April 29, 2016

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Snowbirds Opening Show
April 29 was a perfect day for the Snowbirds 2016 Opening Show. I couldn't help but feel proud to be Canadian and to be living in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.  Thank you to 15 Wing, the Snowbirds team, and all of our Canadian Forces.  
Congratulations to Anne Warriner of the Rotary Club.
Anne received her third Paul Harris Fellow Award for being a Sustaining Member of the Moose Jaw Wakamow Rotary Club.  The Rotary Club works internationally to eradicate polio, create peace, support clean water and sanitation, and promote good medical resources for mothers and children. Our world is a better place because of individuals like Anne, clubs like the Rotary Club, and so many other generous service organizations.   
Renovations to the Legislative Building Dome 
Renovation are in their final stages, watch for the future unveiling.

Day of Mourning Honours Workers
who Lost their Lives Due to their Work.

Throughout Saskatchewan and across Canada, individuals, groups and communities honoured fallen workers by holding vigils, lighting candles, wearing armbands or observing a moment of silence.  April 28 was the National Day of Mourning, a day to remember workers killed or injured on the job.

In 2015, 32 people died in Saskatchewan from a workplace-related injury or illness.  More than 32,000 workplace injuries were reported to the Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB).

“My deepest condolences go to those affected by workplace injuries,” Labour Relations and Workplace Safety Minister Don Morgan said.  â€œOur thoughts are with you today.  The National Day of Mourning reminds us it is everyone’s responsibility to keep workplaces safe and healthy and to ensure everyone makes it home alive.”

The Ministry of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety has partnered with WCB to create WorkSafe Saskatchewan, a prevention strategy that focuses on workplace illnesses and injuries.  Mission: Zero, a WorkSafe Saskatchewan initiative, works toward zero injuries, zero fatalities, and zero suffering by providing education and support to workers and employers.

To learn more about WorkSafe Saskatchewan and Mission: Zero, visit
Moose Jaw Regional Heritage Fair 
Award Recipients are all smiles after presenting their projects at the Western Development Museum on April 28.  The Heritage Fair is a great program where students research and display a project about culture or history.  The displays were tremendous and the students were well informed and articulate in describing their topics.  The highest-ranked projects will go on to compete at the Provincial Heritage Fair in Regina in June. 
Make Safety a Habit
North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week is
May 1 to 7, 2016.  This year’s theme is Make Safety a Habit – What’s Your Reason?  Each year, Canada, the United Sates, and Mexico observe NAOSH week to promote and encourage employers and employees to be healthy and safe in the workplace and at home.

“We need to make safety a priority in everything we do,” Labour Relations and Workplace Safety Minister Don Morgan said.  â€œNAOSH week invites you to renew your commitment to protecting yourself at work and at home.  It is everyone’s responsibility to eliminate and prevent injuries and illnesses.”

A committee of representatives from the Ministry of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety, Canadian Society of Safety Engineering, Saskatchewan Safety Council, federal government, and the Workers’ Compensation Board work together to promote and co-ordinate activities and events across Saskatchewan. The Government of Saskatchewan is dedicated to Mission: Zero, an initiative that works toward zero injuries, zero fatalities, and zero suffering.

To learn more about NAOSH Week and occupational health and safety, visit www.naosh.ca or www.saskatchewan.ca/business/safety-in-the-workplace.


Thank you to all administration staff for all you do. 


The National Secretaries Association, founded in 1942, was formed to recognize the contributions of administrative personnel to the economy, support their personal development, and to help attract workers to the administrative field. 

The National Secretaries Association's name was changed to Professional Secretaries International in 1981 and to the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) in 1998.

The official period of celebration was first proclaimed Wednesday, June 4 and designated as National Secretaries Day. 

In 1955, the observance date of National Secretaries Week was moved to the last full week of April, with Wednesday now designated as Administrative Professionals Day. The name was changed to Professional Secretaries Week in 1981 and became Administrative Professionals Week in 2000 to encompass the expanding responsibilities and wide-ranging job titles of administrative support staff in the modern economy. The week-long observance was created in order to space out the bookings at restaurants, country clubs, and other places where administrative professionals would be taken out to lunch.


The Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority (FCAA) wants car buyers to know about minimum warranties offered under the new Vehicle Dealer Regulations under The Consumer Protection and Business Practices Act (CPBPA).  The minimum warranty is designed to protect consumers from getting stuck with a junk vehicle or significant repairs shortly after purchasing it.

The power train warranty covers all vehicles with less than 200,000 kilometres, sold by a licensed dealer, for 30 days or 1,000 kilometres, whichever comes first.  If any component of the power train fails during the warranty period, the purchaser can choose to have it repaired or require the purchase price be returned.  If repairs are to be made, the dealer may only require the consumer to pay a maximum of $200 toward the cost of the repairs.

The new minimum warranty requirements do not apply if the consumer misused the vehicle or the defect was brought to the buyer’s attention in writing before the purchase was made.  Dealers are required by the new regulations to disclose all reasonably knowable facts about a vehicle’s condition and history before a sale is made.

Buy From a Licensed Dealer
The FCAA encourages all consumers to purchase vehicles from licensed dealers.  The new minimum warranty requirements do not apply to private sales.  Consumers have greater protections when buying from a licensed dealer.  To ensure consumers are buying from a licensed dealer, they should ask for a licence number and confirm it is valid on
www.fcaa.gov.sk.ca/fcaa411/.  More info is available at www.fcaa.gov.sk.ca/min-warranty.

If consumers have questions about minimum warranties or have a dispute with a licensed dealer, they can contact the Consumer Protection Division toll free at 1-877-880-5550 or by email at

Rail Safety is Everyone's Responsibility

The Government of Saskatchewan and the Saskatchewan Shortline Rail Association (SSRA) are partnering to raise train safety awareness in elementary schools across the province.

The government and SSRA distribute train safety activity booklets to Grade 4 students in more than 100 schools near Saskatchewan shortline railways.

“We continue to work with the province to relay these valuable safety messages,” SSRA President Perry Pellerin said.  â€œThe activity books are an excellent way to remind both children and adults how to practice safe behavior around trains and railways.”

The Government of Saskatchewan conducts safety inspections and reviews shortline railways safety management plans to ensure their operating rules and plans are up-to-date.

Public Rail Safety Week, April 25 to May 1, 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 1,160 shortline rail crossings, with 14 privately-owned shortline railways operating on 2,121 kilometres of provincially-regulated track.  The shortlines connect to more than 6,000 kilometres of federally-regulated rail lines.

Train safety books can be downloaded at www.highways.gov.sk.ca/sask-rail/shortlinesafety.


What's Happening in Moose Jaw...

Friday April 29, 2016

What: Fair Trade Festival
Time:  9:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.

Place: Central Lutheran Church

What: Old Time Dance
Time:  8:00 p.m.
Place: Zion United Church

Cost:  $10 includes lunch

Saturday April 30, 2016

What: Fair Trade Festival
Time:  9:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.

Place: Central Lutheran Church

What: Craft & Trade Fair
Time:  9:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.
Place: Cosmo Senior Citizens Centre

Cost:  Free 

What: Legion Trivia Night
Time:  7:30 p.m.
Place: Legion 

Cost:  $20

Sunday May 1, 2016 

Hymn Sing

Time:  7:00 p.m. 
Place: First Baptist Church
Cost:  Free

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Warren Michelson, MLA
Moose Jaw North
326-B High St. W.
Moose Jaw, SK.
S6H 1S9

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