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La Ronge Woman Awaiting Word From Mom In Haiti PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 05 September 2010 00:57

La Ronge Woman Awaiting Word From Mom In Haiti

Wednesday, January 20, 2010 at 12:44



A northern Saskatchewan woman who grew up in Haiti says what she wants most right now is a phone call from her mother, who was in the area when last week's earthquake hit.


Guerline Bailey, who is now a French Immersion teacher in La Ronge, says that while she has now heard that relatives living near where her mom was had survived the quake and "everybody was okay", she and her siblings in Canada have yet to hear from their mother.


Bailey says that's been hard to cope with, especially knowing her mother was staying just a few miles from the country's hard-hit capital, Port-au-Prince.


"The first few hours, I didn't know what to think -- (I feared) that she would be dead, being so close to Port-au-Prince. But I kind of had also the intuition that she was okay. But I had both things debating in my mind, whether she was alive and safe somewhere, or whether she was dead under the rubble," she says.


Bailey says she hopes that people in La Ronge, and elsewhere in the province, will be open to helping aid organizations meet Haiti's immediate and long-term needs.

Northern Leaders, Ministers Discuss Key Issues PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 05 September 2010 00:56

Northern Leaders, Ministers Discuss Key Issues

Wednesday, January 20, 2010 at 12:42



A one-day meeting between northern Saskatchewan leaders and provincial cabinet ministers is now in the books.


Yesterday, four members of cabinet took turns addressing delegates from the New North municipalities group.


Some of the topics up for discussion included highways, wastewater projects and social programming.


Donald Laprise of Garson Lake was one of the northern leaders to make the trip.


Although pleased by the ministers' attendance, Laprise says he hopes the road link to his community gets some attention soon, noting that the road was only done "halfways" and no maintenance has been done since.


"I would like to see that road finished," he says.


Meantime, Highways Minister Jim Reiter says he knows there are many calls for better roads in Saskatchewan.


Reiter notes that his ministry hasn't given up constructing a road link from the province's northwest to Fort McMurray, Alberta, and ministry officials are communicating with their counterparts on the other side of the border.


"Access is a big issue for every community. They'd obviously like to see that (link) -- it would be good for cross-border access, and I know they'd be happy to see it," he says.


Reiter adds that his office has been busy with finalizing the provincial budget lately, but he will continue to check in and see where the file goes.

Oilsands Quest Replaces CEO PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 05 September 2010 00:55

Oilsands Quest Replaces CEO

Wednesday, January 20, 2010 at 12:38



A company searching for oil north of La Loche has a new leader.


Oilsands Quest has announced that Murray Wilson is replacing Chris Hopkins as president and CEO.


Hopkins is leaving to form his own company, which will begin exploring other properties owned by Oilsands Quest, but will stay on the board of directors.


No one from Oilsands Quest was immediately available for comment.


However, Roy Cheechum, chief of the Clearwater River Dene Nation, says his community will continue to work with whoever is heading up Oilsands Quest.


Cheechum says the departure of Hopkins doesn't change the band's position, and he has met Wilson before.


He adds the next step for his band is to continue working on both a memorandum of understanding and an impact benefit agreement with Oilsands Quest.


He hopes to bring the province into those negotiations, to help speed things along.

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