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From the Desk of Warren Michelson October 18, 2018

October 18, 2018 View this email in your browser

The Snowbirds Year End Show with Her Excellency the Governor General of Canada in attendance. 


Saskatchewan residents can get their free flu shot starting October 22 at public health clinics, local pharmacies, and some physician and Nurse Practitioner offices.

“Influenza can cause serious illness and may lead to complications, hospitalization and even death,” Saskatchewan’s Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. Saqib Shahab said.  “Don’t wait.  Get your flu shot early in the season to protect yourself, your family and those to whom you provide care.”

Flu shots are recommended for those at higher risk, including seniors, people with underlying chronic health conditions, children under five, and pregnant women.  Seniors often have chronic health conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes and weaker immune systems, which makes them particularly vulnerable to complications from influenza.

Saskatchewan’s publicly-funded flu vaccination program offers the injectable vaccine, which provides protection against four different flu virus strains most likely to circulate this season.

This year the province is providing Fluzone® High Dose vaccine for long-term-care residents 65 and older.  This vaccine offers improved protection for seniors, especially the elderly.  Also, starting this year the role of pharmacists has been expanded to allow them to administer the free flu shot to residents five years and older, during home visits, and in congregate living settings.

Children under five and non-Saskatchewan residents can be vaccinated at a public health clinic.  To find out where and when to get a flu shot, call your public health office or HealthLine 811, or visit 
www.4flu.ca for a complete listing and schedule of public flu clinics.

For a list of pharmacies that provide the free flu shot, check the Pharmacy Association of Saskatchewan website at 
www.skpharmacists.ca/patients/flu-shots or ask your local pharmacy if they offer it.

More than 340 pharmacies will offer free flu vaccinations this season.  Information on influenza immunization in Saskatchewan is available at 

For advice on influenza symptoms and when to seek care, call HealthLine 811 or visit 


With the legalization of cannabis occurring across Canada, I want to ensure everyone is clear on what the new rules are when it comes to the legal purchase and possession of cannabis in Saskatchewan. Our government is committed to public safety, and it’s important for people to understand there are limitations on what is allowed, much the same as with alcohol consumption.

Under provincial cannabis legislation, the following rules apply:

  • The minimum age for non-medicinal cannabis consumption is 19.
  • Consuming all forms of non-medicinal cannabis in public spaces is prohibited.  The rules also apply to schools and daycares. Individuals can only carry up to 30 grams of dried or equivalent cannabis in public.
  • The province has 51 permitted retailers. Customers must be 19 years of age in order to enter the establishment and/or purchase cannabis. Proof of age must be shown to make a purchase.
  • There is zero tolerance for all drug-impaired driving in Saskatchewan. It remains illegal to drive while impaired in Saskatchewan whether by alcohol or any drug, including cannabis. Penalties for driving under the influence of cannabis may include immediate license suspension, vehicle seizure for up to 60 days, and licence suspension for up to five years upon conviction of drug-impaired driving. These laws apply to everyone, including medicinal users of cannabis.
  • The sale of edible cannabis products remains illegal, pending additional federal legislation; however, homemade edibles produced from legally purchased or grown cannabis will be allowed for personal consumption.
  • Possession of any amount of non-medicinal cannabis by a minor is prohibited. Possession of smaller amounts by a minor will be addressed primarily through ticketing and seizure of the cannabis. Possession of more than five grams will be a criminal offence subject to the Youth Criminal Justice Act.
  • There are a variety of fines in place for provincial cannabis offences that range from $200 to $2,250. In more serious instances, individuals or corporations could be charged with a provincial offence and face fines ranging from $25,000 to $100,000 and imprisonment of up to six months.
  • Home production in Saskatchewan is limited to four plants per household for personal use only.
  • Renters and condo owners who wish to use or grow cannabis in their homes should make sure they understand the specifics of their rental agreements and condominium bylaws. Some rental agreements and condominium bylaws may restrict or prohibit cannabis.
  • Possessing, consuming or distributing cannabis in a vehicle could result in a $300 fine. Cannabis cannot be used in a vehicle and can only be transported from one lawful place (store, home) to another lawful place (home, another’s home). This is consistent with the rules already in place for alcohol and vehicles.
  • Cannabis is allowed on campsites, except when the minister responsible issues an order prohibiting it. This is similar to prohibitions on alcohol in campgrounds during the May long weekend.  You may only have cannabis within the individual campsite.
Government will be monitoring the long-term effects of the legalization of cannabis and the effectiveness of the provincial cannabis legislation.







Report from the Legislature

The private sector in Saskatchewan is creating even more new and diverse job opportunities, according to the latest labour force figures from Stats Canada. Employment increased by 3,300 jobs from a year ago, largely driven by private sector growth.

Our government has been working to steadily increase jobs, strengthen the labour force, and attract more skilled workers to the province. Success in attracting more skilled workers shows that Saskatchewan continues to be a great place to live, work, and invest.

Small businesses continue to be major players in Saskatchewan, helping to keep our economy dynamic and competitive. Through innovation and a commitment to their communities, they offer goods and services that advance and enhance our quality of life.

The Government of Saskatchewan continues to invest in initiatives, services and programs that support small business.

