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VOLUME 2   ISSUE 26  
ON THE HILL
As we gather to enjoy the holidays with our families and prepare to welcome the New Year, allow me to reflect on 2017.
 
It is the job of the Official Opposition to ask the serious questions about the government’s priorities and to hold them accountable.  Canadians expect nothing less.

This year, Conservatives exposed the unethical behaviour of Justin Trudeau and Bill Morneau.   Justin Trudeau has become the first prime minister in history to have been found guilty of contravening the Conflict of Interest Act.   Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner, Mary Dawson found that he violated four sections of the law in connection with taking a family vacation on an island owned by the Aga Khan.

We have held Justin Trudeau's Liberal government accountable for its unethical behaviour, tax hikes, and failure to deliver results for middle class Canadians.

We have exposed Liberal schemes to raise taxes on health and dental benefits, diabetics, people living with autism, our men and women in uniform, and hardworking local business owners.  As the voice of the taxpayer, Conservatives stopped Justin Trudeau every time. 
  
The Trudeau Liberals delivered disappointing results for Canadians in 2017. They failed to convince Canadian politicians of the merits of the Energy East Pipeline; Sent an irresponsible tweet that led to thousands of people trying to illegally cross the Canadian border;  Were convinced to give a convicted terrorist a $10 million payout; Were completely unable to tell the difference between legitimate tax cheats and hardworking mom-and-pop businesses just trying to make a living; Destroyed a free trade agreement with countries like Japan and Australia resulting in his international admonishment by our trade partners and allies; AND were  embarrassed on the international stage by Chinese leaders who refused to enter into free trade negotiations with them.

But that is just the tip of the iceberg.  Next year is going to be a critical year for Canada, with NAFTA negotiations not showing progress and Donald Trump championing his protectionist policies, and with a track record like his, Canadians are rightly worried that Justin Trudeau is not capable of delivering for hardworking Canadian workers and business operators at the NAFTA negotiating table.

A strong opposition is crucial to keeping an out of control government accountable.  It’s been my privilege to serve the hard working constituents of Saskatoon–Grasswood in 2017 and I look forward to a busy 2018 tackling the issues that matter most to Canadians.

John Shanks is our final recipient of the Saskatoon-Grasswood Canada 150 Award.  

I would like to wish you all a Happy New Year and I invite you to reach out to my office if I or my staff can be of service to you.

Kevin Waugh, MP
Saskatoon-Grasswood

 
SASKATOON-GRASSWOOD CANADA 150 AWARD
JOHN SHANKS
John Shanks graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a Commerce degree and has been a sessional lecturer on campus for 28 years, sharing his experiences and expertise with students.  John is a local businessman who has served on national and local boards and committees, including the National Capital Commission, the Chamber of Commerce, the Lakeview Community Association, Saskatoon Youth Soccer, and Junior Achievement.  He is a founding member of the Junior Achievement program whose mission is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in the global economy. At the heart of John’s professional contributions and volunteer effort is supporting our youth. 
He will tell you that he has received so much more than he has given.
John’s leadership and involvement in our community, has made our city a better place.
NEWS FROM THE HILL
PHOENIX PAY SYSTEM BOONDOGGLE
The Auditor General tabled his Fall 2017 Reports which examined the Phoenix Pay System.  His reports confirmed a number of concerning issues that are plaguing Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government.
•    The Auditor General estimates that because of Liberal inaction, the Phoenix Pay System will cost taxpayer more than half a billion dollars to fix.
•    Due to Liberal mismanagement, more than 150,000 public servants still have outstanding pay requests waiting to be processed.  
•    The Liberals failed to recognize they needed a comprehensive governance structure to resolve pay problems and still have no roadmap in place to repair the situation.
•    The Liberals need to develop a clear and comprehensive plan to fix the Phoenix Pay System and must commit to updating Canadians regularly on their progress.
SENATORS URGE GOVERNMENT TO AXE TAX ACT CHANGES
'DEVIL IN THE DETAILS'
The federal government should scrap or at least delay plans to amend the Income Tax Act as the proposals risk harming the Canadians these changes are meant to help, the Senate Committee on National Finance said in a report released December 13, 2017.

