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Coroner instructs jury at Machiskinic inquest PDF Print E-mail
Written by Manfred Joehnck   
Thursday, 30 March 2017 10:58

Photo courtesy of Manfred Joehnck

Did Nadine Machiskinic die accidentally or is her cause of death undetermined? That is the major question a coroner’s jury is now considering.

The presiding coroner provided his final instructions to the six-person jury this morning. He said those two options are the only ones supported by evidence presented at the inquest into her death.

She fell more than a hundred feet down the laundry chute of the downtown Delta Hotel.

There was confusing and often contradictory evidence on whether she would have been capable of getting into the chute on her own because of her level of drug and alcohol intoxication.

The final word from the experts was she would have been severely impaired but capable of climbing into the chute on her own.

In addition to determining the manner of death, the jury can also make recommendations to prevent a similar tragedy in the future.

Last Updated on Thursday, 30 March 2017 11:09
 
Movie could be made about life of Fred Sasakamoose PDF Print E-mail
Written by Braden Malsbury   
Thursday, 30 March 2017 09:19

Fred Sasakamoose. Photo courtesy of sasksportshalloffame.com

There's talk about a potential movie detailing the life of former Aboriginal NHL player Fred Sasakamoose of Ahtahkakoop Cree Nation.

Nothing has been set in stone yet, but Sasakamoose is scheduled to meet with people from Montreal to discuss a movie soon.

"Just going to listen and that's it and what they are going to offer," said Sasakamoose. "It's surprising to me."

Sasakamoose says if a movie is in fact made about him, he would like any proceeds he makes to go to kids.

"I wouldn’t want the money," said Sasakamoose. "I’d just want it to – to leave it for the people, the younger people. Maybe the future generation of the Olympics."

During the 1953-1954 NHL season, Sasakamoose played 11 games for the Chicago Blackhawks. He was the first Aboriginal hockey player to suit up for a game in the NHL.

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 30 March 2017 09:26
 
Testimony at Machiskinic inquest concludes PDF Print E-mail
Written by Manfred Joehnck   
Thursday, 30 March 2017 08:12

Delores Stevenson, Nadine Machiskinic's aunt. Photo courtesy of Manfred Joehnck.

The aunt of a Regina woman who fell to her death down a hotel laundry chute more than two years ago is still not convinced she got into the chute on her own.

Delores Stevenson made the comments after the final witness testified at the inquest into the death of 29-year-old Nadine Machiskinic.

The bulk of the testimony at the inquest came from toxicology experts who were asked to determine if Machiskinic could have got into the small chute on her own considering her level of drug and alcohol intoxication.

There were different and changing opinions. The province’s chief pathologist doubted she could, but an RCMP toxicology expert and Alberta’s chief toxicologist testified she could have.

It was noted that a high level of a common antidepressant known as Zyban could have countered the sedating effects of alcohol, methadone, sleeping pills and an anesthetic that were in her system.

Her aunt doesn’t buy it.

"No, I honestly don’t think this was an accident," said Delores Stevenson.

The amount of drugs and alcohol in her system would have rendered most people unconscious or caused a fatal overdose.

The case now goes to the jury.

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 30 March 2017 08:16
 
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