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From the Desk of Warren Michelson October 5, 2018

October 5, 2018 View this email in your browser


Please note:  Our office will be closed on Monday October 8  in celebration of Thanksgiving.  Our office will re-open on Tuesday October 9th.

Lindale School Thanks Giving Day Luncheon

Three New Group Homes Open In Moose Jaw

Moose Jaw Wakamow MLA and Legislative Secretary to the Minister of Social Services Greg Lawrence, on behalf of Social Services Minister Paul Merriman, joined community members, dignitaries and group home residents in Moose Jaw to celebrate the grand opening of three new group homes for Eden Care Communities.

These three houses will be home to 14 people with intellectual disabilities who have transitioned from Valley View Centre.  The government is providing operational funding of more than $1.5 million to support the three group homes.

“Our government is committed to working with the residents of Valley View Centre, their families and communities to have successful transitions,” Lawrence said.  “This work couldn’t be done without community-based organizations like Eden Care, to help create inclusive communities across our province.”

Valley View is targeted to close December 2019.  Currently, 48 people reside at Valley View Centre and are in the process of finding new homes in communities of their choice.

The Ministry of Social Services has contracts with Eden Care to provide group home supports for 14 people, day programming for 14 people and person-centred enhanced supports for three people.

“Eden Care Communities is committed to transition of 14 residents who live with disabilities from Valley View to their new community-based homes in Moose Jaw,” Eden Care Communities CEO Alan Stephen said.  “Our care model, which complements our Eden Alternative® philosophy of care, provides cross sectional and functional care that is relationship-based with an orientation toward the whole person in all our homes, programs and services.  People living with an intellectual disability deserve and have the right to be actively engaged members of society with autonomy, security, identity, personal growth, joyful experiences, community connectedness, and a life full of meaning.”

These group homes support the Saskatchewan Disability Strategy by creating residential services for people with disabilities.  Saskatchewan residents and communities that have done work that aligns with the Disability Strategy are encouraged to share their accomplishments using the hashtag #SKDisability.  The Saskatchewan Disability Strategy Facebook page can be found at www.facebook.com/skdisability

I dislike the passing of Summer with the green growth and the warm sunshine, but I can appreciate the beauty of a freshly fallen snow on the trees and grass, making everything appear clean & bright.

Governor General To Make First Official Visit To Saskatchewan

Premier Scott Moe announced that Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, will visit Saskatchewan October 18 to 20.

“On behalf of the people of Saskatchewan, I am honoured to welcome Her Excellency to our province for her first official visit,” Moe said.  “We look forward to sharing the Saskatchewan story with the Governor General through a number of great programs that will exemplify our provincial motto: From many peoples, strength.”

As part of her first official visit to Saskatchewan, Her Excellency is planning to meet with Saskatchewan Lieutenant Governor W. Thomas Molloy at Government House, tour Regina’s iconic Wascana Park, take in a performance by the Canadian Forces Snowbirds, and attend a Humboldt Broncos hockey game.

Warren getting acquainted with Petunia, the Moose Jaw Animal Clinics office mascot at their 10th Anniversary.

Saskatchewan’s motto: Multis e gentibus vires: from many peoples, strength is as true today as it has been at any time in our province’s history.

Saskatchewan’s population continues to grow, reaching 1,162,062 people as of July 1, 2018, according to the latest figures from Statistics Canada. This is an increase of 3,226 people in the past quarter and 11,280 people in the past year.

Saskatchewan’s population has grown for more than 49 consecutive quarters with newcomers to Saskatchewan adding to the strength of our province through their contributions to our communities and our growing provincial economy.

The province’s growing technology sector will receive an additional boost through Innovation Saskatchewan’s new tax incentive program.

The Saskatchewan Technology Startup Incentive is a non-refundable 45 per cent tax credit for individual, corporate, or venture capital corporations investing in eligible startup businesses on a first-come-first-serve-basis.

This pilot program is designed to encourage investment in early-stage technology startups. Technology startups within the program will not only bring new products and services to market, but they will also create jobs within Saskatchewan.

The technology sector is flourishing here, and our government is committed to helping entrepreneurs and startup companies thrive. This is an excellent way to attract investment to this growing sector and Innovation Saskatchewan is excited to see the investor interest and economic growth that will be generated.

Applications to the program are now being accepted. Technology startups and interested investors can find program information and apply online at

The Government of Saskatchewan is also accepting applications for the Saskatchewan Value-Added Agriculture Incentive. Aimed at improving investment attraction and retention outcomes in the value-added agriculture sector, this incentive offers a non-refundable, non-transferable 15 per cent tax credit on capital costs for newly-constructed or expanded value-added agriculture facilities.

There is an increasing global demand for food, fertilizer and fuel, and Saskatchewan is well-positioned to be a global export leader in those sectors. This initiative supports rural growth, provides outlets for locally-produced crops, and creates more opportunities to attract entrepreneurial talent and foreign investment.

To learn more and apply, visit 

On a recent trade mission to China, a Saskatchewan delegation met with current and potential investors in our value-added agriculture sector to encourage investment and thank them for investments that have been made.

The trade mission included meetings with Chinese government entities that focused on identifying opportunities to advance mutual interests in sustainable mineral and agricultural development, and environmental protection.

A number of key steps were made in sharing Saskatchewan’s technical innovation, including supporting the signing of an MOU between the CCS Knowledge Centre and the China Petroleum University to advance our shared interest in using CCS for enhanced oil recovery.

The Saskatchewan delegation was also joined by more than 20 Saskatchewan companies at the STEP – Canada China Business Council Showcase focused on promoting Saskatchewan’s exports to China.

