Even before the Saskatchewan budget came down last week, the cuts were coming down in full force. Take the privatization of government janitorial services, a measure that put over 250 people out of work, while reducing the $1.2 billion deficit by...0.3%. Sure - maybe you think janitorial services should have been privatized a long time ago. I wouldn't necessarily... Continue Reading →
Saskatchewan’s Budget 2017: The Good, the Bad…Actually Let’s Just Say It’s a Bloodbath
I wanted to title this post 'Saskatchewan Budget 2017: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly', but it didn't work out, because there's nothing good about it. If I had stayed with that theme, I could have gone with something like 'Saskatchewan Budget 2017: A Little Bit Okay and OMG ARE YOU %#@& SERIOUS?!' It's pretty... Continue Reading →
It’s Okay Kindersley, You Really Don’t Need To Be Afraid (For Your Truck).
Based on the narrative coming out of rural Saskatchewan lately, you'd be forgiven for picturing it as a post-apocalyptic war zone. The August 2016 murder of young Colton Boushie from the Red Pheasant First Nation, allegedly shot dead by a local white farmer, Gerald Stanley, who claims Boushie was trespassing in his yard, highlighted poured industrial-strength bleach into the wound that is racial tension... Continue Reading →
The Saskatchewan Government: Making Kellyanne Conway Blush
Recently a SaskParty Cabinet Minister - a really, really lovely person who I truly like - said to me, "You know, you could write something nice once in a while." I want to. I really do. But after the SaskParty's absolutely absurd behavior this week - and outright attempts to mislead us, it won't be happening today.... Continue Reading →
Saskabroke Education: Provincial Politics, Priorities, and Pandering.
There's no doubt changes are coming to the way education is delivered in Saskatchewan. The status quo isn't sustainable: funding for K-12 education in Saskatchewan has gone up 170% since 2008, while enrolment has only gone up 7%. What's troubling is where that funding has gone, and what's likely going to happen next. First, a bit of... Continue Reading →