MLA Report: Prince Albert Northcote


Saskatchewan is off to a strong start as 2024 unfolds. Our government remains committed to building and protecting our province.

Last fall, the federal government’s decision to exempt the carbon tax on home heating oil in Atlantic Canada left Saskatchewan families out in the cold. That’s why our government is protecting Saskatchewan families’ ability to afford to heat their homes this winter. Starting January 1, 2024, SaskEnergy and SaskPower removed the federal carbon tax from natural gas home heating and electrical home heating. This will result in savings for approximately 98 per cent of Saskatchewan families. Our government will continue to ensure fairness and protect the people of Saskatchewan.

Low personal taxes and indexation are also among the measures our government is taking to help make life more affordable here in Saskatchewan. A family of four with an annual income of $75,000 will save $322 in 2024 due to indexing personal income tax. Indexation protects against bracket creep, which is the automatic tax increases caused by inflation.

Today, a family of four in Saskatchewan pays no income tax on their first $59,475 of income. When our government took office in 2007, a family of four started paying income tax at $26,150 of income. Reductions our government introduced have more than doubled the tax-free threshold. Saskatchewan also has among the lowest personal taxes in Canada.

Along with helping affordability is our government’s commitment to investing in infrastructure so that the people of Saskatchewan can continue to be served better. The Prince Albert Victoria Hospital project is progressing well. Upon completion, the hospital will have a larger emergency department, enhanced medical imaging services including MRI, and an increased number of beds from 173 to 242. This development will serve the residents of Prince Albert and surrounding communities for years to come.

We continue to move forward on our government’s commitment to health care training investments. This year, our government is providing $9.7 million in funding to support the operations, training programs and services, including training seat expansions in health care and skilled trades.

Our government recently invested an additional $850,000 in the Saskatchewan Institute of Technologies (SIIT). This funding will support 25 additional seats in the Mental Health and Wellness Diploma program, bringing the program capacity to 175 in 2023-24. Graduates will have the technical and cultural competencies needed to provide quality care upon program completion. The two-year program and clinical placements will occur in Saskatoon and Indigenous communities.

Our government continues to move forward on building and protecting a strong Saskatchewan. If you have questions or concerns, reach out to my constituency office by phone at 306-763-7677 or by email at Or you are always welcome to stop by the office at #7, 598 15th Street East.

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This past month has once again been busy with events in Prince Albert and around the city!

Our government remains committed to investing in programs and services that matter to the people of Saskatchewan. On October 18, I was pleased to join Catholic Family Services at the launch of free, rapid access counseling services for children, youth, and their caregivers in Prince Albert. This year, our government is providing Family Services Saskatchewan with $1.7 million in new annual funding to expand these services to young people across the province.

Expanding capacity to get more people the help they need is a key focus of our new Action Plan for Mental Health and Addictions. Under this plan, rapid access counseling for children and youth will expand to all 24 locations of Family Services Saskatchewan where these services are currently available for adults. In addition, our government is providing $1.5 million to offer ongoing services to adults and families.

To support second stage housing in Regina and Prince Albert, our government is also providing additional operational funding over the next three years. The funding will support the continued delivery of intervention and counseling services for women and their children leaving interpersonal violence and abuse in Saskatchewan. Second stage housing provides safe, affordable, longer-term support (between 18 and 24 months) for women and their children to help rebuild their lives. Clients will also receive counseling, connections to education and employment, and programs for their children. Over the next three years, Prince Albert Safe Shelter will receive funding for its six-unit second stage housing facility.

In partnership with Shopper’s Foundation for Women’s Health™, our government made an announcement of more than three million menstrual products being distributed to schools and emergency shelters for women and girls in Saskatchewan on October 23. This announcement is part and only the beginning of our three-year commitment with Shoppers to provide 12 million menstrual products across the province. Building access to menstrual products, particularly to protect those who face financial barriers, will make a big difference for women and girls across the province.

I was pleased to be joined by the officials from the Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association and Prince Albert community members at the opening of the Community Rink Affordability Grant Program. To continue supporting Saskatchewan’s recreation infrastructure, our government is providing $1.6 million in 2023-24 for the program, which provides funding for community-owned indoor skating and curling rinks. In 2022-23, a total of 581 ice surfaces received funding, including 376 skating rinks and 205 curling rinks. In Prince Albert, nine rinks received funding through the program last year. A $2,500 grant is available for each ice surface, per year for municipally owned facilities, schools, Indigenous communities and non-profit organizations.

I was also honoured to bring greetings at the very first National Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Conference in Saskatoon on November 7. FASD is a lifelong disability that affects the brain and body caused by prenatal alcohol exposure and impacts approximately four per cent of the Canadian population. This year, our government is investing nearly $3.5 million to continue our efforts in strengthening FASD prevention and support in our province.

We continue to move forward through our funded projects in Saskatchewan’s urban centres to provide intensive FASD prevention programs. These programs offer a wide range of services such as outreach, prenatal and postnatal care, social support, addictions and mental health services, early childhood development and pediatric rehabilitative therapies.

As the fall session continues, I look forward to hearing your thoughts, questions and concerns. These conversations inform government policy and help me continue to represent your best interests in the Legislature. Please contact my office at 306-763-7677 or Or you are always welcome to stop by the office at #7, 598 15th Street East here in PA.

MLA Report: Prince Albert Northcote


The end of my summer has been busy and exciting with events all around the constituency!

It was my pleasure to attend the Rural Municipality of Prince Albert’s grand opening for their new municipal centre at the junction of Highways 2 and 11. The RM council received $500,000 from the Municipal Economic Enhancement Program (MEEP) that was made available during the pandemic by the Government of Saskatchewan. This new municipal centre is a symbol of progress and prosperity for our area.

I was honoured to be asked to take part in the Grand Entry for the PA Grand Council Gathering of Nations. The three-day event featured hand games, card tournaments, talent shows, jigging contests, traditional teachings and foods. The ingenuity and wisdom of Indigenous people is a blessing, a benefit to each one of us and unites us in responsibility – not only for this land but for ourselves as individuals, our families, and our communities.

I was pleased to attend the grand opening for the Rose Garden Hospice. The hospice features 10 spacious bedrooms and bathrooms, a cozy living room, large kitchen, and a meditation room. This facility will provide a significant service to PA and area.

The Rose Garden Hospice is a great example of our community coming together to bring a dream to reality. I would like to thank the Daschuk family for the vision you had to honour your wife and mother, Rose; Fred Trach for donating the 10-acre parcel of land the new facility sits on; and all the volunteers and donors involved.

I was also pleased to attend the PA Ukrainian Independence Day celebration, the Ovarian Cancer Canada Walk of Hope in Saskatoon, the St. Alban’s Cathedral special awareness and remembrance event for World Suicide Prevention Day, and to present the Council of the Federation Literacy Award to the PA Literacy Network. Thanks to all these groups for involving me in your events!

Your Saskatchewan Party government continues to invest in safer, stronger communities across Saskatchewan. Our government is investing over $686,000 in YWCA Prince Albert to fund residential services in the community and surrounding area.

The Youth Residential Support Services program provides safe, supervised housing for at-risk youth involved in the justice system. Here, youth also gain access to education, training, and employment opportunities, giving them the best chance to successfully reintegrate back into their communities.

The Enhanced Residential Services programs at Our House and Central Avenue provide safe shelter and support services to women and their children experiencing interpersonal violence and abuse. Since 2021, this program has received investments totalling nearly $1.67 million.

Thank you to the YWCA staff and management for helping to improve the lives and outcomes of at-risk youth and victims of interpersonal violence and abuse.

These investments are possible thanks to a strong and growing provincial economy. September 17 to 23 is National Forestry Week, a week dedicated to highlighting the important role of the forestry sector in the provincial economy and environment. Did you know that of the 8,000 jobs Saskatchewan’s forestry sector supports, 27 per cent are Indigenous? More than half of our province is forested, and the forestry sector continues to drive growth, especially in Northern Saskatchewan.

