1 STRIKE! Sixty health care workers are not working today. Why? Because they’re STRIKING! Ha ha! The Health Sciences Association of Saskatchewan (HSAS) is locked in battle with the Saskatchewan Association of Health Organizations (SAHO). Workers have been without a contract for two years and want both sides to go to binding arbitration to fix the problem.
2 SAFE INJECTION SITE HEADS BACK IN COURT The Vancouver safe-injection site Insite, which has been proven to save lives, will argue for its right to exist before the Supreme Court of Canada this week. It has been under attack by the federal government for years and has won in court twice already. The Conservative federal government is basically on a witch hunt here, acting on ideological beliefs rather than facts. But hey, ignoring facts and acting out of unsupported opinion is the kind of behaviour that gets you a majority government I guess. And if that means prairie dog has to wonder aloud if Saskatchewan’s Conservative supporters are a bunch of un-Christian dicks who just want drug addicts to fucking die, well, so be it.
3 FLOOD MENACE FORCES BRANDON RESIDENTS TO EVACUATE Nine-hundred people have been told to leave their homes in low-lying Brandon neighbourhoods. A state of emergency was declared yesterday. It’s serious — The Assiniboine river has reached record levels in Brandon. The armed forces have been called in to reinforce dikes between Portage la Prairie and Headingly, and presumably, to shoot aggressive flood waters on sight. Oh, and Quebec’s having water trouble too–but it appears to be winding down.
4 BLAKENEY REMEMBERED A memorial was held for Allan Blakeney this weekend. Here’s the story. The former NDP premier passed away on April 16.
5 SYRIA INVADES ANOTHER SYRIAN CITY Democratic uprising, meet tanks.
6 MS, LIBERATION THERAPY AND SCIENTIFIC DEBATE Want to read a really long feature on the topic? There’s one in today’s Globe And Mail.
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