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From the Desk of Warren Michelson September 27, 2019

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Seniors’ Week,
September 29 to October 5

Thank you to our seniors who have built our communities.  The coming week has been declared Seniors’ Week in Saskatchewan. This special week encourages all of us to recognize the many achievements of our seniors and how important seniors are every day in every community.
let’s take the opportunity to recognize and celebrate the many positive contributions seniors make in our province, and say thank you to a senior. 

Pizza in the Park with the Premier

Premier Scott Moe was in Moose Jaw Thursday meeting constituents at the Pizza in the Park held in Connors Park.
The coolness didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the people who came out to meet Premier Scott Moe.
Pictured in the photo with Premier Scott Moe and myself are Mayor Fraser Tolmie, Sask Party Candidate Tim McLeod, and MLA Greg Lawrence

Last Resident Leaves Valley View Centre

Our last residents of Valley View Centre have officially moved out of the building on Tuesday, marking the end of institutionalized style living for people with intellectual disabilities in Saskatchewan.

Since the closure of Valley View Centre was announced in 2012, the Government of Saskatchewan, Inclusion Saskatchewan and the Valley View Legacy Network have worked together to ensure the success and well-being of residents as they move into communities of their choice.

Every person that has moved out of Valley View had a transition plan, where they and their families were invited to the table to make choices about their future, including where they wanted to live, who they wanted to live with and how they were going to live.  This person-centred approach put the residents and their support systems at the forefront of decision making.

“Today’s announcement has been seven years in the making through careful planning with each and every resident, their family members and support systems,” Social Services Minister Paul Merriman said.  “I’d like to sincerely thank Inclusion Saskatchewan, the Valley View Centre Legacy Network and all of the employees past and present from Valley View and the Ministry of Social Services who have worked toward this day. Your dedication to putting residents first has made this a success.”

“The closure of Valley View Centre is a historic step forward for individuals with intellectual disabilities,” Inclusion Saskatchewan President Gloria Mahussier said.  “Thanks to our Saskatchewan-made person-centred approach, all of the centre’s former residents are now living healthy, happy, and secure lives in the communities of their choice.  I’d like to thank our partners on the transition team for their thoughtfulness, dedication, and passion over the years.”

“On behalf of the Valley View Centre Legacy Network, I would like to thank former Minister June Draude, as well as our Valley View Transition Steering Committee partners from the Ministry of Social Services and Inclusion Saskatchewan,” Valley View Centre Legacy Network Acting Chair Doug Conn said.  “Having a shared vision, the transition team worked hard to ensure that the fearful unknowns of the Valley View Centre closure were turned into a situation full of dreams, possibilities, and life in the community.  I would also like to thank the residents and their families for trusting the late June Avivi’s leadership, and trusting the 14 recommendations developed by the steering committee that paved the way to a successful transition process.”

Quick Facts:
  • In total, 153 adults with intellectual disabilities have been successfully transitioned to community-based homes.
  • Thirty-six new group homes have been purchased, renovated, or built.
  • Two new safety net homes have been developed to respond to people who are in crisis and need additional services.  A third home is being planned.
The closure of Valley View Centre supports the Saskatchewan Disability Strategy by encouraging inclusive communities through the creation of numerous residential and day program services for people with disabilities.

Proclamation of Saskatchewan Flag Day. 

Sunday, September 22 was the 50th Anniversary of our Saskatchewan Flag.

Heather Eby represented the City of Moose Jaw last Friday in the Proclamation of September 22 as Saskatchewan Flag Day.

We were joined by Gail Hapanowicz of Hodgeville, who has done much to bring awareness of the history of our flag, and to recognize the designer, Anthony Drake.






Tristan Johnson-England,
Miss Saskatchewan Globe and Miss Canadian Tourism International stopped by for the celebratiion.

Riverside Mission
Harvest Fundraising Banquet

Riverside Mission hosted a fantastic meal at their Harvest Fundraising Banquet.  Pictured are Rachel and Danny Mullens, Manager and Assistant Manager of Riverside Mission, presenting the Volunteer Award to Star and Harvey Parker.

Attention Hunters: Key Wildlife Management Zones Targeted For CWD Testing

The Ministry of Environment – in partnership with the Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation (SWF) – is encouraging hunters to submit the heads of all deer, moose, elk and caribou harvested this hunting season for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) testing.  CWD is a fatal, infectious central nervous system disease in cervids that has no known cure.

In particular, hunters in wildlife management zones (WMZs) 9, 10, 2W, 35 and 37 are strongly urged to submit all mule deer and white-tailed deer heads for testing.  Long-term monitoring sites are being established in these zones to obtain more information about the presence and spread of the disease in certain areas of the province.  The ministry is hoping to collect at least 300 samples in each of these targeted zones to more accurately assess changes in the disease and help guide future management options.