As I prepare for the fall session of the Legislature, I look forward to hearing your thoughts, questions and concerns. These conversations inform government policy and help me continue to represent your best interests in the Legislature. You can contact my office at 306-763-7677 or Or you are always welcome to stop by the office at #7, 598 15th Street East here in PA.

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I have had the pleasure of spending the summer out and about in Prince Albert again this year, where I  met and visited with so many great people.

Youngsters on their trikes and two wheelers took part in the 2nd Annual Prince Albert Downtown Bike Derby in late July. The day also included face painting, tours of the PA Fire Department fire truck, and the Prince Albert Police Service Speed Zone. Thank you to the Prince Albert Downtown Business Improvement District and Fresh Air Experience for providing some fun for everyone who attended.

To kick off the month of August, I took part in the Prince Albert Exhibition Parade along with fellow MLAs Joe Hargrave of Prince Albert Carlton, Jim Lemaigre of Athabasca, Delbert Kirsch of Batoche, Todd Goudy of Melfort, and the Saskatchewan Party nominated candidate for Saskatchewan Rivers Eric Schmalz. It was a great kick off to Exhibition Week and was wonderful to see so many people who turned out to watch the parade.

I had the opportunity to take part at the Exhibition by helping the Prince Albert Optimists, Prince Albert Lions, and the Veselka Ukrainian Cultural and Heritage groups at their booths. Thank you to all the volunteers for your hard work; it was a pleasure to work alongside you and meet so many people during the week!

Finally, I attended a ceremony celebrating the beginning of the early construction work and site preparation for the Prince Albert Victoria Hospital. This phase includes geotechnical drilling, utility work and the construction of a new parking lot. It’s exciting to see the early construction work starting, as this means we are one step closer to beginning construction of the new hospital addition.

Upon completion, the Hospital will have 40 per cent more beds, a larger emergency department, and enhanced medical imaging services, including an MRI. This project will allow our hospital to continue serving residents of Prince Albert and surrounding areas for years to come.

Our government wants to ensure the Prince Albert Victoria Hospital and other facilities across the province are staffed with health care professionals so everyone can receive the care they need. As post-secondary students head back to school for the new school year, I want to remind you of some great training opportunities here in Saskatchewan.

Approximately 550 new training seats have been added to 18 high-priority occupations, building upon the addition of 150 nursing seats announced in 2022. The College of Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan has added four seats to its undergraduate program for this year as well, with plans to add another four next year.

More educational opportunities are available through interprovincial training agreements. Saskatchewan students can access 15 seats at the University of Alberta in the Speech Language Pathology program and four seats at the British Columbia Institute of Technology in the Environmental Public Health Program.

Our government recently announced a new bursary program for students and recent graduates of paramedic programs who commit to joining Emergency Medical Services (EMS) in Saskatchewan. The Final Clinical Placement Bursary is available to students in eligible health disciplines and has seen a high uptake with 100 bursaries approved since April.

Saskatchewan is a great place to pursue a career in health care; for more information on any of these opportunities, please visit

Our government continues to move forward on plans for growth that works for everyone. If you have questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to my constituency office by phone at 306-763-7677 or by email at You are always welcome to stop by the office at #7, 598 15th Street East.

MLA Report: Prince Albert Northcote


Summer is here and I am so excited to have the opportunity to meet with you at events, celebrations, fundraisers and more! I have been pleased to attend several community events this summer.

Earlier this month, I attended a celebration for the grand opening of four new affordable housing units, on behalf of Social Services Minister and Minister Responsible for Saskatchewan Housing Corporation, the Hon. Gene Makowsky. I was joined by Canada’s Minister of Housing and Diversity and Inclusion Ahmad Hussen and representatives from the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) – Prince Albert Branch. The four one-bedroom homes, arranged in a two-level fourplex, provide housing and supports for individuals in our city experiencing mental health challenges.

Our government is proud to be part of this exciting housing project that is making a difference in the lives of people. I want to thank CMHA for the key role they had in the development of these homes to support residents’ well-being, participation and success in the community.

I was also honoured to attend the Heart of the Youth Powwow Opening Ceremony last month along with my colleagues, Minister of Mental Health and AddictionsEverett Hindley and MLA for Athabasca Jim Lemaigre. I want to thank the organizers, volunteers, teachers, parents, students and sponsors for creating this wonderful event – youth are the heartbeat of every community!

Along with fun and exciting events, summer brings construction season throughout the province. Construction will soon begin on the Prince Albert Victoria Hospital renovation and revitalization, an exciting project for our city. The project will increase the number of beds from 173 to 242, an increase in inpatient mental health beds, larger adult ICU, larger emergency department and new MRI. Service will be enhanced as well, to include First Nations and Métis culturally responsive care, more operating rooms, single room maternal care and more!

In addition to summertime events and construction, this summer has brought a difficult wildfire season to northern Saskatchewan, and my thoughts are with all those who have been impacted. I would like to thank all those working hard to keep people and property safe. For up-to-date wildfire information, please visit the Saskatchewan Public Safety Agency website at or call the wildfire inquiry line at1-855-559-5502. I look forward to continuing to connect with you throughout the rest of this summer. If you have questions, comments, concerns or require assistance with provincial government programs or services, I encourage you to contact my constituency office. My constituency office is located at #7, 598 15th Street East. We can be reached by telephone at 306-763-7677 or by email

MLA Report – Prince Albert Northcote


The past month has been busy with events in Prince Albert and legislative duties in Regina. I was so happy to host the March 31 Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medal ceremony at the Coronet Hotel. Twenty-three deserving Saskatchewan residents were recognized for their volunteer work in service to our community through their organizations, public service, Truth and Reconciliation and Business Excellence. Congratulations to everyone, and thank you. Together we make Saskatchewan strong!

Late last month, our government passed the 2023-24 Provincial Budget, which included investments in our community and the surrounding areas. Along with the continuation of the Prince Albert Victoria Hospital project and several other healthcare initiatives, our government is investing in the protection of people and property.

The Prince Albert Victoria Hospital project, which is currently moving through the Design Early Works phase, will receive an investment of $98.6 million. This phase of the project includes designs for a new acute care tower, renovations to the current facility, and replacement of the existing adult mental health space. In addition to the larger emergency department and enhanced medical imaging services, the number of beds at the hospital will increase from 173 to 242. The hospital will improve patient care access in our community and across northern Saskatchewan. I am so excited to see the project progress throughout the summer months. I will provide updates when they become available.

Our government’s Health Human Resources Action Plan to add 1,000 health care workers to the province’s system receives an investment of $98.8 million in the budget. The enhanced Rural Physician Incentives Program will provide $200,000 for a five-year return-of-service agreement to help attract more family physicians to rural and northern communities. It will be great to see some of these recruits start working in our province in the coming months.

This budget also invests $8.8 million to stabilize emergency medical services (EMS) in rural and remote areas across the province, including Prince Albert. This funding will go towards additional support for contracted EMS operators and upgrading equipment. These investments will help to stabilize and grow our health care workforce to support our province today and into the future.

Another element of the provincial budget that is important to our community is that of public safety. To ensure our communities are safe across the province, our government is investing $1.6 million in a new Warrant Enforcement and Suppression Team (WEST) stationed in Prince Albert. WEST was launched last April to target high-profile offenders who are a significant threat to public safety, such as gang members and violent offenders with outstanding warrants.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact by constituency office by phone at (306) 763-7677 or by email at Or stop by our office, located at #7, 598 15th Street East.

MLA Report: Prince Albert Northcote


I am back in Regina for the spring sitting of the Legislative Assembly and awaiting the presentation of the provincial budget on March 22. Our government has been working to ensure Prince Albert benefits from our growing economy. I have several announcements to share, and we look forward to continuing our work in the Legislature throughout this session.

International Women’s Day was recognized on March 8 and I was honoured to participate virtually in the Women Breaking Barriers conference. Our government’s Status of Women office supported this event, which was a professional development and networking opportunity. Events like these provide a space for learning from other the successes of other women across our province.

