Sask. Party avoiding transparency on deficit

The Sask. Party government is running a deficit of nearly $1 billion, but the Finance Minister refuses to tell Saskatchewan people how the government intends to get out of that budgetary hole.

The Sask. Party's deficit includes the nearly $300-million operating deficit it announced in August, plus the $700 million of borrowing it announced in the spring.

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Full-time work lost, unemployment up after Sask. Party inaction

During the resource boom, the Sask. Party sat back and rode the wave – and as a result, Saskatchewan people are facing higher unemployment and fewer full-time jobs while the cost of living is rising.

Statistics Canada reported Friday that Saskatchewan had lost 2,700 full-time jobs, replacing them with 3,300 part-time jobs, compared to a year earlier.

The unemployment rate in the province rose to 4.9 per cent, two per cent higher than a year ago. Adjusted for seasonality, that unemployment rate is now 5.6 per cent.

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Hospitalized seniors asked to move away to help overcrowding

Health care workers in Saskatoon have been given a script to help them convince hospitalized seniors waiting for a long-term care home space to move to a different hospital in a different city.

 The convincing is being done to alleviate overcrowding in Saskatoon’s hospitals. Health care workers who are members of the Health Sciences Association of Saskatchewan revealed the script, fearing for the well-being of their patients.

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Cookie-cutter P3 schools to need 68 portable classrooms

When nine P3 schools open in 2017, they’ll already be so overcrowded that many students will be moved into 38 portables, and another 30 portables will be added over the following four years.

The Sask. Party’s portables plan was obtained by the NDP through a claim under access to information laws.

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Actual carbon capture performance doesn't match Wall’s story

The Sask. Party government’s carbon capture project performed worse throughout 2015 than the year before, and an internal operations chart contradicts Brad Wall's statements – showing the Sask. Party still isn't coming clean.

According to SaskPower’s operations chart for the $1.5 billion Boundary Dam carbon capture plant, its peak performance – when it captured just 78 per cent of total daily carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions – was achieved last November. Throughout 2015 it has struggled to capture 55 per cent of daily emissions. Numbers languishing around 40 per cent, and days and weeks at a time during which it captured no CO2 at all, were common, dragging down the already dismal overall capture rate.

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