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PA Business Owner Says TFW Program Great Option For Hiring Low Wage Workers PDF Print E-mail
Written by Manfred Joehnck   
Tuesday, 14 October 2014 15:59

The owner of a restaurant in Prince Albert says when he needs to hire a reliable worker for a lower paying job, the temporary foreign workers program has been a great resource.

Robert Dunn owns the local Humpty’s and he says he has hired temporary foreign workers in the past and would like to hire more.

However, he says the federal government is making it more difficult to access the temporary foreign workers program with a $1,000 application fee and other new restrictions.

Dunn is one of several business owners in Prince Albert who use the program and says it fills a void in the market.

“I’m not going to sugar coat it,” he says. “It is not that we can’t find people. You can’t find people that are reliable you know. They will come to work when it is convenient for them, not the other way around and that is one of the biggest issues.

Dunn has 22 workers on staff and only two are temporary foreign workers.

Although he has had more workers from the program in the past, some of who have became permanent residents and still work for him.

Another Prince Albert business owner expresses a similar view.

Sarah Culbert is the owner of a Chicken Chef Restaurant which employs four temporary foreign workers - about a third of her staff.

She says she plans to quit using the program because the new application fee is too high.

Prince Albert Chamber of Commerce President Merle Lacert says more needs to be done to hire Aboriginal workers but also sees value in the temporary foreign workers program.

He says without the program some businesses would never have gotten off the ground and is worried about the implications of further restrictions on the program and the impact it will have on Saskatchewan.

“Right now, in Saskatchewan, we have 13,000 temporary foreign workers in the province, by the end of this year or so Saskatchewan is set to lose 12,000 of them leaving 1,000. I guess right now the future of the temporary foreign workers program is more cloud than clarity so we do need to see how the federal government is going to finalize all these structured changes to the program.”

Lacert says the best approach is a diversified one using both the growing Aboriginal workforce and the temporary foreign workers program.

Group Against Pinehouse Collaboration Agreement Decides Not To Appeal Court Decision PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fraser Needham   
Tuesday, 14 October 2014 15:57

A group fighting against a multi-million dollar collaboration between the northern community of Pinehouse and uranium mining companies Cameco and Areva has decided not to appeal a judge’s earlier ruling.

Last month, Justice Rothery dismissed a lawsuit brought forward by 39 plaintiffs to nullify the collaboration agreement.

Debbie Mihalicz is one of the plaintiffs and she says even though they are choosing not to pursue the issue any further through the courts at this time, they still see their case as a victory of sorts.

“We decided not to proceed at this time – really there’s more power in a future lawsuit against any other future collaboration agreements,” she says.

The lawyer representing the group, Larry Kowalchuk, says getting hit with future court costs was one of the deterrents in deciding to pursue a future case.

“The message that it sends to people who don’t have money, and we’re talking about Pinehouse which is considered the second poorest community in Canada, how do those people exercise their rights,” he asks?

In his decision, Justice Rothery ordered the plaintiffs to pay $16,000 in court costs.

The collaboration agreement is worth about $200 million over 11 years.

The group held a press conference in Saskatoon on Tuesday morning.

Sewap Inquest To Take Place In Creighton Next Week PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joel Willick   
Tuesday, 14 October 2014 13:10

A public inquest into the death of a man who passed away after being in RCMP custody in Creighton last year is scheduled for next week.

Forty-three-year-old Roderick Sewap was taken to the Creighton RCMP detachment on Aug. 25, 2013 after being arrested in Denare Beach.

The following afternoon Sewap had a seizure and was initially taken to hospital in Flin Flon before later dying at Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon five days later.

The inquest will be used to help determine recommendations to prevent similar deaths in the future.

It will commence Monday at the Prospector Inn in Creighton.

Coroner Alma Wiebe of Saskatoon will oversee the inquest.

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