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From the Desk of Warren Michelson November 29, 2019

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shield FROM THE DESK OF WARREN MICHELSON, MLA

CONGRATULATIONS
TO THE KINSMEN CAFE ON THEIR GRAND OPENING!

Play. Learn. Grow. Together! Provides Parents And Caregivers With Tools To Promote Early Learning

From newborns to kindergarteners, Saskatchewan’s youngest residents learn at an astonishingly fast rate.  Studies show 90 per cent of a child’s brain will be developed by age five, before they ever set foot in a school.  That means how families interact and teach their children during those earliest years of life will lay the foundation for their success decades later.


“Our government understands the value of investing in children during their early years,” Deputy Premier and Education Minister Gordon Wyant said.  “By providing families and caregivers with useful information and tips, we can assist them in fostering creativity, confidence and skills in their young children that will last a lifetime.”


Beginning today, parents and caregivers will have access to Play. Learn. Grow. Together! – a new website, interactive social media presence and series of informational videos to get parents thinking about simple and easy ways they can interact with their young child to assist in their development and education.  Additional tips and videos from our team of early learning experts will be added over time, allowing Play. Learn. Grow. Together! to evolve into a long term, reliable source of early years educational advice.


Funding for this new public outreach is being provided through the Canada-Saskatchewan Early Learning and Child Care Initiative.

Interacting with young children and babies is the key to their development, and it can have a profoundly positive lifelong impact.  And the best part? It’s easy, and it’s fun.  So get ready to Play. Learn. Grow. Together! by visiting www.saskatchewan.ca/residents/education-and-learning/prek-12-education-early-learning-and-schools/early-years-learning.

Sask Polytechnic Reception

I was delighted to attend the Sask Polytechnic Reception this past week.  Leo Beaulieu, from TSM Contractors Ltd attended and presented an interesting demonstration of his flagger design. 

Report from the Legislature

For the past 12 years, Saskatchewan has been growing – more people, more jobs and more investment in our families and communities. We want to ensure this strong growth continues. Your Saskatchewan Party government has a new Growth Plan for a new decade so that everyone continues to benefit from a growing province.


Our plan for the next decade of growth is a roadmap for a growing province with key targets such as growing our population to 1.4 million people, creating 100,000 new jobs, increasing exports by 50 per cent and agriculture value-added revenue to $10 billion.


Saskatchewan’s Growth Plan for 2020 to 2030 outlines 20 key actions our government will undertake in the 2020s to build a strong and growing province and ensure we remain on track to realize the 30 goals we look to achieve by 2030.


From supporting communities through $2.5 billion in revenue sharing to investing $30 billion in infrastructure and reducing surgical wait times, our new Growth Plan will ensure a strong economy, strong families and a stronger Saskatchewan.


Saskatchewan has always been a province of abundance and opportunity. Our province is home to natural resource wealth that is the envy of nations around the globe. Because of the hard work, optimism and innovation of its people, Saskatchewan has succeeded in overcoming obstacles and challenges.


Saskatchewan’s population has grown to its highest level in a century. There are more people working than at any time in our history. We are increasingly globally connected as a province – new Canadians from 180 countries call Saskatchewan home and our products are sold to 156 countries around the world. Our agricultural and natural resources feed and fuel the world. Through innovation, we are increasing the growth and sustainability of our agricultural and resource industries.


Saskatchewan’s future economic success is increasingly dependent on knowledge and innovation. Rapid technological changes, including advancements in automation and artificial intelligence will continue to impact our economy over the next decade. Supporting the creation of innovative products and services, as well as the adoption of leading-edge processes for industry will help our industries stay competitive and open up new markets while contributing to new technologies and practices to help achieve the province’s climate-change goals.


Saskatchewan’s technology sector is a growth driver in our economy and an important future enabler of growth in our agriculture and resource sectors. The combination of existing research infrastructure and two new technological incubators has increased momentum in the province’s digital economy, making Saskatoon the second-fastest growing tech job market in Canada.


Our government’s plan is to triple the growth of Saskatchewan’s technology sector by 2030. This includes:

  • Aggressively pursuing new measures to retain and attract large-scale tech employers in Saskatchewan to anchor the province’s technology ecosystem;
  • Ensuring investors are aware and accessing Saskatchewan’s “Patent Box” incentive which reduces the corporate tax rate to six per cent for income taxes generated through the commercialization of innovation in Saskatchewan;
  • Supporting the Saskatchewan Technology Start-up Incentive (STSI). Introduced in 2018, the STSI has addressed a need for capital investment in emerging startups in Saskatchewan. As of April 2019, 26 companies and 83 investors have been approved for tax credits that have triggered over $3 million in private investment;
  • Supporting the Made-in-Saskatchewan Technology (MIST) program to allow companies access to public sector partners to test and refine their technologies and serve as a launching pad towards new sales and customers; and
  • Positioning government as a test-bed and platform for the adoption of Saskatchewan-based technology to create made-in-Saskatchewan solutions to public sector challenges. This will assist technology entrepreneurs in our province to land their first major customer, validate their technology and commercialize their innovation – creating new businesses and jobs.

Examples of recent success and details of our government’s Growth Plan for the next decade can be found online at saskgrowthplan.ca.

Saskatchewan To Allow Third Party Liquor Warehouses To Help Meet Growing Demand For Specialty Products

Changes are being made to allow third parties to operate liquor warehouses in Saskatchewan to distribute specialty products.  Amendments to The Alcohol and Gaming Regulation Act, 1997 were introduced today in the Legislature.

