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From the Desk of Warren Michelson September 7, 2018

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shield FROM THE DESK OF WARREN MICHELSON, MLA

SASKATCHEWAN GOVERNMENT  TO FULLY FUND TEACHERS’ NEW CONTRACT FOLLOWING ARBITRATION:  PREMIER MOE

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Premier Scott Moe announced at the Saskatoon Teachers Association meeting August 29th that the province will cover the full cost of whatever an arbitrator decides Saskatchewan’s 13,500 teachers should be paid.


Premier Scott Moe, “Our relationship with teachers is one that we value, and that we will work to continue improving.This morning I announced our government is committed to fully-funding this new contract once the arbitration process is complete so that valuable.

WELCOME BACK 2018/19 STUDENTS!

A.E. Peacock Collegiate School

Central Collegiate School

 Vanier Collegiate School

King George School

Palliser Heights School

St. Michael School

       St. Agnes School

Lindale School

Sunningdale

PLEASE SLOW DOWN IN SCHOOL ZONES!
REPORT FROM THE LEGISLATURE
Three months into the fiscal year and Saskatchewan’s economy is showing signs of strengthening and our budget deficit smaller than first projected.  The first quarter update for this year’s provincial budget shows that Saskatchewan is on track for a balanced budget by 2019-20.  There is still work to do and we will continue with our plan to control spending and invest in priority areas for Saskatchewan people.


Recently our government announced the next step in our made-in-Saskatchewan plan to address climate change, with emission reduction targets for industry.  We developed these standards working with industry, recognizing that many are trade-exposed, and allowing them flexibility to reduce emissions without a blanket carbon tax.


Our plan will recognize progress Saskatchewan people and businesses have already made in addressing emissions, and allow us to continue reducing them without damaging jobs in our province.


With a balanced, effective, made-in-Saskatchewan approach in place, it’s time for the federal government abandon their one-size-fits-all carbon tax and support our plan.


Your Saskatchewan Party government continues to look at innovative ways to address crime in Saskatchewan. Recently we marked the one-year anniversary of our Protection and Response Team (PRT) which is designed to help respond to and reduce crime in rural Saskatchewan.


Saskatchewan’s Protection and Response Team is a dedicated team of professionals including Highway Patrol and Conservation Officers who provide valuable support to the RCMP and municipal police services to help ensure Saskatchewan communities and families are safe.


The goal of the initiative is to improve police response to emergency calls for services including property crimes that are in progress; enhancing uniform visibility and presence in rural Saskatchewan; increasing the enforcement of drug trafficking on Saskatchewan roadways; and enhancing the safety of roads by reducing the number of serious collisions and fatalities.


PRT members have increased the presence of law enforcement across our province with members assisting the RCMP on several occasions by providing the initial response to in-progress, criminal code calls for service. Since its operational launch, Conservation Officers and Highway Patrol Officers have taken more than 400 PRT-related actions with approximately 60 of those being PRT 911 calls.

Examples of the work PRT members are doing to keep residents safe include a Conservation Officer who located a theft suspect that had fled from a rural property, and another Conservation Officer who responded to a call for help from RCMP in a successful high-risk takedown.


PRT vehicles are equipped with Automatic License Plate Readers. These automatically scan licence plates – up to one plate per second – and alert police if a nearby vehicle is unregistered, or associated with a driver who has been suspended for impaired driving or other reasons. They can be used to look out for a vehicle that has been reported stolen, or is connected to a crime or an Amber alert.


The safety and security of Saskatchewan people is a top priority of our government and we look forward to the continued positive impact this initiative will have as we move forward.

IMPAIRED DRIVING LAWS ARE CHANGING:  STRONGER PENALTIES TAKE EFFECT SEPTEMBER 1, 2018

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Consequences for impaired driving are getting even tougher in Saskatchewan as of Sept. 1, including stronger penalties for drug-impaired drivers and for impaired drivers who transport children.


The Traffic Safety (Miscellaneous) Amendment Act 2017 and The Miscellaneous Vehicle and Driving Statutes (Cannabis Legislation) Amendment Act, 2017 were both passed in the Spring sitting of the Legislature and come into effect Sept. 1.


“It’s never OK to drive impaired, whether it’s by drugs or alcohol,” Minister responsible for Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) Joe Hargrave said.  “This new legislation reflects the seriousness of this offence, with more severe punishments for drug-impaired drivers, and those who make the bad decision to drive with children in the vehicle.”


