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New Democrats introduce bill to boost green jobs, green energy

May 4th, 2015

The Opposition New Democrats have introduced a bill to boost green energy in Saskatchewan while delivering more jobs and a diversified economy.

The Green Energy, Green Jobs and Diversified, Sustainable Economy Act was introduced Monday by Environment critic Cathy Sproule. The legislation establishes targets for energy efficiency, renewable energy and a reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

“The Sask. Party government has watered down targets and slashed climate change strategies,” said Sproule. “This government is clearly old-school and unwilling to adapt. They wrongly believe that the environment and economy are at odds instead of embracing the reality: green energy creates good jobs, and expands and stabilizes the economy. Saskatchewan needs to diversify and strengthen our economy now, and we need to protect the environment and secure the beauty and health of our province for the long term. The time for real action is now and this legislation is an important step.”

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Taxpayers spend a mint for Brad Wall’s travel scouts

May 4th, 2015

Staff sent well in advance to interview luxury hotels, ask for upgrades, preview rooms and menus

Before Brad Wall goes on a trip, highly paid staff go first to make sure everything will be to Wall’s liking.

Their trips include extensive time touring multiple luxury hotels in each city to select where the premier will stay, including meeting with hotel management to ask if they’ll give Wall an upgrade and to request a member of the hotel staff be assigned to the premier’s delegation and reachable by cell phone 24-hours a day. The travel scouts view the locations of meals and events the premier will attend, asking about seating arrangements and menus. They have also arranged an additional car so the premier doesn’t have to ride with the rest of his delegation.

The trips are usually taken over a month in advance by two senior government staff making approximately $116,000 and $161,000 per year. Information about the premier’s travel scouts was obtained by the Opposition New Democrats via freedom of information laws.

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