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New food guide goes nuts for veggies
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New food guide goes nuts for veggies

School bulletin boards and doctors offices used to be painted in the Canada Food Guide’s colours of the rainbow. Eating healthy meant getting daily servings from each of the four food groups. A toddler running around the house needed four daily servings of fruits and vegetables, three of grain products, two of milk and alternatives...

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Homeschooling

Homeschooled students tend to do better than their public school counterparts when it comes to standardized test taking. According to one study published in the Canadian Journal of Behavioral Science compared with public school children, homeschooled children tended to be ahead, with a half-grade advantage in math, and are almost 2-grade levels higher when it...

Decolonizing through skateboards: One Regina man’s idea is expanding across borders
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Decolonizing through skateboards: One Regina man’s idea is expanding across borders

A Regina artist and student is using skateboard design to spark conversations about Canada’s dark past. Michael Langan started the Regina-based company Colonialism Skateboards in 2015. It was a way to educate people on Canada’s history with Indigenous peoples, including residential schools and people needing passes to leave reserves, in hopes to educate about decolonization....

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Tomorrow is never promised

‘‘No Tomorrow’’ is the title of the school tour that MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) is taking across Saskatchewan. And the title could ring true for anyone of the hundreds of students at Thom Collegiate on Mar. 25 if they choose to get behind the wheel while impaired. ‘‘No Tomorrow’’ also happens to be the...

Libraries escape cuts in budget
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Libraries escape cuts in budget

The Saskatchewan government announced at this year’s provincial budget there will be an increase in funding for libraries by one per cent, from $11.1 million to $11.2 million, an increase of $128,000 overall. Funds for the library system will see most of the distribution going towards resource sharing grants for the seven regional library systems,...

Province adds $2.1 million for existing climate change plan
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Province adds $2.1 million for existing climate change plan

The provincial government announced an increase to its climate change funding for the 2019 budget, following the introduction of the province’s Prairie Resilience climate change plan in the fall of 2018. According to Minister of Environment Dustin Duncan, the 61 per cent bump in funding will support the newly minted climate change strategy. “It’s really...

Sask. government to give tax credit to volunteer first responders
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Sask. government to give tax credit to volunteer first responders

The Government of Saskatchewan is providing a $3000 tax credit for volunteer firefighters, and volunteer first responders, starting in the 2020 tax year. The tax credit will only be available to those who have 200 hours, or more, of volunteer work. But according to Doug Lapchuk, President of the Saskatchewan Volunteer Firefighters Association, that number...

Boost to autism funding still excludes most school-aged kids
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Boost to autism funding still excludes most school-aged kids

Wednesday’s provincial budget announcement saw an increase for autism individualized funding for children six-years-old and under. In the 2018-19 budget, the province announced each child diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) who meets the age requirement would receive $4,000. This year, it is increased to $6,000. While some considered the boost a positive enhancement, one...

Government commits to creating new addiction treatment beds in 2019-2020 budget
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Government commits to creating new addiction treatment beds in 2019-2020 budget

The Saskatchewan government has committed to creating 72 new addiction treatment beds across the province as part of its increased addiction funding in this year’s budget. In the 2019-2020 budget released on Wednesday, the province outlined its plan to invest more than $52 million in combatting addictions. “We have heard a lot through the last...