Mid-year funding for schools desperately needed: NDP

English as an Additional Language program funding cut this year

The NDP says it wants a mid-year funding adjustment for schools immediately, including resources for English as an Additional Language (EAL) programs.

That call comes as the director of education for the Regina Public School Board pointed to upwards of 900 new EAL students entering classrooms, including 165 refugee students from Syria; but still only 38 EAL teachers for the whole division.

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Implementation of Lean in Health Care a Mess: New Report

The Sask. Party's Lean project is “stifling,” “disempowering,” and not making real improvements to health care, according to a new report prepared by researchers at the University of Saskatchewan.

The report, released Tuesday, shows that researchers heard frustration from frontline health care workers about the piles of resources poured into Lean, to simply achieve “grade five...common sense stuff.” When patients were interviewed for this study, the only changes they could identify over the last two years were negative, noting that the quality of care has declined.

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Federal money should help people, not oil companies: NDP

With health care wait times sky rocketing, classrooms overcrowded and crumbling, and the province running a massive deficit, Saskatchewan families are outraged at Brad Wall’s request that federal help go straight to oil companies.

Wall announced Monday that he has asked for more than $150 million from the federal government to pay oil companies to clean up wells they’re not using. Oil companies are actually required by law to clean up their own wells – and most do so, as part of their business plan and operating expenses. But Wall says many of these companies should get a bailout from the federal government to clean up their wells right now.

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Convene Public Accounts Committee and recall legislature: NDP

The NDP has called a Public Accounts Committee meeting for Wednesday to deal with the premier's controversial land purchase, and is repeating its demand that the premier call the legislature back to deal with the financial mess the Sask. Party is trying to hide.

The NDP has called the committee meeting to give the independent Provincial Auditor a full mandate to investigate the Sask. Party’s troubling land purchase for the Global Transportation Hub (GTH). Rather than Brad Wall’s weak request to simply check the purchase process, NDP deputy leader Trent Wotherspoon said the auditor needs a robust mandate to look into whether Brad Wall and cabinet misused public funds, made appropriate decisions, and acted in the best interests of taxpayers. Importantly, a request to provide a progress report before the April 4 election must be part of the Auditor’s mandate, so voters have as much information as possible before heading to the polls.

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Broten blasts Wall's plan to hide GTH investigation until post election

Calls for committee meeting to go ahead – call for interim report before election  

Brad Wall’s attempt to keep secret an investigation by the provincial auditor into his government's troubling land deal until after the April 4 election is absolutely wrong, according to NDP Leader Cam Broten.

To pre-empt a more detailed order from the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), Wall signed an order allowing the auditor to investigate the land deal, but he refused to provide a timeline or require a full or interim report prior to the election. Broten says the PAC meeting should still be called – and the NDP will table a motion to ensure Saskatchewan people see as much of the auditor’s investigation as possible before the election.

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