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Northern Fur Harvesters Received 38% Less For Their Pelts Last Season PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kelly Provost   
Monday, 24 November 2014 11:00

Trappers in the province's north had a good year last season -- just not as good as the previous two years.

In fact, the total cash value that northern fur harvesters got for their pelts was $1.546,049.66 -- but it was $932,661.14 less than the previous season ($2,478,710.80).

Provincial fur specialist Mike Gollop says it wasn't because of a lack of trying.

"It was a fairly significant decline and the decline really has everything to do with the market and nothing to do with effort, because the number of pelts marketed in both years was relatively similar."

Still, last season's harvest was one of the very best in the last two decades -- and was worth three times the harvest from just five years ago ($493,516.55 in 2009-2010).

Mild winters in Europe and Asia have been blamed for last season's downturn.

Last Updated on Monday, 24 November 2014 11:14
 
Federal Government Gives New Funding To Northern Nutrition Program PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joel Willick   
Saturday, 22 November 2014 02:55

The federal government announced funding on Friday to improve access to healthy food in northern Canadian communities.

While most of the funding will go toward communities in Iqualuit and northern Manitoba, a few northern Saskatchewan communities will also get a share.

Black Lake, Fond-du-Lac and Stony Rapids are all eligible for partial food subsidies through the program.

“Northerners like all Canadians should have access to the fresh, nutritious foods they need to be able to contribute and be prosperous in a growing northern economy,” Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Bernard Valcourt says. “Today’s announcement is a clear demonstration of our government’s continued commitment to increasing access to healthy perishable foods in remote northern communities.”

The announcement includes an increase of $11.3 million to the Nutrition North Subsidy budget.

In total, the government plans to invest over $133 million for nutritional foods for northerners.

 
PA Police Seek Public Help In Locating Missing Teen PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joel Willick   
Saturday, 22 November 2014 02:53

Prince Albert police are seeking the public’s help in locating a missing 14-year-old boy.

Tyrell Longman was originally reported missing Oct. 29.

Police say they have received numerous reports of sightings of the teen since then but have been unable to confirm his location.

Longman is described as 5’ tall, 100 pounds, with long brown hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information is asked to call the police.

 
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