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First Nations Election Act Now The Law PDF Print E-mail
Written by David Smith   
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 10:16

The First Nations Elections Act has received Royal Assent and was passed into law.

This legislation provides an election system that individual First Nations can choose to opt in to.

It includes four-year terms of office.

It will also allow groups of First Nations to hold their elections on a common day and line up their terms of office.

There are also set penalties for things like obstructing the electoral process and engaging in corrupt or fraudulent election activities.

Federal officials say there are still details to be worked out including the preparation of the voters list and mail-in ballots.

Senior RCMP Officer Charged With Sexual Assualt Of A Minor PDF Print E-mail
Written by Manfred Joehnck   
Tuesday, 15 April 2014 16:14

A high-ranking member of the RCMP has been charged with the sexual assault of a 12-year-old girl.

The alleged incident happened 32 years ago near Carlyle, just a year after 54-year-old Ronald Makar joined the force.

He is now an inspector and the officer in charge of the RCMP Wood Buffalo detachment in Fort McMurray, Alberta.

Makar was arrested without incident Tuesday morning at work.

He is facing two charges - one of sexual assault and the other of having sex with a female under the age of 14.

His girlfriend at the time of the alleged incident, 56-year-old Constance Hadiuk, has also been arrested.

Hadiuk was arrested at her place of employment in Kyle, Saskatchewan on April 10.

She is facing one count of indecent assault.

Details of the case were revealed Tuesday morning by Superintendent Alfredo Bangloy during a news conference at RCMP headquarters in Regina.

“The victim specified that she was sexually assaulted by an adult female and a serving member of the RCMP who were involved in a romantic relationship,” he says. “The victim was 12-years-old at the time of the alleged assaults.”

Makar and Hadiuk will make their first court appearances on the charges in Carlyle on June 4.

In the meantime, he is suspended with pay.

Makar has a long history with the RCMP in Saskatchewan serving at a number of detachments during his 34-year career including Carlyle, Kyle, Fon du Lac and Regina.

Superintendent Bangloy says the allegations are extremely disturbing.

“Allegations like these are disturbing when they are made against the general public. For a serving police officer to be facing charges like this is extremely disturbing. It is very difficult to be here today to speak with you about this.”

The alleged victim came forward in April of 2013.

She provided a detailed statement to police in December of last year which was then followed up by a lengthy investigation.

That investigation concluded Tuesday with the arrest of Makar.

Bangloy commends the victim for coming forward.

“As you can imagine, these types of situations are very difficult and very disturbing. I wish to commend the victim for coming forward in this difficult situation.”

RCMP say the alleged victim was known to Makar and Hadiuk but did not provide further details.

Police Rule Death Of Prince Albert Teen A Homicide PDF Print E-mail
Written by mbcnews   
Tuesday, 15 April 2014 16:12

Police do not believe the shooting of a 17-year-old male in Prince Albert early Monday morning was a random act.

They are calling it a homicide but so far there is no word on suspects or arrests.

Officers responded to a report of shots fired at a home in the 500 block of 27th Street East shortly before 6 a.m. Monday.

The victim was found at the scene and transported to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

He has been identified as Clayton James Bear of Prince Albert.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 April 2014 10:08
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