The StarPhoenix is a daily newspaper that serves Saskatoon, Canada, is a part of Postmedia Network. The StarPhoenix publishes one weekly, Bridges, it is part of the canada.com Internet portal. The StarPhoenix was first published as The Saskatoon Phoenix on October 17, 1902. In 1909, it became a daily paper and, in 1910, was renamed the Saskatoon Capital; the paper was sold and bought several times between its inception and the 1920s, at one point being owned by W. F. Herman, the future owner and publisher of The Windsor Star. By 1927, there were two daily papers in Saskatoon: the Daily Phoenix. In January 1928, both papers were bought by the Sifton family of Winnipeg and amalgamated into the Saskatoon Star-Phoenix. In the early 1980s the spelling of the newspaper name was modified to StarPhoenix. Between the 1928 amalgamation and the launch of the Saskatoon edition of Metro in April 2012, the StarPhoenix was the city's only daily newspaper. In 1996, the StarPhoenix was bought by the Hollinger newspaper chain.
It was subsequently sold to CanWest Global Communications in 2000 and became part of the Southam Newspapers division now called CanWest News Service. Canwest is the current owner of The StarPhoenix. In 2015, the StarPhoenix press began printing the Regina Leader-Post in addition to its own print edition, after the Regina press was shut down; the StarPhoenix has seen like most Canadian daily newspapers a decline in circulation. Its total circulation dropped by 28 percent to 39,008 copies daily from 2009 to 2015. Daily average List of newspapers in Canada Official website The StarPhoenix Newspaper Cover - Daily canada.com
An electoral swing analysis shows the extent of change in voter support from one election to another, expressed as a positive or negative percentage. A multi-party swing is an indicator of a change in the electorate's preference between candidates or parties. A swing can be calculated for the electorate as a whole, for a given electoral district or for a particular demographic. A swing is useful for analysing change in voter support over time, or as a tool for predicting the outcome of elections in constituency-based systems. Swing is usefully deployed when analysing the shift in voter intentions revealed by opinion polls or to compare polls concisely which may rely on differing samples and on markedly different swings and therefore predict extraneous results. A swing is calculated by comparing the percentage of the vote in a particular election to the percentage of the vote belonging to the same party or candidate at the previous election. One-party swing = Percentage of vote − percentage of vote.
Examples include the comparison between the 2007 Ukrainian Parliamentary elections. The above charts show the change in voter support for each of the six major political parties by electoral district and nationwide vote results. In many nation states' media, including in Australia and the United Kingdom, swing is expressed in terms of two parties; this practice is most useful where most governments tend to be from an existing two-party system but other candidates do sometimes run, is used to predict the outcome of elections in constituency-based systems where different seats are held with different previous levels of support. An assumption underlies extrapolated national calculations: that all districts will experience the same swing as shown in a poll or in a place's results; the advantage of this swing is the fact that the loss of support for one party will in most cases be accompanied by smaller or bigger gain in support for the other, but both figures are averaged into one. Employing the two assumptions allows the analyst to compute an electoral pendulum, predicting how many seats will change hands given a particular swing, what size uniform swing would therefore bring about a change of government.
In Australia, the term "swing" refers to the change in the outcome of an election from the viewpoint of specific political parties in the preferential voting system. The UK uses the two-party swing, adding one party's increase in share of the vote to the percentage-point fall of another party and dividing the total by two. So if Party One's vote rises by 4 points and Party Two's vote falls 5 points, the swing is 4.5 points. For disambiguation suffixes such as: must be added where three parties stand. Otherwise a problem when deciding which swing is meant and which swing is best to publish arises where a lower party takes first or second. Originating as a mathematical calculation for comparing the results of two constituencies, any of these figures can be used as an indication of the scale of voter change between any two political parties, as shown below for the 2010 United Kingdom general election: Swing in the United States can refer to swing state, those states that are known to shift an outcome between Democrats and Republican Parties, equivalent on a local level to marginal seats.
