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    Date: May 22, 2024
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Two Regina city councillors have put forward a motion to rename Dewdney Avenue during Wednesday’s regular meeting at city hall.

Coun. Andrews Stevens and Coun. Dan LeBlanc are pushing for the renaming of the famous Regina street because they feel the person it is named after, Edgar Dewdney, has a legacy that his harmful to Indigenous Peoples.

In the notice of motion signed by the two councillors, Dewdney is described as, “a historical figure who was directly responsible for the development and administration of harmful policies towards Indigenous Peoples, including establishing and providing oversight for residential schools.”

In 2021, city council removed the name Dewdney from the now named Buffalo Meadows Park and Buffalo Meadows Pool.

Stevens and LeBlanc say naming a street after someone is an act of honouring them and because of that, would like to see the roadway renamed “as soon as possible.”

In past discussion surrounding changing the name of the famous street, the name Buffalo Avenue has appeared to have the most conversation surrounding it.

In the notice of motion, on page 170 and 171 of city councils agenda packet ,  it states the city is working to establish framework that, “involves centering Indigenous perspectives, values, and priorities.”

The framework that was unanimously endorsed by council in October 2023, is aimed to be a commitment to reconciliation, the notice of motion says.

Both Stevens and LeBlanc say that continuing to honour Dewdney by having a street named after him contradicts that framework put forward.

Edgar Dewdney was born in 1835 in England and died in 1916. He held many political positions in Canada after arriving in the country in 1859.

In 1881, Dewdney was appointed Lieutenant-Governor of the NWT, a position he held in conjunction with that of Indian commissioner. One of his first significant acts in this role was the selection of Regina (Wascana) as the new territorial capital in 1882, according to the University of Saskatchewan .

Dewdney’s use of withholding rations as a device to impose state authority on First Nations is often cited when discussing his controversial status among Canada’s Indigenous population.

The threat of hunger compelled Indigenous peoples to settle on reserves, adopt agriculture and send their children to mission schools.




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    Date: May 22, 2024
    Posted By: New Room

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An Indigenous employee with the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. (CBC) is taking up the fight against what he describes as systemic racism by his employer.

Richard Agecoutay, 61, has been granted a human-rights hearing over claims of discrimination at the public broadcaster, where hes worked since 2001.

Its an effort to knock down barriers for others, he said in an interview.

You dont have to suffer systemic racism or racism in the workplace. You have avenues to pursue it.

Agecoutay, a videographer for CBC in Regina, alleges he has repeatedly been denied work due to his race, and that the broadcaster offered a settlement, but he would have had to sign a non-disclosure agreement.

Documents filed with the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal detail several instances in which Agecoutay said he was denied work.

The key allegation stems from 2012, when his complaint says a less-experienced white employee was chosen over him for a senior position at Hockey Night in Canada.

He says he was given racially charged reasons why – such as that he was a lone wolf who did not mix well with others.

As an Indigenous person, I stick out no matter what, Agecoutay said in the interview.

But I do all I can to mix well. Ive spent my whole life trying to mix well.

CBC filed a response with the tribunal denying the allegations, saying all videographers assigned to Hockey Night in Canada were given less work that year due to a shortened season.

The response does not dispute that the lone wolf comment was uttered, but said the manager in question did not see the comments as related to race and later apologized.

Agecoutay, a member of Cowessess First Nation in Saskatchewan, said he was often the only Indigenous person in the room at CBC.

He said human-resources staff at the broadcaster and with his union, the Canadian Media Guild, did not take his concerns seriously.

The union, which also represents Canadian Press employees, did not respond to a request for comment.

The experience was psychologically and emotionally devastating because the company had basically shut down my claims of discrimination, and thats why I went to the Canadian Human Rights Commission, said Agecoutay.

He alleged that through one of the commissions mediators, CBC offered him a settlement of $100,000 to drop the claim and asked him to sign a non-disclosure agreement. He said he declined.

Asked to respond to a detailed list of allegations from Agecoutay, CBC said it would not discuss human resource matters that are in litigation.

