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From the Desk of Warren Michelson October 18, 2019

October 18, 2019 View this email in your browser
shield FROM THE DESK OF WARREN MICHELSON, MLA

FALL SESSION TO BEGIN OCTOBER 23 WITH SPEECH FROM THE THRONE

Premier Returns From Successful Trade Mission In Japan, South Korea And Hong Kong

Premier Scott Moe has returned from a successful trade mission to Japan, South Korea, and Hong Kong, his first trade mission to these markets.  The Premier’s focus was on expanding and diversifying access in the Asian markets for Saskatchewan’s food, fuel and fertilizer.  The mission involved more than 25 meetings and events, including the signing of 10 MOUs by Saskatchewan based organizations to expand and extend the relationships that Saskatchewan has abroad.

“Japan and South Korea represent key growth markets for our food, fuel and fertilizer, but also serve as launch points into developing markets in the Asian region,” Moe said.  “In a time where global challenges are impacting exports such as canola or other agri-foods, I was proud to represent the hardworking people of Saskatchewan that are the lifeblood of our export reliant industries.  I was also proud to highlight that our industries provide a cleaner, more sustainable, and more competitively priced product than many of our global competitors.”


In Japan, Premier Moe met with international trading corporations and industry associations that make a substantial contribution to the foundation of the Japanese economy.  Meetings included: Marubeni Corporation, Itochu Corporation, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, NH Foods, Lacto Japan, Zen-Noh, Japan-Canada Uranium, Overseas Uranium Resource Development, Sojitz Corporation, the Japan Atomic Industrial Forum, the Japanese Flour Millers Association, and the Japanese Society for Syncrotron Radiation Research.

In South Korea, the Premier maintained his focus on promoting Saskatchewan’s food, fuel, and fertilizer in meetings with traders and retailers including: Daesang Corporation, Ottogi Corporation, and Homeplus.  There was also an emphasis on building stronger international partnerships in Saskatchewan’s academic and research sectors by joining with the University of Saskatchewan, the University of Regina, and Saskatchewan Polytechnic in formalizing agreements to expand the exchange of students and ideas with Korean academic institutions.


The mission included strong representation from industry and business stakeholders, including the Saskatchewan Trade and Export Partnership and a contingent of its member companies, along with Cameco, Mosaic, and Canpotex.


“Team Saskatchewan was on full display during our mission to Japan, South Korea, and I would like to thank each and every one of the organizations that took part in supporting this team effort to promote Saskatchewan to the world,” Moe said.


The mission also included a one-day stop in Hong Kong, the third leading global financial market and an important bridge into the Asian market.  In an investor roundtable, Premier Moe spoke to the competitive investment climate and abundance of resources in Saskatchewan’s wealth creating industries.


Since being sworn in as Premier, Moe has placed an increased importance on expanding and diversifying Saskatchewan’s global export markets.


REPORT FROM THE LEGISLATURE

Saskatchewan residents can now look at their laboratory test results and other health records online anywhere, anytime.


MySaskHealthRecord is a secure website that gives eligible Saskatchewan residents quick and easy access to personal health information such as lab results, medical imaging reports and clinical visit history, including hospital admissions.


Those who register will have quick and easy access to their personal health information. They will also have the ability to add their own personal information to track and generate reports; set medication and appointment reminders; and upload information from health devices such as wearable activity trackers.


Patients and the health system will see significant benefits from things like fewer unnecessary phone calls and less time taken off work for routine medical appointments. Greater access to information also empowers patients to be more active participants in their care, and that can result in better health outcomes.


Some provinces that offer similar programs have delays built in so that people have to wait to see their own personal health information, and some provinces only provide limited lab results or require people to have a family physician in order to sign up. Meanwhile, Saskatchewan is leading the nation with the rollout of MySaskHealthRecord. Our program gives people access to their lab results, plus other important health information, as soon as it’s available.


MySaskHealthRecord is open to Saskatchewan residents who are 18 years of age and older. To register, residents will need a valid Saskatchewan health card, plus a Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) driver’s licence or SGI photo ID card.


All personal health information in MySaskHealthRecord is safe and private. Residents who sign up will only be able to access their accounts through a highly secure, personalized login.


