Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Angus Green

Angus Reid called this evening for a survey about Saskatchewan politics. They neglected to mention Larissa Shasko, leader of the Green Party of Saskatchewan at any point, even though they were asking about Ryan Bater, Dwain Lingenfelter, and Brad Wall and the public’s feeling of government direction. I objected to their uneven polling. So long ...

The Progressive Economics Forum: Scheer Success

Andrew Scheer has been elected House of Commons Speaker. I met him in 2004, when we were federal candidates in adjacent Regina ridings. I was the no-shot NDP candidate against then-Finance Minister Ralph Goodale and he was the long-shot Conservative candidate against veteran NDP MP Lorne Nystrom. At the end of that summer, we were ...

Politics, Re-Spun: Once upon a time on the bald prairie

In 1935 a group of farmers in Regina, Saskatchewan pooled their savings, re-mortgaged their farms and build the Consumer Co-operative Refinery Limited (CCRL). CCRL is the oldest and largest co-operative in the energy sector in Canada, controlled by Canadian members, and is one of the oldest energy co-operatives in the world. Who knew? This story ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Gas Prices Are Too Low

Everyone loves to talk about gas prices, but few can agree what to do about them. Pointless boycotts of local stations have no real impact on the price of gasoline because they are very temporary and not widespread despite organizing attempts on the Internet. It’d be almost like trying to control how much water is ...

Enormous Thriving Plants: Small silver-lining for Election 41.

Sure, Saskatoon-Humbolt was willing to re-elect a radical fundie whose social views are even too extreme for PM Harper to endorse, but at least it said “No Thank you, Pankiw”!

Enormous Thriving Plants: Small silver-lining for Election 41.

Sure, Saskatoon-Humbolt was willing to re-elect a radical fundie whose social views are even too extreme for PM Harper to endorse, but at least it said “No Thank you, Pankiw”!

Enormous Thriving Plants: Small silver-lining for Election 41.

Sure, Saskatoon-Humbolt was willing to re-elect a radical fundie whose social views are even too extreme for PM Harper to endorse, but at least it said “No Thank you, Pankiw”!

Bill Longstaff: Allan Blakeney … death of a statesman

As politicians of all sorts battle another election down to the wire, I’d like to pay my respects to one of the best. Allan Blakeney died April 16th leaving behind an impressive legacy. Blakeney was an achiever from the beginning. He followed a gold medal graduation from Dalhousie’s law school with a Rhodes Scholarship to ...

Rob Maguire: Jazz Festival campaign wins marketing award

Last night in Saskatoon, Tourism Saskatchewan held their annual Awards of Excellence Gala, where the Saskatchewan Jazz Festival was in the running for the Online Marketing Campaign of the Year Award. After consuming the plates of chocolates and ground cherries adorning our table (how I do love ground cherries!), we were pleased to learn that ...

Carbon49 - a blog on sustainability for Canadian businesses: Sustainability Becoming Required Course In MBA

Leading business schools in Canada and around the world are adding sustainability to their required MBA curricula. Oxford in the U.K., INSEAD in France, and York University in Canada are some of the business schools with required courses in sustainability. This can be seen as an indicator that sustainability has become a core business competency ...

Japan and Saskatchewan

Well, Saskatchewan, if there is nuclear fallout from that earthquake in Japan it looks like we can accept some responsibility for it. My preliminary research indicates that some Saskatchewan uranium goes to Japan via partnerships among AREVA, Cameco, and Japan’s Overseas Uranium Resources Development as well as Japan-Canada Uranium (JCU Canada). Here’s hoping nothing melts ...

Saskatchewan exports death

Jim Harding documented the uranium trail to the deathfields of Iraq in his book, Canada’s Deadly Secret .  The Dominion now reports on increased birth defects and cancers in the children of Iraq: “Cancer, Infant Mortality and Birth Sex-Ratio in Fallujah, Iraq 2005-2009,” a report in the July 2010 issue of the International Journal of ...

Right of Center Ice: Adding the Commissioner’s Award to my resume

Yesterday during the Gibson’s Canadian Footaball League Players Awards, CFL commissioner Mark Cohon presented the Commissioner’s Award to the Rider Nation. “Each year, I have the privilege of handing out the Commissioner’s Award to a person or group that has made an outstanding contribution to the development of Canadian football,” he said. “This year, the ...

The Wheatsheaf: Pine Riders

The cat is out of the bag – Saskatchewan MP’s are true pine riders. In the wake of the mighty potash decision, it has gone to light that thirteen of Saskatchewan’s fourteen Members of the House of Common are sheep. This is amazing considering that Saskatchewan is a grain growing province not known for its ...

Making up for lost time

Lots of stuff going on since I last posted here.  Besides the Rider’s being in the Western Semi-final today, I mean. Dr. Jim Harding, ardent no-nukes activist and author, has started a website to provide an archive of material related to the nuclear industry, renewable energy and other issues related to sustainable development. The great ...

A stream of nuke news

Grab a coffee or tea.  Find a snack.  Lots of linky news today so this could take a while! First up:  A Calgary nuke company, Kirrin Resources, is not going to expand its exploration for uranium in Quebec.  That’s good news for Quebec’s citizens.  Not so good for Saskatchewan though.  A few days ago, the ...