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From the Desk of Warren Michelson September 14, 2018

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Moody’s Investors Service confirmed Saskatchewan’s Aaa credit rating, the agency’s highest rating for Canadian provinces.

“Moody’s Aaa rating for our province is a further demonstration that our government’s fiscal plan is on track,” Finance Minister Donna Harpauer said.  “We’re heading in the right direction, reducing our deficit through careful management of our spending, keeping our economy strong and investing in priorities for Saskatchewan people.  We’re focused on returning the budget to balance by 2019-20.”

In its update report, Moody’s cites “very strong debt affordability, a health liquidity cushion and conservative fiscal and financial management practices.”

Moody’s goes on to state that “Saskatchewan’s strong debt affordability and healthy cash levels position the province solidly against provincial peers and support its strong credit rating.”

Saskatchewan and British Columbia are the only two provinces with Aaa ratings from Moody’s.  Saskatchewan continues to have the second-highest overall credit rating among provinces, behind only BC, when the ratings of the three major agencies (Moody’s, Standard and Poor’s and Dominion Bond Rating Services) are considered.
Health officials are reminding parents to make sure children’s vaccinations are up-to-date.
Free childhood immunizations are available for infants and school-age children in Saskatchewan to protect them against highly contagious and potentially serious diseases like measles, mumps, whooping cough and chicken pox.

“It’s important to have your children vaccinated on time and on schedule to ensure full protection, especially in schools or other settings where they are most exposed,” Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. Saqib Shahab said.  “Recent measles outbreaks in Europe and other countries are also a reminder that infectious diseases can spread quickly, through travel and coming into contact with unimmunized or under-immunized individuals.”

Routine vaccinations are free of charge and easily available in Saskatchewan at public health clinics (for pre-school children) and through school-based programs (for school age students).
Infants and preschool-age children are eligible to receive the following free routine vaccinations:
  • Diphtheria
  • Tetanus
  • Pertussis (whooping cough)
  • Polio
  • Haemophilus influenza type b
  • Measles
  • Mumps
  • Rubella
  • Varicella (chicken pox)
  • Meningococcal disease
  • Pneumococcal disease
  • Rotavirus
School-age children are eligible to receive the following free routine vaccinations:
  • Grade 6 students – hepatitis B, bacterial meningitis, varicella (chicken pox), human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine
  • Grade 8 students – tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough) booster
Public Health Nurses review the immunization records of students in Grades 1, 6 and 8 to check if they are up-to-date for all age appropriate vaccinations.  Parents will soon start receiving immunization information packages for children in Grades 6 and 8.

If your child missed vaccinations or to check your child’s immunization status, contact your local public health office at
Information on Saskatchewan’s immunization programs, the Routine Childhood Immunization Schedule, and vaccine fact sheets are available online at
www.saskatchewan.ca/immunize or you can call your public health office or HealthLine 811 to inquire.

Jeffrey Spalding 

‘Ghosts & Angels’
at the
MJ Museum & Art Gallery

Shiloh Baptist Church And Cemetery Receives Provincial Heritage Property Designation

The Government of Saskatchewan has designated the Shiloh Baptist Church and Cemetery as the province’s 53rd Provincial Heritage Property.  The site, located approximately 30 kilometres northwest of the Town of Maidstone, was a settling community for African Americans escaping segregation in Oklahoma.

“In the early 20th century, African American families seeking freedom from discrimination made this small farming community in Saskatchewan their home,” Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Gene Makowsky said.  “Our government recognizes the importance of this site and the significant impact it has had in shaping the identity and culture of our province.”

The families built structures, such as the Shiloh Baptist Church, using logs from poplar trees cut from the banks of the nearby North Saskatchewan River.  Completed in 1912, the church provided a place of worship and communal space for the settlers.

Like most churches of the time, the Shiloh Baptist Church became the focal point of community life and a social and religious centre for the close-knit community.  It stands today as the only known building that remains from the first and only African American farming community established in the province, and as a representative example of early 20th century log building construction in the province.

The associated cemetery contains at least 37 graves of the original settlers and their descendants.  Originally marked by large stones at the head and foot of each grave, it is the only known place in Saskatchewan that illustrates the African American burial custom of the late 19th century.

Provincial Heritage Property designations play an integral role in the conservation and protection of Saskatchewan’s heritage.

For more information about Saskatchewan’s Provincial Heritage properties visit 


Congratulations to Citizens All for 45 years of service to our community.

The Government of Saskatchewan is reviewing trespass legislation to determine if changes are needed to better address the balance between rural landowners and the public.

