Spring Sitting is Underway

Written by Chris Rasmussen on Monday, 02 March 2015
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They’ve been under the magnifying glass all winter but Premier Brad Wall and his Saskatchewan Party government will now be tested in the legislature as the Spring Sitting starts today in Regina.

Expect to see the opposition NDP put Wall’s feet to the fire as the government faces one of their toughest budgets since being elected.  Premier Wall knows that but he’s still looking to keep the promises he’s made.

“The budget is going to be a challenge and we’re working hard to get to balanced.” said Wall. “It’s been a cornerstone of our growth plan.”

Any group or department that receives provincial funding in the form of grants or subsidies will be paying close attention over the next few weeks.  Cuts are expected as provincial revenues have dropped due to dwindling oil prices this winter. Just last week, a local program announced they were going to have to shut down because of an expected shortfall in funding.

In an email sent to the Moose Jaw-South Central Regional Intersectoral Committee and forwarded to Discover Moose Jaw, Cristin Sullivan, Probation Officer with the Ministry Of Justice and Chad Topp, Wakamow Manor Social Detox Director, explained:

“Due to funding restraints Moose Jaw Drug Treatment Court (MJDTC) final court date will be on July 2, 2015.  We have been operating without sustainable funding since April 2009.  As many of you know the staff involved with MJDTC; such as Probation Officer, Addictions Counselor, Police Officer, Social Assistance Worker and Detox representation, has been an in kind contribution and not funded.

Over the last few years we received funding through Community Initiative Funds, Moose Jaw Drug Strategy and Moose Jaw Rotary Club to operate Day Programming for the participants three mornings a week.  With this funding we hired a Program Coordinator to carry all programming requirements.  Community Initiative Funds has now declined our grant applications as we no longer fit their mandate.  Further, we have been declined sustainable funding from the Ministry of Justice.  It is crucial for the participants to receive specific programming to address their needs.  Without specific programming we would not be following best practices and would not be seen as an accredited Drug Treatment Court.  With this being said we have no choice but to close our doors.

Five Hills Health Region has graciously provided funding to assist MJDTC with the transition period to closure.”

Shortly after the email was sent out, a subsequent note was sent by the Ministry Of Justice, saying “Please be advised that the information provided in that email was very premature and there are currently ongoing discussions within the Ministry of Justice regarding potential funding for the Moose Jaw Drug Treatment Court.”

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