We are a political party driven by the people and for the people. We remember our past and cherish the future. While fostering growth in new ideas, sectors and technologies, we strive to minimize our impact on the environment in every decision we make. We endeavor to create a better, healthier and long-term sustainable Saskatchewan for every citizen.
Our government has made the move to close Saskatchewan's Hearing Aid Program services to infants with hearing loss, as a cost savings measure for the provincial deficit. Elimination of the program will result in the loss of 9 audiology positions that are responsible for the provision of services to vulnerable citizens—including services to infants identified through the infant hearing program in Saskatoon. This is a move by our government that lacks foresight and consideration of the health care needs of children in our province in the absence of a province-wide Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) program in Saskatchewan and increases the difficulty of accessing audiology services in our province.
Important points to be aware of:
- There will be longer wait times to see an audiologist
- Lack of such a program will lead to more difficulty in the detection of hearing loss at an early age, and more long term support costs.
- Hearing loss is one of the most common congenital conditions for infants
- The absence of a provincial program for infants with hearing loss in Saskatchewan is a disservice to many of the youngest and most vulnerable citizens of the province
- In light of the high educational and vocational support costs associated with unidentified hearing loss, early hearing programs lead to savings in other publicly funded areas.
Budgetary constraints should never have resulted in the government taking such an extreme action that impacts a vital health service impacting the hearing services for children. All children in our province deserve a chance to hear and communicate and a chance to succeed. Please join with us to call on the government to stop its cutting of the provincial hearing aid program for infants in our province.
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At the recent 2017 AGM, held on June 3, 2017, in Regina the below was unanimously passed by our party membership as our party policy for carbon pricing. A plan to help Saskatchewan meet its climate change commitments while creating prosperity and growth for our province as well.
BE IT RESOLVED:
1 That the SGP adopt a policy of carbon pricing in Saskatchewan aimed at reducing the emission of carbon dioxide. This policy should be in the form of a modified fee and dividend rather than cap and trade, and should be imposed upstream, at a rate proportional to the amount of carbon dioxide emitted when the fuel is burnt. Revenues from this fee must be consistent with the Green principle of social justice.
2 That in its implementation a Saskatchewan Green Party government would use a hybrid system, in which the greater part of the revenues collected are paid out to citizens and permanent residents on low and medium income, and the other part used to develop renewable energy infrastructure as well as to enable business start-ups related to renewables, energy efficiency, the use of electric vehicles, and public transit.
3 That special measures be developed to deal with specific sectors such as agriculture and heavy industry.
4 That carbon pricing is viewed by the Party as only one in a package of mutually reinforcing measures with the purpose of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and enabling a just transition to a net-zero GHG emissions economy.
Saskatchewan continues to have one of the worst records in Canada on tackling climate change. This has negative impacts on the health of people in our province, increases the incidents of extreme weather from droughts and floods, increases the occurrences of wildfires, harms agriculture, threatens our water security and also puts the economic well being of our province at risk.
There are many areas we should be concerned about:
- Saskatchewan has a high dependency on coal for electricity generation with 30% of our total generating capacity currently coming from coal
- Emissions have risen 8% since 2005 in Saskatchewan
- Saskatchewan’s power grid remains the second most carbon intensive in Canada, at 780 grams CO2 per kWh
- The Management and Reduction of Greenhouse Gases and Adaptation to Climate Change Act does not stipulate an emissions baseline year nor an emissions reduction target
- Our premier opposes a carbon pricing plan for Saskatchewan despite it being an effective means to reduce emissions and bring economic benefits to the province
- Saskatchewan has the second lowest use of renewables among the provinces in Canada
- Our province has the highest per capita greenhouse gas emissions in Canada
Our premier has downplayed Saskatchewan's contribution to climate change in Canada, avoided hard targets on taking climate action and continues his support for further fossil fuel development. Even as the climate change crisis continues to escalate our premier has avoided taking meaningful steps to tackle climate change. This must change to preserve the future of our province, our nation and our planet. Please join with us to call on our provincial government to take decisive action on climate change for Saskatchewan.
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October 10, 2017
Maternal mortality rates have more than doubled since 1990, and the cost per birth is almost ten times what it was then. Yet outcomes for new mothers have continued to deteriorate. In addition, suicide is one of the leading causes of death in new mothers, according to a new study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. With 1 of every 19 maternal deaths being attributed to suicide in Ontario, with rural populations having the highest rates of suicide1. And 1 in 5 new mothers suffering from post partum depression and anxiety.
So what has changed in just one generation? The ability of women and famlies to access supportive care providers has since been replaced with limited access to expensive obstetrical surgeons. In 1990, a family doctor would attend the births of an entire family. Now doctors that attend births are a group of many. There is no continuity of care. The doctor you see for prenatal will not be the same practitioner attending your birth. This leaves women with no options forced to spread their legs in front of a group of strangers. Women are left feeling unsupported, many with symptoms of PTSD.
In a recent interview with a retired family doctor and long time maternity care advocate, Dr. Dale Dewar, stated that since 1970, “[she] has watched with great sadness, the deterioration of rural maternity care in Saskatchewan. [She] cannot determine why rural midwives have not been made to fill the gaps that family doctors used to fill in this province.” Unfortunately, midwives have continued to be poorly funded and barely supported. In August of 2017, 70%n of women who applied for a midwife in this province were turned away. According to a recent study from the University of British Columbia, for women under a midwife’s care, birth outcomes are better and come at a average cost savings of $2500 per birth2. With 16,000 births annually in this province, the savings could be substantial. Except that currently, midwives only attend less than 3% of Saskatchewan births3. This is due primarily to lack of funding.
This situation leaves many women looking for alternative care options. Private women called 'doulas' are filling this much needed role, offering prenatal, labour, and post partum support to women. This non-medical birth support is privately paid for by expectant mothers and their families. These services are rarely found in our overworked, underfunded public health care system. The rise in demand for private maternity care services, is due to the government's inability to address the maternity health care crisis in this province. The decline in outcomes for new mothers, as statisitics have shown, will only continue to worsen unless changes are made. How many more women and families have to suffer before changes are made in this province?
1. Dr. S. Grigoriadis et al. 2017. Perinatal suicide in Ontario, Canada: a 15-year population-based study. doi: 10.1503/cmaj.170088 CMAJ August 28, 2017 vol. 189 no. 34 E1085-E1092. http://www.cmaj.ca/content/189/34/E1085.full
2. Patricia A. Janssen, PhD, Lee Saxell, MA, Lesley A. Page, PhD, Michael C. Klein, MD, Robert M. Liston, MD, Shoo K. Lee, MBBS PhD. Outcomes of planned home birth with registered midwife versus planned hospital birth with midwife or physician. CMAJ September 15, 2009 vol. 181 no. 6-7First published August 31, 2009, doi:10.1503/cmaj.081869.
3. CAM, 2017:https://canadianmidwives.org/…/09/midwifery-assisted-births/. Sept 1, 2017.
For additional information or to arrange an interview, contact:
Yvonne Potter Pihach
Health Critic, Saskatchewan Green Party