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Saskatoon study says preventable injuries more prevalent in less advantaged areas PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joel Willick   
Friday, 20 May 2016 09:46

A new study from the Saskatoon Health Region says preventable injuries are a major health burden to the community.

The study says preventable injuries like falls, burns, poisonings and other accidents are leading to nearly 100 deaths, 1300 hospitalizations and over 15,000 people attending the city's emergency rooms every year.

Dr. Michael Schwandt presented the study earlier this week.

He said many of these Emergency Room visits are preventable.

“We know the hospital system is often described as overloaded and many of these cases are preventable, so it could take a large load off our emergency medical system,” said Dr. Schwandt.

One of the key findings of the report is that those in the least advantaged areas of the city are far more likely to experience these preventable injuries.

Dr. Schwandt said hospitalization was almost double in the city's least advantaged areas.

“In particular this played out in certain areas like motor vehicle collisions, pedestrian injuries, unintentional poisonings and burns and scars,” said Dr. Schwandt. “We saw almost 5 times the hospitalization rate for burns for those living in the less advantaged areas in the city.”

Dr. Schwandt says a lack of infrastructure and proper housing may be factors in leading to the preventable injuries.

He says a large burden on the health region could be reduced if these preventable injuries are lessened.

According to the health region, Saskatchewan has the highest injury hospitalization rates compared to any other province.

Arrest made in Saskatoon stabbing that killed La Loche man PDF Print E-mail
Written by mbcnews   
Thursday, 19 May 2016 15:45

A CrimeStoppers image of Miguel Gomez.

A suspect has been arrested more than a month after a Saskatoon fight that killed a La Loche man.

On Wednesday, police zoned in on Alberta as a possible hiding spot for suspect, 20-year-old Miguel Gomez. He was wanted on a Canada-wide Warrant for the April 16 stabbing and was arrested in Edmonton.

The charges against Gomez stem from a police call to a fight in the Sutherland area early in the morning.

Two stabbing victims - an 18-year-old man and a 22-year-old - were rushed to hospital. The older of the two died soon after.

The Canadian Press has identified that victim who died as Matthew Herman, who was visiting Saskatoon from La Loche at the time.

The other victim was treated for his stab wounds and released.

A tribute photo to Matthew Herman, courtesy Facebook.

The people of La Loche are still paying tribute to Herman, who was an avid hockey player. Community members recently used hockey sticks to create a grave fence in Herman's memory.

Family have posted a video on Facebook in his memory. It can be viewed here

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 May 2016 16:31
Northern justice conference grapples with domestic violence PDF Print E-mail
Written by Chelsea Laskowski   
Thursday, 19 May 2016 13:07

New North's Northern Justice Symposium ended in Prince Albert on Thursday with a serious discussion on domestic violence.

More than a hundred people are getting an education on the rarely talked about topic.

On Thursday morning, the gathering heard from a senior policy analyst with Saskatchewan Justice about an investigation the ministry is undertaking.

It is looking for a full understanding of how and why domestic suicides and homicides occur in Saskatchewan.

In fact, the coroner's office has identified 24 such deaths in recent years that will be involved in the ministry's research.

There are also efforts underway that show there are options for victims that want to leave an abusive relationship.

North Sask Victims Services helps women come up with safe plans to get out of the household and into a temporary accommodation, or to stay with family.

In the past year in the north, its workers in all regions have taken on 21 cases.

Victims Services representative Betsy Kelly also touched on the limited help they have for men.  She says the first thing to do is find the courage to report abuse.

Kelly says it's not an infrequent occurrence to see files where both partners have been criminally charged.

The three-day Northern Justice Symposium wrapped up on Thursday afternoon.

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 May 2016 14:35
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