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From the Desk of Warren Michelson September 21,2018

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Warren with


at the 30th

Annual Toy Run


Rail Safety Is Everyone’s Responsibility

Public-Rail Safety Week September 23-29

The Government of Saskatchewan and the Western Canadian Shortline Railway Association (WCSLRA) urge all drivers and pedestrians to be alert and cautious near tracks and trains during Public Rail Safety Week (PRSW).

“Rail transportation is vital in getting goods delivered here as well as exports to market,” Highways and Infrastructure Minister Lori Carr said.  “Rail safety is everyone’s responsibility – only cross railway tracks at authorized and marked crossings, and always obey the signs.”

Saskatchewan has about 4,700 public crossings which is about 20 per cent of the crossings in Canada.  The Government of Saskatchewan conducts routine safety inspections of the province’s 1,200 shortline rail crossings, regularly reviews shortline railways safety management plans and works closely with shortlines to make sure their operating rules and plans are up-to-date.

As part of public education efforts, the Government of Saskatchewan distributes Train Safety Activity Booklets to Grade 4 students at more than 100 schools located near shortline railways each year in conjunction with National Public Rail Safety Week.  The booklets are produced by the Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure in partnership with the WCSLRA.

“Railway safety is our top priority. It is critically important to us that our staff and our neighbours make it home safely every night,” WCSLRA President Perry Pellerin said.  “These colouring books are important because they help educate children in our communities and supplement the work that we’re doing.”

PRSW is an Operation Lifesaver initiative that aims to bring awareness to rail safety and encourages people to be safe while travelling near rail crossings or tracks.  Further resources can be found at Operation Lifesaver’s website at 

Saskatchewan has 13 operational, privately-owned shortline railways on about 2,131 km of provincially-regulated track that connect to more than 6,000 kilometres of federally-regulated rail lines.

SRC Announces Record-High Economic Impact Results For 2017-18

The Saskatchewan Research Council (SRC) saw a record high year for its economic impact assessment results in 2017-18.

During this time, SRC provided a more than 37 times return for every dollar invested by the Government of Saskatchewan.  That represents more than $772 million in direct economic benefits to the province’s economy and $42 million in jobs created or maintained.  Overall, SRC’s economic and job impacts equalled $814 million.  These numbers are a new high for SRC since it first started assessing its impacts on the province in 2003.

“SRC continues to lead the way for research and technology organizations in Canada,” Minister Responsible for SRC Jeremy Harrison said.  “By working on new and exciting projects, SRC ensures it is well positioned for the future, meeting its mission and creating positive impacts for Saskatchewan all at the same time.”

Over the last 15 years, SRC has achieved more than $8.4 billion in combined economic and job impacts in Saskatchewan.  Benchmarking has shown this economic impact achievement record is unparalleled in the world for research and technology organizations.

“We are not only highly focused on producing smart science solutions for our clients, but also positive economic, environmental and social impacts in the province,” SRC President and CEO Dr. Laurier Schramm said.  “This is the 10th year for which our economic and jobs impacts have exceeded the half-billion-dollar level and we are proud of that achievement.”

In addition, SRC continues to be committed to conducting business in a socially and environmentally responsible manner.  Some highlights from SRC’s 2017-18 corporate social responsibility activities include:
  • 84 per cent of project expenses were aimed at creating positive environmental and/or social impacts.
  • A lost-time injury rate of zero for the third year in a row.
  • More than 260 volunteer hours at food banks and other initiatives through SRC’s Employee Volunteer Program.
SRC is one of Canada’s leading providers of applied research, development and demonstration (RD&D), and technology commercialization.  With more than 340 employees, $75 million in annual revenue and 71 years of RD&D experience, SRC provides services and products to its 1,500 clients in 20 countries around the world.

Warren with

Morty the Moose

at the Habitat for

Humanity Colour


Hunters Can Help Monitor The Spread Of Cwd

The Ministry of Environment is asking hunters to help monitor the spread and intensity of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in wild deer, elk, moose and caribou populations by submitting heads of harvested animals for disease testing, free of charge.

CWD is a fatal, infectious central nervous system disease that can affect deer, elk, caribou and moose.

First discovered in wild mule deer in 2000, the disease has now been confirmed in 44 of Saskatchewan’s 83 wildlife management zones and three of the four cervid species present in the province (deer, elk, moose).  It has not yet been detected in caribou.

Hunters can help reduce the spread of CWD through the proper disposal of deer carcass waste.  Avoid transporting a deer carcass from the area where it was taken, especially from areas where CWD has been detected.  If a carcass is transported, hunters are asked to dispose of it by double-bagging it and taking it to a landfill.

Although no human case of CWD has ever been identified, hunters should not eat, or distribute for human consumption, the meat or other parts from animals that have not been tested or that are found to be CWD-positive.

Heads can be submitted for testing at a number of designated drop-off locations across the province throughout the hunting season.

