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Well another two weeks have flown by.  There is so much to see and do in Saskatoon this summer, it is hard to keep track of it all.  One thing that is always a highlight is the Exhibition and the parade to kick it off.  It is always so exciting, especially for the children.  I had a great time handing out Canada 150 flags and tattoos to those smiling little faces.  I even gave some to the 'not so little people'.  A great time was had by all.  My thanks to Darryl Zeman for the great ride, the organizers of the parade, and the volunteers that make it all possible.
I am hosting another community BBQ, this time in Briarwood, on August 22nd.  I hope you can make it.
Dr. Jay Kalra is this week’s recipient of the Saskatoon-Grasswood Canada 150 Award.  He is a great asset to our city in so many ways. 
I hope to see you at one of the many events going on in our great city.

Kevin Waugh, MP

Dr. Jay Kalra is a man of service.  He has sat on many boards, organized numerous events and presided over various organizations including the Saskatchewan Intercultural Association, Rotary Club and Folkfest.  Jay is passionate about serving the community.  He is also a distinguished medical professor at the U of S.  He has won many awards including The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal and the Paul Yuzyk Lifetime Achievement Award for multiculturalism from the Federal Government.  Dr. Kalra has strived to make Saskatoon diverse, inclusive and just a little bit better.  Thank you Jay for being such a leader and everything you do for our community!
The Conservative Party has always been a champion for free trade, and NAFTA is a Conservative legacy.  Conservatives will always work hard to protect this deal that creates so many jobs and helps so many families prosper.  It’s our job as Official Opposition to ask the serious questions about the Liberal government’s priorities heading into these negotiations.  And we will not hesitate to hold the Liberals accountable for their failures to protect Canadian jobs, as we have done on important issues such as softwood lumber.  Canadians expect nothing less.  The Liberal government has lost valuable time by taking a wait-and-see approach to renegotiations.  And instead of being a forceful advocate for Canadian jobs from day one, they have chosen to focus on a trade deal with China over protecting a decades-long agreement with our closest ally and largest trading partner, the U.S. Having dedicated public servants such as Rona Ambrose and James Moore play a role on the advisory committee will help ensure that these negotiations are treated with the seriousness they deserve.
  • Canada and the United States are the world’s largest trading partners
  • NAFTA has created hundreds of thousands of high-paying jobs in Canada, including 550,000 in the auto sector, 400,000 in the forestry sector and 211,000 in the aerospace sector
  • Over $2 billion in trade crosses the Canada-U.S. border every day
  • Approximately 9 million U.S. jobs depend on trade and investment with Canada
  • Canada is the top trading partner for more than 30 of the 50 U.S. states
  • U.S. exports to Canada increased by 179% since 1993 when NAFTA came into force

Canadians are frequent international travelers who, unfortunately, sometimes find themselves in challenging situations abroad and require assistance from the Government of Canada.  
When Canadians travel abroad, they should know that they are:
  • responsible for their own safety and well-being while abroad
  • subject to the laws of the country they visit
  • subject to local policies with regard to dual citizenship
The free Travel Smart app can be downloaded from the Apple App Store and Google Play:  It is Canada's one-stop shop for official information to help Canadians travel safely and responsibly.  
Above:  Another year for the Saskatoon Ex!  It was a fun-filled morning as the Exhibition Parade kicked-off the Ex winding its way through our downtown.  I had the thrill of riding in Darryl Zeman's Triumph Spitfire named after World War II British fighter planes.  Last night, the Mardi Gras Parade down concession row and the midway.  The evening ended with the energetic performance by Johnny Reid.  What a super day!  
Above Left:  It was a great evening at the Folkfest Gala!  Neil Irvine, President of Saskatoon Folkfest and his group of many volunteers showcased the culture of 22 pavilions.  We had a sneak peek of the ethnic cuisine and incredible performances that will be on display August 17th-19th.  This year most pavilions are at the Prairieland Park along with 4 others that are off-site.  See you in your travels!
Above Left:  SACL - I had the pleasure of meeting with summer students Sara Wingerak & Chanel Hudson, Research Assistants and Connie Andersen, Executive Director Community Development of Saskatchewan Association for Community Living.
Above Right:  I had a good meeting with Maggie Sinclair and Cary Ransome from Conexus Credit Union. The federal bank regulator has ordered Credit Unions to stop using the word “banking” to describe the services they offer Canadians.  Credit Unions urge finance minister Bill Morneau to announce a legislative or regulatory change to allow Credit Unions to continue to use banking terms.  We agree with the Credit Unions and will encourage the minister to work quickly on this matter.
Above Right:  It was nice to meet Amy Jo Ehman, Author of Saskatoon: A History in Words and Pictures.  Amy learned some fascinating context for many familiar places.  This is Amy Jo's third book.  She was a 2015 winner of the Saskatchewan Book Awards for her book "Out of Old Saskatchewan Kitchens".
I would like to invite you to join me for a free BBQ!
Place:  Briarwood Park - 602 Briarwood Rd.
Date:  Tuesday, August 22nd
Time:  4 pm to 7 pm
I hope to see you there!
Need a Passport?
If you need a new passport or would like to renew your expired or about-to-expire passport, please plan to attend my passport clinic.
Staff and volunteers will be on site to answer your questions and review your completed application for submission to Passport Canada.
Please note, first time applicants must provide one passport picture signed by a guarantor before you come to the passport clinic.
There will also be a photographer on-site for photos at a cost to the applicant.
If you have any questions please contact my constituency office at (306) 975-6472.
Date:  September 14, 2017
Place:  Nutana Curling Club
Time:  2:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Folkfest is an annual festival for the purpose of educating the public about the different cultures within our society in order to appreciate one’s heritage and preserve valued aspects of culture.  Folkfest provides scholarships to deserving students for the purpose of fulfilling their educational goals.  For more information please visit:
The criteria package for the 2018 Saskatchewan Book Awards is now available. Books can be submitted by either the author or the publisher. Please read through the call for entries to determine your eligibility and begin planning your submission.  Submissions will open on September 1, 2017 for books that were published on or after November 2, 2016 and no later than October 31, 2017, except in the case of the Children's Literature Award, which is open to books that were published on or after November 2, 2015 and no later than October 31, 2017.  If you have any questions, please contact the SBA office at 306-569-1585 or
AUGUST 18-20

