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From the Desk of Warren Michelson November 22, 2019

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Celebrate this Christmas Victorian-style, while enjoying classic holiday traditions, sweet treats and special guests form the North Pole.

This year, we are also proud to launch our Accessible Holiday Initiative with Santa.  This initiative will be sensory-sensitive for children who require more time to speak with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Old-fashioned Victorian Christmas:

Kick-off the holiday season and join in the fun as Government House hosts the 10th annual Old-fashioned Victorian Christmas.  The festivities take place on Friday, November 22 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Government House.

“Government House will be adorned with its finest holiday décor, to welcome visitors of all ages,” Minister Responsible for the Provincial Capital Commission Lori Carr said.  “This is a fun family event that provides a glimpse back in time and allows everyone to share in the wholesome traditions practiced in days of Christmas past, while also celebrating our shared Saskatchewan history.”

Everyone is invited to attend this free family event and enjoy horse-drawn wagon rides, hot chocolate, Victorian Christmas crafts, caroling, and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus.  This event is a great opportunity to explore the Amédée Forget Museum and try to complete the 12 days of Christmas scavenger hunt!

Accessible holiday initiative with Santa:

This Saturday, November 23, Government House will be hosting their inaugural Accessible Holiday Initiative with Santa.  The event provides a sensory-sensitive event for children who require more time to speak with Santa and Mrs. Claus.  The house will have limited lighting and sound, in addition to being closed to the public.

Families will be allotted 15 minutes each to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, along with a photo opportunity to capture the special moment.  Representatives from the Saskatchewan Health Authority’s Autism Centre will be available to assist families and answer any questions.

The event takes place from 9 a.m. to noon.

“Our Old-fashion Victorian Christmas at Government House is extremely popular, however, we understand it’s not for everyone,” Carr said.  “The accessible holiday initiative provides an opportunity for families to visit Government House and experience its finest holiday décor, while visiting with Santa in a more inclusive, calm environment.”

Information about these events and other Government House programming can be found at www.governmenthouse.gov.sk.ca, on Facebook, or by calling 306-787-5773.

About Government House and the Edwardian Gardens:

Government House is a Provincial Heritage Property and National Historic Site and is bursting with over 125 years’ worth of stories and history.  Government House provides visitors an accessible historic place to preserve, promote and celebrate Saskatchewan’s living heritage.

Government House is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday.  Admission is free.

Over 700 women each year in this province are diagnosed with breast cancer, and because of the generosity of Moose Jaw businesses and volunteers who worked tirelessly, over $372,000 was raised Saturday night for the mammography matters campaign. 

Funding For Innovation And Opportunity Scholarships

More Than 30,000 Scholarships Awarded Since Program Was Launched

Today, Advanced Education Minister Tina Beaudry-Mellor announced $3 million for the Saskatchewan Innovation and Opportunity Scholarships program.  This amount is to be matched by scholarship funding raised by post-secondary institutions through private sector and community-based partner donations.

“Our government provides financial assistance to students so that they can accomplish their educational goals, transition directly into employment and contribute to the growth of Saskatchewan’s economy,” Beaudry-Mellor said.

More than 30,600 Innovation and Opportunity Scholarships have been awarded since the program was launched in 2011 and nearly 3,500 were awarded in 2018-19.  The average value of the scholarship is $2,000 per student.  The scholarship focuses on a number of components: innovation and excellence, international study and priorities established in the institution’s strategic plan.

The innovation and excellence component is targeted to students in areas of study where innovative work is being done such as mining, energy, biotechnology, environment, engineering, medicine and science programs.

“This scholarship celebrates innovation and excellence and we’re proud to support students in this way,” Beaudry-Mellor said.  “The advances made through their research allows Saskatchewan to compete in the global market.”

To learn more about the scholarship visit 

John Howard Society held their annual luncheon today OPto celebrate Restorative Justice Week.

Board chair Christine Boyczuk welcomed some 50 guests, with greetings from Shaun Fraser, John Howard society of Saskatchewan CEO.

Special Guest presenter was Jorgina Sunn who told of her life struggles and how she was given help and assistance to change her life.

Premier Announces The Recipients Of The 2019 Premier’s Award For Excellence In The Public Service

Premier Scott Moe announced one emerging leader, two individuals and five teams from the public service who will receive the Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Public Service for 2019.

