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2014 March

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1. Municipalities encouraged to honour Canadian service in Afghanistan on March 12

To recognize the end of Canada’s military mission to Afghanistan – which includes the contribution of Saskatchewan people – municipalities are encouraged to organize an appropriate flag ceremony and to find ways to share this historic event on March 12.

At the provincial level, a ceremony will take place at 1 p.m. that day at the special flag pole in front of the Prince of Wales Entrance at the Legislative Building. A Canadian flag will be symbolically raised to full height to honour the contributions of Saskatchewan people, both military and civilian, who served in Afghanistan.

For more than a decade, on behalf of Canada, men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces, the RCMP, public servants and civilians have made enormous sacrifices to help Afghans rebuild Afghanistan into a viable country that is better governed, more stable and secure.

The names of 17 people with ties to Saskatchewan who have perished in the conflict are enshrined on the Saskatchewan War Memorial, located just west of the Legislative Building.

To learn more about the March 12 ceremony, contact the Government of Saskatchewan’s Protocol Office by phone at 306-787-8965, toll free at 1-877-427-5505 or via email at honours@gov.sk.ca.

For more information on Canada’s engagement to Afghanistan, visit:http://www.afghanistan.gc.ca/canada-afghanistan/index.aspx

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2. Ministry of Government Relations tradeshow booths at SARM’s annual convention

Do you have questions about public safety, municipal legislation, grant programs or planning?  If so, come visit the Ministry of Government Relations tradeshow booths at SARM’s Annual Convention Tradeshow to have your questions answered by an expert. 

Staff from the ministry’s municipal affairs area will located at booth 153, and staff from the Emergency Management and Fire Safety, Provincial Disaster Assistance Program and Building Standards branches will be at booths 149-152, along with representatives from the Saskatchewan Volunteer Fire Fighters Association (SVFFA), the Saskatchewan Emergency Planners Association (SEPA) and the Saskatchewan Building Officials Association (SBOA).

Look for the Ministry of Government Relations tradeshow booths in the Brandt Link, between the Ag-Ex Pavilion and the Agribition Building.  The tradeshow begins the evening of Monday, March 10 and runs until 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 12.

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3. Watch for work zones

While highway construction is usually associated with the warm summer months, drivers should be aware that certain types of work can take place year-round.

Even during the cold winter months, crews are working on bridges and installing culverts. Although cold temperatures present challenges, certain aspects of construction can benefit from wintry weather. For example, cranes can be placed on frozen waterways and used to hoist beams into place during bridge construction.

Travel information about construction, emergency road closures, the status of ferries and barges and other road activities is always available on the Highway Hotline at www.saskatchewan.ca/live/transportation/highway-hotline. It's also available by calling 306-787-7623 in Regina, 306-933-8333 in Saskatoon, the SaskTel cellular network at *ROAD, toll-free across Canada at 1-888-335-7623 and via the Highway Hotline mobile website at http://hotline.gov.sk.ca/sk/map/mobile.

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4. Register for 2014 Labour Standards Workshops & WCB WorkSafe Presentations

In April, the Urban Municipal Administrators’ Association (UMAAS) and Rural Municipal Administrators’ Association (RMAA) will be conducting a series of one-day Labour Standards and Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) WorkSafe Workshops for CAOs, administrators and elected officials serving urban and rural municipalities.

UMAAS is responsible for administering the registration of workshop participants, as well as arranging and managing facilities. 

Saskatchewan Labour Relations and WCB WorkSafe will develop the training material and deliver the workshop and presentation.

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