Crown seeks 2.5 year sentence for Hamilton paramedics convicted in Yosif Al-Hasnawi's death

A sentencing hearing is underway for two former Hamilton paramedics found guilty of failing to provide the necessaries of life when they responded to the shooting of 19-year-old Yosif Al-Hasnawi.

The crown is seeking a sentence of two and a half years in prison for Christopher Marchant and Steven Snively, who were both convicted by a Superior Court judge in June.

The pair responded to a 911 call near Al-Hasnawi’s mosque near Main and Sanford on Dec. 2, 2017, after he was shot while coming to the aid of an older man who was being accosted by two younger men.

In his decision, Justice Harrison Arrell said the paramedics showed a “departure” from care standards by not taking Al-Hasnawi’s injury seriously and delaying in taking him to hospital.

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He also said Marchant and Snively made “a conscious decision to ignore the obvious evidence before them” by taking him to St. Joseph’s Hospital rather than Hamilton General Hospital — the city’s lead trauma hospital.

During Monday’s sentencing hearing, crown attorney Linda Shin read victim impact statements from Al-Hasnawi’s mother, father and younger brother, as well as a community impact statement from the Al-Moustafa Islamic Centre.

Amal Alzurufi, Yosif’s mother, wrote that she isolates herself from her other children so they won’t see her crying, and described how it feels to lose a child.

“It feels like someone has ripped your heart out of your chest,” she wrote. “I’m always crying, I’m constantly in pain. My heart breaks.”

She called the actions of the paramedics that night “unprofessional,” and said while she doesn’t hate them, she’s angry about what happened.

“I loved my son, and I wish that here was here, and none of this happened.”

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Ahmed Al-Hasnawi, who witnessed his older brother’s death at the age of 13, wrote that his life has been “completely turned upside-down” as a result of Yosif’s death.

“Quite honestly, I can’t remember being happy ever since he’s been gone.”

The maximum prison sentence for failing to provide the necessaries of life is five years.

Shin argued that Snively and Marchant should each be sentenced to two and a half years, citing their position as medical authorities that had the training and standards of care that set out what they were supposed to do.

“The required steps were simple, in this case — treat the injury as serious, depart immediately, take the patient to a trauma centre. That’s it.”

She added that paramedics are granted a “great deal of trust by the community” to care for citizens in times of need, and said the pair broke that public trust.

“They robbed Yosif of his only chance of survival and caused his death.”

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Defense for Snively and Marchant are asking for a conditional sentence of six to nine months, followed by a period of probation and 100 hours of community service.

Michael DelGobbo, counsel for Snively, provided character testimony about the elder paramedic during the latter portion of Monday’s hearing.

He described Snively as a devoted family man and a hardworking and passionate paramedic since he began his career in 2005, with his wife referring to him as “a person who is addicted to his job and never expected any of this to happen.”

The hearing is will continue on Tuesday and will hear from Marchant’s lawyer.

Justice Arrell has indicated he will reserve his decision until a later date.

The gunman who shot Al-Hasnawi was found not guilty of second-degree murder by a jury in Nov. 2019, but the crown is appealing that verdict.

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Crews battling blaze at Nairn Avenue home

Winnipeg fire crews are battling a blaze at a home on Nairn Avenue.

The fire broke out just before 7 p.m. at a vacant one-and-a-half storey home in the 400 block.

Crews arrived and determined it was unsafe to enter the home and moved into a defensive attack, battling it with an aerial ladder and handlines.

Both neighbouring homes have been temporarily evacuated as a precaution.

There is no report of any injuries.

Nairn is closed between Allan Street and Watt Street and crews are expected to be on scene for several hours.

Drivers are being asked to take alternate routes and avoid the area.

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Edmonton Elks lose veteran defensive back Mincy to practice injury

The Edmonton Elks practised on Monday and unfortunately it didn’t go very well for veteran defensive back Jonathon Mincy. The Elks starting short-side corner left practice on a cart after suffering an apparent left leg injury.

Head coach Jamie Elizondo says it’s early to speculate on the severity of the injury but there is plenty of concern.

“I didn’t see what happened on the field, as the action was away from Mincy,” Elizondo said. “I don’t have anything to say other than obviously if he’s down — he’s been such a great individual and leader for us, so we will see where he’s at.”

