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Prisoner escapes from Turnor Lake RCMP PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 26 July 2017 10:18

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Turnor Lake RCMP are on the lookout for a 19-year-old man who escaped from custody yesterday afternoon.

Police say Gavin Patrick Montgrand escaped from the Turnor Lake detachment.

Investigators believe he may travel to Prince Albert or Saskatoon, where he has family and other associates.

Montgrand is six feet tall with medium complexion, and he has a scar on the right side of his face. When last seen, he was wearing black jeans and a black sweater.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of 19-year-old Gavin Patrick Montgrand is asked to contact the RCMP or Crime Stoppers.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 July 2017 10:23
Prince Albert Police spearhead initial meeting to form Indigenous Women's Commission PDF Print E-mail
Written by Chelsea Laskowski   
Tuesday, 25 July 2017 16:12

Attendees of the Tuesday meeting at Prince Albert's Indian Metis Friendship Centre. Photo courtesy Police Chief Troy Cooper.

Indigenous women in and around Prince Albert are being asked for their perspectives on policing.

The inaugural “Indigenous Women’s Commission” meeting took place on Tuesday between local Indigenous women leaders, city representatives, and police. It came about after a report came out last month, alleging police victimization of Aboriginal women and girls in the province. The Human Rights Watch report was released with support by Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations.

In response to the report, Chief of Police Troy Cooper says they're laying the groundwork for an advisory committee meant to improve relations between the groups.

“That’s what the report was basically about, was Indigenous women’s issues. So when we talked about it at work and we included our Elder in those discussions, we said ‘why don’t we ask them? Why don’t we go out into the Indigenous community locally and ask the women, what are your experiences with the police?” he said after the multi-hour meeting, which was held at the city’s Friendship Centre.

The advisory committee is just taking shape now after about 16 people, including FSIN Vice-Chief Kim Jonathan, gathered to review the Human Rights Watch report and to identify future topics of discussion, including creating a domestic violence policy, undergoing training in relation to truth and reconciliation, and the issue of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

The next meeting is scheduled in September, and by then its expected the group will identify its official members and finish drafting the terms of reference for the Indigenous Women’s Commission.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 July 2017 16:30
One in 100-year downpour hits Buffalo Narrows PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dean Bear   
Tuesday, 25 July 2017 15:07

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A storm system that dropped 112 millimeters of rain in the Buffalo Narrows region has people in the village of Buffalo Narrows doing some cleanup today.

Village Administrator, Thereas Chartier, says crews are still pumping water from some yards, but to her knowledge, no homes were flooded. She said once it started raining, she didn't think it would ever stop.

Environment Canada says the area received 112 millimeters in 12 hours.

"It was heavy rain, just like someone had taken buckets of water and thrown them on you," she said. "It's been very wet here in the northwest all year, and we don't need any more rain events, I can tell you that.”

Chartier says the Buffalo Narrows Park has been soaked all year, and now with this rain, there is water right up to the main gate.

The Water Security Agency says the downpour was a one in 100-year rain event, and the excess rain has meant that flows on tributaries to the Churchill River are expected to be increasing over the coming days. Flows on the Churchill River itself, which were holding at or near peak levels, are expected to see increases over the coming weeks.

Patrick Boyle with the agency says people using the Churchill River or any of its tributaries should take caution with the increased water levels and flows.

"Less experienced users and those lacking local knowledge of the watercourses should avoid accessing them altogether, as deep, fast moving water can pose a serious hazard," he said.

Areas upstream of Patuanak are expected to see the most significant increases in flows and potential for flood damages from this event. The Churchill River at Patuanak was already near one in 50-year levels prior to this rainfall event.

Since mid-April, the area has experienced record or near record wet conditions.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 July 2017 15:12
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