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Sexual misconduct allegations levelled against two Alberta NDP MLAs since 2015, says premier’s office

Nov 9 2018 — Clare Clancy — Two sitting NDP MLAs have been accused of sexual misconduct since 2015, says the premier’s office. The complaints did not come from people in caucus, said Cheryl Oates, the premier’s spokeswoman. “In both circumstances, the alleged behaviour took place outside the workplace,” Oates said in a statement Thursday. “In order to respect the privacy of […]

Wall shuffles cabinet; Kevin Doherty named new Saskatchewan finance minister

May 21 2015 — Clare Clancy — REGINA - Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall says a small cabinet shuffle and the appointment of a new finance minister is in line with the government's economic plan."It's very much about continuity," he said Thursday.Wall named Kevin Doherty to replace Ken Krawetz, who has said he will not run in the next provincial election expected in […]

Policy on gay-straight alliances in Saskatchewan schools effective: premier

May 14 2015 — Clare Clancy — REGINA - Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall says the government's policy on gay-straight alliances in schools ensures they can exist and legislation won't make a difference.The Opposition tabled a private member's bill in April that focused on anti-bullying but it didn't garner government support.NDP Leader Cam Broten says the government is letting down students who face […]

Ombudsman investigation finds Saskatchewan long-term care under strain, has gaps

May 13 2015 — Clare Clancy — REGINA - The family of a 74-year-old woman whose death raised questions about long-term care in Saskatchewan hopes her case will help protect vulnerable seniors.Leanna Macfarlane said she was relieved that an ombudsman's investigation confirmed her concerns about the care of her mother-in-law Margaret Warholm."The home terribly failed her ... the government failed her, everyone […]

Saskatchewan NDP says law needed for gay-straight alliances for students

May 12 2015 — Clare Clancy — REGINA - Saskatchewan's Opposition leader says the government needs to pass legislation to give students the right to gay-straight alliances in school.The Opposition tabled a private member's bill in April that focused on anti-bullying.Cam Broten said in Tuesday's question period that the bill would help students to feel safe and respected at school."This comes down […]

Petition calls for parental consent before abortions in Saskatchewan

May 7 2015 — Clare Clancy — REGINA - A Saskatchewan member of the legislature is being criticized for presenting a petition that asks for changes to provincial abortion laws.Greg Ottenbreit, the minister responsible for rural and remote health, tabled a petition last week that calls for "speedily (enacted) legislation requiring parental consent for abortion."Girls under 18 do not need parental consent […]

Government needs to take ‘bold steps’ to improve child protection: NDP

May 7 2015 — Clare Clancy — REGINA - Saskatchewan's Opposition is criticizing the Ministry of Social Services for its response to an inquest into the death of a six-year-old boy who was killed by an older child on a reserve.A coroner's inquest into Lee Bonneau's death resulted in 19 recommendations which ranged from improving mental health supports to addressing staffing issues.Social […]

New Saskatchewan law to allow patients to pay for MRI scans out-of-pocket

May 6 2015 — Clare Clancy — REGINA - Saskatchewan's health minister says proposed legislation aimed at reducing wait times would allow patients to pay out-of-pocket for MRI scans.Dustin Duncan said Wednesday that the regulations could make MRI scans available at private clinics as soon as next spring.For every scan paid for privately, clinics would be required to provide a scan at […]

‘Travel scouts’ not needed ahead of Saskatchewan trade missions to Asia: NDP

May 4 2015 — Clare Clancy — REGINA - Saskatchewan New Democrats are criticizing the government for travel expenses from trips made in advance of Premier Brad Wall's trade missions to Asia.Documents released by the Opposition show itineraries for two government officials who viewed reception rooms, toured hotels and prepared transportation.The documents show that more than $23,000 was spent on a trip […]

Government ‘leak’ was politically convenient, not in public interest: NDP

Apr 27 2015 — Clare Clancy — REGINA - The Opposition in Saskatchewan says the government leaked information about a care aide's employment record because it was "politically convenient."Peter Bowden who works at a Saskatoon seniors care home was suspended with pay last week.He told reporters earlier this month that residents at Oliver Lodge were at risk of skin infections because they […]

Seniors care aide worker suspended for speaking out about conditions: NDP

Apr 21 2015 — Clare Clancy — REGINA - Saskatchewan's Opposition says the government is trying to muzzle a care aide who spoke out about working conditions at a seniors home, but the premier says that's not so.NDP deputy leader Trent Wotherspoon raised the issue of Peter Bowden being suspended with pay in question period Tuesday.Bowden, who has worked at three different […]

Senior left unsupervised in care home fell several times, broke hip: NDP

Apr 20 2015 — Clare Clancy — REGINA - Saskatchewan's Opposition says a 79-year-old woman with dementia was left unsupervised in a care home, leading to a number of falls that left her with bruises and a broken hip.NDP health critic Danielle Chartier raised the case in Monday's question period as the latest example of why seniors' care needs to be improved.The […]