The StarPhoenix October 27, 2011
As the one opportunity many voters avail themselves of in getting informed about the provincial election campaign, the televised leaders’ debate can serve a useful purpose.
Yet, unlike in the United States where the mettle of political contenders is tested in a series of debates, the one-shot deal provided in a Saskatchewan election campaign has contributed to making the leaders’ debate an increasingly tame affair, where playing it safe becomes the primary objective. (more…)
By Jeremy Warren, The StarPhoenix October 27, 2011
Former Saskatchewan premier Roy Romanow says not enough Canadians are enjoying the benefits of a growing economy.
Romanow, in the inaugural Bryan Woods Memorial Lecture Wednesday night, gave a brief overview of the newly-released Canadian Index of Wellbeing, a project that measures the quality of life using 64 indicators using indicators from social, health, environmental and economic categories. Romanow chairs the project’s advisory board. (more…)
By Shawna Colpitts, The StarPhoenix October 28, 2011
Labour Minister Don Morgan said in a TV interview on Oct. 21 that his government’s essential services law was done in a manner respectful of unions and union workers.
Does he really believe that health-care providers felt respected when they waited 27 months for a contract? They were force-fed rollbacks in exchange for a paltry wage increase, only to discover weeks later that some outof-scope employees and CEOs were lined up for 60 per cent increases? (more…)
By Philip Sparks, The Leader-Post October 24, 2011
It is election time and here come the magnificent promises from the parties.
Why does it take an election for the party in power to make all these expensive promises? Why can’t they do some of this stuff during their term in office? (more…)
27/10/2011 7:47:00 AM
The Canadian Press
SASKATOON – Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan Inc. (TSX:POT) more than doubled its profits in the latest quarter on higher production and record sales.
The world’s largest fertilizer producer reported early Thursday its net income jumped to US$826 million, or 94 cents per share in the three months ended Sept. 30.
That was more than double the 38 cents per share, or $343 million in profits the company earned in the same quarter last year.
Sales in the quarter jumped to US$2.3 billion from $1.58 billion last year as the company cashed in on growing demand for fertilizer in China, India and other parts of the world.
PotashCorp, which reports in U.S. dollars, said record third-quarter sales and significantly higher prices raised potash gross margin to $700 million – the second-highest third-quarter total in company history.
This raised gross margin for the year to $2.2 billion, well ahead of the $1.3 billion earned in the first three quarters of 2010.
Production in the quarter hit a record 1.9 million tonnes, up from 1.3 million tonnes a year earlier.
The company says offshore potash demand remained robust during the third quarter and on pace to achieve record levels in 2011.
PotashCorp president and CEO Bill Doyle said the “undeniable need for potash, phosphate and nitrogen” ensured products moved through the system to reach farmers around the world.
“Our third-quarter performance reflected the unrelenting pressure on global food production – and the strength of our growing fertilizer enterprise.”
After the rejection of BHP Billiton’s hostile $40 billion bid for PotashCorp last year, the Saskatoon company has moved ahead with expansion plans and developments to boost supply.
And despite recent weakness in the global economy, the prospects remain bright for the industry.
“Despite economic uncertainty around the world, a growing population has and will continue to need more food and, ultimately, more fertilizer,” added Doyle.
“By recognizing this powerful long-term trend and making the commitment to be prepared for growing demand, especially for potash, we anticipate new opportunities in the years ahead. Our expanding operational capability will be increasingly valuable – in helping grow global food production and in serving the interests of all stakeholders in our company.”
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By Barbara Cape
I spent my Tuesday evening watching the recent leader’s debate for our provincial election and I’ve got a few thoughts I wanted to share with you.
First of all, a true Leader’s Debate should include the leaders of all political parties: SaskParty, NDP, Greens and Liberals. Each have valuable points of view that we should all hear, regardless of the ‘market share’ outcome. I am disappointed that the media coordinated this debate and created rules to limit the participants.
I don’t know who ‘won’ or ‘lost’ this debate, but I did think that it was interesting that Mr. Wall wanted to ‘fact check’ Mr. Lingenfelter’s comments. I’d like to do the same. I’m not sure if they realize but the majority of the work being done in the healthcare system is done by the whole team – and that team includes technologists, LPN’s, special care aides, environmental and food services workers, admin and maintenance staff… it’s all of us who make up the healthcare experience. (more…)
By Steven Allen, The StarPhoenix October 25, 2011
Investment in education has increased over the past few years, but the focus of government funding has been primarily on infrastructure.
It is important to ensure the safety, learning and working conditions of students and teachers.
However, as one teacher so eloquently noted at the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation (STF) political town hall forum recently, there needs to be a greater focus on the people in the buildings. (more…)
Below is a list of the poll results from all of our previous Poll questions.
October 25, 2011
“With class sizes growing in our public school system, do you think it was wise for the government to cut over 300 Education Assistant positions in Saskatchewan?”
97% of respondents to our poll said NO.
According to our readership on YFS, the next Saskatchewan government needs to ensure that our children get the education and support that they need in the classroom.
October 14, 2011 Poll Results
“Do you think it is fair that Health Care CEOs and other Managers received 30 to 60% wage increases (over 2 years) when front-line health care providers only received 9.5% wage increases (over 4 years)?”
86% of respondents to our poll said NO.
That means that according to our readership on YFS, the next Saskatchewan government should work harder to make sure our front-line health care workers are compensated in a fair manner for their skills and valuable work time.
October 4, 2011 Poll Results
“Do you think 5% of potash revenue is enough?”
89% of respondents to our poll said NO 5% of Potash revenue is not enough.
That means that according to our readership on YFS, the next Saskatchewan government should re-open the royalty structure discussions with Potash Corp.
By Barb Pacholik, Leader-Post October 21, 2011
REGINA — Contending that it’s being cut out of a potential $10 million, a private surgical centre in Regina is suing after a Calgary-based company was awarded a long-term contract under a plan to expand day surgery services.
The suit launched by Omni Surgery Centre Ltd. against the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region (RQHR) was filed Thursday in Regina Court of Queen’s Bench. (more…)