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Search And Rescue Officials Locate Body Of White Bear Man Last Seen Swimming Near Alameda Dam PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fraser Needham   
Friday, 22 August 2014 16:09

Rescue officials have located the body of a man who is believed to have drowned in southeastern Saskatchewan on Wednesday.

The 44-year-old man from White Bear First Nation was last seen trying to swim across a river near the Alameda dam a little after 4 p.m.

Initial efforts to locate the man were unsuccessful.

The dam is located about four kilometres east of Alameda.

His body was discovered about a 450 feet from he was last seen swimming about 10:15 a.m. Friday morning.

Oxbow Rescue, EMS, Carnduff RCMP, the RCMP Underwater Recovery Team and members of the White Bear First Nation assisted in the search.

Police are not releasing his name at this time.

Harper Hammered For Comments On Death Of Aboriginal Teen PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kelly Provost   
Friday, 22 August 2014 14:50

The Liberal Party’s health critic says Stephen Harper’s remark that the issue of missing and murdered Aboriginal women isn't a “sociological phenomenon” is an “ignorant statement for a Prime Minister to make.”

MP Hedy Fry is one of several politicians taking issue with Harper’s remarks yesterday on the recent killing of 15-year-old Tina Fontaine in Winnipeg.

The Aboriginal teen’s body was found wrapped in a plastic bag in the Red River on Sunday.

The Prime Minister again rejected calls to order a national inquiry into missing and murdered Aboriginal women, saying it should be viewed as crime that is best handled by police.

Fry, who was is in La Ronge Friday meeting with local leaders and health stakeholders, says Harper couldn’t be more wrong.

“This is not just another crime of violence,” she says. “It is the violence against Aboriginal women and girls. And. . . it is way out of proportion to the number of Aboriginal women and girls in this country. This is really something he has to consider, if he looks at it sociologically.”

Fry also questions the Prime Minister’s choice of words.

“I mean, to use the word ‘sociological’ means he didn't even look at it sociologically. If he did, he would have seen. It’s like the number of Aboriginal people in prison. You know, look at the percentage of Aboriginal people in this country and the percentage - sometimes 70 per cent - represented in prisons. That is out of whack. Something is wrong. There is a sociological problem here.”

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne calls Harper's remarks “outrageous.”

Liberal Aboriginal Affairs critic Carolyn Bennett says the Prime Minister’s steadfast refusal to call a national inquiry flies in the face of every premier in the country - and the international community - and puts Harper “on the wrong side of history.”

NDP Status of Women critic Niki Ashton says Harper’s comments yesterday “show his callous disregard for the plight of some of the most marginalized people in our country – Indigenous women.”

(With files from The Canadian Press)

Last Updated on Friday, 22 August 2014 15:33
Police Ask For Public's Assistance In Locating Missing Poundmaker Man PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joel Willick   
Friday, 22 August 2014 14:14

A 40-year-old Poundmaker First Nation man has gone missing.

RCMP say Vernon Arthur Kasokeo was last seen on the reserve on Monday.

Kasokeo is described as 5’ 7’’ tall and weighing about 185 pounds.

He also has black hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Kasokeo is asked to call Crime Stoppers or the Cut Knife RCMP.

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