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HOW TO TELL IF YOU’RE AN EASTERN OR WESTERN MEMBER OF THE ELITE

HOW TO TELL IF YOU’RE AN EASTERN OR WESTERN MEMBER OF THE ELITE

By Barb Gustafson

Margaret Wente – who is one of my favourite Globe and Mail columnists, despite what I might say below – recently wrote a column offering a way to separate the elites from the non-elites. Continue Reading

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PULP AND PAPER MILL THE SOURCE OF ANOTHER SASKATCHEWAN CONTROVERSY

PULP AND PAPER MILL THE SOURCE OF ANOTHER SASKATCHEWAN CONTROVERSY

By Barb Gustafson

The forestry industry in Saskatchewan is not so much about trees as politics and power. It was ever thus, it seems, and continues to be so. Continue Reading

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SO WHAT’S THE BIG DEAL WITH THE POTASH CORP. SALE?

SO WHAT’S THE BIG DEAL WITH THE POTASH CORP. SALE?

By Barb Gustafson

By the time you read this, the federal government may have actually announced its decision – as compared to its decision being announced by the Globe and Mail – on the sale of Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan to BHP Billiton. Continue Reading

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SCHOOL SUPPOSED TO BE ABOUT LEARNING NOT MARKS

SCHOOL SUPPOSED TO BE ABOUT LEARNING NOT MARKS

By Barb Gustafson

A recent hot topic in Saskatchewan has been the introduction of a new marking system for Saskatoon high schools. Among the changes, the new report cards attempt to separate assessment of learning from behaviours. Continue Reading

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A BUSY FALL IN SASKATCHEWAN

A BUSY FALL IN SASKATCHEWAN

By Barb Gustafson 

It’s a beautiful fall day in Saskatchewan, one when the farmers will be working as long and hard as possible, to get as much grain as they can off the fields and into a bin. It’s been a tough year and a miserable fall thus far, so here’s hoping they will be able to harvest the acres that haven’t been flooded out or hailed out or never planted, before the snow flies. Continue Reading

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THE LONG GUN REGISTRY IS NEEDED

THE LONG GUN REGISTRY IS NEEDED

By Barb Gustafson 

This might be asking for trouble in Western Canada, but I’m going to say it anyway:  I think we should keep the long-gun registry. Continue Reading

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FAMILY HISTORY AND RESPECT SHARED IN A GRAVEYARD

FAMILY HISTORY AND RESPECT SHARED IN A GRAVEYARD

By Barb Gustafson 

Summer is almost over, such as it was, with all the rain and cool weather. It was almost as if it never happened and now we’re back to school, back to work, back to the regular schedule. Continue Reading

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THERE’S NO PLEASING SOME PEOPLE

THERE’S NO PLEASING SOME PEOPLE

By Barb Gustafson 

This morning, I awoke to a tremendous clap of thunder and pounding rain at 6 AM; it’s just another day in the summer of weird weather in Saskatchewan.  2010 will likely go into the history books as the wettest year on record in Saskatchewan. On the Prairies, where we’re more accustomed to drought than flooding, it has been a tough one. Continue Reading

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13th CHILD SINCE JANUARY DIES IN SASK. FOSTER CARE

13th CHILD SINCE JANUARY DIES IN SASK. FOSTER CARE

By Barb Gustafson 

Saskatchewan’s foster care system is under scrutiny after the death of a toddler in a foster home several weeks ago. Continue Reading

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IMPROVE YOUR HEALTH, PLAY IN THE DIRT

IMPROVE YOUR HEALTH, PLAY IN THE DIRT

By Barb Gustafson

 A recent news story reported on a study that found that playing in the dirt may help children be calmer and do better in school.  It explains a lot about Saskatchewan people – especially farmers. Continue Reading

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