|September 6, 2019|
|FROM THE DESK OF WARREN MICHELSON, MLA|
This week I attended the unveiling of a new program offered through S.I.N.G., Suicide Intervention Necessity Guidance. This onlline connection to broad support for someone with mental illness is one more avenue of help for individuals with mental health challenges.
It is estimated that each day in Canada, 10 people end their life and 250 make a suicide attempt. Suicide occurs across all age, economic, social, and ethnic boundaries. The pain that leads individuals to take their lives is unimaginable, and their deaths leave countless family and friends bereaved and their communities impacted. (Source: Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention)
Locally, To Honour World Suicide Prevention Day Journey to Hope Moose Jaw is hosting a Coffee and Concert on Tuesday, September 10th from 7-9pm at The HIVE, 23 Main St. It will feature the Easy Listening music of Emily Steinhauer and Kelly Lin on keyboard and sax, and Live Painting by Jess Zoerb. A donation to Journey to Hope Moose Jaw is welcomed but not required. Merchandise and Raffle tickets will be available.
Journey to Hope Moose Jaw’s annual fundraising walk for suicide awareness and prevention, will be held on Saturday, September 28 at Jones Chapel beginning at 10 AM. It is an opportunity for our community to come together to connect for a very vital cause. Through music, mural painting, a reflective walk and a powerful program we focus on the themes of hope, healing and honouring. All funds raised are kept locally and used for resources and training around suicide prevention, intervention, postvention support for grieving families and friends and creating hope for everyone.
The Government of Saskatchewan has increased funding for mental health and addictions, but there is always more to be done. I am so grateful for the many dedicated individuals and organizations who give so much of themselves to help those living with mental illness and to prevent the tragedy of suicide.
Stay Safe And Expect More Agriculture Equipment
On The Road During HarvestWith harvest underway, more farm machinery and heavy trucks are moving around on Saskatchewan roads. Drivers and farmers are reminded to keep safety a top priority during harvest.
Drivers are being asked to take extra precautions when passing slow-moving farm equipment and to be respectful of other drivers. Producers need to ensure lights are working and adjusted before moving equipment on highways and to regularly inspect and maintain their equipment. They should also know all height, length and weight restrictions on their farm vehicles and when permits may be required.
Travellers are reminded to slow to 60 km/hr when passing emergency and service vehicles parked at the side of the road with their lights flashing, including:
This will ensure drivers, passengers and crew members can do their jobs safely.
If you’re planning to travel, check the Highway Hotline at www.saskatchewan.ca/highwayhotline, which 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. A weekly highway construction update is also 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. You can also report a highway work zone signing problem by calling 306-244-5535.
The Government of Saskatchewan has invested $9 billion in highways infrastructure since 2008, improving more than 14,000 kilometres of Saskatchewan highways.
13,000 New Jobs Created Year-Over-Year
According to a report released by Statistics Canada, year-over-year job growth in Saskatchewan continues to rise. In August 2019, employment was up 13,000 jobs from August 2018.
Full-time employment increased by 4,300 jobs and part-time employment increased by 8,800 jobs. This marks the 13th consecutive month of year-over-year job increases. Month-to-month employment also rose by 2,800 jobs from July 2019.
“Saskatchewan continues to see steady job creation in spite of headwinds created outside our province,” Immigration and Career Training Minister Jeremy Harrison said. “We will keep standing up for our province against policies that threaten our economy and the jobs of Saskatchewan people, and continue our efforts to diversify export markets for Saskatchewan goods and products.”
The unemployment rate in the province dropped to 5.1 per cent in August (seasonally adjusted), down from 6.6 per cent a year ago and 5.4 per cent last month. Saskatchewan had the third lowest unemployment rate in the country, below the national average of 5.7 per cent.
New Children’s Hospital Celebrates Grand Opening
The new Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital (JPCH) in Saskatoon was showcased on Thursday, 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.
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).
Crop Report for the Period
Eleven per cent of the crop is now in the bin, up from six per cent last week and remains well behind the five-year (2014-2018) average of 28 per cent for this time of year. Frequent rainfall and cool weather continues to delay harvest progress for many producers in the province, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s Weekly Crop Report.
Sixteen per cent of the crop is now swathed or ready to straight-cut. A good stretch of warm and dry weather would be welcomed to allow for producers to return to the field.
Harvest is most advanced in the southwest region, where 20 per cent of the crop is now combined. The southeast region has 16 per cent combined, the west-central region seven per cent and the northwest six per cent. The northeast region has four per cent combined while the east-central region has three per cent combined.
Seventy-five per cent of fall rye, 64 per cent of winter wheat, 47 per cent of field peas, 39 per cent of lentils, 12 per cent of barley, five per cent of durum, four per cent of spring wheat and one per cent of canola is now in the bin. An additional 19 per cent of canola is swathed or is ready to straight-cut.
