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First-Degree Murder Charge Laid in Ahtahkakoop Killing PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kelly Provost   
Thursday, 03 September 2015 14:52

A charge of first-degree murder has been laid following a fatal shooting on the Ahtahkakoop First Nation early yesterday.

Twenty-one-year-old Ahtahkakoop resident Tyrone Jacob Knife was found unresponsive with an apparent gunshot wound on a trail leading to several homes on the reserve shortly before 2 am Wednesday.

He was set to be transported out of the community by STARS air ambulance, but was pronounced dead before the flight.

RCMP say the 19-year-old suspect was actually arrested nearby on unrelated matters and was charged after officers realized he was the suspect in Knife's murder.

In addition to the first-degree murder charge, Dakota Hilliard John Knife is facing charges of using a firearm while committing an indictable offence, assault, aggravated assault and possession of a prohibited weapon.

Mounties say the suspect and victim are related to each other.

The accused made his first court appearance today in Prince Albert and will next be in court on October 1.

An autopsy will take place at Saskatoon City Hospital tomorrow.

Pretrial set for accused killers of Pelican Narrows teen PDF Print E-mail
Written by Chelsea Laskowski   
Thursday, 03 September 2015 12:35

A collage with photos of Hilliard Sewap Jr.

A pretrial is in the books for men accused of killing a Pelican Narrows teen.

On May 2, Hilliard Sewap, Jr., 17, was found in medical distress in a home in the community. He was pronounced dead at the local health centre after Mounties were called to a disturbance at a reserve home.

Following that, five men and two youths were charged with second-degree murder in Sewap’s death.

All have since been released on bail. In addition to that, the Crown prosecutor has stated it will seek an adult sentence for the two boys under 18.

Marcus Sewap, Brendan McCallum, Trevor Charles, Robbie Custer, Cody Custer, and the two youths had a hearing in Prince Albert court Thursday morning.

A pretrial is set for October 8.

Sewap had been set to graduate along with his sister before he was killed.

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 September 2015 15:19
Report: Lumbering crisis looms for northern Sask. softwood PDF Print E-mail
Written by Manfred Joehnck   
Thursday, 03 September 2015 12:13

The cover of The province, already hammered by low oil prices, could be in for another major economic blow according to the Canada West Foundation.

The economic think-tank says billions of dollars will be at stake when the Canada-U.S. softwood lumber agreement expires in a few weeks.

Softwood lumber, the type of wood used to build houses, is northern Saskatchewan’s second-largest industry. It generates a billion dollars in annual sales and provides more than 4,000 jobs.

The money and those jobs could be at risk, according to a report written by Naomi Christensen of the Canada West Foundation.

“As you know they have been taking action against our industry for over 120 years,” she says. “So we have to be realistic about the protectionist attitude that does exist within the U.S. lumber industry itself.”

The United States maintains the Canadian industry is unfairly subsidized by governments, so it imposes extra taxes to protect its own industry.

The two countries have worked out their differences in a trade deal called the softwood lumber pact. It expires October the 12, opening the door once again for the U.S. to impose tariffs.

Christensen says it is time we stopped being so dependent on the U.S. market and started looking for new customers in Mexico as well as Asia.

“The facts are that there are definitely opportunities for Canada to become a preferred supplier in some of these markets such as Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam where the demand is increasing,” she said.

The United States imports about 53 per cent of Canada’s softwood lumber. China is the second-biggest buyer at 31 per cent. Nationally, the industry provides 200,000 jobs and injects $20 billion into the Canadian economy.

While the trade deal with the U.S. expires in a few weeks, a clause in the agreement prevents litigation for a year. Christensen says that will give us more time to find new customers.

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 September 2015 12:18
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