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Q+A: Longtime Cree instructor honoured with Sask. Order of Merit says ‘lighten up’

Q+A: Longtime Cree instructor honoured with Sask. Order of Merit says ‘lighten up’

By Nick Pearce, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Published Oct 20, 2021 Learning a language, and how to laugh, are never far apart for Solomon Ratt. His unique approach to teaching language, specifically Cree, has earned the First Nations University of Canada professor a membership in the Saskatchewan Order of Merit. Ratt spoke to the Saskatoon StarPhoenix about the role of humour in teaching…

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Fontaine to represent Manitoba First Nations in meeting with Pope Francis

Fontaine to represent Manitoba First Nations in meeting with Pope Francis

By Dave Baxter, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Published Oct 21, 2021 A prominent Indigenous voice in Manitoba who survived Canada’s residential school system has been chosen to represent the province when a First Nations delegation travels to Rome to meet with the Pope later this year. On Wednesday, Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC) Regional Chief Cindy Woodhouse announced that Phil Fontaine will…

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Tree logging beside Apex Loop has left Nelson Nordic Ski Club with loss of part of the loop

Tree logging beside Apex Loop has left Nelson Nordic Ski Club with loss of part of the loop

By Timothy Schafer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Published Oct 20, 2021 A decision to log trees near part of the popular Apex Loop cross country skiing trail has the region’s Nordic ski club searching for answers for the coming season. When the trees siding a one-kilometre section of the Loop were logged by the landowner, the Nelson Nordic Ski Club (NNSC) approached the…

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Teacher on leave after using N-word in class

Teacher on leave after using N-word in class

By Maggie Macintosh, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter A Winnipeg high school teacher has been put on leave after her use of the N-word sparked a heated debate during a class at Collège Louis-Riel last week and later, a physical altercation between two students. The Division scolaire franco-manitobaine is investigating a series of incidents, which began Oct. 14, when “students were offended by…

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Local chronic pain sufferer desperate to find new doc

Local chronic pain sufferer desperate to find new doc

By KENDALL KING, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Published Oct 19, 2021 For 12 years Blair Gehring has been taking prescription narcotics to manage his chronic pain. When his physician, Dr. Ian Gebhardt, was charged on Oct. 5 with sexual assault for an incident which allegedly took place in the 1980s, Gehring was left in the lurch without a doctor or a way to…

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Manitoba pastor who openly violated COVID-19 restrictions arrested on warrant

Manitoba pastor who openly violated COVID-19 restrictions arrested on warrant

By Dave Baxter, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Published Oct 19, 2021 A southeastern Manitoba pastor who has openly flouted provincial COVID-19 health orders was arrested Monday night by RCMP. A video of the arrest of Church of God Restoration Pastor Tobias Tissen was posted on Monday evening on the Twitter account of fellow Pastor Henry Hildebrandt, who is a colleague of Tissen’s. The…

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Trudeau said government has turned over all residential school records

Trudeau said government has turned over all residential school records

By Michael Potestio, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Published Oct 19, 2021 The federal government has already turned over all records it has pertaining to residential schools, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Oct. 18 during a visit to Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc. Trudeau visited the community to make amends for vacationing in Tofino on Sept. 30, the first annual National Day for Truth and…

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Sask Polytech officially launches innovative learning program

Sask Polytech officially launches innovative learning program

By Michael Oleksyn, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Published Oct 18, 2021 New Surge micro-credentials program offers new learning in changing industries Saskatchewan Polytechnic launched their new Surge micro-credentials on Monday, a move the post-secondary institution says will provide flexible and innovative learning options in high-demand industries such as business and technology. Sask Polytech is currently working with leading industry partners to develop Surge…

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Pfizer seeks Canada’s approval for COVID-19 vaccine for kids

Pfizer seeks Canada’s approval for COVID-19 vaccine for kids

By Morgan Sharp, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Published Oct 18, 2021 Children in Canada are one step closer to the protection of a COVID-19 vaccine in elementary school, with Pfizer-BioNTech seeking Health Canada’s approval for its version to be used for those aged five to 11. Younger children have so far been ineligible to receive a vaccination and had been caught in extended…

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Mennonite church says it won’t seek exemptions for COVID-19 vaccinations

Mennonite church says it won’t seek exemptions for COVID-19 vaccinations

By Dave Baxter, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Published Oct 18, 2021 Mennonite Church Canada (MCC) has announced they won’t pursue religious exemptions for those who do not want to get a COVID-19 vaccine, because they say they see nothing in their faith that would warrant that type of exemption. “For a religious exemption to be granted, rationale for exemption must be clearly indicated…

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