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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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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. …

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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 …

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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 …

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We can all agree on one thing, so let’s start there: Saskatchewan is broke. Okay, two things – we all know resource revenues are low. Oil prices plunged two years ago, in January 2015, and have stayed low ever since. The potash market is stagnant. But this notion, peddled by the Saskatchewan government, that our …

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This was supposed to be a very different post. With recent news of another oil spill in Saskatchewan, the spotlight is back on the regulation of our province’s extensive network of energy-industry pipelines, flowlines, wells and whatever else they use to extract and transport the stuff we rely on. This time the spill was on …

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Cause they (probably) have insurance. Last week Prince Albert media reported that “Husky would be setting up an insurance claims centre in P.A. to help residents and businesses file for reimbursement”. Residents and business owners were invited to a boardroom at the Prince Albert Travelodge to meet with adjusters of Braemar Adjusting – notably, not with …

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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 …

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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 …

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In 2012 the Saskatchewan auditor’s report revealed that the provincial government did not have appropriate measures in place to ensure compliance with relevant pipeline regulations and legislation: “Our audit concluded that for the year ended October 31, 2011, the Ministry (of Energy and Resources, now Economy) did not have effective processes to ensure full compliance with The …

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