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Pinehouse Expresses Interest In Nuclear Waste Site PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 05 September 2010 22:26

Pinehouse Expresses Interest In Nuclear Waste Site

Thursday, August 19, 2010 at 13:06

 

 

The northern Saskatchewan community of Pinehouse has formally entered the site selection process for a proposed nuclear waste storage facility.

 

Representatives of the northern village and the community's Metis local have sent letters to the Nuclear Waste Management Organization, expressing that desire.

 

Pinehouse is the first community in the province to take that step, and only the second in Canada.

 

NWMO spokesman Jamie Robertson says his group will be working with the community over the next few days on a timeframe for the initial screening process.

 

Robertson says the community will have to meet five criteria in order to be considered, including having a site that's not near any groundwater.

 

The head of the northern Saskatchewan municipal lobby group New North, Bobby Woods, says Pinehouse is taking a step that should be supported by northerners and the provincial government -- even though he expects some opposition.

 

Pinehouse officials have not been available for comment.

 
Governor-General Preparing La Ronge Visit PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 05 September 2010 22:26

Governor-General Preparing La Ronge Visit

Thursday, August 19, 2010 at 13:02

 

 

Governor-General Michaelle Jean is planning a visit to Saskatchewan next week -- including a stop in La Ronge.

 

Jean will tour the community next Tuesday with Lac La Ronge Indian Band Chief Tammy Cook-Searson, before siitting down with the band council to discuss the community's challenges and successes.

 

A community celebration featuring a traditional fish fry and cultural performances will be held after that meeting.

 

Cook-Searson says she is "very excited and honoured" that Jean has made plans to visit her community.

 

She adds band officials have been working on arrangements -- including security -- for a while, but haven't been able to talk about it until now.

 

On Monday, Jean will be meeting with the Premier and Lieutenant-Governor in Regina -- before travelling to Saskatoon to host a youth dialogue at the Downtown Saskatoon Youth Centre.

 

On Tuesday, she will take part in a discussion at the University of Saskatchewan on women's rights to mark the 50th anniversary of the Canadian Bill of Rights, before heading to La Ronge.

 

 
Charges Laid In Death Of Aboriginal Foster Child PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 05 September 2010 22:26

Charges Laid In Death Of Aboriginal Foster Child

Thursday, August 19, 2010 at 12:52

 

 

RCMP have confirmed charges in connection with the death of a 22-month-old Saskatchewan boy who had been in foster care.

 

The 45-year-old foster mother of the child, Eunice Wudrich, has been charged with criminal negligence causing death and endangering the life of a child.

 

On June 8th, EMTs and police were called to a farm in the Aberdeen district.

 

Evander Daniels had been found partially submerged in water in a bathtub.

 

The child was immediately taken by ambulance to hospital in Saskatoon where he was pronounced dead.

 

Saskatchewan's chief coroner has said the boy had "extensive scald-type burns" that may have contributed to his death.

 

There were four other foster children at the farm at the time of the toddler's death, but they were immediately removed from the residence.

 

The suspect has been released from police custody and will appear in Saskatoon Provincial Court on September 9th.

 

Daniels' father says he was told very little during the investigation process, but is glad an arrest has been made.

 

Chris Martel adds that he will not have closure until the child welfare system is changed so that nothing like this happens again.

 
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