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La Ronge golfer Jerry Christiansen still chasing his dream PDF Print E-mail
Written by mbcnews   
Thursday, 18 May 2017 08:52

Jerry Christiansen. Photo courtesy of Facebook.

La Ronge golfer Jerry Christiansen is still chasing his dream of being a full-time pro golfer.

Despite some recent struggles at PGA Tour Canada qualifying school, Christiansen is sticking with it.

"I’m focused on the process. I’m focused on improving every day in all aspects, whether it’s physically, mentally, my course management," said Christiansen. "There’s so many different facets of the game."

Christiansen says he plans to earn a ticket to some upcoming PGA Tour Canada events in Vancouver and Victoria through Monday qualifiers.

"Out there, there’s about 140 guys that qualify, and about ten guys will actually play in the tournament," said Christiansen. "I’m pretty confident that I should be able to Monday qualify into both events."

Christiansen says he is planning on holding a junior golf camp in La Ronge this summer, but no dates have been set just yet.

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 May 2017 09:10
Creating world changers PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dean Bear   
Thursday, 18 May 2017 08:16

Robb Nash in Wollaston Lake on May 18. Photo by Dean Bear.

A Manitoba man who is sharing his story of battling mental illness and depression with students across the country brought his message to students in Wollaston Lake.

The Robb Nash Project is an initiative that engages young people through the power of music and storytelling to inspire hope and encourage positive life choices. Robb Nash is the front man for the group, and started the band with other musicians who had overcome addiction, depression or suicidal thoughts.

His struggle with mental health began at the age of 17, when a car crash on a Manitoba highway shattered his skull.

"Me and some buddies went out joyriding when the roads were bad, and he ran head-on into a semi. My friends were fine and they ran from the vehicle. Meanwhile, I was found with no pulse and not breathing, and I was actually pronounced dead on the scene," said Nash.

He was resuscitated and spent time in a coma, but eventually recovered. The lingering pain and trauma from the accident manifested as suicidal thoughts.

"I didn’t wake up enlightened and wanting to change the world. I woke up bitter and angry, and I didn’t want to talk to anyone. I kept it bottled up inside," Nash told the students at Father Megret High School.

His message to students is that they don’t have to die like he did, before they start to live.

Robb and his band bring their presentation to more than 200 schools each year, and have reached over one million students to date through school shows and social media. He walks head-on into difficult topics, knowing that bullying, addiction, self-harm and suicide are on young people’s minds.

"I just decided I wanted to tell my story to as many people as I could. I never wanted to be a musician, but I figured music would be a good way to tell a story," he added.

At one time, Nash had a recording contract and was churning out top 10 hits, but he decided to rip up his recording contract to concentrate on spreading his message to students.

"I was able to make it through that dark time and I wondered, how many other people are out there dealing with the same thing? That’s why we gave up the glory for what we do now," added Nash.

At every show, Nash invites youth who have struggled with suicidal thoughts to hand him their past suicide notes as a gesture of strength. He decided to tattoo more than 100 of those names on his arms. In eight years, the bandmates have shared their stories to more than a million young people across Canada through their music.

"What started out as an eight-month project has turned into eight years, but I wouldn’t change a thing about it," he said.

Nash says even though they have visited over 1200 schools across the country, one visit doesn’t mean that they won’t be back in the future.

"Usually when we leave, the schools book us two or three years in the future. When we go back to schools that we were at four or five years ago, the students are waiting to tell us they have kept a promise that they’ve stopped using drugs or cutting, and that’s a beautiful thing to see," he added.

The Robb Nash Project has received numerous awards, such as the 2012 Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, the 2013 Bell Kaleidoscope of Hope Award.

Nash has also been featured on Bell Let’s Talk, which is designed to break the silence around mental health and mental health support in Canada.

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 May 2017 09:39
Jury finds Muskoday’s Robyn Ermine guilty of 2nd-degree murder PDF Print E-mail
Written by Chelsea Laskowski   
Thursday, 18 May 2017 00:06

Ermine's trial took place at Prince Albert Court of Queen's Bench. Photo by Chelsea Laskowski.

A late night jury decision has come in for second-degree murder in a Muskoday killing.

This verdict is related to charges against Robyn Laura Ermine, 30, for the Feb. 2015 death of her boyfriend, Evan Tylan Bear.

The two had been drinking into the early hours of the morning with Ermine's stepsister when an argument between the couple became physical.

A self-defence argument was presented, but it appears the jury did not accept Ermine's use of force. The Crown prosecutor had stated at trial that Ermine had many options to get out of the fight without stabbing Bear.

Evidence from eyewitness Ermine's stepsister Shelinda Vallier, police officers, a forensic pathologist, emergency responders, Ermine herself and Ermine's mother Leona Bear was presented over the course of five days before lawyers presented their closing arguments to the jury. The graphic photos and video of the crime scene elicited an emotional response from Evan's family, who stayed in the gallery throughout the trial.

On Wednesday, the jury was left to consider whether the use of force was reasonable and came to a verdict around 9 p.m.

The verdict shows the jury found Ermine guilty beyond a reasonable doubt for the charge of second-degree murder, which was the Crown’s responsibility to prove. The details of how the jury came to its decision will remain behind closed doors.

Ermine will be sentenced in Prince Albert on Friday.

Second-degree murder comes with an automatic life sentence, and parole eligibility will be decided on Friday. The options range between 10 and 25 years of ineligibility before the offender is able to apply for parole with the Parole Board of Canada.

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 May 2017 00:16
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