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Regina Police Cleared in Alleged Mistreatment of Aboriginal Woman PDF Print E-mail
Written by Manfred Joehnck   
Thursday, 14 May 2015 11:08

The Public Complaints Commission has cleared Regina police of any wrongdoing in the case of a 25-year-old woman who claimed police picked her up, drove her out of town in the middle of winter, took her coat and boots, and then drove her to the police station where she was held in cells until she sobered up.

Video surveillance shows Brooke Watson was pushed out of a truck by unknown people without her jacket or boots.  That video came from outside the apartment where police picked her up during the early morning hours of January 4.

Watson also claimed the officers were verbally abusive. The PCC conducted interviews, reviewed video evidence and GPS data from the police cruiser and determined police did nothing wrong.

The case is now closed.  The complaints commission is an independent body that investigates public complaints against municipal police in the province.

Environmentalists Question if it Takes a Partnership with Cameco to Meet Aboriginal Affairs Minister PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joel Willick   
Thursday, 14 May 2015 11:07

An environmentalist group from northern Saskatchewan is asking what it takes to get an audience with the federal government.

The comments come in reaction to meetings in Ottawa last week between Cameco, northern leaders, and federal officials.

Candyce Paul from the Committee for Future Generations says the government needs to listen to the concerns of all First Nations.

"The government needs to step up and be responsible," said Paul. "The outcry from Indigenous people from across this country has been huge and they are only listening to First Nations who have a lobbyist."

She says First Nations should be able to meet with the government without industry support.

"(They) have an agreement with us and it's called a treaty."

In a statement, the office of the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs says Minister Bernard Valcourt regularly meets with First Nations leaders.  It also says, in the past three months, Valcourt has been in Saskatchewan twice -- and on those occasions, met with several Saskatchewan First Nations leaders.

A Cameco spokesperson says the point of the trip was to demonstrate the partnership growing between Cameco and these northern communities.

"There was no reason why the First Nations and Metis communities couldn't go alone, but I think we could accomplish a lot more in partnership," said Gord Struthers.

"We as a company have as much to gain as the leaders who joined us on that trip," Struthers added.  "The support of First Nation and Metis communities is a competitive advantage for our company and we are proud of that."

The leaders held several meetings in Ottawa presenting on their two biggest concerns of education and infrastructure.

Last Updated on Thursday, 14 May 2015 11:16
Montreal Lake Man Pleads Guilty to Kidnapping Aunt PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joel Willick   
Wednesday, 13 May 2015 14:44

A Montreal Lake man has pleaded guilty to the kidnapping and assault of his aunt while charges of attempted murder have been dropped.

Last summer, 31-year-old Kevin Henderson kidnapped and assaulted his 66-year-old-aunt.

While the attempted murder charges were dropped, Henderson pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated assault, kidnapping and theft of a motor vehicle.  He also pleaded guilty for several breaches against him from a separate charge.

A trial was scheduled for this week in Montreal Lake, but Henderson’s lawyer Brian Pfefferle says the Crown would have focused on the attempted murder charges during the two-day trial.

“In consultation with the witnesses and police, (the Crown) essentially accepted our proposal to enter pleas to the other offences if they would withdraw the attempted murder charges,” said Pfefferle.

A sentencing hearing is scheduled for August 14 in Montreal Lake.  Pfefferle says both sides will be seeking a significant penitentiary sentence, but may differ on the length of the sentence.

Henderson is currently serving a sentence for prior drug charges and is scheduled to be released in early August.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 May 2015 16:07
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