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Two Women On FSIN Executive Following Vice Chief Elections PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fraser Needham, Kelly Provost   
Thursday, 30 October 2014 16:10

The Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations has another woman vice chief.

Heather Bear of the Ochapowace First Nation is now the federation's Fourth Vice Chief.  Bear defeated the Lac La Ronge Indian Band's Robin McLeod by a vote count of 568 to 293 in today's election in Saskatoon.

She takes over a position that's been vacant ever since the resignation of Simon Bird.

Bear joins Kimberly Jonathan as the organization's first-ever women vice chiefs.

Meanwhile, incumbent Second Vice Chief Bobby Cameron was re-elected to another term with a lopsided victory over challenger Jeremy Fourhorns of the Piapot First Nation.

Cameron received 780 votes. Fourhorns got 89.

 
SIGA Receives Highest Accreditation For Responsible Gaming PDF Print E-mail
Written by Manfred Joehnck   
Thursday, 30 October 2014 14:32

All six Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority casinos in the province get high marks for responsible gaming.

They have been accredited by the Responsible Gambling Council, which works to reduce problem gambling through awareness and information campaigns.

SIGA vice president Pat Cook says the accreditation is voluntary, but it speaks to SIGA's commitment to operate in a socially responsible manner.  She says the new accreditation process has not been around that long but SIGA wanted to jump on board.

"This really is a new process that just came out into the market over the last few years and so definitely SIGA wanted to be part of that new development. It just gave us an opportunity to benchmark our program against some of the best practices in the world."

The standards for the Responsible Gaming Authority are among the highest anywhere.

The SIGA casinos are certified for three years.

The accreditation also includes annual updates for ongoing compliance accreditation standards.

The Responsible Gambling Council is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to problem gambling prevention.

 
Convicted Ringleader Of Fatal Regina Home Invasion Sees Sentence Extended PDF Print E-mail
Written by Manfred Joehnck   
Thursday, 30 October 2014 10:58

Saskatchewan's court of appeal has increased the sentence of a Regina gang leader serving 15 years for manslaughter.

At issue is the amount of credit he was given for pre-trial custody.

Shawn Curtis Keepness was given four-and-a-half years for time served, some of that a two-for-one credit for his time behind bars which left him with an additional 10-and-a-half years to serve.

The appeal court has upped that to 14 years.

He was the ringleader in a Regina home invasion in 2007 where one man was killed and two others were injured.

 
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