In the wake of Jack Layton’s tragic death, there has been a tangible vacuum of power in the NDP. Now, as the race for the leadership of the Official Opposition heats up, the candidates are striving to showcase why and how they will be able to bring Layton’s singular passion back to the party. The Sheaf spoke to the five candidates who came to Saskatoon for a Feb. 7 debate.
Since 2002, the number of new HIV infections in Saskatchewan per year has risen steadily, from 26 to 200. And while there was a slight drop in 2010, AIDS Saskatoon expects the 2011 numbers will almost certainly show another increase once they are available.
Passed on Nov. 28, 2011, the Conservative-introduced Bill C-18 will go into effect on Aug. 1, 2012, and will end the CWB’s monopoly on selling Western Canadian wheat and barley internationally. Western Canadian farmers produce 21 tonnes of wheat, barley and durum annually, 80 per cent of which is exported overseas. While the bill does not legislate the dismantling of the board, it remains to be seen what, if any, kind of role the board will play in a deregulated grain market.
What started in 2009 as a side project with low expectations has quickly yielded impressive results and garnered funding from the National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. University of Calgary biochemistry professor Raymond Turner began working with Howard Ceri, a U of C biology professor, on creating a biofilm that would assist in the detoxification and reclamation of some tailings pond water left over after oil sands excavation.
“Did you eat the slaw? How about you, how much coleslaw did you eat?” This is how the 74th annual Canadian University Press national conference’s bizarre outbreak of norovirus began. Norovirus, previously named Norwalk, is a highly contagious illness that most often causes violent illness for one or two days, including vomiting, diarrhea and stomach pain. What ensued was twelve hours of the worst kind of illness. Read on for a full, first person recap of the night's disastrous and disgusting outbreak.
In a rural medical office, only the bare minimum of medical technology is either affordable or practical, and doctors rely on their own diagnostic skills rather than the expensive tests that doctors at urban centres can more easily access. In the absence of proper equipment from which many urban doctors benefit, rural patients can be misdiagnosed or mistreated due to the impracticality of running the gamut of tests on them. Linda Pilarski, a University of Alberta oncology professor and Canada Research Chair in Biomedical Nanotechnology, has been working since 1998 to change this.
When Saskatoon’s branch of the Occupy Wall Street protests set up camp in Friendship Park on Oct. 15, it quickly became a home for the homeless in town. Since the first protesters took to the streets of New York’s financial district on Sept. 17, the Occupy Wall Street movement has spread to more than 1,500 cities worldwide. About 1,000 cities with active Occupy protests are much farther south, in the United States, allowing the Saskatoon protesters to develop distinctly local priorities.
Aboriginal students are one of Saskatchewan’s largest untapped economic assets, according to a new study done for the Gabriel Dumont Institute. The Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada’s website claims that only eight per cent of aboriginal people in Canada between ages 25 and 64 have university degrees, while 23 per cent of non-aboriginal people in that same age group have university degrees.
With both serious and petty crime dropping steadily in Canada over the last two decades, many are challenging the federal government’s intense focus on imprisoning law-breakers. Bill C-10, entitled the “Safe Streets and Communities Act,” is an omnibus bill composed of nine different bills that died in Parliament before the May 2 election was called. It includes harsher mandatory minimum sentences for minor offenses such as drug possession, as well as extended possible maximum sentences.
Though Stacey Swampy has not been an active gang member in almost 17 years, he can readily list the many benefits they offer to poor youth: protection, a sense of belonging, family, and, not least, money. Str8 Up began several years ago in Saskatoon. Father Andre, a Catholic priest and chaplain in the Saskatoon Correctional Centre, “basically started to recognize that people who want to get out of the gangs have a long, hard, difficult road ahead of them,” said John Howard Society District Director Shaun Dyer. “So he started to be intentional about working with them and befriending them.”