As of Sept. 1, zero tolerance for drug impairment will apply to all drivers.  Zero tolerance means that drivers should not get behind the wheel with any level of impairing drugs in their system detectable by a federally-approved screening device, or a standardized field sobriety test.  The province has also updated legislation and regulations so that tough administrative penalties that impaired drivers in Saskatchewan faced under existing legislation will also apply to anyone charged under three new federal drug-impaired driving laws (
http://www.justice.gc.ca/eng/cj-jp/sidl-rlcfa/index.html).

COMMUNITY HARVEST
FALL CAMPING OFFERED IN SASKATCHEWAN PROVINCIAL PARKS


Camping season is not over in Saskatchewan with fall camping being offered in over 20 provincial parks.

“September may be here but there’s still plenty of time to get out and enjoy our parks,” Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Gene Makowsky said. “Fall in Saskatchewan’s parks is truly a special time. Families can take in the warm sunny days and crisp nights around the campfire, all while being surrounded by the natural beauty of the changing season.”



Campsites can be reserved in advance at Bronson Forest, Buffalo Pound, Cypress Hills, Duck Mountain, Great Blue Heron, Makwa Lake, Moose Mountain, Rowan’s Ravine and The Battlefords Provincial Parks.  Many of these parks offer access to full amenities throughout September.


The sites can be booked through the online reservation system at 
www.saskparks.goingtocamp.com or by calling 1-855-737-7275. By reserving in advance, visitors are guaranteed their chosen campsite will be available upon arrival.

Campgrounds that are available exclusively on a first-come, first-served self-registration basis are listed on Sask Parks fall camping page at www.tourismsaskatchewan.com/places-to-go/provincial-parks/camping/fall-camping.


Camp-Easy equipped campsites will remain open throughout most of September in Buffalo Pound, Echo Valley and Pike Lake Provincial Parks.  Camp-Easy (
www.tourismsaskatchewan.com/places-to-go/provincial-parks/campeasy) is a great option for anyone who doesn’t own camping equipment or simply prefers a more convenient getaway.

Park visitors can enjoy roasting marshmallows over the crackling fire this fall as fire restrictions have been lifted in all provincial parks, excluding Saskatchewan Landing. In areas where there hasn’t been a lot of rainfall, visitors are reminded to keep fires small and controlled.


To plan a park visit this fall, refer to the Sask Parks website for fall camping information Explore park trails, head out for a kayak on the lake or enjoy a picnic in a park.


SMOKE ALARM CHECK: WORKING ALARMS PROTECT YOUR FAMILY 


Saskatchewan residents are encouraged to “look up” and check their smoke alarms.


“Working smoke alarms save lives,” Government Relations Minister Warren Kaeding said.  “Since home is the place where fires happen most often, it is vital that smoke alarms are installed in every residence and they are checked every month.  They are your first and best protection for you and your family.”


Working smoke alarms should be installed on each level of your home and outside each sleeping area.  Follow the manufacturer’s instructions on where to place the alarm to ensure best performance and to minimize false alarms.  When conducting your check, go to each of the smoke alarms in your home to:
  • Determine the age of each alarm: if a smoke alarm is older than 10 years, the alarm needs to be replaced.
  • Replace batteries: smoke alarm batteries should be replaced annually and always when the alarm ‘chirps’.
  • Test your alarms monthly: post a smoke alarm test checklist in your home to remind you to test each one monthly.

Test each smoke and carbon monoxide alarm in your house following the manufacturer’s instructions.  If the alarm doesn’t work when tested, replace it immediately.  You should also practice your home fire escape plan with all members of your family during your check.  Refer to your plan as you walk through the escape routes for each room.  Practicing allows you to ensure all exits are practical and easy to use.

For more information about preparing a home escape plan or about installing and testing smoke alarms, contact your local fire department.

Nominate Someone Today for the Province’s Highest Honour

Lieutenant Governor W. Thomas Molloy announced nominations will be accepted until November 1, 2018 for the 2019 recipients of the Saskatchewan Order of Merit.  To nominate a deserving individual, or to learn more, visit www.saskatchewan.ca/honoursawards


NEW INDUSTRY STANDARDS NEXT STEP IN PRAIRIE RESILIENCE CLIMATE CHANGE STRATEGY

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The Government of Saskatchewan continues to implement key commitments made in the province’s climate change plan to help reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and maintain a competitive economy.


As part of the made-in-Saskatchewan Prairie Resilience strategy, government has developed new output-based performance standards that will apply to more than 40 Saskatchewan industrial facilities.  These facilities generate 11 per cent (or approximately 8.5 million tonnes) of total provincial emissions and are expected to reduce that portion by a total of 10 per cent by 2030.  These measures are in addition to previously announced reductions in electricity generation (40 per cent) and methane from upstream oil and gas (40 per cent).