Completely separate from the human rights tribunal case, in keeping with our workplace policy to address allegations of discrimination, CBC conducted a thorough investigation pertaining to Mr. Agecoutays assertions using a third-party investigator, spokesman Chuck Thompson said in a statement.

There were no findings of any wrongdoing.

Legal filings show the commission referred Agecoutays case to the tribunal in 2021.

A hearing date has not yet been set.

His complaint outlines lost income he believes he would have received for assignments and personal consequences attributed to the alleged mistreatment, including depression and alcohol abuse.

To help him get through it, Agecoutay said he turned to Indigenous ceremonies and sought the help of an elder, who encouraged him to pursue justice for himself and others.

He said to me, Dont you dare quit. He said, If you quit, they win.




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    Date: May 22, 2024
    Posted By: New Room

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A Regina man is in custody following a police operation that involved SWAT in North Central Regina on Tuesday.

According to an update released Wednesday, Regina Police Service (RPS) officers located a man who was wanted on warrants for several offences – which included firearm violence – at around 11:10 a.m. on May 21.

RPS said the man did not comply with police commands after being challenged by officers. The man entered a nearby home on the 1200 block of Garnet Street.

Police proceeded to surround the home and attempts to contact the man proved to be unsuccessful, according to the update.

A search warrant was authorized and RPS’s Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT) was deployed to the area.

According to reports from the scene, RPS’s Tactical Rescue Vehicle drove onto the front lawn of the surrounded home. Officers used a battering ram to smash open several windows while a drone was used to survey the scene.

Eventually officers entered the home and arrested the wanted man. RPS reported the operation had wrapped up at around 8:49 p.m.

A search of the home revealed ammunition.

A 39-year-old Regina man has been charged with two counts of possession of ammunition contrary to a prohibition order.

The accused made his first appearance on these new charges in provincial court on Wednesday.




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    Date: May 22, 2024
    Posted By: New Room

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The mayor of Cumberland House says he’s considering declaring a state of emergency over the deteriorating condition of the only highway in and out of the village.

Saskatchewan Highway 123, the only road in and out of the province’s oldest settlement, has gotten so bad this year that locals say they’re often forced to go through the ditch to avoid getting stuck in the mud.

In the weeks since village officials spoke with CTV News about their concerns, rainfall across the province has just made matters worse, according to Mayor Ferlin McKay.

“It’s showering rain on everything and it’s really damaging our highways,” he told CTV News on Wednesday.

Only trucks with four-wheel drive can get in and out of the community, he said, making it difficult for those who have to travel regularly for medical appointments.

Even a tow truck got stuck this month while trying to pick up a medical truck that died trying to navigate the potholes and ruts, according to the village administrator.

On May 9, the manager of the local gas station said she was unable to get fuel into the community, and they were taking personal vehicles to restock what they could.

McKay says it’s even harder to get fuel and supplies into the village now.

“Even the grocery stores are running out of milk. We’re running out of bread, running out of meat [and] groceries in our community,” he said.

“I talked to the grocery manager, and they might have to start flying in groceries to our community, and it’s going to hurt the community; the high prices the stores are going to be charging.”

McKay says the village council is considering declaring a state of emergency. They’ll make a decision in the next few days after consulting with local Métis and First Nations leadership, he said.

Earlier this month, the Saskatchewan Ministry of Highways acknowledged it had been a “challenging spring thaw” for Cumberland House.

The ministry said it plans to spend about $3.3 million to repair Highway 123 this summer.

According to McKay, their investment does little to offset the high costs Cumberland House residents are bearing to bring goods in and out, and it won’t pay for the damage they sustain to their vehicles from the province’s poorly-maintained infrastructure.

Cumberland House expects to decide if it will declare a state of emergency sometime this week.

As conditions worsen on Highway 123, support for the community is building online.

Last week, Janelle Thomas started an online petition calling on the Ministry of Highways for “immediate action” to improve the highway infrastructure so vehicles can travel safely, any time of year.

“Transport vehicles carrying gasoline, food and other necessities are getting stuck because of freight weight,” Thomas writes in the online petition.

The problem is becoming life-threatening, Thomas says.

“Ambulances cannot make it through the muddy roads, putting our sick and elderly residents at risk of further illness or even death. Residents who rely on dialysis up to three times a week must leave the community for care but struggle with unreliable road conditions.”

