Saskatchewan’s budget is Robin Hood in reverse

Increasing provincial sales tax - including on children's clothes - will hurt lower-income households more than higher-income ones

Saskatchewan’s budget is Robin Hood in reverseIn its recent budget, the Saskatchewan government had some difficult choices to make. It could have asked the rich to pay a little more. Instead, it told the poor to pay a lot more. Although this budget may help reduce the provincial deficit, it will be bad for the impoverished and for the long-term health of…

Saskatchewan selling health care as a status symbol

A wealthy person can now boast at cocktail parties about getting that knee replacement fast, thanks to having quick access to an MRI

Saskatchewan selling health care as a status symbolRED DEER, Alta. Jan. 23, 2017 /Troy Media/ – When Saskatchewan signed its solo deal with the feds on health-care funding recently, the province also won a year's grace to test middle-ground for-profit MRI clinics. Perhaps they didn't learn from Alberta's attempt to allow more private investment in for-profit health care (hint: it hasn't worked very well). Not…

Dollars and democracy: why political donations need to be restricted

Saskatchewan poster boy for lax standards: no restrictions on donation totals and out-of-province corporate donations welcome

Dollars and democracy: why political donations need to be restrictedBy Charles Smith University of Saskatchewan and Ryan Meili Family physician SASKATOON, Sask. Nov. 14, 2016/ Troy Media/ – The role of money in Canadian politics is facing increased scrutiny and positive changes are being made – except in Saskatchewan. It's a problem that needs to addressed, for the health of democracy. B.C. Premier Christy Clark has been…

Reality of education spending in Saskatchewan

Archaic regulations, union monopoly, lack of responsiveness to parents holding back the Saskatchewan public school system

Reality of education spending in SaskatchewanBy Deani Van Pelt and Jason Clemens The Fraser Institute VANCOUVER, B.C. Sept. 7, 2016/ Troy Media/ - It’s that time of year again when parents across Saskatchewan are sending their kids off to school after the summer break. And when parents meet in the schoolyards and drop-zones for the first time in months, conversations…

Saskatchewan dramatically reduces wait times for surgery

The province succeeded in alleviating the suffering of patients who were waiting far too long for surgery

Saskatchewan dramatically reduces wait times for surgeryThe 2014 Commonwealth Fund Survey, which ranked Canada last in timeliness of care, was one of many studies highlighting Canada’s dismal record on health-care wait times. As wait times increased in the 1990s and evidence mounted about their adverse effects on patients, provincial governments were slow to respond, in part because the health-care system was…

Shipping in refugees, shipping out the homeless in Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan "refugees" and First Nation members Charles Neil-Curly and Jeremy Roy were given one-way bus tickets to Vancouver

Shipping in refugees, shipping out the homeless in Saskatchewan//  refugees  refugees [popup url="http://marketplace.troymedia.com/2016/03/shipping-out-saskatchewan-refugees/" height="1000" width="1000" scrollbars="1"]Download[/popup] this column on Saskatchewan's refugees [popup url="http://marketplace.troymedia.com/terms-and-conditions-of-use/" height="800" width="600" scrollbars="1"]Terms and conditions of use[/popup] RED DEER OUT RED DEER, Alta. March 14, 2016/ Troy Media/ - In the old days in Alberta, when oil prices fell and government revenue dropped, part of the solution was to cut the welfare…

Saskatchewan’s MRI policy puts patients ahead of ideology

Private scans are now also available to others beside professional athletes, politicians and those who can afford to leave the country

Saskatchewan’s MRI policy puts patients ahead of ideologyDownload this column on Saskatchewan's MRI policy Terms and Conditions of use VANCOUVER, B.C. Nov 23, 2015/ Troy Media/ - The Government of Saskatchewan recently passed legislation that will allow patients to pay for Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scans using their own money. This move has, of course, caused many of those who are ideologically opposed…

Saskatchewan budget doesn’t work for all generations

When the government can find new money for asphalt and bricks but not young people it’s time for a change

Saskatchewan budget doesn’t work for all generationsBuild roads and protect medical care for grandma. But don’t build child care for her kids and grandchildren. These are the kind of trade-offs that the Saskatchewan government made (again!) in its 2015-16 budget. Coming into this fiscal year, the Saskatchewan government already contributed to a combination of federal, provincial and municipal spending that totals…