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SGI Says Wildlife Collisions On The Rise PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joel Willick   
Thursday, 20 November 2014 16:52

Despite a declining deer population in the province, the number of animals being hit by vehicles is on the rise.

SGI’s Kelley Brinkworth says the number of moose and deer involved in collisions is higher than last year.

“From January to the end of September we have seen over 7,700 collision claims with wildlife and the cost on that is more than $30 million,” she says.

Collisions with wildlife are predicted to peak at the end of November until late December.

“Hopefully the exposure we are giving this issue will help prevent some collisions and possibly save some lives and injuries,” Executive Director for the Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation Darrel Crabbe says. “People need to understand that wild animals have no street smarts. They do not act predictably and slowing down when encountering wildlife is the best defense against a collision.”

Motorists are reminded to slow down in areas and at times where wildlife frequently cross highways.

Merasty Says Stakeholders Need To Work Together To Improve Aboriginal Education PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fraser Needham   
Thursday, 20 November 2014 16:49

Educators from across the province met in Saskatoon this week as part of the Saskatchewan School Boards Association Joint Conference.

Wednesday’s keynote speaker was Gary Merasty who is one of the authors of the recently released Joint Task Force Report on First Nations and Métis Education and Employment.

He says the province has already acted on a number of recommendations in the report including offering on-reserve driver training.

“People underestimate the power of a driver’s licence,” he says. “A driver’s licence gives you freedom, gives you mobility, it inspires you to say, ‘Hey, I want to get a job because I want to buy a vehicle.’”

Merasty also says while the provincial government has been willing to work with Aboriginal stakeholders to improve Indigenous education, the Harper government has not been so cooperative and it is time for the federal government to get on board.

“They need to be genuine, they need to show up as people who care, as opposed to canned political responses to the very real needs of our people, of our students.”

Overall, Merasty says politicians at all levels need to put their differences aside and work together to improve the educational system for Aboriginal students.

The joint conference included representatives from the League of Educational Administrators, Directors and Superintendents of Saskatchewan and Saskatchewan Association of School Business Officials.

About 400 delegates from across the province attended the three-day conference.

It wound up on Wednesday.

SADD Launches Red Ribbon Campaign In PA PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joel Willick   
Thursday, 20 November 2014 16:48

Students from St. Mary’s High School in Prince Albert helped kick off another “Red Ribbon” campaign Thursday afternoon.

The red ribbon campaign is put on by the Students Against Drinking and Driving and strives to get people to have a drug and alcohol free holiday season.

Students from the St. Mary’s SADD program spent time putting red ribbons on several different emergency response vehicles in the city to raise awareness about the campaign.

“It’s an awesome program… it’s a great way for the students to be involved in a popular community event,” Director of Public Affairs for the Parkland Ambulance Lyle Karasiuk says. “It really puts a spin on it that the students themselves have an ownership, they are involved, they are supporting the cause, so kudos to the kids for being there to help launch the campaign.”

SADD member Joceline Grezaud says the campaign also puts in to perspective how many people have lost their lives as a result of drinking and driving.

“Every one ribbon can represent ten people who have lost their lives,” she says. “So that puts into perspective the number of people who have lost their lives from drinking and driving and they are never going to get that back.”

Parkland Ambulance, Prince Albert Police and the Prince Albert Fire Department all had vehicles displayed with the red ribbons.

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