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Prime Minister To Make Appearance In Northern Saskatchewan PDF Print E-mail
Written by mbcnews   
Tuesday, 29 July 2014 09:40

The Prime Minister's Office has confirmed that Stephen Harper will be visiting the La Ronge area tomorrow.

The Prime Minister will be in Air Ronge to make an announcement at the Northlands College satellite campus just off Highway 2.

The PMO also confirms that this will be Harper's first visit north of Prince Albert since he became Prime Minister.

He will be attending an event for members of the Tories' Western Caucus in Saskatoon later in the day.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 July 2014 11:46
 
First Nations Must Now Publish Salaries Of Elected Officials Online PDF Print E-mail
Written by mbcnews   
Tuesday, 29 July 2014 09:37

This is the day that the salaries of First Nations chiefs and band councillors begin to be posted online.

In fact, Ottawa has already starting posting this information on its Aboriginal Affairs website.

Band financial statements are also available online.

Today is the deadline for bands to comply under Ottawa's First Nations Financial Transparency Act.

The Canadian Taxpayers Federation is expressing "jubilation" today.

The federation began calling for this type of disclosure back in late 2009.

Financial statements from Saskatchewan First Nations can be found at the following link:

http://pse5-esd5.ainc-inac.gc.ca/FNP/Main/Search/FFListGrid.aspx?lang=eng

The federal government says it will continue to post new financial information online over the coming weeks as it comes in from First Nations.

One of the first bands to report the salaries of its elected officials, the White Bear First Nation, reports that Chief Brian Standingready earned $88,351 in salary and benefits in the fiscal year that ended March 31, 2014.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 July 2014 11:51
 
Nine Bears Destroyed In La Ronge Area Alone This Summer PDF Print E-mail
Written by David Smith   
Tuesday, 29 July 2014 09:34

Officials with Saskatchewan Environment are hoping that as the berry season gets rolling this summer, the number of bear sightings in the La Ronge area will drop off.

Conservation officer Derek Keast says there have been about 90 reports of bear sightings around the town and 30 instances of bear traps being deployed.

Keast says as of yesterday, nine bears had been destroyed, seven by conservation officers and two by members of the public.

"The first one that we put down was back in May and so they haven't all just happened at once, it has been spread out over the course of the summer".

Keast adds following up on the sightings and setting out bear traps is turning out to be a time-consuming process.

"The bears have taken up a considerable amount of officer time and we're hoping that we are on the downhill slide and we can spend some more time on our traditional duties".

He says it would also be a big help if sources of food like garbage were stored properly and did not attract bears.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 July 2014 09:37
 
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