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    Date: Feb 24, 2024
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Escalating tensions between the Saskatchewan Teachers Federation (STF) and the provincial government over a new contract have resulted in another round of one-day job action.

Following the previously announced suspension of all extracurricular activities across the province on Monday, the STF has announced a one-day rotating strike on Tuesday.

In a news release sent on Saturday, STF said that the one-day job action will include a rotating strike, withdrawal of noon-hour supervision, and withdrawal of extracurricular activities.

Teachers will not report to school and will not perform any teaching-related duties on the day of a strike, according to the release.

On Friday, STF announced that all extracurricular activities will be paused across the province on Monday for its round of job action as teachers remain at odds with the province over a new contract.

Extracurricular activities include sports, drama, music, band, science clubs, intramurals, rehearsals, student leadership activities, planning for graduation ceremonies, book fairs and all other clubs and activities, the STF said in a news release.

Tuesdays strike action will involve teachers in:

- Association des enseignantes et enseignants fransaskois – École Boréale (Ponteix)

- Chinook Teachers’ Association – All schools in Chinook School Division

- Île à la Crosse Teachers’ Association – All schools in Île à la Crosse School Division

- Lloydminster Teachers’ Association – All schools in Lloydminster Public School Division and Lloydminster Catholic School Division

- North West Teachers’ Association – All schools in Northwest School Division

- Prairie Valley Teachers’ Association – All schools in Prairie Valley School Division

- Saskatchewan Distance Learning Centre – North West Campus (Neilburg), South West Campus (Swift Current)

To inform parents and caregivers about the job action and its impact, the STF is hosting a virtual information night on Monday at 7 p.m. via Zoom. STF President Samantha Becotte will provide updates on the status of contract negotiations and answer questions from parents and caregivers.

Saskatchewan teachers and the province have been at odds since initial negotiations began in May 2023.

The province has said it feels it is not appropriate to discuss teachers’ two biggest issues, classroom size and complexity, at the bargaining table.

Instead, the provincial government says those issues brought forward by teachers are being taken care of via pilot projects and through funding.

A statement from the Ministry of Education said the Government-Trustee Bargaining Committee extended invitations every day this week to the STF to come back to the bargaining table.

Unfortunately, the union continues to choose job action over bargaining, the statement read.

The government says they moved on a number of items the STF asked for, including a renewed salary mandate and workplace safety enhancements.

Outside of bargaining, the government has proposed an agreement with the STF to annualize the $53.1 million in additional funding for class size and complexity.

The STF declared impasses in negotiations in October and February. Their last contract expired in August 2023.

Both sides have accused the other of not showing up to the bargaining table. Both sides also say they are willing and ready to resume negotiations.




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    Date: Feb 24, 2024
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Amid an increasingly complex addictions fight, a new tool launched by the province last month has only been used once so far.

On Jan. 11, the province launched a new drug alert system  that so far has roughly 1,100 users, according to the Ministry of Health.

The system is meant to better coordinate the province`s approach of warning residents about drug toxicity. However, as of Feb. 23, just one alert had been issued, surrounding a positive xylazine test for a drug sample in Saskatoon.

While the system is still in its early stages of adoption, the harm reduction manager at Regina`s Nēwo-Yōtina Friendship Centre, Emile Gariepy, said in the centre’s case, it’s been difficult to determine when to send out alerts.

Its kind of tough to send out drug alerts right now since mostly all fentanyl batches have been seen with xylazine in it,” Gariepy told CTV News. “So how often can we send out a drug alert when it’s about 50 per cent of the fentanyl that’s laced with xylazine?”

The alert system is only part of a changing provincial approach to addiction, after a year that remains on pace to set a new record for drug toxicity deaths in the province in 2023.

Among those changes is a restriction in funding for several harm reduction measures, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions Tim McLeod saying at the time, “There is no safe use of illicit drugs.”

https://regina.ctvnews.ca/there-is-no-safe-use-sask-government-defends-decision-to-restrict-harm-reduction-measures-1.6755650

Drug mixtures ‘a death wish,’ testing urged

Shylo Stevenson, the Community Wellness Coordinator with Queen City Wellness Pharmacy said there were three overdoses within a block of the pharmacy on Friday.

