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From the Desk of Warren Michelson September 20, 2019

September 20, 2019 View this email in your browser


Stop in to help us celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Saskatchewan Flag! Enjoy a coffee, cookies and a free Saskatchewan flag & pin!

Proclamation of Saskatchewan Flag Day taking place in our office at 1:30 p.m. 

Government Of Saskatchewan Is Monitoring For Vaping-Related Illnesses

Today, Saskatchewan Health Minister Jim Reiter issued the following statement:

“I am concerned with the recent incidents of vaping related illnesses, as well as the high rates of vaping we are seeing among Saskatchewan youth.  Although Saskatchewan has not recorded any instances of pulmonary illness associated with vaping similar to the recently reported cases in the United States and Ontario, earlier this week I directed Saskatchewan public health officials to monitor all cases as they present in intensive care units.

“Pursuant to section 31 of The Public Health Act 1994, Saskatchewan Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. Saqib Shahab sent notification to Hospital Intensive Care Units across the province that all cases of severe respiratory disease that may be due to vaping be reported to local medical health officers by phone immediately.

“Parents, please speak to your children about the risks associated with vaping.  Any and all members of the public who have questions about non-severe symptoms they may be having due to or exacerbated by vaping should contact the Healthline at 811 or talk to their health care provider.”

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This special bench was dedicated Sunday at the Sunset cemetery ‘Garden of Angels’. Its a special place to reflect, perhaps to mourn; to commemorate the infant lives that were lost as a result of stillborn, miscarriage or abortion.


New Children’s Hospital Celebrates Grand Opening

The new Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital (JPCH) in Saskatoon was showcased today, as partners achieved their vision of having Saskatchewan children and expectant mothers receive exceptional health care closer to home.

The JPCH will officially open to patients on September 29, when all pediatric and maternal inpatients will move in from Royal University Hospital and new admissions will be accepted.

Premier Scott Moe was joined by lead donor Jim Pattison, representatives from the Government of Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) and Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital Foundation, donors and community members to celebrate the official grand opening of the hospital.

“The grand opening of the Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital marks the culmination of a decade’s worth of hard work and determination that started with a simple vision: providing world-class health care for Saskatchewan children and families for generations,” Moe said.  “This state of the art facility will provide hope and healing, and will have an impact on Saskatchewan that is sure to extend far beyond the walls of this hospital.”

Almost 60 pediatric specialists, sub-specialists and surgeons are working in more than 20 specialties at the 176-bed hospital.

“We appreciate the opportunity to be part of this exciting vision that made the children’s hospital a reality to serve the health care needs for children and their families in the province of Saskatchewan,” donor Jim Pattison said.

“I’m so excited for the opening of our new hospital because families will have a state-of-the-art facility with family-centered care to make the hospital experience not so scary and feel more like home for kids who need it,” 2019 Champion Child Blake Wheeler said.

“This hospital is the culmination of a vision and commitment of numerous individuals – the Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital Foundation staff and donors, the Government of Saskatchewan, hundreds of health care staff, physicians and leaders,” SHA CEO Scott Livingstone said.  “Together, with the important input and support of Saskatchewan families, you have collectively brought us to this historic moment.  Thank you to each and every person who played a part in this aspiring journey – everyone, in their own unique way, has left their valued imprint on this facility.  This impressive hospital will play an integral role in the provincial health care landscape for generations to come, serving Saskatchewan’s children and pregnant women, all because many contributed to make this happen.  This is truly a grassroots made in Saskatchewan success story.”

“Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital Foundation is grateful to celebrate the true Saskatchewan spirit of the thousands who generously gave, making certain that a dedicated maternal and children’s hospital became a reality in our province,” Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital Foundation President and CEO Brynn Boback-Lane said.  “Our Foundation is dedicated to connecting care across the province and ensuring Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital is known for its world-class excellence because Saskatchewan deserves the very best in maternal and pediatric care today, and in the future.”

The total capital cost for the JPCH is $285.9 million.  The province provided about $257 million in capital costs, while the JPCH Foundation and donor contributions totalled about $75 million for capital costs ($28.3 million), hospital equipment and furniture ($46.6 million).

