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From the Desk of Warren Michelson September 28, 2018

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shield FROM THE DESK OF WARREN MICHELSON, MLA

Minimum Wage In Saskatchewan Is $11.06 Effective October 1

The province’s minimum wage will increase to $11.06 per hour, an increase that was announced in June 2018.


This is the 10th increase to the minimum wage since 2007, when minimum wage was $7.95.


Every year Saskatchewan’s minimum wage is calculated using an indexation formula that gives equal weight to changes to the Consumer Price Index and Average Hourly Wage for Saskatchewan.


“Since 2011, we have been able to provide predictable annual minimum wage increases, allowing employers and employees to prepare and plan for change,” Labour Relations and Workplace Safety Minister Don Morgan said.  “Saskatchewan also has a low personal income tax rate and Low Income Tax Credit, helping low income earners keep more money in their pockets.”


The government introduced an indexation formula in 2010.  Increases are announced by June 30 and take effect on October 1 of each year.


There are approximately 49,500 minimum wage and low-wage earners in the province.  Of that group, 57 per cent work part-time.

Saskatchewan’s Population Keeps Growing

Saskatchewan’s population continues to grow, reaching 1,162,062 people as of July 1, 2018 according to new figures released today by Statistics Canada.  That’s an increase of 3,226 people in the past quarter and 11,280 people in the past year.


The new population figure is slightly lower than previous estimates from Statistics Canada due to the post-census revision that is done every five years.  The revised population estimates still show that Saskatchewan’s population has grown in every quarter for the past 49 consecutive quarters, the longest period of sustained growth since quarterly records were first kept beginning in 1971.

“Saskatchewan’s population has grown for more than 49 consecutive quarters, showing that our province is the place to be to live, work and to raise a family,” Immigration and Career Minister Jeremy Harrison said.  “Newcomers to Saskatchewan are adding to the strength of our province and contributing to our growing economy.”


During the second quarter of 2018 (April 1 to July 1), Saskatchewan’s population increase was made up of a natural increase (births minus deaths) of 1,659 and net international migration of 4,385, offset by net interprovincial migration of -2,818.


Our Food Has A Story: Celebrating Agriculture Month In Saskatchewan

October has been proclaimed as Agriculture Month in Saskatchewan.  Throughout the month people are encouraged to learn more about Saskatchewan agriculture and get involved in the conversation about modern food production.


Keeping the momentum of previous years, the theme for Agriculture Month is “Our Food Has a Story.”  People are invited to share their unique food story to build a connection between how our food is produced and ends up on our plates.


“Agriculture Month provides an opportunity for our producers to show their passion for producing sustainable, healthy and affordable food,” Agriculture Minister David Marit said.  “By connecting with consumers about what we do, and why we do it, farmers and ranchers are building public trust and that is an important part of our industry in Saskatchewan.”


The Ministry of Agriculture and Farm and Food Care Saskatchewan are collaborating with Agriculture in the Classroom Saskatchewan and Ag More Than Ever to engage industry throughout Agriculture Month to share food stories and encourage the public to learn about modern agriculture focusing on health and nutrition, affordability, food safety, and sustainability.

“I’m always excited when Agriculture Month rolls around as it gives everyone an opportunity to talk about food and farming,” Farm and Food Care Saskatchewan Chair Erwin Hanley said.  “Consumers want to know more about how their food is grown and the engaging stories, videos and pictures that are shared during the month of October aim to highlight food in this great province.”

For a full list of Agriculture Month events or to learn how you can take part, visit www.OurFoodHasAStory.ca.


Follow the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture on Twitter @SKAgriculture, on Facebook at Saskatchewan Agriculture or visit 
www.saskatchewan.ca/ag-month.  Share your stories on social media using #OurFoodHasAStory and #AgMonth18.


Premier Returns From Successful Trade Mission In China

Premier Scott Moe has returned from his first trade mission to China.  During the mission, Moe met with a number of industry leaders and government officials to enhance Saskatchewan’s trade opportunities and showcase our food, fuel and fertilizer sectors.


“Over the last decade, China has been one of Saskatchewan’s most important export markets,” Moe said.  “With the growing uncertainty in world trade, the Chinese market is becoming increasingly important to Saskatchewan.  I was pleased to make important connections with government and industry leaders to communicate that Saskatchewan has the food, fuel, and fertilizer that China needs.”


During the mission, the trade delegation from Saskatchewan 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 Premier also met with Chinese government entities, including the Governor of Heilongjiang, the Chinese Ministry of Environment and Ecology, the Chinese Ministry of Natural Resources, and the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology.  These meetings 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.


Included in the business delegation was Cameco CEO Tim Gitzel, who accompanied Moe in meetings with a number of Chinese nuclear agencies, including the China Atomic Energy Authority, China National Nuclear Corporation, and China General Nuclear Power Group, to advance efforts to enable additional exports of Saskatchewan uranium to China, a vital economic interest to Northern Saskatchewan.


“As the world’s fastest-growing producer of nuclear energy, China is a critical market for Cameco,” Gitzel said.  “It’s also a country where positive government-to-government relationships are important to commercial success.  Premier Moe’s support in meeting with Chinese nuclear energy leaders was greatly appreciated and provided a big boost in Cameco’s efforts to grow our business in China.”


Moe was also joined by representatives from Canpotex and Mosaic at meetings and events that promoted the export and increased use of Saskatchewan potash, including meetings with major potash buyers and partners, including Beifeng Corporation and Sinochem/Sinofert.