The start of a new school year in Saskatchewan means more than 190,000 prekindergarten to Grade 12 students are returning to classrooms in more than 770 schools across the province.From early learning and prekindergarten, to K-12 and post-secondary, dedicated parents and caregivers, teachers, bus drivers, counselors, educational assistants and administrators, school support and maintenance staff are working together to ensure all students receive a high-quality education.
Your Saskatchewan Party government is dedicated to ensuring all students have the proper supports to reach their full potential. This year, school divisions have been provided $285.5 million in funding for programming and supports for children with intensive needs – a $2.8 million increase from last year’s budget.
Since 2007, our government has increased K-12 operating funding by 34 per cent compared to enrolment growth of 13 per cent within the same timeframe; we have also added more than 1100 teachers and support staff, along with 46 brand-new or replacement schools.
Our government continues to provide Saskatchewan students with relevant classroom opportunities that will prepare them for emerging careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Saskatchewan school divisions now have the opportunity to offer robotics and automation classes for their students. Robotics and Automation classes, which include coding, are now available for Grade 7-12 students, ensuring classrooms are meeting the needs of 21st century students.
Boards of education will determine what schools will offer these classes within their division, supporting the local needs of their students.
Nearly 9,000 students, parents and community members had their say in a recent online survey about what students in the province need to be successful in school.
Students who responded to the survey identified that the most important things to help them learn include quality teachers and staff and a comfortable, quiet learning environment. Students also said it is important to have a variety of program and elective options so they can work toward goals and study topics of interest.
In addition to the students, non-students also provided survey responses indicating that quality teachers and educational assistants, as well as issues at home and access to supports are the top three things impacting students’ well-being and learning.
While quality of teaching was noted as extremely important by student respondents, some noted that quality of instruction can also be a challenge. Classroom environment and student behaviour were similarly noted by some as being a barrier to learning. The survey results from non-students identified that updated curriculum and classroom supports are important.
Many students who responded to the survey also said they believe hands-on learning and interactive activities help them to learn at school. Non-student respondents also say that inclusion, diversity and acceptance are some of what is working well in our schools.
I want to thank the thousands of people that we heard from, and in particular the students, who took the time to tell us what they need. Student voice is key as we begin to plan for the future success of all of Saskatchewan’s learners.
The results of the survey together with the feedback from engagement sessions that were held by education partners and school boards around the province will be used to build a framework outlining the key areas of focus in education over the next 10 years.
The framework, which will be used to develop a new education plan, will be presented to the Minister of Education later this fall.
Students are excited for the new school year. Please remember to obey the posted speed limit and be extra careful when approaching and driving through school zones – watch for crosswalks and school crossing guards as well as school buses that are loading and unloading children.
To all parents, educators and support staff, thank you for all you do. Best wishes for a successful year of growth and learning!
WHAT’S HAPPENING IN MOOSE JAW
Saturday, September 7, 2019
What: Sukanen Ship Pioneer Village and Museum Threshing Bee
What: Homegrown Farmer’s Market
What: Fall into Fabric 2, Fabric, yarn and notions for sale.
What: First Free Methodist Church “this n’ that” Fall Market
What: Parkinson Superwalk
What: Chicken and Rib Supper
What: Moose Jaw Warriors Exbition Home Game vs Prince Albert
What: Moose Jaw and District Seniors Centre Dance
Sunday, September 8, 2019
What: Sukanen Ship Pioneer Village and Museum Threshing Bee
Time: Gates Open at 8:00 a.m.
Place: 13 km South of Moose Jaw on Highway 2
Cost: Adults $10 Children 6 – 12 $5 Two day pass $16What: Grandparent’s Day at the WDM
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Place: Western Development Museum
Regular admission appliesWhat: Moose Jaw Co-op Children’s Carnival
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Place: Food Store Parking LotUPCOMING EVENTSTuesday, September 10, 2019
What: Journey to Hope World Suicide Prevention Day Coffee & Concert
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Place: The Hive, 23 Main St.
Cost: DonationSaturday, September 14, 2019
What: Habitat for Humanity Colour Run, Walk or Skip
Time: Check In 9:30 a.m. Walk starts at 11:00 a.m.
Place: Wakamow Valley Skating Oval
Contact: Heidi (306) 631-2840 habitatMJcolourrun@hotmail.comWhat: Grandmothers 4 Grandmothers Steak Night
Time: 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Place: The Crushed Can
Cost: $20What: Moose Jaw and District Seniors Fowl Supper
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Place: Timothy Eaton Centre
Cost: $20 Advance tickets onlySunday, September 15, 2019
NAFR ( National Association of Federal Retirees) BBQ
Members eat FREE
A member may bring a guest but guest cost is $15.00/person.
Members and guests must pre register by calling Barry 306-692-7978 by Sept 11, 2019What: Terry Fox Run
Time: Check In 10:30 a.m. Walk starts at 11:03 a.m.
Place: Elks Field 1600 Caribou St. W.
What: Moose Jaw and District Seniors Fowl Supper