“Everybody that we meet that comes in our doors, we never know if were going to see them again because of the level of toxicity in the drugs,” Stevenson said.

At the heart of the problem are increasing potent varieties of fentanyl in Saskatchewan’s illicit drug supply, further complicated by the introduction of xylazine and similar substances, known as benzodiazapines or “benzos”.

“It gives the effect that theyre going into a comatose state like unresponsive and it has no response to narcan or naloxone when we administer it,” Stevenson said.

“The mixtures of fentanyl, xylazine and benzo put together? Its a death wish,” Gariepy said.

At the last update, 329 deaths last year are confirmed to be drug-related by the coroner. If just 76 of the 148 unconfirmed deaths are verified, Saskatchewan will officially set a new record.

In January 2024 alone, the Saskatchewan Coroners Service opened 44 investigations into deaths suspected of being caused by drug toxicity.

The coroner has also added a new section to its statistics this year, tracking the benziodiazipines associated with drug-related deaths.

One way to combat the issue is through drug testing, a service the Nēwo-Yōtina Friendship Centre offers free of charge.

“We have a testing machine, its completely free, we can look inside your drugs, we can tell you whats in it,” Gariepy said.

One recent sample analysis tested at the centre and flagged for overdose potential on Jan. 4 contained:

  •  50 to 55 per cent sugar
  •  20 to 25 per cent caffeine
  •  10 to 15 per cent fentanyl
  •  10 to 15 per cent xylazine

Anyone can sign up to receive drug toxicity alerts through the province’s website .




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    Date: Feb 24, 2024
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The hospital emergency room in Wolseley is reopening on Monday. The community has been without ER services for nearly four years. On Friday, residents were invited to the hospital to meet new staff recruited from around the world.

Wendy Labharh is one of 10 nurses moving to Wolseley to staff the emergency room.

“I moved from Kitchener, Ontario. I was working as a nurse and since Ontario is expensive honestly, I was looking for a place to move,” she explained.

Wolseley was one of a dozen communities that lost Hospital emergency services in the early days of COVID-19 as the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) consolidated staff in larger centres. The community fought hard to get its ER back.

“A lot of work went into this and I’m really proud of our community and all our partners to help make this happen so it’s a step in the right direction,” said Wolseley Mayor Gerald Hill.

The emergency room will reopen Monday, initially operating five days a week during the day.

“It’s part of a phased reopening that we’ve been planning with the facility, with the community, with the temporary reopening and enough staff to do that,” said Dan Drummond, primary health care director for the SHA’s southeast region.

Many of the new nurses came from Philippines. The local MLA welcomed them during an ER open house.

“This is a great day for the town of Wolseley and, you know, as someone who was born in this hospital, I’m so happy to see that it’s on its way to being reopened,” said Moosomin MLA Steven Bonk.

The hospital itself remains closed for renovations. That will be completed by fall, allowing for resumption of a full range of medical services.




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    Date: Feb 24, 2024
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Winter weather will return to parts of Saskatchewan, including Regina and Moose Jaw, next week.

While central Saskatchewan, including Saskatoon, will get the brunt of the heavier snow forecast , Southern Saskatchewan is not exempt from winter conditions.

A mix of lighter precipitation including freezing rain will be possible Sunday night and Monday morning, according to a statement issued by Environment Canada  on Friday afternoon.

Temperatures on Tuesday morning will reach the minus mark with wind chills between minus 30 to minus 35. Northerly winds gusting to 70 km/hr will also develop.

The cold snap is expected to last a couple of days then will moderate later in the week.




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    Date: Feb 24, 2024
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The Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation (STF) says all extracurricular activities will be paused across the province on Monday for its latest round of job action as teachers remain at odds with the province over a new contract.

Extracurricular activities include sports, drama, music, band, science clubs, intramurals, rehearsals, student leadership activities, planning for graduation ceremonies, book fairs and all other clubs and activities, the STF said in a news release.

The planned pause is expected to only last for one day.

Monday will also see the continuation of suspending noon-hour supervision at various school divisions.

That will be for all Saskatoon public and catholic schools, the Northern Lights School Division, Northwest School Division, Prairie South School Division, Living Sky School Division, Light of Christ Catholic School Division and Sakewew High School in North Battleford.

