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Man Hospitalized After Being Shot In Pelvic Area On The Ahtahkakoop Reserve PDF Print E-mail
Written by mbcnews   
Thursday, 17 April 2014 10:42

One person is recovering in hospital and another is facing charges after a shooting incident at the Ahtahkakoop First Nation.

Tuesday night, RCMP were called to a home on the reserve and found a 41-year-old man suffering from a gunshot wound to the "pelvic area".

The victim was taken to Shellbrook Hospital and then transferred to Saskatoon.

One person was arrested at the scene and faces five charges including aggravated assault and careless use of a firearm.

RCMP officers had been at the home just 20 minutes earlier to investigate an assault complaint involving the suspect and the victim -- but Mounties left the scene after being assured that the situation had been resolved.

59-year-old Stephen Masuskapoe is scheduled to appear in Prince Albert Provincial Court today.

Aboriginal Youth Charged In Random Regina Mall Stabbing PDF Print E-mail
Written by Manfred Joehnck   
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 15:37

A thin Aboriginal boy stood quietly in Regina youth court Wednesday morning making his first court appearance after a random stabbing rampage injured four people the previous night.

The incident happened at a downtown Regina shopping mall.

Police say the 15-year-old acted alone, is not connected to a gang and they still have no idea what drove him to the bizarre act of violence.

Regina Deputy Police Chief Bob Morin answered media questions shortly after the boy’s court appearance.

He is facing three charges of aggravated assault, one count of assault with a weapon and a couple of charges for breaching earlier court orders.

The deputy chief says he has never seen anything like what occurred on Tuesday night in his 33 years of policing in Regina.

While at a loss to explain why the incident happened, Morin says he wants to assure residents the city is safe.

“I want to urge people not to be concerned about their safety because the public safety system in this city works and I think last night is an example of where we had a police response almost immediately,” he says.

All four victims are expected to recover.

Police say they have no connection to the attacker and were apparently random targets.

Two Regina beat officers happened to be at the Cornwall Centre mall at about 6 p.m. when the attacks happened.

They quickly subdued the suspect and took him into custody.

Morin says the quick actions of police, mall security and witnesses all contributed to ending the attacks swiftly.

“I think the response of everyone at the scene was exceptional. It speaks to our community and the citizens of our community and to the public safety network.”

Social media was buzzing Wednesday with speculation of a possible gang connection to the stabbings but Morin dismisses this.

“There is no indication there was any gang activity or gang membership or anything related to gangs in this incident.”

The 15-year-old has been remanded in custody until his next court appearance on April 29.

His lawyer will not be seeking bail but is considering ordering a psychiatric assessment of the accused.

He will make his next court appearance via video link.

MNC And MNS Face Questions Over Fiscal Accountability PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fraser Needham   
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 15:36

Métis organizations at both the federal and provincial levels continue to grapple with issues of fiscal accountability.

A recently released audit calls on the federal government to recover $1.35 million in ineligible expenses claimed by the Métis National Council between 2008 and 2012.

In a 2012 audit, the Métis Nation of Saskatchewan is taken to task for excessive executive compensation and ineligible travel expenses.

In response to the MNC audit, the Department of Aboriginal Affairs says in an emailed statement, “Immediate steps were taken to ensure these issues were addressed, and in April 2013 the MNC agreed to a way forward and signed a Governance and Financial Accountability Accord which commits them to a higher transparency and accountability standard than any other Aboriginal Representative Organization.”

“We expect that the Métis National Council will continue taking the necessary steps to strengthen its financial accountability to its members and all Canadians.”

However, MNS President Robert Doucette says while his organization has taken concrete steps to address issues identified in a Hallux report, he has seen little to indicate the MNC is dealing with its issues of financial accountability.

“We have worked really hard over the last two years to deal with the key issues that were reviewed in the Hallux report and there was two categories – administrative and governance,” he says. “I don’t see that happening with the Métis National Council.”

Nevertheless, MNS vice-president Gerald Morin questions whether Doucette and others have really dealt with the Hallux report since the Provincial Métis Council has not been involved in any of these financial discussions.

“If they have been, we haven’t seen any evidence of that,” he says. “The discussions have not involved myself, for example, as vice-president of the organization.”

Conservative MP Rob Clarke has recently called for federal funding to be suspended to the MNS until some of the organization’s fiscal and governance issues are resolved.

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