Huge support for anti-bullying and GSA bill during pride month

Before pride month ends, the NDP wants the Sask. Party to agree to pass the bill that addresses bullying and allows students of any publicly funded school to set up a GSA, a gender and sexuality alliance, also called a gay straight alliance.

The Respect for Diversity – Student Bill of Rights Act is private member’s bill introduced by the NDP. It addresses bullying and cyberbullying, gives students with a disability the right to be accommodated and requires all schools that receive public funding to help any student that asks to establish a GSA. The bill has found immense support during pride month in Saskatchewan.

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NDP wants to see hyperbaric chamber plan

The NDP is calling for information about where the hyperbaric chamber will be located more than two weeks after the Sask. Party flip-flopped and agreed to look for space in the Moose Jaw Hospital.

Brad Wall said on June 3 that he’d release details within two weeks of where they’ll put the hyperbaric chamber. That deadline has passed.

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Why is the Sask. Party blocking auditor from looking into young offenders' programs and spending?

Wednesday morning, the Sask. Party members of the Legislative Assembly’s Public Accounts Committee blocked a motion to allow the Provincial Auditor to look into rehabilitating young offenders.

In 2013, the auditor attempted to audit whether the government had good processes for rehabilitating young offenders. Justice Ministry officials cooperated, but Brad Wall’s cabinet stepped in and shut it down, denying the auditor access to young offender files.

“We simply can’t have Mr. Wall and his cabinet actively stepping in to stop transparency and accountability,” said NDP deputy leader Trent Wotherspoon, who tried to move a motion to reverse the denial in Wednesday morning’s all-party committee meeting. Instead, the Sask. Party members of the committee used their majority and moved to adjourn the subject to avoid the vote, and effectively deny the motion.

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NDP: What does Sask get for the millions gov’t gives consultants?

The Sask. Party government is giving more than $120 million per year to consultants – but how much went to flights and meals instead of actual work? The government says it has no idea.

An application filed under freedom of information laws asking that question turned up nothing. A letter from the government says: “the ministry would have to retrieve and examine all invoices related to the consultant account codes and search each invoice for travel expenses.”

Since they don’t track that number, the government asked for an $11,835 payment to research the information.

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NDP appalled at health survey results

Yet another report on seniors care crisis; Sask. Party still failing to act

A new survey of health professionals shows that since the release of reports like the Ombudsman’s investigation into the tragic death of Margaret Warholm, seniors care hasn’t improved at all.

80 per cent of Health Science Association of Saskatchewan (HSAS) members say the gaps in services and staffing they reported in February were still just as bad as of this week. Another 11 per cent say they’ve gotten worse, according to the professional association, which spoke out Tuesday. HSAS represents front-line professionals like assessors who determine the needs of seniors in care, dieticians and physical therapists.

The survey also shows that over 70 per cent of HSAS’s health care workers say long-term care in Saskatchewan is either poor or fair, with less than three per cent saying it’s great. And, shockingly, 42 per cent of HSAS health professionals say, yes, there have been reductions to health services as a result of understaffing in their region, while only 10 per cent answered no to that question.

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