The 2019-20 Provincial Budget provides $9.6 million to finalize information technology needs and an additional $23 million to support operations when the hospital opens later this month.

The number of licensed pediatricians has nearly doubled in Saskatchewan since 2007, from 62 to 122.

September Is Childhood And Youth Cancer Awareness Month

Highways and Infrastructure Minister Greg Ottenbreit on behalf of Health Minister Jim Reiter joined with parents and youth at a flag-raising ceremony at the Legislative Building this morning to mark September as Childhood and Youth Cancer Awareness Month in Saskatchewan.

“Each year, we recognize September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month to acknowledge the impact cancer has on young people, their families and our communities,” Ottenbreit said.  “As the parent of a child lost to cancer, I support the efforts being made to improve the quality of care for patients, and ultimately, to find a cure.”

Representatives of affected families raised a childhood cancer awareness flag, and spoke of the impact that cancer has had on their families, along with the continued need for prevention and treatment.  Childhood and Youth Cancer Awareness Month is observed each year in recognition of the impact that cancer has on the lives of children, youth, and families across Saskatchewan.

“Every time I see the gold ribbon worn during Childhood and Youth Awareness Month, I think of the families whose children have been affected,” Regina childhood cancer awareness advocate Sherri Melnychuk said.  “We ask people to support childhood cancer research, more effective treatments, and improved care for our children.”

Melnychuk 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 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.


Basic And Extended Auto Coverage Options


The Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority (FCAA) wants vehicle owners to understand their basic plate coverage and the additional insurance options available to them.

All licensed vehicles in the province are insured with the mandatory basic plate insurance coverage through the Saskatchewan Auto Fund administered by Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI), which provides a base level of protection for all drivers.  In addition to this basic level of protection, there are options for owners to obtain extended auto coverage from a variety of insurers.

This coverage can include extra coverage for damage to your vehicle, liability for third party injuries, options to lower the deductible and other additional protections.

Some things to consider when thinking about auto insurance options include:

  • If I have a brand new vehicle and it gets totaled, will my coverage be enough to cover the rest of my car loan?  Can I afford alternate transportation, like a rental car?
  • If I’m in a collision outside of Saskatchewan, is my insurance coverage adequate?
  • If I am injured in an accident will I have enough to cover my medical expenses and time off from work?
  • If someone else is hurt will my insurance be enough to cover their lost wages and medical expenses?

If you are interested in learning more about extended auto coverage, talk to an insurance company, agent or broker.  For more information about insurance coverage, visit https://fcaa.gov.sk.ca/consumers-investors-pension-plan-members/consumers/insurance-consumers/insurance-basics.

The Royal Canadian Legion held their annual Veterans Luncheon Thursday, in appreciation to veterans, of all military services, RCMP and Police forces.

Note worthy was the ‘Missing Man Table’; a single setting, symbolizing the isolation of the absent service member.  
The table is round to represent the everlasting concern the survivors have for the missing.

A white tablecloth to symbolise the pure intentions of the service members who responded to the country’s call to arms.
A single rose in the vase symbolising the blood that service members have shed in sacrifice to ensure freedom.
The red ribbon represents a love of country that inspired the service members to serve the country.
A slice of lemon on the bread plate that represents the bitter fate of the missing.
Salt sprinkled on the bread plate that symbolises the tears shed by waiting families.
An inverted glass to represent fact that the missing and fallen cannot partake.
A Bible represents the spiritual strength and faith to sustain the lost.
A lit candle symbolises a light of hope that lives in hearts to illuminate the missing’s way home.
An empty chair to represent the absence of the missing and fallen.

“Founders Table” Program To Help Women Tech Entrepreneurs Expand And Grow Their Businesses

Founder’s Table provides support, mentorship and networking opportunities for female tech entrepreneurs in our province.

There are more than 34,000 women entrepreneurs in Saskatchewan but a gap between the number of male and female entrepreneurs remains.  Founder’s Table is a made-in-Saskatchewan program that will address this gap through mentorship and education.  Over the next six months, female tech entrepreneurs will meet to develop sector specific knowledge and strategy.

