I want safe air travel, and I understand that in light of these troubled times, extra steps have been taken at airports to ensure that we all arrive at our destinations safely and in one piece. So, I do my part, dutifully dumping my products into travel bottles and squinting at the volumes on my... Continue Reading →
Sask Party Leadership Week 3.25(ish): If You Aint First You’re Last
Let's check in with the Wannabe Premiers, shall we? Officially Official It takes a certain amount of ego to run for elected office, given that you've got to convince a significant portion of the public that you're awesome. Not everyone can pull it off, and I admire those who can try, because losing is part... Continue Reading →
Lessons From the Formation of Alberta’s Single Health Region (Alternate Title: Blurred Lines)
"At its core, health is about people... complex interactions among many individuals and organizations, requiring effective working relationships...(which) depend on people respecting each other’s roles and responsibilities, understanding how they relate to each other, and committing to work collaboratively towards shared goals." - Alberta's Health Task Force Report, 2012 The Saskatchewan government is amalgamating our... Continue Reading →
Cash-For-Access Fundraising Is a Massive Problem in Saskatchewan
We need to talk about the SaskParty selling access to the Premier, because it's out-of-f**king-control. In spring 2016, the Globe and Mail ran a series of stories on Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and her provincial Liberal party's cash-for-access fundraising schemes, which entailed selling tickets for exclusive, high-priced, elbow-rubbing events to that province's well-heeled individuals, corporations and lobbyists. The ensuing scandal... Continue Reading →
Saskatchewan’s Budget 2017: The Good, the Bad…Actually Let’s Just Say It’s a Bloodbath
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... Continue Reading →
Saskabroke Education: Provincial Politics, Priorities, and Pandering.
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... Continue Reading →
Saskatoon’s Lighthouse: Somebody get Social Services a F***ing Calculator
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... Continue Reading →
The Curious Story Of How Immigrants Have Funded Saskatchewan’s Homebuilding Industry.
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... Continue Reading →
Is This True? Saskatoon’s Holiday Park Golf Course.
Is this for real? Does the City of Saskatoon's Holiday Park golf course really keep their drinking fountains running constantly? The "dirty coal" bit isn't helpful, but if this is true, it's ridiculous. I'm no environmentalist, but it seems exceedingly wasteful... a literal drain on both resources and utilities. Call your City Councilor.
The Only Story On Charlie Clark That Matters
I was out of the country on holidays, and super-slammed since we got back, so things have been pretty slow around here. I do have a pretty good piece (IMO) coming soon. Meantime, I wanted to take a quick minute to share the only story that matters from Saskatoon City Councilor Charlie Clark's announcement, held earlier... Continue Reading →