By contrast, a non-swing state is the direct equivalent of a safe seat, as it changes in outcome. The extent of change in political outcome is influenced by the voting system in use; some websites provide a pie chart based or column-based multi party swingometer where ± x%, ± x%, ± x% and so on is displayed or can be input for three parties. This tool or illustration provides outcomes wherever more than two political parties have a significant influence on which politicians are elected. Swing vote Swingometer Notes References
2011 Saskatchewan general election
The 27th Saskatchewan general election was held on November 7, 2011, to elect 58 members of the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan. The election was called on October 10 by the Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan, on the advice of Premier Brad Wall. Wall's Saskatchewan Party government was re-elected with an increased majority of 49 seats, the third-largest majority government in the province's history; the opposition New Democratic Party was cut down to only nine ridings, its worst showing in 30 years. This was the first Saskatchewan provincial vote to use a fixed election date, set on the first Monday of November every four years. On election night, the incumbent Saskatchewan Party won 84% of the seats in the provincial legislature on the strength of 64% of the popular vote. In the process, they won the third-biggest majority government in the province's history; the only bigger majorities came in 1934, when the Liberals won 50 out of 55 seats, 1982, when the Tories won 55 out of 64. The NDP recorded its lowest share of the popular vote since 1938, when it was known as the Saskatchewan Co-operative Commonwealth Federation.
The NDP was reduced to its smallest presence in the legislature since 1982, when the party won the same number of seats in what was a larger assembly. Opposition leader Dwain Lingenfelter was unseated; the Saskatchewan Party maintained their dominance of rural regions, broke the NDP's longstanding grip on the province's two largest cities and Saskatoon. The Green Party failed to win any seats – though they ran a full slate of 58 candidates and took third place in the overall popular vote, ahead of the Liberal Party; the Liberals put most of their resources into getting party leader Ryan Bater elected in the Battlefords, but he finished a distant third. The Progressive Conservatives made a small gain in popular vote for the second straight election; the Saskatchewan Party maintained their sweep of the central rural ridings. The Saskatchewan Party succeeded in unseating New Democrats in all of the smaller cities – including Moose Jaw, The Battlefords, Prince Albert; the Saskatchewan Party won eight of the 12 ridings in Saskatoon, marking the first time since the 1982 PC landslide that a centre-right party has won the most seats in that city.
This didn't come as a surprise, since Saskatoon has traditionally been friendly to centre-right parties and candidates. However – and most – the Saskatchewan Party took eight out of 11 ridings in Regina, in part due to picking up local support from the absent Liberal Party; as was the case in Saskatoon, this was the first time a centre-right party has won the most seats there since 1982. The New Democratic Party maintained their hold on the two northernmost ridings in Saskatchewan, in addition to three seats in the provincial capital and four constituencies in Saskatoon; the NDP recorded the lowest share of the popular vote since 1938. However, compared to its result in 1982, NDP support in 2011 was more concentrated in the North and the inner cities of Regina and Saskatoon, a factor which allowed the party to equal its 1982-seat tally. For the first time in history, a Saskatchewan NDP leader lost his own seat, with Dwain Lingenfelter losing by a shocking 10-percentage-point margin in Regina Douglas Park to a Saskatchewan Party challenger.
November 21, 2007 – Premier Brad Wall & Cabinet Ministers are sworn in. January 3, 2008 – NDP MLA Joan Beatty announces she will resign her seat in Cumberland to enter federal politics. June 25, 2008 – Doyle Vermette holds the seat of Cumberland for the New Democrats. October 16, 2008 – NDP Leader Lorne Calvert announces he will retire from politics as soon as his successor is chosen. May 29, 2009 – Premier Brad Wall shuffles his Cabinet. June 6, 2009 – Dwain Lingenfelter is elected Leader of the Saskatchewan NDP over Ryan Meili on the second ballot. June 30, 2009 – NDP MLA Harry Van Mulligen resigns his seat in Regina Douglas Park retiring from politics. Lorne Calvert resigns his seat in Saskatoon Riversdale the same day. September 21, 2009 – Dwain Lingenfelter & Danielle Chartier hold the constituencies of Regina Douglas Park & Saskatoon Riversdale for the NDP. October 21, 2009 – Dwain Lingenfelter is sworn in as Leader of the Official Opposition. January 29, 2010 – NDP MLA Kim Trew announces that he will not be running in the next election.