In partnership with the federal government, our government announced fees for regulated childcare will be reduced to $10 per day starting April 1. Saskatchewan is one of the first provinces to achieve this milestone, three years ahead of schedule. Affordable, inclusive and high-quality childcare ensures our children get a great start in life and supports parents who want to build both a family and a career.

Our government invested in the Creative Saskatchewan Feature Film and TV Production grant to help fuel our province’s creative industries and producers. One of the projects funded under this grant, Guardians of the North, was recently released. This six-episode docuseries follows wildland firefighters in Saskatchewan’s Indigenous and northern communities as they protect people, property and resources. This will give the world a glimpse of our beautiful province and the outstanding people working hard to keep our communities safe. You can view the episodes on City TV Saskatchewan.

Our government is continuing its support of the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations’ (FSIN) Special Investigation Unit (SIU). The SIU receives and follows up on complaints by Indigenous citizens regarding allegations of police misconduct and provides support for complainants. This unit provides a culturally-sensitive approach to law enforcement complaints, ensuring complaints are investigated impartially. Our government values this ongoing partnership and the work the SIU does in our communities.

This year’s Saskatchewan Crop Insurance program is stronger than ever, with this year’s average coverage reaching a record $446 per acre. We have improved the Crop Insurance program with new individual premiums, increasing the maximum coverage for unseeded acres and increasing AgriStability compensation. Crop Insurance is there for Saskatchewan producers when they need it most, helping to mitigate risk. March 31 is the deadline to apply, reinstate, cancel or make changes to Crop Insurance contracts. You can learn more at

I am honoured to be representing the Prince Albert – Northcote constituency this spring in the Legislature. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact our constituency office by phone at (306) 763-7677 or by email at or stop by our office, located at #7, 598 15th Street East.

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As we head into the new year, I send Season’s Greetings to all our Greek Orthodox citizens and wish you peace and all the best in 2023.

Saskatchewan’s economy continues to lead the nation. Despite global economic uncertainty, private companies continue to invest their dollars in Saskatchewan industries. Significant investments in energy, forestry, technology and agriculture will create jobs and opportunities in Saskatchewan throughout the new year and into the future.
BHP is accelerating the timeline on its $12 billion Jansen potash mine, the largest single investment in Saskatchewan history. This investment brings total capital investment in the province’s potash industry to $30 billion since 2007. The mine is expected to be operational in 2027 and will provide over 600 direct jobs at the mine site and at the corporate office in Saskatoon.
Saskatchewan’s mining industry also has the unique opportunity to position itself as a leader in lithium production. Global lithium demand is expected to grow significantly in the next decade as it is used in portable electronic devices and electric vehicles. Prairie Lithium and Grounded Lithium have both invested in drilling for lithium in the province. As drilling continues in the province, Saskatchewan can expect growth in the technology, mining, and energy sectors as well as job creation.
Investments by several agricultural companies have helped Saskatchewan maintain and grow its agricultural advantage. Federated Cooperatives Limited is moving forward with its Integrated Agriculture Complex, including a renewable diesel facility and canola crushing plant in partnership with AGT Foods. The renewable diesel plant, which will be the largest of its kind in Canada, represents nearly $2 billion in capital investment, plus 2,500 construction jobs and 150 operating jobs. The entire project will have estimated economic benefits of $4.5 billion.
As part of the Growth Plan goal to double the growth of the province’s forestry sector, our government approved timber allocations to support four major forestry projects. Pivot Furniture, a Saskatchewan-based company in Prince Albert, was awarded a timber allocation of 101,000 cubic metres. Between 2021 and 2024 the forestry industry is expected to attract $1 billion in capital investment and create 3,100 jobs. The sector already supports over 8,000 jobs in the province.
The confidence of private investors demonstrates the momentum in our economy as we look to the year ahead. Economic forecasters predict resilience and prosperity for the province in 2023. The future is bright and it’s a great time to live, work and raise your family in Saskatchewan.
Saskatchewan families have additional COVID-19 vaccination options for children and teens. As of January 9, children five to eleven are eligible for the Pfizer bivalent vaccine as a booster dose four months following their primary series or four months following their original COVID-19 vaccine booster dose. For children 12 to 17, the Novavax Nuvaxovid is available as a primary series and booster dose. Information on all COVID-19 vaccines approved by Health Canada is available at 
If you require assistance with provincial government programs or services, I encourage you to contact my constituency office at #7, 598 15th Street East. We can be reached at 306-763-7677 or by email at

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Season’s greetings everyone! Wishing you peace, joy and all the best that the holidays have to offer. As we celebrate this special season of goodwill, let our thoughts reach out to families, friends, and those facing difficult times.
Saskatchewan’s population recently surpassed 1.2 million for the first time in history. When the Saskatchewan Party government was elected in 2007, the Official Opposition said our population would never grow beyond one million. We believed Saskatchewan had the potential to grow with the support of a strong economy. This achievement puts us closer than ever to our Growth Plan goal of 1.4 million people by 2030. We are a province full of new jobs, opportunities, vibrant communities, and a great quality of life. 
Thanks to the growing economy, our government can invest in expanding programs and services that support families and communities. We are expanding mental health and addictions services, investing in new hospitals, long-term care facilities and schools. We are on track to balance the budget, with the Mid-Year Financial Report forecasting a $1.1 billion surplus, an increase that is largely the result of high potash and oil prices, and higher revenues. 
Due to interference from the federal government that threatens our growth potential, we have introduced the Saskatchewan First Act. This legislation clearly defines Saskatchewan has constitutional rights over our natural resources and economic future. We believe the people of Saskatchewan know the best steps to defend our economy, jobs, and resources from the overreach of the federal government. Supported at Second Reading by the opposition, this legislation moves to ensure Saskatchewan continues down a path of growth.
However, growth does come with unique challenges. Our Health Human Resource Action Plan has already seen success as we work to recruit, train, incentivize and retain health professionals across the province. On a recent recruitment mission to Manila, Philippines, nearly 130 conditional offers were made to qualified registered nurses and one continuing care aide who are ready to join us in Saskatchewan. More interviews will be conducted thanks to strong contacts with potential candidates.
Saskatchewan is positioned to carry this success into the New Year. We are ending 2022 with one of the strongest economies in our nation, with several major private investments coming to fruition in the New Year. These new businesses are poised to create thousands of jobs, inject further revenue into the province, and support government investment in programs and services residents need. That’s growth that works for everyone.
As I prepare for a busy 2023, you have my commitment that I will always have Prince Albert’s best interests at heart. If you require assistance with provincial government programs or services, I encourage you to contact my constituency office at #7, 598 15th Street East. We can be reached
at 306-763-7677 or by email at