“Our government will continue to advocate for Saskatchewan’s export reliant industries, and I would like to thank all Saskatchewan businesses that joined our delegation as we embarked on this important mission,” Moe said.


Take Precautions Against Ticks – Even In Cool Weather

Saskatchewan people are advised to continue to take precautions against tick bites when spending time outdoors.


The black-legged ticks that can carry a bacteria that causes Lyme disease are rare in this province, but are most active in the cooler months of October, November and April.


Hunters, hikers and anyone else enjoying the outdoors should take simple precautions before going into grassy, bushy or treed areas.  Use insect repellent containing DEET.  Check yourself, your children and your pets afterwards.  If any ticks are found, they should be carefully and promptly removed with tweezers.


“In Saskatchewan, the risk of being exposed to Lyme disease is low, but not zero,” Deputy Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. Denise Werker said.  “Less than half a per cent of ticks found here are the black-legged ticks that can be infected with the bacteria that causes Lyme disease, and only a small percentage of those may be infected.”


Information on ticks and Lyme disease is available at 
www.saskatchewan.ca/lyme.


SaskTel To Improve Wireless Service To Seven More Rural Saskatchewan Locations

Today, SaskTel announced plans to improve 4G LTE cellular services in seven addition rural communities, bringing the total to 50, throughout Saskatchewan by deploying a small cell site solution.  The communities of Pennant, Carievale, Waseca, Val Marie, McTaggart, Macoun and Laird will see enhanced wireless services by March 31, 2019.


“Our government had a vision of providing reliable communications services to more rural areas in Saskatchewan and today’s announcement takes us one step closer,” Minister Responsible for SaskTel Don Morgan said.  “This most recent round of wireless upgrades from SaskTel will greatly benefit many residents, and businesses in small communities across Saskatchewan.”


“Delivering enhanced wireless services to rural Saskatchewan is a key focus for SaskTel and we are on track to complete these first 50 locations by the end of March 2019,” SaskTel Acting President and CEO Doug Burnett said.  “Our team has worked hard to deliver on this initiative and we’re pleased to be able to deliver world-class cellular services to more rural areas of the province.”


The remaining 50 communities in Phase 2 of the Government of Saskatchewan’s four-phase initiative to provide rural communities with enhanced access to reliable cellular and high speed internet services will be announced when details are finalized.


The December 2017 news release at 
www.saskatchewan.ca/government/news-and-media/2017/december/05/rural-wireless-communications outlines the Government of Saskatchewan’s full announcement on the four-phase initiative.


Crop Report For The Period September 18 To 24, 2018

Another wet and cool week has significantly slowed harvest operations in the province.  Sixty-eight per cent of the crop is now in the bin, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s Weekly Crop Report.  The five-year (2013-17) average is 64 per cent for this time of year.


Rain was recorded throughout most of the province through the week.  Up to 15 cm of snow was reported in some areas in the central regions.


Harvest is most advanced in the southwestern region, where 88 per cent of the crop is now combined.  The southeastern region has 87 per cent combined, the west-central 59 per cent and the east-central region 58 per cent combined.  The northeastern region has 34 per cent combined, while the northwestern region has 27 per cent combined.


Ninety-seven per cent of lentils, 96 per cent of field peas, 82 per cent of durum, 53 per cent of spring wheat, 48 per cent of canola and 28 per cent of flax has now been combined.


With the late-season rain and snow, topsoil moisture conditions have improved across the province.  Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as four per cent surplus, 58 per cent adequate, 32 per cent short and six per cent very short.  Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 48 per cent adequate, 42 per cent short and 10 per cent very short.


The majority of crop damage was due to lodging, while rain and snow caused quality loss.


A complete, printable version of the Crop Report is available online at 
http://www.saskatchewan.ca/crop-report.


Follow the 2018 Crop Report on Twitter at @SKAgriculture.


WHAT’S HAPPENING IN MOOSE JAW
Friday, September 28, 2018

What: TLC Art and Craft Fair
Time:  1:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. 
Place:  MJ Convention Centre

What: Zion’s Social Hall – Garage Sale
Time:  1:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m. 
Place:  Zion’s Social Hall

What: Ceilidh
Time:  7:00 p.m. 
Place:  Heritage Inn
For only a $10 Admission, spend an enjoyable evening at our Scottish Party featuring dancing, entertainment & a cash bar starting at 7:00 P.M. Doors open at 6 pm

Saturday, September 29, 2018

What: ‘This And That’ Fall Market
Time:  8:30 a.m. 
Place:  First free Methodist Church

What: Cosmo Centre Fall Trade Fair
Time:  9:00 a.m. 
Place:  Cosmo Centre

What: TLC Art and Craft Fair
Time:  10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 
Place:  MJ Convention Centre

What: Les Journées du patrimoine/Heritage Days
Time:  10:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 
Place:  15 Wing Moose Jaw, 9th Avenue SW, Bushell Park
Les Journées du patrimoine” is a FREE family friendly event with fun, interactive and educative activities to comemorate the end of the Great War. The day will end with a piano burning ceremony, an airforce tradition.

What: Seniors’ Week Tea
Time:   2:00 p.m.  
Place:  WDM
 
What: Oktoberfest Dance- music by Bromantics 
Time:  8:00 p.m.
Place:  Church of Our Lady Hall

UPCOMING EVENTS:

MJ Animal Clinic 10 Year Anniversary BBQ

@ 11:00 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Friday October 5


Scam Prevention Class

@ 2:00 p.m.

Timothy Eaton

Friday October 5