Full-time work lost, unemployment up after Sask. Party inaction

During the resource boom, the Sask. Party sat back and rode the wave – and as a result, Saskatchewan people are facing higher unemployment and fewer full-time jobs while the cost of living is rising.

Statistics Canada reported Friday that Saskatchewan had lost 2,700 full-time jobs, replacing them with 3,300 part-time jobs, compared to a year earlier.

The unemployment rate in the province rose to 4.9 per cent, two per cent higher than a year ago. Adjusted for seasonality, that unemployment rate is now 5.6 per cent.

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Hospitalized seniors asked to move away to help overcrowding

Health care workers in Saskatoon have been given a script to help them convince hospitalized seniors waiting for a long-term care home space to move to a different hospital in a different city.

 The convincing is being done to alleviate overcrowding in Saskatoon’s hospitals. Health care workers who are members of the Health Sciences Association of Saskatchewan revealed the script, fearing for the well-being of their patients.

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Cookie-cutter P3 schools to need 68 portable classrooms

When nine P3 schools open in 2017, they’ll already be so overcrowded that many students will be moved into 38 portables, and another 30 portables will be added over the following four years.

The Sask. Party’s portables plan was obtained by the NDP through a claim under access to information laws.

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Actual carbon capture performance doesn't match Wall’s story

The Sask. Party government’s carbon capture project performed worse throughout 2015 than the year before, and an internal operations chart contradicts Brad Wall's statements – showing the Sask. Party still isn't coming clean.

According to SaskPower’s operations chart for the $1.5 billion Boundary Dam carbon capture plant, its peak performance – when it captured just 78 per cent of total daily carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions – was achieved last November. Throughout 2015 it has struggled to capture 55 per cent of daily emissions. Numbers languishing around 40 per cent, and days and weeks at a time during which it captured no CO2 at all, were common, dragging down the already dismal overall capture rate.

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NDP calls for Crowns committee to meet on carbon capture; Sask. Party refuses, insists on secrecy

The Sask. Party opposed a motion Thursday to allow a committee of the legislature to examine its carbon capture project – insisting the details stay secret even as millions of dollars in penalties and losses pile up.

The NDP’s Cathy Sproule pushed for an emergency motion Thursday for the legislature’s Crown and Central Agencies committee to meet urgently. Prompting the motion was a week of disturbing revelations. The Sask. Party’s carbon capture experiment is performing at only about 40 per cent capacity; a $12-million penalty has already been paid to an Alberta oil company as a result of a failure to deliver enough CO2; and Brad Wall and his inner circle knew of major problems and design failures, but hid them while falsely claiming the experiment was a complete success.

“The Sask. Party hasn’t been honest with people on this project, and they got caught,” said Sproule. “It’s time to come clean, put all the facts on the table, and start working urgently on a go-forward plan to salvage as much as we can.

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