Opinion: Cancelling Saskatchewan Hospital P3 would save millions of dollars

Sandra Seitz writes:

For years, the Saskatchewan Party government has been championing the benefits of public private partnerships (P3s) as a way to build public infrastructure. It has used the P3 model to build four major projects in the province, including the controversial Regina bypass and the new Saskatchewan Hospital in North Battleford.

Our government has been surprisingly quiet, however, after news that Carillion, a major U.K.-based construction company involved in P3 projects worldwide, went belly up last week — leaving the British government scrambling to provide payroll and replace public services for projects that had been outsourced to Carillion.

Read more in the Leader Post opinion article

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The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

December 6 is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women in Canada. Established in 1991 by the Parliament of Canada, this day marks the anniversary of the murders in 1989 of 14 young women at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal. They died because they were women.

As well as commemorating the 14 young women whose lives ended in an act of gender-based violence that shocked the nation, December 6 represents an opportunity for Canadians to reflect on the phenomenon of violence against women in our society. It is also an opportunity to consider the women and girls for whom violence is a daily reality, and to remember those who have died as a result of gender-based violence. And finally, it is a day on which communities can consider concrete actions to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls.

November and December are important months for raising awareness of gender-based violence in Canada and around the world. In addition to the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women on December 6, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women takes place on November 25 and marks the first day of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, which ends on December 10, with International Human Rights Day.

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Rally to Reverse the Cuts

As the legislature resumes, so too does our fight against rollbacks, cuts, and privatization. And while the Sask Party government has backpedalled on some cuts, it is important to remember that the list of cuts and privatizations is long.

We also know that the pushback against this agenda is working; the 10% cut to health-funded Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) was stopped. The major cuts to libraries were reversed. Funeral services for poor people were partially restored.

Right now, with the Sask Party reeling from the GTH scandal and in the middle of a leadership contest, we must remind them that the fight for public services isn’t over.

So please do join us—and bring along as many people you can muster—on October 25 at the “Rally to Reverse the Cuts.” There will be buses departing from various cities across the province, and local chartered buses in Regina.

Go to RallyToReverseTheCuts.org and RSVP your spot on the bus today! You may also RSVP for your friends and family, as buses are for everyone!


Rally to Reverse the Cuts facebook event page

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Thousands attend Annual Labour Day Picnic

Wascana Park in Regina was alive with family celebrations of workers at the Annual Labour Day Picnic. The event is hosted by the Saskatchewan Building Trades and the Regina & District Labour Council. Booths hosted by most of the local unions had everything on offer from hot dogs to sunglasses, pop to popcorn, water to watermelons and much more. As well as a vast array of picnic type foods were games and bouncy castles all free to the public courtesy of union workers.

“Unions are about more than contracts and strikes. Unions are also about giving back to the community and the picnic is just one of the many ways that they do this,” says Ken Kubian, President of the Regina & District Labour Council.

A number of dignitaries were on hand to partake of the celebrations. Speakers included Larry Hubich, President of the Saskatchewan Federation of Labour and Nicole Sauer, interim leader of the Saskatchewan New Democratic Party. Canadian Labour Congress Executive Vice President, Donald LaFleur was in attendance from Ottawa and introduced the new Pharmacare campaign that the C.L.C. is currently rolling out.

The stage also presented singer Tara Bast as well as a hoop dancer who explained the significance of the hoops and the dance. An overall good day of family fun.

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RDLC School Supply Program

The Regina & District Labour Council is once again proud to support the Cornwall Alternative School through our School Supply Program. Through the generous support of our affiliates and other organizations, we were able to not only supply backpacks with all the supplies for the 42 students of the school but also extra backpacks for any other students that may arrive over the course of the year. Good luck to all the students this year and congratulations to the teachers of the school under principle Monica Garinger for the great job they do with these students. Also, good work by the RDLC Education Committee under Chair, Brenda Hutton for all the work putting these supplies together.

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