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Inquest into Sask. pen inmate’s death reveals mental health issues

Curtis Robert Cozart was only 30 when he was found hanging by a blue bed sheet wrapped around his neck and tied to the doors of his cell at the Saskatchewan Penitentiary on May 23, 2017.
Wet'suwet'en pipeline supporters feel shut out of talks, ministers told

Wet'suwet'en pipeline supporters feel shut out of talks, ministers told

OTTAWA — Federal cabinet ministers are facing pointed questions about why elected band chiefs and women of the Wet'suwet'en nation who support a disputed natural-gas pipeline in British Columbia were not in meetings aimed at reducing tensions.

Case of murder of Carrot River man awaits disclosure

The case against a Calgary man charged with the murder of a Saskatchewan man has been adjourned while lawyers wait for disclosure. Fayiah (Victor) Braima, 23, appeared in Calgary provincial court Feb. 24. Defence requested the adjournment.

Loon Lake man facing weapons charges not granted bail

A Loon Lake man charged with several weapons-related offences remains in custody and wasn’t given bail when he appeared in Meadow Lake Provincial Court Feb. 20. Stephane Joseph Leclerc, 50, was arrested Jan.

Environment leaders say feds need to push sustainability as budget nears

OTTAWA — Environment leaders are warning the federal Liberals not to turn away from their plan to build the next federal budget around climate change, despite global economic uncertainty as the COVID-19 crisis deepens and oil prices plummet.

Sturgeon Lake woman remains in custody on weapons charges

A Sturgeon Lake First Nation woman facing numerous weapons offences remains in custody after appearing in Prince Albert Provincial Court Feb. 20.

Onion Lake man appears in court facing child porn charges

An Onion Lake man facing child porn charges made his first court appearance Feb. 19 and is due back in court next month. James Gabriel Buffalo, 33, is charged with possession of, and accessing child pornography.

Use of force incidents increase, too many involve mentally ill inmates: Prison report

Canada’s prisons recently recorded the highest use of force incidents ever and there are too many involving mentally ill inmates in Regional Treatment Centres, according to Canada’s prison watchdog.

Weapons-related charges against Checkosis dropped

Three people charged in connection with the murder of Edmonton resident Tiki Laverdiere, 25, made brief court appearances in North Battleford Provincial Court Feb. 21 via CCTV.

Violence in prison increasing

Violence in Canadian prisons reached an all time high in 2018-19, according to Dr. Ivan Zinger, Correctional Investigator of Canada in his Annual Report released Feb. 18.