NDP introduces anti-bullying act

The official Opposition introduced a bill Thursday that will ensure students who request a Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA, also known as a Gay-Straight Alliance) at school cannot be denied.

The Respect for Diversity - Student Bill of Rights Act also gives students the right to have any cyber-bullying or other bullying concerns properly addressed by their school administration; and that students have the right to have any disability appropriately accommodated.

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Gaps revealed by Bonneau inquest warrant major change

New Democrat Social Services critic David Forbes said he wants to see immediate action from the government in response to the deficiencies within Social Services revealed by the coroner’s inquest into the homicide of six-year-old Lee Bonneau.

Forbes said he wants to see a plan to implement the recommendations, and a schedule to report publicly on progress.

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NDP introduces bill for better schools

The official Opposition introduced The Student Bill of Rights Act Thursday, a bill to guarantee students better learning conditions by addressing things like class sizes, bullying and access to one-on-one help.

“It’s unbelievable and frustrating that after a decade-long boom, we don’t have one of the best school systems in the country,” said David Forbes, associate Education critic for the Opposition.

“Many schools are run down and literally crumbling. There’s no real action being taken to stop bullying in schools. And, this government cut hundreds of educational assistants and their numbers have never caught up with the growing student population. We’ve got kids in classes of 30 or more students with no one to turn to for one-on-one help when they need it. All students deserve better, whether they have exceptional learning challenges, or need to be challenged to excel.

“Saskatchewan has had record revenues, and this government has been spending every penny of it and then some, but leaving students without the resources and supports they need. That has to stop. It’s time to prioritize students and education.”

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Of course SLGA should sell cold beer

New Democrats were pleased to hear renewed calls Friday for Saskatchewan’s liquor stores to sell refrigerated beer.

Cam Broten’s official Opposition has been calling for SLGA to be modernized. To continue to be profitable and to serve customers better, the NDP proposes better hours, greater product selection overall, more flexible pricing and a better selection of cold beer sales for SLGA stores. The NDP also proposes SLGA Express kiosks in grocery stores, and making changes to better support the work of Saskatchewan’s craft beer, wine and spirits makers.

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NDP MLA opens community office in the far north

The MLA for Athabasca, Buckley Belanger, has opened a community office in the far north community of Black Lake, about 900 kilometres north of Prince Albert.

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