Tuesday, June 10, 2014 

Tax Revenues Up - Crime Down in Washington and Colorado With Pot Reform ..

Too bad that Stephen Harper doesn't take note ...



Thursday, June 05, 2014 

Thoughts On The Murder Of RCMP Officers In New Brunswick ...

I live within two blocks of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Academy in Regina, Saskatchewan. Every single member of the RCMP has received their training here at the RCMP Depot. The history of this facility and location dates back to the days of the old North West Mounted Police and the Riel Rebellion.

Living in such close proximity to the training academy, it's a routine sight for me to see the raw, short haired recruits jogging their daily quota of kilometers as part of basic training.  I own two dogs and we walk twice every day along the banks of Wascana Creek beside the RCMP property.  It's been 19 years that I have been waving to these energetic young trainees. Some say hi .. some stop for a moment to pet my dogs .. all give a nod of the head or some other acknowledgement.

On days like today, when Canada mourns the tragic murder of three RCMP officers in New Brunswick, I always feel real sorrow.  Seeing and interacting with these young dedicated recruits, i know well what has been lost.

I don't know the names of the three murdered RCMP officers. I don't know if we've ever waved or nodded. But I lost three old neighbors today.

Sunday, June 01, 2014 

Leader Cam Broten Receives Massive Endorsement At Sask NDP Convention

Saskatchewan NDP gives leader 98.7 per cent approval at party convention

MOOSE JAW, Sask. – The leader of Saskatchewan’s Opposition has received an overwhelming endorsement at his party’s convention in Moose Jaw.

NDP delegates voted 98.7 per cent to approve Cam Broten’s leadership on Saturday.
The leadership review by secret ballot was required by the party’s constitution. 

Broten says the party will continue to focus on what is important to Saskatchewan families, including health care and education.

A detailed platform will be released closer to the next provincial election expected for 2016.
The Saskatchewan NDP currently has nine seats.

“I’m very happy to have the strong support of the party in the vote that we had,” said Broten.
“I feel we’ve made a lot of progress over the last year.”

Broten said in addition to health and education, the party will focus on what he called a “sense of entitlement” that has taken hold with the Saskatchewan Party government, pointing to expense scandals in the recent spring sitting.

He said people raise those issues to him as he travels throughout the province.

“Members are excited and looking forward to carrying on the work in local communities,” he said. “It’s been a really good time for us as a party here this weekend reflecting on the hard work that we’ve done last year, the building that we’ve done and really looking ahead to the work that we have to do.”

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