June 13 Editorial

There remains a rigid disconnect across Canada when it comes to post-secondary education meeting the requirements and expectations of business enterprise – and vice versa. The topic was covered in broad detail at an event hosted by The Canadian Chamber of Commerce called The Competitive Edge: Success Through Innovation. I was extremely impressed at the candor shown by the educators and executive businesspeople by way of their thorough examination of what must be done to bridge the gap. It’s our cover story in this edition.
Saskatchewan has never been accused of being one of the more charismatic regions in Canada, but if the worst you can say about a province is that it’s dull, then it can’t be doing too badly. Of course there’s the old joke that Saskatchewan is so flat you can watch your dog run away for three days. That little quip notwithstanding, the province should take great pride in being called “the envy of North America” by The Conference Board of Canada due to its rich supply of energy and resources, much of which remains untapped. In our exclusive interview with the Saskatchewan Minister Responsible for Energy and Resources, Tim McMillan, it’s easy to see why the prairie province has such a positive
economic outlook.
You may recall I outwardly mocked the validity of polls and surveys in this space last year and I’m able to report their neo-scientific methodologies remain just as shoddy and unpredictable as ever. And there are always some wretched souls who clutch on to these error-prone results as gospel truth, only to be left with mouth wide open in stunned disbelief when the actual numbers are revealed. 
In the weeks leading up to the B.C. provincial election, most all the so-called expert polling firms were claiming the NDP would sweep to power with a majority mandate. Instead, Christie Clark’s Liberals were re-elected – with a majority of their own. If you’re going to be wrong, might as well fall flat on your face. Maybe it’s time the pollsters modify their disclaimer of being accurate to within three percentage points 19 times out of 20 to “we really have no freaking clue – but here’s what’s trending” (in keeping with the times of social media). Their faulty numbers would be just as believable, far less accountable and by extension alleviate the
potential for public ridicule the next time they miss the mark by a country mile.
Speaking of polls, informal or otherwise, we asked our readers about whether they plan on dumping their business desktops or laptops in favour of tablets or even smartphones. At last check, 83 per cent responded by saying they will be using desktops/laptops into the foreseeable future. Another nine per cent are still using them, but plan on switching. Two per cent have already made the change while six per cent have never used desktops or laptops at work. Since we haven’t asked this question 19 other times, I’m laying no claim to the accuracy of these figures, but have to admit they seem in line with my preconceived expectations. 
Go figure. 
Angus Gillespie
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