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    "The briefing note said the experience with the consultants was one of "lack of respect, 'tattling' on leaders if they question, expecting rigid conformity in a militaristic style, gossiping and undermining." The memo criticized the consultants' use of "dogma" which it said is "incompatible with the alleged encouragement of new analysis and improvements," opting instead for an attitude of "you will free think exactly the way I free think.""
    Thu 3:34 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    "The results affirm the ministry has its priorities right with its new provincial focus on teaching, testing, and intervening in reading with young elementary school students." WOW. I’m surprised the Ministry of Education is still trying to ram through provincial-wide testing-- or what the rest of the world would call standardized testing-- at all costs. According to the most recent PISA results cited in the story, Saskatchewan outperforms the OECD average on every measure whether in Mathematics, Reading, or Science. In fact, Saskatchewan’s scores have actually improved relative to the rest of Canada since our scores have remained statistically stable, while the rest of Canada’s have declined somewhat, yet are still some of the best in the world especially in Reading and Science. It’s ironic that while the rest of Canada has jumped on the ineffective standardized testing bandwagon, and witnessed their scores mostly drop on PISA, Saskatchewan has resisted and our scores have remained stable. Besides, more standardized province-wide testing would actually be counter to the province's own newly released Student First Discussion Guide which found that "Students were motivated to achieve their best when they understood and had input into their assessment and set corresponding learning goals" (p.5). More province-wide testing, which is always highstakes for the students, and often for the teachers and school, will only serve to push out students at the margins and further exacerbate low graduation rates. Our kids are already being over-tested to negative result. Time to truly put education first and a good start it seems would be to follow the government’s own Student First commissioned report. http://www.leaderpost.com/technology/test+same+result+Saskatchewan+scores+trail+nation/10316804/story.html
    Thu 10:37 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Entire press conference now up (just click on the link at the end of part 1 to go to part 2) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LRNYJRrsEFc
    Wed 5:55 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Thanks for coming out everyone! Special thanks to our collective Roof-Ready Regina. Hoping next year we can just be part of the Mayor's main Summit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LRNYJRrsEFc
    Tue 4:28 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Roof-Ready Regina to Hold a 2nd Alternative Housing Summit Press Conference https://www.scribd.com/doc/243236712/Roof-Ready-Regina-to-Hold-a-2nd-Alternative-Housing-Summit-Press-Conference
    Mon 3:17 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    "Marc Spooner: We need to face up to the fact that the three levels of government have an active role to play - that the market is not going to solve this on its own. So, we need a reinvestment in social housing, and that includes the municipal, provincial and federal governments working together in concert with each other to make this happen." http://www.leaderpost.com/Mayor+summit+address+housing+again/10306356/story.html
    Mon 2:14 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Poverty Costs Saskatchewan: A New Approach to Prosperity for All October 2014 Authors: Charles Plante and Keisha Sharp https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/upstream/pages/237/attachments/original/1413515928/PovertyCostsSaskatchewan_PovertyCosts_2014_s.pdf?1413515928
    Sun 8:01 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    "Even poor kids who do everything right don't do much better than rich kids who do everything wrong."
    Sun 8:00 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    THIS TUESDAY DURING LUNCH IN FRONT OF DELTA HOTEL Please try to attend. Roof-Ready Regina to Hold a 2nd Alternative Housing Summit Press Conference When: Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 from Noon-1pm; Where: Just Outside the Delta Hotel, 1919 Saskatchewan Drive Contact: Marc Spooner, Work: 306-585-4538, email: marc.spooner@uregina.ca A more comprehensive housing strategy still needed as Regina’s affordable housing crisis continues to grow. “Any vacancy rate improvements are cold comfort for those who are inadequately housed as Regina’s rental costs continue to soar increasing by 4.7% between 2012 and 2013 and by 3.2% between 2013 and 2014 for a two bedroom apartment” Said Spooner. He explains, “Unfortunately and alarmingly, the previous and current Mayor's Housing Summits are not addressing the growing affordable housing crisis in Regina”. https://www.scribd.com/doc/243236712/Roof-Ready-Regina-to-Hold-a-2nd-Alternative-Housing-Summit-Press-Conference
    Sun 1:36 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    RE: Gormley: "Allow public to access private MRI scans (Oct. 17,): I don't know. We have to draw the line on who is worthy somewhere. If folks aren't rich enough to afford to go Bismarck, North Dakota, or to Alberta to get an MRI, they just don't make the cut, I would think. Marc Spooner http://www.leaderpost.com/opinion/letters/opinions/10303422/story.html
    Oct 18, 2014 6:46 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Come on people. Let's be reasonable. Only a few can really be worthy of good medical attention. I'm so sorry you just don't make the cut. Perhaps if you worked harder or screwed over more people you'd have the kind of money behind you to really call yourself a worthy person. But I for one, must maintain my modest proposal: that we just can't go willy nilly letting just anyone be worthy, we simply have to draw the line of worthiness at having the financial means to afford to jump the queue at American or almost American Alberta MRI facilities. It's quite clear really.