Her petition has over 1,600 signatures so far.




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    Date: May 22, 2024
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Cowessess First Nation will be transferred almost 3,811 acres of Crown mineral rights under the Cowessess Treaty Land Entitlement (TLE) Settlement Agreement.

The transfer is part of the province’s commitment to make sure First Nation communities receive the land promised to them under historical Treaties, according to a news release from the Government of Saskatchewan  on Wednesday. 

Transferring mineral rights to Cowessess First Nation marks another milestone in Saskatchewans commitment to Treaty duties and economic reconciliation, Minister Responsible for First Nations, Métis Relations and Northern Affairs Don McMorris said in the release.

The TLE agreements provide First Nations with entitlement money to purchase land anywhere in Saskatchewan on a “willing buyer-willing seller” basis and add it to their reserves, the release said, noting that the agreements support community growth and traditional land use.

Since 1992, the Government of Saskatchewan and the federal government committed $687 million for TLE settlements in the province. About 888,806 acres have been transferred and 1.48 million acres are outstanding.

Cowessess First Nation is about 167 kilometres east of Regina.




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    Date: May 22, 2024
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A Balgonie, Sask. man is facing a laundry list of charges following a “serious assault” at a home in the community.

In its weekly update, RCMP reported that officers from its White Butte detachment responded to a home on Maple Street in Balgonie just after 9:20 p.m. on May 17.

Police determined that the suspect, an adult man, had assaulted an adult woman and a young female. Both of the victims were known to the suspect, RCMP said.

The woman was taken to hospital with injuries described as “serious in nature.” The female youth was also taken to hospital while suffering “non-life-threatening” injuries.

RCMP officers found the man at the residence and arrested him.

According to police, the suspect assaulted two officers while being processed and placed in cells at the White Butte detachment.

The 43-year-old from Balgonie has been charged with four counts of varying types of assault, one count of uttering threats, resisting arrest and mischief under $5,000.

The accused, who RCMP have not identified in an effort to protect the identity of the victims, appeared in Regina Provincial Court on May 21.




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    Date: May 22, 2024
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What police initially thought was a minor incident involving an abandoned vehicle in south Moose Jaw has led to a death investigation.

Officers with the Moose Jaw Police Service (MJPS) responded to the scene at around 4:30 Wednesday morning for reports of an abandoned vehicle on the 9th Avenue Bridge.

After searching the area, officers discovered the body of a man on the ground below the bridge.

He was pronounced dead at the scene, MJPS said in an update just before 12:30 p.m.

Moose Jaw police said it is continuing its investigation in conjunction with the Saskatchewan Coroners Service.

“At this point in the investigation, foul play is not suspected,” the update read.

MJPS originally reported that the 9th Avenue Bridge was closed at around 6:10 a.m.

It was later reopened to traffic at around 10 a.m.




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    Date: May 22, 2024
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Four people died and at least 35 were hurt in a tornado that devastated a small town in Iowa on Tuesday, officials said.

Its believed that the number of people injured is likely higher, the Iowa Department of Public Safety said Wednesday. The names of those killed havent been released.

The tornado Tuesday afternoon left a wide swath of obliterated homes, splintered trees and crumpled cars in Greenfield, a town of 2,000 about 55 miles (88.5 kilometres) southwest of Des Moines. The twister also ripped apart and crumpled massive power-producing wind turbines several miles outside the town.

Crews were searching through mounds of debris Wednesday to be sure no victims remained buried in the rubble.

Its still a search mission as far as were looking to be sure all residents are accounted for, said Iowa State Patrol Sgt. Alex Dinkla.

Greenfield resident Kimberly Ergish, 33, and her husband dug through the debris field Wednesday that used to be their home, looking for family photos and other salvageable items. There wasnt much left, she acknowledged.

Most of it we cant save, she said. But were going to get what we can.

The reality of having her house destroyed in seconds hasnt really set in, she said.

If it werent for all the bumps and bruises and the achy bones, I would think that it didnt happen, she said.

