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Psych report leads to sentencing delays in Marlene Bird attack PDF Print E-mail
Written by Chelsea Laskowski   
Thursday, 30 July 2015 16:06

A lengthy psychological report is the reason behind another delay in sentencing for the man who pleaded guilty to the attack on Marlene Bird.

In June of 2014, Bird was left with life-altering injuries after she was burnt and cut in downtown Prince Albert. She needed skin graft and had both legs amputated as a result.

Later that month, Leslie Ivan Roderick Black was arrested and faced multiple charges, including attempted murder.

He entered a guilty plea for that offence in April of this year, and a psychiatric assessment was ordered.

The detailed result of that assessment came out in a report this week, said Crown prosecutor Keith Amyotte.

In reviewing that report, there is a possibility that the Crown will seek a dangerous offender designation for Black.

Black has been in custody throughout the court process, and rarely appeared in person. Thursday’s court date in Prince Albert was no exception.

When asked how long it could be before Black is sentenced, the Crown couldn’t provide specifics.

Black's case is scheduled to return to Prince Albert Provincial Court on Aug. 11.

Last Updated on Thursday, 30 July 2015 17:12
UPDATE: The La Ronge Northerner soon to be no more PDF Print E-mail
Written by Chelsea Laskowski   
Thursday, 30 July 2015 13:08

Next week, a northern weekly newspaper will go to print for the last time.

The news about The La Ronge Northerner’s office closing came on Wednesday from its publisher, Glacier Media.

Its last day of operations will be August 7, group publisher Brent Fitzpatrick confirmed on Thursday.

The weekly newspaper has a reported circulation of just over 800, with two-thirds of that in the La Ronge area.

Past owner Gill Gracie weighed in on the closure on Thursday.

"It's sad to see its demise because it's survived through a lot of struggle and various owners," she said.

She operated the newspaper from 1983 to 1992.

The newspaper has not only changed hands multiple times, it's also changed focus, Gracie said.

During her reign, the weekly paper focused on the north in general. Gracie is critical of Glacier Media's concentration on just La Ronge, among other things decreased staffing.

"Our best issue was about 32 pages, it was down to eight last week. It's very sad to watch, really," she said.

"You have this urge to do something about it. And I get asked, you know, every second week 'why don't you take it back over?'"

She does acknowledge that the changing way people consume their news is now less print-focused, but Gracie said she prefers newspapers because they leave a permanent record.

The fast pace of new media can lead to inaccuracy, she added.

Earlier this year, The Northerner’s owning group, Glacier Media, released disappointing first-quarter profits.

Its cash flow from operations (before changes in no-cash operating accounts and non-recurring items) dropped 25 per cent compared to the same period last year.

It still pulled in $65.8 million in consolidated revenues in that first quarter, which is down six per cent from the same period last year.

Fitzpatrick declined to comment further on the announcement until Friday.

Last Updated on Thursday, 30 July 2015 17:28
Mixed results in Cameco’s latest financial results PDF Print E-mail
Written by Manfred Joehnck   
Thursday, 30 July 2015 12:56

Uranium giant Cameco reports second quarter profits are down, but the company remains optimistic about the long-term future and its strategy to capitalize on pent up demand as more countries tap into nuclear power.

The second quarter results show realized net income of $88 million, down 31 per cent from the same period a year ago.  For the first six months of the year, the numbers are even worse with profits down 70 per cent to $79 million.

Share prices were also down by about $0.40 a share.

Company president and CEO Tim Gitzel says the problem is still an oversupply on world markets and slower than expected nuclear reactor start-ups, especially in Japan.

Despite the flat market, Gitzel says there are many positives in the company’s latest financial statement.

"Through all this, the company continues to do well both financially and operationally despite the challenging market we talked about," he says.  "As you can expect, we are waiting patiently for the industry to recover -- but that does not mean we are being complacent."

Saskatchewan continues to be a bright spot for Cameco.  Production is up at the Key Lake and McArthur River mines, and for the first time, the Cigar Lake mine is producing.

Gitzel expects sales to increase over the next number of years as more and more countries expand their nuclear power capabilities and Japan gets back on line.

"You know if you look at the 64 reactors under construction, and then you add the 25 in Japan that are in the queue waiting for a review and hopefully restart, that is going to be a nice bump for our market," he says.

Cameco recently signed a multi-year deal to provide India seven million pounds of uranium concentrate.

Gitzel also reflected on the forest fire situation in Saskatchewan.  He says the company suspended shipments of its ore for a short time while roads were closed, but says the fires did not have a major impact on operations.

He extended his appreciation and thanks to company employees who were affected by the fires and volunteered to help defend local communities or worked in evacuation shelters.

Last Updated on Thursday, 30 July 2015 14:43
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