April 16, 2010 – Saskatchewan Party MLA Serge LeClerc resigns from the caucus to sit as an Independent MLA. On April 20, he announces. May 13, 2010 – NDP MLA Ron Harper announces that he will retire at the end of his term. June 2, 2010 – Saskatchewan Party MLA Joceline Schriemer announces that she will not run for re-election. June 23, 2010 – Finance Minister Rod Gantefoer announces that he will retire at the next election. June 29, 2010 – Premier Brad Wall shuffles his Cabinet. August 31, 2010 – Independent MLA Serge LeClerc resigns his seat in the Legislature, leaving politics. October 18, 2010 – Gordon Wyant of the Saskatchewan Party wins the seat of Saskatoon Northwest in a byelection. January 11, 2011 – NDP MLA Pat Atkinson announces that she will retire at the next provincial election. March 5, 2011 – Saskatchewan Party MLA Denis Allchurch loses his party's nomination for Rosthern-Shellbrook to Scott Moe. September 6, 2011 – Larissa Shasko abruptly resigns from the leadership of the Green Party of Saskatchewan.
Federal Green Party of Canada leader Elizabeth May announces that veteran provincial party activist Victor Lau will temporarily lead the Saskatchewa
Prince Albert, Saskatchewan
Prince Albert is the third-largest city in Saskatchewan, after Saskatoon and Regina. It is situated near the centre of the province on the banks of the North Saskatchewan River; the city is known as the "Gateway to the North" because it is the last major centre along the route to the resources of northern Saskatchewan. Prince Albert National Park is located 51 km north of the city and contains a huge wealth of lakes and wildlife; the city itself is located in a transition zone between the aspen parkland and boreal forest biomes. Prince Albert is bordered by the Rural Municipality of Prince Albert No. 461 and the Rural Municipality of Buckland No. 491. The area was named kistahpinanihk by the Cree, which translates to sitting pretty place, "a great meeting place". or "meeting place"Henry Kelsey passed through the area on his journey along the North Saskatchewan River in 1692, when he tried unsuccessfully to bring locals that he called "Neywatame" to the trading fort York Factory. The first trading post set up in the area was built in 1776 by Peter Pond.
James Isbister, an Anglo-Métis employee of the Hudson's Bay Company, settled on the site of the current city in 1862. He farmed there until 1866, had been joined by a number of families who called the site Isbister's Settlement; the community received a boost in 1866 when Reverend James Nisbet, a Canada Presbyterian Church minister arrived to establish a mission for the Cree. Nisbet named the mission after Albert, Prince Consort, husband of Queen Victoria, who had died in 1861, from which the present city derives its name. In 1879 the Presbyterian Church brought out Lucy Margaret Baker to run the local mission school. During the same year, the local Freemasons established the first lodge in what is now the province of Saskatchewan: Kinistino Lodge No. 1, which still exists. "The Mission", the settlement centrally located, "Porter Town", located to the west, were the two communities that would come together to form what is now Prince Albert. The settlement east of Prince Albert was termed Goschen before amalgamated, however East Prince Albert still appears on a 1924 map.
In 1884, Honore Jaxon and James Isbister were involved in the movement which brought Louis Riel back to Canada. Riel returned from the United States following a political exile resulting from the Red River Rebellion that had occurred in 1869–1870. Five hundred people gathered to hear Riel speak one month after his return. In the Northwest Rebellion of the 1885, Prince Albert Volunteers bore the heaviest casualties of the fighting at the Battle of Duck Lake. Surrounding settlers took refuge with the North-West Mounted Police in a hastily improvised stockade at Prince Albert, fearing an attack by Gabriel Dumont, which never came. After the Battle of Batoche, Major General Frederick Middleton marched to Prince Albert to relieve the town. Prince Albert, with a population of about 800 people, was incorporated as a town the same year under its first mayor, Thomas McKay. In 1904, the settlement was incorporated as the City of Prince Albert, its government is of a council-mayor type. Prince Albert was the capital of the District of Saskatchewan, a regional administrative division of what constituted the Northwest Territories.
