Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Nuclear Insurance Fraud

Have you wondered why so many people oppose nuclear power generation when there are so many ads claiming there’s a “nuclear Renaissance” and that it’s “green” or “sustainable” and free of greenhouse gas emissions? There are smart people like George Monbiot, and even my dad who think there’s room for nuclear power on our grid. ...

The Elm Dance: Healing the World

Regina’s Making Peace Vigil and the Saskatchewan Singers of the Sacred Web invite you to join in the Elm Dance on Thursday, August 4 at noon on Scarth Street at 11th Avenue. From its Latvian roots this intimate folk song has grown into the Elm Dance and is danced by circles of activists around the world, ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: A Little Bit of This

Politics in North America are not going too well in my opinion. I don’t know many people happy with how it’s turning out either, which makes the election(s) this Fall all the worse because few are optimistic about the results then too. It’s no wonder so many bail out of taking any responsibility for the ...

Updated with hyperlinks

A previous version of this post is the most Googled thing I’ve ever written, so I’ll keep re-posting it with updates as the busy electoral season approaches. It’s a calendar of upcoming dates and deadlines for political junkies/candidates/hacks across Canada. Post a comment or drop me a line if you have anything to add. I’m ...

The Progressive Economics Forum: TILMA by Stealth in Saskatchewan

The Saskatchewan Party had repeatedly promised not to sign TILMA. But it signed the New West Partnership Trade Agreement (NWPTA) last year. At the time, many commentators (including yours truly) noted that the NWPTA was little more than a renaming of TILMA. I see that the official TILMA website is now automatically redirecting to the ...

Tar Sands Supported by Wall Government

You can read the piece that landed in my Inbox this a.m., below. To summarize, “The Government of Saskatchewan has demonstrated its commitment to oil sands exploration and development.” Some additional info: Map: http://www.oilsandsquest.com/our_projects/july15-2011-map.html Info: http://forum.stopthehogs.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=449 —– Original Message —– From: Oilsands Quest Inc. Sent: Friday, July 15, 2011 6:22 AM Subject: Oilsands Quest receives ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Wedding and Honeymoon

The weather was perfect on July 2nd, just like I told people it would be. It was less perfect today, but still awesome. The hail stones that were half the size of golf balls were problematic, at least one hitting my car in an apparently non-damaging way. Now April and I head off into our ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Thinking About Sustainable Cities

– Your lawn can’t legally look like this? People are understandably mystified by some of the things I do, they have different outlooks on life. When they see a TV in the garbage they think, “Someone upgraded to a Plasma,” while I think, “There’s a few more pounds of lead to leach into drinking water.” ...

The Progressive Economics Forum: The Benefits of Higher Royalties

The Canadian Union of Public Employees has launched a great new blog, Imagine What We Could Do, about the things Saskatchewan should accomplish by raising resource royalties. It draws upon this blog’s analysis of how the province could collect more resource revenue and outlines public expenditure priorities for those funds.

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

A variety of content for your weekend reading.- The Lethbridge Herald nicely points out who figures to have a problem with Stephen Harper’s decision to have the Canadian public pay tens of thousands of dollars to send him to Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals: (P)erhaps the flap over Harper’s appearance at the game ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Mosaic 2011 in Regina

I only attended some of Mosaic in 2011, which let me keep my spending on it to under $50 this year. I made it to the Korean and Brazilian pavilions which were new this year, and the French one returned too. I enjoyed the Brazilian a lot, although the sound system was too loud in ...

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 ...