The STF said president Samantha Becotte will provide an update for parents and caregivers on negotiations with the province on Monday evening virtually through Zoom.

“Teachers are passionate about the work we do to support students in classrooms and within the school community. We never want to be in a situation where opportunities for students are impacted; however, this government has left us no other options,” Becotte said in a news release Friday morning.

Saskatchewan teachers and the province have been at odds since initial negotiations began in May 2023.

The province has said it feels it is not appropriate to discuss teachers’ two biggest issues, classroom size and complexity, at the bargaining table.

Instead the provincial government says those issues brought forward by teachers are being taken care of via pilot projects and through funding.

A statement from the Ministry of Education said the Government-Trustee Bargaining Committee extended invitations every day this week to the STF to come back to the bargaining table.

Unfortunately, the union continues to choose job action over bargaining, the statement read. 

The government says they moved on a number of items the STF asked for, including a renewed renewed salary mandate and workplace safety enhancements.

Outside of bargaining, the government has proposed an agreement with the STF to annualize the $53.1 million in additional funding for class size and complexity. 

The STF declared impasses in negotiations in October and February. Their last contract expired in August 2023.

Both sides have accused the other of not showing up to the bargaining table, both sides also say they are willing and ready to resume negotiations.




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    Date: Feb 24, 2024
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The U.S. and Britain struck 18 Houthi targets in Yemen on Saturday, answering a recent surge in attacks by the Iran-backed militia group on ships in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden, including a missile strike this past week that set fire to a cargo vessel.

According to U.S. officials, American and British fighter jets hit sites in eight locations, targeting missiles, launchers, rockets, drones and air defence systems. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity in order to provide early details of an ongoing military operation

This is the fourth time that the U.S. and British militaries have conducted a combined operation against the Houthis since Jan. 12. But the U.S. has also been carrying out almost daily strikes to take out Houthi targets, including incoming missiles and drones aimed at ships, as well as weapons that were prepared to launch.

The U.S. F/A-18 fighter jets launched from the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower aircraft carrier, which is currently in the Red Sea, officials said.

“The United States will not hesitate to take action, as needed, to defend lives and the free flow of commerce in one of the world’s most critical waterways,” said U.S. Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin. “We will continue to make clear to the Houthis that they will bear the consequences if they do not stop their illegal attacks.”

The Houthis denounced the “U.S.-British aggression” and vowed to keep up its military operation in response. “The Yemeni Armed Forces affirm that they will confront the U.S.-British escalation with more qualitative military operations against all hostile targets in the Red and Arabian Seas in defence of our country, our people and our nation,” it said in a statement.

The U.S., U.K., and other allies said in a statement the “necessary and proportionate strikes specifically targeted 18 Houthi targets across eight locations in Yemen” that also included underground storage facilities, radar and a helicopter.

U.K. Defence Secretary Grant Shapps said RAF Typhoon jets engaged in “precision strikes” aimed at degrading Houthi drones and launchers. Shapps said it came after “severe Houthi attacks against commercial ships in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden, including against the British-owned MV Islander and the MV Rubymar, which forced the crew to abandon ship.” It’s the fourth time Britain has joined in the U.S.-led strikes.

The strikes have support from the wider coalition, which includes Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Denmark, the Netherlands and New Zealand.

President Joe Biden and other senior leaders have repeatedly warned that the U.S. won’t tolerate the Houthi attacks against commercial shipping. But the counterattacks haven’t appeared to diminish the Houthis’ campaign against shipping in the region, which the militants say is over Israel’s war against Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

“Our aim remains to de-escalate tensions and restore stability in the Red Sea, but we will once again reiterate our warning to Houthi leadership: we will not hesitate to continue to defend lives and the free flow of commerce in the face of continued threats,” said the Saturday statement.

The Houthis have launched at least 57 attacks on commercial and military ships in the the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden since Nov. 19, and the pace has picked up in recent days.

“We’ve certainly seen in the past 48, 72 hours an increase in attacks from the Houthis,” Pentagon spokeswoman Sabrina Singh said in a briefing Thursday. And she acknowledged that the Houthis have not been deterred.