The District of Saskatchewan was formed on May 8, 1882, named Prince Albert as its capital. This ended in 1905 when Saskatchewan became a province and Regina was designated the new provincial capital. Prince Albert was one of the rival candidates to house either the University of Saskatchewan or the Saskatchewan Federal Penitentiary; the university was built in Saskatoon and the penitentiary was built in Prince Albert in 1911. The federal constituency of Prince Albert has been represented by three prime ministers of Canada: John Diefenbaker, 13th Prime Minister, became the Member of Parliament for Lake Centre in 1940, when that riding was abolished in 1952, represented Prince Albert from 1953 until his death in 1979. William Lyon Mackenzie King 10th Prime Minister, represented Prince Albert from 1926 to 1945. Sir Wilfrid Laurier 7th Prime Minister, represented Prince Albert in the Saskatchewan provisional district in 1896, before returning to his Quebec East riding that year. Prince Albert has welcomed the following members of Canada's Royal Family: The Princess Margaret – 1958 and 1980 The Duke and Duchess of York – 1989 The Earl of Wessex – 2003 Prince Albert is located on the White Fox Plain of the Saskatchewan River lowlands.
These lowlands are located in the physiographic region of the Saskatchewan Plains Region of the Central Lowlands Province. The natural vegetation of the area consists of aspen parkland to the south and southern boreal forest to the north of the North Saskatchewan River; these two ecoregions have differing soil types: the northern forested soils are brunisolic and sandy, whereas south of the river are black chernozemic soils. The North Saskatchewan River runs through the centre of Prince Albert; the main soils of the city of Prince Albert are those of the valley complex consisting of regosolic soils which produce natural vegetation which are not forest nor grassland but a complex of the two. It is here that the treeline of Saskatchewan begins, to the north of the city begins the forested growth of Jack Pine, as well as other boreal forest growth in the Prince Albert National Park, Nisbet forest; the forests north of the city those containing Jack Pine are infected with Dwarf Mistletoe and various projects have been undertaken to stop the spread of this parasitic plant.
The agricultural soils around Prince Albert have some limitations and about 35% of the land is covered with sloughs or potholes. Creek systems such as the Red Deer Hill c
Bradley John "Brad" Wall is a Canadian retired politician who served as the 14th Premier of Saskatchewan from November 21, 2007 until February 2, 2018. Wall was first elected to the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan as the Member of the Legislative Assembly for Swift Current in 1999, re-elected in 2003, 2007, 2011, 2016, he became leader of the Official Opposition Saskatchewan Party on March 15, 2004. He replaced Elwin Hermanson, who resigned after leading the party to defeat in the 2003 provincial election. In the 2011 election, Wall's government won the third-largest majority in Saskatchewan's history, with 64.25% of the popular vote and 49 of the 58 seats in the legislature. The 2016 election delivered Wall 51 of the 61 seats in the newly expanded legislature, 62.36% of the vote. This marked the first time since 1925 that a party other than the Saskatchewan New Democratic Party, or its predecessor the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation, had won a third consecutive majority mandate. Wall announced his intention to retire as Saskatchewan Party Leader, MLA for Swift Current on August 10, 2017.
In doing so, he will become the first non-CCF/NDP Premier since 1935 to leave office for a reason other than losing a general election. Wall was succeeded as Premier on February 2018 by Scott Moe. Wall resigned as MLA on the same day and a by-election was scheduled for March 1, 2018; the Saskatchewan Party candidate, Everett Hindley succeeds Wall. Wall was born in Swift Current, where he continues to live, he is the son of ethnic German Canadians with Mennonite Russian German roots. He attended University of Saskatchewan, completed his post-secondary education with an honours degree in Public Administration and an advanced certificate in Political Studies. Wall's political roots are in the Progressive Conservative Party of Saskatchewan, working as a ministerial assistant to Graham Taylor, Minister of Public Participation, Small Business, Co-operatives and Health, John Gerich, Associate Minister of Economic Development. Wall ran unsuccessfully for the Progressive Conservative nomination for Swift Current in April 1991.
Prior to his election, Wall was the director of business development for the City of Swift Current. In 1999, the Saskatchewan Economic Developers Association had presented him with the 1998 Economic Developer of the Year Award. In the early 1990s, Wall managed a country music museum, relocated to Swift Current from Kitchener, ON, following a significant grant from the Grant Devine government; the facility went bankrupt in 1995. Wall has sat on a number of boards including being a founding member of the Southwest Centre for Entrepreneurial Development. Wall started his own business, The Last Stand Adventure Company. Wall won the Saskatchewan Party nomination for Swift Current in the 1999 election and won handily, defeating NDP incumbent John Wall by 69 points as part of a wave of rural victories that saw the NDP cut down to a minority government, he was appointed to the Saskatchewan Party's front bench as Justice Critic, became critic for the Crown Investments Corporation as well. When original leader Elwin Hermanson resigned after narrowly losing the 2003 provincial election, Wall announced his candidacy for the leadership.