For a list of drop-off sites and information on how to submit a sample for testing, hunters can visit the Saskatchewan CWD submission and tracking website at 

New Canadians Welcomed At Citizenship Ceremony 

31 new Canadians took the Oath of Citizenship in front of family and friends at the Saskatchewan Legislative Building, completing their journey to become Canadian citizens.

The citizenship ceremony was hosted by the Ministry of Immigration and Career Training, and helps mark the 20th anniversary of the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP).

“We are pleased to welcome these new citizens to the Canadian and Saskatchewan family, as we also take the time to recognize the role of immigration in creating opportunity and spurring growth in Saskatchewan,” Immigration and Career Training Minister Jeremy Harrison said.  “Immigration has helped to enrich our province, bringing in new residents to live, work, raise families and start businesses here.”

About seven out of 10 newcomers immigrate to the province through the SINP program.  Between 2007 and 2017, more than 108,300 newcomers arrived in more than 400 communities across the province—77,300 of these were SINP nominees and their family members.

The SINP has contributed to strong outcomes for newcomers and the province, including:
  • The highest employment rate for newcomers in Canada. In 2017, the employment rate for new immigrants (less than five years in Canada) aged 25 to 54, was 76 per cent in Saskatchewan, compared to 70 per cent nationally.  The province has also consistently retained more than 80 per cent of its newcomers since 2007.
  • Population growth, with nearly 1.2 million people now calling Saskatchewan home—the highest in the province’s history.


Applications Being Accepted For Saskatchewan Value-Added Agriculture Incentive

The Government of Saskatchewan is now accepting applications for the Saskatchewan Value-Added Agriculture Incentive (SVAI).

The SVAI aims to improve investment attraction and retention outcomes in the value-added agriculture sector.  It 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,” Trade and Export Development Minister Jeremy Harrison said.  “This initiative supports rural growth, provides outlets for locally-produced crops, and creates more opportunities to attract entrepreneurial talent and foreign investment.”

Projects that qualify for SVAI include new and existing value-added agricultural facilities with $10 million in new capital expenditures.  To be eligible, projects must demonstrate that capital expenditures were made to create new production or to increase existing production.  The benefit redemption is limited to 20 per cent in year one after the facility enters operation, 30 per cent in year two and 50 per cent in year three.

Value-added agriculture refers to transforming or upgrading raw or primary agricultural products, agricultural by-products or waste into a new product.  Examples include pea protein processors, oat milling operations, malt producing operations, cannabis oil facilities and more.

Applications for the SVAI will be accepted until December 31, 2022. To learn more and apply, please visit www.saskatchewan.ca/Business/Investment-and-Economic-Development/Business-Incentives-and-Tax-Credits/Saskatchewan-Value-Added-Agriculture-Incentive.

Applications for the SVAI will be accepted until December 31, 2022. To learn more and apply, please visit http://www.saskatchewan.ca/Business/Investment-and-Economic-Development/Business-Incentives-and-Tax-Credits/Saskatchewan-Value-Added-Agriculture-Incentive.



Environment Minister Dustin Duncan has approved a large-scale wind energy project in the province.  This is the first large-scale wind energy project approved under The Environmental Assessment Act.  Located south of Herbert, the Blue Hill Wind Energy Project will be developed and operated by Algonquin Power Co. (a subsidiary of Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp.) and is expected to include up to 56 wind turbines

The turbines will add 177 megawatts of wind energy for SaskPower customers – enough energy to power more than 70,000 average Saskatchewan homes.  Construction is anticipated to begin in 2019, with possible service as early as 2021.

“This new wind energy project demonstrates our government’s commitment to renewable energy and greenhouse gas emission reductions, both clear goals in our comprehensive provincial climate change strategy,” Duncan said.

Prairie Resilience, the province’s made-in-Saskatchewan climate change strategy, is designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, prepare for changing conditions, and protect people and communities through resilience and readiness.

The strategy includes a target to reduce emissions from electrical power generation by 40 per cent by 2030, with a significant focus on wind energy.  The Blue Hill Project will be the seventh privately developed wind power generation project in Saskatchewan.

The project site is located outside of the avoidance zones identified in the Wildlife Siting Guidelines for Saskatchewan Wind Energy Projects.  Algonquin selected this location on cultivated agricultural land in order to avoid impacting native prairie grassland and important wildlife habitat.  The company also conducted rigorous wildlife surveys as part of the environmental impact assessment (EIA) and has proposed appropriate mitigation to reduce potential impacts to migratory birds, bats and habitat.

Those mitigation measures include:
  • avoiding sensitive areas when siting project infrastructure and temporary workspaces;
  • providing adequate setback from Reed Lake to help reduce potential bird and bat collisions;
  • burying electrical lines where feasible;
  • installation of transmission line bird diverters;
  • the use of appropriate lighting and turbine spacing; and
  • adhering to minimum wind cut-in speeds of turbines.

Algonquin will adhere to the Ministry of Environment’s Adaptive Management Guidelines for Saskatchewan Wind Energy Projects, which include standards for post-construction bird and bat fatality monitoring and mitigation.  The guidelines provide regulatory clarity to support responsible wind energy development and operations in Saskatchewan, ensuring that wildlife and habitat impacts are satisfactorily avoided, minimized and offset to meet compliance requirements.