“We are blessed to come from a province where successful female business owners are part of an ecosystem that steps up to inspire and mentor new entrepreneurs,” Minister Responsible for Innovation Saskatchewan Tina Beaudry-Mellor said. “Founder’s Table is an excellent opportunity for women in tech to learn to take their business and management skills to the next level.”

Ten technology company founders were selected to participate in the Founder’s Table.  They will meet in Regina once a month from now until February in preparation for The Growth Intensive Workshop in March 2020, where they will plan the next phases of their businesses.

“Founder’s Table is committed to supporting female founders from across this province grow and flourish in the technology sector,” Women Entrepreneurs Saskatchewan (WESK) CEO Prabha Mitchell said.  “Together with Economic Development Regina, and with the financial support of Innovation Saskatchewan, WESK is pleased to help Saskatchewan women in technology succeed through this mastermind program.”

Katrina German, Co-founder and CEO of OneStory, is the program facilitator.  She is an award-winning Saskatchewan entrepreneur with a passion for encouraging women to pursue careers in technology.  Innovation Saskatchewan is providing $50,000 to Economic Development Regina to support the initiative developed in partnership with WESK.

Battle of Britian 

Commander Colonel Ron Walker presentation at 15 Wing.

Crop Report For The Period September 10 To September 16, 2019

Warm weather and wind has allowed combining to resume, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s Weekly Crop Report.  Twenty-three per cent of the crop is now in the bin, up from 18 per cent last week, still well behind the five-year (2014-18) average of 50 per cent for this time of year.

Thirty-six per cent of the crop is now swathed or ready to straight-cut.  A general rain fell over much of the province with the largest amounts being reported in the central and southern regions.

Harvest is most advanced in the southwest region, where 37 per cent of the crop is now combined.  The southeast region has 28 per cent combined and the west-central region 26 per cent.  The northeast region has 15 per cent combined, the east-central region 12 per cent combined, while the northwest region has 10 per cent.

Ninety per cent of winter wheat, 88 per cent of fall rye, 78 per cent of field peas, 75 per cent of lentils, 39 per cent of barley, 17 per cent of durum and oats, 13 per cent of spring wheat and six per cent of canola is now in the bin.  An additional 56 per cent of canola is swathed or is ready to straight-cut.

Fourteen per cent of the durum is estimated to grade 1 CW, while 46 and 28 per cent is estimated to grade 2 CW and 3 CW, respectively.  Thirty-one per cent of the pea crop is estimated to fall in the 1 CAN grade, 58 and 10 per cent are estimated to grade 2 CAN and 3 CAN, respectively.  Sixteen per cent of the lentils are estimated to grade 1 CAN, while 55 and 22 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 14 per cent surplus, 77 per cent adequate, eight per cent short and one per cent very short.  Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as three per cent surplus, 83 per cent adequate, 11 per cent short and three per cent very short.

Most crop damage this past week was due to localized flooding and strong winds.  There have been some reports of crops bleaching and sprouting in areas with excess moisture.

Farmers are getting back out in the field and continuing with harvest operations as the weather permits.

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

Follow the 2019 Crop Report on Twitter at @SKAgriculture.


Saturday, September 21, 2019

What: Cranberry Collective Boutique Grand opening
Time:  10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. 
Place: Cranberry Collective Boutique 316 Main St. 

What: Pumpkin Harvest Festival 
Time:  11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. 
Place:  1000 Grey Ave. 

What: 31st annual Toy Run Parade
Time:  2:00 p.m. 
Place:  Bottom of 4th ave bridge, north on main st. W. on to Thatcher Drive.

What: Hopkins Dining Parlour 40th anniversary
Time:  6:00 p.m. 
Place: Hopkins Dining Parlour 
Live music and give aways

What: MJ Warrior Home Opener
Time:  7:00 p.m. 
Place: Mosaic

What: Sparkling Sunset a Dessert Night – Make a Wish Sask
Time:  7:00 p.m. 
Place: Temple Gardens

Sunday, September 22, 2019

What: Tatawaw Park Clean up
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 
Place: Meet at bridge 7th Avenue SW