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The halls of the Saskatchewan Legislature are buzzing with activity as we prepare for the upcoming fall session. This summer, our government spent a lot of time canvassing communities and thanks to your feedback, we will continue down the path of sustainable growth. 
We have heard the call for support and more staff in the healthcare sector. In response, we have launched the Health Human Resources Action Plan, a four-point approach to recruit, retain, train, and incentivize the healthcare system. A large part of that plan is ensuring we have the boots on the ground to support residents across the province. 
We are cutting red tape to allow those trained in healthcare to apply their skills here in Saskatchewan and encourage new candidates to consider the field. Over 125 new, full-time, frontline positions are now available on, with another 50 part-time positions enhanced to full-time. These opportunities span 49 communities, drawing professionals to rural and remote areas where their skills are needed. 
Like so many across the province, I was pleased to be part of Truth and Reconciliation Day to end the month of September. Thank you to Prince Albert Grand Council, the Prince Albert Urban Indigenous Coalition, community partners and volunteers for your efforts. Coming together shows strength and commitment to the shared journey that we are on.
That continuing effort is reflected in our recent announcement of the Dakota language being added to the growing list of secondary-level Indigenous language courses. Dakota, Nēhiyawēwin, Dene, Nakawe, Michif, and Nakoda are now available to younger generations to support the revitalization of First Nations and Métis culture.
Our government has also provided up to $255,000 to the First Nations University of Canada to deliver the Dene Teacher Education Program. Post-secondary students who graduate with a four-year Bachelor of Indigenous Education, will be prepared to instruct students in the Dene language as part of the K-12 curriculum. The program will improve the recruitment and retention of teachers in the north and increase student participation.
It was an honour to bring greetings on behalf of Social Services Minister Gene Makowsky and the Government of Saskatchewan at the Habitat Key Ceremony. Congratulations to the volunteers on your hard work and to Henderson family who are new home-owners through Habitat for Humanity Saskatchewan. This fantastic organization has now helped more than 200 families realize their dream of becoming homeowners.
And with the autumn season upon us, flu season has also arrived. Saskatchewan Health Authority vaccination clinics are underway, and pharmacies are also be able to administer the dose. Booking online is the most convenient way to get the vaccination, and the process features a new family tool. Visiting will enable you to book appointments for the entire family in one session. Individual and group bookings can also be made by calling 1-833-SASKVAX (1-833-727-5829).
If you require assistance with provincial government programs or services, I encourage you to contact my constituency office at #7, 598 15th Street East; we can be reached at 306-763-7677 or email at:

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Alana Ross

Saskatchewan is in mourning. The last few weeks have been a very difficult time for our province as we continue to cope with two heart breaking events.

Our thoughts are with the residents, first responders, families and friends of the James Smith Cree Nation and community of Weldon. The violence and loss you have experienced sent a wave of emotions across our land. We cannot begin to fully express our condolences, but please know that we are with you.

The pain is very real, and the questions are limitless. We are proud of the strength that you have shown and the ability to come together as a community. We will support those recovering and remember the victims, our neighbours, brothers, sisters, parents and grandparents taken too soon.

We are also mourning the loss of Her late Majesty, Queen Elizabeth the Second. Just days before, Her Majesty sent condolences to the province, Weldon and the James Smith Cree Nation, sending thoughts and prayers to those recovering and those grieving such a horrific loss. Queen Elizabeth closed by saying she mourns with all Canadians during this tragic time.

The news of Her Majesty’s passing has evoked strong memories of past visits to Saskatchewan. In 2005, Saskatchewan celebrated our centennial and was excited to host Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip. During that appearance, Her Majesty spoke to revellers and reminded our province of our duty to each other.

“Such service to others reflects so much of what your grandparents and great grandparents dreamed of when Saskatchewan first became a province of the Dominion of Canada in 1905. These men and women did not simply hope for a brighter future; they devoted every day to achieving their vision, not so much for themselves but for their children, and their grandchildren — for everyone.

During the past four days, Prince Philip and I have caught glimpses of your ancestors’ dreams that have been brought to life, not by accident but through determination, perseverance and hard work. Whether in rural settings, towns or cities, we have met citizens of Saskatchewan, of many diverse backgrounds, who are united in their desire to continue to build a society that will remain the envy of the world.

We have constantly been reminded that here in Western Canada, peoples from around the world have come together to add their own richness to the vast, colourful tapestry that is only matched by the size and beauty of the country itself. The spirit of nation building here in Saskatchewan and Canada truly falls on fertile soil. With this spirit the promise of the future is boundless.”

The strength Her Majesty spoke about with conviction, is what will guide our province through the pain of losing ten community members. Healing will take time but as we mourn together as a province, we will draw on our collective strength. Saskatchewan was built by community spirit, neighbour helping neighbour, friends and family supporting one another through the good times and bad.

Multis e gentibus vires – From Many Peoples Strength.

If you require assistance with provincial government programs or services, I encourage you to contact my constituency office at #7, 598 15th Street East; we can be reached at 306-763-7677 or email at:

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Sunshine and summertime has allowed for a fantastic few months in our Prince Albert region. It has been my pleasure to get out and visit with so many people once again. Over the past few weeks, I have met with seniors at Sherman Towers, Northcote Manor, Molstad Place, Chester Court, Carment Court and Mitchell Place. Over coffee, there were lively discussions, as we shared ideas to keep our economic momentum going while supporting residents.
I attended the Opening Ceremony at Batoche Days on July 14 and enjoyed tasty burgers served at Mr. Mikes Community BBQ on July 19 with the proceeds going to the YWCA.
It was a pleasure for me to bring greetings on behalf of Premier Moe and the province to the 2022 Royal Canadian Legion Provincial Golf Tournament. It was a great event and thank you to the organizers, sponsors, volunteers and attendees.
And after a three-year absence the PA Summer Fair was back providing entertainment, good food and fun for all ages. MLA Joe Hargrave and I took part in the PA Ex parade, even though it was a rainy evening, we were happy to see so many watching from the sidelines, and I welcomed the opportunity to help at the Legion booth selling tickets and at the Veselka Ukrainian Food booth during the fair.
Last month, it was a joy to attend the unveiling of the new Christopher Lake Park enhancement project and bring greetings on behalf of Premier Moe and Government Relations Minister Don McMorris. Our government was pleased to partner with the Government of Canada and the Village of Christopher Lake to fund this project. New amenities include a log gazebo, covered outdoor paved arena for year-round use and a warm-up shack. This fantastic project was supported through fundraising efforts and will be a great gathering place for years to come!
As we enjoy the nice weather and the natural wonders of the region, please be mindful of your impact on our lakes and streams. Invasive species continue to be a concern for our government, and we need your help. Watercraft inspection stations are up and running again this summer to help prevent aquatic invasive species from being introduced. While travelling across provincial and international borders, look for inspection stations along highways and near water bodies. Watercraft inspection is mandatory and includes anything you ride, including paddle boards, kayaks, canoes, sailboats and jet skis. Before returning home from out of province or moving between waters within Saskatchewan, please follow the clean, drain, dry guidelines for your watercraft and all related equipment.
Recently, our government increased support for seniors across the province with changes to the Seniors Income Plan (SIP). The maximum monthly benefit will increase by $30 per month to $330 for singles and $295 per month for each pensioner in a married, two-pensioner household. SIP provides financial assistance to seniors who receive little or no income. More than $34 million has been committed to SIP this year, which supports approximately 14,500 seniors across the province. SIP benefits will increase by a maximum of $30 per month again in 2023-24, marking the seventh increase since 2008.
If you have questions, comments, concerns or require assistance with provincial government programs or services, I encourage you to contact my constituency office at #7, 598 15th Street East; we can be reached at 306-763-7677 or email at:

MLA Report – Prince Albert Northcote


Summer days are here again, and I am so excited to have the opportunity to meet with you face-to-face. After two years of emails and phone calls, the next few months will be dedicated to connecting again. Already, Prince Albert Carlton MLA Joe Hargrave and I have been pleased to attend several community events. We’ve been to celebrations, markets, and government announcements and have been excited to support local organizations.

A significant project for the area was officially opened last month following the construction work on Highway 3 west of Prince Albert. This twinning project will help support local industry as they move products to market and most importantly, improve safety on this busy stretch of road. It was inspiring to hear from Alexandra Zbaraschuk as she told her survival story.

Supporting improved safety on our roads, MADD Prince Albert recently kicked off their “Crashed Car Campaign.” These efforts create awareness about the devastation of impaired driving. Crashed cars are placed around the city throughout the summer, serving as a reminder of what can happen. Please be safe this summer and get home safely.

As community events become more common, I was honoured to bring greetings on behalf of the Government of Saskatchewan at the Shell River Recreational Club fundraiser. Funds raised at the May 14th event go toward the rehabilitation of their hockey arena.

I did a walkabout at the PA Downtown Business Development Sidewalk Sale on Saturday, May 18th. It was nice to chat with Perry Trusty, listen to the music and check out the local stores and venues. Our downtown has some real gems that offer everything from snacks to clothing and art. The next Sidewalk Sale is June 18th; I hope you’ll check it out!

