Residents of North Battleford recently attended a Crowns and Cuts the first Town Hall meeting in a series of public discussions in rural and northern areas being facilitated by Stop the Cuts, a citizens group of people concerned about the impacts provincial budget cuts. Crowns and Cuts Town Hall organizers are highlighting the value of Crown Corporations, which have been contributing to the strength of Saskatchewan’s economy and social fabric for over 100 years. The second Crowns and Cuts event will be in LaRonge on Thursday, August 31 at 7 pm at the United Church.
“Privatizing services and cutting Saskatchewan's Crown Corporations and other public services causes harm to people and communities,” said Stop the Cuts member, Cindy Hanson. “Attendees at the first town hall in North Battleford listed dozens of impacts from the budget cuts from increases in mental health issues to more crime and violence, along with rural depopulation.”
Stop the Cuts responded to local organizers in La Ronge who are concerned about how hard the cuts hit the North. Shuttering STC, losing NORTEP/NORPAC, and cutbacks to education and health have are particularly devastating for northern communities.
The Crowns and Cuts Town Halls are a chance for people to learn more, to share their own views and experiences, and to let their voices be heard. Everyone is welcome to attend. Stop the Cuts is also reaching out to people across the province who are interested in creating a town hall opportunity in their own community.
For more information contact http://www.stopthecutssk.ca/ or 306-381-8631