“We already use Saskatchewan-based third party warehouses to distribute beer and coolers to retailers but have been sourcing many specialty products from warehouses outside the province,” Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming (SLGA) Minister Gene Makowsky said.  “This change will allow such warehouses to set up in Saskatchewan to distribute a broad range of specialty beer, wine and spirits.”


Specialty products account for approximately five per cent of the province’s liquor sales and include products typically ordered in small quantities and often on an irregular basis.


Currently, SLGA orders these products from out-of-province warehouses, receives them and then ships them out to retailers around Saskatchewan via SLGA’s Distribution Centre.


Allowing such warehouses to operate here will allow SLGA to focus on maintaining the efficient distribution of popular, high volume wines and spirits.  All applicable markup will continue to be collected by SLGA, no matter who distributes the product.


“It’s a positive change for businesses who want to operate in Saskatchewan,” Makowsky said.  “And it will also mean improved access to these niche products for retailers and their customers.”


Saskatchewan’s Tobacco Control Act To Limit Vaping To Protect Youth

Today, Health Minister Jim Reiter introduced proposed amendments to The Tobacco Control Act to bring vaping products in line with existing tobacco legislation.

“The Government of Saskatchewan takes the health of our citizens very seriously and this legislation is an important step in protecting Saskatchewan youth in particular from the harms of vaping products,” Reiter said.  “If you don’t smoke there is no need to vape.”


“On behalf of The Lung Association and its Youth4Change chapter, I applaud the Government of Saskatchewan for introducing vaping legislation aimed at protecting Saskatchewan kids,” The Lung Association of Saskatchewan Vice President of Community Engagement Jennifer May said.  “We have worked closely with the government on this issue and have advocated for these changes.  It is fitting that the government is introducing this legislation in November, which is proclaimed as Lung Month.  By reducing access to vape products and eliminating advertising the residents of Saskatchewan can breathe easier knowing that the government is taking this issue seriously.”


The proposed amendments will be consistent with the majority of provinces that have vaping legislation and will follow existing Saskatchewan tobacco legislation restrictions.


The amendments outlined in Bill 133 will:

  • restrict the sale of vapour/e-cigarette devices and products to individuals 18 years of age and older;
  • prohibit the display of vapour/e-cigarette products in a retail business where young persons have access;
  • restrict the use of vapour/e-cigarette products in and around public buildings, including schools and school grounds, in the same manner as our provincial tobacco legislation;
  • prohibit the sale of vapour/e-cigarette products from specified facilities such as amusement parks, arcades, and theatres where youth frequent;
  • restrict advertising of vapour/e-cigarette products in the same manner as tobacco products by prohibiting advertising signs and promotional signs in areas where young persons can enter;
  • provide the ability to restrict the sale of flavoured tobacco and vapour products by regulation; and
  • expand the authority of tobacco enforcement officers to include enforcement of vapour/e-cigarette product restrictions.

The Government of Saskatchewan believes that the proposed amendments will help decrease the number of Saskatchewan youth accessing or using vaping products.

If passed, the amendments will come into effect next spring.

The Legislative Building offers a beautiful view on cold winter evenings. 

Saskatchewan To Allow Third Party Liquor Warehouses To Help Meet Growing Demand For Specialty Products

Changes are being made to allow third parties to operate liquor warehouses in Saskatchewan to distribute specialty products.  Amendments to The Alcohol and Gaming Regulation Act, 1997 were introduced today in the Legislature.

“We already use Saskatchewan-based third party warehouses to distribute beer and coolers to retailers but have been sourcing many specialty products from warehouses outside the province,” Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming (SLGA) Minister Gene Makowsky said.  “This change will allow such warehouses to set up in Saskatchewan to distribute a broad range of specialty beer, wine and spirits.”


Specialty products account for approximately five per cent of the province’s liquor sales and include products typically ordered in small quantities and often on an irregular basis.


Currently, SLGA orders these products from out-of-province warehouses, receives them and then ships them out to retailers around Saskatchewan via SLGA’s Distribution Centre.


Allowing such warehouses to operate here will allow SLGA to focus on maintaining the efficient distribution of popular, high volume wines and spirits.  All applicable markup will continue to be collected by SLGA, no matter who distributes the product.


“It’s a positive change for businesses who want to operate in Saskatchewan,” Makowsky said.  “And it will also mean improved access to these niche products for retailers and their customers.”


WHAT’S HAPPENING IN MOOSE JAW

Friday, November 29, 2019

What: Four by Four
Time:  7:00 p.m. 
Place: Mae Wilson
A tribute to the music of The Beach Boys,The Beatle, The Bee- Gees,Motown

Saturday, November 30, 2019

What: Annual Open House 
Time:  10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 
Place: Evans Florist

What: The Rotary Club  – A photo with Santa 
Time:   1-3 p.m.
Place:  Gingerbread House  (Wakamow Rotary Tree Stand @ Coop 1st. ave NW)

What: Christmas Trade Fair
Time:  10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Place:  Legion
Cost:    $2.00 admission

Sunday, December 1, 2019

What: Budget Blinds Grand Opening & Charity Fundraiser 
Time:  4- 6 p.m. 
Place:  63 High St. E. 
Bring a donation for the Food Bank and enjoy a cup of Hot Chocolate

What: McCurdy Family Fundraiser – Pizza & Burger
Time:
   5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Place: Canadian Brewhouse
Tickets: $20- 1 (306) 691-5001.

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

What: Timothy Eaton Annual Christmas Dinner
Time:   6:00 p.m.  
Place: Timothy Eaton
Cost: 
$20/ ticket

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Friday, Dec. 6

What: Toy Days 
Time:  All Day
Place:  Canadian Tire

What: Children’s Christmas Shopping
Time: 11:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. 
Place: Fraternal Order of Eagles

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