It was my honour to be a part of the Grand Entrance and bring greetings at the Heart of the Youth Pow Wow on Friday, May 27th. It was a beautiful celebration of Prince Albert’s youth and a great chance to gather. Special thanks to Elder Liz Settee for all your hard work!

I ended the day with a stop at the Aurora Art Show at the Prince Albert Arts Centre, featuring 13 Saskatchewan artists. There were many beautiful pieces on display, and it was difficult to pick the best in show!

The Alzheimer Society of Saskatchewan fundraising walk and the Hike for Hospice were held to end the month of May, two very worthwhile fundraising events. Alzheimer’s and dementia are devastating for loved ones, their families and friends. We need to continue towards a cure, and events like these help spread awareness. Meanwhile, the Rose Garden Hospice has started construction on the hospice while continuing to raise money for furniture. Thank you to the organizers, volunteers, hikers, and those who made donations.

This past Thursday, our office attended the Hip Hop Hoop performance at Riverside School. And what a performance it was. It was wonderful to hear the oohs and ahs from students captivated by the story of honesty and learning.

On Friday, MLA Hargrave, our Constituency Assistants Joy Schewaga and Angela Weinrich and I helped place Canadian flags on veterans’ graves in preparation for Decoration Day. I finished the day and busy week off by dropping off sandwiches at the Prince Albert Grand Council Urban Services Community Cares Kitchen. Natalie Clyke and her amazing team are serving up meals and giving out clothing and household items to those in need. They are open Monday to Friday, 8:30-4:00 pm. Donations are always in need, especially food, clothing, bedding or hygiene items. If you are interested in helping, contact Natalie at 306-930-1339.

If you have questions, comments, concerns or require assistance with provincial government programs or services, I encourage you to contact my constituency office. We can assist with a number of items including issues with assistance, health, housing, or if you want to voice an opinion. We are here to listen, and we’ll do our best to find the proper channels to help find solutions.

My constituency office is located at #7, 598 15th Street East. We can be reached by telephone at 306-763-7677 or by email at:

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The spring sitting of the Legislature has been busy as the Government of Saskatchewan works to support our growing province and expanding economy. Significant progress was made on projects that will increase jobs and affordability while also improving the health and safety of Prince Albert and area residents.
I was excited to tour the Paper Excellence Mill on May 5th with Minister of Energy and Resources Bronwyn Eyre and Minister of Environment Warren Kaeding. We walked the site and saw the work done so far in changing the facility from a pulp mill to a paper packing mill. Last fall, our province announced expanded timber allocations for Carrot River, Big River and two facilities in the Prince Albert area. The allocations resulted in another $1 billion of investment in our province. The Paper Excellence project will add 1,650 jobs directly and indirectly to the local economy.
As world events continue to pressure the global economy, the cost of living across Canada has increased. Our government is committed to ensuring life is affordable and will increase minimum wage in response. On October 1st, 2022, minimum wage will increase to $13 per hour. Minimum wage will rise to $14 per hour in October 2023 and to $15 per hour in October 2024. In 2007, minimum wage was $7.95, and by 2024 there will have been a total increase of nearly 89 per cent. This increase will support Saskatchewan workers and ensure our province is the best place to live, work, and raise a family.
I was so pleased to bring greetings and offer congratulations at the Prince Albert Grand Opening of Riverheart, an affordable rental property for persons with disabilities on May 6th. Riverheart has eight one-bedroom units, two of which are accessible and six two-bedroom units with one accessible. Our government is proud to support this project that allows people with disabilities to live independently.
Last month, a piece of legislation came into force to provide further safeguards for victims and survivors of human trafficking. The Protection from Human Trafficking Act streamlines the process for victims to seek a protection order and includes a provision that prohibits traffickers from contacting their victims.
Routine childhood immunizations are free to all Saskatchewan families. They are the most effective way to protect children against preventable diseases like chickenpox, measles, mumps, whooping cough or polio. Information on Saskatchewan immunization programs, the Routine Childhood Immunization Schedule, as well as vaccine fact sheets are all available online at
Eligibility has expanded for the fourth dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Saskatchewan residents aged 50 or older can now get the second booster shot. A fourth dose is recommended four months or longer after you have received your third dose.
During our spring session at the Legislature, I have had the honour of introducing some fine folks who call Prince Albert home. We were pleased to welcome Trevor Ives, Shauna Ives, Natalie Clyck and her daughter Minghella Coates, Deborah Chatsis and Ivan and Debbie Nahachewsky.
Trevor, who was diagnosed with myeloma in 2019, underwent successful treatment and a stem cell transplant. He now serves as a director with Myeloma Canada. Being part of the Myeloma community has allowed him to be a resource to several people who have been diagnosed with this second most common form of blood cancer.
Natalie, through Prince Albert Grand Council (PAGC), looks after the Community Cares Kitchen where clothing, wellness checks, compassion and over 220 meals are served daily to the vulnerable in Prince Albert. This past December, PAGC expanded their services to include a day warming shelter on 8th Street East.
Deborah was appointed to the Order of Canada for her leadership as the first woman of a First Nation to serve as an Ambassador for Canada. She was also recognized for her advocacy of human rights. Deborah served as Canada’s Ambassador to Vietnam, Ambassador to Guatemala and High Commissioner to Belize.
Ivan, a third-generation Ukrainian, was Chaplin and Greek Catholic Priest in Prince Albert and is now Chaplain for the Canadian Armed Forces in Saskatoon. In recognition of his work while deployed on Operation UNIFIER, Ivan received the Meritorious Service Medal. While in Ukraine, he helped create a chaplaincy program best suited to Ukraine’s needs.
If you have questions, comments, concerns or require assistance with provincial government programs or services, I encourage you to contact my constituency office located at #7, 598 15th Street East. We can be reached by telephone at 306-763-7677 or by email at:

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On March 7th, on the first day of the spring legislative session, a motion was passed in the assembly to support Ukraine and condemn Russia’s actions. Ukraine’s democracy and freedom are under attack. It is our hope the whole world will continue to stand up against this unprovoked aggression.

Saskatchewan and Prince Albert are fortunate to be home to many Ukrainian-Canadians. Ukrainian culture and traditions are embedded deep within Saskatchewan, with approximately 15 per cent of residents tracing all or part of their ancestry to Ukraine. While we support one another here at home, the Government of Saskatchewan is working with ministries, crowns, and agencies with partners in the Saskatchewan Ukrainian community to offer support.

Long-distance and text message charges from Canada to Ukraine and roaming charges for those in Ukraine have been waived for Sasktel customers. Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming are delisting Russian products from its distribution and retail stores. Private retailers are encouraged to do the same.

Our government has donated $100,000 to support humanitarian efforts in Ukraine, and if you want to help, please consider donating to

And most importantly, we are committed to providing a safe place for those fleeing the brutal attacks. To streamline the process, priority will be given to Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee applications received from Ukraine. Our partnership with the Ukrainian Canadian Congress of Saskatchewan will see $335,000 in funding dedicated to community coordinators who will provide information and assistance to individuals or groups who want to provide help. Coordinators will assist Ukrainians with settlement and language services, along with potential employment opportunities.

As we continue down the path towards truth and reconciliation in Canada, I was honoured to participate in the Reshaping Our Perspectives: Human Trafficking of Indigenous People Conference. The event focused on how human trafficking affects Indigenous people and the work by law enforcement to combat it. A heartfelt thank you to everyone who organized this informative event. 

March is BrainLove Month in Saskatchewan, and the Saskatchewan Royal Purple held its kickoff event in Prince Albert on March 1st. I was honoured to attend this special event with MLA for Prince Albert Carlton Joe Hargrave. I want to thank the Saskatchewan Royal Purple for choosing such a worthy cause to support and for helping to bring awareness to the prevention of brain injuries. This year, pledges surpassed the $40,000 mark and brings their six-year total to $150,000. Congratulations to all of the members and volunteers on this tremendous group effort.

