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Chief Critical Of Government Medevac Service PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 05 September 2010 11:30

Chief Critical Of Government Medevac Service

Thursday, February 25, 2010 at 15:20

 

 

A northern Saskatchewan First Nations chief says he wishes the provincial government would utilize a local plane service more when it comes to medevac flights for his people.

 

Clearwater River First Nation Chief Roy Cheecham says for the past year, the government has been reducing service at Clearwater Aviation.

 

The band-owned company is essentially one plane.

 

However, the chief says for a long time it has been invaluable in transporting residents to hospital when they need care.

 

Cheecham says the government now relies on its own air ambulance service to get people down south in medical emergencies.

 

However, he argues it is a much slower service than the old one -- and can't offer the same round-the-clock availability.

 

The chief adds Clearwater Aviation is also a business, and this loss in service could break it.

 

No one from the Keewatin Yatthe Regional Health Authority or Saskatchewan Health was immediately available for comment.

 

 
Judge Accused Of Assault Still Under Suspension PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 05 September 2010 11:30

Judge Accused Of Assault Still Under Suspension

Thursday, February 25, 2010 at 15:12

 

 

Provincial Court Judge Donald Bird of Meadow Lake remains in limbo.

 

It's not known when -- or even if -- he can resume his job, even though charges against him of assault and making threats have been dropped.

 

His case is now being reviewed by the Saskatchewan Judicial Council.

 

Saskatchewan Law Courts spokesperson Colleen Schmidt says Bird has to be patient.

 

Schmidt says he remains suspended until the council makes a decision on his future.

 

Bird has been suspended since January of last year, when he was charged with two counts of assault and uttering threats.

 

But the case was thrown out of a Battleford courtroom this week when the complainants -- reportedly his wife and son -- refused to come to court.

 

Bird's lawyer Sy Halyk said outside court that meant Bird could resume his duties -- but Schmidt says that's not so.

 

In fact, she says his case may not be resolved, even after the council makes its decision.

 

Schmidt notes the council does have the authority to direct any matter it reviews to go to a hearing if it is serious enough.

 

The allegations against Bird arose from an incident in May of 2008.

 

 
School Division Created In Middle Of School Year PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 05 September 2010 11:30

School Division Created In Middle Of School Year

Thursday, February 25, 2010 at 15:07

 

 

A new school division has been established in the Battlefords area, run by the Battlefords Agency Tribal Chiefs.

 

The BATC had earlier split from the North West Nations Education Council.

 

Yesterday, the BATC introduced its newly-hired director of education -- Stuart Keys.

 

Keys was formerly a director of education in Lloydminster, and has also been a principal in Aboriginal schools.

 

BATC Chiefs Representative Sheldon Wuttunee says Keys' experience was a major factor.

 

He says the chiefs wanted someone familiar with and respectful of Aboriginal culture.

 

Wuttunee admits it's a bit awkward to start up a new school division in the middle of the school year -- but he says the tribal council had no choice, because that's when it received its funding from Indian Affairs.

 

The school division formally begins its work March 15th, when the newly-appointed board meets for the first time.

 
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