Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Star Wars and Snow

I brushed the snow off my solar panels a couple times on the weekend, and it helped with their production a fair bit. The full sun came out, and melted the remaining flakes off too. We watched Star Wars episode IV [8/10] and Empire Strikes Back [9/10] (Have them both on VHS), and several Star ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Is #COP21 #ParisAgreement a Great Advance, or a Huge Flop?

We’ll know, I think, by 2025 when it’s too late to do anything about the past 10 years. I’m cautiously optimistic that it’s an agreement that will provide a better push than Kyoto or Copenhagen ever had a chance to do. It’s probably aiming somewhere beneath a complete success (which we obviously need to preserve ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Two Different Takes On Gas Prices

You can either lose your mind and your perspective: It’s not your imagination — gasoline prices in Canada should be a lot lower than they are right now. That’s according to Benjamin Reitzes, an economist at Bank of Montreal, who said the price Canadians pay at the pump should be a lot lower than it ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Short History of Wood Mountain Post

Stumbled across this video put together by Sask Parks. Some additional videos of Wood Mountain:  

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: In 2014, I Died. Now I’m Back To Improve The Healthcare System

Sent Nov 23rd. Dear Minister Duncan: In 2014, I died; my heart suddenly stopped, and stayed stopped through prompt CPR provided by police, until EMS arrived by bicycle and mostly revived me with an AED. After recovering from my mild case of sudden cardiac death, I was advised by my doctors to obtain a genetic ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: When a Gazillion Means Less Than One

@awudrick Instead of naming a gazillion, I'd enjoy one example from Canada or western USA. — Saskboy K. (@saskboy) December 1, 2015 @awudrick because it's a huge geographic area, and if it cannot work in Canada, or geographically similar western USA, why Sask? — Saskboy K. (@saskboy) December 1, 2015 I’ll update this blog post ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Can Postmedia Be Trusted?

@gussynichols @leaderpost I don't trust Postmedia because of Op-eds like that, and like this: https://t.co/laJsQZahEb #nuclear? No mention. — Saskboy K. (@saskboy) November 29, 2015 Ironic @leaderpost & @StarPhoenix choose Day 1 of #COP21 to launch poorly researched anti-#wind OpEd. Our response https://t.co/qYvmmiCcbb — SaskWind (@SaskWind) November 30, 2015 Newspapers have a duty to publish ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: SaskPower’s Plan Isn’t Ambitious

SaskPower’s new target, announced by the Premier last week, is out. .@PremierBradWall @SKGov This doesn't seem overly ambitious, given #ABclimate's goals. Can't Sask do more than Alberta? #skpoli #PowerToGrow — John Klein (@JohnKleinRegina) November 23, 2015 We’re procuring 100 MW of wind generation in 2016 and will develop up to 1600 MW between 2019-2030. #powertogrow pic.twitter.com/CwMjPsvEeF ...

Alberta Politics: Brad Wall’s call to block refugees from Syria is just more of the same old conservative wedge politics

PHOTOS: Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall (CBC Photo). Below: Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, Texas Gov. Gregg Abbott and B.C. Premier Christy Clark. Bottom: Russian President Vladimir Putin, who is either demonized or ignored by Western mainstream media. In light of the inevitably angry and emotional response to the Paris terror attacks on Friday the 13th, for ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Creating a Mob May Be Easy

…But controlling a mob isn’t something you can really predict. What’s the Saskatchewan Premier doing releasing an open letter to the Prime Minister calling for a “pause” and “delay” to refugee settlement? He’s equating terrorism in France with Syrian refugees on their way to live in Saskatchewan. That’s a terrible, and Islamophobic position to take. ...

Alberta Politics: Bill 6, Alberta’s new farm safety legislation, will be a test both for the NDP Government and the Wildrose Opposition

PHOTOS: Down on the Alberta farm, successive Conservative governments have made sure farm animals had more rights than farm workers. Below: Alberta Labour Minister Lori Sigurdson and Agriculture Minister Oneil Carlier, who may be about to fix this. It’s an embarrassing blot on the record of successive Progressive Conservative governments and the premiers who led ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Brad Wall Makes News Again

.@PremierBradWall Very unhappy that you're using terrorists' crime to dictate Canada's refugee humanitarian strategy. #skpoli #cdnpoli — John Klein (@JohnKleinRegina) November 16, 2015 Brad Wall in September, before the CPC leadership opened up. Globe and Mail: https://t.co/cma3ImnWYG #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/1F2NcS5uxK — Mike Gibbs (@Mikeggibbs) November 16, 2015 That was following this tragedy highlighted in the world media. ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Brad Wall’s Beef With A&W is 100% Bull Something

