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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. …

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“In times of economic hardship such as we’re going through right now, libraries are used even more by people than they are in good times… with the cut-backs that the libraries have suffered, library boards have had to reduce the service that they’ve been able to provide to people. They’ve had to reduce their material …

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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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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 …

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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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In Saskatoon, few pieces of real estate have stirred as much controversy and debate as the Lighthouse. The building, located on the corner of Saskatoon’s 20th St E and 2nd Avenue, was constructed in 1905 as the Empire Hotel, then changed hands in the 1960s, when the original brick exterior was renovated with the tile and marble …

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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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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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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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Pawing through back issues of the PA Herald at a relative’s house, I nearly choked when I saw this in the June 27, 2016 edition: I was tempted to brush it off as a flippant mistake, from a guy who clearly has absolutely zero media training, but hello, he’s running for mayor. Demonstrating an understanding of the …

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