Trucker who caused Broncos crash likely to be deported after sentence: lawyer

An immigration lawyer says the truck driver who caused the deadly Humboldt Broncos bus crash in Saskatchewan is likely to be deported to India right after he serves his sentence. Lorne Waldman, who is based in Toronto and is not involved in the case, says there’s little 30-year-old Jaskirat Singh Sidhu, of Calgary, can do to remain in Canada. Waldman says permanent residents such as Sidhu cannot remain in the country if they commit a crime for which the maximum sentence is at least 10 years or their jail sentence…

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Judge considers ‘shockingly high’ sentence request for truck driver in Humboldt bus crash

Crown prosecutor Thomas Healey’s recommendation that the truck driver in the Humboldt Broncos crash in Saskatchewan should receive a 10-year prison sentence has raised eyebrows in the legal community. At the sentencing hearing in late January, Healey argued passionately to Judge Inez Cardinal that Jaskirat Singh Sidhu deserves 10 years based on his moral blameworthiness, the number of victims and the need to send a strong message to other drivers. “It was a shockingly high request,” said defence lawyer Daniel Brown, who specializes in dangerous driving cases in Toronto. He believes Sidhu’s actions barely cross…

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Share the land: Winnipeg rock legend Burton Cummings tells dance studio to turn down the music

Burton Cummings used to play some of the loudest rock in Canada, but now he’s trying to get a neighbouring dance studio in Saskatchewan to turn down its tunes. Kyra Klassen owns Dance Fitness With Kyra in downtown Moose Jaw, where people gather to sweat to music-filled fitness classes. She says Cummings, the former lead singer for The Guess Who, lives in a residential building next to her studio and has been coming into classes to complain about the noise. She says Cummings has called police several times and even…

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How an artist-run Prairie printmaking shop changed the Canadian art landscape

A new show at Regina’s MacKenzie Art Gallery highlights the story of what the gallery hails as the Prairies’ first artist-run centre — and one that changed the Canadian art world. The Grand Western Canadian Screen Shop started in Winnipeg in the late 1960s and celebrated community and political activism. It was opened as the Screen Shop in 1968 by Neepawa, Man.-born Bill Lobchuk, who had finished art school at the University of Manitoba and learned printmaking at a local company. He and partner Len Anthony decided to try their hand at it, and to provide a space for other…

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Saskatchewan’s first Cree-speaking judge reflects on legacy of Cree court as he retires

The first Cree-speaking judge in Saskatchewan is retiring this week after serving 18 years on the bench. Judge Gerald Morin, 65, helped set up the Cree circuit court, the first of its kind in Canada, in 2001. Morin flew into remote northern First Nations with Cree-speaking court clerks and lawyers, often travelling in the same plane as handcuffed offenders, and held court sessions in band offices, town halls and community centres. Morin would speak Cree to the accused, victims, and families in crisis as often as possible. Morin, a member…

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As a farmer, I’m sick of being harassed online by animal rights activists

Another Veganuary came and went. As the calendar page was turned, a collective sigh of annoyed relief went up around the world from farmers who use social media. For anyone unfamiliar with Veganuary, it is an online veganism campaign coinciding with the New Year. It probably started as a way to peacefully promote and spread helpful information about an alternative diet and lifestyle, but it quickly became an ugly circus where the farmers that feed our country are bullied, insulted and threatened. I know first-hand the toll this additional stress can…

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‘It hurts when your own people laugh at you’: Those learning to speak Cree address challenges

While learning Cree, one of the biggest challenges Trysta Cook has had to overcome has come from her own people. The Lloydminster woman lived with her grandparents who spoke Cree when she was growing up, but she’s since lost those skills. Now, when she speaks Cree with her peers, she finds herself being made fun of for mispronouncing words — something that’s mentally challenging for her to overcome. “I was too afraid to speak my own language,” Cook said. “I can understand it, but I can’t speak it.” In an attempt to…

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Truck driver Jaskirat Singh Sidhu’s final days before fatal crash with Humboldt Broncos

Any little moment in time could have made all the difference on April 6, 2018. If truck driver Jaskirat Singh Sidhu had been driving slightly slower. If he had stopped for lunch. If he had spent two extra minutes checking his maps. If various parts of that fateful and terrible day had taken just a minute or two longer, 16 people with the Humboldt Broncos might still be alive today. But tragically, the day unfolded as it did. Details heard at a sentencing hearing this week spelled out what happened between the day Sidhu started working for the Calgary-based…

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Manitoba RCMP underwater recovery team joins dive to wreck of 1959 plane crash in Sask. lake

Almost 60 years after it crashed, the Saskatchewan RCMP’s underwater recovery team is, at long last, getting a closer look at a small plane that went missing in Peter Pond Lake in 1959. Divers on Wednesday plunged into the icy water to take video of the plane — a Cessna 180 — that crashed into the lake on Aug. 20, 1959, on the way to La Loche, Sask. The search for the plane was called off about seven months later, and it was only recently discovered in Peter Pond Lake, about 450 kilometres northwest of Saskatoon. “Finding this plane after…

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As a mother and a farmer, I think Canada’s new food guide goes too far

One of the most important relationships in our lives is the one we have with food. It influences our health, how we see ourselves and the way we interact with others.  I wish I could say that my relationship with — and understanding of — food has always been healthy, but I can’t. I struggled with it as a teenager and young adult. It greatly affected my self-confidence.  Now that I am the mother of two little girls I constantly worry about the struggles that they will go through as…

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