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Saskatchewan Schools Start

Delayed to September 8th

August 15,2020

Premier Scott Moe has announced a later start date to the school year. 

"Students will begin classes on the Tuesday after Labour Day, September 8. This is a few days later than students would normally return to class, but it will provide teachers and school staff a few additional days to prepare the classrooms and common areas for a safe return."

School divisions would provide more information on their individual school plan before August 26.

A new testing strategy will also be released focusing on voluntary testing for teachers and students.

"On Monday I will be joined by Dr Shahab to announce a number of measures that will provide more information, time, testing capacity, and resources to ensure a safe return to school for all Saskatchewan students. That's why we will be providing an additional $40 million so that our classrooms, our students, and our staff are kept safe."

"We have increased our COVID testing capacity now to 3,000 tests per day, and that will be further increased to 4,000 tests per day by early September to ensure that any Saskatchewan resident who wants to be tested can be tested"

"I'm looking forward to providing a bit more information and answering questions on this on Monday, but for now, I want you to know that I've heard your concerns. I want you to know that we are acting by providing more information, more time, more testing capacity, and more resources to ensure a safe return to school this September."

Town of Delisle is Building
Three New Streets
Delisle will soon have three new streets along the east end of Railway Avenue (Highway 7 access road). The most easterly street will be named Paperback Road, the next street west will be named Hero Drive. These two streets are so named as a tribute to the Paperback Hero movie that was filmed in Delisle in the 1970's. The third street to the west will be named Valleyview Gate and will connect Railway Avenue to Valleyview Drive to the north.
Construction is underway with a completion date yet to be announced.
RM of Vanscoy Dismisses Administrator and Reeve Resigns
The Council of the Rural Municipality of Vanscoy No. 345 wishes to share some changes that have occurred recently relating to Council and administration of the RM.
Reeve Floyd Chapple has resigned for personal reasons. Deputy Reeve Leonard Junop has been appointed by Council as Acting Reeve until the election in November 2020. Elections for Reeve, Division 1 Councillor, Division 3 Councillor, and Division 5 Councillor will be held on Monday, November 9, 2020.
Council and Administrator Tony Obrigewitch have parted company by way of mutual agreement effective May 29, 2020. Legal direction was acquired throughout this process. Work has commenced to fill this position.
Council wishes to take this opportunity to thank Floyd Chapple for his many years of service and dedication to the RM.
Should you have questions or concerns, please contact the RM Council member for your Division.
Morning Break-ins in Outlook
   Outlook RCMP report that on March 16, 2020 in the early morning hours two break-ins occurred. One took place at the Macrorie Co-op. Items were missing from out buildings including several brand new vehicle batteries. The suspect vehicle is believed to be a truck.
   The same morning the Sherlie Kleen car wash in Outlook was broken into. The building sustained damage. It is believed that the suspect was on foot.

Attempted Damage in Milden
Outlook RCMP is seeking the public's assistance in locating an individual(s) who responsible for deliberately placing a number of wood planks filled with nails on a driveway in Milden

   If you have any information about these or any crime call Outlook RCMP at 306-867-5440 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS(8477) or cell *8477 or visit
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Emergency Measures Organization
RM of Vanscoy #345

March 15, 2020 - The RM of VANSCOY is currently updating and making improvements to Emergency Measures.
    The recent train derailments east of Saskatoon as well as last summer’s fire in the Biggar area and the potash mine and now the Corona Virus have shown the importance of this.
Glenn Thomson has taken the position of Director.
    They will be developing social media sites and increasing the use of the media to share information regarding serious incidents.
    In the future they will be looking for people who may be interested in becoming involved.
They are a member of VMAD Regional EMO.

You can contact them at
RM of Vanscoy
Rural Crime Watch

December 2019

Season’s Greetings from the RM of Vanscoy Rural Crime Watch. 2019 was a year of growth for both the Rural Crime Watch program and RM of Vanscoy Police Service.
The Rural Crime Watch program welcomed 36 new households to the membership in 2019 and currently serves over 550 neighbours from 270 households in the RM of Vanscoy and communities of Asquith, Vanscoy, Pike Lake, and Delisle. Thanks to our friends at QuikSigns, we are happy to report that over 110 crime watch signs are, or will be, posted by our members across the RM. If you are a member and would like to purchase a crime watch sign, they are available for $10.50 each at the RM office (exact cash or cheque made out to RM of Vanscoy Rural Crime Watch accepted) during regular hours.