March is also Myeloma Awareness Month across Canada. Myeloma is the second most common form of blood cancer. There is no cure, and it can affect people of all ages. I welcomed Prince Albert resident Trevor Ives as my guest to the Legislative Assembly as part of the awareness campaign. Trevor was diagnosed as anemic when he was 53. It took two years before doctors figured out what was impacting his body. After 16 weeks of chemotherapy, Trevor had a successful stem cell transplant and is helping others. He is on the team of directors and staff for Myeloma Canada, providing resources and support for patients facing a shocking diagnosis like he once did.

And congratulations to owner Vikram Sharma and Master Franchiser Utsang Desai on your grand opening of Prince Albert’s newest restaurant, BarBurrito. Along with Ken Cheveldayoff, MLA for Saskatoon Willowgrove, I had the pleasure of meeting Vikram and Utsang as they welcomed our community to the establishment. BarBurrito is a welcome addition to our business community, and I wish them all the best.

If you have questions, comments, concerns or require assistance with provincial government programs or services, I encourage you to contact my constituency office located at #7, 598 15th Street East. We can be reached by telephone at 306-763-7677 or email,

Alana Ross is the Saskatchewan Party MLA for Prince Albert Northcote.

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As we embark on a new year, I hope everyone had a safe and happy holiday season. The months ahead will see our Saskatchewan government continue to work towards better access to health care, a stronger economy, safer communities, better education, and a more independent province that will lead the nation for years to come.

As part of that work, we must come together to get through the current pandemic. COVID-19 vaccination rates have been steadily increasing, and those shots are the best tool available against COVID-19. Saskatchewan residents five years of age and older are eligible for the vaccine with booster shots now available to those over 18.

With the new Omicron variant present throughout Saskatchewan, we need to take all available measures to protect ourselves and prevent further transmission. Omicron symptoms present more cold-like than previous COVID-19 variants: runny nose, sore throat, sneezing and fatigue. Do not assume your symptoms are the common cold. If you find yourself with any cold or flu-like symptoms, self-isolate at home and use the COVID-19 testing options available to you.

Thank you to teachers and school support staff for ensuring tens of thousands of students had a more normal in-class experience this past fall. Saskatchewan schools helped prioritize the importance of in-class learning, and your important work in supporting students has been instrumental.

We have made more than $150 million available to ensure students and staff remain safe through the pandemic. Schools plan to spend nearly $35.9 million to help support students and staff for the 2021-22 school year. The funding will support engaging students with low attendance in the past year, support student mental health, and further enhancements to sanitation and personal protective equipment.

Our government is committed to building a stronger, healthier, and better Saskatchewan. More residential mental health beds are helping people transition safely from hospital into their communities. Annual funding of $6 million has provided 67 beds so far, with ten more opening in Prince Albert this spring. That partnership with YWCA will offer six intensive residential mental health beds and four less intensive beds.

Residential mental health beds offer client-centred services for people who have severe and persistent mental health needs. Supportive residential beds help people with mental health challenges live more successfully in the community and reduce the pressures on emergency rooms, police cells, homeless shelters and mental health beds in hospitals.

Our region is one step closer to the expansion and redevelopment of Prince Albert Victoria Hospital. Our government released a Request for Qualifications to assist in selecting a team to design and build the project.

When complete, the expansion will provide a larger emergency department, enhanced medical imaging services, and a 40 per cent increase in the number of hospital beds to 242 from 173, with shelled space to allow for future expansion. The province will pay 100 per cent of the capital cost of the project. The local community and Victoria Hospital Foundation will raise funds for furniture and equipment. This project demonstrates a shared commitment to Truth and Reconciliation through the partnership between our government, Saskatchewan Health Authority, and Prince Albert Grand Council to ensure that culturally appropriate services and spaces are part of this project.

If you have questions, comments, concerns or require assistance with provincial government programs or services, I encourage you to contact our Constituency Office located at 7 – 598 15th St. E. We can be reached by telephone at 306-763-7677 or email:

MLA Report — Prince Albert Northcote

By Alana Ross

As the festive season approaches, and we make plans to gather in our workplaces, with family and friends, our government is encouraging you to share seasonal greetings and not COVID-19.

Holiday planning should consider the vaccination status of your guests as well as the risk for those who may be more vulnerable to COVID-19. With the availability of the free rapid test kits please consider testing ahead of any gatherings.  Keep well-ventilated indoor gatherings small, wear a mask and practice physical distancing.

If you’re not feeling well, please stay at home, and seek testing for even the mildest of symptoms. 

Children aged five to 11 are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine.  Getting your children immunized is the best tool available to reduce the transmission of the COVID-19 virus while preventing severe illness.  A parent or guardian consent will be required.

Find a vaccination clinic near you and give the gift of protection from COVID-19 to yourself, your friends and family. 

Our government has partnered with the Saskatchewan Public Safety Agency and Federated Co-operatives Limited to provide thousands of free rapid antigen test kits through 41 Co-op locations across the province for public use. The kits are currently on-site and ready for pickup.

Rapid test kits are also available free of charge for regular at-home screening of COVID-19 at more than 150 locations across the province, including local chambers of commerce, municipal offices, fire halls, Canalta Hotels, as well as many local malls and public libraries.

I encourage you to pick up a rapid test kit and help keep your family and friends safe.

As part of our government’s commitment to expanding addiction services, we have increased access of take-home test kits for fentanyl and benzodiazepine to help curb the number of overdose deaths in our province. Fentanyl is 50 to 100 times more toxic than other opioids.  Of 149 confirmed accidental drug toxicity deaths in Saskatchewan in 2021, 108 (72 per cent) involved fentanyl.  People who use drugs often do not know if fentanyl is present.  It cannot be seen, smelled or tasted.

A negative result on a test strip does not guarantee the substance is safe.  Test strips only check if certain fentanyl or benzos compounds are present in the portion of the drugs testedStrips are now available in 30 locations across the province. To find the closest location for pickup visit

Our provincial and federal governments recently announced more affordable child-care will be provided through licensed facilities. For families with children aged 0 – 5, this will reduce their out-of-pocket fees by about half, retroactive to July 1, 2021. This is the first step toward reaching an average $10 a day licensed child care by 2025-26.

Unregulated providers are encouraged to register with the Ministry of Education so they can qualify for additional funds to lower fees for the families they support.

Our government recently introduced a new policing initiative to target gang-related criminal activity entering the province through trafficking corridors. The Saskatchewan Trafficking Response Team (STRT) is a specialized intelligence-led enforcement team dedicated to addressing illegal weapons, drugs, and human trafficking. 

The STRT will be made up of 30 RCMP officers, six municipal police officers, two criminal analysts, and three support staff, for a total of 41 new permanent positions. Three offices will be strategically located in Lloydminster, Estevan and Swift Current with municipal STRT resources in Prince Albert, Saskatoon and Regina.

These locations were chosen based on their proximity to provincial boundaries and established trafficking corridors. Municipal STRT resources will also be located in Prince Albert, Saskatoon and Regina.

This initiative will cost $2.1 million for 2021-22 and approximately $6.4 million annually in each subsequent fiscal year. This is entirely new funding; no resources have been reallocated from other policing initiatives.

At the local level, congratulations to Capt. Ivan Nahachewsky, third-generation Ukrainian, Chaplin and Greek Catholic Priest, was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal in recognition of his work while deployed on Operation UNIFIER from October 2019 to April 2020. The Meritorious Service Medal is given to Canadian citizens whose achievements bring honour to our country. The Canadian Armed Forces mission supports the security forces of Ukraine and assists with security force training to help improve and build their capability and capacity.

It was an honour for me to bring greetings on behalf of the Education Minister, Dustin Duncan, and the Government of Saskatchewan at the grand opening for PA Early Years Family Resource Centre and the Prince Albert Kids First office opening at Gateway Mall.

The Family Resource Centre is a place where families with children (0 to 5) can be comfortable, the kiddos can play, and parents can ask questions about the early years and find links to the community. These valuable services are provided at no cost for all families.

