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From the Desk of Warren Michelson November 16, 2018

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I always enjoy attending the Remembrance Day Ceremonies at Mosaic.  It’s a time of reflection, thankfulness and the opportunity to pay respect to those who gave their lives for our freedom. 

Police And Crisis Team Now Operational In Moose Jaw

A new Police and Crisis Team (PACT) in Moose Jaw will improve how front-line policing services respond to people in mental health crisis situations.  Corrections and Policing Minister Christine Tell joined representatives of the Saskatchewan Health Authority, the Moose Jaw Police Service, and the community for a launch event today.

“The PACT program helps us respond to people with complex mental health challenges within our communities,” Tell said.  “It is a unique way of handling police calls for mental health crisis situations and directing clients to the right services.”

PACTs are a collaborative effort between the Saskatchewan Health Authority and local police services.  Members of the Moose Jaw Police Service are paired with a mental health professional to respond to individuals experiencing a mental health crisis.  The goal is to provide the right kind of care to people who are better-served within the community, thereby avoiding emergency department visits and entry into the criminal justice system.

“Police and Crisis Teams change the way mental health crisis situations are handled,” Health Minister Jim Reiter said.  “The new Police and Crisis Team in Moose Jaw reflects our government’s commitment to improving mental health services for people across Saskatchewan.”

PACTs are already making a difference in Saskatoon and Regina, and another was recently launched in Prince Albert.  Additional units will be launched in North Battleford and Yorkton in the coming months.

Between April 2017 and June 2018:

  • Saskatoon PACTs provided 922 interventions and diverted 234 patients from the emergency department.
  • Regina provided 658 interventions and diverted 192 patients from the emergency department.

“The launch of the Police and Crisis Team is an important step in providing additional supports for some of the most vulnerable members of our community,” Integrated Community Health Programs – Community Health Services Transition Lead Mary Lee Booth said.  “They will assist vulnerable people with crisis support, stabilization and crisis de-escalation.  They will also connect these people to the appropriate services.”

“The Police and Crisis Team is a significant addition to community safety and wellbeing,” Moose Jaw Police Chief Rick Bourassa said.  “We welcome this collaborative partnership, which gives us the ability to provide more effective and efficient services to those who are most in need.”

The Government of Saskatchewan is investing $980,000 in 2018-19 for new PACT programs.  The Ministry of Health funding for this expansion comes from the Canada-Saskatchewan Bilateral Funding Agreement.  Announced in January 2017, the federal government is providing Saskatchewan with close to $350 million over 10 years for targeted incremental investments in home and community care and mental health and addiction services.

Report from the Legislature

Your Saskatchewan Party government maintains its focus on growth and opportunity because a strong economy is essential to strengthen communities and make life better not just for ourselves, but for our friends, neighbours, and future generations.

Saskatchewan had the worst economic growth and job creation record under the NDP. Schools and hospitals closed, highways crumbled, young people and professionals left the province, and wait times for surgery were the longest in Canada.

Today, schools and hospitals are being built, highway safety is a priority, young people and professionals are staying, others are moving here to raise their families and build a life, and wait times for surgery are a lot better than they once were.

The NDP government’s failure to properly invest in Saskatchewan’s infrastructure needs left the province with a massive infrastructure deficit.

This is why we continue to invest in important infrastructure projects like highways, schools, and hospitals in every part of Saskatchewan.

This week we opened new passing lanes to improve safety on Highway 4. This is in addition to ongoing and completed work all across the province.

Earlier this fall, the Chief Mistawasis Bridge in north Saskatoon was opened to traffic.

New interchanges at Warman and Martensville, two of the fastest-growing communities in Saskatchewan, will open this fall, one year ahead of schedule.

The Regina Bypass, which offers a long-term safety solution for Regina and the surrounding area, will be completed next October, on time and on budget.

In all, more than 13,000 kilometres of Saskatchewan highways have been built or improved and 275 bridges have been repaired or replaced since 2007. These projects reduce congestion, improve traffic safety and support future growth.

This fall thousands of students in the province started another school year in a brand-new school, built for them and thousands of future students.

One year ago, we celebrated the completion of 18 new joint-use schools that will provide space for more than 11,000 students and remain in like-new condition for the next 30 years, thanks to our government’s innovative P3 contracts.

