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From the Desk of Warren Michelson October 4, 2019

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FIRST SNOWFALL OF THE SEASONAlthough snow fell a little early this fall, several families took the opportunity to build their first Snowman of the season while others didn’t let a little snow stop them from taking their daily trip to the bike park.

Still Growing Strong: Saskatchewan’s Population Tops 1,174,000

More people are living in Saskatchewan than ever before, as the province’s population grew to 1,174,462 as of July 1, 2019, according to new figures released today by Statistics Canada.

Saskatchewan’s population has now grown in 53 consecutive quarters, increasing by more than 183,000 people during that time.

Immigration and Career Training Minister Jeremy Harrison said a growing province creates opportunities for Saskatchewan people and provides the resources needed to support important government services.

“As we get ready to enter the 2020s, our government is planning for another decade of strong growth in Saskatchewan,” Harrison said.  “This fall, we will release a new growth plan for the new decade, with new growth targets and actions we will take to achieve those targets.”

Saskatchewan grew by 3,435 people in the second quarter of 2019.  A net increase of 4,510 people from international migration and a natural increase (births minus deaths) of 1,644 people was partially offset by net interprovincial outmigration of 2,719 people.

Former Star, Rob Bresciani promotes BIG BROTHERS/ BIG SISTERS with Victor Roman, moderated by RBC’S John Cassidy.
Report from the LegislatureSaskatchewan is still growing strong, according to the latest figures from Statistics Canada. Between April 1st and July 1st, 2019, Saskatchewan added 3,435 people bringing our population to an all-time high of 1,174,462.

Our population has now grown in 53 consecutive quarters, increasing by more than 183,000 people during that time.

A growing province creates opportunities and provides the resources needed to support important government services such as education and health care.

This year’s budget included an increase of $26.2 million to school operating funding with education infrastructure investment increasing by nearly an additional $20 million.

This year’s health budget is up 3.7% ($196 million), much of it focused on mental health and addictions improvements, new long-term care construction and the new costs of operating the new Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital.

The growth of our province has provided the means to move forward with 46 brand new or replacement schools and 23 major renovations. It’s also why we’ve been able to add nearly 900 more doctors and over 3,700 more nurses since 2007.

As we get ready to enter the 2020s, our government is planning for another decade of strong growth in Saskatchewan. This fall, we will release a new growth plan for the new decade, with new growth targets and actions we will take to achieve those targets.

Global market connections are the lifeblood of our growing economy, and Saskatchewan has the food, fuel and fertilizer the world needs. That’s why Saskatchewan is embarking on an eleven-day trade mission to Japan and South Korea with an additional stop in Hong Kong.

Saskatchewan exports to Asian markets have grown by 158 per cent since 2007 to $8.5 billion in 2018. To Japan and South Korea, Saskatchewan sells high quality canola seed, canola oil, wheat, pulse crops and so much more. We will place a high priority on continuing to develop and diversify our existing links but also on establishing new ones.

Asia contains some of the most important and emerging markets for our province. This trade mission will include important conversations to promote Saskatchewan’s sustainable mining sector, our forestry sector, and our value-added agriculture as well as our agri-food sectors. We will also be establishing educational and exchange partnerships with our post-secondary institutions with strong representation from provincial business and industry stakeholders as well as academic institutions.

Agriculture has always been and continues to be one of the key drivers of economic growth in Saskatchewan.

Today in Saskatchewan, the agriculture industry provides 50,000 jobs, represents about 10 per cent of our GDP and nearly 40 per cent of our total exports. The industry itself continues to evolve, adopting the best practices leading to higher yields and higher quality products while leading the world in environmental sustainability.

October is Agriculture Month in Saskatchewan – a time to highlight our connection to food and the role agriculture plays in the lives of Saskatchewan people. From primary production and research to processing and technology, there are many stories to share about the care and consideration that goes into producing the healthy, nutritious meals on our plates.

While I know this harvest season has been particularly challenging, I am confident we can get the crop in the bin. Best wishes to all those who are working hard to bring in the harvest, and stay safe!

I had the opportunity to attend the 20th anniversary reception of the Canadian Light Source; synchrotron, at the University of Saskatchewan and enjoyed a very informative tour by CEO Ron Lamb.

