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Former Campaign Worker Charged With Fraud PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 05 September 2010 00:53

Former Campaign Worker Charged With Fraud

Tuesday, January 19, 2010 at 15:07



Charges have been laid against a former campaign volunteer, after the RCMP investigated the questionable sale of 1,100 Saskatchewan NDP memberships during the 2009 party leadership campaign.


RCMP say Ernest Morin has been charged with forgery, uttering and attempting to utter forged documents.


He is set to appear in court in Regina on Feb. 17.


Police launched an investigation last June, after concerns were raised about the validity of party memberships purchased by the Dwain Lingenfelter campaign in the names of members of the Flying Dust and Waterhen Lake First Nations, in the Meadow Lake area.


There were allegations that some of the memberships, which cost the campaign just under $10,000, may have been forged.


A report commissioned by the NDP into the scandal said an unidentified volunteer with Lingenfelter's campaign team filled out membership forms and signed them for people without their knowledge.


The report said Lingenfelter, who eventually won the party leadership, did not condone the actions.

Initiative Aims To Help Disabled Metis Find Jobs PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 05 September 2010 00:52

Initiative Aims To Help Disabled Metis Find Jobs

Tuesday, January 19, 2010 at 14:26



The Metis National Council, the federal government and a private group have joined forces to help Metis with disabilities get jobs.


Representatives for all three partner groups signed a memo of understanding on the deal today in Saskatoon.


The federal government will provide $325,000 to help cover costs for a national advisory group.


The Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work will help set up that group, and will be represented on it.


The group will look for the best ways to help Metis people with disabilities get jobs.


A national forum for Metis Nation employment counsellors will also be set up.


Its purpose is to train those counsellors so they can help disabled Metis people get into the workforce.


Metis National Council vice-president David Chartrand says the program is badly needed.


"It is truly something that's worrying many of our communities' citizens, and a lot of individuals, given the very high (rates of) chronic illnesses, diabetes and so forth," Chartrand says.


Complications from diabetes can result in amputations and blindness.


Gary Tinker, a Metis man with cerebral palsy who has been a long-time advocate for northerners with disabilities, will be a member of the advisory group.


Tinker says he's been waiting a long time for something like this.


"I'm very happy about the agendas moving forward," he says.


The money from the federal government lasts from now until March 31, 2011.


At that time, the program will be assessed to see how it's working, and whether the money should keep flowing into it.

Ministers' Roundtable Underway In P.A. PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 05 September 2010 00:52

Ministers' Roundtable Underway In P.A.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010 at 14:09



The chair of northern Saskatchewan's municipal group says he feels good progress is being made at today's roundtable conference in Prince Albert.


For the better part of the day northern mayors and councillors have been dialoguing with government ministers and officials on numerous issues.


Roads, wastewater programs and landfill requirements are just some of the topics being covered.


Woods says the delegates wanted some assurances about when their various concerns would be dealt with, and he says that so far, they've been getting that.


Woods says he's encouraged by the fact that three cabinet ministers are attending today's meeting in person.


The government was blasted last month for failing to turn up at New North's annual meeting, prompting today's gathering.


Northern mayors have said they want to seek commitments made on a number of fronts, to show the government is listening to their communities' concerns.

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