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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...

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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...

Family fights to stay in Canada: ‘We’re not bad people’
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Family fights to stay in Canada: ‘We’re not bad people’

Christina Schiller is concerned her family could be torn apart. Schiller and her daughters, 19-year-old Kiara and eight-year-old Mia, moved from Hungary to Regina in 2011, when Christina married a Regina man she met online. But the relationship ended when he became abusive. With no money to return to Hungary, the family was forced to...

Premier Scott Moe rises to top of popularity poll
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Premier Scott Moe rises to top of popularity poll

Saskatchewan premier Scott Moe has topped the list of Canada’s most favourable provincial leaders – successfully knocking Quebec premier François Legault down to second place –according to poll results released on March 25. Moe is the leader of the Saskatchewan Party. The poll was conducted by DART Insight and Communications, a company that claims to...

White Pony cleanup discovers hundreds of used needles
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White Pony cleanup discovers hundreds of used needles

After spending a day picking up discarded needles with her friends, Patty Will never expected to find another dangerous stash just outside her backyard. “The stuff I found myself in my neighbourhood last weekend and then this weekend, last night, was not under the snow, it was just dumped,” said Will, one of several active...

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...