“We never said we’ve wiped off the map all of their capabilities,” she told reporters. “We know that the Houthis maintain a large arsenal. They are very capable. They have sophisticated weapons, and that’s because they continue to get them from Iran.”

There have been at least 32 U.S. strikes in Yemen over the past month and a half; a few were conducted with allied involvement. In addition, U.S. warships have taken out dozens of incoming missiles, rockets and drones targeting commercial and other Navy vessels.

Earlier Saturday, the destroyer USS Mason downed an anti-ship ballistic missile launched from Houthi-held areas in Yemen toward the Gulf of Aden, U.S. Central Command said, adding that the missile was likely targeting MV Torm Thor, a U.S.-Flagged, owned, and operated chemical and oil tanker.

The U.S. attacks on the Houthis have targeted more than 120 launchers, more than 10 surface-to-air-missiles, 40 storage and support building, 15 drone storage building, more than 20 unmanned air, surface and underwater vehicles, several underground storage areas and a few other facilities.

The rebels’ supreme leader, Abdul Malik al-Houthi, announced this past week an “escalation in sea operations” conducted by his forces as part of what they describe as a pressure campaign to end Israel’s war on Hamas.

But while the group says the attacks are aimed at stopping that war, the Houthis targets have grown more random, endangering a vital waterway for cargo and energy shipments traveling from Asia and the Middle East onward to Europe.

During normal operations, about 400 commercial vessels transit the southern Red Sea at any given time. While the Houthi attacks have only actually struck a small number of vessels, the persistent targeting and near misses that have been shot down by the U.S. and allies have prompted shipping companies to reroute their vessels from the Red Sea.

Instead, they have sent them around Africa through the Cape of Good Hope — a much longer, costlier and less efficient passage. The threats also have led the U.S. and its allies to set up a joint mission where warships from participating nations provide a protective umbrella of air defence for ships as they travel between the Suez Canal and the Bab el-Mandeb Strait.

In Thursday’s attack in the Gulf of Aden, the Houthis fired two missiles at a Palau-flagged cargo ship named Islander, according to Central Command said. A European naval force in the region said the attack sparked a fire and wounded a sailor on board the vessel, though the ship continued on its way.

Central Command launched attacks on Houthi-held areas in Yemen on Friday, destroying seven mobile anti-ship cruise missiles that the military said were prepared to launch toward the Red Sea.

Central Command also said Saturday that a Houthi attack on a Belize-flagged ship on Feb. 18 caused an 18-mile oil slick and the. military warned of the danger of a spill from the vessel’s cargo of fertilizer. The Rubymar, a British-registered, Lebanese-operated cargo vessel, was attacked while sailing through the Bab el-Mandeb Strait that connects the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden.

The missile attack forced the crew to abandon the vessel, which had been on its way to Bulgaria after leaving Khorfakkan in the United Arab Emirates. It was transporting more than 41,000 tons of fertilizer, according to a Central Command statement.

The Associated Press, relying on satellite images from Planet Labs PBC of the stricken vessel, reported Tuesday that the vessel was leaking oil in the Red Sea.

Yemen’s internationally recognized government on Saturday called for other countries and maritime-protection organizations to quickly address the oil slick and avert “a significant environmental disaster.




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    Date: Feb 24, 2024
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A Barrie, Ont. family is mourning the death of 12-year-old Andrew Frustaci, killed in a house fire in Saskatchewan that also claimed the lives of his two younger brothers and great-grandparents over the weekend.

Andrews father, Marc Frustaci, received the heartbreaking news on Sunday while celebrating Andrews half-brothers 5th birthday.

Its a call that no parent should ever have to receive, the Barrie man stated in an email to CTV News. It left me heartbroken.

The deadly fire in Davidson, Sask.  that broke out on Sunday afternoon has been deemed non-suspicious.

Fire crews rescued a man and a woman in their 80s from the burning home, who were declared dead in the hospital. Once the fire was under control, crews discovered the childrens remains inside the residence.

CTV News Saskatoon reported that a neighbour, Trudy Smith, said the childrens mother was away at the time of the blaze.

Andrews father, his partner, and their two younger children call Barrie home and say Andrew spent his summers here.

Frustaci described his oldest son as a typical 12-year-old who enjoyed swimming, soccer, running a lemonade stand, and playing Fortnite with his friends.