“Saskatchewan is privileged to have such passionate and dedicated public servants,” Moe said.  “I want to extend my sincere gratitude to the recipients of this award.  They have gone above and beyond with their commitment to serving our province and have set a high standard of excellence in all they do.”

The Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Public Service is awarded in three categories: emerging leader, individual and teams.

The 2019 recipients are:

  • Keysha Jansen, Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation (Emerging Leader)
  • Martin Dochylo, Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport (Individual)
  • Michelle Stevenson, Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation (Individual)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder Individualized Funding Team, Ministry of Social Services
  • Crop Walks Team, Ministry of Agriculture
  • Customer Connect Team – Constellation Initiative, SaskEnergy
  • Indigenous Procurement Initiative Team, SaskPower
  • Valley View Centre Transition Team, Ministry of Social Services
Individuals and teams from across government, including ministries, agencies, boards and crown corporations, are nominated for the Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Public Service by their peers, the public, stakeholder organizations, clients and citizens.  Final selections are made by an independent committee.

The Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Public Service has been recognizing exceptional work for 16 years.  Honourable mentions are provided to third parties and/or private sector partners who have assisted team recipients in their projects.

The recipients will receive their award at an event held in their honour on November 25, 2019.

For more information about the Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Public Service, visit 

Central student who has developed a program to assist in DWI proactive actions.

Heads Up: Distracted Driving Penalties Are Getting Tougher

The Cost Of A First-Time Ticket Will More Than Double; Repeat Offenders To Pay Even More

Drivers in Saskatchewan who make the unsafe decision to drive while distracted will soon be paying more for a ticket, with escalating fines for repeat offences within a 12-month period.  Changes take effect February 1, 2020.

Driver distraction or inattention is one of the top causes of collisions, injuries and fatalities on Saskatchewan roads.  In 2018, it was a factor in more than 6,000 collisions, 774 injuries and 22 deaths.

“Enough is enough,” Minister Responsible for SGI Joe Hargrave said.  “Despite increased enforcement by police and significant awareness efforts by SGI, 22 people lost their lives on Saskatchewan roads in 2018 due to distracted driving or inattention.  That is 22 deaths too many.”

Currently, a distracted driving ticket* costs the recipient $280 plus four demerits, with vehicle seizures for repeat offenders.  Starting February 1, 2020, the cost of a ticket will more than double, and the cost of subsequent tickets will escalate.

Here are the consequences distracted drivers can expect:

  • First offence – $580 ticket plus four demerits.
  • Second offence within a year of being convicted of the first – $1,400 ticket, plus an additional four demerits, plus an immediate, seven-day vehicle seizure.  Vehicle owners are responsible for the towing and impound fees (cost varies according to mileage, but expect to pay approximately $400 at least).
  • Third offence within a year of conviction of the first – $2,100 ticket, plus four more demerits and another seven-day vehicle seizure.

*(Cost of tickets includes Victims of Crime surcharges).

The demerits could also cost the driver insurance discounts they had earned or – if they are on the negative side of the SGI Safe Driver Recognition (SDR) scale – additional financial penalties, at $50 for every point below zero.  If a driver started at zero, and received three distracted driving tickets in a year, they would have to pay a total of $1,200 in SDR financial penalties, on top of the other financial impacts.

Police across the province have been catching more distracted drivers than ever before, and statistics reported to SGI show there have been more than 1,000 distracted driving tickets* issued during May and July of 2019.  The vast majority of tickets issued are to drivers caught using their phones behind the wheel.

“Distracted driving kills and injures people; it is a serious safety concern, and our government is sending a direct message to drivers,” Hargrave said.  “Yes, the tickets are costly.  Don’t want to get one?  It’s easy.  Put the phone down, keep your head up, and focus on the road.”

* “Distracted driving tickets” refers to tickets under The Traffic Safety Act for violating either:

  • Section 241.1(2) – “No driver shall hold, view, use or manipulate electronic communications equipment (cell phone) while driving a motor vehicle on a highway,” or
  • Section 213 (1) – “No person shall drive a vehicle on a highway without due care and attention.”

