Date: Apr 15, 2024
    Posted By: New Room


Residents will see a change in policing in the city’s downtown this fall as “alternate response officers” (ARO) are set to join the ranks of the Regina Police Service (RPS).

The special constables will work in delivering public safety programming in instances where an armed police officer isn’t needed.

The program’s intention is to free up other officers for calls to service while adding additional and focused support for Regina’s downtown area.

“We strongly believe the introduction of the ARO program will be beneficial for both the Regina Police Service and our community,” Deputy Chief Lorilee Davies said in a news release. “Not only will the ARO’s be able to provide support to our front-line officers, but also help us better respond to the needs of the community.”

In addition to patrolling the downtown area, the officers will enforce bylaws and provincial legislation, liaise with community partners and conduct ceremonial duties.

They will also assist with traffic related events and escorts, transport arrested persons, take complaints from the public, write reports, retrieve evidence and guard scenes.

The program is a joint investment by RPS and the provincial government. Both the province and the service provided $300,000 each, which will be used to fund program development, training and salaries for its first year.

Successful candidates will be sworn in as special constables and will be trained at Regina Police Headquarters. The 11 week training program will be comprised of classroom and on-the-job training.

Key skills outlined in the program will include: de-escalation techniques, community engagement strategies, defensive tactics, law and cross-cultural competencies.

Six ARO positions will be created and are expected to go into service this coming fall.


    Date: Apr 15, 2024
    Posted By: New Room


A group of Saskatchewan seniors all in their nineties make sure to gather every year to celebrate another year of longevity together, no matter when their birthdays fall a day is set aside to get together and reminisce.

They all live independently at a Regina seniors housing complex called Selo Gardens.

Orest Warnyca, who recently retired as the building’s manager said the group is motivating others to hopefully be similar when they reach their golden years.

“For many of us, myself included, I just wish I’d be that healthy and happy when I’m in my nineties. It’s just a great deal so we had a birthday party for all of them.”

While many experts attribute diet and exercise to living a long life, this group of seniors believe there’s more to it.

“You’ve got to be with people. That’s the secret of living a good healthy long life,” Jean Tomik said.

We look after each other. You know if somebody needs help we’re there to give a hand,” Dean Coffey said.

It still might not explain why women outnumber men at 90.

“We’re very short of men. I think there’s nine men total in this facility,” Michael Zaleschuk said

Some of the people in the group have theories about why that is.

“I think they worry too [much] about things that women don’t. They just go ahead and do it,” Tomik csaid.

Whatever the secret to longevity may be, this group of seniors seem too busy to worry about it. That too may be part of living a long and healthy life.


    Date: Apr 15, 2024
    Posted By: New Room


Saskatchewan midwives will soon be able to prescribe and administer certain drugs, order x-rays and conduct newborn hearing screenings.

Midwives are provincially licenced and registered health care professionals who offer primary care to low-risk clients during pregnancy, birth and for six weeks postpartum. Their services are funded through the Saskatchewan Health Authority.

On Monday, the province announced plans to amend the midwife regulations to expand their scope of practice.

“Providing women with choice in their reproductive health is important and strengthening the role of midwives helps ensure women can make those choices with confidence,” Minister Responsible for the Status of Women Office Laura Ross said in a news release.

“Ensuring midwives can provide more fulsome care for women means greater access for those in communities across the province.”

According to the province, the regulatory change will allow midwives to prescribe from a category of drugs, rather than from a specific list.

“Previously, when a new drug became available it would have to be added to the regulations before midwives could prescribe it,” the province said.

The Saskatchewan College of Midwives, the provincial midwife regulatory body, will require members to participate in necessary training and keep their competencies up to date to provide the expanded services, the province says.

The Ministry of Health says it consulted with the health authority, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan, and the Midwives Association of Saskatchewan in developing the new regulations.


    Date: Apr 15, 2024
    Posted By: New Room


Saskatchewan and France have begun a new partnership – promising to explore, develop and cooperate on new projects related to strategic mineral resources.

Minister of Trade and Export Development Jeremy Harrison and French Delegate for Foreign Trade Franck Riester made the partnership official at the Saskatchewan Research Council on Monday.

“Today, I am delighted to expand and build on our relationship with France in strategic minerals sectors,” Harrison said in a news release. “This is especially important given our shared goals of lowering greenhouse gas emissions and making energy and mining more reliable and sustainable than ever before.”

Cooperation between the province and France has been long standing – with French-based nuclear energy company Orano managing several mining operations in northern Saskatchewan.

“This agreement with the Saskatchewan government is one of the first we have signed with a Canadian province, after the one signed with Quebec last November. That says a lot about the priority we attach to our relationship with Saskatchewan,” Riester said.

