PotashCorp CEO Bill Doyle waded into Saskatchewan’s election campaign on Friday with an op-ed in the province’s two largest newspapers. It was accompanied by a paid advertisement from PotashCorp in Saskatoon’s StarPhoenix.
Yesterday’s strong earnings report from the Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan confirms what this blog and the NDP have been contending: even modestly increasing Saskatchewan’s extremely low royalties on hugely profitable potash mines could fund substantially better provincial public services. (more…)
This Letter to the Editor appeared in the November 3, 2011 Southwest Booster:
By Eldon Sweet, The StarPhoenix November 3, 2011
Checking the news on my smartphone, I see that PotashCorp had another record profit of $826 million in the last quarter. I also see Dwain Lingenfelter is visiting a soup kitchen in Moose Jaw.
What’s wrong with this picture? The recipients of the goodwill of the soup kitchen are Saskatchewan citizens, but the recipients of the record profits from Saskatchewan’s potash are not.
We are giving away our potash to corporations that just want to turn a fast buck and make billions in our province. When the potash is gone, so will they. We have to get what we can, while we can.
I feel if PCS didn’t make contributions to political parties and the users of the soup kitchen did, Brad Wall would do what’s best for the soup recipients. We need to start looking after our own and taking care of “us,” the people of Saskatchewan, not the corporations of Wall Street.
Read it as a PDF: We come first
By Ray Heather, The StarPhoenix November 1, 2011
With the provincial election around the corner, the political ads and rhetoric have started.
Brad Wall and the Saskatchewan Party are saying they don’t want to go back to the deficit budgets of the
1980s. Yet Wall and some members of his party were at that time avid supporters of the Progressive Conservative Party and its policies that got Saskatchewan into such massive debt.
When the voters elected an NDP government, that party had to slash government spending, to avoid bankruptcy.
One of the results was the closure of 52 rural hospitals.
This move cost the NDP a lot of support in rural Saskatchewan and led in part to the rise of the Saskatchewan Party’s support in rural areas.
Now Wall and his party state that the NDP is no friend to rural Saskatchewan because of the hospital closures.
Since the Saskatchewan Party formed government, it has had unprecedented revenues coming into the provincial Treasury.
It has increased spending, but strangely enough, none of this new spending has resulted in the reopening of even one of the rural hospitals that were closed.
Could this mean that, although the closures were politically unpopular, they still were a restructuring that was needed?
Read it as a PDF: Hospitals unopened
By Shelly Banks, The StarPhoenix November 2, 2011
I sure hope that Brad Wall and the Saskatchewan Party are not convincing the general public that they have increased staffing levels in the health sector.
As a health provider, my experience is that they have tried to address staffing issues for registered nurses, while the rest struggle. The public ought to know that there are staff shortages regularly in such hands-on care classifications as special care aides and licensed practical nurses.
Visit a community nursing home and you will see it for yourself. Those who work in diagnostic classifications are routinely required to work overtime. Critical retention and recruitment issues have been largely ignored. (more…)
By Justina Robinson, The StarPhoenix October 31, 2011
I have noticed funding cuts in the school system over the past couple of years.
If we have experienced a housing boom for the past few years, we should also be seeing higher portions of taxes allocated to education from property taxes. And according to the paper, we also have higher enrolment.
What’s going on?
Justina Robinson Biggar
Read it as a PDF: Doesn’t add up
By Kim Covert, Financial Post; Postmedia News August 19, 2011
Salary increases in 2012 will range from two per cent to 3.5 per cent, about the same as in 2011, according to Morneau Shepell’s 29th Annual Compensation and Trends Projections Survey.
Companies’ optimism about their prospects for growth and profitability in 2012 isn’t translating into significant wage gains for their employees, according to the findings of a survey of 250 Canadian companies who suggest the projected increase in their salary budgets for next year is less than the inflation rate. (more…)
By David Hutton, The StarPhoenix October 26, 2011
The Saskatoon Health Region says there is no “hidden agenda” for health-care layoffs after the provincial election.
The Health Sciences Association of Saskatchewan (HSAS) said Tuesday the union is concerned about potential job cuts following a notice letter sent in early October to discuss the proposed layoff of an addictions counsellor for children and youth from mental health and addictions services.
The region refused a meeting until after the election, the union contends, putting “politics” above jobs. (more…)