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From the Desk of Warren Michelson November 8, 2019

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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 the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 59


They have organized the 101st Remembrance Day Service & Parade of Veterans.


Please honour those who have served, and those who are serving, by attending the Service on Monday, November 11 at Mosaic Place.  Those attending are asked to be seated by 10:30 am. 

Province Holds Service Of Remembrance
For Public Servants
Today, Premier Scott Moe gathered with dignitaries, veterans and members of the Saskatchewan public service in the Rotunda of the Legislative Building to remember public servants who have given their lives in times of war and to commemorate the eightieth anniversary of the beginning of the Second World War.The service payed tribute to those who heeded the call to protect our country and sacrificed their lives for our freedom.

“Eighty years ago, brave men and women from Saskatchewan and across Canada stood together to defend our country during the Second World War,” Moe said.  “Too many of them never made it home.  Today, we remember those who fell and those who returned home, all of whom fought to ensure our freedom.”


Following the service, the Premier laid a wreath at the Saskatchewan War Memorial, which is located on the Legislative grounds to the west of the Legislative Building.  The memorial lists the names of Saskatchewan’s fallen soldiers over the generations.


SaskPower Moving Forward with
Moose Jaw Natural Gas Plant Following Review

There was great news for Moose Jaw on Thursday that the SaskPower natural gas power plant will go ahead.  Minister responsible for SaskPower, Dustin Duncan, announced that the company has completed its review of new federal regulations and decided to proceed with the project. In spite of changing federal regulations, building the gas plant at Moose Jaw remains the most economic choice for SaskPower.For more information, see

https://www.saskpower.com/about-us/media-information/news-releases/saskpower-moving-forward-with-moose-jaw-natural-gas-plant-following-review


Moose Jaw ANAVETS
Benefit From Program To Support Veterans
The Saskatchewan Veterans Service Club Support Program is well-received by the military service clubs it is intended to help.  The $100,000 program, announced last November by Premier Scott Moe, is fully subscribed, with 25 organizations receiving funding grants to tackle much-needed repairs and upgrades to buildings and equipment.  Moose Jaw ANAVETS was one of the recipients.


The program was implemented as part of the 2019-20 budget to provide funding grants to registered, non-profit military service clubs, Legion branches and ANAVETS units based in Saskatchewan.  The grant program strengthens and contributes to the long-term sustainability of military service clubs as well as engage, promote and inspire not only the veterans, but their families and communities.


“These funds have been put to good use across the province and have provided sustainability to branches and units,” Royal Canadian Legion Saskatchewan Command President Keith Andrews said.  “We thank the provincial government for honouring the sacrifices of those who provided us with our freedom.”


The Legion and ANAVETS are an integral part of Saskatchewan communities.  The program repairs and upgrades allow for military clubs to continue serving as community hubs, to support the important work of veterans and to help keep the memory of fallen heroes alive.

Congratulations to the Vanier Spirits

Provincial Capital Commission Marks
75th Anniversary Of D-Day With
Veteran Care Packages
Veteran Care Packages were distributed at Government House in an annual ceremony on Thursday.  Provincial Military Liaison and Moose Jaw-Wakamow MLA Greg Lawrence marked 75 years since Canadian soldiers stormed the beaches of Normandy with a century-old tradition of care packages for soldiers.


“During the First and Second World War, a popular activity in North America was to send care kits of stitchery, knitting, letters and snacks to soldiers on the front lines to raise morale and thank them for protecting our rights and freedoms at home,” Lawrence said.  “Today, we continue to mark the sacrifice and service of our Canadian Forces by providing modern care kits to veterans.”


The Provincial Capital Commission leads this initiative in partnership with the Regina Stitchery Guild, Royal Canadian Legion and the UnderstandUs mental health initiative.  Kits include a letter of thanks and encouragement, hand-crafted scarf and cross-stitch ornament, UnderstandUs ball cap and the information cards How to Help Yourself and How to Help Others.