•Senators held 30 public meetings across Canada during the committee’s study and heard from 138 witnesses. The committee also received 32 written briefs.
•Witnesses came from many sectors including financial services, healthcare, agriculture, academia, government, small business, and labour groups.
•The federal government has yet to reveal crucial details of some aspects of its planned reforms; some proposed rules have only been outlined in press releases.  As one witness noted, the 'devil is in the details'.
READ THE REPORT
PARLIAMENTARY GUIDE PROGRAM IS HIRING!
Do you know someone who would be a great fit for the Parliamentary Guide Program next summer?  Encourage her or him to apply today.  The deadline is January 12, 2018.  For more information please visit:  https://lop.parl.ca/
IN THE COMMUNITY
CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE AT THE WDM
Above:  THANK YOU to all of those who joined me at my Christmas Open House at the Western Development Museum (WDM).  As the holiday season can be hectic, I sincerely appreciate that you took time out of your day.  Thank you to the staff at the WDM for your great service!
'JUST YOUTH' GROUP - HOLY CROSS HIGH SCHOOL
Above:  I had the pleasure of meeting an extraordinary group of students from Holy Cross High School and their teachers, Michelle Dinter-Lipinski and Tom Saretsky.  The students represent the school’s social justice group, “Just Youth”.  The group analyzes issues of social justice; locally and globally.  The students brought to my attention the issue of supporting women in the area of peacebuilding around the world.  Thank you students and teachers for the opportunity!  I really enjoyed listening to your ideas and appreciated your questions!  YOUR VOICE MATTERS!! 
LUTHERCARE VILLAGE CHRISTMAS FESTIVITIES

Above:  What an enjoyable afternoon at LutherCare Village Christmas Festivities!  St. Kateri Tekakwitha Choir performed; beautiful Christmas carols and sweet voices made everyone feel festive.  Enjoyable conversation with the residents.  A warm and welcoming place to be!  Thank you Daryl Hyland, Housing Manager, for the invitation and Tammy Perezchica-Pshebylo for the tour.

Above:  It was my pleasure to be able to present Stan Holcomb with a certificate of recognition for his dedication in our community!  Stan was one of many people nominated for the Saskatoon-Grasswood Canada 150 Award.  Thank you Stan for everything you do!
NEWS FROM THE COMMUNITY
CONSTITUENCY OFFICE - CLOSED FOR THE HOLIDAYS
In celebration of the Christmas and Holiday season, our office will be closed until January 2, 2018.

Should you have a matter that requires urgent attention, please call our Constituency Office at 306-975-6472 and leave a message.  We will be checking our telephone messages regularly and we will return your call.

Happy Holidays!
CONGRATULATIONS LORNE WRIGHT ON RECEIVING THE SENATE 150 MEDAL!
Above:  Corey Tochor, MLA Saskatoon Eastview, Lorne Wright, Honourable Senator David Tkachuk

In honour of Canada’s 150th birthday – and more specifically, the 150th anniversary of the first sitting of the Senate on November 6, 1867 – the Senate launched the Senate of Canada 150 Medal Program.
Thank you Senator David Tkachuk for giving me the opportunity to nominate Lorne Wright.

Lorne Wright, President of Wright Construction, has a long track record in Saskatoon as a generous benefactor.  His causes include financial donations to improve the facilities for students and athletes at his alma mater, the University of Saskatchewan; the establishment of numerous scholarships; a $1 million gift in support of the Home Ice Campaign and a commitment to sponsor the Riverfront Stage at River Landing.

Lorne Wright’s generosity and his commitment to his home town and fellow citizens are demonstrated repeatedly by his charitable giving.  Saskatoon is fortunate to have such a friend and champion as Lorne Wright.

CANADA SUMMER JOBS PROGRAM 2018
I am pleased to inform employers that the application to assist in the hiring of summer students is now available until February 2, 2018.

Congratulations to all the employers who received funding to hire a student this past year.

Once again, the Canada Summer Jobs program for 2018 is being announced earlier than previous years.  Applicants need to keep in mind the February 2nd, 2018 deadline.

