Four in the Afternoon: Private Clinics, The Infeasible Dome

4 in the AfternoonOkay. I swear this started out as a Six In The AM at about 7 this morning, then somebody woke up and decided that there would be no blogging this AM. So, instead of six you’re getting four not-so-surprising news stories.

1. WHO COULDN’T SEE THIS COMING? In an effort to reduce wait times, the Sask Party government is looking into using private clinics to help them reduce the surgery backlog. The Sask. Party government trying to sneak some healthcare privatization in through the backdoor you say? Really? Colour me gobsmacked. (Leader Post)

2. OKAY, WHO COULDN’T SEE THIS COMING? The U.S. is publicly calling for Canada to stay in Afghanistan beyond 2011. Really? They need us to stick around? You don’t say. What’s The Harpster going to do now? Risk pissing off the Socialist to the South or stay in the fight for a few more years? I’ve no idea. I’m all on tenterhooks.

3. WHAT ABOUT THIS? YOU CAN’T TELL ME YOU SAW THIS COMING! Okay, this news is five days old so maybe you heard about it already but it never made it onto dog blog and I was SOOOOOO surprised by it I had to include it today. Apparently, a couple professors did their own little feasibility study of a retractable dome stadium in Regina and confirmed what some folk in Fargo told the prairie dog last year: take any claims of great GDP gains from a sports stadium with a big ol’ grain of salt. Turns out this independent study suggests that some of the findings in the official feasibility study (the one we paid a million bucks for) were a little, shall we say, optimistic? (Leader Post)

4. OKAY, I CONFESS, I DIDN’T SEE THIS COMING AT ALL: Seems there’s a chance we could see the NHL moving the Coyotes back to Winnipeg. Seeing as I don’t follow hockey at all, if it hadn’t been for Whitworth e-mailing me at the crack of dawn saying, “You have to blog this!” I’d have had no idea any of this was going on. They had hockey in Winnipeg, you say? Colour me gobsmacked. (Winnipeg Free Press)

Author: Paul Dechene

Paul Dechene is 5'10'' tall and he was born in a place. He's not there now. He's sitting in front of his computer writing his bio for this blog. He has a song stuck in his head. It's "Girl From Ipanema", thanks for asking. You can follow Paul on Twitter at @pauldechene and get live updates during city council meetings and other city events at @PDcityhall.

3 thoughts on “Four in the Afternoon: Private Clinics, The Infeasible Dome”

  1. With regards to #1, um, what rock have you been living under? We’ve had a two tier system for years…we just go out of country and pay for it. So perhaps this makes sense that we allow some local private clinics and keep some of that money in the local economy and maybe just maybe actualy do some good with our health care system like reduce wait times. SK really needs to get over this hyper freak out over even mentioning private health care and accept a public/private system can work. Unless of course you really want over 50% of the SK budget to go to health care in a few more years with long wait times anyway.

  2. Who goes out of the country for medical service? Do you? I don’t. Dechene doesn’t. Don’t know anyone who has. Maybe it’s a lot more common than I’d guess. But I doubt it.

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