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The good people of Coronach are speaking loud and clear about the need for a resident doctor in their community, and as well they should be. It has been nearly a year since the town has been serviced by a visiting doctor from Assiniboia, and years since Coronach has had a doctor of it’s own. I am sure the community really doesn’t care which direction the doctor comes from as long as one arrives. However, it does seem odd that Sun Country Health Region (SCHR)

would offload a service, that they should provide, to the neighbouring health region.


Regardless, the town and surrounding community, which adds up to approximately 1000 people, require much better service than what SCHR currently supplies. The Poplar River Power Station and Poplar River Mine have many highlevel risk jobs, and immediate care is needed if ever a serious accident were to occur. Currently, a nurse practitioner visits twice a week, but with no emergency services available at the health center, the NP would seem limited to provide adequate service.


The Town of Coronach has housing to provide a doctor, which does not come at an expense to the health region, and they are involved in a local recruitment committee that also offers additional funding for a doctor, again not an expense to the health region. And as I understand it there is also provincial government programs to place doctors, for a period of five years, which again is over and above any expense to the health region. Given that the SCHR manages to achieve an operating surplus annually and judging by what senior management continues to be paid, I would think funds are available somewhere for one more doctor in the region.


Apparently, it is not common anymore to operate a one doctor practice, but SCHR needs to make an exception and work with the Town of Coronach, because I know the community will be sure to make it work. If the Town of Radville, which is just slightly larger in population, is being provided three resident doctors, then surely Coronach could have access to one.


It is time that Sun Country Health Region becomes more concerned about the safety and
wellbeing of the residents of Coronach and less concerned about staff parking at the Health Centre.


Yours truly,
Brian Archer
Wood River Candidate
PC Party of Saskatchewan

The pile of scrap tires left over from the closing of Assiniboia Rubber Recyclers Inc and Prairie Rubber Corp is not only an eyesore, but a safety hazard, and something needs to be done about it.

Wood River PC Party candidate, Brian Archer, said “One solution would be for the government to find a buyer for the plant and put it back in operation. This would create employment for the people of Assiniboia, and it would get rid of a terrible eyesore and safety hazard. If that can’t happen, and after all these years it seems unlikely that it will, then the government needs to find another tire recycling company to pick up the pile and get it out of town.”

“This pile of tires is a breeding ground for rats and mosquitoes. With the amount of tires in this pile, Assiniboia and district would be in dire peril if that tire pile were to start on fire for some reason.” added Archer.

Archer added “MLA Huyghebaert was very vocal about the plant’s closing in 2006 when he was a member of the opposition. However, while he was sitting on the government side of the Legislature, he was content to watch the permanent closure of the facility and sell off of the equipment.”

Archer concluded by saying, “The Wall government has had ample time to find a remedy to this situation. They want people to think they can move mountains, so let them start with this mountain of tires. It is the right thing for the environment and the people of Assiniboia deserve better than this.”

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20160211 Archers Letter to Wall Feb 2016

 

Is it time for the people of Wood River Constituency to put partisan politics to the side and elect someone who will truly represent their needs and wishes? We have been on the same path for the past 16 years with the current Sask Party MLA. Sure they have a new candidate nominated for the next election, but haven’t they had their shot? Haven’t they been given a fair opportunity?

On May 13, 2015 the Provincial Ombudsman submitted her report to the legislature on the growing concerns and issues of the provincial seniors care system. The two major causes for concern pointed out by the Provincial Ombudsman were that seniors care was under a great deal of strain and that guidelines were not being met. These issues are seen province wide and the Five Hills Health Region (FHHR) is no exception.

Wood River Constituency is home to many great seniors care facilities, and one of those facilities is Assiniboia’s RossPayant Centennial Nursing Home. I often hear comments that the RossPayant Nursing Home is a great facility with wonderful staff, however, it also is currently experiencing troubles of it’s own. FHHR has scheduled to close the Dementia Wing and make nurse and careaid staff cuts, later this month. Staff at RossPayant are already working under stressful conditions and often are run off their feet due to the lack of staff, yet they do their best to meet the guidelines, the ombudsman speaks of.

I find it ironic that while the Provincial Ombudsman’s report specifically comments on the strain being experienced in long term care due to shortages in staffing , FHHR still proceeds with staffing cuts at RossPayant.

The Health Region and the Minister are quick to justify staff cuts to frontline health care while adding more staff to an already topheavy Health Region administration staff.

I call on FHHR and MInister Duncan to do the right thing and reverse this decision. Residents, their families and the staff deserve better.

