The Queen City Tenants Association is encouraging people to come to the Legislature for Wednesday's Question Period, May 18, since the NDP will be putting a special focus on rent control and affordability issues just before the last sitting day. The more people we have in the gallery, the better the atmosphere for the questions, and the better the chances for media interest.
If you or anyone you know can be here, please pass the word along as far and wide as possible. Event on Facebook.
The public opinion polls all indicated that Canadians were going to return Stephen Harper’s Conservatives to government. The only question was whether or not it would be a government with a majority of the seats in the House of Commons. It all depended on how the vote was split between the opposition parties. It also appeared likely that the support for Harper would again be less than 40% of those who actually went to the polls.
For the Harperites, it could not have been a better time to have the election. The economic performance of the Conservative government during the recession was mediocre, but Canadians always use the United States as their standard. Compared to the administrations of George W. Bush and Barrack Obama, the Harper government looked quite good.
No Political Party Interested Enougth in Eliminating Poverty to Declare on Website
Contributed by Jim Elliott
Saturday, 07 May 2011
As of May 6, no Saskatchewan candidates, regardless of political stripe, had bothered to answer a series of simple yes or no questions on poverty put forward by Canadian religious leaders. On April 9th, Archbishop Martin Currie read the following from the pulpit of the Basilica of St. John's during mass:
"Canada is facing a grave moral crisis in the huge and growing gap that exists between the rich and the poor in this country. Despite continued economic growth, development of new resources, building of new infrastructure and the creation of jobs and opportunities, there seems to be a very few who are benefiting from all this prosperity. Over the past forty years we have seen the so-called ‘middle class’ working people taking two and three of these jobs and still struggle to maintain their homes. The numbers of people coming to our food banks are growing. Seniors come to shopping centres, not to buy, but to keep warm for they cannot afford to properly heat their homes. Our faith informs us that we have a moral imperative to find a fairer sharing of the tremendous resources of this country. As people of faith, it is not enough for us to recognize this problem and mourn such tragedy; we must act to rectify it!"
In 1870, poet and activist Julia Ward Howe penned a Mother’s Day proclamation calling on women to “promote the alliance of the different nationalities; The amicable settlement of international questions; The great and general interests of peace.”
She didn’t ask for chocolates and flowers. She asked women to join
together and take action for peace and justice – in their lives, in
their communities and around the globe.
So go out and do something active on Mother’s Day!
To be inspired by Julia’s proclamation, click ‘read more’ below.
Yorkton Co-operative employees employed in all of that retail’s locations in the city of Yorkton have overwhelmingly rejected what the Co-op has called its best offer. The 100 plus employees at this retail have been bargaining for a new agreement since the last one expired over one year ago. The major issues are all monetary in nature, the big one being wages.
Statement by Cathy Dickson, President Health Sciences Association of Saskatchewan
Prince Albert May 6, 2011
This afternoon, as required by law, the Health Sciences Association of Saskatchewan is
providing health care employers and the Wall government with 48 Hours strike notice.
This means that job action involving our specialized health care professionals could begin as
early as Sunday across the province.
Exactly where and how job action will begin, and which of our more than three-thousand
professionals will be involved, will be made public at the appropriate time.
We want the people of Saskatchewan to know that we have done everything possible to avoid a
strike, but the Wall government and health care employers have given us no other option.
Candidates for the Palliser riding will take part in a public forum Monday evening. The forum, hosted by the Cathedral Area Community Association, will feature Conservative Ray Boughen, Liberal Russ Collicott, NDP Noah Evanchuk and Green Larissa Shasko. Marking a rare opportunity to publicly pose unscripted questions to a sitting Conservative MP, the forum gets underway at 7 p.m. at Regina's Cathedral Neighbourhood Centre, 2900 13th Ave. More information: cathedralvillage.org
Ruling places essential services legislation on watch
Written by Trish Elliott
Friday, 15 April 2011
A B.C. Supreme Court ruling sets a precedent for Saskatchewan’s essential services legislation to be declared unconstitutional, according to labour leaders in Regina and Ottawa. Premier Brad Wall must “pay attention” to the ruling, stated Larry Hubich, president of the Saskatchewan Federation of Labour.
“Yesterday (April 13), the courts once again ruled that the actions of the Campbell government violate Canada's constitution,” said Hubich. “I suggest to you, that Mr. Wall has been following disgraced past B.C. Premier Gordon Campbell's playbook chapter and verse.”
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