Austerity, Transportation and Health Equity: Emerging impacts of the closure of STC

On 31st May 2017, after 70 years of service, the final bus of the government-owned Saskatchewan Transportation Company (STC) took its last trip from Regina. At the time of its closure the company served 253 communities and transported about 200,000 Saskatchewan residents yearly. STC was abruptly shut down as part of the March 2017 budget that saw cuts to several other public institutions and services including libraries, post-secondary institutions among others - although some of these cuts were later reversed after significant public outcry.

At the time of the company’s closure, the STC was an integral part of life in Saskatchewan and played a pivotal role in transporting many essential equipment and supplies used by the various health regions, small businesses and farmers in the province. For example, the bus transported vaccines, blood products and medical equipment (Saskatchewan Transportation company, 2010).

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Celebrate the Victory

Yesterday’s restoration of funding to libraries by the Saskatchewan Party was a major accomplishment for grassroots democracy in Saskatchewan. The people who organized the Save Saskatchewan Libraries campaign did a brilliant job of quickly responding to the cuts, building a Facebook group with over 7,000 members, collecting signatures on petitions, mobilizing people in 85 communities across the province to participate in the “Drop Everything and Read!” and ultimately forcing the government to return 100% of the funds cut from the library system. Victories like this don’t come along every day and it is reason to celebrate!

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10 Point Plan to Stop Brad Wall

Guest post from Nikko Snyder: I started working on this shortly after the Saskatchewan budget came down nearly a month ago, but by the time it was ready to share I felt the time for it had come and gone. HOWEVER, with the recent good news about the Sask Party’s record low approval ratings and Brad Wall’s wavering on his cuts to the SK library system, I think it’s clear that what we need now is yet another focused WAVE OF RESISTANCE. Brad Wall is starting to experience (for the first time since coming to power) the true power of Saskatchewan citizens, and he’s getting scared. Let’s see what happens if we redouble our efforts to let him know that his vision of Saskatchewan is simply not acceptable.


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