place to operate a business, build a career and raise a family,” Minister Responsible for Tourism Saskatchewan and Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Gene Makowsky said.  “I am pleased this program continues to be a successful and effective marketing tool, showcasing all our province offers.”


Zane Buchanan, the 2019 Saskatchewanderer, brought his gift of writing and storytelling to the position.  As a born Saskatchewanian, who was living in Toronto, he jumped at the opportunity to return to the province to become the 2019 Saskatchewanderer.  Throughout the year, Zane showcased the province with fresh eyes, often commenting about how proud he was of his home province.


“My term as the Saskatchewanderer is unlike anything I have done or will do in my life,” Zane said.  “I saw and learned more than most people get to in a lifetime – and all within the confines of the province I (now more than ever) am proud to call home.  Although I’m sad to be passing the torch, I’m looking forward to taking the perspective gained from this experience and applying it to whatever else comes my way.”


In 2020, the program will be refreshed and will align with the Plan for Growth to build strong communities, families and a stronger Saskatchewan by focusing on small business, investment and entrepreneurs in the tourism industry.


Each applicant is required to shoot, edit and submit their own original video explaining why they should become the next Saskatchewanderer. Applications will be accepted until noon on Friday, December 20, 2019 at 
www.saskatchewanderer.ca/apply.

Questions about the application process can be emailed to saskatchewandererofficial@gmail.com


New Tools Help Police Services Across Saskatchewan

Released on November 15, 2019

Government is providing more than $680,000 for new policing tools and programming to police operations, community-based organizations and the Victims’ Fund through the Civil Forfeiture Program.


Approximately $340,000 of this will be provided to Saskatchewan police forces and community-based organizations.  In accordance with legislation, a matching amount will be deposited from the Criminal Property Forfeiture Fund into the Victims’ Fund.


“Police services and community-based organizations across Saskatchewan are taking action to make our province a safer place for everyone,” Corrections and Policing Minister Christine Tell said.  “We are proud to support their efforts by funding new tools and programs that support safe and healthy communities.”


The police and community program funding will be used to provide for the following technology and programming:

  • A research program studying Occupational Stress Injury (OSI) or PTSD (Saskatchewan Association of Chiefs of Police (SACP).
  • Digital Vehicular Repeater Systems (Regina Police Service).
  • Mobile Breath Testing Van (Saskatoon Police).
  • Planning Together Project PRIDE Partnership (Moose Jaw Police Service).
  • A domestic/family abuse program (Parkland Victims Services Inc.).
  • Sexual Assault Review Committee (Sexual Assault Services of Saskatchewan).
  • Other tools and programs further described in the backgrounder.

“These tools and programs will contribute to the well-being and safety of all Saskatchewan people, making our province a better place for us all to live and work,” SACP President and Saskatchewan RCMP Commanding Officer A/Commr. Mark Fisher said.  “The SACP is pleased to receive the funds for research about Occupational Stress Injuries and PTSD, as ensuring the health of our first responders is critical to a safer Saskatchewan.”


Previous funding provided to police agencies through this program has helped save lives.


The File Hills First Nations Police Service received funding for off-road equipment to enhance the service’s ability to locate missing persons and conduct search and rescue operations.  Members recently used the equipment to find a woman in a wooded area in the dark.


“It is certainly gratifying to now have the capacity to extend our ability to efficiently access the many remote areas in our area,” File Hills First Nation Police Chief Len Busch said.  “In this particular case I have little doubt that a life was saved because we had the equipment immediately on hand to be able do so.  Our communities are safer because of it.”


The funding also helped purchase a camera and software for the Saskatoon Police Service’s plane.  The equipment was used to help the RCMP find a legally blind man who was missing in a wooded area near North Battleford in February.


Saskatchewan’s Civil Forfeiture Program, through The Seizure of Criminal Property Act, 2009, seeks the forfeiture of property that is considered to be proceeds or an instrument of unlawful activity.  Money from the forfeitures is deposited in the Criminal Property Forfeiture Fund.


WHAT’S HAPPENING IN MOOSE JAW

Friday, November 15, 2019

What: Search & Rescue Steak Night
Time:   5-9 p.m. 
Place:  Crushed Can
Kids can join from 5-8 p.m. All kids meals will come with tokens for games. 

Saturday, November 16, 2019

What: Christmas Trade Show
Time:  10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. 
Place: Westmount School gym

What:  Festival of Trees
Time:    5:00 p.m. 
Place:   Mosaic Place

What: Cosmo Social Dance with Dennis Ficor
Time:   8:00 p.m. 
Place:  Cosmo Seniors’ Centre

Sunday, November 16, 2019

What: Festival of Trees Brunch 
Time:  12:00 p.m.
Place:  Mosaic Place
Cost:   $28 adults, $12 children
Call 306-694-0373

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Saturday, Nov. 23

What: Vanier Craft and Trade Show
Time:  10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m
Place:  Vanier

Sunday, Dec. 1

What: Santa Claus Parade
Time:  6:00 p.m. 
Place:  Main St.