The letter of intent between the two governments will focus on improving supply chain security, sustainability, research and development. It also includes the intention to share knowledge and develop projects related to critical mineral innovations.

A total of 23 critical minerals can be found in Saskatchewan, according to the province. They include uranium, potash, rare earth elements, helium, lithium as well as copper.

According to Canada’s critical minerals strategy, there are 31 critical minerals found across Canada.

Six in particular, lithium, graphite, nickel, cobalt, copper and rare earth elements are recognized as the most valuable for domestic manufacturing efforts.

The value of critical minerals is expected to rise by 400 to 600 per cent over the next several decades as nations continue their transitions to clean energy economies.

France boasts the world’s seventh largest economy and ranks third in Europe, following Germany and the United Kingdom.

Last year, Saskatchewan exports to France totaled nearly $220 million – marking an increase of 68 per cent from the year previous.


    Date: Apr 15, 2024
    Posted By: New Room


Turning the pages of a book is a skill many people take for granted, but for Terri Sleeva, it’s a form of independence she recently reclaimed thanks to Daniel Molder and his page turning robot.

“I keep buying books and physical books and I would love to be able to read them, but asking my husband to turn pages is getting monotonous,” she said.

Sleeva was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) in 1984, which has gradually affected her ability enjoy one of her favourite past times – reading.

The whole process came about thanks to the Tetra Society, an organization that helps people with mobility issues gain back the ability to do what they love in spite of their physical limitations.

Molder is the brains behind the robot and he explained that the process of building it was a very rewarding one.

“Right off the bat she mentioned that she wanted a page turner, and I was extremely interested in that,” he explained. “I was thinking ‘Wow that sounds like a lot of fun and the brain started working and I started thinking about ways to make it happen.’”

Molder’s creation works by using suction to lift up the page and then a wheel to turn it.

The helping hand can be controlled either by voice activation, or a manual toggle which Sleeva can use her chin to maneuver.

“I had many people try and make something – then it was miraculous,” she said. “Dan Molder came into my life.”

Sleeva has had the machine for just over a month and has been enjoying every single page she gets to turn.

The duo both credit the Tetra Society for not only helping people regain independence but also fostering a friendship.

“I realize that for me it’s so easy, but I take it for granted,” Molder said.

“But for someone who can’t, it really can be world changing.”

The Tetra Society helped countless individuals as Sleeva explained. While the not-for-profit has a long history of helping individuals in need – organizers hope to improve their outreach and get the word out to both for those seeking mobility assistance and for anyone with the skills to help.

“I want to make everyone feel that there is independence,” Sleeva said. “You can do things no matter the limitations.”


    Date: Apr 15, 2024
    Posted By: New Room


The first instalment of the 2024 Canada carbon rebate will be delivered to some Canadians today as long as they filed their taxes by the middle of March.

Canadians living in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, and all four Atlantic provinces will receive the first of four instalments today if they filed their 2023 taxes by March 15.

Those who filed their taxes since March 15 will see their first instalment on May 15, while those who file after today will wait until June or July.

The payments are based on household size and for a family of four range from $190 in New Brunswick to $450 in Alberta.

Ottawa also has just launched a new online estimator that shows how much you should get  from the rebates.

In a bid to make the rebates more understandable Ottawa renamed them the Canada Carbon Rebate this year but is still negotiating with the big banks about changing how the deposits are labelled when they show up in your account.

Ottawa has been battling with banks about how the deposits are labelled since they moved to quarterly payments for the rebates in 2022.

Many Canadians were confused, or didnt realize they even got the rebate, when payments showed up with vague labels including EFT deposit from Canada, EFT Credit Canada. or sometimes just federal payment.

The federal government asked the banks to help label them with the old moniker — the climate action incentive payment — but some didnt arguing they had a 15 character limit for deposit description.

The deposits will be labelled different depending on where you bank, with some going with the full Canada Carbon Rebate name, others shortening it CDACarbonRebate or Canada CCR/RCC.

In French, the labels could be Carbone RemiseCA or Dépôt direct/Remise canadienne sur carbone.

The rebates are sent to offset what people pay in carbon pricing when they buy fuel so theyre not left worse off as a result.

People who do things to lower their fuel use are even better off because they still get the same rebate but pay less in carbon pricing.

The rebate amounts are set annually based on how much carbon price Ottawa expects to collect in each province.

British Columbia, Quebec and Northwest Territories have their own carbon pricing system for consumers so residents there dont receive the federal payment. Yukon and Nunavut use the federal system but have an agreement to distribute the proceeds themselves.