Two more schools will be built using traditional methods, contributing to the $1.6 billion our government has invested in education infrastructure. This includes 40 new schools and 25 major school renovations. Using both P3 and traditional models, our government will continue to support our education system and our students by using the model that makes the most sense with each new project.

Our commitment to modernizing healthcare infrastructure has resulted in an investment of approximately $1.5 billion. This includes the completion of two new hospitals, 14 long-term care facilities, and ongoing capital for the construction of two additional hospitals.

We are now nearing completion of the new provincial psychiatric hospital in North Battleford. The facility will be among the most innovative mental health treatment centres in the country and ensure those facing significant mental health needs receive the best treatment available. Through a phased-in approach, 188 mental health beds will be available to deliver mental health care and support and an adjoining correctional facility will provide 96 beds for offenders living with mental health challenges.

The new long-term care facility in Swift Current and Saskatchewan Hospital North Battleford both used a P3 model, allowing us to save more than $100 million throughout the life of these two contracts – money that instead can be invested in other projects to improve frontline services.

This year, SaskTel expanded its High-Speed Fusion Internet to 35 additional rural locations in the province, completing Phase 1 of our government’s plan to provide communities with enhanced access to high-speed internet services.

As part of Phase 2 of this plan, SaskTel is working to improve 4G LTE cellular services in 100 rural Saskatchewan communities through the deployment of a small cell site solution, with the first 50 communities expected to be complete in the spring.

Our government is moving to a single procurement service for the nearly $2 billion worth of goods and services procured every year. This is estimated to result in significant savings thanks to increased coordination, while ensuring the best value for taxpayers and fair treatment for Saskatchewan suppliers.

I am also pleased to say that Saskatchewan recently signed a bilateral agreement with the Government of Canada to provide nearly $900 million for infrastructure projects over the next decade. This agreement will result in long-term infrastructure investments that will create jobs and enhance the quality of life for people around the province.

I had the opportunity to talk to Devin Der.
Devin goes to Sunningdale School. He took a day to visit the Legislature to talk about living with Type 1 Diabetes.


The Government of Saskatchewan is taking steps to strengthen the civil forfeiture program by expanding the serious forms of criminal activity that are covered by the Seizure of Criminal Property Act.

“We are committed to ensuring property is taken out of the hands of criminals,” Corrections and Policing Minister Christine Tell said.  “These changes will broaden when that can be done and in turn, provide support to victims of crime and other community safety initiatives.”

Currently, the Act sets out a number of instances where it is presumed that property is an instrument of unlawful activity, and thus subject to forfeiture.  In those instances, an onus is placed on the defendant to demonstrate that the property should not be subject to forfeiture.

The proposed amendments would ensure the following are also covered under the legislation:

•             Property that was previously subject to a community safety order under The Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods Act;

•             Vehicle owners with a history of impaired driving suspensions;

•             Gang or terrorist activity involving prohibited and restricted firearms; and

•             Matters involving sexual offences, including sexual offences with child victims.

These changes align with approaches that are being explored and implemented in other jurisdictions.  This will help ensure that the most harmful and serious forms of criminal activity are properly covered under the civil forfeiture program.


It was announced today that the Saskatchewan Airshow will be hosted by 15 Wing
on July 6-7, 2019.

This is an exciting event for our community,  I look forward to the show. 

Government Releases Results Of Trespass Survey

About two-thirds of the responses to the provincial government’s recent trespassing survey support advance consent being required by anyone wanting to access privately-owned rural property.  Results of the survey were released today.

Government gathered responses by mail, email and through an online questionnaire from August 9 to October 2 to collect insight from Saskatchewan residents on potential changes to trespassing legislation.

Justice Minister Don Morgan thanked everyone who responded to the survey and said it provides a clear direction to the government as it updates provincial trespassing legislation.

“The responses show that many people see the current onus on the land owner to post their property as unfair, and that instead, the onus should be on the person accessing the private property,” Morgan said.  “We are now in the process of updating the legislation to clarify the consent requirements for those seeking access to privately-owned land for recreational activities like hunting and snowmobiling.