The ministry is also looking for submissions in the boreal transition zone to help evaluate CWD risk to caribou (WMZs 43, 47, 48, 49, 50, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57 and 67).

“Hunters play an important role in supporting wildlife health, and submitted more than 2,000 heads for CWD testing last year,” Environment Minister Dustin Duncan said.  “Understanding how this disease spreads is critical in evaluating potential population impacts, and in developing disease management plans.”

“The Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation will manage a number of drop-off sites this year to help augment the ministry program,” SWF Executive Director Darrell Crabbe said.  “Monitoring CWD in the province is beneficial for hunters, and an important indicator in managing our wildlife resources.”

CWD was discovered in provincial game farm animals in 1996.  It transitioned to wild mule deer in 2000, and is now found in deer, elk and moose in 48 of Saskatchewan’s 83 WMZs.  With the help of hunters, the ministry has been monitoring the spread and intensity of CWD for more than 20 years.

Hunters can help reduce the spread of CWD to new areas of the province by properly disposing of animal carcass waste.  It is best to field dress and quarter the carcass in the field instead of transporting it from the area where the animal was taken, especially from areas where CWD has been detected.

Although no human case of CWD has ever been identified, the ministry strongly recommends that hunters avoid eating the meat until they receive their test results.  In addition, hunters are strongly urged not to eat, or distribute for human consumption, the meat or other parts from animals that are found to be CWD-positive.

Prior to dropping off heads, please get your CWD Tracking Number and keep that number with you.  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, visit 

Moose Jaw Toy Run

Thank you to the
Moose Jaw Cycle Association for their efforts to help kids.

Government Invests In Programming To Help People With Visual Impairments Find Jobs

Today, Immigration and Career Training Minister Jeremy Harrison announced funding to provide better access to specialized services that will help Saskatchewan residents who are blind or partially sighted prepare for, secure and maintain employment.

The Government of Saskatchewan is providing Vision Loss Rehabilitation Saskatchewan (VLRS), a sister organization of the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB), with $291,000 in funding for programming that supports clients with visual impairments who require skill development.

“Investing in this service supports Saskatchewan’s goal of being the best place in Canada for people who experience disabilities, including vision impairment, to live and work,” Harrison said.  “Through partnerships with organizations like the Canadian National Institute for the Blind and Vision Loss Rehabilitation Saskatchewan, we are helping hundreds of people access meaningful career training and employment.”

“For many people, vision loss rehabilitation is the gateway to a future filled with possibility,” VLRS Executive Director Dan Vodon said.  “These services provide the essential skills to succeed at school, pursue a rewarding career and fully engage in all aspects of life.  In so doing, we empower people of all ages to pursue and achieve their ambitions.  We are excited for the opportunity to change what it is to be blind through innovative programs and powerful advocacy to enable Canadians impacted by blindness to live the lives they choose.”

VLRS provides services to Saskatchewan residents who are at least 16 years of age and who register with the organization as a client requiring assistance to reduce the impact of their disability in order to participate in education or employment.

Mosaic Community Food Farm Harvest Day

Government Of Saskatchewan Marks National Rail Safety Week

The Government of Saskatchewan and the Canadian Safety Train Express (CSTE) encourages everyone to stay safe around trains and their tracks, no matter where they are.

“When it comes to ensuring rail safety, even one incident is too many,” Highways and Infrastructure Minister Greg Ottenbreit said.  “Understanding the dangers around trains helps us all stay safe in a province as reliant on rail transportation as Saskatchewan.”

The Government of Saskatchewan keeps railway safety top of mind throughout the year.  They do so with routine safety inspections and reviews of safety management plans for shortline railways.  They also work closely with shortlines to ensure that operating rules and plans are up-to-date.  Most recently, the Government of Saskatchewan has partnered with the CSTE on an augmented reality railway safety activity book for grade four students.

This year, french immersion students will also get the opportunity to learn about train safety, as we have worked to translate the interactive book.

“We are very excited to work with the Province of Saskatchewan to promote a very important railway safety message,” Canadian Safety Train Express Inc. CEO Perry Pellerin said.  “Rail Safety Week is an important week to further educate the public on the dangers surrounding rail equipment and grade crossings.  Canadian Safety Train Express Inc., is continually developing new ways to educate the public about railway safety, as it’s important to understand that an interaction with railway equipment almost always results in a significant consequence.”