    Oct 17, 2014 1:32 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Oct 17, 2014 11:51 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    From Simon Enoch "Let's ask 2008 Brad Wall: "However, the premier said offering medical services such as an MRI for a fee "seems to be outside the Canada Health Act," and is area where the government doesn't want to tread." Also, SK waiting times for MRI: 28 to 88 days. In Alberta, with all their private MRI machines: 80 to 247 days. https://secure.cihi.ca/free.../2014_WaitTimesAiB_EN.pdf " http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/premier-asks-should-sask-people-be-able-to-pay-for-private-mris-1.2800978
    Oct 16, 2014 3:04 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Harper's muzzling of dissent would be recognised by a fascist
    Oct 16, 2014 2:12 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    For immediate Release October 16, 2014 Roof-Ready Regina to Hold a 2nd Alternative Housing Summit Press Conference When: Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 from Noon-1pm; Where: Just Outside the Delta Hotel, 1919 Saskatchewan Drive Contact: Marc Spooner, Work: 306-585-4538, email: marc.spooner@uregina.ca A more comprehensive housing strategy still needed as Regina’s affordable housing crisis continues to grow. “Any vacancy rate improvements are cold comfort for those who are inadequately housed as Regina’s rental costs continue to soar increasing by 4.7% between 2012 and 2013 and by 3.2% between 2013 and 2014 for a two bedroom apartment” Said Spooner. He explains, “Unfortunately and alarmingly, the previous and current Mayor's Housing Summits are not addressing the growing affordable housing crisis in Regina”. https://www.scribd.com/doc/243236712/Roof-Ready-Regina-to-Hold-a-2nd-Alternative-Housing-Summit-Press-Conference
    Oct 16, 2014 10:16 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    "But Lehman, a member of the Regina Peace Council, said this "almost seems like a bribe" and asked why other classes don't generate cash payments too.... ...the Saskatchewan model includes a core credit in Canadian Studies 30." http://www.leaderpost.com/news/Petition+starting+against+military+training/10290333/story.html
    Oct 15, 2014 7:11 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Oct 07, 2014 1:00 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    “Public Engagement and the Politics of Evidence in an Age of Neoliberalism and Audit Culture” July 23-25, 2015 Check out the Speakers list! More information added frequently. http://www.politicsofevidence.ca/
    Oct 06, 2014 12:50 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    "But such housing has been in short supply; that's why such a furore arose this summer when a plan to have a local development firm build social housing for the provincial government went over budget. Now, these 48 units will be rented at market rates and will be lost to the social housing market, along with others that had been sold earlier to generate capital for this project." http://www.leaderpost.com/business/Left+behind+housing+boom/10265686/story.html
    Oct 06, 2014 5:35 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    "His search for housing became a race against winter and the unbearable temperatures that were approaching. Though Setchell has lived in Regina for nearly his whole life, it had been several years since he last had to find housing. He didn't expect finding an affordable home to take so long or be so complicated this time around, even on short notice." http://www.leaderpost.com/news/Living+street/10265663/story.html
    Oct 06, 2014 5:32 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Oct 04, 2014 11:42 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Oct 04, 2014 10:31 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    "In this case, we'd like the mayor to take affordable housing seriously and get the stories of people who are faced with the horrible decision of making rent or eating, people who are living in unsafe and unsanitary conditions, in overcrowded conditions," said Marc Spooner, a spokesman for the Oct. 21 event and a professor at the University of Regina. The alternate summit, whose participants will include those struggling with housing, will focus on the city's definition of affordable housing, its incentive program for rental construction, and the development of a plan to end homelessness. "If you look at the last (Mayor's) Housing Summit and the report that ensued, there's been zero to be thankful for in terms of helping those who are looking for truly affordable housing," said Spooner. He added that the city's optimism on vacancy rates increasing is misguided given that rental rates continue to rise as well."
    Oct 04, 2014 7:12 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    It's alive! Alive I tell you. http://www.politicsofevidence.ca/ more to come shortly. @UofRegina #UofR Please spread widely. #knowledge
    Oct 01, 2014 10:12 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana

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