Category Archives: Health

TEN LOST YEARS: WHAT HAPPENED TO HEALTHCARE UNDER HARPER?

BY Jim Harding The “economy” is the highest ranked “issue” in this election. But what does “economy” mean? It’s actually about several issues: job and family security; poverty, wealth and distribution of income; infrastructure, quality of life and of course, … Continue reading

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BENEATH THE EBOLA EPIDEMIC

BY Jim Harding The Ebola epidemic started in Guinea, West Africa in March, 2014 and soon spread to adjoining Liberia and Sierra Leone, all countries left with a huge infrastructure deficit after decades of civil war. A half year later … Continue reading

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REPLACING MY FATHER’S TRACTOR

BY Jim Harding I just bought a small, new tractor for our country home. It took months of checking and comparing to decide. I got the largest of the small Husqvarna tractors with 24 HP, a heavy duty mower and … Continue reading

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GIVING THANKS TO THOSE WHO CREATED HEALTHY HORIZONS

BY Jim Harding I moved back to Saskatchewan in 1977 to become research director of the Saskatchewan Alcoholism Commission (SAC). An arm’s length Commission within Sask Health, SAC was grappling with a growing list of abusive substances: alcohol for sure, … Continue reading

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FUKUSHIMA: THE SASKATCHEWAN CONNECTION

By Jim Harding It’s over two and one-half years since the nuclear meltdowns at Fukushima, Japan and the contamination hasn’t stopped. It is getting so serious that the IAEA, the UN’s nuclear body recently recategorized the situation as a nuclear … Continue reading

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WATER IS LIFE: THE QU’APPELLE VALLEY FORUM ON WATER QUALITY

By Jim Harding On June 22, 2013, the Fort Qu’Appelle KAIROS group hosted a regional forum on water quality. Over one hundred people came – scientists, indigenous and settler residents, cottagers, municipal and provincial officials, watershed protection volunteers and many … Continue reading

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HARPER’S “CONSERVATIVE” ECONOMISM: RHETORIC AND REALITY

BY Jim Harding The Harper-run Conservatives combined their revisioning of conservatism and economism into a winning strategy. With significant vote-splitting in the existing first-past-the-post system, a minority won a majority of seats in 2011. The broad Canadian public now seems … Continue reading

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