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Death of inmate at Prince Albert Penitentiary PDF Print E-mail
Written by mbcnews   
Thursday, 25 May 2017 12:46

A no trespassing sign heading towards the Prince Albert Penitentiary grounds. Photo by Chelsea Laskowski.

There's been an inmate death at the Prince Albert Penitentiary.

Correctional services say Curtis Robert Cozart died Wednesday night while in custody, officially pronounced at 11 p.M. after being taken to hospital by ambulance. The nature of his death has not been revealed.

The 30-year-old man had been seven months into serving a two-year, four month sentence.

Cozart's offences includes assault with a weapon, assault use of force, and theft under $5,000. Based on a past Moose Jaw Police report, a man of the same age and name, from Moose Jaw, was arrested for similar charges in Sept. 2016 after encountering officers. At the time, he was wanted for a number of other charges and police said he ran away, but then stopped and confronted officers with a knife. A Taser was deployed twice but did not work, and the man then got onto a roof for around two hours “until Police negotiators convinced him to surrender peacefully,” police said.

The coroner and police have been notified and Correctonal Services Canada says it's reviewing the circumstances of the death. CSC also says Cozart’s family has been notified of his death.

The last reported death from the penitentiary came after a riot in December.

Last Updated on Thursday, 25 May 2017 12:55
Campaign coming to an end in Saskatchewan Metis election PDF Print E-mail
Written by Manfred Joehnck   
Thursday, 25 May 2017 12:01

John Lagimodiere, Publisher of Eagle Feather News. Photo courtesy of eaglefeathernews.com

Saskatchewan’s Metis will be charting their political course for the next four years in a long-anticipated and much delayed general election this weekend.

In all, there are 47 candidates in the running, 21 for executive positions and 26 for regional representatives.

The publisher of Eagle Feather News has been following the race closely, and he predicts big change and a large voter turnout. John Lagimodiere’s newspaper has been providing the candidates with a platform to outline their campaigns and spell out why they should be elected. All of them were invited to provide written responses to a series of very basic questions. The results were published in the paper.

Lagimodiere says most candidates are expressing a desire to put the past behind them and to work together on behalf of all Saskatchewan Metis. He says that has been a common theme, and the type of message voters want to hear.

“People are still jaded, don’t get me wrong, and that’s going to impact a little bit,” he said. “But, because of the importance of this election, and the last three years in turmoil, for sure we are going to beat the last election.”

There are nine people in the running for president and seven for vice president. Lagimodierie says the most interesting race could be that for vice president, where Gerald Morin is seeking re-election.

“That is going to be one of the most interesting races there, around Gerald, because of the work they did or didn’t do in the last three years.”

In the last election in 2012, only about 3,000 people or about seven per cent voted. In this Saturday’s election, about 1,800 ballots have already been cast in advance polls.

There are an estimated 40,000 people eligible to vote in this Saturday’s Metis election. The voting age is 16.

Last Updated on Thursday, 25 May 2017 12:04
New post-secondary mine school launched in Air Ronge PDF Print E-mail
Written by Chelsea Laskowski, Braden Malsbury   
Wednesday, 24 May 2017 16:55

The grand opening ceremony for Northlands College Mine School, with Toby Greschner, Bronwyn Eyre, Deborah Charles, and Al Shpyth. Photo by Braden Malsbury.

It's estimated 30 to 40 people will graduate each year from the new Northlands College Mine School.

The school had its grand opening in Air Ronge on Wednesday, with Advanced Education Minister Bronwyn Eyre among the 60 or more people present during opening remarks.

The college's President and CEO Toby Greschner acknowledges this opening comes in the midst of a mining downturn in what he calls a cyclical industry.

“We're in a bit of valley right now but we know that it's going to come back so we have to be able to train and be ready for when that comeback happens. So as students may right now think that there aren't that many opportunities in the field, we know it'll come back,” he said.

He said they will be able to adapt programming offerings and class size "depending on what the demand is from the industry.”

The new school was made possible with money from a number of sources, including $1.8 million from the Saskatoon-based International Minerals Innovation Institute.

Executive Director Al Shpyth, said as a member of the mining industry, the institute felt it was important to help enhance education capacity.

He said they hope to see "improved access for northerners to mine education and through that, to mining careers” especially considering Saskatchewan is currently the number two mining jurisdiction in Canada.

"The industry needs skilled people and if they come from the north, that's a great thing,” he said.

The school will have four training streams, including three certifications and one diploma. They are civil technician, industrial mechanic (millright), power engineering technician, and mine engineering technician.

Last Updated on Thursday, 25 May 2017 09:32
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