It was a good Holiday

I had a good New Years and Christmas holidays. A shipping error, in my favour, was perhaps the most notable event. The weather was cold, and it’ll be -25 or colder at night this week, which hasn’t happened that long since perhaps last January.

Was too busy to blog, but there was a letter in the local paper that summed up the state of Saskatchewan politics very, very well. The big problem may be that there’s no perception out there that anyone else would do much of a better job than Wall, even though the contrary is probably the case.

leaderpost .com/opinion/letters/wall-government-is-failing-to-govern

Just remind me again why Brad Wall is so popular?

Regina and Saskatoon have the highest crime rates in the country. The overall provincial crime rate is twice the national average. We have the highest homicide rate in the country. Our rate of incarceration is double that of every other province in Canada. Our criminal justice system ranks ninth among the 10 provinces. Racism is rampant and street gangs are on the rise.

We have the highest rate of impaired driving in Canada, and the highest rate of domestic violence in the country. Saskatchewan teenagers perform worse in science, math and reading tests than their peers in all other provinces.

There are not nearly enough child care spaces to accommodate the needs of working parents, and unfair taxation methods severely hamper those few in existence.

Last month 7,200 construction jobs were lost. The number of people needing social assistance has doubled in the past year.

The GTH is a putrid scandal and Wall refuses to explain how Sask. Party supporter Anthony Marquart made $5 million, and Robert Tappauf made $6 million on the deal. Auditor Ferguson has stated unequivocally that she “did not conclusively state there was no conflict of interest, fraud or wrongdoing with respect to land transactions related to the GTH.” It is clear that Wall’s challenge to the federal carbon tax is simply a way to deflect attention away from the GTH fiasco.

The privatization of MRIs is contrary to the Canada Health Act. We have more doctors from India, Nigeria and Pakistan than any other province in the country. We spent $50 million on a “lean” program sold to us by an American who imports Japanese instructors to increase employee productivity, as they purportedly did in a Toyota automobile plant. Health care in Saskatchewan is a mess. Home care is non-existent.

Although Saskatchewan has the highest per capita carbon emissions in the country, Wall refuses to acknowledge that climate change is a reality and our greenhouse gas emissions are a problem. We have spent more than $1 billion on a coal carbon capture plant that is not fully operational, and countries that Wall says we can sell to already get 25 per cent of their energy from clean sources with plans to achieve 50 per cent in 15 years. Due to the plant’s failure to provide enough CO2 to Calgary’s Cenovus Energy we have paid them more than $20 million in penalties. The Sask. Party has received more than $3 million from Alberta oil companies, and Cenovus is their biggest donor.

The privatization of liquor outlets was conducted in a shameful partisan manner, with Sobeys getting the lion’s share. Sobeys is a Maritime company and that’s where their profits will go.

The cost of failed SaskPower smart meters was $47 million, and now we’re going to try them all over again.

Wall refuses to release Husky oil spill records in spite of the privacy commissioner urging him to do so.

We have a $1-billion deficit and have borrowed another $4.6 billion just to cover operating costs. The 2016-17 budget is titled “Keeping Saskatchewan Strong.” The only thing strong in Saskatchewan today is the corrupt stench of a government’s failure to govern.

Sandra G. Mitchell, Regina

Too Bold A Halloween Costume

The University of Regina has quite a few exchange students. They pay more than a bit to study here in Canada too. One picked a stereotype to make fun of at Halloween, and ended up with more role playing than he bargained on.

This is the sort of over-sensitive reaction that we should be concerned about in our society, not people dressed up as something scary/funny for Halloween.

Merry Christmas 2015

Queen City Ex 2014

Buffalo Days is on in Regina, and I went on the opening day in large part because Lonestar was the headline band in the evening.
Buffalo Days 2014

Buffalo Days 2014

Last Saturday, Jeri and I went to the Riders game where they creamed the Argos.

Argos vs. Riders

Argos vs. Riders

Canada Flag

A trip to Moose Jaw earlier on had us go to the Town N Country Mall. I hadn’t been there in years.

Pense

Happy Valentine’s Day

Roxie’s song is called “Hey Valentine”. I met her at Access 7 while I was there to appear on TV too, for Regina Car Share Co-op. Our interviews are on Access Talk of the Town today at 2pm and 5pm.

@roxielenton

http://www.facebook.com/roxielentonmusic

(iTunes)

http://cdbaby.com/cd/roxielenton (The song is also available on CD Baby)

Cheers,
Roxie Lenton

Valentine’s Day’s Dirty Chocolate Secret

While you’re stocking up on chocolate, as the stores fill with it for Easter and Valentine’s Day, consider only treating yourself and others if the candy is labeled Fair-Trade. Fair-Trade chocolates come where the supply chain has been verified to be ethically providing a living wage for the workers growing and harvesting the plants critical to the production of cocoa.

Only a decade ago, human rights orgs were warning that a large portion of our chocolate is the result of child slavery.
This is from 3 years ago:

Many people admire Abraham Lincoln for his effort to free slaves in the American south. Sadly, the opportunity to free people from slavery has not passed away with the 19th century. You can be a hero, and contribute to the freeing of modern-day slaves. Eat less slave-chocolate, and reward fair-trade chocolate producers even though the price you pay is higher.