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Shellbrook RCMP looking for woman with numerous charges PDF Print E-mail
Written by mbcnews   
Friday, 24 June 2016 11:28

Shellbrook RCMP is seeking the public's assistance in locating a woman wanted for several charges stemming from a three vehicle collision in October 2014.

The collision occurred at the intersection of Highways 55 and 240 and two people in one of the vehicles were seriously injured.

After an investigation into the incident Joanne Merasty was charged with numerous Criminal Code offences.

Merasty is believed to be living in Prince Albert and attending a post-secondary institute in Saskatoon.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Shellbrook RCMP or Crime Stoppers.

Last Updated on Friday, 24 June 2016 11:31
New childcare facility to open in Whitecap Dakota First Nation in September PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joel Willick   
Friday, 24 June 2016 10:49

The Whitecap Dakota First Nation will be the home of 56 new childcare spaces in the fall.

The community has partnered with Preston Early Learning to add the learning centre to the the regional health centre and the pre-kindergarten to grade 4 school.

According to involved parties an increase in employees in Whitecap Dakota First Nation has made this a valuable addition to the community.

Preston Early Learning Executive Director Lisa Leibel says in running the facility they hope to provide learning opportunities for children of all ages.

She says it is an exciting opportunity for everyone involved.

“The people at Whitecap Dakota have been absolutely fabulous to partner with and we haven't partnered with a First Nation community before, so we are excited about that opportunity in itself,” said Leibel.

“The early learning centre is a fine example of our efforts with other governments to break down walls of segregation and set children up for a future of opportunities,” said Whitecap Dakota Chief Darcy Bear.

The centre will provide care for infants through school-age children for all families in the Saskatoon area. It is believed the “community hub” style approach to the facility will serve the children and their families well.

Prince Albert memorial walk 'heavy and full of grief,' says police chief PDF Print E-mail
Written by Chelsea Laskowski   
Thursday, 23 June 2016 15:54

Each year, the number of heartbreaking stories heard at the 'Honouring Our Brothers and Sisters Memorial Walk' rises, but organizers want to put a stop to that.

The walk was first held 12 years ago, hosted by the Prince Albert Grand Council Women's Commission. Chairwoman Shirley Henderson told a crowd of about 100 people who have lost loved ones, the event began "to shed light on the plight of our people with regards to murder, missing people, and the abuse.

"It's sad to say that we have to continue these walks but hopefully one day will come we won't have to have a memorial walk," she said.

Leaders from FSIN, PAGC, Prince Albert Police, and City Council spoke in front of City Hall before embarking on the emotional walk.

The issue of family violence came up throughout the speeches - including the need for PAGC to have more than one family violence worker to serve its 39,000 members.

FSIN Vice-Chief Kim Jonathan said one way to honour the memory of the missing and murdered is to take care of the children impacted by these painful losses. This is something she said FSIN addressed at the Ottawa roundtable on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women.

"We cannot forget the children that are left behind by our murdered and our missing mothers and fathers," she said. "Because it's our responsibility to love, protect, honour and fulfill their dreams and make their futures prosperous."

The day was "heavy and full of grief," said Prince Albert Police Chief Troy Cooper, but he said the community needs to remember bright faces of its youth during the walk.

Cooper shed some light on the painful reality of policing.

"Today we're gonna be sending, five or six different times, we'll send police officers to domestic violence calls and we'll do it again tomorrow. 1,800 times we'll do that this year, in our little city 1,800 times a year," he said.

Those reports of violence and more than 1,000 missing people reports per year are mostly related to high-risk individuals.

Cooper said he needs to approach these people as more than a statistic.

"They're not numbers in a government report. They are people we knew. They are very literally our brothers and sisters, members of our community, people that we were responsible to take care of," he said. "I don't have an opportunity to participate in change, I have a responsibility to that. It's a duty. It's my obligation."

Cooper said systemic changes are needed to address poverty, and one of those examples is recent changes to prostitution laws that allow police to work with them instead of arresting them.

He said the memorial walk makes a statement against injustice that will hopefully bring safety and equality to Prince Albert.

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 June 2016 16:10
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