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 [email protected].

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    Crowns do it better

    The privatization, perils, and promise of Saskatchewan’s Crown corporations.

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    A fair day in – and out of – court

    In Saskatchewan, what resources exist to help defendants navigate – and avoid getting trapped in – our complex and high-stakes court system?

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    Regina Municipal Election 2020: Defund the police

    In preparation for Regina’s 2020 municipal election, the Sask Dispatch asked progressive community members, activists, and experts to pick one pressing issue facing the city, and write about how to address it. Michelle Stewart and Richelle Dubois, two long-time community activists, share their thoughts on defunding the police and making the city safer for Indigenous people, poor people, queer people, newcomers and other racialized and marginalized folks. 

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    Regina Municipal Election 2020: Sustainable transit

    In 2018, Regina city council committed to a 100 per cent renewable city by 2050. Free transit, electric buses, and bike lanes will be a huge component of a renewable city – so why is council so hesitant to implement them?

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    Regina Municipal Election 2020: Ending homelessness

    Without any city, provincial, or federal funding, Fougere’s plan to end homelessness has been an utter failure. What concrete steps can the city take to end homelessness?

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    Regina Municipal Election 2020: Public transit

    People who live in Regina know it’s nearly impossible to get around town using only public transit. It’s a huge barrier to access for disabled people, youth, seniors, newcomers, and low-income earners. What should we consider when beefing up public transit?

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    Regina Municipal Election 2020: Environment & Sustainability

    The city walked back its 2018 motion to use 100 per cent renewable energy by 2050; but environmental sustainability has never been a more pressing local issue. Here’s how local activists are envisioning a truly renewable Regina.

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    Regina Municipal Election 2020: Wascana Park

    For the past few years, the construction of the new Conexus and Brandt/CNIB buildings have been fiercely opposed by Regina residents who want no business in the park. How much power does the city have over the future of Wascana Centre?

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    Why you should (and shouldn’t) be invested in Regina’s municipal election

    From police brutality to accessibility to climate change – change starts at the local level. That’s why the Sask Dispatch put together a package of articles weighing in on the municipal election. So what’s at stake on November 9?

  • The space to tell stories

    Since the Sask Party cut a key film tax credit in 2012, a lot of ink has been spilled about the film industry’s decline. But after the tax credit was cut, there’s been a groundswell of cinema by Indigenous women in Saskatchewan. How did this happen, and what can we learn about building a strong and just film industry?

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    Help Sask Dispatch create more and better independent journalism

    Sask Dispatch wants to launch a weekly email newsletter and a full on website. In order to do that, we need 100 Founding Members.

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    “My quality of life has been compromised”: U of S study finds STC closure has had a devastating impact on Saskatchewan people

    A new study from the University of Saskatchewan has found that the 2017 closure of STC has had wide-ranging impacts on everything from social connections to the functioning of the healthcare system itself.

  • A community response to COVID-19

    As lockdown eases, a group providing assistance to Elders and seniors during COVID-19 is rethinking what community support looks like during the long arc of the pandemic.

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    Roundtable on reopening Saskatchewan schools

    The controversial reopening plan for Saskatchewan public schools has seen educators, students, and parents hit the streets in protests. Four of them shared their concerns about the Sask Party’s plans with Sask Dispatch.

  • “We have buried too many”: A Q&A with Tristen Durocher

    Durocher, a 24-year-old Métis fiddler, has walked from Air Ronge to begin a hunger strike on the lawn of the Saskatchewan Legislature, demanding resources for suicide prevention.

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    “A symbolic step”: group calls on city of Regina to rename Dewdney Avenue

    As Indian Commissioner and lieutenant governor of Saskatchewan, Edgar Dewdney left a legacy of colonial violence and trauma on the Prairies. Now some have joined together in a campaign to remove his name from one of Regina’s busiest streets.

  • The great Saskatchewan tuition crisis

    Tuition rates have grown by leaps and bounds – and so has student debt. How do we reverse the trend?

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    When collecting CERB means losing disability benefits

    In Saskatchewan, disabled people on income assistance live off barely half of what the feds’ COVID-19 benefit promises, an amount below the provincial poverty line.

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    Business in Wascana violates Master Plan and threatens the park’s future

    A Master Plan was put in place to ensure the integrity of Regina’s iconic park, but over the past few years, the plan has been undermined and business has begun to encroach on public space.

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    Emergency rally for Black lives draws hundreds

    As uprisings in support of Black Lives Matter continue across North America and the world, hundreds gathered in front of the Saskatchewan Legislature to show solidarity and call for justice.