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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Sask. Party spin didn’t match carbon capture reality

While the Sask. Party’s billion-dollar carbon capture experiment was sputtering through failures and flaws, operating at only about 40 per cent of targeted capacity, Brad Wall and his government were working hard to cover up the disappointing reality.

“Sask, we’re fully operational & making history,” Wall tweeted on Oct. 1, 2014, in contradiction to the actual 40 per cent capacity reached and the penalties already piling up.

“CCS performance data exceeding expectations,” read a headline on a SaskPower news release, which also boasted on Feb. 11, 2015 that the project “has the capacity to capture up to one million tonnes of CO2 in 2015 and is on target to meet that goal.”

On Aug. 26, 2015, Wall toured American politicians through the carbon capture plant. On that day, referring to coal power generation, he said: “We have cleaned it up. At this facility operating right now, we have energy being produced from coal that is three times cleaner than natural gas, which is significant. We are capturing 90 per cent of the CO2 and the CO2 has a 99 per cent purity so we can turn around and market that to energy companies.”

Broten said that misleading information is problematic.

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