In conjunction with National Rail Safety Week this year, activity books have been distributed to more than 3,500 students in Saskatchewan.

Saskatchewan has 13 operational, privately-owned shortline railways.  These operate on more than 2,000 kilometres of track and connect to more than 6,000 kilometres of federally-regulated track.

To learn more about the Canadian Safety Train Express’ events and activities, visit 

Greg Kennedy Juggles for Students
Local students enjoyed this phenomenal performance that showcased interesting laws of physics.
It was sponsored by the Organization of Saskatchewan Arts Councils.

The Curl Moose Jaw Championship Dinner
Celebrated the Successes
of our Local Curlers

Crop Report For The Period September 17 To September 23, 2019

A stretch of warm and relatively dry weather allowed most producers to return to the field and resume harvest operations last week, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s Weekly Crop Report.  Thirty-nine per cent of the crop is now in the bin, up from 23 per cent last week but remaining well behind the five-year (2014-2018) average of 62 per cent for this time of year.

Crops have been slow to mature and dry down due to frequent showers.  Much of the crop harvested so far is tough and is being put into grain dryers and aeration bins.

Harvest is most advanced in the southwest region, where 58 per cent of the crop is now combined.  The west-central region has 46 per cent combined and the southeast region 40 per cent.  The northeast region has 31 per cent combined, the northwest region 23 per cent and the east-central region 22 per cent.

Ninety-four per cent of fall rye, 93 per cent of winter wheat, 89 per cent of field peas, 88 per cent of lentils, 59 per cent of barley, 48 per cent of durum, 36 per cent of mustard, 31 per cent of spring wheat and 17 per cent of canola is now in the bin.  An additional 61 per cent of canola and 19 per cent of mustard is swathed or ready to straight-cut.

Some eastern areas of the province received heavy rainfall last week, which will further delay harvest.  While the majority of the province received small amounts of rainfall, the Lipton and Ituna areas both received 94 mm.  Across the province, topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as 15 per cent surplus, 79 per cent adequate and six per cent short.  Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as six per cent surplus, 81 per cent adequate, 12 per cent short and one per cent very short.

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

Pasture conditions are rated as 10 per cent excellent, 47 per cent good, 30 per cent fair, 12 per cent poor and one per cent very poor.

Farmers are busy hauling bales and continuing with harvest operations as time and weather permit.

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

Follow the 2019 Crop Report on Twitter at @SKAgriculture.

The Moose Jaw Police Service hosted their   Community Barbecue Wednesday.


Friday, September 27, 2019

What: Central Lutheran Church Garage Sale
Time:  1:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. 
Place: Central Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall

What: Saskatchewan Horse Federation Provincial Finals
Time:  Friday, 9:00 am – Sunday, 5:00 p.m.
Place: Exhibition Grounds

What: Wakamow Valley Dinner for Disc Golf
Time:  5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. 
Place: Crushed Can

What: Moose Jaw Nature Society: Meeting with Jan Shadick, from Living Sky                Rehabilitation
Time:  6:30 p.m. 
Place:  St. Mark’s Presbyterian Church, 80 High St. E.- Enter by ground level doors to the left of the stairs.
It’s an opportunity to learn about what wildlife rehabbers do & to meet some outreach animals!

Saturday, September 28, 2019

What: Homegrown Farmer’s Market, Kid’s Day
Crafts, Magician and Music

Time:  8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 
Place: Langdon Crescent

What: Journey to Hope Walk for Suicide & Prevention
Time:  10:00 a.m. 
Place: Jones Chapel

What: Central Lutheran Church Garage Sale
Time:  9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 
Place: Central Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall

What: Cosmo Centre Craft and Trade Fair
Time:  9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Place:  Cosmo Senior Centre

What: Seniors Week Tea
Time:  2:00 p.m. 
Place:  Western Development Museum

What: Warriors Home Game
Time:   7:00 p.m.
Place:   Mosaic Place

What: Saskatchewan Horse Federation Provincial Finals
Time:  Friday, 9:00 am – Sunday, 5:00 p.m.
Place: Exhibition Grounds

Sunday, September 29, 2019

What: Saskatchewan Horse Federation Provincial Finals
Time:  Friday, 9:00 am – Sunday, 5:00 p.m.
Place: Exhibition Grounds

What: Lego Day
Time: 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Place: Moose Jaw Public Library

What: Church of Our Lady Fall Supper
Time:  4:30 p.m.
Place: Church of Our Lady Community Hall


Seniors’ Week – September 29 to October 5

Monday, September 30, 2019
Employment Program- (55- 64 years old) – Unemployed
South Saskatchewan Independent Living Centre, 610 Main St N
8:45 a.m

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