The Sask Dispatch is a Saskatchewan-focused publication produced by Briarpatch, launched in October 2018. Printed every two months and posted online, the Sask Dispatch covers under-reported issues in the province, centring issues that are important to poor folks and the working class, Indigenous communities, and other marginalized groups. If you have a story Saskatchewan needs to hear, get in touch at pitch@briarpatchmagazine.com.

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    Saskatoon welcomes premiers with climate justice protest

    While Canada’s premiers visit Saskatoon, Treaty 6 territory, activists are camping out for four days in Kiwanis Memorial Park to urge action on climate change.

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    Sask Wildfire operations funding remains “inadequate”

    Despite minor funding hikes for wildfire operations over the past four years, the budget this year is only three-quarters of what it was in 2007-08. As wildfires become more frequent and serious, what is our government going to do about it?

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    Checking in two years after the end of NORTEP and NORPAC

    In 2017 the Sask Party cut funding and eliminated the Northern Teacher Education Program and the Northern Professional Access College. What’s been the impact on Indigenous language learning and access to education?

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    What happened to the Co-op?

    The Co-op was founded on principles of equality and solidarity. But now workers and members say management is trying to run it “like a corporation.” How did we get here?

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    Will the labour movement lead the charge for a just transition in Sask?

    It’s past time for serious planning in Saskatchewan toward a just transition. The question remains: will unions take the lead before it’s too late – and which union will lead the charge?

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    How do we close the renewable energy gap for low-income people?

    Low-income people spend more money on energy costs. Regina’s Wascana Solar Co-op is thinking about how to make renewable energy accessible for low-income people.

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    A letter to the editor (albeit in rhyme)

    One hundred and thirty-one days is a very long time – the members are for you every step of the way. We believe in the Co-op, and what you say: with equal work comes equal pay.

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    Student strike!

    On March 15, Regina students gathered in front of the Saskatchewan legislature building as part of a global youth action to push for concrete measures to be taken to address climate change.

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    Labour tensions flare on Sask University campuses

    Support workers at the University of Saskatchewan continue to bargain to keep their pensions and increase pay. Meanwhile, a collective agreement was reached in April between the University of Regina and the University of Regina Faculty Association (URFA).

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    Group hopes courts will force U of S to release documents on ties to Monsanto

    Faculty members and others at the University of Saskatchewan have launched a legal challenge to force the University to release information on its ties to agribusiness giant Monsanto, recently acquired by Bayer.

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    University of Regina refuses to name funders of fossil fuel research

    Professor Emily Eaton is taking the University of Regina to court to force the University to release details of funding for research related to oil, gas, coal, petroleum, carbon capture, climate change, and alternative energy.

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    Geothermal power plant to be built with $25.6 million from feds

    A major geothermal power generation facility is set to be built in Estevan, SK, Treaty 4 territory.

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    4,000 households cut off of housing supplement before application process closed

    The Ministry of Social Services says that “approximately 4,000 cases were closed between December 1, 2017 and May 31, 2018.” Unless those 4,000 people who had been cut off appealed the decision before July 1, they would never be eligible to receive the supplement again.

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    Saskatoon Co-op strike continues

    Workers on strike at Co-op locations in and around Saskatoon have been braving sub-zero temperatures and snow on the picket lines.

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    Decarbonized, democratized, decolonized

    The NDP’s climate plan is too little, too late. Saskatchewan’s Just Transitions Summit brought people together to envision a more radical grassroots strategy.

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    The Fight for $15 in Saskatchewan

    Saskatchewan has the second-lowest minimum wage in the country – but there’s hope in a fledgling fight for a living wage.

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    Introducing the Sask Dispatch

    We’re trying out a low-cost, low-risk way to produce and publish more journalism about Saskatchewan.