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Legal battle continues over residential school compensation PDF Print E-mail
Written by Manfred Joehnck   
Monday, 26 September 2016 13:13

A long legal fight over compensation for residential school students who attended the Timber Bay Children’s Home in the Montreal Lake area will be heard at the Court of Appeal in Regina tomorrow.

This action was launched by the Lac La Ronge Indian Band in 2009, which is hoping to have a lower court decision overturned.

In 2013, a Court of Queen’s Bench Judge ruled the school did not qualify as a residential school because it was not managed by the government and students were not forced to attend.

The band’s lawyer, Michael Swinwood, disagrees, but says many records supporting the claim have been lost because of a fire.

Tomorrow’s hearing will deal with his request for more documentation from the Indigenous Affairs Department.

A similar court action is in the works by the Merchant Law Group on behalf of up to 2,000 former students.

At issue in both challenges is whether the school qualified as a residential school.


Last Updated on Monday, 26 September 2016 13:17
Two weekend deaths at Canoe Lake PDF Print E-mail
Written by David Smith   
Monday, 26 September 2016 11:26

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Autopsies will be done this week after the deaths of two men at Canoe Lake Cree First Nation.

On Saturday afternoon, Beauval RCMP received a call about a shot being fired at a home on the reserve.

When officers arrived, they found the body of a 27-year-old man.

About two hours later, the body of a 30-year-old man, believed to have been involved in the incident, was found in a wooded area on the reserve.

Investigators believe it was a murder-suicide.

Police say the two men were known to each other and they are not looking for any other suspects.


Last Updated on Monday, 26 September 2016 11:31
Northern Saskatchewan mayoral races shape up as nomination periods close PDF Print E-mail
Written by Chelsea Laskowski   
Friday, 23 September 2016 17:01

The nomination period for municipal elections has passed in northern Saskatchewan, and now some interesting mayoral races are shaping up.

In Ile-a-la-Crosse, well-known Metis Nation of Saskatchewan representative Louis Gardiner is facing off against incumbent mayor Duane Favel.

La Ronge has two names looking to replace Thomas Sierzycki, who's not running again. One is former mayor Joseph Hordyski and running against him is the Friendship Centre's executive director Ron Woytowich.

Nearby Air Ronge will see Bruce Robertson try to unseat longtime mayor Gord Stomp.

In Green Lake, Ric Richardson wants to keep his spot as mayor, with Phane Ray running against him.

Denare Beach’s mayor Carl Lentowicz has Paul Trottier seeking to get more votes.

Weyakwin incumbent mayor Stella Brown has competition with George Brown.

Although there are a lot of two-people races for mayor, there are a few exceptions.

The biggest exception is Sanda Bay, with six people running.

Current mayor Daniel M. Bear has competition with Tracey R. Merasty, Stanley B. Merasty, Paul R. Morin, Linda McKay, and Timothy Underwood.

As previously reported, there are four mayoral candidates in La Loche.

Buffalo Narrows mayor Estelle Laliberte is not in the race this time around. Sandy Ericson, Candice Waite-Evans, and Robert Woods are in the running to replace her.

In Turnor Lake, retired correctional worker Rene Desjarlais and teacher Kelly Kwan are looking to unseat current mayor Paul Montgrand.

The town of Creighton has already acclaimed its mayor, Bruce Fiddler, after no opponents stepped up.

As previously reported, Beauval has acclaimed newcomer Nick Daigneault.

Elections in all these communities are on Oct. 26, except for La Loche which has its elections on Oct. 5.

Last Updated on Friday, 23 September 2016 17:12
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