About 25 miles (40 kilometres) southwest of Greenfield, a woman died Tuesday when the vehicle she was driving was blown off the road near Corning, Iowa, the Adams County Sheriffs office said. The womans name and age were not immediately released.

At a news conference Wednesday, neither Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds nor other officials would give details of the number of dead and missing in Greenfield, noting that the amount of devastation and debris made it difficult to be sure.

Later Tuesday, the storms pummeled parts of Illinois and Wisconsin, knocking out power to tens of thousands of customers in the two states. The severe weather turned south on Wednesday, and the National Weather Service was issuing tornado and flash flood warnings in Texas as parts of the state -- including Dallas -- were under a tornado watch.

The National Weather Service said initial surveys indicated at least an EF-3 tornado in Greenfield, but additional damage assessment could lead to a more powerful ranking.

The tornado appeared to have been on the ground for more than 40 miles (64 kilometres), AccuWeather Chief Meteorologist Jon Porter said. A satellite photo taken by a BlackSky Technology shows where the twister gouged a nearly straight path of destruction through the town, just south of Greenfields center square.

The deadly twister was spawned during a historically bad season for tornadoes in the U.S., at a time when climate change is heightening the severity of storms around the world. April had the second-highest number of tornadoes on record in the country.

Through Tuesday, there have been 859 confirmed tornadoes this year, 27 per cent more than the U.S. sees on average, according to NOAAs Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma. So far, Iowas had the most, with 81 confirmed twisters.

On Tuesday alone, the National Weather Service said it received 23 tornado reports, with most in Iowa and one each in Wisconsin and Minnesota.

The tornado that decimated parts of Greenfield brought to life the worst case scenario in Iowa that weather forecasters had feared, Porter said.

Debris was lifted thousands of feet in the air and ended up falling to the ground several counties away from Greenfield. Thats evidence of just how intense and deadly this tornado was, Porter said.

People as far as 100 miles (160 kilometres) away from Greenfield posted photos on Facebook of ripped family photos, yearbook pages and other items that were lifted into the sky by the tornado.

About 90 miles away, in Ames, Iowa, Nicole Banner found a yellowed page declaring This Book is the Property of the Greenfield Community School District stuck to her garage door like a Post-It note after the storm passed.

We just couldnt believe it had traveled that far, she said.

White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said FEMAs administrator would head to Iowa on Thursday and that the White House was in touch with state and local officials. She said they were praying for those who tragically lost their lives and wished those injured a speedy recovery.

Greenfields 25-bed hospital was among the buildings damaged, and at least a dozen people who were hurt had to be taken to facilities elsewhere. Hospital officials said in a Facebook post Wednesday that the hospital will remain closed until it can be further assessed and that full repairs could take weeks or months. The hospital, with the help of other providers, set up an urgent care clinic at an elementary school with primary care services to start there Thursday, the post said.

Residential streets that on Monday were lined with old-growth trees and neatly-appointed ranch-style homes were a chaotic jumble of splintered and smashed remnants by Wednesday. Many of the homes basements where residents sheltered lay exposed and front yards were littered with belongings from furniture to childrens toys and Christmas decorations.

Dwight Lahey, a 70-year-old retired truck driver, drove from suburban Des Moines to Greenfield to help his 98-year-old mother. She had taken refuge from the twister in her basement, then walked out through her destroyed garage to a nearby convenience store, Lahey said.

I dont know how she got through that mess, he said. His mom was staying in a hotel, uncertain about where shell end up with her home gone, he said.

Roseann Freeland, 67, waited until the last minute to rush with her husband to a concrete room in her basement. Seconds later, her husband opened the door and you could just see daylight, Freeland said. I just lost it. I just totally lost it.

Tuesdays destructive weather also saw flooding and power outages in Nebraska, damage from tornadoes in Wisconsin and Minnesota, and dust storms in Illinois that forced two interstates to be closed.

The devastation in Iowa followed days of extreme weather that ravaged much of the middle section of the country, including Oklahoma and Kansas. Last week, deadly storms hit the Houston area, killing at least eight and knocking out power to hundreds of thousands.




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    Date: May 19, 2023
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    Date: May 19, 2023
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    Date: May 19, 2023
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