“Respondents also said that responsible hunters and snowmobilers already seek appropriate consent and that any change would only affect the small number who do not consider land owners’ concerns.”

The government expects to introduce legislative amendments during the current fall sitting of the Legislative Assembly.

Executive Summary:

Total Responses Received


In favour of permission prior to entry in all cases



Opposed to permission prior to entry in all cases



Inconclusive responses



Four questions were set out for consideration in the questionnaire:

Question #1 – Should all access by members of the public to rural property require the express advance permission of the rural land owner regardless of the activity?

Question #2 – Should there be a distinction between cultivated land, fenced property and open pasture land or should all land being used for agricultural purposes be treated the same?

Question #3 – How should permission be sought and granted?

Question #4 – Would making consent an express prerequisite in all circumstances represent an unreasonable impediment to recreational activities?

These questions were asked in response to concerns that Saskatchewan’s trespass legislation can be confusing and that it needs to better address the appropriate balance between the rights of rural land owners and members of the public.  Existing access and posting rules vary for different activities under The Trespass to Property Act, The Wildlife Act, 1998, The All-Terrain Vehicles Act, and The Snowmobile Act.

Question #1 – Should all access by members of the public to rural property require the express advance permission of the rural land owner regardless of the activity?
The strong majority of respondents indicated a clear preference that express advance consent be required in all cases of access to private rural property by members of the public.  Most respondents said that the existing onus on rural land owners to post their land in a particular manner in order to prevent trespassing was frustrating and unfair, and that the burden should lie on the person seeking access to request permission.  Hunter safety, rural crime and biosecurity were most often cited as concerns from landowners who have experienced trespassing.

Concerns were expressed by a significant minority of respondents that the existing provisions were appropriate and that changes to the rules were not needed.  Some respondents argued that restrictions should apply only to vehicles, as foot traffic did not represent the same risk for abuse.

Question #2 – Should there be a distinction between cultivated land, fenced property and open pasture land or should all land being used for agricultural purposes be treated the same?
Those who supported a requirement for express advance permission generally drew no distinction between cultivated land, fenced land and open pasture land.  Their view was that all property owned by an individual should be treated in the same fashion when it came to permission.  A minority, particularly snowmobilers, supported a legal distinction between fenced and unfenced property that did not require them to ask for consent to snowmobile on unposted, unfenced property.

Question #3 – How should permission be sought and granted?
There was less clarity in the responses around how such permission should best be sought and granted.  Some responses advocated advance written permission, while others supported the practice of providing oral consent, or consent through posting or other signage.  Some respondents suggested that stronger supports or systems should be put in place for those wishing to obtain permission to access land, in the event consent requirements are enhanced.

Question #4 – Would making consent an express prerequisite in all circumstances represent an unreasonable impediment to recreational activities?
With respect to impact on recreational activities, respondents noted that responsible hunters and recreational activists were already seeking appropriate consent and that this change would only impact those who do not respect legitimate land owner concerns.  A significant minority indicated that this change would have a detrimental effect on hunting, snowmobiling and other recreational activities.

The questionnaire and the collected responses can be found in the attachments at the bottom of this release. The attached documents do not include blank responses received via the online questionnaire, emails that did not provide a response, or responses that were determined to be inappropriate or inflammatory.


The opioid crisis continues to devastate individuals, families and communities across the country.  Without increased access to effective, evidence-based treatment options, people with substance use disorder will continue to be at risk for overdose.

Today, Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Health and Saskatchewan Health Minister Jim Reiter, signed a bilateral agreement under the Government of Canada’s Emergency Treatment Fund.

“Opioid-related overdoses continue to claim the lives of thousands of Canadians, having a devastating impact across Canada,” said Taylor.  “In addition, Saskatchewan has rising rates of problematic methamphetamine use.  This bilateral agreement will facilitate and increase access to essential treatment services in the province to help people with problematic substance use.  We must continue to work in a comprehensive and collaborative way to address substance use disorder and to help Canadians access treatment and supports.”

“We believe that even one opioid related death is too many,” Reiter said.  “Our government has been taking action on this issue by supporting harm reduction, opioid substitution therapy, and expanding take home naloxone programs across the province.  We will continue to assess the location and type of services in our province to ensure they are comprehensive and minimize the risks associated with drug use.  The Emergency Treatment Fund will allow us to build on the good work already happening in Saskatchewan.”

