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Quebec First Nations Leader Chosen As Interim National Chief PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 16 July 2014 10:51

The Assembly of First Nations has decided on an interim leader until a national chief is chosen in December.

Quebec regional chief Ghislain Picard will fill the role vacated by former leader Shawn Atleo, who abruptly resigned in the spring.

Delegates at the AFN's annual meeting in Halifax approved the move with a vote this morning.

Picard says he first sought the blessing of the chiefs before accepting the position.

"I certainly have the highest regard for the office of National Chief, the highest regard for the office of the Assembly of First Nations, as I do for my own regional responsibilities as a chief of the AFNQL. So, in response to the call, I am willing to accept the responsibility for the time being."

Yesterday, delegates agreed to hold a vote for a new national chief at the end of the year at a special assembly in Winnipeg.

Picard has indicated he might run in that election.

AFN officials say if he officially enters the race, he will be expected to step away from being the interim leader.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 July 2014 13:03
Kawacatoose Woman Killed In Weekend Crash PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 16 July 2014 10:49

An autopsy has been ordered after the weekend death of a 29-year-old woman from the Kawacatoose First Nation.

RCMP say at around 3 am Sunday, a pickup truck left a grid road on the reserve and hit an embankment.

Three women were thrown from the vehicle and two -- the 44-year-old female driver from Kawacatoose and a 22-year-old passenger from Saskatoon -- were taken to the Wynyard Hospital with undetermined injuries.

Police say Ramona Assoon was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators say none of the three occupants were wearing seatbelts and alcohol is considered to be a factor.

Issue With Freezing Process Could Delay Production At Cigar Lake PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 16 July 2014 10:48

Cameco is saying that the start of production at the Cigar Lake uranium mine could be delayed by a couple of months.

The company says ground freezing at the site has not advanced as quickly as expected in some localized areas of the mine.

Given that the McClean Lake mill has not yet started processing Cigar Lake ore, Cameco has decided to temporarily stop jet-boring at Cigar Lake to allow the ore body to freeze more thoroughly in these areas.

It says the additional freezing will allow more continuous production at the mine once the mill is operational.

As a result, Cameco says the production schedule could shift by a couple of months. It could mean that ore that was expected to be milled at the end of the year will shift into early 2015.

The company says it will know more at the end of the month when an assessment is complete.

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