No other candidates stepped forward, Wall was acclaimed the party's new leader on March 15, 2004. After becoming leader of the Saskatchewan Party, Wall committed to a review of Saskatchewan Party policies; this policy review process reached its culmination at the Saskatchewan Party's annual convention in February 2005 and resulted in a more moderate policy platform designed to appeal to urban voters. Among the old resolutions that were replaced was one that called for "boot camps" for young offenders. New policy resolutions included calling for treatment for crystal methamphetamine addicts, a patient-first review of the health care system, the development of a comprehensive plan to recruit and retain health care professionals, the development of an integrated addictions strategy for young offenders who are incarcerated, a comprehensive review of the justice system to restore trust and confidence in the system, the establishment of a provincial youth justice board to address youth crime and restitution measures, support for victims of crime, the establishment of a university research chair in occupational health and safety, a review of the Workers' Compensation Board.
In September 2004, Wall released The Promise of Saskatchewan: A New Vision for Saskatchewan's Economy, a plan to grow the province's economy. In the fall of 2006, Wall released a policy paper on behalf of the Saskatchewan Party caucus, "Getting Saskatchewan Back on Track: Addressing Saskatchewan's Labour Shortage."Wall and the Saskatchewan Party led in opinion polling leading up to the 2007 election. In that election, the Saskatchewan Party won 38 of the 58 seats in the legislature, making Wall only the third centre-right premier in the province's history. On November 7, 2011 Wall led the Saskatchewan Party to a historic landslide victory in the provincial election; the Saskatchewan Party garnered 49 seats, an increase of 11, left the NDP with 9 seats, the smallest number of seats held by them since 1982. This was the third-largest majority government in Saskatchewan's history; the Saskatchewan Party managed to oust NDP leader Dwain Lingenfelter in his own riding. In June 2013, Wall attended the Bilderberg Conference, an annual private conference of 120 to 140 invited influential guests from North America and Europe.
On August 10, 2017, Wall announced that he was retiring from politics
Premier of Saskatchewan
The Premier of Saskatchewan is the first minister for the Canadian province of Saskatchewan. They are the province's head of de facto chief executive; the current Premier of Saskatchewan is Scott Moe, sworn in as premier on February 2, 2018 after winning the Saskatchewan Party leadership election, 2018. The first Premier of Saskatchewan was Thomas Walter Scott, who served from 1905–1916. Since Saskatchewan joined Confederation as a province in 1905, 15 individuals have served as premier. Although the Premier is the day-to-day leader of the provincial government, they receive the authority to govern from the Crown. Formally, in fact, the executive branch of government in Saskatchewan is said to be vested in the Lieutenant Governor acting by and with the advice of the Premier; the executive branch of the Saskatchewan government consists of the premier, the Lieutenant Governor, the Cabinet and the Public Service. The political party that wins the largest number of seats in a general election is invited by the Lieutenant Governor to form the government.
The governing party's leader becomes the head of the provincial government and is known as the Premier. The position of the Premier is not described in Canadian constitutional statutes. Instead, the position’s power and authority depend on their relationship with other Members of the Legislative Assembly, political party, the public; the Premier's responsibilities are varied. They serve as head of the provincial Cabinet; the Executive Council is the formal name of the Cabinet when it is acting in its legal capacity, as well as the head of the provincial government. The Premier is a leader concerning the development and implementation of government policies, as well as communicating and coordinating priorities within the province as well as within the country. In addition to their political duties with the province of Saskatchewan, the Premier is the leader of one of the province's main political parties and represents their constituency in the Legislative Assembly. Prime Minister of Canada Premier List of premiers of Saskatchewan Premier of Saskatchewan Official Site
Catherine Mary McKenna is a Canadian Liberal politician, elected to represent the riding of Ottawa Centre in the House of Commons of Canada in the 2015 federal election. She was appointed as Minister of Environment and Climate Change in the Cabinet, headed by Justin Trudeau, on November 4, 2015, she holds a master's degree from the London School of Economics and a law degree from McGill University. McKenna holds a master's degree from the London School of Economics where she studied International Relations, a law degree from McGill University, she holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Toronto. After graduating from École élémentaire catholique Notre-Dame and Saint Mary Catholic Secondary School in Hamilton, Ontario, McKenna attended the University of Toronto and studied French and International Relations. After graduating from the University of Toronto, she filmed a documentary in Asia, "Real Travels: 60 days in Indonesia." McKenna completed a master's degree in International Relations at the London School of Economics and a law degree at McGill.
