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Appeals Denied In Case Of Deadly Home Invasion PDF Print E-mail
Written by Manfred Joehnck   
Tuesday, 16 September 2014 17:32
The Saskatchewan Court of Appeal has dismissed the appeal of three men involved in a deadly home invasion that claimed the life of Douglas Anderson of Regina in 2006.
He was shot to death by Jacob Worm.
Worm, his brother Tyrone, and Denny Jimmy broke into a home they thought was run by the Native Syndicate gang.
They were after drugs and money, but it turned out to be the wrong house.
Worm was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 16 years, while his brother and Jimmy were given 12-year sentences for manslaughter.
The Worm brothers appealed both the conviction and sentences, but their appeals were dismissed.
Jimmy filed too late to appeal his sentence -- so only his conviction appeal was heard, which was also dismissed.
First Nations People Still Face Human Rights Challenges Despite Ability To File Complaints: Report PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joel Willick   
Tuesday, 16 September 2014 17:28
According to a recent report from the Canadian Human Rights Commission, freedom from discrimination remains an elusive goal for Aboriginal people.
The CHRC recently published a special report on the impacts of Bill C-21.
The legislation took effect in 2008 and gave First Nations people the chance to file human rights complaints against their governments.
Since the bill's inception, the commission has received more than 500 complaints against the federal and First Nations governments.
However, despite the progress, the CHRC report says Aboriginal people continue to face barriers in human rights justice.
According to the commission's report, poverty, lack of awareness and fear of retaliation are some of the factors inhibiting the number of claims submitted.
The CHRC says a larger societal change at all levels of government is required to begin to address the human rights barriers facing Aboriginal people today.
Northern Municipalities Forced To Take On Debt To Qualify For Affordable Housing: NDP PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kelly Provost   
Tuesday, 16 September 2014 17:25
The Opposition NDP says the federal and provincial governments have changed the way they fund northern housing -- at the expense of municipalities.
Athabasca MLA Buckley Belanger says lost in all the affordable housing announcements last week was the detail that northern municipalities can now be on the hook for half the cost.
Belanger says that never used to be the case -- and the north's cash-strapped municipal governments are accepting this because they're so desperate for housing.
"The mayors themselves have no choice because they know how desperate the need for housing in some of their communities is.  So, they'll do what they can -- they'll make the decision that they can and they will take any particular money left on the table in terms of the approach that the senior levels of government have with them."
But Belanger also wonders if there will be some northern residents that will be left out because their local governments absolutely can't afford to fund half the cost.
SaskHousing Corporation president Don Allen says this is just one idea that's being used for northern housing.
Allen adds some other approaches are heavily subsidized by the government.
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