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Pinehouse cited for non-compliance of privacy act PDF Print E-mail
Written by Manfred Joehnck   
Thursday, 22 June 2017 12:10

Pinehouse Business North. Photo courtesy of Village of Pinehouse.

The tiny northern village of Pinehouse Lake is one of the most secretive in the province when it comes to divulging information about its finances.

It was cited seven times by the privacy commissioner for refusing to comply with freedom of information requests.

The privacy commissioner says his own office often couldn’t get responses from the village, leaving him no choice but to write up the complaints and urge it to comply, even offering assistance from his office.

This does not sit well with a group called, Pinehouse Info. Spokesman, D'Arcy Hande, says it looks like someone has got something to hide.

"Where the money is going?" he asked. "We can’t get financial statements, especially from Pinehouse business north, and we just don’t understand what is going on here."

Hande is also a freelance writer, who did a number of stories on the community and its collaboration agreement with Cameco. He says a lot of corporate money went into the community, but it’s not clear how the administration spent it.

"We are trying to get answers as to where this money is going because some people in Pinehouse are saying, well our streets aren’t in any better shape," he said.

Hande would like to see tougher freedom of information laws, including giving the privacy commissioner the power to initiate legal action against groups and individuals that basically ignore requests for public information.

Pinehouse Mayor, Mike Natomagan, has been contacted and said he will provide comment this week.

Last Updated on Thursday, 22 June 2017 16:49
UPDATED - At least 8 people hospitalized after crash north of Prince Albert PDF Print E-mail
Written by mbcnews   
Wednesday, 21 June 2017 19:53

Wreckage of vehicle involved in two-vehicle crash north of Prince Albert early Wednesday afternoon. Photo by Lakeland and District Fire Department.

As many as eight people were injured in a serious two-vehicle collision in northern Saskatchewan Wednesday afternoon.

The Lakeland and District Fire Department says it was among several emergency responders called to the scene on Highway 2 at around 12:45 p.m.

The fire department says two people had to be extricated out of one vehicle.

It also says STARS Air Ambulance transported two victims to hospital, while another six people were taken to hospital by Parkland Ambulance.

Parkland Ambulance says a 30-year-old woman, a 20-year-old woman and a 35-year-old man were taken to Saskatoon's Royal University Hospital with serious injuries.  Meanwhile, a 37-year-old man, a 39-year-old woman, a 39-year-old man, an 18-year-old man and a 20-year-old woman were being treated for minor injuries at Prince Albert's Victoria Hospital.

At last word, there was no update on the condition of any of the victims.

Parkland Ambulance says the crash was 80 km north of Prince Albert, while the fire department says it was 57 km north of Christopher Lake.

Other responding agencies include the Waskesiu RCMP and RCMP Traffic Services.

Emergency responders also say there were bystanders who assisted.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 June 2017 21:42
Police say Happy Charles may be in Saskatoon PDF Print E-mail
Written by mbcnews   
Wednesday, 21 June 2017 11:15


Saskatoon Police have issued a request for information on a missing person on behalf of the Prince Albert Police Service.

Investigators believe there may be a possibility that 42-year-old Happy Mary Charles is in the Saskatoon area.

A media conference was held by the Prince Albert Police Service and the family of Happy Charles yesterday afternoon.

They again requested the public's assistance in locating Happy Mary Charles.

She was last seen in surveillance footage around midnight on April 3, 2017 near the Prince Albert Collegiate Institute.

Searchers in Prince Albert have been unable to locate her.

Happy is described as 5’3 tall, approximately 112 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Happy Charles is asked to contact Prince Albert Police Service tip line at 306-953-4248 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 June 2017 11:19
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