Crop Report For The Period November 12 To 18, 2019

Despite the challenging and difficult harvest, Saskatchewan producers now have 93 per cent of the crop combined.  Harvest operations may continue in parts of the province as weather and field conditions permit.  Producers are hopeful that much of the remaining crop will be able to be taken off prior to winter, although there are indications that some of the crop will likely be left out until the spring.

Cool and wet conditions have halted most harvest operations in the province for a number of weeks.  Any crop harvested now is being taken tough or damp.  Aeration and drying operations continue on many farms as they have for most of harvest.

The east-central region has the most crop remaining in the field with 83 per cent combined.  The southeast and northwest regions have 94 per cent of the crop combined; the southwest and west-central regions 97 per cent; and, the northeast region has 98 per cent combined.

Crop yields vary greatly across the province, mainly due to the extremely dry conditions this spring and summer as well as moisture received throughout the growing season.  Many areas have reported average to above average yields.  Yields for hard red spring wheat are reported as 45 bushels per acre, durum as 39 bushels per acre, oats as 88 bushels per acre, barley as 66 bushels per acre, canola as 38 bushels per acre, peas as 38 bushels per acre and lentils 1,392 pounds per acre.

Quality is below average for almost all crops due to varying factors such as sprouting, staining and bleaching.  Crops harvested early on fared better for quality.  Average hay yields on dry land are reported as 1.2 tons per acre (alfalfa), 1.2 tons per acre (alfalfa/brome), 1.1 tons per acre (other tame hay), 0.8 tons per acre (wild hay) and 1.9 tons per acre (greenfeed).  On irrigated land, the estimated average hay yields are 3.5 tons per acre (alfalfa), two tons per acre (alfalfa/brome) and 3.5 tons per acre (greenfeed).  Hay quality going into winter is rated as one per cent excellent, 58 per cent good, 40 per cent fair and one per cent poor.

Cattle producers have indicated that they have adequate winter feed supplies.  The number of acres seeded into winter cereals is decreased due to the late harvest delaying fall seeding operations in much of the province.

Cropland topsoil moisture conditions are rated as 15 per cent surplus, 80 per cent adequate, four per cent short and one per cent very short.  Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture conditions are rated as 10 per cent surplus, 80 per cent adequate, nine per cent short and one per cent very short.

Farmers are busy trying to complete harvest, drying grain, completing fall work and hauling grain.

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

Follow the 2019 Crop Report on Twitter at @SKAgriculture.


Friday, November 22, 2019

What: Mistletoe Magic Evening
Time:   5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. 
Place:  Keon Garden Centre

What: The Offspring & Sum41
Time:   6:00 p.m. 
Place:  Mosaic Place

What: Moose Jaw Community Players Dinner Theatre – Paper Wheat
Time:  6:00 p.m. 
Place: Cosmo Senior Centre

What: Moose Jaw Nature Society: PALEONTOLOGICAL FINDS IN                                      SASKATCHEWAN
Time:  6:30 p.m. 
Place: St. Mark’s Presbyterian Church

Saturday, November 23, 2019

What: Breakfast With Mrs. Claus
Time:  9:00 a.m. 
Place: WDM

What: Kids Secret Shopping and Shortwave to Santa
Time:   9:00  a.m.  
Place:  WDM

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

What: Westpark Crossing Craft & Trade Show
Time:  10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. 
Place: Westpark Crossing 

What: William Grayson 5th annual winter tradeshow
Time:   10:00 a.m. 
Place:  William Grayson school gym

What: 7th Annual Vanier Christmas Craft and Trade Show
Time:   10:00 a.m. 
Place:  Vanier Collegiate

What: Central Collegiate Presents Honk
Time: The show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are available through ShowTix4U
Place: Centennial Auditorium (located in Peacock Collegiate).

What: Warriors vs Calgary Hitman
   7:00 p.m. 
Place:  Mosaic

Sunday, November 24, 2019

What: Black Sunday 5 Trade Show
Time:  11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 
Place: Heritage Inn
There will be lots of vendors on hand and hourly draws for gift bags filled with items from the vendors.


Sunday, Dec. 1

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

Tuesday. Dec. 31

What: Voltage New Year’s Eve Party for Teens
Time:  8:00 p.m. – 6:00 a.m. 
Place: Hillcrest Church
Cost:  $20/ advance  or $25 at the door