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NDP grills province over Quill Lakes diversion project PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joel Willick   
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 14:49

A screenshot of Environment Minister Dustin Duncan during Question Period on December 6.

The NDP opposition is grilling the provincial government over the Quill Lakes water diversion project.

The project would see seven million cubic metres of water diverted from the area of Quill Lakes, down into Last Mountain Lake. The project was designed to ease the burden of flood-plagued land owners in the area.

In early November the Saskatchewan Government decided a environmental review wasn't necessary for the diversion project because it wasn't labelled as a development. This decision was met with public outcry from surrounding citizens and First Nations.

This also prompted the federal government to step in and decide whether an environmental review is necessary. No word yet if Ottawa has made a decision on the matter.

During Question Period on Wednesday the NDP's Environment Critic Cathy Sproule grilled the government on the issue.

She accused the province of a lack of transparency, communication, and consultation with Saskatchewan’s citizens and Indigenous Peoples over the project.

“So will (the Environment Minister) at very least complete an environmental impact assessment before plowing ahead on this project,” Sproule asked the assembly.

Environment Minister Dustin Duncan responded by saying the the project has been determined to not need an environmental assessment, but he says that doesn't mean there won't be environmental conditions to be met if the project is approved.

“We can protect the environment, but it doesn't always require an environmental assessment to do so,” he said.

A group of citizens from the area presented a petition addressing their concerns about the project. The petition had over 1,000 signatures.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 December 2017 14:55
PAGC chief brings commercial fishing concerns to AFN special assembly PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joel Willick   
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 12:44

Screenshot of PAGC Grand Chief Brian Hardlotte addressing the AFN Assembly. Photo courtesy of CPAC.com

The grand chief of the Prince Albert Grand Council brought concerns of northern Saskatchewan commercial fishers to the AFN special assembly in Ottawa Wednesday morning.

Chief Brian Hardlotte hopes the AFN executive can push the federal and provincial governments to work together to provide resources and support for northern fishers.

A few years ago, Saskatchewan commercial fishers removed themselves from the monopoly of the Freshwater Fish Marketing Company in order to find new buyers. Hardlotte says this transition has been difficult for Saskatchewan fishers because there was nothing set up for them.

"I often ask this question, in the 50s, 60s, and 70s, when the world and Canada needed our fish, the markets were there. Where are the markets now?" he asked.

Chief Hardlotte spoke about the Wollaston Lake Fish Processing Plant, which he praised as a pristine operation. However, the grand chief says they are struggling to find good markets for their fish.

Hardlotte says he is at the AFN assembly to seek support for the area's commercial fishers.

"We still need that support for inland fishing," he said. "Support means financial resources or even the federal government to work with the provincial government to help us do the work."

While Hardlotte says governments have been mostly cooperative, he is hoping the AFN will partner with them to ensure commercial fishers in northern Saskatchewan can thrive in the industry.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 December 2017 12:46
Meadow Lake RCMP searching for 22-year-old man PDF Print E-mail
Written by mbcnews   
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 11:44

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Meadow Lake RCMP are looking to the public for information on the whereabouts of 22-year-old Austin Cole Lafond.

Police say Lafond is wanted on several charges, including two counts of flight from police and three counts of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle.

He might be driving a white 2009 GMC Acadia with damage to the rear-end.

Anyone with information on Lafond’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Meadow Lake RCMP.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 December 2017 11:46
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