Andrew was an incredible young boy, always radiating with joy and finding happiness in the little things, he said. He had plans to return to Ontario, particularly Barrie, as he dreamed of living in the city.

The Barrie family will drive to Saskatchewan for the funeral on Tuesday.

Our lives will never be the same without Andrew. I cherish him deeply and miss him beyond words, Frustaci said.

GoFundMe campaign  has been launched to help the family with travel expenses to Saskatchewan and support them during this time.




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    Date: Feb 24, 2024
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Gangs, guns, drugs and a plot for murder.

It might read like fiction, but according to police, it’s anything but.

Police in British Columbia said Friday they have dismantled a “significant, sophisticated” criminal organization involved in manufacturing and distributing fentanyl-laced counterfeit pharmaceuticals.

Mounties said eight men from the Metro Vancouver communities of Surrey, Richmond and Delta have been arrested, many of them with links to organized crime.

Police said one of the suspects, 32-year-old Michael Johal of Delta, was later alleged to be connected to a “gang-related murder plot,” setting off a parallel investigation by homicide detectives and a charge of conspiracy to commit murder.

In a separate statement, homicide investigators said Johal was arrested in Delta on Wednesday without incident.

Investigators said he is the suspect in the conspiracy surrounding a fatal shooting in Burnaby last September, where 29-year-old Gagandeep Sandhu of Abbotsford was gunned down in an underground parkade.

At a news conference in Abbotsford, police there said they were also part of the complex investigation by a number of agencies. Officers said they uncovered a plot by gang members to carry out hits on members of a rival gang.

“Investigators secured evidence that Gavinder Siekham was conspiring with Anmol Sandhu and Navdeep Dhaliwal to murder rival gang members who are all active within the ongoing and brutal B.C. gang conflict,” said Abbotsford Police Department Chief Const. Colin Watson.

Abbotsford police say Project High Table was triggered by an investigation into a drug case.

“These investigations were run independent of one another, but were all aimed at increasing public safety,” said Staff Sgt. Alex Wood.

The Public Safety Ministry said the drug ring investigation by the RCMPs organized crime unit, the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team and Abbotsford police led to the seizure of 356,000 counterfeit pills and 168 kilograms of chemicals used for making the pills.

Police said they also seized four illegal firearms and more than 1,500 rounds of ammunition.

B.C. Solicitor General Mike Farnworth said in a statement that the seizure and arrests have “kept millions of potentially lethal doses of toxic drugs” from reaching communities, while also disrupting violent gang conflicts in the province.

“Gangs and organized crime are fueling the toxic-drug crisis, killing thousands of British Columbians every year and hurting communities across our province,” Farnworth said. “This is a problem that crosses borders within Canada and across the world, and we are determined to do what it takes to stop it.”

RCMP Chief Superintendent David Teboul said police are aware of the publics concerns about gun violence after at least two shootings that appeared to be targeted in Metro Vancouver this month, but the drug bust is a major step forward in their efforts to combat such crimes.

“These are the types of targets that the federal policing program is focused on, and these are the results that weve worked hard over many months to produce,” Teboul said.

The latest shooting in Metro Vancouver happened Thursday, when four men were injured in a residential neighbourhood in White Rock in an incident that may have involved automatic weapons, based on videos posted on social media.

“What we saw last night in White Rock was absolutely shocking and appalling, but police are going to get these individuals,” said Farnworth.

Another shooting took place on Feb. 1, when a home in Surrey was targeted but no one was injured. Two teenagers have been charged in connection to that incident.




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    Date: Jun 02, 2023
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Congratulations Jessica Diantonio On Winning the 2023 Country Thunder Saskatchewan Contest!!

Thank you to everyone who participated in this contest and our proud sponsors: Durango Boots, ECO Flow Technologies and Bad Ass Extension Cords!


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    Date: Jun 02, 2023
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Congratulations Jessica Diantonio On Winning COUNTRY THUNDER SASKATCHEWAN 2023 Contest!!
Make sure to claim your prize before it expires!!!

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    Date: May 26, 2023
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Congratulations Mark Cunningham On Winning 2023 Country Thunder Saskatchewan Contest!!

We have one more draw on June 2nd, 2023 at 11:15 am CST


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