.@PremierBradWall 100% Canadian, growth-hormone-free milk will never be back after #TPP is ratified. That's okay with you though? — John Klein (@JohnKleinRegina) November 10, 2015 “TPP would allow milk from cows receiving hormones into Canada U.S. allows bovine growth hormone currently banned in Canada” Unique to the TPP is the prospect of fluid milk crossing ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Joe, You Can Go Now

Why I’m really, really, really glad Joe Oliver isn’t Finance Minister anymore: Keystone XL would have created jobs, bolstered ec growth, strengthened nat’l security, reduced GHG emissions and enhanced N Am energy indep Therefore, disappointing President Obama rejected Keystone X. See yesterday’s article where I discuss implications. http://business. financialpost. com/fp-comment/..[thiscrapisntworthreadingfurther] See my interview #CBC #newsworld ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: It’s a Gas

CCS, what is it good for? Absolutely money. Not for you and I, no, it’s good for oil companies. We’re talking about this because the only “clean coal” plant isn’t working properly yet, and it opened over a year ago (late). The delay is costing SaskPower customers tens of millions of dollars in penalties to ...

The Progressive Economics Forum: Empty Conservative Rhetoric on Pipelines

Letter to the editor in today’s Regina Leader–Post (page A10): A Tory Stunt The Oct. 9 photo accompanying the story “Tory candidates laud pipeline industry” showed pipe produced at Evraz stored outside the fence of another company, where this Conservative campaign stunt was held. The story did not mention that the company concerned uses pipe ...

Bouquets of Gray: Strategic voting in Saskatchewan (recap)

Strategic voting Saskatchewan To recap our earlier posts, and to add a few more ridings, strategic voters in Saskatchewan are best advised to vote NDP in Desnethé-Missinippi-Churchill River vote NDP in Regina-Lewan: vote NDP in Saskatoon-University vote Liberal in Regina Wascana vote NDP in Saskatoon-Grasswood

Bouquets of Gray: Strategic voting in Saskatoon-University: Vote NDP

The riding of Saskatoon-University is turning out to be another race where strategic voting could make a difference. Strategic voting in Saskatoon-University Like many ridings in Saskatchewan, the riding has had its boundaries redrawn. If the results of the 2011 election are recast in the new boundaries (as has done by electionprediction.org) the vote would have been: ...

Bouquets of Gray: Strategic voting Regina–Lewvan: vote NDP

Strategic voting could be important in Saskatchewan in the current federal election.  I have already pointed out that tactical voters in Desnethé-Missinippi-Churchill River should vote NDP. Strategic voting Regina–Lewvan The same advice holds for the riding of Regina-Lewvan: vote NDP.  The boundaries have been changed since the last election. Electionprediction, which currently lists the riding as too-close-to-call, redistributed the ...

Bouquets of Gray: Strategic voting in Desnethé–Missinippi–Churchill River: Vote NDP

In earlier posts, I considered how tactical voters should vote in Winnipeg, with the following recommendations: Elmwood-Transcona: vote NDP Winnipeg South-Centre: vote Liberal Kildonan-St. Paul: vote NDP Saint Boniface-Saint Vital: vote Liberal Winnipeg South: vote Liberal Strategic voting in Desnethé–Missinippi–Churchill River Desnethé–Missinippi–Churchill Moving west to Desnethé–Missinippi–Churchill River in Saskatchewan, the strategic decision is clearer.   redistributing  ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Another Conservative “cover-up”

It’s bad enough that there’s no sight of Conservative candidates campaigning to public crowds in Regina, but Conservative-friendly orgs are also trying to cover-up their interview contents. Sloppiest. Cover-up. Ever. Conservative Michael Kram's LITERALLY covered-up interview with 'pro-life' paper. #elxn42 pic.twitter.com/JSgnASp9Hn — ʇɹǝqoɹ Jago (@rjjago) October 5, 2015 This particular Con candidate is running in ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Knox Met Candidates Forum in Regina, Sept. 29, 2015 #elxn42

Here’s a portion in High Definition: And another segment (it’s also included in the long video at the top, so if you’ve seen that, there’s probably nothing new in this clip either.)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Oil and Gas Still Not Four Letter Words?

Brad Wall, speaking directly to oil and gas men, remarked that he thinks Ottawa needs a “champion” of non-renewable energy. There’s been more than enough support for that industry in the past decades. This is a good sector, that oil and gas are not four letter words. That they create untold quality of life and ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Harvest Time

Had to pick the tomatoes, frost is coming tonight to Regina. Got a single, awesome butter-nut squash, and some baby squashes.

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading. – Howard Elliott writes about the need for senior levels of government to help address the housing needs facing Canadian communities. And the report from Saskatchewan’s advisory group on poverty reduction includes housing among its key priorities as well (while also favouring work on a basic income). – ...