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Man once prevented from running in band election declared new chief PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kelly Provost   
Tuesday, 21 November 2017 17:30

The chief electoral officer for the Montreal Lake Cree Nation says he is prepared to swear in a new chief on Wednesday.

Clifford Bird says Frank J. Roberts will be the new chief by acclamation.

The band's appeal tribunal had previously ordered a special by-election to be held next Monday.

It was to include the three people who ran in the chief election earlier this year -- Chief Edward Henderson, Roger L. Bird and Joyce G. McLeod -- and Roberts, who had previously been prevented from running.

Clifford Bird says Henderson failed to submit a declaration of intent to seek re-election, while Roger Bird and McLeod submitted notices of withdrawal, leaving Roberts as the only candidate.

The electoral officer says the swearing-in ceremony will be held Wednesday evening at the Senator Allen Bird Memorial School gymnasium in Montreal Lake.

"At this point in time, we have no order that we can't use band buildings for this," Bird says. "So I continue to be under the understanding of band members with this being a process of the nation that we continue to be able to have access to these buildings."

The band manager has previously questioned the legitimacy of the special by-election, arguing among other things that a band council resolution has not been passed to make it official.

Mark D'Amato has also argued Roberts should be disqualified from running because of an alleged debt to the band, adding there is no evidence Clifford Bird contacted the proper band officials to investigate that claim.

The electoral officer says a process is underway to have the courts help enforce the latest developments.

Neither Henderson nor D'Amato has been immediately available for comment.

 
SaskTel service outage in northern Saskatchewan planned for November 22 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Travis Radke   
Tuesday, 21 November 2017 13:51

SaskTel logo. Photo courtesy SaskTel.

A planned outage to SaskTel landline, wireless and internet services in the province's north is scheduled from 3:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. on November 22.

Services will be disrupted in Brabant Lake, Black Lake, Butler Lake, Cigar Lake, Collins Bay, David Lake Rapids, Durrant Lake, Fond-du-Lac, Geikie River, Key Lake, McArthur River, McDonald Lake, McClean Lake, Sandy Bay, Sucker Lake, Southend, Stony Rapids and Wollaston Lake, as SaskTel operates on a damaged fibre cable.

SaskTel believes the damage occurred when the line was originally placed.

"We only discovered the damage recently when we were going to turn up some unused fibre in the cable," said SaskTel representative, Greg Jacobs. "It looks like the damage to the fibre cable occurred when the fibre cable was installed originally."

SaskTel is thanking people of northern Saskatchewan for their patience, understanding and is apologizing for any inconvenience this might cause.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 November 2017 18:31
 
Witness tells inquiry racism played role in death investigation PDF Print E-mail
Written by Manfred Joehnck   
Tuesday, 21 November 2017 11:34

Delores Stevenson, Nadine Machiskinic's aunt. File photo.

The laundry chute death of a young Indigenous woman and the impact it had on her family was outlined this morning, as the inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls opened its hearings in Saskatoon.

Delores Stevenson says there were undertones of racism right from the beginning on the way authorities handled the death of her niece, Nadine Machiskinic.

She fell 10 floors to her death down the laundry chute of the Regina Delta Hotel in January of 2015.

Paramedics and hotel staff assumed she was just passed out and drunk, the coroner did not even notify police for 60 hours and the autopsy on the manner of death was changed from undetermined to accidental, then back to undetermined.

Stevenson says no one took the case seriously.

"This is just not right, this is not right that my niece fell from a laundry chute and no one is taking it seriously," she said.

Stevenson also said she had great difficulty finding anyone to help her in her quest for justice, taking it on herself by reliving and retelling the horrible story of her niece’s death over and over again.

Stevenson says police bungled the investigation, there were errors in the coroner’s office and yet not one person has been held accountable.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 November 2017 12:04
 
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