    The Rural Crime Watch organizing committee was out and about in the community this fall, attending the Vanscoy School Community Open House in September and the Area Crime Watch Leads meeting in October.

    In November, thanks to a generous donation from our friends at Moon Insurance, we hosted the 2nd Rural Crime Watch Anniversary Event to mark two years since the launch of the program. The highlight of the event for many members was the opportunity to meet Sgt. Jason Mochoruk, the newest member of the RM of Vanscoy Police Service. Until a call forwarding system is in place, Sgt Mochoruk can be reached at (306)-381-6150 when on duty and Sgt. Murray McCracken can still be reached at the main number – (306)-291-6050. 
During the event, we held a membership drive, sold signs, and had some great discussion over coffee.
We discussed the benefits of security cameras both for preventing and solving crime, we brainstormed opportunities for improvement of the Provincial Crime Watch System which we intend to pass along to the RCMP for consideration, and members shared some of their stories and concerns about recent suspicious activity in the RM.

    As we enter the final days of 2019, the RM of Vanscoy Rural Crime Watch would like to offer season’s greetings and leave you with these tips for a safe holiday season:
• Expecting a doorstep delivery? Try to plan deliveries to limit the amount of time a package is visible on your doorstep.
• Leave a timer on your house lights and/or radio/tv if you are away.
• Do not announce your winter holiday plans on social media.
• Ask a neighbour you trust to keep an eye on your property while you are away.
• Use motion detectors on outdoor lights.
• Ask a neighbour or house sitter to drive into the yard after a fresh snow to leave tracks. Ask them to brush the snow off of any sitting vehicles if you will be away so it looks like they were used recently.
• Switch to LEDs and run your outdoor or porch lights all night.
• Don’t leave your garage door opener in your car as it is an easy way to gain access to the garage.
• Move rain barrels, garbage bins, or other large items away from fence lines and entry points of the house as they can be used as a step to hop a fence or access a window.
• Trust your dogs. If they bark at night, there is likely a good reason.
• Keep everything locked up tight, especially vehicles, and instruct any holiday guests to do the same.
• Use warning signage such as “beware of dog”, “This Property is Under Surveillance”, signage provided by your alarm company, and, of course, your RM of Vanscoy Rural Crime Watch Sign.
• Early in 2019 we received a lot of reports of stolen mail in the RM. Be sure to check your mailboxes regularly and follow up on any expected items that do not arrive.
Stay aware, stay connected, stay safe and have wonderful holiday season.

RM of Vanscoy Rural Crime Watch Committee
Saskatchewan Crime Watch Advisory Network
The Ministry of Corrections and Policing for the Province has announced the establishment of the ‘Saskatchewan Crime Watch Advisory Network’. 
Supported by Everbridge Mass Notification Systems, the new network provides the RCMP and its Provincial Response Team partner agencies (Saskatchewan Highway Patrol and Saskatchewan Conservation Officers) with the ability to communicate directly with the public on matters of crime prevention.

Citizens can sign up at to receive crime watch advisories from their local RCMP Detachments.  As situations might be occurring, Detachment Commanders will have the ability to send important advisories by text message, email or phone. Those who sign up or register online will have the ability to choose how they would like to receive these advisories.

The new network is designed to ensure that ALL people of Saskatchewan can play an important part in public safety. If you have information about an advisory, the advisory itself will include information about what to do and or who to contact.