Existing access and posting rules vary for different activities under The Trespass to Property Act, The Wildlife Act, 1998, The All-Terrain Vehicles Act, The Snowmobile Act and The Provincial Lands Regulations.

These different rules may contribute to confusion on what legally constitutes trespassing.

As part of the review, the Ministry of Justice is asking Saskatchewan citizens for their input.

In particular:

  • Should all access by members of the public to rural property require the express advance permission of the rural land owner regardless of the activity?
  • If so, how should permission be sought and granted?

The questionnaire can be found at https://www.saskatchewan.ca/residents/justice-crime-and-the-law/review-of-trespass-related-legislation.
Please provide responses to the questionnaire by October 1, 2018 to:

Ministry of Justice

Legislative Services Branch

Attn: Review of Trespass Related Legislation

800 – 1874 Scarth Street

Regina, SK S4P 4B3

Or by email at 

Victor Cicansky 

at the
MJ Museum & Art


Rural and Remote Health Minister Greg Ottenbreit joined with parents and youth at a flag-raising ceremony at the Legislative Building this afternoon to mark Childhood and Youth Cancer Awareness Month in September.

“As the parent of a child lost to cancer, along with my own recent, personal experience fighting the disease, I know what the effects of this illness can be, not only on the patient, but also on family, friends, and loved ones,” Ottenbreit said.  “Recognizing September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month is an important step in improving the quality of care for patients, and ultimately, finding a cure.  I want to thank everyone, from health care professionals to advocates, who have championed this important cause.”

Parents and youth raised a childhood cancer awareness flag, and spoke of the effects that childhood cancer has had on their families, along with the continued need for prevention and treatment.

The Ministry of Health has proclaimed September as Childhood and Youth Cancer Awareness Month, which will be observed each year in recognition of the impact that cancer has on the lives of children, youth and families across Saskatchewan.

“It is important for the community to remember that kids get cancer, too,” Regina childhood Cancer Awareness Advocate Sherri Melnychuk said.  “The gold ribbon worn during Childhood Cancer Awareness month helps raise awareness of childhood cancer, as children are more precious than gold.  We owe it to the children to support childhood cancer research, more effective treatments, and improved quality of care.”

Sherri Melnyhcuck is the Regina representative of Small But Mighty, an organization that helps raise awareness of childhood cancer.  The Melnychuks lost their four-year-old daughter Ava Hope to acute myeloid leukemia (AML) in 2011.

The number of new pediatric patients seen provincially at Saskatchewan’s two cancer centres typically ranges from 40 to 60 each year.  Pediatric oncologists, nurses, social workers, and support staff work together to provide high-quality care to ensure the best possible outcomes.

In Canada today, approximately 83 per cent of children diagnosed with cancer will survive.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic Student Association Official Grand Opening
Saskatchewan Polytechnic Student Association’s official opening to assist students:
Sask Polytech Assoc VP Tobi Strohan, Warren, Student Assoc VP Finance Chirag Patel and Sask Polytech President Dr. Larry Rosia.
  • Access to student advocate
  • Free legal advice
  • Locker rentals
  • Used textbook sales
The Savivor program is offering students in need one breakfast and one dinner once a month.
Saskatchewan Polytechnic Students Association also partners with Moose Jaw Food Bank to provide hampers to students in need.

Sask Polytechnic offers other benefits as well to help students be successful in their education.


New passing lanes north of Moose Jaw will result in more opportunities to pass for motorists travelling to Buffalo Pound Provincial Park next season.

About 3,700 vehicles travel daily on Highway 2 between Moose Jaw and the Highway 202 junction, which is an increase of about 600 cars per day since 2008.  One set of passing lanes will be built about seven kilometers north of the city to just south of the junction.  The passing lanes project is being tendered with plans for construction in 2019.

In recent years, construction has been completed on passing lanes on Highway 10 and Highway 7 with work currently underway on Highway 6 south of Regina.

“Passing lanes improve safety and are more cost effective than twinning,” Highways and Infrastructure Minister Lori Carr said.  “We want to help folks driving north of Moose Jaw to travel safe, while at the same time improving traffic flow.”

Construction continues on several projects around the province including:

  • subgrade and surfacing for two sets of passing lanes on Highway 4 between North Battleford and Cochin;
  • Highway 6 passing lanes from about 6 kilometres (km) north of the Highway 39 junction to just south of the junction with Highway 306;
  • seal coating on Highways near Rosetown, Macklin and Muenster; and
  • construction begins on the replacement of three culverts of Highway 106 near Ballantyne Bay.
When driving through a work zone remember to obey signs, stay alert and slow to 60 km/hr, even if workers aren’t present.  Work zones may contain driving hazards, like sharp pavement drop or loose stones, which require you to slow down.

