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Saskatchewan NDP leadership hopeful Trent Wotherspoon makes two campaign promises in La Ronge PDF Print E-mail
Written by mbcnews   
Monday, 16 October 2017 14:55

Sask. NDP leadership hopeful Trent Wotherspoon with Cumberland MLA Doyle Vermette

Saskatchewan NDP leadership hopeful Trent Wotherspoon was in La Ronge today to make two campaign promises.

One of his promises is to provide core funding for the Northern Trappers Association, while the other would see the Ministry of Northern Affairs re-established.

"We have people making decisions out of the premier's office in Regina so far removed from the north, with limited understanding of the north -- making decisions like they know best," said Wotherspoon. "We need to have an office that's funded and empowered, and respected in the north."

Meanwhile, Wotherspoon says there are over 4000 trappers supported through the Trappers Association, who would benefit from the core funding he is promising.

"These trappers have limited abilities to organize and to come together," said Wotherspoon. "So this is about building out support for this heritage industry and to have practical supports in place for trappers, so they can organize themselves, support one another, but also be a very important voice with government."

Northern Affairs ceased to be a stand-alone ministry in 2007, shortly after the Saskatchewan Party government took office.

The NDP choose a new leader at a convention in Regina on March 3.

Last Updated on Monday, 16 October 2017 15:50
La Ronge mayor on medical leave in hospital PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joel Willick   
Monday, 16 October 2017 12:05

Ron Woytowich. Photo courtesy of afcs.ca

The mayor of La Ronge will be on an extended medical leave while he recovers in hospital.

Ron Woytowich was taken to a Saskatoon hospital earlier this month.

His family has asked for privacy in the matter and the nature of the illness has not been confirmed at this time.

In the meantime, La Ronge's Town Administrator says deputy mayor Glen Watchel will take over the mayoral duties.

Operations at the town are expected to resume as normal.

There is no timeline yet for when or if Woytowich can return to his post.

Last Updated on Monday, 16 October 2017 13:27
Federal government wants to search for jail alternatives for Indigenous offenders PDF Print E-mail
Written by Manfred Joehnck   
Monday, 16 October 2017 11:48

Cell setup at a correctional centre. MBC file photo.

The federal government wants to find alternatives to jail for Indigenous offenders.

Even though they represent only about four per cent of the Canadian population, Corrections Canada says they represent about 24 per cent of Canada’s inmates. The ratio is even higher in Saskatchewan.

According to research done at the University of Regina in 2015, Indigenous people comprise about 15 per cent of the Saskatchewan population, 80 to 90 per cent of the men in the province’s jails are Indigenous, while up to 95 per cent of women prisoners are Indigenous.

In this year’s federal budget, Ottawa has committed more than $65 million over five years to address the over-representation of Indigenous people in Canada’s justice system.

Today, the federal government released a little more of its plan, announcing $10 million over five years for community-based and culturally relevant projects, with a focus on alternatives to jail.

The national call for proposals runs until November 20.

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