Rock102 Show and Shine Weekend is western Canada's largest car show! Over 900 classic cars, trucks, and motorcycles take over downtown Saskatoon for Show and Shine on Sunday August 20.

AUGUST 18-20

Saskatchewan's classic rock festival returns! The bands selected for Rock the River still love to perform, entertain, and tour. They play the music you loved back then and still love today.  For more information please visit:

Southern Prairie Railway began its life as a dream around the table at an Ogema Agricultural Society Meeting in 1998. 
In 1999, an extensive search was conducted at the Saskatchewan Heritage Foundation and a CPR train station was located in Simpson, SK, identical to the station that originally stood at the South end of Main Street in Ogema.  The original housing portion of Ogema's station was torn down and the warehouse was bought by a local farmer for storage in the 1960's.
The Simpson station was purchased from a local farmer that had been using it for grain storage.  The purchase price was the replacement of storage space which included 2-5000 bushel hopper bottom bins.  One of which was graciously donated by the late Peter Sakundiak of Sakundiak Equipment.
Over the next month, the house and freight shed were readied for the big move and in late October, made the 280 km trek to its new home in Ogema.
In 2003, the train station was cleaned, removing the remaining grain and stripping it to the boards. The outside was repaired, and painted getting ready for the 2005 Homecoming.  The inside of the house and office were restored in 2004 to the original plans as per the blueprints from the archives.  The loading dock was also completed.  In early 2005, the living quarters were furnished with pieces from the museum and the freight shed housed the velocipede, the signs, signal arms, conductor's hat, telephone and telegraph.
 A 1912 water tower was located in Wartime, SK as well as one community in Alberta.  However, these plans were put on hold as all efforts were directed towards purchasing and restoring a locomotive and passenger cars to run on the privately owned Red Coat rail line as a heritage tour.
In 2008, the Transportation Division was approached by a group with tourist railway operation. 
With this new partnership in place, the Transportation Division of the DSPM broke away from the museum to form the Ogema Heritage Railway Association (OHRA) with the intention of being designated a charitable non-profit organization.
As OHRA's main focus was on building a sustainable railway museum, a separate entity was needed to distinguish the museum from the tourist train ride operations. From here, Southern Prairie Railway (SPR) was born.
The OHRA made its first big purchase in November 2010 when a 1944 General Electric Diesel Locomotive was purchased from Conway Scenic Railway in North Conway, New Hampshire.  At the same time, a 1922 Pullman 70 Passenger Coach was acquired from Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
Work began to restore these units immediately. Much of this work began in Assiniboia as a very wet spring caused several washouts along the privately owned rail line between Assiniboia and Ogema. This postponed the move to Ogema by several months.
With the exterior of the locomotive fully restored and the coach partially restored, they made the trek to Ogema for their debut on November 4, 2011.  

Train tours began in the Summer of 2012, it was decided to hold Southern Prairie Railway's Grand Opening during the Ogema Centennial celebrations on July 7, 2012.
Ogema Heritage Railway Association and Southern Prairie Railway provide Saskatchewan with its first full-sized tourist railway and works to enhance tourism in the area as well as preserve this beautiful province's heritage.
For more information please visit:
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