Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: What To See in Saskatchewan

Here’s a great video of some of the great things to see while looking around Saskatchewan. I’ve lived here nearly all my life, and I still haven’t seen it all yet. I love the Dark Sky Preserve at Grasslands National Park, and if you like taking photos at night, you have to try it.

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: EV Charging in Regina

This blog post is a 7 month update to my earlier summary of the status of EV charging in Regina. Most EV owners charge at home, where they park for the night. Fillin' up, at home.#KickGas every day. pic.twitter.com/xoZSEoo4lf — Saskboy (@saskboy) October 23, 2017 Better EV drivers charge where their shared car is parked, ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Twitter Suspended Victim

Some days (most days) Twitter really sucks at limiting abuse, and supporting victims of the same. People wonder why it's so hard for women to come forward with their stories and then #RoseMcGowan gets suspended from @Twitter #ROSEARMY — Julia Elizabeth (@julaelizabeth) October 12, 2017 Women fight on. And to the men out there, stand ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: #CrudePower The Price of Oil tonight at #UofR

We haven't ignored the sour gas story in SE sask. We broke the story two years ago https://t.co/DQFhI1m7pY — Geoff Leo (@gleocbc) October 4, 2017 So this is the resulting attention from that story 2 years ago. Does the public not care, or is it being silenced? #CrudePower #PriceofOil pic.twitter.com/XEIxzp6Aqi — John Klein (@JohnKleinRegina) October ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: What A Week

A week ago my Dad passed away from complications due to his cancer treatments. I last saw him in person 3 weeks ago on Labour Day Sunday, and he seemed to be doing about as well as anyone who has been through months of chemotherapy. Earlier in the week my Godmother, Betty Klein, also passed ...

The Progressive Economics Forum: Book review: Social policy in Canada (second edition)

Oxford University Press has recently released the second edition of Social Policy in Canada, co-authored by the father-daughter duo of Ernie Lightman and Naomi Lightman. I recommend this book as an excellent resource for students of social policy. It will be useful for classroom instruction, while also being a handy reference for researchers, persons who ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Solar Eclipse from Regina, SK

The eclipse today was visible from Regina, but not the totality available to Americans in many states. My new Canon SX540 HS did a good job with a pair of solar eclipse filter glasses taped over the lens. The sunspot chain was very sharp and visible at 200X digital zoom, 80ISO. I made a projector ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Nazis Ruling News Cycle In USA

The “loons” on the right wing really stuck their foot in their mouths this week, so better balance things out so they don’t seem so violent and crazy by bringing up some possibly comparable event from years ago on the left wing. Main stream media continually proves it’s unwilling to be a reasonable adjudicator of ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Wind Will Be Cheaper Than Natural Gas

Will be? Naw, it has been for years. Still, SaskPower is building another 350MW of natural gas to go online in 2019, while building far less than 300MW of wind power by then. They’ve a target of 50% renewable generation by 2030, and still wind is far less than 5% of the grid total. Clearly ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: More Small Town Banks Closing in Saskatchewan

"Those people that sit with their pointed heads and their pointed pencils and tell us and take … the bank away from us — https://t.co/TYFDdJosUx — Saskboy (@saskboy) July 9, 2017 “they don’t think about what goes on in these small villages. All they can see is $ & cents & that’s it,” she said.” ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Will Mandryk Eat His Privatization Crow?

Has anyone watched Mandryk eat crow about this doozy of a column defending Wall’s last campaign yet? “NDP must get off privatization merry-go-round“ “On Tuesday, Wall emphatically said “no” to selling SaskPower, SaskEnergy, SaskTel, SGI and even STC. He reminded voters he signed the old NDP Crown Corporation Protection Act and noted his only proposed ...

