Justice reform can’t just be knee-jerk

Eliminating peremptory challenges during jury selection and restricting preliminary inquiries won't necessarily improve the system

Justice reform can’t just be knee-jerkThere has been considerable talk recently about reforming the justice system. The talk has become particularly shrill following the Colten Boushie and Tina Fontaine murder trials in Saskatchewan and Manitoba. The federal justice minister has said she plans to eliminate peremptory challenges because, in her mind, not enough Indigenous people were selected for the juries. Peremptory…

Saskatchewan budget misses opportunity on rental housing assistance

It’s more effective to supplement rents in times of high vacancy because each dollar spent gets the tenant more

Saskatchewan budget misses opportunity on rental housing assistanceIn the recent Saskatchewan budget, the government made the surprise announcement that it would slowly phase out a rental housing assistance program known as the Saskatchewan Rental Housing Supplement. Given current rental housing market realities, the government ought to have done the complete opposite and expanded the program. High vacancy rates create a desirable climate…

Premier makes stop in Kindersley

Scott Moe in riding to support Saskatchewan Party candidate Ken Francis. Byelection set for Thursday

Premier makes stop in KindersleyKenneth Brown of The Clarion The province’s new premier was in Kindersley last week to support the Saskatchewan Party’s byelection candidate and to greet citizens. Scott Moe, who won the party’s leadership race in January, replaced the popular Brad Wall as the province’s premier. Moe was in town on Feb. 23 and it was the…

Former MLA pleads guilty to environmental charges

The charges against Bill Boyd are related to the altering of shoreline, wildlife habitat and ecological land along a stretch of the South Saskatchewan River

Former MLA pleads guilty to environmental chargesKenneth Brown of The Clarion Former Kindersley MLA Bill Boyd has pleaded guilty to charges under provincial wildlife and environmental acts, and has signed orders to remedy the damages. Boyd was at provincial court in Kindersley on Feb. 6 before Judge Robert Jackson. Robert Ard, Boyd’s defence lawyer, entered guilty pleas to two charges but…

Kindersley riding byelection information for voters

Eligibility, advance poll dates and locations, registration deadline for March 1 provincial riding vote

Kindersley riding byelection information for votersClarion Staff A byelection has been called for the Kindersley provincial riding on March 1 and Elections Saskatchewan officials are reminding eligible residents to get on the voters list if they’re not already registered. Residents can go to www.elections.sk.ca for information. Saskatchewan Party candidate Ken Francis, New Democratic Party of Saskatchewan candidate Travis Hebert and…

Deputy mayor resigns to focus on MLA campaign

Ken Francis is running for the Saskatchewan Party in the upcoming Kindersley byelection

Deputy mayor resigns to focus on MLA campaignKenneth Brown of The Clarion Ken Francis, who is running for the Saskatchewan Party in the upcoming Kindersley byelection, has resigned from town council to focus on his election campaign. The Town of Kindersley’s former deputy mayor was in attendance for the council meeting on Jan. 29 but he submitted his formal resignation at the…

New premier calls for byelection in Kindersley

Voters will decide on March 1. NDP, Sask. Party candidates ready to campaign

New premier calls for byelection in KindersleyKenneth Brown of The Clarion The Kindersley constituency has been without a member of the legislative assembly since September but that will change with a byelection set for March 1. Premier Scott Moe was sworn in to office on Feb. 2 by Lt.-Gov. Vaughn Solomon Schofield. One of his first orders of business as premier…

Sobeys Liquor store to open in December

The store will feature a walk-in cooler, a growler beer bar, a selection of craft beers and a wine-tasting centre

Sobeys Liquor store to open in DecemberKenneth Brown of The Clarion Kindersley’s public liquor store will be replaced by a private retailer at the start of December. Clayton Filkohazy, a communications specialist at Sobeys Inc., said the new Sobeys Liquor store in Kindersley will open on Dec. 1. The public store will close its doors for good after business on Nov.…

Why Saskatchewan’s Meadow Lake pulp mill was doomed

How the Saskatchewan government’s predatory lending practices doomed the Meadow Lake pulp mill

Why Saskatchewan’s Meadow Lake pulp mill was doomedSaskatchewan’s Meadow Lake pulp mill was doomed from the beginning. The repercussions are still being felt, according to a new research paper. It’s been decades since the government of Grant Devine (he was premier from 1982 to 1991) was in power in Saskatchewan. But traces of the Conservative premier’s economic decisions remain. The Meadow Lake…

New math doesn’t add up but can something be done?

Saskatchewan's new education minister wants a back-to-basics approach to math instruction that would give students much-needed skills

New math doesn’t add up but can something be done?After enduring years of fuzzy math, Saskatchewan parents may finally have cause for hope. Not only did the provincial government’s latest throne speech acknowledge that Saskatchewan students have the worst math skills in the country, it pledged to address the problem with a “common-sense” plan that focuses on the basics. That’s good news for parents…

Former MLA faces environmental charges

Boyd resigned as Kindersley MLA as of Sept. 1 but the charges came in his final days in office

Former MLA faces environmental chargesClarion Staff Former Kindersley MLA and Eston-area resident Bill Boyd faces charges in relation to altering land and wildlife habitat near the South Saskatchewan River. According to a media relations official for the Executive Council of the Saskatchewan government, Boyd has been charged with three violations under the province’s Environmental Management and Protection Act, 2010,…

Summer students visit Kindersley with NDP leadership candidate

MLA Ryan Meili met with local NDP members during lunch and planned on knocking on doors in town

Summer students visit Kindersley with NDP leadership candidateKenneth Brown of The Clarion Saskatoon Meewasin MLA Ryan Meili, a New Democratic Party of Saskatchewan leadership candidate, paid a visit to Kindersley with four of the NDP’s summer students. Meili and the summer students were in town on Aug. 24 to collect signatures for two petitions and to speak with community members. The NDP…

Kindersley MLA Bill Boyd announces retirement

Boyd a driving force behind the formation of the Saskatchewan Party

Kindersley MLA Bill Boyd announces retirementClarion staff Kindersley MLA Bill Boyd announced on Tuesday that he will be retiring from public life and resigning his seat, effective Sept. 1. “When Premier (Brad) Wall announced his retirement, he talked about renewal within the Saskatchewan Party,” Boyd said. “I have been the MLA for Kindersley for a long time, so my retirement and…

Saskatchewan’s Brad Wall leaves a remarkable political legacy

His populist conservative instincts broke new ground in Saskatchewan, making him one of the greatest premiers this nation has known

Saskatchewan’s Brad Wall leaves a remarkable political legacySaskatchewan Premier Brad Wall recently announced he will retire from politics. It will be a huge loss for his province, country and the Canadian conservative movement. Some critics argue that Wall’s political legacy is more fiction than fact. They claim he simply had the good fortune to govern when centre-right politics was in vogue in…

Saskatchewan’s budget is Robin Hood in reverse

Increasing provincial sales tax - including on children's clothes - will hurt lower-income households more than higher-income ones

Saskatchewan’s budget is Robin Hood in reverseIn its recent budget, the Saskatchewan government had some difficult choices to make. It could have asked the rich to pay a little more. Instead, it told the poor to pay a lot more. Although this budget may help reduce the provincial deficit, it will be bad for the impoverished and for the long-term health of the…