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UPDATED-Six Northern Sask High School Students Injured In Team Van Rollover PDF Print E-mail
Written by Manfred Joehnck   
Friday, 05 September 2014 10:54

Six players on a northern Saskatchewan high school football team were injured in an accident involving their 15-passenger van near Buffalo Narrows Thursday night.

Five were treated and released after suffering cuts, bruises and head injuries and one student was airlifted to Saskatoon for treatment of more serious injuries.

The injuries are not considered to be life threatening -- but the RCMP say a winch was needed to free one of the passengers from the overturned vehicle.

The accident occurred north of Buffalo Narrows as the van was making its way back to La Loche after a game in Pinehouse.

The RCMP say one of their members is an assistant coach of the team and was in the van at the time, and another Mountie was following behind in another vehicle.  Both were able to help the injured students on the scene before more help arrived.

La Loche Community School Principal Stephen King says the students are part of a co-ed football team in the Northern Saskatchewan Football League and the most seriously injured player is a female.

He says people at the school are pretty shaken up by the incident but at the same time grateful injuries were not more serious.

“You know were thankful that no one was killed because certainly it could have been worse,” he says. “Nevertheless, we’re still very concerned about the students that were hurt.”

King says poor road conditions appear to have been a factor in the accident.

“Our bus hit a pothole on a wet road and our driver, when he corrected, the bus went over on its side.”

Buffalo Narrows Mayor Estelle Laliberte says the highway has always been a problem and the accident is a wake up call.

“Luckily there were no fatalities last night,” she says. “Maybe this is a wake up call to the Department of Highways to put Hwy 155 as a priority in their current five-year plan.”

Laliberte says she drives the road at least once a week and it continues to be pounded by heavy trucks which tear the road apart leaving big potholes.

RCMP and first responders were on the scene for most of the night.

Last Updated on Friday, 05 September 2014 14:54
 
Inquest Into 2013 Saskatoon Police Cells Death To Start Next Week PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joel Willick   
Friday, 05 September 2014 10:49

A public inquest into the death of a man who died in a Saskatoon jail cell almost two years ago will be held next week.

Douglas Morissette was arrested by Saskatoon police in January 2013 for public intoxication.

The 57-year-old was taken to police cells where he spent the night in jail.

Police say Morissette was assessed upon his arrival and was checked on during the night before being found dead the following morning.

The inquest will take place at the Sandman Hotel in Saskatoon beginning on Monday.

Coroner Robert Kennedy will preside.

Last Updated on Friday, 05 September 2014 10:53
 
Cameco Strike Having Big Impact On North PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fraser Needham   
Friday, 05 September 2014 10:47

An ongoing labour dispute at two of Cameco’s operations is having a big impact on northern Saskatchewan.

Many northerners are employed directly or indirectly at the McArthur River mine and Key Lake mill and unionized employees at both locations have been on strike for close to a week.

La Ronge Mayor Thomas Sierzycki says the uranium mining company strike is having a large effect on the north’s economy and the sooner it is resolved, the better.

“I think really, as a northern leader, we’ve taken the approach of encouraging both sides to come to the table sooner, the better and hopefully it resolves quickly so that northern families aren’t impacted more than they already are,” he says.

Sierzycki says he has been in contact with both Cameco CEO Tim Gitzel and United Steelworkers 8914 President Phil Morin about the situation.

He also says the strike is affecting not only those employed by Cameco but a lot of other northern industries.

“I think the general consensus of the north is we need to get this done as soon as possible for the fact it is hurting not only those workers working at the site but northern workers that are employed in aviation, in a contractual basis, all those other aspects. So, I think northerners feel the urge and the need to get this solved quickly and I think the good part was that speaking with the CEO today he kind of said the same sentiment.”

Sierzycki says about nine per cent of La Ronge’s population is employed either directly or indirectly in Cameco’s northern mining operations.

The approximately 535 unionized employees have been without a contract since last December.

They are currently picketing at both Cameco’s head office in Saskatoon and on the bridge on Hwy 2 between La Ronge and Air Ronge.

 
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