Families paying more through property taxes isn’t the answer

NDP opposes government’s plan to break its promise and short-change municipalities

The NDP is highly concerned about the premier’s suggestion that he'll break his promise to municipalities, short-changing them on the municipal revenue-sharing deal and driving up property taxes and costs on families.

Brad Wall made the comments to the media Thursday.

“The fact is, the government hasn't been properly funding municipal infrastructure needs as it is,” said NDP Deputy Leader Trent Wotherspoon. “For Mr. Wall to break his promise on revenue sharing on top of the short-changing that’s already been going on would squeeze growing municipalities further.

“It would mean higher property taxes and other costs for families all over the province, and that’s unacceptable.”

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John Black Lean method even applies to making coffee at the office

Program is riddled with misplaced priorities, lack of common sense and failure to respect frontline workers

The government’s adherence to the John Black Lean program goes so far as to include a John Black-approved guide for health-sector workers on how to make a pot of coffee.

The NDP has obtained images of a step-by-step process for making coffee, posted in the Health Quality Council office and branded with both the official logo of the American Lean consultant, John Black and Associates (JBA), as well as Saskatchewan’s “Putting Patients First” provincial health care logo.

The official, standardized approach to coffee-making for the well-educated health experts, Lean specialists, researchers and analysts at the Health Quality Council lists the JBA-approved process for making coffee, breaking it down into eight steps, starting with: “1. Place a carafe below the filter basket (please ensure the carafe is empty before using it.) 2. Remove the filter basket from the machine. 3. Place a filter in the basket…”

“Copyright 2013 John Black and Associates, LLC,” says the document, which also notes the Sept. 6, 2012 document was revised on March 24, 2014.

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Government’s refusal to save for the long-term isn’t wise: NDP

The premier flip-flopped on starting a long-term savings account for Saskatchewan Wednesday, and that’s another blow to Saskatchewan’s economic sustainability, according to the NDP.

Just one year ago, Brad Wall told media "I just don't see how we would want to delay any longer," when it comes to starting a heritage fund. The fund would mean some resource revenues could be set aside to earn interest and build stable wealth for the province. On Wednesday, however, Wall flip-flopped and dismissed the idea of saving anything from resource revenues now.

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NDP condemns plan to change seniors’ homes to government offices

The government designed the Moose Jaw hospital to be too small using the controversial John Black Lean program, and has a bloated health administration to house. As a result, rooms in the seniors residence in Moose Jaw are being left vacant, despite need, so they can be converted to office space when the new hospital opens.

A letter to seniors living at Pioneers Lodge in Moose Jaw from the Five Hills Health Region reads: “We have not been filling the suites because we are thinking about locating some health region staff in that space when we move to the new hospital in June or July next year.” The letter was signed by Bert Linklater, Five Hills Health Region senior vice president of operations, and obtained by the media.

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NDP says syrup is not a vegetable

A menu released by the Pioneer Village seniors care home shows that it’s counting syrup as a vegetable.

The menu for all meals served Christmas week was released by Pioneer Village Monday.

“It’s disappointing and disturbing that the government has been defending the food it’s serving seniors in care,” said NDP Leader Cam Broten. “Syrup is not a vegetable.

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