The parliamentary budget officer says about 80 per cent of Canadians get back more from the rebates than they pay.

He also says though that the economic impact of carbon pricing could lower wages over time, erasing that benefit for some Canadians. The government however argues that climate change itself can cause economic harm if it is left unchecked.


    Date: Apr 15, 2024
    Posted By: New Room


Israels military chief said Monday that Israel will respond to Irans weekend missile strike, but did not immediately elaborate on when and how.

Lt. Gen. Herzi Halevi said that Israel is still considering its steps, but he said that the Iranian strike of missiles and attack drones will be met with a response. Halevi spoke during a visit to the Nevatim air base, which Israel says suffered light damage in the Iranian attack.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been huddling with top officials to discuss a possible response to Irans attack involving hundreds of drones, ballistic missiles and cruise missiles.

World leaders have been urging Israel not to retaliate.

The Iranian attack on Saturday marked the first time Iran has launched a direct military assault on Israel, despite decades of enmity dating back to the countrys 1979 Islamic Revolution. The attack happened less than two weeks after a suspected Israeli strike in Syria that killed two Iranian generals in an Iranian consular building.

The Israeli military says that 99% of the drones and missiles launched by Iran were intercepted, with the help of other countries including the United States, Britain and France. Despite the reported interceptions, Iran has called the attack a success.

In Washington, U.S. National Security Council spokesman John Kirby declined to say whether the U.S. had been or expects to be briefed on any Israeli response plans. We will let the Israelis speak to that, he told reporters Monday.

We are not involved in their decision-making process about a potential response, Kirby said.

Israel and Iran have been on a collision course throughout Israels six-month war against Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip. The war erupted after Hamas and Islamic Jihad, two militant groups backed by Iran, carried out a devastating cross-border attack on Oct. 7 that killed 1,200 people in Israel and kidnapped 250 others.


    Date: Apr 15, 2024
    Posted By: New Room


Horrified worshippers watched online and in person as a 15-year-old boy stabbed a bishop and a priest during a church service in Sydney on Monday evening before the congregation overpowered him, police said.

A crowd of hundreds seeking revenge gathered outside the Orthodox Assyrian church, hurling bricks and bottles, injuring police officers and preventing police from taking the teen outside, officials said.

There were no life-threatening injuries. Bishop Mar Mari Emmanuel and priest Isaac Royel, the teen and at least two police officers were hospitalized, Acting Assistant Police Commissioner Andrew Holland told journalists.

The church in a message on social media said the bishop and priest were in stable condition and asked for people’s prayers. “It is the bishop’s and father’s wishes that you also pray for the perpetrator,” the statement said.

The Christ the Good Shepherd in suburban Wakeley streams sermons online. A video on social media shows a male dressed in black approaching the bishop at the altar and stabbing him repeatedly in the head and upper body. Members of the congregation scream and rush to stop it.

Holland commended the congregation for subduing the teen before calling police. When asked if the teens fingers had been severed, he said the hand injuries were “severe.”

More than 100 police reinforcements arrived before the teen was taken from the church in the hourslong incident. Several police vehicles were damaged, Holland said.

“A number of houses have been damaged. Theyve broken into a number of houses to gain weapons to throw at the police. Theyve thrown weapons and items at the church itself. There were obviously people who wanted to get access to the young person who caused the injuries to the clergy people,” he said.

Authorities did not immediately report a motive for the attack. Australians were still in shock after a lone assailant stabbed six people to death in a Sydney shopping mall on Saturday and injured more than a dozen others.

Holland suggested the weekend attack heightened the communitys response to the church stabbing.

“Given that there has been incidents in Sydney the last few days with knives involved, obviously there’s concerns,” he said. “We’ve asked for everyone to think rationally at this stage. We spoke to community leaders and members of the community to speak to their local people, to try and keep people calm.

The premier of New South Wales, Chris Minns, described the scenes as “disturbing” on social media and urged the community to remain calm and “stick together.” Religious leaders expressed shock and condolences.

Fairfield Mayor Frank Carbone, leader of the neighboring municipal government, described the bishop as a community leader. “This is a very emotional situation. Obviously the community is very upset,” Carbone told Sky News.

Christ the Good Shepherd had been preparing for Palm Sunday later this month.

The bishop, described in local media as a figure sometimes seen as divisive on issues such as COVID-19 restrictions, was in national news last year with comments about gender.

A video posted in May 2023 by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation about a campaign targeting the LGBTQ+ community showed the bishop in a sermon saying that “when a man calls himself a woman, he is neither a man nor a woman, you are not a human, then you are an it. Now, since you are an it, I will not address you as a human anymore because it is not my choosing, it your choosing.”


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