“Algonquin has made extensive efforts to ensure the project meets or exceeds the needs of stakeholders,” Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. Chief Executive Officer Ian Robertson said.  “We look forward to continuing this work as we transition to the next phase of the project.”

Throughout the EIA, Algonquin engaged with stakeholders, including local communities and environmental non-governmental organizations, in order to provide information about the project to address any concerns.

A copy of the Blue Hill Wind Energy Project decision can be found at 

The Adaptive Management Guidelines for Saskatchewan Wind Energy Projects can be found at http://www.publications.gov.sk.ca/details.cfm?p=90235.

Legislation To Support Victims Of “Revenge Porn” Takes Effect

Legislation has come into force creating new legal options for people whose intimate images have been shared without their consent.

“Our government wants to take strong steps to protect people who have been victimized by having intimate images shared without consent,” Justice Minister and Attorney General Don Morgan said.  “This legislation will provide those victims with the ability to take direct court action against perpetrators.”

The amendments to The Privacy Act allow a person whose intimate image has been distributed without their consent to sue the person who distributed the image.  It will also shift the onus of proof to the person that circulated the image, requiring them to show that they had a reasonable basis to conclude consent had been granted to do so.

Additionally, the legislation removes the requirement that a lawsuit under The Privacy Act proceed only in the Court of Queen’s Bench.  Plaintiffs will have the option to proceed with an action in either Small Claims or the Court of Queen’s Bench.  This will permit plaintiffs in these cases to choose the less expensive and quicker small claims process, where they are claiming damages less than $30,000.

These amendments complement and support amendments made to the Criminal Code in 2015 to address the distribution of intimate images without consent, and ensure that victims have equal opportunities for redress in both the criminal and the civil spheres of the justice system.

The Victims Services Branch has been working with police-based victim services units and the Canadian Centre for Child Protection Inc. to educate the public about the options available to them in the event their intimate images are shared without consent.

More information can be found at 

The Canadian Centre for Child Protection Inc. operates Cybertip.ca, which provides a variety of information and resources to those who have been victimized through the sharing of intimate images.  Their website can be found at 

An intimate image is a visual image, including photos or videos, in which a person is nude, partially nude, or engaged in explicit sexual activity, that was made in circumstances that implied a reasonable expectation of privacy.

Crop Report For The Period September 11 To 17, 2018

A wet and cool week stalled most harvest operations in the province.  Sixty-two per cent of the crop is now in the bin, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s Weekly Crop Report.  The five-year (2013-2017) average is 53 per cent for this time of year.  Twenty-six per cent of the crop is now swathed or ready to straight-cut.

Rain fell over the majority of the province, with the largest amounts being reported in the central and northern regions.  Many areas in these regions recorded more than 30 mm of rain.  Snow was reported in the northwest region.
Harvest is most advanced in the southwest region, where 86 per cent of the crop is now combined.  The southeast region has 84 per cent combined, the west-central 57 per cent and the east-central region 55 per cent.  The northeast region has 29 per cent combined while the northwest region has 17 per cent combined.

Ninety-six per cent of lentils, 95 per cent of field peas, 78 per cent of durum, 50 per cent of spring wheat, 44 per cent of canola and 25 per cent of flax has now been combined.

Across the province, topsoil moisture conditions have improved.  Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as four per cent surplus, 40 per cent adequate, 37 per cent short and 19 per cent very short.  Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 31 per cent adequate, 38 per cent short and 31 per cent very short.

Limited rainfall throughout many regions of the province has pasture conditions rated as 14 per cent in good condition, 23 per cent in fair condition, 36 per cent in poor condition and 27 per cent in very poor condition.

The majority of crop damage was due to lodging and rain causing quality loss.

SaskPower says there were two reported cases of farm machinery contacting electrical equipment over the last week, bringing the total in September to eight.  You can find out more about being safe around power lines by visiting 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 22, 2018

What: Moose Jaw Right to Life Walk for Life
Time:  10:00 a.m. 
Place:  Starts at St. Joseph’s Church

What: Journey to Hope – Supporting Suicide Awareness and Prevention
Time:  10:30 a.m.
Place:  Crescent Park Amphitheatre 
Contact journeytohope@live.com or dell@wjjonesandson.com

Sunday, September 23, 2018

What: Providence Place Fall Tea & Bake Sale
Time:   1:30 – 3:30 pm
Place:  Providence Place Rose Room
What: Church of Our Lady Fall Supper
Time:  4:30 p.m. / 6:30 p.m. 
Place:  Church of Our Lady
Tickets: $15/ Adults,  $8 children

Riverside Mission Harvest Banquet
Tuesday, September 25 and Wednesday, September 26
Sportsman’s Centre
Canadian Forces Housing Agency Grand Opening of New 6 Unit
Apartment and Ribbon Cutting
Wednesday, September 26 10:20 a.m. 

15 Wing Moose Jaw 121- Oxfrd Cres. Bushell ParkGrandmother’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