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North Central community activist goes after council seat PDF Print E-mail
Written by Manfred Joehnk   
Friday, 20 May 2016 10:00

A First Nations woman with a long history of community service in North Central Regina is taking a run at city council in an effort to make the community safe again.

Connie Deiter grew up there.

She remembers it as working class and safe, something it has not been for decades.

It holds the distinction of being one of the most dangerous neighbourhoods in Canada.

Deiter says over the past nine years there have been 44 murders, including three this year.

“In no way are things getting better, they are getting much worse, “She said. “We have to take a reasoned approach and examine exactly what is happening in this community.”

Deiter wants to bring all community members together and work with all three levels of government to develop programs and policies that will make life safer for people living in the inner city.

The municipal election will be held in October.

The area is currently represented by long time councillor Wade Murray.

He congratulated Deiter on her candidacy, but has not yet indicated whether he will be running again.

He has represented the ward for the last 13 years.

Last Updated on Friday, 20 May 2016 10:27
First graduates of Aboriginal fitness preparatory program honoured at U of S PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joel Willick   
Friday, 20 May 2016 09:56

The first-ever graduates of an Aboriginal Fitness Preparatory program were honoured at the University of Saskatchewan Thursday afternoon.

Nine students were recognized for completing the new program, which was developed in partnership with the University of Saskatchewan, City of Saskatoon and 2J2 Fitness.

The purpose of the program was to give these students a better advantage when completing their Aboriginal Fitness Certification Program.

All of the students were in varying stages of the certification program.

Candace Wasacase-Lafferty, director of Aboriginal initiatives with the university hopes the graduates will now help begin a ripple effect for sustainable fitness in Aboriginal communities.

“It addresses community, health and economic needs, so we are hoping they will take what they learned back to their communities and be that fitness leader,” says Wasacase-Lafferty.

The course focused on the theory portion of the program and included anatomy, physiology, nutrition, mentor-ship and leadership and was facilitated by Joel Pedersen, owner of 2J2 Fitness.

Pedersen, who grew up in Fond du Lac, hopes the program will address what he feels is a lack of fitness in Aboriginal communities.

“There are lots of studies being done and papers written, but there is nothing going on, so from the outside looking in I said what can I do to make a change... well I can pass on what I know,” says Pedersen.

Even though this is a pilot program organizers are hoping it will become a staple course for those wanting to become Aboriginal fitness instructors.

Saskatoon study says preventable injuries more prevalent in less advantaged areas PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joel Willick   
Friday, 20 May 2016 09:46

A new study from the Saskatoon Health Region says preventable injuries are a major health burden to the community.

The study says preventable injuries like falls, burns, poisonings and other accidents are leading to nearly 100 deaths, 1300 hospitalizations and over 15,000 people attending the city's emergency rooms every year.

Dr. Michael Schwandt presented the study earlier this week.

He said many of these Emergency Room visits are preventable.

“We know the hospital system is often described as overloaded and many of these cases are preventable, so it could take a large load off our emergency medical system,” said Dr. Schwandt.

One of the key findings of the report is that those in the least advantaged areas of the city are far more likely to experience these preventable injuries.

Dr. Schwandt said hospitalization was almost double in the city's least advantaged areas.

“In particular this played out in certain areas like motor vehicle collisions, pedestrian injuries, unintentional poisonings and burns and scars,” said Dr. Schwandt. “We saw almost 5 times the hospitalization rate for burns for those living in the less advantaged areas in the city.”

Dr. Schwandt says a lack of infrastructure and proper housing may be factors in leading to the preventable injuries.

He says a large burden on the health region could be reduced if these preventable injuries are lessened.

According to the health region, Saskatchewan has the highest injury hospitalization rates compared to any other province.

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