Yours truly
Brian Archer
Wood River Candidate
PC Party of Saskatchewan

It is inevitable that within the next few months Mr. David Marit, Sask Party candidate for Wood River, will be knocking on your door, shaking your hand, handing you a pamphlet and insisting he is the right man for the job, come next provincial election. Before you jump to any decisions of certainty, seeing as he is the well established Sask Party nominee, you may first want to ask him some questions, get his opinion.

For example, while he was the president of SARM, and representing all of rural Saskatchewan, why did he not question our Sask Party government’s decision to allow CPPIB to purchase 115,000 acres of Saskatchewan farmland in 2013? Why as the leader and voice of a powerful farm lobby group did he not become engaged in the farmland ownership issue? And what about doctor shortages in some of our local hospitals such as Coronach, does he feel the staffing is adequate, or does he feel there is a need for a fulltime doctor in Coronach? It’s apparent the Sask Party government doesn’t feel the need for a fulltime doctor in Coronach even though power plant and mine have many high level risk job positions. What about the closing of the dementia wing and staff cuts at the RossPayant Centennial Nursing Home, the Sask Party government and Five Hills Health Region went ahead with the cuts, what is Mr. Marit’s opinion?

Mr. Marit will insist he is the right man to be your next MLA, you should insist Mr. Marit answer the above questions.

An MLA should represent his constituents, not his/her party.

Yours truly,
Brian Archer
Wood River Candidate
PC Party of Saskatchewan

Brian Archer, the Wood River candidate, for the Progressive Conservative Party of Saskatchewan should be your next MLA, and that has become even more apparent now that the SK Party has elected their candidate. The SK Party has held the Wood River seat for the past 14 years and they have governed the province for the past seven, so I ask, what do we have to show for it here in Wood River?

We all just had the opportunity to read and hear from the list of SK Party nominees, and I found it ironic that the majority of them had the same complaints as I do. Terrible highways, population decline and failing health care just to name some of the issues. Shouldn’t the SK Party be embarrassed to have such poor results yet they’ve had the opportunity to govern in arguably some of the best times this province has ever seen?

Wood River candidate, for the SK Party, David Marit mentioned that he wants to give the area a strong rural voice. In my opinion, Mr. Marit has already had an opportunity at a provincial level, as the president of SARM, and I believe he came up short. Where was his strong voice for the people of rural Saskatchewan with regards to grain transportation problems, large pension funds buying large tracts of Saskatchewan farmland, and the flooding this past spring in the southeastern part of our province? Sure we’ve seen him respond to the federal and provincial government, but has he ever taken the lead? A good MLA doesn’t just need to have a strong voice, he/she also needs to be a strong leader who isn’t afraid to ask the tough questions and demand results.

The provincial government needs to get better value for our natural resources which will generate more revenue so that constituencies such as ours can repair our highways and fix our collapsing health care facilities. We need to keep farmland ownership in the hands of our farmers which will keep our communities strong. Government needs to sit down with Whitemud Resources Inc and see if there is a solution to get the mine at Wood Mountain back in operation.

These are just a few issues, with some basic solutions, that are important to all of us in Wood River. The PC Party has a strong foundation of policies and beliefs, and I feel we are the right choice for Wood River. The SK Party has failed the Wood River constituency for the past fourteen years. When the next election arrives, vote for change, solutions and results. Vote for Brian Archer.

This past week we heard a report from Saskatchewan’s Privacy Commissioner Mr. Kruzeniski with regards to a privacy breach complaint between a health care worker (Peter Bowden) and his employer (Oliver Lodge), the Saskatoon Health region and the Ministry of Health. If you recall, Mr. Bowden came forward to the Legislature, this past March, with concerns of staffing shortages in the longterm care facility. He has since been fired from his duties.

Likely, the most significant finding in the commissioner’s report, for the general public, was that the rules of The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act do not apply to the Premier, Cabinet Ministers, MLAs or their immediate staff. This double standard for the Premier’s office puts many people that work for government, such as school boards or health regions, in a vulnerable situation.

The Saskatoon Health Region and the Premier both insist his whistleblowing had no bearing on his job dismissal, and that other allegations were the cause. Let’s hope the latter is true and that caring civil servants can comfortably come forward with issues and concerns.

The Privacy Commissioner has recommended that the rules of the Act be changed to include MLAs and members of the executive council. Premier Wall will not receive any opposition to the amendment of rules in The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and he should move forward immediately with the changes in the upcoming fall sitting of the Legislature.


Yours truly
Brian Archer
Wood River Candidate
PC Party of Saskatchewan

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