May your home be filled with the joy of the Christmas Season. I wish you a blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year. If you have questions, comments, concerns or require assistance with provincial government programs or services, I encourage you to contact our Constituency Office located at 7 – 598 15th St. E. We can be reached by telephone at 306-763-7677 or

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Alana Ross – MLA’s Report

Since resuming the sitting of the Legislative Session, we have debated the Speech from the Throne, which sets out our government’s path for the coming years. While the speech focuses on managing through to the end of the pandemic, it also sets out the path to provide programs and services you deserve. To accomplish this, we will continue to work to build a strong economy, providing opportunities for our future.

In the past weeks, I have been meeting with constituents, business owners, community organizations, and other concerned citizens about our downtown core’s challenges. Be assured I have taken these concerns to my colleagues in Regina.

While I know these challenges did not come to pass overnight, I know our government is working to provide help to everyone involved.  Currently, we are looking to partner with charitable organizations and third-party providers with the goal of adding another 150 treatment spaces over the next three years. These will provide more support for those seeking addictions treatments and detox services.

The Throne Speech addresses our commitment to harm reductions strategies with the increased access to test strips for fentanyl and benzodiazepine. These strips can detect the presence of fentanyl and benzo in street drugs – substances linked to increased overdose deaths in Saskatchewan. Fentanyl is 50-100 times more toxic than other opioids. People who use drugs often do not know if fentanyl is present.  It cannot be seen, smelled, or tasted.

A negative result on a test strip does not guarantee the substance is safe.  Test strips only check if fentanyl or benzo are present in the portion of the drugs tested. They do not detect other drugs and do not tell you the amount of fentanyl or benzo present in the substance.  These strips are an additional tool to limit potential overdoses.

We will continue to work with community pharmacies to increase accessibility to the Take Home Naloxone Program. This provides friends, families, and the public with the means of saving the life of someone who is having an opioid overdose. Opioids affect the part of the brain that controls breathing, so when too much of an opioid is taken, breathing slows or stops. Naloxone reverses the effects of an opioid overdose temporarily, restoring breathing in a few minutes. It is not a narcotic, is non-addictive, and has no effect if opioids are not present. Naloxone is a safe medication with few side effects.

In the coming months, the Ministry of Health will be developing a new website to provide information for people at risk of an overdose. I will keep you posted on its development.  

One theme of the Throne Speech that is of particular importance to our area is that of a stronger Saskatchewan. A stronger Saskatchewan is rooted in creating a business environment open to opportunities for growth and investment. An example is found in the recent timber sector investments, which will bring considerable opportunities for people in our community. Paper Excellence $550 million investment to upgrade its pulp mill in Prince Albert will create an estimated 1,650 new jobs and One Sky Forest Products plan to build a new $250 million Oriented Strand Board mill in Prince Albert will generate more than 700 jobs.

The growth of these and other sectors are going to provide valuable jobs for Prince Albert and area, it offers hope and opportunity for our young people in Saskatchewan. As always, if you have questions, comments, concerns or require assistance with provincial government programs or services, I encourage you to contact our Constituency Office. You can find us at 7 – 598 15th St. E. We can also be contacted by telephone at 306-763-7677 or by e-mail

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We have certainly had an eventful summer in Prince Albert and it’s my hope that you found some time to reconnect with family and friends for recreation and relaxation.

It has been exciting for me to see progress on the Rose Garden Hospice and Aquatic Centre projects, as well as the passing lane improvements recently completed in our area.

I had the opportunity to tour the Prince Albert/Paper Excellence Pulp Mill and also took the opportunity to attend a Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association meeting to discuss the challenges brought on by this year’s drought.

The end of the summer, the start of school, and a return to our regular routines – September can be a busy month for many of us.

As we continue to transition back to normal life, we want to limit the spread of COVID-19 without imposing widespread public health orders and restrictions, as was necessary before vaccines were widely available.

New COVID cases and serious outcomes from those cases are now overwhelmingly among unvaccinated individuals and getting vaccinated remains the most important step that you can take to protect yourself and others.

While there are currently no COVID-19 vaccines approved for children under 12, all those who are eligible are encouraged to be fully-vaccinated to afford these groups the best circle of protection possible.

As students of all ages return to class, school divisions have been working with local medical health officers to tailor back-to-school plans based on local circumstances, vaccination rates, case counts, and other factors. This flexibility allows boards the ability to develop plans that are best for them.

Prince Albert Catholic Schools and the Saskatchewan Rivers Public School Division are asking that all students, staff, and visitors wear masks indoors in all schools and on all school buses. Mask use will not be required outdoors. The details of each plan can be found in full on the division websites.

Vaccines are widely accessible in every part of the province so if you haven’t done so already, I strongly encourage you to get vaccinated.
Saskatchewan is well-positioned for a strong economic recovery from COVID-19. Our economic performance is leading the nation as the strength of our industries creates jobs and drives our economy forward.

Saskatchewan residents have the lowest debt load in Canada compared to the size of our economy. More people are working, with employment rising by 2.8 per cent over the first seven months, and our economy continues to grow at an incredibly strong pace.

S&P Global Ratings has affirmed Saskatchewan’s credit rating at AA with a stable outlook in a recent report. All three major rating agencies have now updated their credit rating and outlook for Saskatchewan following the 2021-22 Budget, and we continue to have the second-highest overall credit rating among Canadian provinces.

We are pleased that the major rating agencies continue to have confidence in our government’s fiscal and budgetary approach, despite the significant challenges posed by the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Saskatchewan’s economy is strong – and it’s driven by the resilience of our people and the outstanding performance of our industries.

Saskatchewan has one of the most competitive business environments in all of Canada, and we continue to be leaders in the nation in our key sectors of oil and gas, forestry, agriculture, manufacturing, and others.

If you have questions, comments, concerns or require assistance with provincial government programs or services, I encourage you to contact our Constituency Office located at 7 – 598 15th St. E. We can be reached by telephone at 306-763-7677 or by e-mail

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by Alana Ross
Prince Albert Northcote

This week marked an important milestone as public health restrictions, including mandatory masking and limits on events and gathering sizes, have been removed. It is, however, recommended that unvaccinated or partially vaccinated people continue masking.

We are all feeling a little fatigued after seventeen months of pandemic precaution and, while COVID-19 is still here, more than half of our population is now fully vaccinated. This increased level of protection means that people in our province can start returning to normal activities. For those working from home, for example, this may mean a return to the workplace.

At a time when individuals and families are navigating what life will look like as we emerge from the pandemic, I want to provide some clarity as to where we are at today.

While the public health order requiring masking in indoor spaces has come to an end, masking will continue to be an option for all residents who wish to do so. Some businesses may choose to maintain masking requirements but that will be up to them. Information for businesses and workplaces is available at

Prekindergarten to Grade 12 schools will return to regular operations for the 2021-22 school year and licensed child care facilities can now return to regular pre-pandemic operations. While there are currently no COVID-19 vaccines approved for children under 12, all residents 12+ are encouraged to be fully vaccinated to afford these groups the best circle of protection possible.

Children can contract, transmit and become ill with COVID-19 though the risk for serious health outcomes is lower than older populations.  If you are fully vaccinated, all activities with children will be considered lower risk. If you are eligible for either your first or second dose, you can find a vaccination clinic or pharmacy location online

Long-term care homes and personal care homes may allow an unlimited number of visitors and family members for their residents, subject to scheduling limitations in a home.

Visitors and families will be screened for symptoms of COVID-19 and will be offered rapid antigen testing in Saskatchewan Health Authority facilities. Visitors and families are strongly encouraged to continue to wear masks during visits and to maintain physical distance, especially if not fully vaccinated. Staff will continue to take precautions to protect residents including masking, screening, rapid testing and use of personal protective equipment.

More information on family visitation to care home settings is available at

Masking and screening will still be required for all patients and visitors to Saskatchewan’s acute care health facilities. All measures regarding screening for COVID-19, including screening for symptoms and masking will also continue at all Saskatchewan Cancer Agency facilities.While the public health order will no longer be in place, COVID-19 will continue to circulate, particularly among unvaccinated populations. Being fully vaccinated is the best protection against COVID-19 and all residents will continue to be offered first and second doses.

