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Carnie's Comments - AGE - State of Mind

It happens from time to time.  Something pops up that makes you feel old.  Like today when, on the 800 CHAB Morning Show, we announced Joan Jett is celebrating her 54th birthday.  How could that be?  It seems like yesterday we were running to the record store to get her 2nd album, "I Love Rock 'n Roll".  It wasn't yesterday.  It was 1981.  That's 33 years ago.  She was 21 then.

 

Yes, this is 2014 and Joan Jett is 54 but, you know what?  She doesn't look it.  She's still got it. She's still got an edge.  She's still slim and trim and putting on great rock shows.

 

Joan Jett is another rock 'n roll example of how age is a state of mind.  She has chosen not to grow up.  She's still a kid.

 

If you're in your 40's or 50's, there's still time to make that decision for yourself.  You can choose not to grow up.  You can leave your old bicycle in the garage or you can get on it and go for a ride.  Ya know what I'm sayin'?

 

Like the Steve Miller Band sings, "I don't know but I've been told if you keep on dancin', you'll never grow old....Dance, dance, dance."

MLA Musing Sept 19, 2014

alt From the desk of Greg Lawrence, Moose Jaw Wakamow MLA...

 

 

Renewal Stickers are Coming for Health Cards

 

Renewal stickers for health cards are being mailed to Saskatchewan residents who currently have provincial health coverage. Provincial health cards expire on December 31, 2014. The stickers will validate health cards for a three-year period to December 31, 2017. 

The renewal stickers are being mailed out by eHealth Saskatchewan from September 15 to 30. Residents who have not received their renewal packages in the mail by mid-October should go online to update their personal information at www.ehealthsask.ca. Other contact information is also available online. 

The most common reason for people not to receive their renewal stickers is because they have moved and not updated their address. This year, packages will be sent to more than 689,000 households in the province. In addition to the renewal sticker(s) the Health Services Card package also includes information about the Provincial Electronic Health Record, HealthLine stickers and organ donor stickers. If organ donation is desired, individuals must attach the organ donor sticker to their health card, and sign the card indicating their intention to donate organs or tissues which is also included in the mailout.

For more information on health benefits, visit www.health.gov.sk.ca/health-benefits.

 

 

STUDENT FIRST ADVISORS ENGAGEMENT COMPLETE

 

The Student First advisors, Russ Mirasty and Patricia Prowse, have officially wrapped up the engagement process and handed over their findings to the education sector and the Government of Saskatchewan.

A discussion guide and toolkit, which will be available to the public, include a summary of what was heard and the themes that emerged during the engagement process, and will be used to ensure the findings continue to drive the work of the ministry and sector.

Themes include the importance of relationships between schools, families and communities; supporting students and teachers to ensure individual student success; a shared responsibility for student well-being between schools, families and communities; and a need for healthy, culturally-affirming learning environments that are free of bullying and violence.

Over the past several months, the advisors took part in 120 engagement forums, heard from 994 students, parents/caregivers and teachers from provincial and First Nations schools, and held 42 sessions with key educational organization representatives. More than 1,500 submissions were received through the online engagement tool. Two verification sessions, held in June, marked the end of the engagements.

Student First is about unifying and re-orienting the education system on what matters most - the student. The engagements, both in-person and online, focus on what’s going well, what’s not, and how the education sector can better support students and ensure they have the tools they need to succeed.

To learn more about Student First and the advisors’ discussion guide and toolkit, please visit www.saskatchewan.ca/studentfirst. To keep up to date on success stories across Saskatchewan, visit the Student First blog at www.studentfirstsk.com.

 

 

Renewal Stickers are Coming for Health Cards

 

Renewal stickers for health cards are being mailed to Saskatchewan residents who currently have provincial health coverage.  Provincial health cards expire on December 31, 2014.  The stickers will validate health cards for a three-year period to December 31, 2017.

“The Saskatchewan Health Services Card indicates you are entitled to health coverage under the provincial health insurance plan,” Health Minister Dustin Duncan said.  “We encourage people to place the renewal sticker on their health card so they can continue to receive medical services.” 

