I used to be positioned on the record this February and am now knowledgeable that the wait time is 34 months. That’s practically three years through which I need to reside with growing ache and lowering mobility.

Not too long ago, the StarPhoenix reported on a lady who was suicidal with ache and opted to pay $27,000 to get her surgical procedure completed privately in Alberta. Clearly, that’s not an possibility for sufferers who’re on a restricted retirement earnings, which might be the case for most of the individuals on that record.

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I ponder what number of different persons are struggling in equally dire straits. Luckily, that’s not but the case for me, however it’s onerous to foretell how this situation will go over the subsequent few years.

I don’t know the way it’s doable for the province to get forward of that ridiculously lengthy wait time, given their problem in recruiting medical doctors of any type. I’m not holding my breath for our present authorities to get it completed. Their poor observe file on well being care is evident.Neil Gendzwill


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Scholar testing high-quality in Sask.

I want I may say I used to be shocked the Fraser Institute is looking for extra pricey and misguided standardized testing whereas getting key info incorrect. The curious factor about schooling is, the farther one is faraway from the classroom, the extra one feels they know finest.

Opposite to what’s acknowledged within the opinion piece (SP, Thursday) Saskatchewan does have provincewide testing; each the Early Years Analysis Direct Evaluation and Instructor Evaluation (EYE-DA, EYE-TA), which collectively measure consciousness of self and surroundings, cognitive expertise, language and communication, bodily improvement and social expertise and strategy to studying.

Along with the EYE provincewide assessments, Saskatchewan college students often take part in nationwide and worldwide testing applications, together with: Programme for Worldwide Scholar Evaluation (PISA), the Pan-Canadian Evaluation Program (PCAP), and the Progress in Worldwide Studying Literacy Examine (PIRLS), which assess how properly we’re doing in studying, arithmetic and science.

MacPherson offers her personal counter-argument by stating that in accordance with the newest pre-pandemic PISA outcomes, “Canadian pupil check scores have been declining in math, science, and studying.”

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Given all of the standardized testing already taking place in Canada, isn’t that proof sufficient that this strategy doesn’t work? Extra testing can’t be the reply.

When you genuinely wish to enhance academic outcomes, our province should make addressing poverty and assuaging different socioeconomic disparities a high precedence whereas additionally correctly supporting our colleges. These are the true investments wanted to make Saskatchewan sturdy now and sooner or later.

Prof. Marc Spooner



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