Government seniors-care review does not address biggest problem

Despite its own review confirming crisis-level understaffing leaving seniors in care homes in desperate conditions, the government is not addressing chronically low staffing levels and their devastating results.

The government report, released today, shows seniors in care homes may go more than a week without a bath and are not given medications on schedule. Continent residents are left to soil themselves when no staff person is available to help them get to the toilet. The report describes short-staffing affecting morning and evening routines, with some seniors required to get out of bed at 5:30 a.m. and back into bed for the night at 5:30 p.m.

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NDP welcomes Wolf Cop, says it proves film tax credit works

The NDP is again calling on the government to reactivate the film tax credit for all production in the province, following the recent news of the special arrangement allowing Wolf Cop to be filmed here with the help of the tax credit.

“We’re thrilled that Wolf Cop will be made in Saskatchewan, and want to see our film industry thrive once again,” said Cathy Sproule, NDP Culture critic. “Wolf Cop is proof that the film tax credit is critical when it comes to film production in Saskatchewan.”

Sproule said this one-off arrangement should be seen as an admission by the government that the tax credit works.

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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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