Some of these include:
  • The Saskatchewan Commercial Innovation Incentive, the first “patent box” style incentive of its kind in North America;
  • The Saskatchewan Technology Start-Up Incentive, which offers a 45 per cent non-refundable tax credit for individual and corporate equity investments in eligible technology start-up businesses;
  • The Product2Market: Value Added incentive which helps support small-and-medium-sized agri-businesses, from product development through to marketing activities;
  • The Canada-Saskatchewan Job Grant, an employer-driven program which helps employers train new or existing workers to meet their specific workforce needs;
  • A small business income tax rate, at two per cent, for Canadian-controlled private corporations.  The rate applies to the first $600,000 of business income and is among the lowest in the country;
  • A highly competitive tax structure which includes tax credits for research and development, as well as for manufacturing and processing equipment expenditures;
  • The proclamation of the Regulatory Modernization and Accountability Act in 2013, to remove red tape that could be a road block to business, and to remove some of the barriers to growth.



As the Royal Saskatchewan Museum (RSM) prepares to make way for its massive new Scotty exhibit renovation, the public will have the chance to take home exhibit artwork and other paraphernalia via an online auction.

“Exciting change is coming to the RSM,” Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Gene Makowsky said.  “The creation of this space will allow the RSM to invest in a dynamic world-class exhibit opening in 2019 featuring Scotty, the 65 million-year-old T.rex fossil found in Saskatchewan.  Replicas of Scotty can soon be viewed by visitors in both Regina and Eastend.”

The public will have the opportunity to bid on a range of items, photography, prints, and pieces of the exhibits through an online auction.  Items in the action will be photographs from the Map Room, and display items from the Human Factor and Zoom exhibits.  The online auction will remain open until October 31, 2018, auction items can be viewed at the museum during regular hours or online at https://mcdougallbay.com/event.php?arg=B6112D26-431E-403D-AC61-B12E1DD77F8D.  Funds raised from the auction will assist the RSM with future exhibit development.

For more information about the auction, please contact 
michelle.hunter@gov.sk.ca.  The RSM, located at 2445 Albert Street, is open daily from 9:30 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Crop Report For The Period October 9 To October 15, 2018

Although wet and cool weather conditions last week continued to delay harvest in much of the province, many producers are back in the field or will be soon.  Eighty-two per cent of the crop is now in the bin, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s Weekly Crop Report, up from 78 per cent last week, but behind the five-year (2013-2017) average of 91 per cent for this time of year.  The warm and dry weather forecast for the next week or more will allow producers to resume combining.

Harvest remains most advanced in the southwest, where 90 per cent of the crop is now combined, and in the southeast, where 89 per cent is combined; these numbers are unchanged from two weeks ago.  Producers in the northeastern region have 79 per cent of the crop combined; the west-central region has 74 per cent and the east-central region 68 per cent.  Producers in the northwestern region have been delayed by frequent snowfalls, but now have 45 per cent combined.

Eighty-six per cent of durum, 83 per cent of barley, 72 per cent of spring wheat, 67 per cent of canola, 63 per cent of canary seed, 46 per cent of flax and 39 per cent of soybeans have now been combined.  Most crops are coming off tough or damp and are being placed in dryers when available.

Most regions in the province reported small amounts of rain and snow, although some areas in the central regions received close to 25 mm.  Topsoil moisture conditions are relatively unchanged from last week.  Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as three per cent surplus, 71 per cent adequate, 20 per cent short and six per cent very short.  Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as two per cent surplus, 61 per cent adequate, 27 per cent short and 10 per cent very short.

Lodging caused by snow and rain continues to cause crop damage.  Geese and other wildlife are feeding on swathed crops, while some standing crops have shelled out.  Crop quality has been affected due to bleaching and sprouting.

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

Follow the 2018 Crop Report on Twitter at @SKAgriculture.

Yield estimates at this time remain about average overall, although they vary greatly across the province depending on the moisture received throughout the season.  Spring wheat grades at this time are being reported as 54 per cent 1 CW, 25 per cent 2 CW, 17 per cent 3 CW and four per cent CW Feed.

The majority of crop damage this past week was due to lodging from snow and rain.  Crop quality has been affected by the recent moisture and downgrading is expected at the elevator.

SaskPower reports that there were three cases of farm machinery coming into contact with electrical equipment last week, bringing the total for September to 13.  SaskPower reminds producers to take the time to identify overhead power lines and to plan ahead when moving equipment.  More safety information is available at www.saskpower.com/safety.

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

Follow the 2018 Crop Report on Twitter at @SKAgriculture.

Friday, October 19, 2018What: Zion’s Flea Market/ Trade Show
Time:  11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. 
Place: Zion ChurchWhat: TGIF Beer & Pizza League
Time:  7:00 p.m.  
Place:  MJ Ford Curling Centre – Mosaic Place
Contact: Rhonda Wenarchuk 306-624-2048
Cost:   $245Saturday, October 20, 2018What: Eatons Christmas craft show
Time:   9:00 a.m. 
Place:  Eatons Activity Centre 

What: Zion’s Flea Market/ Trade Show
Time:  10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 
Place:  Zion ChurchWhat: Festival of Giving Banquet
(benefiting Informed Choices Center)

Time: 5:30 p.m.
Place: Victory Plaza- $25What: Moose Jaw and District Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
Time:  5:30 p.m. 
Place:  Mosaic Place- 5:30 Cocktails, 6:30 Dinner, 7:30 Ceremony- This year honoring Doug Smail, Susan Humphreys, Roger Anholt, Jim Baba, Hub Guthridge and George Hunchuk- Tickets at the Mosaic Place box office.What: 6th Annual Roughrider Alumni Whiskey and Wine Dinner
Time:  7:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Place: Grant Hall What: Ghostly Games
Time:  1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. 
Place:  WDM



Monday, Oct. 22, 2018

Career and Post-Secondary Event
Vanier Collegiate
7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018

High St. Grand Re-Opening

432- High St., W. Parking Lot


FREE Entertainment by the Uncoolas

FREE Children’s Entertainment

Official Ribbon Cutting at 12:00 p.m.