All residents should continue to self-monitor for symptoms, stay home when sick, and seek a COVID-19 test.  Information on COVID-19 symptoms and testing is available at

Public health will continue monitoring and responding to localized COVID-19 outbreaks. Testing will still be available, contact tracing will continue and cases and close contacts who are not fully immunized may be advised to isolate by public health officials.  Individuals should, of course, follow all advice provided by public health officials.

The past few weeks have been busy both with important reflections and celebrations. From Pride Month and Canada Day to a candlelight vigil for the unmarked graves found at Cowesses, a smudge in support of the homeless, and events commemorating the unveiling of two statues honouring Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

I also had the opportunity to participate in the PAGC Urban Services Community Cares Kitchen where I met some truly amazing volunteers and Prince Albert Northcote residents. A big thank you to Natalie Guimond and volunteers for their astounding effort.

As always, if you have questions, comments, concerns or require assistance with provincial government programs or services, I encourage you to contact our Constituency Office. You can find us at 7 – 598 15th St. E. We can also be contacted by telephone at 306-763-7677 or by e-mail

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by Alana Ross
MLA’s report

First and foremost, thank you to everyone for their efforts in containing the Cloverdale fire. The local and provincial response to this emergency was nothing short of incredible.

I continue to be encouraged by the strong and growing number of people in Saskatchewan who are getting vaccinated in the fight against COVID-19. These efforts have been driving down case numbers, hospitalizations, and helping to ease public health orders.

Just a few weeks ago, Step 1 of our Re-Opening Roadmap began with household gathering limits expanding up to 10 people and attendance at worship services, public gatherings, and table limits at restaurants all increasing. Youth and adult outdoor sports were able to resume as well.

Step 2 of our Re-Opening Roadmap begins this weekend, on Father’s Day. This means no capacity limits on retail, personal care services, bars, and restaurants; further increases to private gathering sizes; and organized indoor sports and recreational activities allowed to resume.

Three weeks after achieving the first dose vaccination threshold for Step 3, the last two public health orders will be removed. That will see the province remove the existing limits on event and gathering sizes, as well as the requirement for mandatory indoor masking.

Residents who have not received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine are strongly encouraged to book an appointment and stick it to COVID. Meanwhile, those who have are reminded that it is equally important to follow up that first dose with a second once you become eligible to do so.

We are all looking forward to a return to our pre-pandemic lifestyles. At this time of the year, I am reminded of our students, particularly those nearing the end of their high school careers. They have had to adapt and miss out on the more traditional graduation festivities.  That does not, however, diminish their accomplishments or their ability to celebrate them.

Congratulations to the graduating Class of 2021!

Graduation is a symbol of all your hard work and will open doors to many opportunities. Your future may take you any number of directions. You might pursue post-secondary education or career training, or perhaps you’ll choose to go straight into the workforce. While your path may lead to other provinces and countries, I hope you choose Saskatchewan to build a life.

As a resident of Saskatchewan, you qualify for the Saskatchewan Advantage Scholarship which will cover a portion of your tuition if you enroll at a Saskatchewan post-secondary institution that is recognized for Canada-Saskatchewan student loans. This year’s budget provides $7.1 million in funding. Since its inception, it has benefitted over 113,000 students.

Since 2007-08, our government has invested nearly $11 billion in post-secondary institutions and student supports. In 2021-22, the Government of Saskatchewan will provide over $102.2 million in student supports through loans, scholarships, bursaries, grants and other supports.

We offer multiple programs that help students during and after their studies, including the Graduate Retention Program which has benefited over 74,000 post-secondary grads. This is the only graduate retention program in Canada and since its inception we’ve provided $541 million in tax credits to graduates who live and work in Saskatchewan.

The Saskatchewan Student Loans Forgiveness Program for Nurses and Nurse Practitioners forgives up to $4,000 per year of Saskatchewan Student debt to a maximum of $20,000 over five years for nurses and nurse practitioners who practice in smaller, rural Saskatchewan communities.

The Government of Saskatchewan is also launching a Loan Forgiveness Program for Veterinarians and Vet Technologists who choose to work in rural and remote communities.

You can visit to learn more about all the advantages available to high school and post-secondary grads here in our province.

If you have questions, comments, concerns or require assistance with provincial government programs or services, I encourage you to contact our Constituency Office located at 7 – 598 15th St. E. We can be reached by telephone at 306-763-7677 or by e-mail

MLA Report – Prince Albert Northcote

by Alana Ross
MLA’s report

First and foremost, thank you to the constituents of Prince Albert Northcote for the honour of serving as your representative in the Saskatchewan Legislative Assembly. I find that I’m still learning a lot and growing into the role every day. Every step of the journey, particularly promoting and advocating for our community, has been very rewarding.

Thank you all for being patient, understanding, and for observing public health orders to keep our province moving and keep our friends, families, and communities safe in response to COVID-19. Protecting lives and livelihoods is our #1 priority and we know that the only way for the people of our province to return to our pre-pandemic lives is to get vaccinated.

The vaccines are safe, they work and, as the rollout continues, I strongly encourage you to roll up your sleeve and stick it to COVID when it is your turn to do so. Thank you to the dedicated staff at vaccination clinics and to all residents who are making the responsible decision to get vaccinated.

Let’s keep protecting ourselves and those around us by following the public health orders currently in place. We are making great progress on the road to recovery.

Our government recently unveiled a re-opening roadmap that will gradually lift the current public health orders as Saskatchewan reaches significant vaccination levels. We reached Step 1 of re-opening at the end of May.

Household gatherings expanded up to 10 people, attendance at worship services and other public gatherings increases, and table limits at restaurants increases.

Step 2 is expected to begin at the third week in June, lifting capacity limits in retail, personal care services, restaurants, and bars. Public and household gathering sizes will expand and remaining restrictions on youth and adult sports will be removed.

Finally, Step 3 is expected to begin in the second week of July, when most remaining restrictions will be lifted.

How quickly we can move forward with this plan depends on more people getting vaccinated when it’s their turn.

As Saskatchewan travels through its roadmap to reopen, this year’s provincial budget has been designed to protect, build and grow our province.

Our government’s budget protects lives and livelihoods by providing direct funding to fight COVID-19 while investing record levels of funding into health care, education, social services and protection of people and property.

This budget builds with a capital investment of $3.1 billion to help recover our economy and create jobs. There is new funding for new schools, hospitals, long-term care facilities, highways and municipal infrastructure.

The growth of our economy and our communities continues to be a key focus of our government.

This budget provides key investments and incentives to achieve that growth while keeping life affordable for families.

Our province has fared better than most through the global pandemic and this budget charts a clear course forward for our province that ensures a strong recovery, and a strong Saskatchewan.

Earlier this month I was very pleased to see the next steps in the Victoria Hospital renewal as Stantec was selected as the design firm for this important project. Their team of local architects and engineers have a proud history of infrastructure project delivery throughout Saskatchewan.

Victoria Hospital is the major hub for essential health care services across northern Saskatchewan and our government is pleased to see this redevelopment project moving ahead. We look forward to working with the local community and our Indigenous partners to ensure it includes all the services and amenities they require.

We are investing more than $300 million in the redesigned hospital for a new acute care tower, the replacement of the existing mental health space and renovations to the current facility.

Upon completion, the total number of beds available is expected to increase by about 40 per cent, with space to expand further as needed.

Victoria Hospital is a critical component of our province’s health infrastructure and this significant investment will serve not only the people of Prince Albert, but the entire northern half of the province for years to come.

If you have questions, comments, concerns or require assistance with provincial government programs or services, I encourage you to contact our Constituency Office located at 7 – 598 15th St. E. We can be reached by telephone at 306-763-7677 or by e-mail

Alana Ross is the MLA for Prince Albert Northcote.