“This is another opportunity for us all to highlight the importance of good mental health,” Lawrence said.  “For veterans, for seniors, and for all Saskatchewan citizens, mental health is not an absolute.  As with physical health, there are levels of mental health and everyone should take the time to take care of themselves and seek help without stigma when they need it.”


Veterans gathered at a small ceremony at Government House today.  The ceremony served two purposes: to honor their service and distribute the care kits.

The business launch took place Tuesday at noon and it was inspiring to see these young students take on such challenges to gain the knowledge of managing business.

Government Works To Establish Committee
On Class Size And Composition

Today, Deputy Premier and Education Minister Gordon Wyant released terms of reference to education sector partners that will be used to develop a framework to guide class size and composition practices in Prekindergarten to Grade 12 classrooms.

The Ministry of Education will work to establish the Provincial Committee on Class Size and Composition and host the first meeting before the end of the month.

“I have heard from parents, teachers and staff that our classrooms are more complex than ever,” Wyant said.  “I look forward to the work of this committee helping to develop solutions to guide class size and composition planning in our schools.”

The Provincial Committee on Class Size and Composition will be comprised of representatives from various education partners, including:

  • parents;
  • academics;
  • professional staff;
  • the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation;
  • the Saskatchewan School Boards Association; and
  • the Ministry of Education.
The committee will be expected to construct a framework on class size and composition with the intention of implementing recommendations for the 2020-21 school year.

Saskatchewan Granted Leave To Intervene In Trans Mountain Appeal

Saskatchewan has been granted leave to intervene in the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion hearing before the Federal Court of Appeal in support of the pipeline’s construction.

Saskatchewan will be intervening in support of the federal government by arguing that the project was properly approved.  The Federal Court will hear arguments on whether the federal government adequately consulted with First Nations.

“Saskatchewan will make submissions to the Federal Court of Appeal on the need to fairly balance the duty to consult with other matters of public interest, such as transportation infrastructure,” Justice Minister and Attorney General Don Morgan said.  “Projects like Trans Mountain create a stronger economy that allow the federal and provincial governments to invest in programs and initiatives like health and education.”

Saskatchewan supports the construction of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.  Without new pipeline capacity, demand for rail transportation will continue to increase, putting cost pressures on to oil producers as well as other rail-transport dependent industries, such as the agriculture and mining sectors.

In a keynote speech to the National Coalition of Chiefs Energy and Natural Resources Summit in Calgary today, Saskatchewan Energy and Resources Minister Bronwyn Eyre spoke to the importance of the Trans Mountain Expansion project for landlocked provinces such as Saskatchewan and the opportunities for greater participation from Indigenous communities on natural resource projects.

In 2018, the lack of access to tidewater cost Saskatchewan producers approximately $3.7 billion in lost revenue and cost the Government of Saskatchewan $250 million in lost taxes, royalties and other revenue.  The proposed $9.3 billion Trans Mountain Expansion Project would increase capacity from 300,000 barrels per day to 890,000 barrels per day, providing significant benefit to landlocked Canadian producers.

The hearing is scheduled for December.


Saskatchewan becomes a Full Member of the Midwestern Council of State Governments

I was honoured to meet with Michael H. McCabe, the Director of the Midwestern Legislative Office.
The meeting on Wednesday was to formally enter Saskatchewan into the Midwestern Council of State Governments.  The goal of the Midwestern Council of State Governments is to work together with Midwestern States and Canadian Provinces for better legislative policies.

Province Proclaims
Skilled Trades And Technology Week



Monday kicked off Skilled Trades and Technology Week in Saskatchewan.  The Government of Saskatchewan has proclaimed November 3-10 as Skilled Trades and Technology Week to align with National Skilled Trades and Technology Week, which is being recognized across Canada.


