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Conservatives

Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Brothers in Weyburn

Posted April 23, 2014 by John Klein

Brothers restaurant owner in #Weyburn says he can’t comment on TFW controversy due to employee privacy. #yqr #sask http://t.co/l6GwqSj5G5— Kim Smith (@KimSmithGlobal) April 22, 2014

Then this:

#Weyburn restaurant releases statement: ‘entirely their choice to reject our offer of employment…’ #sask #yqr #TFWP http://t.co/Ioh4c0C5u9— Kim Smith (@KimSmithGlobal) April 23, 2014

The so called Temporary Foreign Workers program is little better than indentured servitude. That’s a form of slavery, where the employer holds an unreasonable level of power over their workers, so the workers will not stand up for their human rights.

Ask yourself it’s a coincidence (Read more…)

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General

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Shannon Hill Speaks Up About About ABA Autism Intervention Benefits and Autism “Services” in Saskatchewan

Posted April 23, 2014 by H L Doherty

Shannon Hill of Saskatchewan, parent of a child on the autism spectrum,  Board Certified Assistant Behaviour Analyst, (Florida Institute of Technology ABA program), autism advocate and BA (Psychology) Following is a letter written by Shannon Hill to Linda Restau director of continuing care and rehabilitation for the Ministry of Health, Province of Saskatchewan, including comments on ABA and its benefits for autistic children. “Dear Ms. Restau, I would like to take this opportunity to comment on the article presented by Ashley Wills of 650 CKOM April 22, 2014. In the article you state with regard to Saskatchewan’s funding for ASD (Read more…) . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Shannon Hill Speaks Up About About ABA Autism Intervention Benefits and Autism “Services” in Saskatchewan

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General

Once Canada’s Autism Wasteland Has Saskatchewan Made Any Meaningful Progress?

Posted April 7, 2014 by H L Doherty

Apparently Saskatchewan is still having difficulty providing necessary levels of early autism intervention.  I once described it in a September 2, 2007 commentary as Canada’s Autism Wasteland:  Canada’s Autism Wasteland To Take First Step Forward.   At the time of my commentary Saskatchewan was one of the few provinces with no intervention program for autistic children.  
A recent Global News article by Amber Rockliffe, Saskatchewan Families Moving Due to Lack of Autism Funding indicates that not enough hours of intervention are being delivered to Saskatchewan’s autistic children and some families are moving out of province to find the help their children need:
Sheri Radoux, has moved south of the U.S. border to Minnesota. “I think the services in Saskatchewan are probably the worst in Canada or one of the worst in Canada,” said Radoux. “We moved down to Minnesota and we got full-time therapy for all of our children, paid and funded by the state.” Saskatchewan spends about $7.5 million annually on autism treatment and services. …   ….. When we were looking, you could get one hour a week of therapy. And that’s like saving a sinking boat with a thimble,” explained Radoux.

With respect to the number of intervention hours received by Saskatchewan’s autistic children The Global News article references Shannon Hill, mother of an autistic child:

Hill, who now works with autistic children herself, says many of them receive only several hours of behavioural therapy a week. It’s basically a waste of money on the government’s part because it doesn’t produce any outcomes.”
Article author Rockliffe obtained information that the province’s Ministery of Health had increased autism funding 1400 per cent.  The funding has apparently not resulted in delivery of autism intervention to autistic children at anywhere near required levels. 

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Alberta

Real Ponchos Announce Debut Album

Posted April 3, 2014 by Andrew_Horan

Vancouver’s Real Ponchos have announced that they will release their debut album Since I Let You Go independently on May 6. To celebrate, they’ve shared a free stream of the track ‘Outta This Place’; The album was one of the last recorded at The Hive Creative Lab before it closed in July 2013. The band
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General

Saskatoon, I hardly knew ye

Posted March 24, 2014 by Tim Rast

Awesome example of a knappedprojectile point mounted in a foreshaftThe trip to Saskatoon was over way too soon. Between Friday and Sunday I facilitated a two day flintknapping workshop, presented a talk, and gave a knapping demo.  I hope that I do…

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General

Busy day in Saskatoon

Posted March 22, 2014 by Tim Rast

Today was a fantastic day in Saskatoon at the University of Saskatchewan.  I spent some time in the morning wandering around the beautiful campus.  In the afternoon I did a flintknapping demo for the archaeology department and in the evening …

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Alberta

Why you need to check out Bend Sinister on tour this spring

Posted March 17, 2014 by Nora Meszaros

If you can’t remember the last time you listened to good progressive rock – or if you’ve been comfortably hiding away in a little nook since 2001 – it’s time to sit up and pay attention to this. Progressive-indie compilation Bend Sinister are slated to make several North American appearances to promote their third and
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General

PotashCorp Projects Low Royalties

Posted January 30, 2014 by Erin Weir

Today’s fourth-quarter report indicates that PotashCorp paid “provincial mining and other taxes” of $194 million on potash sales of $3 billion in 2013. In other words, Saskatchewan’s resource surcharge and potash production tax amounted to just 6.5% of the value of potash sold. Adding the basic Crown royalty (which PotashCorp includes in “cost of goods […]

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General

Dutch Disease, Prices and Wages in Saskatchewan

Posted January 26, 2014 by Erin Weir

Jim Stanford recently pointed out that many of the conservative economists who had defended the overvalued loonie have quickly shifted to applauding its depreciation. The Government of Saskatchewan may be making a similar conversion on the road to Damascus. When federal NDP leader Tom Mulcair expressed concern about Dutch disease, premier Brad Wall denied that […]

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Animals

Safari in Saskatchewan at Grasslands National Park

Posted August 16, 2013 by Corbin Fraser

Finding wildlife in Saskatchewan isn’t particularly hard; however, one will note that cattle and horses often spot the prairie fields and pasture land more often than those more wild. Finding eagles, osprey, bison, moose, bears, and coyotes sometimes takes hours upon hours of driving, and usually quite a bit of luck. For the animal enthusiast, […]

Safari in Saskatchewan at Grasslands National Park is a post from: I Backpack Canada

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Accommodation

Canoeing The Churchill River System in Northern Saskatchewan

Posted August 1, 2013 by Corbin Fraser

Settling back into the prairie life after nearly 5 years of living in Halifax, Nova Scotia, I was determined to truly take in life the flatlands of Canada. What many people often forget is that Saskatchewan has over 100,000 lakes, and countless rivers, each more unique than the next. While this square shaped province might […]

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