Regina Wascana Plains January 2013 Newsletter

McMorris continues his climb to the top

The Globe & Mail 0n January 25 reported that “Mark McMorris, the 19-year-old snowboard wunderkind from Regina, delivered on all his prodigious promise and more at X Games on Saturday, easily outdistancing rival Shaun White and winning his second consecutive gold medal in the slopestyle contest. And he did it with the best-ever score in the event’s history at X Games.”

“I proved myself the way I wanted to and I’m just a happy camper,” McMorris told ESPN on Saturday after his victory.

With the performance, McMorris firmly establishes himself as the de facto favourite for a gold medal at the Sochi, Russia Winter Olympics 13 months from now, when slopestyle makes its debut at the games.

I join many others across Saskatchewan and Canada in congratulating Mark, a Wascana Plains resident, who is the son of Highways and Infrastructure minister Don McMorris and his wife Cindy.


Saskatchewan People Will Soon Benefit From Lower Generic Drug Prices

The recent announcement that Canadian provinces and territories are moving forward on price setting for six generic drugs will realize an estimated annual savings of close to $10 million for Saskatchewan residents, private insurers and the provincial government.

The price setting announcement was made today by Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall and Prince Edward Island Premier Robert Ghiz through the Council of Federation. The two premiers led the Health Care Innovation Working Group, which recommended action on generic drug prices last summer.

The new prices are to be in effect by April 1, 2013.

The six generic drugs to be priced at 18 per cent of brand are:

  • Atorvastatin – used to treat high cholesterol
  • Ramipril – used to treat blood pressure and other cardiovascular conditions
  • Venlafaxine – used to treat depression and other mental health conditions
  • Amlodipine – used to treat high blood pressure and angina
  • Omeprazole – used to treat a variety of gastrointestinal conditions
  • Rabeprazole – used to treat a variety of gastrointestinal conditions


White City’s Dumur new Hon. Colonel of Royal Regina Rifles

I would also like to congratulate Robert James Dumur of White City, who was recently named the 10th Honourary Colonel of the Royal Regina Rifles. He will be responsible for a number of tasks related to regimental traditions, but the main responsibility is to serve as a liaison to the civilian community.

Mr. Dumur founded and operates Dumur Industries . The 26 year old  manufacturing company is based in White City  and employs 130 people.


Staying in Touch

I appreciate the many opportunities to make a positive difference in our constituency. Your phone calls, letters and emails make a big difference in keeping me informed on the issues that matter to you.

If you would like to recognize anyone or have your event mentioned in this newsletter, please don’t hesitate to contact me.


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