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Pinehouse Lake teen wins people’s choice award at Miss Teenage Canada PDF Print E-mail
Written by Chelsea Laskowski   
Monday, 21 August 2017 13:57

Madison Tinker with her family after winning the people’s choice award. Photo courtesy Madison Tinker, Facebook.

Northern Saskatchewan has helped a 15-year-old girl win the vote-based national people’s choice award at the Miss Teenage Canada competition.

Madison Tinker from Pinehouse Lake was representing Northern Saskatchewan when she won the people’s choice prize at the Toronto pageant earlier this month. She said jigging during the talent portion was a way to represent her Metis culture on a national stage.

“Most people haven’t seen someone jig before so after my performance I had a lot of people coming up to me and hugging me, saying ‘oh I wish I could have come up there and danced with you.’ So it was just a great feeling knowing I was representing my community,” Tinker said.

Her highlights include making it to the Top 20, winning the people’s choice award, and most of all, getting out of her shell while meeting young women her age from across the country.

“Before I wasn’t really much of a social person. I had a hard time talking to people that I didn’t really know. This experience just changed my life for the better,” Tinker said, adding that the 58 other competitors were incredibly supportive and easygoing.

“I’m better at talking, I’m more outgoing now than I was before.”

Madison said the confidence she has gained is thanks to her family, principal, and mayor who all urged people to vote for her throughout the competition even though she initially had doubts, thinking “I won’t make it,” before entering and winning runner-up in the Saskatchewan competition in April.

Tinker said she doesn’t expect to enter any pageants in the future, instead planning to focus on her studies as she heads into Grade 11 in the fall.

“What I want to do after school requires a lot of prep and a lot of good grades and whatnot, so I have to really focus on my school for now because I want to be an optometrist,” she said.

Tinker and her family’s travels to Toronto were helped along by fundraisers, and they just got back late last week.


Last Updated on Monday, 21 August 2017 14:37
Warrant issued for missing man PDF Print E-mail
Written by mbcnews   
Monday, 21 August 2017 13:27

Ryan Lee Montgrand. Photo courtesy of RCMP.

Meadow Lake RCMP are looking to the public for information on a missing 31-year-old man.

Police say Ryan Lee Montgrand is wanted for assault, possession of a weapon for dangerous purpose and carrying a concealed weapon.

He might be in the Meadow Lake or Dillon areas.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of 31-year-old Ryan Lee Montgrand is asked to contact Meadow Lake RCMP or Crime Stoppers.


Last Updated on Monday, 21 August 2017 13:31
Nominees in for George Gordon First Nation byelection PDF Print E-mail
Written by Chelsea Laskowski   
Monday, 21 August 2017 12:11

George Gordon First Nation. Photo courtesy of Manfred Joehnck.

It’s been smooth sailing so far in a court-ordered byelection on George Gordon First Nation that comes after two legal challenges over voting irregularities in the Punnichy-area reserve’s 2016 election.

The nomination period for chief and one council position has now passed, and the man who launched the initial court challenge over unaccounted ballots that could have changed the outcome of the election, Solomyn Cyr, will be on the ballot for council.

Cyr was successful in questioning the election results in his 2016 appeal to the Regina Court of Queen’s Bench and in the Court of Appeals, which ordered a byelection for chief.

Overturned chief Bryan McNabb Junior is running against Shawn Longman and John McNab, according to the nominee list. Last time around Longman lost by only a handful of votes.

There is also a byelection for one band council position. Cyr is running against Lyndon Oochoo, Daniel Cyr, Byron A Bitternose Jr. and Ash Vera (Bitternose)

The byelection takes place on September 13th, with Gordon Algers as Chief Electoral Officer. Algers told MBC that advance polls will take place on Sept. 4 in Saskatoon and September 6 in Regina.


Last Updated on Monday, 21 August 2017 12:27
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