The Canadian Light Source is a ‘marvel’s in the scientific world, researching thousands of projects from over 20 countries, and is a economic driver to our province. Not only attracting researchers from all over the globe, but making advancement in many agricultural areas – benefiting Saskatchewan and producers around the globe.
Thanks to Dr Ron Lamb, CEO for the informative tour.

I appreciated the opportunity to meet with grades 7 & 8 at Sunningdale School, to discuss what democracy is and the work of government.

Saskatchewan Mission To Mexico To Feature Canola, Wheat And Cattle

Saskatchewan Minister of Agriculture David Marit will lead a trade mission to Mexico highlighting Saskatchewan’s canola, wheat and cattle sectors.  The delegation leaves for the six-day trade mission on October 6.

This mission will help position the province as a reliable and quality supplier of food, feed, pet food ingredients and cattle genetics.  More than 89 per cent of Saskatchewan’s exports to Mexico are agri-food exports.  The mission will also promote research, investment and other collaborative opportunities in Saskatchewan’s value-added sector.

Mexico and Saskatchewan, and Canada as a whole, have a strong trading relationship.  Canada exported nearly $2 billion worth of agri-food exports to the country in 2018.  Saskatchewan is Canada’s leading agri-food exporter to Mexico accounting for almost 40 per cent of exports.

“Mexico is one of our largest trading partners, it makes sense to do business with a market so easily accessible and free of duties and tariffs,” Marit said.  “The mission will create many opportunities to strengthen our trade, research and investment ties with some of Saskatchewan’s long standing Mexican partners, companies and industry organizations.”

The mission delegation also includes representation from Canadian Western Agribition and the Canola Council of Canada, the national industry association that encompasses the entire canola industry from producers to processors and exporters.

Saskatchewan accounts for more than 50 per cent of Canadian canola seed exports to Mexico, making us the country’s top supplier for the commodity.  Over the last 10 years, Saskatchewan agri-food exports to Mexico have almost doubled in value going from $387 million in 2009 to $734 million in 2018.  We are committed to enhancing our existing relationships and forging new ones with our Mexican stakeholders.

Saskatchewan agri-food exports to Mexico were valued at more than $730 million in 2018, with key exports including canola seed, non-durum wheat and lentils.

Scott Johnstone,  auctioneer at the Ducks Unlimited fundraiser.

Annual Influenza Vaccine Clinics To Start Week Of October 21

Saskatchewan residents with a valid health card can get their flu shot starting the week of October 21 at public health clinics, local pharmacies, and some physician and Nurse Practitioner offices.

“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 the week of October 21,” Saskatchewan’s Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. Saqib Shahab said.

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.

Please note that due to public venues being used as polling stations for the Federal Elections, some locations will be launching on Monday October 21, and others later in the week.  Visit the Saskatchewan Health Authority website at 
https://www.saskhealthauthority.ca/Services-Locations/flu for the most up-to-date information on drop-in clinic times and locations.

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.

For a list of pharmacies that provide the free flu shot, check the Pharmacy Association of Saskatchewan website at 
http://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 
www.saskatchewan.ca/flu.  For advice on influenza symptoms and when to seek care, call HealthLine 811 or visit www.healthlineonline.ca.

As part of Seniors Week; I enjoyed a coffee and a visit with residents of the Mulberry for their Senior’s Day and Trade show on Tuesday.

Digging Up The Province’s Amazing Natural History

Palaeontologists from the Royal Saskatchewan Museum (RSM) spent the summer discovering new dinosaurs, marine reptiles and exciting Cretaceous amber.

“It’s been an exciting year for the Royal Saskatchewan Museum with the opening of the CN T. rex Gallery and the introduction of Scotty to the RSM,” Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Gene Makowsky said.  “It is also important to note that new research and discoveries take place at the museum regularly.  These discoveries create new opportunities to learn more about Saskatchewan hundreds of millions of years ago.”

