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Walk Held in Honour of Monica Burns and Other Slain Aboriginal Women PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joel Willick   
Thursday, 29 January 2015 13:11

Nearly 100 people braved the cold in Prince Albert today to walk in support of missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls.

The group walked from city hall to the John A. Macdonald Building to show their support for an inquiry into the issue.

Joining them on the walk was Purnell Ballantyne, the brother of Monica Burns.  Burns is the Sturgeon Lake woman who was found murdered northwest of Prince Albert earlier this month.

Ballantyne had been on a healing journey in honour of his late sister where he walked from Sasakatoon to Prince Albert. Ballantyne began his journey on Tuesday morning and arrived in Prince Albert 20 minutes before joining the walk.

"As soon as I got closer to Prince Albert, I managed to get more energy, so I ran and I made it here," said Ballantyne.

He said along his way many people stopped to give him coffee and encourage him on his journey.

"It was an honour to receive all these gifts and challenges," said Ballantyne.  "The family support from everybody gave me the courage to keep going."

Today's walk was organized by Chief Justin Burns and the James Smith Cree Nation. Chief Burns was Monica's uncle.

 
Prince Albert Parkland Health Region Reports Privacy Breach PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joel Willick   
Thursday, 29 January 2015 13:09

Officials with the Prince Albert Parkland Health Region say a small number of patients had their personal health information accessed by an employee who was not involved in their care.

The region began an investigation last month and found that the breaches took place last year between January 10 and December 9.

The health information of 16 patients, including prescription and lab information, was viewed by an employee who could not be confirmed as a care provider for the patients.

The health region has informed the affected patients about the situation.

Officials say disciplinary action has been taken against the employee.

The Office of the Saskatchewan Information and Privacy Commissioner has also been informed of the breach and has received a copy of the investigation report.

 
Communist Party Claims Unemployment Rate on Saskatchewan Reserves is About 70% PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fraser Needham   
Thursday, 29 January 2015 12:59

The Communist Party of Canada says the unemployment rate on First Nations reserves in Saskatchewan and Manitoba is about 70 per cent.

The party also says the exclusion of labour force data on reserves is part of a strategy by the Harper government to hide the true joblessness rate and drive wages down.

With unemployment on reserves taken into account, the CPC says the true unemployment rate in Saskatchewan is closer to 7.6 per cent and in Manitoba 8.3 per cent.

The Communist Party uses a combination of the number of people of working age living on reserves multiplied by the average labour force participation rate to arrive at its data.

The CPC says the exclusion of on-reserve people from the Labour Force Survey is an official reinforcement of the racist view that Aboriginal people do not value work or contribute to the economy.

 
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