“Reductions in these three key areas will reduce emissions by 12 megatonnes of greenhouse gases each year by 2030,” Environment Minister Dustin Duncan said.  “Our bold and innovative system-wide strategy is designed to responsibly and tangibly reduce emissions without the imposition of an economy-wide carbon tax.”

Nominate a Saskatchewan Service Club for the Premier’s Service Club Award


The Government of Saskatchewan is accepting nominations for the 2018 Premier’s Service Club Award until September 30, 2018.


Since its establishment in 2013, the Premier’s Service Club Award has recognized the dedication and charity of the province’s service clubs.


“Service Clubs across Saskatchewan have an invaluable impact in their communities.  Their fundraising efforts help shape our province and their continued dedication to Saskatchewan will shape our future,” Premier Scott Moe said.  “I encourage everyone to nominate a service club for this recognition.”


In order to be eligible for the Premier’s Service Club Award, nominated groups must be voluntary, non-profit service clubs or fraternal organizations where people meet regularly to fundraise for other organizations.  Their mandate must better the lives of the people of Saskatchewan.  This award does not recognize individuals, and service clubs cannot self-nominate.


Groups selected to receive the Premier’s Service Club Award will be presented their awards at an event in their home communities in 2019.


To nominate a group for the Premier’s Service Club Award, or for more information, visit
www.saskatchewan.ca/honoursawards.

CROP REPORT FOR THE PERIOD AUGUST 28 TO SEPTEMBER 3, 2018Despite a cool and damp week in much of the province, producers took advantage of breaks in the weather to make considerable harvest progress this week, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s Weekly Crop Report.  Thirty-nine per cent of the crop is now in the bin, well ahead of the five-year (2013-2017) average of 25 per cent for this time of year.  Thirty-two per cent of the crop is now swathed or ready to straight-cut.

Harvest is most advanced in the southwestern region, where 60 per cent of the crop is now combined.  The southeastern region has 56 per cent combined, the west-central and the east-central regions has 32 per cent.  The northeastern region has 14 per cent combined, while the northwestern region has eight per cent combined.


Ninety-seven per cent of fall rye, 92 per cent of winter wheat, 83 per cent of lentils, 86 per cent of field peas, 53 per cent of mustard, 49 per cent of durum, 46 per cent of barley, 28 per cent of spring wheat and 19 per cent of canola have now been combined.  Twenty-six per cent of oats, 30 per cent of chickpeas, eight per cent of canaryseed and five per cent of flax have been combined.  Fifty-seven per cent of canola, 34 per cent of spring wheat and 11 per cent of mustard are swathed or ready to straight-cut.  Not much progress has been made on soybeans, with harvest progress at five per cent combined, similar to the previous week.


Across the province, topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as 22 per cent adequate, 47 per cent short and 31 per cent very short.  Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 18 per cent adequate, 41 per cent short and 41 per cent very short.


The majority of crop damage this past week was due to lack of moisture and strong wind.  There were some reports of frost causing damage in parts of the province.


Producers are busy swathing and combining crops.


SaskPower reports four cases of farm machinery coming in contact with power equipment over the last week, bringing the total in August to 22.  SaskPower reminds everyone to take their time and to be aware of overhead power lines crossing fields and farm yards this harvest season.


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, August 31, 2018

What: Community Harvest
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  
Place: Mosaic Community Food Farm. 

What: Rib Night for Chris Ford – Cataract Surgery
Time:  5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.   
Place:  Crushed Can
Cost:  $20

Saturday, September 1, 2018

What: Sukanen Ship Threshing Bee Pancake breakfast
Time:  8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.  
Place:  Sukanen Ship

What: YMCA Healthy Kids Day
Time:  10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Place: 
YMCA Fairford St. 
games, crafts, learning activities, entertainment, physical activities and more

What: Tractor parade
Time:  11:30 a.m. 
Place:  Sukanen Ship

What:  Parkinson SuperWalk
Time:   12:00 p.m. 
Place:   Wakamow

What: Car Truck Parade
Time:  1:00 p.m. 
Place:  Sukanen Ship

Sunday, September 2, 2018

What: Sukanen Ship Threshing Bee Pancake breakfast
Time:  8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.  
Place:  Sukanen Ship

What: Car Truck Parade
Time:  11:30 a.m. 
Place:  Sukanen Ship

What: John Deere Building Grand Opening
Time:  12:30 p.m. 
Place:  Sukanen Ship

What: Tractor parade
Time:  1:00 p.m. 
Place:  Sukanen Ship

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Riverside Mission BBQ sponsored by Suburban Extended Stay Hotel
Thursday September 13
Canadian Tire Parking Lot

Riverside Mission Harvest Banquet
Tuesday, September 25 and Wednesday, September 26
Sportsman’s Centre