Supporting Local Crime Prevention Programs
The new system also allows the RCMP and its partner agencies to communicate directly with existing or developing crime prevention groups, such as:

Rural Crime Watch
Indigenous Peace Keepers (or like programs)
Citizens on Patrol, or Neighborhood Watch

To find out more how your local crime prevention program can be supported by the Everbridge mass notification technology, please contact your local Detachment to be put into contact with Saskatchewan RCMP’s Community Policing Branch.
The RCMP can arrange for a presentation and to have your group further added to the new network as a special group.  These groups, approved at the local level by their Detachment Commander, will be provided access to the system to send their own unique crime prevention communications.

How will this new Network help?
The new Network acknowledges that crime prevention can be the most effective when the greatest number of people can participate. Residents can help by being the ‘eyes and ears’ of their communities, and by reporting crimes or suspicious activities to the police. The more people who sign up for the advisories, the more effective we can be at preventing crime. Criminals will literally have ‘no place to hide’ as we all work together to keep our communities safe.

Imagine someone is spotted breaking into a cottage or a home.  The witness calls 911 to report the crime and describe the suspect’s vehicle.  Police go to the scene, but the suspect is often gone. Now, with a Saskatchewan Crime Watch Advisory sent directly from the RCMP, the description of the suspect’s vehicle can be immediately sent to hundreds, if not thousands, of people in the area. People who receive the advisory can call police when they see the vehicle.  This gives the police a better chance of catching the offender(s), sooner. 

The Saskatchewan Crime Watch Advisory Network, along with existing crime prevention programs, helps create the right environment and culture where everyone can contribute to and be a part of community safety. The network itself sends a strong message to would-be offenders that people are watching and that we all care about community safety.
Be aware that there are several scams escalating from Covid-19. Please do not release information to unknown sources.

Warman RCMP is advising residents of Radisson and surrounding areas that Radisson RCMP office will be closed during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Phone lines are all still open.

Warman RCMP is part of the SASKATCHEWAN CRIME WATCH ADVISORY NETWORK. Sign up at to receive crime watch notifications.

If you have information regarding any crime, please contact Warman/Martensville RCMP at 306-975-1670/306-975-1610 or if you have information and you wish to remain anonymous in your reporting, please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477),
submit a tip via their website: or text in a tip: TIP206 + your tip to CRIMES (274637).
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Reporting the controlled burn will help to prevent the unnecessary use of valuable resources and manpower.

Failure to report the burn could result in unexpected company in the form of the fire department and an avoidable expense.

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Community Members Share Their Skills and Experiences on School Community Councils

The School Community Council (SCC) is a primary link between the home, community and school.  Prairie Spirit believes that involvement with School Community Councils is a rewarding and meaningful activity for parent and community members.
The purpose of School Community Councils is to:
• Support student learning success and well-being; and,
• Encourage parent and community involvement and engagement in the school.
School Community Councils provide mechanisms for parents and community members to support and influence the work of the school and to channel advice to the Board of Education and others.  The focus of the SCC is student learning and well-being.  The challenge for the SCC is to engage the parents and community with the school in a meaningful partnership that supports their shared responsibility.
School Community Council Responsibilities
Councils are accountable to their community.  Responsibilities of the Council include:
• Understanding their community;
• Supporting parent and community involvement in the school;
• Advising the Board and school as outlined in the Board of Education School Community Council Policy;
• Working with the School to develop, support and provide advice to the Learning Improvement Plan;
• Helping parents find ways to support their children’s learning;
• Reviewing extra-curricular school activities approved by the principal and Student Council members;  
• Advising and approving fundraising activities in the school; and
• Reviewing student fees to ensure alignment with Board of Education directions.

Council Member Responsibilities
Your role as a Council member is to build shared responsibility among parents, the community and school for student learning and well-being.  In addition, your role is to lead parent and community involvement in school planning and improvement.
 The term of office for Representative Parent and Community Members is two (2) years with no limit on the number of consecutive terms that may be served.
As a Council member you might expect to...
• Attend meetings from September to June as determined by the Council calendar;
• Engage in the work of the Council such as:
o Supporting and advising the development of the Learning Improvement Plan with the staff of the school;
o Developing, leading and taking action on Council initiatives to help families support their children’s learning;
o Providing advice to the school, Board of Education and other community organizations and agencies, as outlined in Board of Education policy;
o Providing advice for school fundraising activities, school fees and the student code of conduct;
o Reporting to parents and community on Council progress; and,
o Working with other Council members to learn more about the role of the Council and how to fulfill its responsibilities.

