By Gerry Klein, The StarPhoenix October 20, 2011
One might argue that the the level of government least able to strike a new deal for families is the local one.
Yet on the very day that University of British Columbia researcher Paul Kershaw, along with Saskatoon’s Nazeem Muhajarine, released a report that calls for a new deal to help young families overcome the losses they have experienced compared with families 30 years ago, Saskatoon city councillors were reviewing a report on how to get 84 new affordable housing units on the market. (more…)
By Betty Ann Adam, The StarPhoenix October 19, 2011
Canada needs a “New Deal for Families” to solve the enormous social and economic upheaval caused by soaring housing costs, creators of a study released Tuesday at the University of Saskatchewan say.
The generation raising children today has less money and time than baby boomers, despite a doubling in size of the Canadian economy since 1976, said Paul Kershaw, a family policy expert from the University of British Columbia. (more…)
Renee works every day to help people who are facing severe addiction issues in her community. She provides professional counsel to men and women. She hears their stories and understands their difficulties. Little do her clients know that she is facing her own challenges.
Renee is the mother of two school age children and has a wonderful husband. However, all is not well in their world. (more…)
By Sheila Glennie, The StarPhoenix October 17, 2011
One reason I am a New Democrat is because I believe housing is a basic community need and there should be a plan.
As a student, my son was paying his half-share of $650 per month rent in Saskatoon in 2006. By 2009 he was paying half of $1,350 for a similar two-bedroom suite in the same neighbourhood.
This September he took a job in Ontario and is paying only $790 a month for 800 square feet in a house that has two bedrooms, a patio in front and a sunroom in back. The same month his brother in Regina rented a 900-squarefoot wartime house for $1,750 a month. (more…)
By Anne Hanson, The StarPhoenix October 17, 2011
Re: Wall targets families with tax tweaks (SP, Oct.13). ‘Twas ever thus. The rich get richer and poor get poorer.
It’s too bad that the poor families cannot afford to put their children into sports, let alone get a tax break. (more…)
Affordable housing hard to get
By Peter Mills, The Leader-Post October 8, 2011
It took a lot of tears and even more courage, but Darlene Shepherd was candid about being homeless in Regina.
“It’s not just about being homeless. There is mental and physical damage to us,” Shepherd said, crying. “I talk to people who try to help and it just seems like it’s just talk.” (more…)
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…)
By Verda Petry, The Leader-Post July 11, 2011
Was it a joke? tongue-in-cheek? Surely no one would pay for a fullpage colour ad as a joke. I refer to the On Track Saskatchewan ad (June 28). I wondered – for whom is Saskatchewan “on track”? I let my eyes drop to the bottom of the page where I found the answer: Provincial chambers of commerce, Association of Saskatchewan Realtors, Certified General and Management Accountants, Canadian Home Builders Association. For these groups Saskatchewan is “on track”. (more…)
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…)