To register for a MySaskHealthRecord account, go to
www.eHealthSask.ca.


Although there have been delays in the delivery of this year’s influenza vaccine, the Ministry of Health has confirmed with Health Canada that Saskatchewan will receive vaccine to support the provincial program start date of October 21.


Saskatchewan residents with a valid health card can get their flu shot at public health clinics, local pharmacies, and some physician and Nurse Practitioner offices.


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.


Pharmacists can 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.


You can visit
www.saskhealthauthority.ca/Services-Locations/flu for the most up-to-date information on drop-in flu clinic times and locations.


More than 340 pharmacies will offer free flu vaccinations this season. For a list of pharmacies that provide the free flu shot, visit
www.skpharmacists.ca/site/flu-shots or ask your local pharmacy if they offer it.

Information on influenza immunization in Saskatchewan is available at
www.saskatchewan.ca/flu. For advice on influenza symptoms and when to seek care, call HealthLine 811 or visit www.healthlineonline.ca.

BEAUTIFUL SUNSET

SGI Partners With Ministries Of Justice And Corrections And Policing To Expand Northern Alcohol Strategy

Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) is partnering with the ministries of Justice and Corrections and Policing to invest $250,000 into the expansion of the Northern Alcohol Strategy in 2019-20.

“Since this work began in 2016, it has gathered significant support and buy-in from community leaders in the north,” Corrections and Policing Minister Christine Tell said.  “We are excited to move into the next phase of this work with SGI’s help, so that we can continue to reduce alcohol-related harms and help people make informed decisions about responsible alcohol use.”


“The Northern Alcohol Strategy aligns with our government’s goal to reduce the number of impaired driving injuries and fatalities across Saskatchewan, and SGI is pleased to support this initiative,” Minister Responsible for SGI Joe Hargrave said.


This investment will expand the Northern Alcohol Strategy to La Loche, Creighton, English River First Nation and surrounding communities.  The funding will provide for Northern Alcohol Strategy personnel and resources in these communities in the 2019-20 fiscal year.  These personnel will support local leadership in the development of local solutions to reduce the impacts of alcohol misuse in these regions.


“I’m proud of my community’s collaborative work on our alcohol strategy so far and am looking forward to the next steps,” La Loche Mayor Robert St. Pierre said.


The communities of the Lac La Ronge region began work on alcohol management planning in January of 2016.  Since then, Northern Alcohol Strategy staff have worked closely with stakeholders in the region to provide information on best practices to address the impacts of alcohol misuse in the region.


The Lac La Ronge region has since reported an eight per cent reduction in alcohol-related emergency room visits for between November 2017 and March 2019.


“These initial successes reflect the collaborative efforts of community agencies and organizations in working toward healthier communities through supporting moderation in alcohol-use, enhanced support in addictions treatment, and expanded family and youth alcohol-free activities,” Medical Health Officer Dr. James Irvine said.


The Northern Alcohol Strategy is informed by best practices, support from the University of Victoria and the Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research, and cross-jurisdictional data on the consequences of alcohol misuse.


Fall colors are beautiful and the weather is crisp and cool. 

Nearly $260 Million Worth Of Highway Construction Being Tendered In The Fall

While another busy construction season is drawing to a close, preparation is underway for the 2020 construction season.  The Government of Saskatchewan will tender $259.8 million of highway construction work as part of the fall tender plan.

“Construction crews have completed dozens of highway safety improvement projects such as twinning, passing lanes, intersections, surfacing, bridge and culvert work,” Highways and Infrastructure Minister Greg Ottenbreit said.  “While there is more work to be done, we’ve begun the initial planning for the next construction season.”


By tendering projects earlier, the ministry can secure contractors sooner, reducing the risk of increased costs, while supporting the road building industry.


The fall tender plan includes more than 45 planned projects and more than 400 kilometres of highway work across the province.

