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... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

(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... Continue Reading →

(Pt 1) Auditor’s Report On GTH: Covered In Blood and Holding a Knife

I've been trying to write about the auditor's report into Saskatchewan's Global Transportation Hub, for a week. Friends who would know better than I, insist that Saskatchewan auditor Judy Ferguson is fair and measured. That she follows her mandate to the letter. I've been trying to roll with the notion that it was just a coincidence... Continue Reading →

Coal vs Pixie Dust: Saskatchewan’s Carbon Capture and Storage Saga

Last Friday the news broke that Cenovus, a Calgary-based oil company formerly known as Encana, sent an email to Saskatoon Star Phoenix/Regina Leader Post reporter DC Fraser, stating that they had never had a contract with SaskPower to purchase 100 per cent of the CO2 produced by the 1.4 billion dollar Boundary Dam 3 carbon... Continue Reading →

Saskatchewan Farmers vs the Chinese Government: Which One Is Goliath?

Disclosure: Writing this, I got to know a few of the farmers discussed below, and they got to know me, including what I really do to pay the bills - public relations (sadly, blog-writing is not the financial golden goose you'd think it would be) (sarcasm). We entered into a contract earlier this month wherein I agreed to consult... Continue Reading →

“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... Continue Reading →

“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... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

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