Saskatchewan Opposition Parties demand accountability and transparency related to Communities of Tomorrow (CT)

Progressive Conservative Party of Saskatchewan leader Rose Buscholl (left), Saskatchewan Green Party leader Naomi Hunter, and Saskatchewan Progress Party Chief Official Agent Michael Medby held a press conference today calling on the Provincial Auditor to investigate Communities of Tomorrow, which came into being in 2003.

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Saskatoon’s Electric Transit Buses


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On July 22nd, 2020 the City of Saskatoon announced that it was going to run a one-year test trial with an electric bus. Saskatoon leases electric bus for 1-year test drive | CBC News

 

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They Died for Peace

 Headstone of Albert "Ginger" Goodwin at the Cumberland Municipal Cemetery in Cumberland, British Columbia.

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In the month of May a coincidence of birthdays has led me to reflect on the story of two individuals from different time periods who died in the cause of peace: Albert Ginger Goodwin and Fernando Pereira. Both were born on May 10th, in the years of 1887 and 1950 respectively, and both were martyred as a result of their activist work for peace.

 

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Saskatchewan Green Party Protests 5x Increase in Candidate Nomination Fees

Saskatchewan Green Party Leader Naomi Hunter sent this letter-to-the-editor to newspapers across Saskatchewan:

Dear Editor,

Are you aware that provincial election candidate nomination fees have increased fivefold from $100 to $500? Democracy shouldn't be dependent on wealth yet this increase eliminates candidates. This is a blow to democracy. Election fees should have been decreased to ensure more people get involved in the electoral process. Increasing to $500 is prohibitive. For some, it is the equivalent of a month's rent.

 

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Warsaw Ghetto Uprising 80th Anniversary

Today, April 19th 2023 marks eighty years since the commencement of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising on April 19th 1943.


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Early in the Nazi occupation of Poland, the Nazis had concentrated the Jewish population of Poland into a number of densely crowded ghettos, the largest of which was in Warsaw. During the summer of 1942, the Nazis had removed some two hundred and fifty-four thousand to three hundred thousand Jews from the Warsaw Ghetto, sending them to their deaths in the Treblinka Death Camp. 

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Dangers of Asbestos Cement Water Pipes

Asbestos hazard sign.

It is unnecessary to educate us on the dangers of asbestos, as we have been aware of its harmful effects for many years. “Asbestos causes cancer; it is a lethal carcinogen.” Consuming water from a leaking asbestos cement water pipe is dangerous. Regardless of how asbestos is ingested, exposure is hazardous. Further studies on the negative effects of asbestos on human health and the environment are not required. What is required is an accurate assessment of the state that asbestos pipes are in currently and an acknowledgment of the health hazards they pose to the people of Saskatchewan.

 

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RBC-Divest

RBC Divest Rally and Round Dance and Panel Discussion

 

Calling all hand drummers, dancers, & allies! You're invited to a rally and round dance for climate justice and Indigenous sovereignty on Wed April 5th at 11 am (CST). Meet us at the Vimy Memorial Bandstand. If you can't make it in person, register to watch the RBC Divest livestream. 

 

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Looking At Lithium

Lithium the Element

As governments around the world begin a serious push to change global transportation from fossil fuel powered to electric powered, one of the main components is the mineral lithium to be used in batteries.

Lithium (Li) is the third element on the Periodic Table following Helium. Lithium is a metal, and an extremely reactive one. Lithium reacts vigorously with water to produce hydrogen gas and with oxygen forms lithium oxide. To prevent reactions such as this, lithium is isolated from the environment by storing it immersed in oil or kerosene.

 

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Should Corporations be Allowed to Fund Political Parties?

Corporations are the backbone of our economy, but corporations are not what  makes a strong society. When corporations fund Political Parties, are they also by extension influencing the decisions governments make?  And if so, are those decisions in the best interest of the society, or of the corporations that fund their campaigns?

Governments are supposed to, by definition, exercise political authority over the actions, and affairs of a political unit of people, and perform certain functions for this unit or body. If our government is concerned only about corporate donors, and neglects other groups in society, I believe they have lost touch with what it means to govern "for the people”.

 

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Taxpayers Left Cleaning up Uranium Mess

On March 1st the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission will hold a hearing in Ottawa to review a request from Orano Canada (aka AREVA/COGEMA) to hand over responsibility for management of the contaminated Cluff Lake Uranium mine and mill site to the province.

In the 1960s, at the Gunnar and Laredo uranium mine sites near Uranium City, “unconfined tailings” were left behind on the surface and open to wind and water. The clean-up costs have ballooned to $220 million and rising -  paid for by Saskatchewan taxpayers. That work is not complete and, after 60 years of neglect, several river systems downstream are polluted to a serious level, well above the Saskatchewan drinking water standard.

 

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