The Progressive Economics Forum: Fiscal situation of Canada’s ‘oil rich’ provinces

I’ve just written a blog post about the fiscal situation of Canada’s ‘oil rich’ provinces (i.e., Alberta, Saskatchewan and Newfoundland and Labrador). It consists of a summary of key points raised at a PEF-sponsored panel at this year’s Annual Conference of the Canadian Economics Association. Points raised in the blog post include the following: -The ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: The Core Of the Problem Is Austerity

Then you proclaimed "Transportation Week" because “Saskatchewan’s transportation industry … is vital to the success of our economy." — John Klein (@JohnKleinRegina) June 7, 2017 "you have to ask the question; is [a bus] the core function of government?" -YouIs it transportation perhaps?Yes!#TransportationWeak — John Klein (@JohnKleinRegina) June 7, 2017 In the Saskatchewan Legislature Thursday, Premier ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Weak Transportation Week

Sent to a Saskatchewan Government employee who announced Saskatchewan Transportation Week immediately after STC bus and parcel services were closed to be sold off much later: Dear Brandy Leippi: Reading your press release citing the proclamation of this week as Saskatchewan Transportation Week, I was struck by how contradictory the Government’s messaging is in juxtaposition ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: STC Bus Shut Down By Callous SaskParty

Today is a terrible day in Saskatchewan history. The Brad Wall government has ended public transportation to most Saskatchewan communities. There is tomorrow no bus service between Saskatoon and Regina, a sort of event you’d expect after a major natural disaster, not an incompetent government decision poised to directly harm thousands of people, and inconvenience ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Greyhound and RCMP Bring #StarlightTours To Manitoba

Do you remember the Starlight Tours? Now you don’t have to be drunk to experience this police mistreatment, only be a First Nations person who is unwell. A shameful story of racism out of Manitoba today. This is one of the companies the SaskParty is looking toward to offer replacement bus service due to the ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Ritz: More Dense Than A Gas

Saskatchewan has a lot of ignoble MPs, but Ritz took the cake this past week. He’s helping to spread nonsense that is solidly a line from anti-science climate change deniers. @GerryRitzMP @davidakin Carbon is the building block of all known life. Carbon is contained is more poisons than can be listed here. Did you mean ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Let’s At Least Do What The Premier Wants/Wanted

.@cathmckenna announces system to bring @PremierBradWall into line carbon pricing, pic.twitter.com/ybzoqjULjP — David Akin (@davidakin) May 18, 2017 “Saskatchewan will choose what we call a tech fund approach, where we have levies for those who emit, but the levies stay in our province, and again companies can apply to that fund that’s created, to that ...

The Progressive Economics Forum: A Response to the 2017 Saskatchewan Budget

I have an opinion piece on Saskatchewan’s recent budget in the Regina Leader-Post. Points raised in the opinion piece include the following: -Reductions in personal and corporate income taxes help the rich more than the poor (and this budget cut both personal and corporate income taxes). -Increases in sales tax hurt the poor more than ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Do As We Say, Not As We Litigate

The SaskParty’s Premier Brad Wall is a spectacular, passionate hypocrite. Listen to the emotion in his voice in the video clip at SARM below. @TheStarPhoenix "“Is it reasonable for the provincial government and a municipal government to spend money to fight each other in the courts?” Harpauer said — John Klein (@JohnKleinRegina) April 20, 2017 ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: SaskParty Runs a Corrupt Province

Hey @SaskParty, you want to at least do your corruption on the down-low from here on out? Brown paper bags.https://t.co/F0GrC01qk8 #skpoli — John Klein (@JohnKleinRegina) April 20, 2017 Is it any wonder the Premier attends oil industry luncheons, and speaks to them as if they are his constituents for whom he is seeking the best ...

centre of the universe: Fuck Libraries

The Saskatchewan government, in its 2017/18 budget, has slashed library budgets around the province. Its done all kinds of other things too like force civil servants to take a 3.5% cut in pay, shut down the only highway bus transportation service in the province, increase the provincial sales tax, and basically pissed off pretty much…

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Letter to MLA regarding STC Closure/Privatization

Dear Mrs. Beaudry-Mellor: I’m dismayed by your government’s cut of all rural SK bus service. This is a horrible decision that isolates people in small towns and cities, and harms people who cannot drive including people who are blind, or unable or unwilling to operate a private motor vehicle. It will increase the cost of healthcare ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: STC Bus Service Couldn’t Survive the SaskParty

This news makes me so mad and disappointed. The future of Saskatchewan got a little more bleak today. “What are the core services that people expect from government – and it is not necessarily a bus company,” Finance Minister Kevin Doherty said Wednesday. “As for the short window of time before service ends, the province ...

The Progressive Economics Forum: The Alternative Federal Budget 2017

This year’s Alternative Federal Budget (AFB) was released on March 9. I was proud to be the primary author of its housing chapter (that chapter is available in English here and in French here). The first AFB exercise began in 1994, with the first AFB being published in 1995. That involved a joint effort between ...