Changes were made in 2017 to the Education Act for the province which resulted in almost all processes for public input being repealed or weakened by our provincial government. Now that a new premier has been chosen for our province we have the opportunity to send him a message on the need to reverse the changes made under his predecessor that took away many of the democratic rights that existed in the Education Act previously and putting more control in the hands of the Minister of Education.
Under the changes that were made:
• At the annual elector’s meeting the public lost the right to freely question trustees and directors in a public assembly
• Teachers and school staff who have first-hand knowledge of the system and its problems are no longer able to stand for election as trustees unless they quit and wait two years
• Sweeping powers were given to the Minister of Education to direct almost all aspects of education in local communities
• The Minister of Education can now issue a written directive to local school boards “to take any action that the minister considers necessary.”
• If there is any resistance to directives from the Minister of the Education the minister can now suspend the board and appoint a single person to take over the work of the elected trustees
• All the provisions for public input into school and program closures has been removed from the Education Act
• Guaranteed rights like public notice, public meetings, and limits on transportation distances are now regulations easily changed or discarded by the Minister of Education’s order
Communities in Saskatchewan now find themselves under an education system that stifles democracy while increasing the powers of the Minister of Education. Democracy in our province needs to be strengthened and not weakened, most especially when it comes to something as precious and valuable as the education of our children.
Please join with us to call on our provincial government to reverse the changes that it made in 2017 to our Education Act and bring democracy back to the Education Act in Saskatchewan.
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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 government has downplayed Saskatchewan's contribution to climate change in Canada, avoided hard targets on taking climate action and continues support for further fossil fuel development.
Even as the climate change crisis continues to escalate our government 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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