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Cumberland House Woman Takes Beef With SaskTel to CRTC PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joel Willick   
Friday, 23 January 2015 11:50

A Cumberland House woman has filed an official complaint with the CRTC over what she feels is a lack of Sasktel service for northern Saskatchewan.

Renee Carriere says she had called Sasktel for service on January 7th, but they wouldn’t be able to help her until the 28th because there nearest representative was in Nipawin.

Sasktel did manage to complete the service on January 22nd.

Carriere said she is frustrated that there is no Sasktel employee closer to do the work.

“With a community of 2000 that is celebrated a 125 years of education, never has Sasktel trained a person to do this work,” said Carriere.  “Why can’t we have somebody trained here?  Even someone from the community can be on call, so our young people can job shadow and learn how to do this.”

A representative for Sasktel says they try to complete all service within 7 days.

“In this case due to some of the major installations occurring in the region it was taking up some of our resources, but once it came to our attention we looked into it and she was installed yesterday,” said Darcy McFarlane a Sasktel spokesperson.

McFarlane says there are over 500 locations for Sasktel service in the province, so it is difficult to find employees for every community.

“We do have a large number of communities that have employees,” said McFarlane.  “We serve Cumberland House out of Nipawin and Creghton with 3 out of Nipawin and 2 in Creighton.”

Last Updated on Friday, 23 January 2015 14:51
 
Agency Chiefs Tribal Council Signs Onto Job Readiness Support Program PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joel Willick   
Friday, 23 January 2015 11:10

The Agency Chiefs Tribal Council's director of operations says he is glad to see the Harper Government invest in First Nations youth job training.

The government says 120 First Nations youth from ACTC will receive personalized job readiness supports.

In a release, ACTC director Glenn Johnstone says the time is here for First Nations youth to have a chance for success like any other person in the country.

In Saskatchewan, 28 First Nations have been using the program, but it will now be 41 First Nations.

The Job Readiness Support Program is offered to First Nation youth between the ages of 18-24.

 
Pilot Escapes Serious Injury In Key Lake Helicopter Crash PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joel Willick   
Thursday, 22 January 2015 17:12

A helicopter pilot was luckily able to walk away after his aircraft crashed in northern Saskatchewan early Wednesday afternoon.

Reports say the Eurocopter AS-350 operated by Airspan Helicopters collided with the ground near the Key Lake mine around 12:30 p.m.

The helicopter was moving power-line cables suspended on a long line when the accident happened.

Peter Hildebrand of the Transportation Safety Board says the accident occurred as the chopper was trying to release a load but was unable to.

“Then it moved away but the long line was still attached to the load and the helicopter was pulled down and collided with the ground,” he says.

He says the pilot was the only occupant of the helicopter and the crash could have been much worse.

“He was able to exit the helicopter but he was taken to hospital for observations. So, he had injuries, the helicopter has substantial damage but there are no fatalities and no fire.”

RCMP say the pilot was treated for minor injuries and has since been released from hospital in La Ronge.

TSB investigators from Winnipeg are expected to arrive in Key Lake on Friday.

 
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