Sask. NDP promises improvements to long-term care homes

The Saskatchewan NDP has committed to strengthening standards in the province’s long term care homes. 

NDP candidate for Saskatoon Fairview Vicki Mowat said at an event Tuesday that the COVID-19 pandemic has been a stark reminder of the importance of adequate staffing in long term care homes. 

“We’ve seen the impacts that cuts and underfunding of long term care have had in other places across Canada,” she said. “Cuts to dignified care for seniors are a bad idea at the best of times. Right now, they’re downright dangerous.”

Mowat said the NDP is looking to bring back standards of minimum hours of care per resident that were cut in 2011 and replaced by program guidelines for special care homes in 2013. 

“This would help ensure each resident has the time they need with health-care workers to stay safe, to be healthy and to live a dignified life,” Mowat said. “It

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Boris Johnson promises biggest home ownership boom since 1980s

Watch: Highlights of Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party conference speech

UK prime minister Boris Johnson has promised the biggest increase in home-ownership in decades, vowing that new low-deposit mortgages will help two million more people buy their own homes.

Johnson used a major speech on Tuesday at the Conservatives’ annual conference, held virtually for the first time, to tap into the party’s traditional focus on home ownership. “We will help turn generation rent into generation buy,” he said.

The prime minister vowed to hand aspiring buyers new long-term, fixed-rate mortgages with just 5% deposits, in the “biggest expansion of home ownership since the 1980s.” The right-to-buy policy in that decade helped many council tenants buy their own homes.

The Conservative leader said it was “disgraceful” that owner-occupation had plummeted, with renters forced to pay “through the nose” and unable to even carry out minor DIY.

The speech gave few details on

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Sask. Party promises $124M home renovation tax credit if re-elected

As the provincial election gets underway, the Saskatchewan Party is promising a home renovation tax credit that it says will help homeowners and provide a boost to the economy.

“In this year’s budget, we reduced the PST on new home construction. We also want to provide a break to those who are fixing up their existing home,” Sask. Party Leader Scott Moe said in a news release announcing the proposed credit.

Under the credit, homeowners would be able to claim a 10.5 per cent tax credit on up to $20,000 of eligible home renovation expenses incurred between Oct. 1, 2020 and Dec. 31, 2022, saving them up to $2,100, the release said.

Expenses eligible for the proposed tax credit include permanent additions to a home, but not furniture, appliances or maintenance such as furnace or carpet cleaning.

Hot tubs and tools and would also not be covered under

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