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Pinehouse Lake RCMP intercept cocaine transport PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 26 April 2017 15:48

Pinehouse Lake RCMP detachment. Photo courtesy Pinehouse Lake RCMP.

Mounties say they have 100 grams of cocaine in their possession after stopping a vehicle between Pinehouse Lake and Beauval on Monday afternoon.

The traffic stop on Highway 165 led to a seizure of the drugs and arrest of three people.

Nikita Lynn Natomagan, 29, of Pinehouse is facing a charge of possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking, along with 27-year-old Edmonton men Larry Wayne Dominique and Jerry Desjarlais.

Dominique also faces charges of possession of the proceeds of crime under $5,000 and a number of recognizance breeches.

The three accused are on the Meadow Lake Provincial Court docket for Thursday.

This comes a week after northern mayors and councillors had an audience with RCMP Commanding Officer Curtis Zablocki at New Norther' spring gathering, and asked questions about what more can be done to curb drug dealing in their communities.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 April 2017 15:52
Family of accused driver in Big River First Nation hit and run speaks PDF Print E-mail
Written by Chelsea Laskowski   
Wednesday, 26 April 2017 14:40

Prince Albert Provincial Court. Photo by Chelsea Laskowski

The family of a Big River First Nation man accused of impaired driving hit and run that injured a group of kids earlier this month was in court on Wednesday.

At last update, an 11-year-old girl is still in hospital after being transported by STARS air ambulance when she was hit by a vehicle on April 9. Four other kids received minor injuries.

Colt Morin, 20, appeared briefly by video in Prince Albert, where his bail hearing was delayed until Friday.

More than half a dozen of his family members were present, and waved to him as his case was adjourned. None of the victims’ family members were present.

Outside court, Morin’s aunt Anne Whitefish said her community has serious issues with poverty and alcohol.

"There's nothing for people to do, especially for the young, and they turn to drugs and alcohol. It's sad, it's a sad life," she said.

"A lot of people drinking a lot of people just idle, nothing to do, boredom, and there's lots of crime happening because of that."

Whitefish said she and her other relatives attended court to support Morin.

"Who would want to see a relative of theirs going through this?" she asked.

Similar past court cases - like that of Gordon Morris Crain, who recently entered pleas for impaired driving killing a child on Muskoday in 2014 – have created rifts between First Nations families.

However, Whitefish said the reserve is spread out and they have not been in contact with the families of the victims. Thus far there have been no such conflicts, she said.

A bail report has been prepared in Morin’s case.

Elizabeth Joseph of Big River First Nation is charged with failing to stop at the scene of a crime where a person was injured and obstruction. Her next court appearance is May 9 at Big River court.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 April 2017 14:48
Tolko gives back to Meadow Lake non-profit group PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dean Bear   
Wednesday, 26 April 2017 13:30

Tolko employees making donation to Positively Parenting of Meadow Lake. Photo courtesy Linda Lennea, Tolko Meadow Lake OSB Division.

Tolko’s Meadow Lake OSB Division is donating $10,000 to the Meadow Lake group Positively Parenting through the company’s community investment strategy.

Positively Parenting helps promote parent education and family support in the northwest city.

The donation will help launch a new summer recreation/mentorship program for children and youth in Meadow Lake.

Linda Lennea with Tolko says the donation is a part of the overall company’s community investment strategy, which is helping non-profit organizations in communities where the company operates across Western Canada.

She says the company wanted to be able to give back and support the community and work with a group that had a grassroots impact when it came to community services.

"After meeting with members from Positively Parenting, we knew that was the group we (Tolko) wanted to partner with and came up with the idea of the summer recreation and mentorship program," she added.

She says there will be no cost to those who attend the program, which will run in the afternoons during the summer months. She says the program will be a benefit to kids that come from difficult situations and have positive experiences.

There is also a mentorship portion for high school and university students which will train younger adults to work with the kids during the summer.

Lennea also says the donation is two-fold, not only with the funding donation, but it will allow Tolko employees to volunteer with the program.  She calls it a "win-win" situation for everyone.

In total, Tolko will donate $150,000 to not-for-profit organizations in the communities in which it operates in Western Canada and partner with community groups that serve the health, wellness and protection of youth.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 April 2017 14:35
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