The “big” finds this past summer were found in Grasslands National Park, the Big Muddy Badlands and near the southwest community of Consul, including:

  • Limb, rib and vertebrae bones from a juvenile Triceratops in the East Block of Grasslands National Park;
  • Vertebrae and limb bones from a Triceratops and a Hadrosaur (duck-billed dinosaur) in the East Block of Grasslands National Park;
  • Numerous vertebrae from a Plesiosaur (marine reptile) from the West Block of Grasslands National Park;
  • Cretaceous amber inclusions of new wasps and flies from the Big Muddy Badlands; and
  • Amber found around a dinosaur eggshell site, located near Consul.

These new discoveries will be added to the provincial collection and will be the subject of study and research for years to come.  Fieldwork such as this contributes to the RSM’s status as an internationally recognized centre for research and teaching.  The museum collection continues to grow, as does the world’s appreciation of Saskatchewan’s fossil resources.

To learn more about palaeontological finds and what else is happening at the RSM, go to https://royalsaskmuseum.ca/rsm.  Visit. Donate. Discover.

Congratulations to the Moose Jaw India community for hosting a soccer tournament, with teams from India communities in Moose Jaw, Regina, Saskatoon and Olds Alberta.
In the Championship game, Moose Jaw lead Regina 2-0 when the power went out !!!!!
The trophies will have to stay in late case until the championship game can be rescheduled.

Crop Report For The Period September 24 To 30, 2019

According to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s Weekly Crop Report 47 per cent of the crop is now combined, up from 39 per cent last week.  An early-winter storm slowed down most harvest operations in the province; however, producers were able to make some progress before the storm hit.  The five-year (2014-18) average is 75 per cent combined for this time of year.

Thirty-four per cent of the crop is swathed or ready to straight-cut.  Much of the crop harvested so far is tough and is being put into grain dryers and aeration bins.  Farmers will need several weeks of warm and dry weather to get the crop off.

Harvest is most advanced in the southwest region, where 68 per cent of the crop is now combined.  The northeast region has 50 per cent combined and the southeast region 46 per cent.  The west-central region has 46 per cent combined, the northwest region 34 per cent and the east-central region 33 per cent.

Ninety-four per cent of field peas, 91 per cent of lentils, 68 per cent of barley, 58 per cent of mustard, 57 per cent of durum, 46 per cent of canary seed, 44 per cent of spring wheat, 37 per cent of chickpeas and 24 per cent of canola is now in the bin.  An additional 62 per cent of canola and 17 per cent of mustard is swathed or ready to straight-cut.

Most areas of the province received significant precipitation last week.  The Admiral area reported 103 mm, while the Moose Jaw area received up to 60 mm.  Although the moisture further delays harvest, it helps topsoil moisture conditions.

Across the province, topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as 31 per cent surplus, 65 per cent adequate and four per cent short.  Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 20 per cent surplus, 72 per cent adequate, seven per cent short and one per cent very short.

The majority of crop damage this past week was due to hail, strong winds, lodging, localized flooding and frost.  There continues to be many reports of crops sprouting, bleaching and staining and downgrading is expected.  Geese and wildlife are also feeding on swathed crops and causing damage.

Farmers are busy drying grain and waiting for the weather to improve so they can continue with harvest operations.

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

Follow the 2019 Crop Report on Twitter at @SKAgriculture.


Friday, October 4, 2019

What: Town n’ Country Fest
Time:  4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. 
Place: Town n’ Country Mall
Photo Booth, Entertainment, Face Painting, Bouncy Castle & Crafts, Vendors.

Saturday, October 5, 2019

What: Town n’ Country Fest
Time:  9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. 
Place: Town n’ Country Mall
Photo Booth, Entertainment, Face Painting, Bouncy Castle & Crafts, Vendors.

What: MJ Roller Derby Guild Logo Unveiling Steak Night
Time:  5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. 
Place: Crushed Can

What: Steak Night for Tristan England 
Time:  5:00 – 9:00 p.m. 
Place: Crushed Can

Sunday, October 6, 2019

What: MJ Warriors vs Regina Pats 
Time:  4:00 p.m. 
Place:  Mosaic Place

What: Knights of Columbus Thanksgiving Ham & Turkey 
Time:   6:00 p.m. 
Place:  Eagles Club


Thursday Oct. 10, 2019 
Mac’s New Antlers Reveal & Free Community Craft Sale
Tourism Moose Jaw
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 

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