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.
The StarPhoenix October 19, 2011
More students continue to enrol in the Saskatoon Public School Division (SPSD), prompting the third consecutive year of enrolment increases in the division.
Since 2008 the number of students attending SPSD schools grew by more than 1,200 students. This year, the division experienced an increase of 480 students compared to last year’s enrolment. Total enrolment as of Sept. 30 is 21,297. (more…)
By Jeanette Stewart, The StarPhoenix October 20, 2011
Despite the challenges created by more students in classrooms, the Saskatoon public school division is celebrating another year of increased enrolment.
“It’s great to be part of an organization that’s growing,” said Jim Morrison, chair o (more…)
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…)
By Nathan Holowaty, The StarPhoenix October 20, 2011
Since the Occupy Wall Street protests started more than a month ago, it has been encouraging to see how Canada and the rest of the world has embraced this movement in a show of solidarity with the American protesters.
Many Canadians who have family members in the U.S. such as myself, (my mother is an American citizen) have much sympathy for the plight of the so-called 99 per cent who have been victimized by a greedy, unregulated and unaccountable financial sector. (more…)
By Helen M. Baker, The StarPhoenix October 19, 2011
Saskatchewan folk better prepare for our children living with a private, expensive, American-style health-care system.
How could our once pro-gressive province swallow Premier Brad Wall’s and Health Minister Don McMorris’s phoney excuses for sending expensive surgeries and analyses of CT and MRI scans to private clinics and companies at the expense of medicare? (more…)
By Judy Denniss, The StarPhoenix October 3, 2011
It always sparks my inter-est when Health Minister Don McMorris makes public statements.
He was recently reported saying Saskatchewan has passed regulations to expand the scope for nurse practitioners, and noted the government had addressed retention and recruitment issues for one health-care classification – registered nurses.
What he doesn’t tell the general public is this: The province has also passed regulations to expand the scope for licensed practical nurses, necessitating all LPNs to complete additional education requirements. If they don’t complete the education at personal cost by a given date, they are put on an administrative leave without pay. (more…)
“Both the government and health region claimed privatizing surgeries would ‘ramp up’ capacity and increase the overall volume of surgeries in the region, but that’s not what happened,” says Gordon Campbell, President of the CUPE Health Care Council. “New data analyzed by CUPE show contracting out surgeries has harmed surgical capacity.” (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…)