In order to run for election to your local SCC, you must live in the school attendance area or be a parent of a student in the school. Contact your school’s principal or Prairie Spirit School Division for more details.
Prairie Spirit School Division Releases Weapons Policy

Over the past several months, Prairie Spirit School Division has been developing a formal procedure regarding weapons in schools. The procedure provides a consistent approach for all Prairie Spirit schools to follow to ensure the safety of students and staff.

The procedure states that students and adults must not possess or use real or replica weapons on school premises or at school-sponsored activities held off school premises. This also includes transportation on the school bus. There are no exceptions to this procedure.

Examples of weapons include, but are not limited to:

  • hand guns

  • rifles

  • shot guns

  • air rifles

  • knives

  • tasers

  • laser pointers

  • pepper spray

  • multi-tools that include a blade

any liquid, spray or powder capable of injuring, immobilizing or otherwise incapacitating any person

crossbows explosives tear gas

Under certain circumstances, the principal, in consultation with the school division, may give permission for an item to be in the school that could be considered to be a weapon (e.g., tools or equipment for Practical and Applied Arts or Phys. Ed.).

If other students are aware of a student in possession of a weapon, they should inform a staff member.

In-school administrators are authorized to take the necessary steps to remove weapons from the school. This will include following an established school safety protocol and contacting the police.

The safety of our students is our first priority. Our dedicated staff members work every day to ensure our students are learning in a safe and caring environment.

If you have any questions or if you would like to review the procedures document, please contact your school.

Construction Zone Fines

When traveling on two lane highways you must slow to 60 in both directions when passing workers or equipment.
On a divided highway it applies to the direction the workers are on.
Saskatoon is different as it applies to the entire area signed as a construction zone.
The media coverage told the base fine and the additional per KPH which may not have gotten your attention.
To give you an idea of how serious this is, here are an example of the new fines.
Traveling at;
100 KPH the fine is $530.00
110 KPH the fine is $714.00
120 KPH the fine is $798.00
Hopefully showing the amount of the fines will make it clearer and help you realize how serious this is.
Please slow down to 60 for the safety of the workers who are trying to improve the roads for your travel.
RM #315 Montrose develops an Official Community Plan

The Council of the RM of Montrose No. 315 adopted three bylaws under The Planning and Development Act, 2007.  The RM has established a new Official Community Plan, a new Zoning Bylaw and a new fees bylaw.

  The Official Community Plan bylaw will establish municipal land use policies, goals and objectives.  The Zoning Bylaw will implement land use policies, establish zoning districts, prescribe permitted and discretionary uses within each zoning district, establish a development permitted process, prescribe a process for appeals and provide a provision for amendments. The Fees bylaw will establish fees for municipal services including planning and development services.  

   The Official Community Plan, Zoning Bylaw and Fees Bylaw will affect all land within the incorporated area of the Rural Municipality. The zoning and policy maps show the affected lands.

The Official Community Plan provides the Rural Municipality with direction on development decisions and municipal goals.  The Zoning Bylaw helps direct and manage growth and development within the Rural Municipality. The Fees Bylaw provides the Rural Municipality with a schedule of fees to be charged for services provided by the Municipality.

    Any person may inspect the Bylaws and maps at the RM office during normal office hours.  Copies of the bylaws and maps are available at cost. Electronic copies of the proposed bylaws and maps can be viewed and/or downloaded on line at


RM #345 Vanscoy has had Official Community Plan since 2009

The RM of Vanscoy No. 345 adopted an Official Community Plan (OCP) back in 2009. The plan allows for new subdivisions through out the RM, primarily on the main traffic corridors. Since the adoption there have been many applications for subdivision of residential land into parcels smaller than the previous 40 acre minimum parcel size.

Each application requires council to hold a public hearing. In some cases there has been considerable opposition that stopped the proposed subdivisions, though many have been approved.

Contact the RM office or website to find out the affected land.