“The Government of Saskatchewan is proud to recognize Skilled Trades and Technology Week in Saskatchewan,” Immigration and Career Training Minister Jeremy Harrison said.  “Those working in the skilled trades and technology fields are incredibly talented and they perform work that has a real impact on our everyday lives.”


Both the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC) and Skills Canada Saskatchewan support the proclamation of Skilled Trades and Technology Week in Saskatchewan.


Skills Canada Saskatchewan, a provincial non-profit affiliated with the national organization Skills Canada, encourages youth to consider careers in the skilled trades and technology sectors.  They host the Skills Canada Saskatchewan competition every spring – an event where young people interested in showing off their skills compete for medals and a chance to participate in Skills Canada Nationals.


“Skills Canada Saskatchewan works hard to ensure young people are aware of the opportunities in the skilled trades and technology sectors,” Skills Canada Saskatchewan Executive Director Colin Phippard said.  “This week helps us meet our goals; it helps raise the profile of these careers.”


The SATCC oversees the province’s apprenticeship and trade certification system.  “We want people to realize how diverse careers in the skilled trades are,” SATCC CEO Jeff Ritter said.  “There are more than 40 designated trades in the province.  They’re rewarding; they’re hands-on; and they’re perfect for people who like to see their work at the end of the day.”


Amendments To Saskatchewan’s
Tobacco Control Act To Limit Vaping Passed

Amendments to The Tobacco Control Act were passed unanimously by the Legislative Assembly allowing the province to move quickly to ensure regulation of vaping and vaping products is in line with existing tobacco legislation.

Introduced on November 5, the amendments in Bill 182 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; and
  • 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.

A Wintery November Sunrise

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN MOOSE JAW

Friday, November 8, 2019

What:  Cornerstone Christian School presents ANNIE
Time:    7:00 p.m. 
Place:   Mae Wilson

What:  Moose Jaw Warriors Home Game vs Winnipeg
Time:    7:00 p.m. 
Place:   Mosaic Place

Saturday, November 9, 2019

What:  Central Lutheran Church Fall Craft Sale
Time:    9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 
Place:   Central Lutheran Church

What:  Christmas Craft & Bake Sale
Time:    10:00 a.m. 
Place:   Sportsman Centre

What:  In Remembrance – Western Development Museum
Time:   2:00 p.m. 
Place:  WDM

What:  Cornerstone Christian School presents ANNIE
Time:    7:00 p.m. 
Place:   Mae Wilson

What:  Moose Jaw Warriors Home Game vs Swift Current
Time:    7:00 p.m. 
Place:   Mosaic Place

What: Town and Country Singles Dance with “Just Us”
Time:   8:00 p.m. 
Place:  Church of Our Lady Community Centre
Cost:   $14 includes lunch

Monday, November 11, 2019

REMEMBRANCE DAY
Our office will be closed.
What: Remembrance Day Service
Time:  10:30 a.m. 
Place: Mosaic Place

What: Army, Navy & Airforce Veterans Open House
Time:  12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. 
Place: Army, Navy & Airforce 279 High St., W. 
A light lunch will be serve at 12:30 p.m.

What: Royal Canadian Legion Open House
Time:  Immediately following the Service and Veterans Parade
Place: Royal Canadian Legion Lounge (adults only)
A light lunch will be served.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Friday, Nov. 15
Search & Rescue Steak Night
Crushed Can

Saturday, Nov. 16
What: Cosmo Social Dance with Dennis Ficor
Time:   8:00 p.m. 
Place:  Cosmo Seniors’ Centre
Cost:   $14 includes lunch

What: Festival of Trees
Time:  5:00 p.m.
Place:  Mosaic Place
Cost:   $150
Call 306-694-0373

Sunday, Nov. 17
What: Festival of Trees Brunch 
Time:  12:00 p.m.
Place:  Mosaic Place
Cost:   $28 adults, $12 children
Call 306-694-0373

Saturday, Nov. 23
What: Vanier Craft and Trade Show
Time:  10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m
Place:  Vanier