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Besnard Lake Correctional Camp reopens after delays PDF Print E-mail
Written by Chelsea Laskowski   
Wednesday, 26 August 2015 11:02

Twelve inmates were moved into Besnard Lake Correctional Camp this week, months after renovations at the facility were complete.

Repairs from a fire in the provincial government’s community training camp were complete in April, but the reopening was pushed back to the fall.

The reason for the delay lies in a review of the Ministry of Justice’s reduced custody facilities across the province, said Drew Wilby, the ministry’s executive director of corporate affairs.

While this review was occurring, people who would be taking programming at Besnard Lake were instead “crammed” into Pine Grove Correctional Centre’s gym, opposition NDP member Doyle Vermette said in question period at the legislature in April.

Community, staff, visitor, and offender safety are the key priority of the ministry, Justice Minister Christene Tell responded, adding that corrections does have the capacity to house its inmates.

The review looked over existing facilities, the capital available for facilities and infrastructure needs, and the best use of what is already in place, Wilby said.

The opening of Besnard Lake’s facility this month “is a decision that makes sense to correction’s business model at this time,” Wilby said, adding that lessons from a similar facility in Yorkton - White Spruce - will help inform programming at Besnard Lake.

Besnard Lake camp is about an hour and a half drive from La Ronge, and the main goal is to provide programming that “would make offenders employable in the north upon release,” he said.

The ministry is currently in discussions with potential employers on the specifics of how that might take shape, but trades skills are a possibility.

“The important thing is to turn those tax users into taxpayers and a good way to do that of course is to have a job. And in order to do so you need the skills and the education that is required for those positions,” Wilby said.

The inmates chosen to take part in its skills and job training will be those serving low-risk sentences, he said.

Within the next month, Wilby said he expects 25 offenders to be at the Besnard Lake camp.

They’re in the process of “determining who best fits the mix,” he said.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 August 2015 11:03
Woman reports offensive Kijiji Prince Albert housing ad PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mervin Brass   
Tuesday, 25 August 2015 17:02

A Regina woman who complained about a Prince Albert Kijiji advertisement wants reconciliation between First Nations and non-First Nations.

Kijiji removed a housing rental ad that read “No Indians or dogs allowed” after Jeanne Labelle filed a complaint with the Internet advertiser.

Kijiji responded via e-mail to Labelle writing the ad was indeed offensive, not to mention against the law.

“I have one little complaint I guess, is that they don’t have a better filtering system. I think there should be some sort of a filter that would pick up on that because that ad would never have made it into a mainstream newspaper,” she said.

Labelle says she couldn’t believe it when she saw the advertisement.

“I believe racism is a result of lack of education, ignorance and lack of education. And I really believe in promoting healing. I’d like to see the result of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission seeing us going onto a healthier country,” she said.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 August 2015 17:03
Survey explores La Ronge business losses from wildfires PDF Print E-mail
Written by David Smith   
Tuesday, 25 August 2015 16:49

The aftermath of this summer's wildfires.

A survey on the effects of this summer's wildfires and evacuations on businesses in the La Ronge area is complete and has been released to the public.

The Northern Wildfire Recovery Business Survey was done by the Keewatin Career Development Corporation (KCDC) in cooperation with the provincial Ministry of Economy.

It was conducted between July 27 and August 7, and 51 out of an estimated 225 businesses in the region provided input.

KCDC CEO Randy Johns says as expected, the shutdown had a huge impact.

"Most businesses felt that the impact was fairly severe, most got their employees back but some did lose some employees as a result of the fire and evacuation, some were saying, and it’s a fairly common theme, that it will take about three months to recover."

Johns says tourism took a major hit, but it wasn't the only sector affected.

"Anybody that was doing services, any kind of trade services, construction, that gets put behind so some of them lost revenue as well, so it was really the peak period of a lot of business' cycle that got affected here."

The survey by KCDC did not establish a dollar figure for the amount of money which may have been lost by businesses in the La Ronge, Air Ronge and Lac La Ronge Indian Band area.

The results of the survey can be read or downloaded at the Northern Wildfire Recovery website and Facebook page.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 August 2015 16:51
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