Projects to be tendered include:

  • Passing lanes and resurfacing on Highway 39 between Weyburn and Corinne;
  • Grading and paving of passing lanes on Highway 7 near Kindersley;
  • Resurfacing on Highway 6 north of Regina;
  • Resurfacing on Highway 11 near Bethune;
  • Resurfacing on Highway 33 near Kronau;
  • Resurfacing on Highway 3 east of Prince Albert;
  • Resurfacing on Highway 4 from the U.S. border to Grasslands National Park Access;
  • Grading and paving on Highway 5 east of Saskatoon;
  • Resurfacing on Highway 14 near Unity;
  • Resurfacing on Highway 16 near Marshall;
  • Resurfacing on Highway 36 from the U.S. border to north of Coronach;
  • Grading and paving on Highway 219 from Highway 15 to Danielson Provincial Park;
  • Clay-capping on Highway 135 south of Pelican Narrows;
  • Resurfacing on Highway 265 near Candle Lake; and
  • Grading and paving on Highway 355 near Spruce Home.

“Investments into the province’s highways and infrastructure helps support our members, keep the economy strong and enhance driver safety,” Saskatchewan Heavy Construction Association President Shantel Lipp said.  “By tendering earlier, our members are in a much better position to plan effectively and get the resources into place that will be required.”

Tenders can be found at 
www.sasktenders.ca.

Most of this year’s major construction is coming to an end, however some work, such as bridge and culvert repairs, along with gravel stockpiling can occur year round.  Please respect the work zone, drive with caution and slow to 60 km/hr.


The Government of Saskatchewan has invested $9 billion in transportation infrastructure since 2008.


Crop Report For The Period October 8 To 14, 2019

Released on October 17, 2019

Relatively warm and dry weather allowed for some producers to return to the field last week, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s Weekly Crop Report.  Sixty-nine per cent of the crop is now in the bin, up from 55 per cent last week but remaining well behind the five-year (2014-18) average of 88 per cent for this time of year.

While many areas received mixed precipitation, others received very little and were able to spend more time in the field.  The warm and dry weather forecast for next week will allow producers throughout the province to resume combining.

Good harvest progress was made in many regions last week; the northeastern region is the most advanced with 85 per cent of the crop now combined.  The west-central region has 77 per cent combined, the southwest region 76 per cent, the northwest region 65 per cent, the southeast region 62 per cent and the east-central region 51 per cent.

Eighty-three per cent of barley, 79 per cent of mustard, 69 per cent of canary seed, 68 per cent of durum, 66 per cent of spring wheat, 58 per cent of canola and 43 per cent of chickpeas are now in the bin.  An additional 35 per cent of canola is swathed or ready to straight-cut.

Many areas of the province received moisture last week, with the Moosomin area reporting 40 mm of mixed precipitation.  Provincially, topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as 19 per cent surplus, 77 per cent adequate and four per cent short.  Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 10 per cent surplus, 83 per cent adequate and seven per cent short.


Some fields remain saturated with excess water, particularly in southern regions.  Most crop damage this past week was due to lodging, strong winds, localized flooding and frost.  Geese and wildlife continue to cause damage by feeding on swathed crops.


Reports continue of significant downgrading at the elevator due to crops sprouting.  The majority of the crop coming off is tough or damp and is being placed into aeration bins and grain dryers.  At this time, most livestock producers indicate they have adequate supplies of hay, straw, greenfeed and feed grain heading into winter.


Farmers are busy drying grain, hauling bales and combining when they are able to.


A complete, printable version of the Crop Report is available online at 
www.saskatchewan.ca/crop-report.

Follow the 2019 Crop Report on Twitter at @SKAgriculture.


WHAT’S HAPPENING IN MOOSE JAW

Friday, October 18, 2019

What:  Zion’s Craft Show
Time:    1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. 
Place:   Zion Social Hall

Saturday, October 19, 2019

What:  Zion’s Craft Show
Time:    10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. 
Place:   Zion Social Hall

What:  Spooky Fall Trade Show & Craft Sale
Time:   9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 
Place:  Saskpolytechnic Cafeteria 

What:  Girl Guide Cookie Sales
Time:   10:00 a.m. 
Place:  Walmart

What: Mysteries at the Museum
Time:  10:00 a.m.
Place:  WDM

Sunday, October 20, 2019

What: Trinity United Church Fowl Supper
Time:  5:30 p.m. 
Place:  277 Iroquois St. W. 
Cost:  $20/ pp

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Friday Oct. 25 & Saturday Oct. 26, 2019
Whistletop Christmas Craft Show
MJ Exhibition Grounds

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