The renewal stickers are being mailed out by eHealth Saskatchewan from September 15 to 30.  Residents who have not received their renewal packages in the mail by mid-October should go online to update their personal information at
www.ehealthsask.ca.  Other contact information is also available online.

The most common reason for people not to receive their renewal stickers is because they have moved and not updated their address.  This year, packages will be sent to more than 689,000 households in the province.  In addition to the renewal sticker(s) the Health Services Card package also includes information about the Provincial Electronic Health Record, HealthLine stickers and organ donor stickers.  If organ donation is desired, individuals must attach the organ donor sticker to their health card, and sign the card indicating their intention to donate organs or tissues which is also included in the mailout.

For more information on health benefits, visit
www.health.gov.sk.ca/health-benefits.

 

Carnie's Comments - WARRIORS

Tonight's the night.  A new Western Hockey League season will get underway as our Moose Jaw Warriors play the Broncos in Swift Current in the first of a home 'n home weekend set that'll see the Broncos come to Moose Jaw tomorrow.

 

A new season brings new hope and I think we can almost guarantee this season will be better than last.  Last year's club wasn't very exciting.  Our guys were outmatched all season long.  We only won 21 of 72 games and didn't even come close to a playoff spot.  

 

Long time fans said we were too small and we got pushed around.

 

General manager Alan Millar responded to that, saying, among other things, "We can get a real big team here real quick but we're not going to be very good.  The game has changed and we've got to adapt...the league averaged less than 2 fights a game in the pre season and we used to have a dozen a game in the pre season...We want to be a team that plays hard an competes hard...team toughness is important."

 

I think we'll see this weekend if our big guys play big and if we have a group that can display "team toughness".  

 

Or, we could just score a whole lot more goals than the other teams and win that way!   New season....new hope.

Carnie's Comments - ROYAL VISIT

I got the call yesterday.  A woman, an elderly woman, asking me if I remember voicing my support for the Monarchy a few years ago on one of my daily commentaries. She wanted a copy because one of her friends had been telling her that the Monarchy shouldn't exist and that it was time to move away from what she called "an archaic system" of government.  They were discussing Prince Edward's visit to Moose Jaw.  She remembered a commentary from a few years ago and she agreed with me...she just couldn't remember exactly what I said.

 

I do and I shared the words with her.  I found them a few years ago when I was struggling with my feelings about a Royal Visit.  Let me say I cringe every time I hear about how much money we spend on these visits but, I DO support The Monarchy.

 

Our system of government works and works well, perhaps better than most.

 

Why does it work?  Why is the Monarchy relevant in Canada?  All you have to do is read a little bit and you'll find the answers.  You'll find words like heritage and history and unity. Character and values.  Tradition.  Guidance and leadership.  Integrity.  Honour.  Duty. Freedom.  Glorious and victorious.

 

God Save the Queen.

Carnie's Comments - HANDSHAKES

Shaking hands.  You see people doing it every day.  We've been doing it all our lives but, we've learned there are dangers associated with this close contact.  Medical experts tell us we spread germs when we shake hands.  They tell us NOT to shake hands during influenza season.  

 

You know, I don't really like shaking hands.  We do it at the golf course at the end of each game. We shake hands and congratulate each other.  The pro golfers always take off their hats and their sunglasses before they shake hands.  Local guys do that now and I wonder what other articles of their outfit they might start taking off before shaking hands.

 

Some guys are too firm when they shake.  I've had my little right hand hurt after a shake.  Some guys are too limp when they shake.  That's kinda creepy.

 

Then there's the "dude" handshake.  You lock thumbs and then slide your hand down the other guy's hand and lock fingers and then I think you're supposed to come together and bump shoulders and nod and wink or something like that.

 

So, it's clear, we risk spreading germs and catching the flu bug when we shake hands.

 

Maybe before we give a hand a shake we should give our heads a shake?

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