While studying at the University of Toronto, McKenna was captain of the national champion varsity swim team. She continues to compete with the National Capital YMCA Masters Swim Team. McKenna is trained as social justice lawyer. In 2005, McKenna co-founded Canadian Lawyers Abroad - Avocats canadiens à l’étranger, now called Level, a University of Ottawa-based charity that helps Canadian law students and law firms do pro bono legal work in developing countries. McKenna was a senior negotiator with the United Nations peacekeeping mission in East Timor which culminated in the Timor Sea Treaty providing for the joint exploitation of petroleum resources in a part of the Timor Sea, she is a lecturer at the University of Toronto's Munk School of Global Affairs. McKenna has practised law at leading firms in Indonesia, focusing on international trade, competition and constitutional issues. In 2002, she joined Stikeman Elliott LLP, working in the areas of competition and constitutional law. During this time she was senior counsel on the Right Honourable Antonio Lamer's review of Canada's military justice system.
McKenna has taught at the University of Toronto's Munk School of Global Affairs and was a board member at the Trudeau Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies. McKenna was, before entering politics, the Executive Director of Level, a charity that she cofounded. Level is described as a catalyst for social change, they believe that uniting the power of people and law will lead to a more equitable and just society. McKenna is known for her Dare to Dream program that mentors and inspires Aboriginal students through justice education and outreach activities by Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal lawyers; the program has now expanded to Calgary and Ottawa. In the 2015 federal election, McKenna defeated longtime New Democratic Party Member of Parliament Paul Dewar in the riding of Ottawa Centre. McKenna said. McKenna was elected with 43% of the votes compared to Dewar's 38%. McKenna had campaigned on issues such as reforming the National Capital Commission, funding for a new main branch of the Ottawa Public Library, opposing the proposed Memorial to the Victims of Communism.
McKenna is one of 50 women elected to the Liberal caucus. McKenna was appointed Minister of Environment and Climate Change in Justin Trudeau's first cabinet on November 4, 2015. One of her first appearances as Minister of Environment and Climate Change was at the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris. In December 2016, McKenna led a clean-technology sector business delegation with Canadian and Chinese companies in China. Additionally, she served as the international executive vice-chair of the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development and co-chaired the council's annual general meeting with China's Minister of Environmental Protection, Minister Chen Jining. McKenna has described her "Climate Change Barbie" label as a sexist insult; the label was coined following media remarks such as “consider the gendered impacts of climate change on women and children” and comments confusing carbon dioxide with carbon monoxide. The citizens coining the term judged these comments to be vague and ill informed to the point of fulfilling a sexist barbie stereotype.
In November 2018, in response to Ontario provincial government 2018 decision to cancel all climate action projects supported through the federal Low Carbon Economy Fund, McKenna announced that the Government of Canada would work directly with businesses to re-invest the $420-million remaining in the province’s Low Carbon Economy Fund. Born and raised in Hamilton, she is the eldest of four children of Dr. John McKenna, an Irish dentist and his Quebec-born wife Pat McKenna, who still live in the southwest part of Hamilton. On August 14, 1999, McKenna married entrepreneur and writer Scott Gilmore, with whom she has lived since 2002 in The Glebe, Ottawa, they have one son. The actor Patrick Gilmore is Catherine's brother-in-law. McKenna is the past Vice-President of the Glebe Community Association and has served as a board member of the Elizabeth Fry Society of Ottawa and the Good Morning Creative Arts and Preschool. Official Website 2015 Campaign website