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Youth arrested in connection to fatal shooting in Meadow Lake PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 16 November 2017 14:51

A 15-year-old male was arrested this morning following an investigation into the fatal shooting of a 17-year-old in Meadow Lake on Monday morning.

The suspect was located in North Battleford and is facing charges of manslaughter, possession of a prohibited firearm and public mischief.

He is scheduled to appear in Meadow Lake Provincial Court on Monday morning.

The victim was found in a Meadow Lake residence.

RCMP say the suspect was known to the victim and they are not seeking any other suspects at this time.

Wall doubts Sixties Scoop apology will happen while he is premier PDF Print E-mail
Written by Manfred Joehnck   
Thursday, 16 November 2017 13:17

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall says he has been ready, willing and able to make an apology for the Sixties Scoop for two years, but he doubts it will happen before he steps down from provincial politics in January.

The issue of the apology dominated debate in the legislature Thursday, with the NDP Opposition calling for compensation as well as an apology.

The NDP's First Nations and Metis Critic, Buckley Belanger, is siding the FSIN which says an apology without some form of compensation is meaningless.

FSIN Chief Bobby Cameron has suggested a payment of as much as $400 million. Belanger wouldn't give a number, but says an apology alone is not enough.

"You know there is a lot of damage done, serious damage to some families," Belanger says. "And for him (the premier) to arbitrarily say: 'we are not talking compensation, but I am willing to apologize' -- well, that rings pretty hollow."

Wall says an apology comes with a commitment to do better, something he says his government is doing, but he was not optimistic the apology will happen before he steps down in January.

"We are ready to do that, we are ready to do it this session in the legislature," Wall says. "But, no, I am not confident based on my two years of experience since I made these announcements."

The federal government has agreed to pay about $800 million for the Sixties Scoop, but the compensation covers only status Indians and Inuit, and leaves out Metis and non-status Indians.

Charge stayed for one suspect in Simon Grant's death PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 16 November 2017 11:46

An 18-year-old man charged in the death of La Ronge restaurant owner Simon Grant appeared in La Ronge Provincial Court today.

Matthew Nagy-Charles had been charged with being an accessory after the fact to murder, but that charge was stayed this morning.

Grant was killed during a robbery inside his restaurant last April.

Since it’s possible for a stayed charge to be reinstated within a year, Grant’s widow, Cora Laich says she will be pushing hard to make sure that happens in this case.

"I can assure you that my family and myself will be making sure that the charge against this individual is revisited at the appropriate time," Laich says. "We will be taking the necessary steps to make sure that anyone involved in Simon's murder will be held accountable."

Last month, 19-year-old Austin Bird was sentenced to seven years in prison after pleading guilty to manslaughter in Grant's death.

Two youths, who can't be named, have also been charged with second-degree murder in the case.

Their matters are still before the courts and a publication ban remains in effect for the proceedings.

Meanwhile, Laich hopes people remember her husband for his contributions to the community and not for his death.

"Simon was very respectful, and took the time and patience and provided encouragement to many teenagers in La Ronge," Laich says. "I would like to just make sure that that is kept alive, and that the circumstances of his death don't overshadow the kindness and goodness of Simon towards the youth in La Ronge."

Laich and her family have since relocated out of La Ronge to another Saskatchewan community.

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 November 2017 13:06
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