Late applications will not be accepted.  This program is always over-subscribed.  I encourage all employers to get their application for funding submitted as soon as possible.

For more information, please visit: 
https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/services/funding/canada-summer-jobs.html
SASKATOON-GRASSWOOD YOUTH ADVISORY BOARD
APPLY NOW!
As the Member of Parliament for Saskatoon-Grasswood, I am starting a non-partisan youth advisory board that will allow young people from across the riding to have a voice on federal issues.  

The Saskatoon-Grasswood Youth Advisory Board will give youth between the ages of fourteen and twenty-four the opportunity to have direct and open dialogue with me.  Youth will have the chance to contribute ideas and suggestion in regard to issues being discussed on Parliament Hill as well as issues within the community that are important to them.

Further still, youth will be seated at the table with other young leaders from the
Saskatoon-Grasswood constituency and I anticipate that rich dialogue, thought-provoking questions and strategic action will result from our time together.

I look forward to receiving applications from our future leaders and community advocates!
JOIN NOW!
SASKATOON-GRASSWOOD CANADA 150 AWARD
Over the year, I have awarded 26 truly remarkable individuals in our community, the Saskatoon-Grasswood Canada 150 Citizen Award.  It provided me an opportunity to acknowledge members of our community who have contributed to the community and Canada as a whole in a meaningful way.  We are so fortunate in our community to have had many people nominated for this award over the past year, making it difficult for me to select only 26 people.  I would like to thank all of the nominees and let you know that your efforts are appreciated as you help make our community and our country a wonderful place!  
WANUSKEWIN IS NAMED TO CANADA'S TENATIVE LIST FOR WORLD HERITAGE SITES
Congratulations Wanuskewin on being listed in Canada’s Tentative List for World Heritage Sites. 

World Heritage sites include some of the most well-known man-made creations and natural phenomena, including the pyramids of Egypt and Australia's Great Barrier Reef.

Being named to the Tentative List is a critical milestone.  In order to be considered for the international World Heritage List, a site must first be included on their country’s Tentative List. 
CONGRATULATIONS SCOTT ADAMS
On the screen from right to left: researchers Scott Adams, Ivar Mendez and Paul Babyn demonstrate the long distance ultrasound imaging on a patient. Photo credit:  David Stobbe
Scott Adams is a graduate student at the University of Saskatchewan from Saskatoon.  Thanks to Scott’s research, patients in remote communities may be a step closer to getting ultrasound imaging without travelling long distances. Scott is part of a U of S research team which has been the first to test a long distance ultrasound device in North America and has found that this type of technology is feasible to use for abdominal and prenatal imaging. 

Please click on the links below to read about Scott's outstanding accomplishments!

Saskatoon Star Phoenix:  http://thestarphoenix.com/news/local-news/young-innovators-remote-imaging-advances-medical-diagnoses

Link to U of S Research:  https://research.usask.ca/our-impact/highlights/student-success/young-innovators/2017/remote-imaging-advances-medical-diagnoses.php
HERITAGE IN THE COMMUNITY
RUGBY CHAPEL
Rugby Chapel is a Municipal Heritage Property comprising a parcel of land on the University of Saskatchewan campus.  It is a wood frame, single-storey chapel constructed in 1911.

Constructed after the move of the Anglican Emmanuel College from Prince Albert to Saskatoon in 1908, Rugby Chapel is the first Anglican permanent place of worship built on the campus of the University of Saskatchewan. 


Emmanuel College was founded at Prince Albert in 1879 by Rt. Rev. John McLean as a “training College for Native Helpers.” 

Emmanuel sold its old site to the federal government, to be used for a penitentiary, and shipped all its belongings to Saskatoon in four box cars.  On unbroken prairie on the east side of the river, professors, students and carpenters began to construct a series of wooden buildings. This “College of Shacks” was moved between 1910 and 1912 to the campus.  In 1913 Rugby Chapel, was moved to Saskatoon from Prince Albert and named because it had been funded by the staff and students in Rugby, England.


Rugby Chapel was reopened in 1922 after a period of disuse during WWI. 
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