This agreement provides more than $5 million in funding from the Government of Canada to support initiatives that will:
  •          Recruit and train more health care professionals qualified to provide opioid-substitution therapy (including nurse practitioners and physicians) and other non-prescribing professionals (such as counsellors, social workers and allied professionals);
  •          Train health care providers to adjust treatment and care plans based on client needs and root causes of problematic substance use (for example, the impact of trauma on the lives of people with substance use disorders);
  •          Increase access to treatment for people with opioid or crystal meth dependency by working with the Saskatchewan Health Authority and community-based organizations to expand the use of remote services (such as telehealth) where services are not locally available and support case managers to connect clients to the health and social services they need; and
  •          Train providers in therapeutic approaches and evidence-based treatment options for patients who use crystal meth (for example, behavioural therapy and motivational interviewing and trauma informed practices).

This matches $7.4 million the Province of Saskatchewan has already invested in expanding access to opioid substitution therapy.  While preventing overdoses remains vital, helping people with problematic substance use to access treatment will ultimately help them live healthier lives.


Today the Governments of Canada and Saskatchewan announced $100,000 in funding for Next Gen Agriculture, a Saskatchewan agricultural mentorship program to be delivered by Canadian Western Agribition.

“Our government supports the growth of a competitive, innovative and sustainable Canadian agriculture sector,” said Ralph Goodale, Federal Minister of Public Safety and Member of Parliament for Regina-Wascana, on behalf of Lawrence MacAulay, Federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food.  “Mentorship programs like this give young Canadians the opportunity to become future leaders of a world-class Canadian agricultural economy through a bedrock of knowledge and experiences they can use to grow the agricultural sector of tomorrow.”

The objective of the program is to develop the leadership capacity of young people in agriculture to prepare them to take active roles in industry leadership, governance and efforts to build public trust.

“We have many skilled, confident young leaders ready to take on leadership roles and get involved in decisions affecting our industry,” Agriculture Minister David Marit said.  “This program will support, engage and train these young people as they prepare to fill vacancies on industry organizations, boards and commissions.”

Next Gen Agriculture is funded through the Public Trust Pillar of the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, a five-year, $388 million investment in strategic initiatives for Saskatchewan agriculture by the federal and provincial governments.

“Canadian Western Agribition has a long and proud tradition of supporting education and youth in agriculture,” Canadian Western Agribition President Bruce Holmquist said.  “Partnering on this new mentorship program is an exciting opportunity for Canadian Western Agribition to take an active role in building the next generation of leaders in the sector.”

The program aims to accept eight applicants for an 18-month mentorship beginning in February 2019.  Applicants should have clear leadership goals and objectives and exhibit strong leadership potential.

More information about the program is available online at


Friday, November 16, 2018

What: Festival of Words Wine fundraiser
Time:  7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Tickets: Ticket $60 purchase at Festival of Words office (217 Main St. W. or www.festival of words.com)

What: Vanier Collegiate Musical – Little Women
Time:  7:00 p.m. 
Place:  MJ Cultural Centre

Tickets: Moose Jaw Cultural Centre Box Office at 306-693-4700

Saturday, November 17,2018 

What: Vanier Collegiate Musical – Little Women
Time:  2:00 p.m. 
Place:  MJ Cultural Centre

Tickets: Moose Jaw Cultural Centre Box Office at 306-693-4700

What: Festival of Trees
5:00 cocktails, 6:00 dinner, 8:00 Grand Auction
Place: Heritage Inn

What: MJ Search and Rescue Steak Fundraiser
Time: 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. 
Place: Crushed Can
Tickets: $20/ ticket – Judy 306-681-4680 txt or call

Sunday,November 18, 2018

What: Sundae with Santa   
Time:  4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. 
Place: Heritage Inn
Cost:  $8/pp with children. Tickets available at Health Foundation  or Heritage Inn

What: Vanier Collegiate Musical – Little Women
Time:  7:00 p.m. 
Place:  MJ Cultural Centre

Tickets: Moose Jaw Cultural Centre Box Office at 306-693-4700