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Waterhen Lake First Nation Re-elects Chief PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fraser Needham   
Tuesday, 16 December 2014 12:58

Carol Bernard has been re-elected chief in a close race in Waterhen Lake First Nation.

Bernard edged out her next closest challenger, Ableheza Ernest, 186 votes to 167 in band elections yesterday.

Blaine Fiddler, Brenda Fiddler, Delphine Vincent and Dennis Martell are also newly elected to council.

They join re-elected councillors Joanne Roy and Richard Fiddler.

A total of 34 people ran for six council positions.

 
Cameco Extends Deadline For Potential Summer Students To Apply PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joel Willick   
Tuesday, 16 December 2014 12:58

Cameco has extended the deadline to apply for its 2015 summer student positions.

Students will now have until this Friday to get their applications in to find summer work at some of Cameco's northern operations, as well as a few positions in Saskatoon.

Brittney Lynn Holland, a pharmacy student from Creighton, has worked as a summer student with the company for the past three summers. She says she has learned several vital work skills through her positions as an environmental technician, a position in radiation and as a mill labourer during her summers with Cameco.

"You learn communication, time management, and several other necessary skills," said Holland. "It’s also great for northern students because a lot of them will want to work in the north after they finish school. It is a great way to get your foot in the door if you want to work for Cameco in the future."

Holland says she plans to return to the north after she finishes her pharmacy degree. She also says she plans to return to Cameco for another summer job in 2015.

Holland is the president of the Northern Administration Students' Association (NASA) at the University of Saskatchewan; a group on campus that supports students from the north.

Anyone interested in applying for a summer position with Cameco can do so at cameco.com/careers.

 
Health Minister Reacts To Allegations Of Seniors Abuse At Regina Care Home PDF Print E-mail
Written by Manfred Joehnck   
Monday, 15 December 2014 17:07

Health Minister Dustin Duncan says he is appalled at allegations of abuse at the Santa Maria Seniors’ Home in Regina.

The allegations are currently the subject of two investigations, one by Regina police and the other by the provincial government.

At least two employees of the home are accused of assaulting a senior.

They have been suspended.

Police will not comment on the investigation except to confirm they have a video of the incident.

Duncan wants to get to the bottom of it.

He says the government has zero tolerance for the abuse of seniors.

“We take this very, very seriously,” he says. “I think it’s appropriate that the Regina city police have been brought into this and not withstanding the outcome of the police investigation, this type of treatment of a resident will not be tolerated.”

Duncan is hoping meet with the board of the Santa Maria nursing home sometime this week.

He says he has not yet seen the video of the alleged assault but he does plan to view it.

The NDP opposition has been calling for the establishment of an independent seniors’ advocate.

The party is also calling on the government to take quick action on this latest allegation of abuse at the home.

 
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