Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Wednesday Afternoon Links

- It's naturally a plus to see that the federal NDP has done more to stand up for Saskatchewan municipalities hit by this summer's extreme weather than the Sask Party and federal Cons combined. But in fairness, it only took a single unequivocal press release to meet that standard.

- Meanwhile, the Cons are proudly taking a stand against stable government. Which is the kind of bizarre message that may well result in the Cons' anti-coalition spin collapsing even with the Libs largely playing into Harper's hands.

- Two more items for the Con wrongness file: their offshore drilling review boards are grossly slanted toward the oil industry, and their fear-mongering on air travel doesn't reflect any real public concern.

- And finally, the Leader-Post's editorial on the harm to patient care and staff effectiveness when nurses work excessive hours is particularly on point in noting the Wall government's failed promises:
- Why hasn't the hiring of 600 additional nurses in recent years eased staffing shortages, as the Saskatchewan Party government said it would?

- Is the 35-per-cent pay hike given the Saskatchewan Union of Nurses (SUN) two years ago -- in a contract that guarantees double pay for overtime -- now proving too rich for the province to afford?

Whatever the answers to those questions, the current situation is unhealthy and unacceptable.

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