NDP demands answers on school programs in limbo

The government must clarify which education programs are now suspended or may not return – and what that means for students and teachers.

Programs including the anti-bullying initiative and the task force for First Nations and Métis education, as well as countless other programs, are all on hold while the government figures out its priorities, according to a government official’s comments in the media.

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NDP submits minority report on Traffic Safety

Opposition MLAs Danielle Chartier and Doyle Vermette believe a life-saving measure was wrongly dismissed by the Traffic Safety Committee (TSC), and have submitted a report alongside the committee’s final recommendations.

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Broten shuffles NDP critic duties

Opposition Leader Cam Broten has shuffled the critic responsibilities of the NDP MLAs.

“I want to take every opportunity to build a strong, forward-looking Opposition” said Broten. “Matching MLAs’ critic duties with their strengths and the issues they’re passionate about will make us even stronger.”

Broten will keep the portfolios he took on when he was elected leader, including executive council, First Nations and Metis relations, intergovernmental affairs and immigration.

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Government’s First Quarter report doesn’t add up

The government’s First Quarter financial update is a manipulated, invalid report that doesn’t explain why debt is going up while the government is making cuts in a strong economy.

The government withholds all summary financial information in its report, showing only a sliver of the provincial books, called the General Revenue Fund (GRF). This is a practice the independent provincial auditor has called “wrong” and “misleading,” and the NDP has long called on the government to stop its tactic of using two sets of books.

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Government must fix bedbugs in seniors housing

Heritage Towers, a Saskatchewan Housing Authority seniors home in Swift Current, has a beg bug infestation and residents say the government is ignoring the problem.

Hilda Wiese, an 84-year-old resident of the towers, is one of the seniors who had to leave her home because of the infestation. She describes minimal effort in dealing with the problem – including treating only the rooms of seniors who complained – excluding other seniors’ rooms, common areas and hallways.

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