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Northern Trappers Make Good On Promise To Erect Highway Roadblock PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kelly Provost, Fraser Needham   
Monday, 24 November 2014 11:27

A group of Dene trappers have followed through on their threat to put up a a blockade on a northern highway.

The roadblock went up Saturday on Highway 955, about 8 km north of La Loche.

Representatives of Metis Local 130 in Descharme Lake and the N-19 Fur Block say the aim is to draw attention to environmental and land use concerns.

The trappers say they are unhappy with the exploration activities of oil and mining companies in the area, alleging they cause damage to the environment and restrict traditional land use activities.

They also accuse these companies of doing little more than creating short-term and low paying jobs for local residents.

They say all industrial traffic will be brought to a halt until further notice, but the blockade will be peaceful.

Inquest Ordered Into Death Of Man In Prince Albert Police Custody PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joel Willick   
Monday, 24 November 2014 11:24

An inquest into the death of a man who died in a Prince Albert hospital two years ago will take place next week.

Forty-four-year-old Billy Ballantyne was taken to Victoria Hospital on November 29, 2012 because he was feeling ill.

After a disturbance at the hospital, Ballantyne was taken by police and placed in a jail cell.

Shortly after, Ballantyne was having trouble breathing and was taken back to the hospital where he later died.

The inquest will help a jury make recommendations to prevent similar deaths in the future.

RCMP Continue Investigation Into Fatal Crash Near Beauval PDF Print E-mail
Written by mbcnews   
Monday, 24 November 2014 11:14

The investigation continues into a collision near Beauval over the weekend that claimed two lives.

RCMP say it happened early Friday evening on Highway 155, about 15 km south of Beauval.

Mounties say an SUV was attempting to pass another vehicle when it struck an oncoming car.  Police also say the car had been swerving after appearing to lose control just prior to the crash.

Road conditions are believed to have been a factor.

The victims, a 50-year-old man and a 39-year-old, who were the driver and passenger of the car, died at the scene.

The 26-year-old male driver and the one passenger of the SUV were taken to the Beauval Medical Clinic and then to the Ile a la Crosse Hospital with unknown injuries.

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