A weekly highway construction update is published on www.saskatchewan.ca/residents/transportation/highway-construction-projects/weekly-highway-construction-update to provide the travelling public with the latest details on projects underway to help plan safe and efficient travel.  If you see a highway work zone signing problem, you can report it by calling 306-244-5535.

Check the Highway Hotline at www.saskatchewan.ca/highwayhotline, before you hit the road.  It provides up-to-date information on construction, emergency road closures, the status of ferries/barges and other road activities.  Information is also available by calling 511.

The Government of Saskatchewan has invested more than $8.4 billion in highways and infrastructure since 2008, improving more than 13,000 kilometres of Saskatchewan highways.

Riverside Mission fundraiser in the Canadian Tire Parking lot. 


Favourable weather for most of the province allowed producers to continue to make good progress in the field, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s Weekly Crop Report.

Fifty-eight per cent of the crop is now in the bin, well ahead of the five-year (2013-2017) average of 37 per cent for this time of year.  Twenty-eight per cent of the crop is now swathed or ready to straight-cut.

Rain showers toward the end of the week slowed down field progress, particularly in the eastern and northern regions, where the majority of the rain was recorded.

Harvest is most advanced in the southwest region, where 82 per cent of the crop is now combined.  The southeast region has 77 per cent combined, the west-central 53 per cent and the east-central region has 49 per cent combined.  The northeast region has 27 per cent combined while the northwest region has 16 per cent combined.

Ninety-six per cent of lentils, 94 per cent of field peas, 73 per cent of durum, 46 per cent of spring wheat, 38 per cent of canola, and 14 per cent of flax and soybeans have now been combined.  Sixty per cent of durum is estimated to grade 1CW, while 34 and six per cent is estimated to grade 2CW and 3CW, respectively.  Fifty per cent of the pea crop is estimated to fall in the 1 CAN grade, while 46 and four per cent are estimated to grade 2 CAN and 3 CAN, respectively.  Forty-six per cent of the lentils are estimated to grade 1 CAN, while 49 and five per cent is predicted to fall in the 2 CAN and 3 CAN category, respectively.

Across the province, topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as 25 per cent adequate, 40 per cent short and 35 per cent very short.  Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 20 per cent adequate, 32 per cent short and 48 per cent very short.

Most areas of the province reported frost.  Crop damage varies depending on maturity of the crop and degree of freezing temperatures.

Producers are busy swathing and combining crops.

SaskPower says there were five reported cases of farm machinery contacting electrical equipment in the last week.  Producers are reminded to take a moment to identify overhead lines this harvest season.  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.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

What: Hunger in Moose Jaw Fall into Fabric Fundraiser
Time:  9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  
Place:  Zion United Church
Fabrics, Yarn and Craft Supplies

What: Habitat for Humanity 3rd Annual 5 km Run, Walk, Skip
Time:  9:45 a.m. 
Place:  Wakamow Valley

What: 30th Annual Toy Run Parade
Time:  2:00 p.m.
Bottom of 4th Ave Bridge, to Main St., North to Thatcher and
West to Salvation Army Citadel.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

What: SCRAPS Succulent Fairy Garden Fundraiser
Time:  2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.  
Place:  Providence Place Rose Room

What:  Raise the Wroof Dog Show
Time:  12:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Place:  Happy Valley Park

Moose Jaw Right to Life Walk for Life
Saturday, September 22  10:00 a.m.
Starts at St. Joseph’s Church

Journey to Hope – Supporting Suicide Awareness and Prevention
Saturday, September 22  10:30 a.m. Crescent Park Amphitheatre
Contact journeytohope@live.com or dell@wjjonesandson.com

Providence Place Fall Tea & Bake Sale
Sunday, September 23  1:30 – 3:30 pm
Providence Place Rose Room

Riverside Mission Harvest Banquet
Tuesday, September 25 and Wednesday, September 26
Sportsman’s Centre

Grandmother’s 4 Grandmothers Roast Beef Fundraiser
Thursday, September 27  5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Bugsy’s in the Town & Country Mall
Call (306) 692-3842 for tickets

Zion’s Fall Garage Sale
Friday and Saturday, September 28 and 29

Minto United Church Ham Supper
Saturday, September 29

Oktoberfest Dance sponsored b Friendly City Optimist Club
Saturday, September 29  8:00 p.m.
Church of our Lady Hall