Dead Chickens and American Lobbyists: Just Two Things 2017 Sask Budget Could Have Cut, but Didn’t

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 […]

The Husky Oil Spill Probably Doesn’t Surprise the Saskatchewan Auditor

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 […]

(Pt 2) Auditor’s Report On GTH: Not What We Asked For

If you read my previous blog post, you may have figured out I’m not impressed with the June 30th Saskatchewan auditor’s report on the Global Transportation Hub (GTH). The following are a few samples, all taken directly from the document, of where, in my useless opinion, the report glosses over details it shouldn’t have; accepted statements at face […]

“It takes a village (of Saskatchewan taxpayers) to raise a startup”: 7 Reasons Giving $3Mil to Skip the Dishes Was a Terrible Idea.

I love Skip the Dishes. Use(d) it all the time. Restaurants have a love/hate relationship with Skip. Those that love it claim it has drastically increased their take-out business. Others aren’t so thrilled, stating that they’re serving the same customers they did before, but losing the 15 per cent (often their profit margin) to Skip they […]

“One of the Fastest Growing Companies In Canada”: Brad Wall, Lorne Nystrom & the GTH

Today CTV Saskatoon and Regina have been airing a taped interview with Sask Party Leader Brad Wall. Inevitably, the host asked Wall about Saskatchewan’s Global Transportation Hub. You can watch the full video here. If you’re not familiar with the story, there’s background here, and here. I’m struggling with Wall’s interview – specifically, his arguments in favor of the deal […]

Ham, Turkey and Diabetic Shock: Saskatchewan’s GTH.

I can’t quite believe I’m writing about the GTH again, but I’m in that sweet spot between ham coma and turkey paralysis, so figured I may as well take advantage of the lucidity. Either way, I’ve been trying to wrap my head how Marquart’s appraisal (herein “The Appraisal”) landed at $129,000 per acre in the first place, when all other appraisals for […]