Stanley trial has ignited some much-needed, tough conversations

Working our way through rural fears without resorting to another incident that leaves someone dead

Stanley trial has ignited some much-needed, tough conversationsPremier Scott Moe is right: Saskatchewan is in need of some tough conversations in the wake of the Gerald Stanley not guilty verdict. He is also being rather politically courageous for showing a willingness to take the lead on these very tough conversations. The fallout from the trial into killing of Red Pheasant First Nation…

Petroleum, natural gas rights totals increase

Saskatchewan Crown land sales hit nearly $64.6 million in the 2017-18 fiscal year, up from $50.17 million the previous year

Petroleum, natural gas rights totals increaseCrossroads Staff The books have closed on public offerings of Crown petroleum and natural gas rights for the government’s fiscal year, showing a slight increase from the previous year. Results of the province’s February Crown land sale were announced on Feb. 8. The sale generated nearly $3.44 million in revenue. The result of the February…

Program provides loans to build low-income housing

A project is eligible for a loan if it involves new construction, acquisition of existing units or the conversion of buildings

Program provides loans to build low-income housingKenneth Brown of The Crossroads The Saskatchewan Housing Corp. (SHC) will be analyzing proposals in the coming months to award loans to sponsors wanting to build affordable rental housing. The Rental Development Program (RDP) provides forgivable loans to sponsors as owners and developers that want to build affordable rental housing, and provide supports to low-income…

How you can be successful with soybeans, even in dry years

As soybeans become more established in Saskatchewan, our understanding of what works and what doesn’t keeps growing

How you can be successful with soybeans, even in dry yearsJanina Currah Cargill expert Soybeans are relatively new to Saskatchewan, with the acres in play growing every year. However, 2017 was one of the driest years on record and we saw some challenges with yields, quality and harvesting. I’ve heard lots of people wonder if soybeans are worth the investment. From my perspective, the answer…

How Moe won the Saskatchewan Party leadership

By the numbers: an analysis of the five-ballot race to be the new premier of the province

How Moe won the Saskatchewan Party leadershipAs intriguing as Saskatchewan politics tends to be, exciting leadership races are a rarity. So let’s take one last ballot-by-ballot look at that Saskatchewan Party leadership race that saw Scott Moe beat out Alanna Koch by 1,165 votes on the fifth and final ballot. First ballot: Total votes cast, 17,159. Alanna Koch, 4,529 votes (26.39…

Biosecurity on the farm: dealing with clubroot

Clubroot is spread by the movement of soil, so minimizing soil movement is key to preventing the spread of the disease

Biosecurity on the farm: dealing with clubrootOver the past year, we’ve been hearing the term “biosecurity” in regard to various pests in the agriculture industry. Agricultural biosecurity helps us protect crop and livestock systems against threats to our production from diseases, insect pests and invasive species such as weeds. Lately, we’ve been hearing more about biosecurity, specifically for clubroot. In 2017,…

Fiscal consensus won’t be easy for new premier

None of the candidates see Crown corporation selloffs as a wise way to balance budgets or reduce debt

Fiscal consensus won’t be easy for new premierWe will have a new Saskatchewan premier next week but we will also have the same old financial problems. Brad Wall’s successor will have the final say in addressing these matters. But with all the animosity emerging out of this leadership – not to mention differences of opinion on a lot of the key questions…

Mob rule: the Internet at its most thoughtless and hurtful

A story gets told, people instantly react, someone gets vilified. Sometimes they get destroyed. This time‎, the mob went after a mother who didn't deserve it

Mob rule: the Internet at its most thoughtless and hurtfulIn the social media era – in our mad rush to judgment – people get ground up and spat out. Happens all the time. Happens too often. Ask ‎Aziz Ansari, the Muslim comedian and author whose career now lies in rubble, because some nameless, feckless young woman decided to punish him for what, in a…

Killing NAFTA could save Canada’s economy

Some day we may thank Trump for his NAFTA betrayal as it inadvertently reinvigorated our economy and jolted us out of our national complacency

Killing NAFTA could save Canada’s economyThis week represents a critical threshold in the troubled North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) talks between Canada, the United States and Mexico. As the Montreal round of talks begins, it's obvious that very little common ground exists between the parties and almost no progress has been made on substantive issues. It's time to face…

Social media can help drive health-care change

The Change Day movement can inspire workers to question how they do things and encourage them to try something new

Social media can help drive health-care changeBy Tanishq Suryavanshi and Michael K. Parvizian EvidenceNetwork.ca Over the past few months, patients and health-care providers have been encouraged to pledge to improve compassionate quality care in Ontario as part of a movement called Change Day Ontario. Nearly 6,000 voices have made pledges on the site and through social media. They range from the individual…
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