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Representatives of Vancouver's supervised injection sites visit Prince Albert PDF Print E-mail
Written by Travis Radke   
Wednesday, 18 October 2017 17:25

An MC addresses the crowd at the HIV Education for Change event in Prince Albert. Photo by Travis Radke.

The Prince Albert Parkland Health Region hosted an event Wednesday designed to educate people on HIV.

Health officials from Saskatchewan and BC spoke on how to prevent and treat ailments of HIV.

Speakers included experts from the Dr. Peter Centre and the Insite supervised injection sites in Vancouver.

The Dr. Peter Centre is a facility that provides treatment and care to people suffering from HIV. Representatives for the centre are trying to promote HIV treatments across Canada.

"In Vancouver, we've got a concentration group of folks living in a smaller area," says centre spokesperson Patrick McDougall. "If you're looking at rural or remote services, the appropriate services might be mobile. You have to look at what's going to work in different communities. There are many models that are working across Canada. There are models that are going to work in smaller communities. If the community passion is there, the models will follow."

Insite's first supervised injection site in North American opened in 2003 and allows an environment for drug users to access clean injection equipment under the supervision of healthcare professionals who can intervene in the event of an overdose.

In 2016, Insite reported 214,898 visits by 8,040 individuals -- 17.9% of which were Aboriginal.

The injection site is a means to prevent deaths from overdoses and transmission of HIV and is not meant to promote drug use.

"There's no party cheering people on to use more drugs or have more reckless sex," says Insite representative Tim Gauthier. "What we are doing is accepting that people are doing these things that are not maybe the safest things to do, but accepting that people do them and that it doesn't have to be as dangerous as it is."

Currently, HIV tests and needle exchanges are available at the Sexual Health Centre in Prince Albert.

Earlier this year, Prince Albert city council passed a motion to build a supervised injection site with federal and provincial funding.

The Prince Albert site would be the first in the province.

UPDATED - La Ronge high school evacuated PDF Print E-mail
Written by mbcnews   
Wednesday, 18 October 2017 15:51

Churchill Community High School. File photo.

RCMP say an alleged threat was made to a high school in La Ronge earlier today, which prompted a controlled evacuation.

Mounties assisted with the controlled evacuation of Churchill Community High School after receiving the complaint of the threat shortly before 1 p.m.

RCMP are refusing to be more specific about the nature of the threat, but sources have told MBC it was a bomb threat.

A search of the school was conducted and RCMP say nothing suspicious was located.

Parents were earlier sent a notification that students were being taken to the Kikinahk Friendship Centre and that buses were being arranged to take students home.

A statement from the Northern Lights School Division called the situation a "safety incident", and said mental health services are ready to be deployed if necessary.

The school division and RCMP confirmed the safety of all students and staff.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 October 2017 17:11
Meadow Lake woman facing drug and gun related charges PDF Print E-mail
Written by mbcnews   
Wednesday, 18 October 2017 15:50

A Meadow Lake woman is facing gun and drug related charges following a routine traffic stop this week near Beauval.

RCMP say they pulled over 49 year-old Laura Bouvier near the northern community on Tuesday where she was arrested for outstanding warrants.

Following the arrest police searched her vehicle and found a handgun, 143 grams of cocaine and 63 grams of marijuana.

Bouvier now faces several charges including trafficking and unauthorized possession of a fire-arm.

She made a court appearance in Beauval on Wednesday on the charges.

She will be on remand until her next appearance on November 7 where she is set to appear via video.

RCMP say the investigation into the matter is ongoing.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 October 2017 15:59
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