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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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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 …

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It was circa 1996ish, in the lobby of Centennial Auditorium (today TCU Place) when I first saw former Saskatchewan Premier Grant Devine in person. I was surprised to note there were no horns protruding from his forehead. He wasn’t skulking or hiding his face; in fact, it lit up as he strode through the crowd …

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Somewhere in the waters just off the southernmost tip of South Africa, a loaded cargo ship is going nowhere. The NM Cherry Blossom and its 50000 ton cargo of phosphate was seized by a South African court on May 7, 2017.  Exporting natural resources is routine in most places, but most places aren’t the Western Sahara. The last remaining …

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For years, the Saskatchewan Ministry of Social Services has been paying a flat rate of $3850 to cover the cost of funerals for people who die while on some form of income assistance, or for anyone else who dies broke – for example, a senior citizen on a fixed income without savings. In the 2017-18 provincial bloodbath budget, that …

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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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Recently a SaskParty Cabinet Minister – a really, really lovely person who I truly like – said to me, “You know, you could write something nice once in a while.” I want to. I really do. But after the SaskParty’s absolutely absurd behavior this week – and outright attempts to mislead us, it won’t be happening today. …

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There’s no doubt changes are coming to the way education is delivered in Saskatchewan. The status quo isn’t sustainable: funding for K-12 education in Saskatchewan has gone up 170% since 2008, while enrolment has only gone up 7%. What’s troubling is where that funding has gone, and what’s likely going to happen next. First, a bit of …

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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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