Over the past decade, China has been one of Saskatchewan’s most important export markets. With the growing uncertainty in world trade, the Chinese market is becoming increasingly important to Saskatchewan.

Saskatchewan made important connections with government and industry leaders to communicate that we have the food, fuel, and fertilizer that China needs.

A large-scale wind energy project was recently approved in our province. The Blue Hill Wind Energy Project is the first large-scale wind energy project approved under The Environmental Assessment Act and demonstrates our government’s commitment to renewable energy and greenhouse gas emission reductions, both clear goals in our comprehensive provincial climate change strategy.

Located south of Herbert, the wind energy project will be developed and operated by Algonquin Power Co. (a subsidiary of Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp.) and is expected to add 177 megawatts of wind energy for SaskPower customers – enough energy to power more than 70,000 average Saskatchewan homes.

With snowfall and cool, wet conditions Saskatchewan seems to be transitioning from an active construction season to winter earlier than expected. In spite of often unpredictable Saskatchewan weather, we continue to break ground and celebrate the completion of a variety of important infrastructure projects across Saskatchewan.This includes new and innovative housing projects, a new K-12 school in Rosthern, and the new Chief Mistawasis Bridge in Saskatoon.

Your Saskatchewan Party government remains focused on standing up for Saskatchewan and providing Saskatchewan people with the programs, services and supports individuals and families in our province have come to expect.

If you require assistance with any Government of Saskatchewan programs or services, please contact my constituency office or visit Saskatchewan.ca.


Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe and Ontario Premier Doug Ford met to discuss how their two governments can continue to work together to fight the federal government’s plans to impose a carbon tax on Canadian families and businesses.

“Premier Ford is a strong voice in the fight against the carbon tax, and I want to thank him again for his commitment to intervene in Saskatchewan’s constitutional challenge against this damaging tax,” Moe said.  “I am pleased to announce that Saskatchewan will show the same support by intervening in support of Ontario’s constitutional challenge launched by Premier Ford on behalf of the people of Ontario.”

“A carbon tax, in any form, is the worst possible tax for the Canadian economy and Canadian families,” Ford said.  “All the carbon tax does is take money out of the pockets of workers, families and businesses, and instead fuel out-of-control government spending.  We will fight this unfair, punishing tax with every tool at our disposal.  In this fight, we could ask for no better partner than Premier Moe and the Government of Saskatchewan.”

Ontario is intervening in the Government of Saskatchewan’s reference challenging the federal carbon tax, in addition to bringing its own reference to the Ontario Court of Appeal.

Today, Premier Moe announced Saskatchewan’s intention to intervene in Ontario’s recently launched reference challenge.

Saskatchewan has already released Prairie Resilience (
http://publications.gov.sk.ca/documents/66/104890-2017%20Climate%20Change%20Strategy.pdf), a made-in-Saskatchewan climate plan that does not rely on imposing punishing carbon taxes, while Ontario is currently working on its own made-in-Ontario environment plan (https://news.ontario.ca/ene/en/2018/09/ontario-committed-to-fighting-climate-change-saving-taxpayers-money.html).

Teachers’ Collective Agreement Signed 

Teachers and the Government Trustee Bargaining Committee signed a new collective agreement.

On September 7, 2018, an arbitration board handed down a decision, outlining a new collective agreement for teachers in the province’s schools.

The agreement, signed on Wednesday in Regina, is based on language outlined in that arbitration ruling.  The agreement covers the period from September 1, 2017, to August 31, 2019.

The parties would like to thank the members of the arbitration board for their work.

The full agreement will be available at https://www.stf.sk.ca/teaching-saskatchewan/collective-bargaining/arbitration and https://saskschoolboards.ca/services/provincial-collective-bargaining/.


Crop Report For The Period September 25 To October 1, 2018

Wet and cool weather continues to slow harvest operations in much of the province, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s Weekly Crop Report.  Seventy-three per cent of the crop is now in the bin, slightly behind the five-year (2013-17) average of 78 per cent for this time of year.  Twenty per cent of the crop is swathed or ready to straight-cut.

Frequent snow and rain have delayed progress in many areas, and fields remain wet.  Warm, dry and windy days are needed soon to allow producers to return to the field.

Harvest is most advanced in the southwestern region, where 90 per cent of the crop is now combined.  The southeastern region has 89 per cent combined, the west-central region 62 per cent and the east-central region 61 per cent.  The northeastern region has 45 per cent combined, while the northwestern region has 33 per cent combined.

Eighty-four per cent of durum, 78 per cent of barley, 76 per cent of mustard, 58 per cent of spring wheat, 52 per cent of canola, 33 per cent of flax and 29 per cent of soybeans have now been combined.  Many crops are coming off tough and are being placed into aeration bins and dryers.

Topsoil moisture conditions continue to improve with the recent rain and snow.  Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as three per cent surplus, 64 per cent adequate, 27 per cent short and six per cent very short.  Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as one per cent surplus, 51 per cent adequate, 34 per cent short and 14 per cent very short.

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 5, 2018

What: MJ Animal Clinic 10 Year Anniversary BBQ
Time:  11:00 a.m. – 2 p.m
Place:  MJ Animal Clinic

What: Scam Prevention Class
Time:  2:00 p.m.
Place: Timothy Eaton

Saturday, October 6, 2018

What: Social Dance 
Time:  8:00 p.m. 12:00 a.m. 
Place: Timothy Eatons
Featuring “Al & Company” Lunch will be provided following the dance/ $14 charge.

Sunday, October 7, 2018

What: Cosmo Annual Fowl Supper
Time:  5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. 
Place:  Cosmo Centre


Monday, October 8, 2018

Office Closed