Reducing Poverty and Unemployment

Since 2007, 9,800 more people are unemployed (Statistics Canada, July 2011).
Unfortunately, last year, the Sask Party government cancelled important
job training programs, including the Job Start/Future Skills Program and
the Aboriginal Employment Development Program.
Not surprisingly, with unemployment increasing, Saskatchewan has also seen poverty increase.
In just the last year, food bank usage increased by 20%. Over 22,000
people — more than the entire city of Yorkton — were forced to rely on
food banks in our province last year (NewsTalk 980). As well,
Saskatchewan ranked second nationwide in the number of children using a
food bank (The StarPhoenix).
As well, over the last year, the number of people relying on social assistance has increased by 27%.

New Identification Requirements at the Polls

Provincial Election poster Photo ID YFS version

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Questions for Candidates Running in the Provincial Election

Printable PDF of Questions for candidates

Legislative/Labour:

Essential Service legislation (Bill 5) and changes to The Trade Union Act (Bill 6) have created unfairness for all public sector workers. It took away the right to strike, and made it impossible to achieve a fair collective agreement. It took away the right to organize, and it invited employers like SAHO (Saskatchewan Association of Health Organizations) to waste thousands of tax payer dollars on media campaigns against health care workers. What are you planning to do about Bill 5 & Bill 6? (more…)

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Letter to the Editor: valuable insight

 By Tanis Kershaw, The StarPhoenixSeptember 21, 2011

Re: $5 budget keeps reporter hungry (SP, Sept. 16). I commend SP reporter Jeremy Warren and the 12 other citizens who took the Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Centre’s food basket challenge. While it certainly cannot replicate the circumstances of those living in poverty, who regularly rely on the food bank, the challenge brings awareness to an issue that often remains hidden. (more…)

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The story of the billboards

What inspired these ads? Quite simply, our members. The work SEIU-West members do is a valuable contribution to the day-to-day life of the people of Saskatchewan.

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Canada’s income gap widening faster than most other countries (CP)

OTTAWA—A new study says Canada is rapidly catching up to the United States as a country divided between haves and have-nots.

The Conference Board says income inequality has been rising more in Canada than in the United States since the mid-1990s, and faster than in many peer countries.

In fact, the think-tank says Canada had the fourth-largest increase in income disparity among a sample group of 17 advanced economies during the period. (more…)

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Food bank usage rises

Hunger Count 2009 shows 12% increase in city

Jenn Sharp
The StarPhoenix
Wednesday, November 18, 2009

The number of people using Saskatoon’s food bank increased during the last year, but it was the smallest hike among food banks nationwide.

The annual Hunger Count for 2009 was released Tuesday at the Saskatoon Food Bank. The report details hunger and the use of food banks in Canada and also makes recommendations for the future. (more…)

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Star Phoenix: “Tax Super-Rich Buffet says”

Billionaire investor Warren Buffett urged U.S. lawmakers Monday to raise taxes on wealthier Americans to cut Washington’s huge budget deficit, saying the move would not dampen investments or jobs.

In a New York Times opinion article, the chief executive of Berkshire Hathaway proposed a tax increase on Americans who make at least $1 million per year and an additional increase on those making $10 million or more. (more…)

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Star Phoenix: ‘Buffet gives wise advice’

Whether it was intended as such or not, when U.S. billionaire investor Warren Buffett wrote in the New York Times this week that the so-called “mega-rich” should pay more in taxes, it was more than an expression of selfless altruism.

Mr. Buffett pointed out that while “the poor and middle class fight for us in Afghanistan, and while most Americans struggle to make ends meet,” the mega-rich are being coddled and protected like some sort of endangered species. (more…)

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