Look­ing Back at 2018

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The end of the year al­ways gives me pause to re­flect on the year passed, and an­tic­i­pate the year ahead. While im­por­tant and sig­nif­i­cant progress was made by our gov­ern­ment this past year, our lo­cal ac­tiv­i­ties, made pos­si­ble by out­stand­ing Moose Ja­vians, make up a good part of my re­flec­tions.

Moose Jaw has a great tra­di­tion of start­ing out our year with the Moose Jaw Cit­i­zen and Group of the Year Awards. The Cham­ber of Com­merce is look­ing for nom­i­na­tions for our next Cit­i­zen and Group of the Year to fol­low the wor­thy 2017 re­cip­i­ents, Chris­tine Boyzcuk, and Big Broth­ers and Big Sis­ters of Moose Jaw. There are many out­stand­ing in­di­vid­u­als and or­ga­ni­za­tions in Moose Jaw, please con­sider nom­i­nat­ing an in­di­vid­ual or group. More in­for­ma­tion is avail­able from the Cham­ber of Com­merce.

Our com­mu­nity ac­tively sup­ports so many good causes through­out the year, in­clud­ing fundrais­ing events like steak nights, car shows, the Colour Run, Terry Fox Run, the Walk for Life, and ini­tia­tives sup­port­ing the fight against MS, Can­cer and Men­tal Health. New Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity Homes also con­tinue to be built through do­na­tions from lo­cal busi­ness and groups, and hard work by ded­i­cated vol­un­teers.

Sea­sonal events like Side­walk Days, the Home­town Fair, and 15 Wing ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing Pi­lot Grad­u­a­tions and the 15 Wing Fel­low­ship Air and Car Show, keep our com­mu­nity strong and our cit­i­zens in­volved. Each sum­mer the Con­certs in the Park se­ries al­ways pro­vides qual­ity en­ter­tain­ment in sup­port of the Moose Jaw Health Foun­da­tion. I ap­pre­ci­ated the ef­forts of ser­vice clubs and com­mu­nity or­ga­ni­za­tions along with the busi­ness com­mu­nity in pro­mot­ing strong com­mu­nity ini­tia­tives. Sport­ing events also added in­ter­est to the year. The War­riors were a strong team in the West­ern Hockey League, ad­vanc­ing to the third round of play­offs. The Moose Jaw Miller Ex­press played a sea­son of thrills and dis­ap­point­ments while man­ag­ing to make the play­offs. We’re look­ing for­ward to the next sea­son.

As sum­mer turned to fall, I once again en­joyed the Lin­dale School Thanks­giv­ing Din­ner. It is al­ways a spe­cial com­mu­nity event and I ap­pre­ci­ate the in­vi­ta­tion. Re­mem­brance Day was very sig­nif­i­cant this year. Not only did we rec­og­nize 100 years since the end of the First World War, the 2018 Re­mem­brance Day ser­vice was the 100th ser­vice in Moose Jaw hon­our­ing those who have sac­ri­ficed so much for our free­dom. Con­grat­u­la­tions to the Army, Navy and Air Force Veter­ans of Moose Jaw on their 100th An­niver­sary. They are the old­est ANAVETS club in Canada, char­tered on De­cem­ber 16, 1918.

As we closed out the year, the Fes­ti­val of Trees kicked off the fes­tive sea­son. It might be con­sid­ered the so­cial event of the year, but more im­por­tantly, it raises hun­dreds of thou­sands of dol­lars to en­hance health care in Moose Jaw. From a gov­ern­ment as­pect, 2018 was most cer­tainly a year of change. Within the first few months, Saskatchewan had a new Premier, a new Leader of the Op­po­si­tion, a new Speaker of the Leg­isla­tive As­sem­bly along with three newly-elected MLAs. Premier Scott Moe has suc­cess­fully led the Saskatchewan Party Gov­ern­ment to keep our econ­omy on track in the face of sig­nif­i­cant chal­lenges.

It is en­cour­ag­ing as your MLA to at­tend grand open­ings, no­table an­niver­saries and spe­cial an­nounce­ments. I’m sure many were ex­cited to learn that the Saskatchewan Air Show would re­turn to 15 Wing in 2019. In an­other event, I was honoured to wel­come for­eign com­mod­ity buy­ers from Turkey and In­dia who were in Moose Jaw tour­ing our pro­ducer crops with Mid-West Grain Ltd. The fab­ric of any year will al­ways have its darker mo­ments as well as rea­sons to be grate­ful. The fed­eral gov­ern­ment’s pro­posed im­po­si­tion of a car­bon tax, pipe­line de­lays, a dras­tic oil price dif­fer­en­tial and poor har­vest weather tested even the hardy cit­i­zens of Moose Jaw. The Hum­boldt Bron­cos bus crash touched the lives of all of us. The Moose Jaw Gen­er­als Player and Alumni game in hon­our of Evan Thomas, a for­mer Gen­er­als player, and ca­su­alty of the ac­ci­dent, was a mov­ing event. Bring­ing in the New Year is a time of cel­e­bra­tion. We are en­cour­aged to “Wing in the New Year”, by plan­ning a safe ride home af­ter our New Year’s Eve fes­tiv­i­ties. Please check the City of Moose Jaw web­site for de­tails on ex­panded free bus ser­vice this New Year’s Eve.

I hope you have many happy mem­o­ries of 2018. From my wife Deb­bie and I, best wishes for a happy, healthy and pros­per­ous 2019.

War­ren Michel­son, MLA

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