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I’ve always wanted to headline a post with clickbait. Preferably one that doesn’t include swear words (many, many of you, especially my male readers and my mom, get quite disgusted when I do that). Will it work? Let’s watch. It’s true though. In a recent poll commissioned by Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission and conducted by Abacus Data, people …

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Assisting a family member through the process of downsizing to a condo, I stumbled across the HeadStart On a Home (HSOH) program. Curious and a bit perplexed, primarily because I couldn’t figure out who was getting the HeadStart,  I decided to look into it further. Here’s what I found. HeadStart On a Home is a Saskatchewan government program funded …

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So this news item seemingly fell through the cracks over the Canada Day long weekend. In Saskatchewan, anyway. From the Australian Financial Review, June 30 2016: “Potash Corp, the world’s second-largest producer of its namesake fertiliser, (stock) is rallying amid rumors of a possible takeover of the Saskatchewan-based company… A bid may come from any of the company’s …

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The life and death of John George Dryden Diefenbaker (George) is nothing short of tragic, but arguably, inspiring. Imagine, at 42-years of age, learning your life has been a lie. That’s what happened to George in 2010, when his cousin dropped the bombshell that family gossip suggested George was the product of a dalliance between his …

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April 21, 2016: Updated with Erin Weir’s response at the bottom, and Tom Lukiwski’s office’s response. A friend in Regina was looking for help with her family’s immigration papers. “Just go to your MP’s office,” I said. “I don’t have an MP office,” she replied. What do you mean, you don’t have a MP office? Everyone has a …

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The NDP are no stranger to using political power as a commodity. Their biggest problem lately is that a political party has to have influence, in order to put it up for sale. Saskatchewan unions have been a fickle, fairweather bunch, particularly post-2011. If they expect to ever have allies in government again, they’re going to have …

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Preface: yes, I will get to union donations and third party advertising, but first, corporate donations deserve their own scrutiny. Here’s what corporate donations look like since Saskatchewan saw a change of government in 2007. Those NDP numbers are painful. I’ve looked at them, and they’re a hodgepodge of in-kind services from the late Gary Aldrige, some graphic …

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Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne is in big trouble. The Ontario Liberals, which she leads, have been caught trading their governmental powers for cash. At the end of March, the Toronto Star revealed that each of Wynne’s provincial cabinet ministers had an individual target for raising money for the Ontario Liberals. The more powerful the cabinet minister (ie …

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In 2012 Saskatchewan’s Cote First Nation was awarded $130 million, $20,000 per band member, from the federal government as part of a land claim settlement – making the Yorkton/Kamsack-area First Nation one of the wealthiest in Canada. $68 million was shelled out up front. It was gone by the end of March 2013: $50+ million on …

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Provincial campaigns are getting ready for Wednesday evening’s televised debate, and may (rightly) realize that anything they have to say today will be buried underneath federal budget highlights. Unlike Stephen Harper’s budgets, there is a whole lot more leaking to and confiding in Hill reporters going on, so there’s not many surprises today. This blog is …

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