It's about time, right? I have been so slow in posting over the last couple of months, in part because I've been blessed with offers to write for money for other publications far more esteemed than this humble little blog. But, you guys have been asking and that's so awesome. I really appreciate your patience.... Continue Reading →
Scathing Expose on Sour Gas in Saskatchewan Kind of Isn’t One…
This was supposed to have been a post about a scathing expose put together by a massive team of investigative journalists, researchers and educators from across North America. But it's not. I mean, at it's core is an important story - sour gas from oil wells posing serious, even fatal health risks to Saskatchewan residents.... Continue Reading →
Premier Brad Wall and A&W: Why Is This a Thing?
I know zilch about farming or ranching, so let's get that out of the way. What I do know is marketing, and admittedly I have eaten fast food once or twice (today). I'm fascinated by Premier Brad Wall's trolling of A&W over their beef. Fascinated, because I know Wall understands the free-market, and certainly understands the... Continue Reading →
Cash-For-Access Fundraising Is a Massive Problem in Saskatchewan
We need to talk about the SaskParty selling access to the Premier, because it's out-of-f**king-control. In spring 2016, the Globe and Mail ran a series of stories on Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and her provincial Liberal party's cash-for-access fundraising schemes, which entailed selling tickets for exclusive, high-priced, elbow-rubbing events to that province's well-heeled individuals, corporations and lobbyists. The ensuing scandal... Continue Reading →
Think the Husky Oil Spill Will Be the Downfall of Premier Brad Wall? Think Again.
Premier Brad Wall is taking a digital beating, especially on social media, for his response, or perceived lack thereof, to The Husky Oil Spill into the North Saskatchewan River. Just search the term 'husky oil spill' or good ol' '#skpoli' on Twitter, and you'll see an infinite stretch of aggressive, hateful vitriol directed Wall's way, extending right back to... Continue Reading →
Updated AGAIN: Premier Brad Wall and Husky To Talk Pipelines and Oil Spills On Thursday… At a Gas Station? NOPE – I was right the FIRST TIME
So Husky has refused to speak to media and/or provide an actual human being to share any real meaningful information on the Saskatchewan oil spill, but they're going to show up at a gas station tomorrow to do just that? With the Premier? Okie doke. I guess that's one way of doing it. I wonder if the Premier... Continue Reading →
BHP Billiton Might Be Trying To Takeover Potash Corp Again.
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... Continue Reading →
The life and death of John George Dryden Diefenbaker
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... Continue Reading →
What Do Bernie Sanders & #yqr MP Erin Weir Have In Common? One Staffer, & Neither Have An Office in Regina.
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... Continue Reading →
Part 3: Saskatchewan Political Donations and Third-Party Parties
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... Continue Reading →