In nine games this season, Mincy has recorded 19 defensive tackles and two pass knockdowns.

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The Elks also placed defensive lineman Jake Ceresna on the one-game injured list. Ceresna has returned home because his mother passed away after a two-year battle with cancer. Ceresna has 23 defensive tackles this season and three quarterback sacks.

U of A Golden Bears product and the Elks first round pick in this year’s CFL Draft Cole Nelson has been added to the team’s active roster. The Elks also released defensive lineman Rossini Sandjong, the team’s eighth round pick from the 2020 CFL Draft.

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The Elks will host the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Friday night on The Brick Field at Commonwealth Stadium looking to break a five-game losing streak and keep their faint playoff hopes alive.

Kick-off will be at 7:45 p.m., 630 CHED will have live coverage starting with Countdown to Kick-off starting at 6 p.m.

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Hockey legend Mark Messier offers his views on leadership, success in new memoir

WATCH ABOVE: Some Global News videos about Mark Messier.

Mark Messier calls No One Wins Alone his memoir. But it’s really the hockey icon’s recipe for success, on and off the ice.

And given Messier’s resume, it’s no surprise he wrote the book on winning.

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Known as the Moose, Messier won six Stanley Cups as well as the Hart Memorial Trophy (twice), Ted Lindsay Award (twice), Lester Patrick Trophy and the Conn Smythe Trophy in a glittering pro career that stretched from 1978 to 2004.

Edmonton Oilers' captain Mark Messier, center, along with his teammates holds the Stanley Cup above his head in voctory after the Edmonton Oilers defeated the Boston Bruins, 4-1, to win the Stanley Cup series in Boston May 1990.

Edmonton Oilers' captain Mark Messier, center, along with his teammates holds the Stanley Cup above his head in voctory after the Edmonton Oilers defeated the Boston Bruins, 4-1, to win the Stanley Cup series in Boston May 1990.

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He captained the Edmonton Oilers, New York Rangers and Vancouver Canucks, finishing his NHL career with 694 goals, 1,193 assists and 1,887 points in 1,756 games to rank third on the all-time scoring list behind former teammate Wayne Gretzky (2,857) and Jaromir Jagr (1,921).

“Like Gordie Howe, Messier is credited with being the most complete player of his generation,” reads his Hockey Hall of Fame biography.

The Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award, handed out since 2006-07, is given “to the player who exemplifies great leadership qualities to his team, on and off the ice during the regular season.”

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The book focuses on Messier’s hockey career and not much more. That was a conscious effort with Messier acknowledging he saw books like Pat Riley’s The Winner Within: A Life Plan for Team Players and Phil Jackson’s Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success as models that “many different people could read it and take something out of it.”

Mark Messier skates during pre-game warm up at GM Place prior to his first game back in Vancouver as a New York Ranger Friday Nov. 17, 2000.

Mark Messier skates during pre-game warm up at GM Place prior to his first game back in Vancouver as a New York Ranger Friday Nov. 17, 2000.

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“I was fortunate enough to play on some great teams with some great people,” he said.

“One of the last things we that came up with was the name (of the book),” he added. “And I didn’t want to settle for any name. I wanted the name to really represent what the book was about. I think No One Wins Alone really kind of says it all. it’s all about the people.

“I thought I played hockey for 26 years and what I realized when I retired is I wasn’t in the hockey business, I was in the people business.”

While Messier opens up on his interest in Indigenous cultures, spirituality, travel and even an unintentional experiment with magic mushrooms, he offers little on his private life — although there is a brief reference to his much-ballyhooed time with Madonna. “Interesting woman, but we went out only once,” he writes

“I don’t know if my personal life was that interesting,” he said with a chuckle in an interview.

But he is far more forthcoming on his hockey relationships, from teammates to coaches — on what worked and why.

“I didn’t want to be critical of anyone or anything,” he explained. “I wanted it to be a positive read about teamwork and leadership. And so trying to thread that needle and hopefully write it so it’s entertaining and a wide group of people could enjoy it, was what I was concerned about.”

Vancouver Canucks Mark Messier left, gives Calgary Flames Bobby Dollas (4) his patented stare after they collided during the first period of NHL action in Vancouver Wednesday Feb. 9, 2000.

Vancouver Canucks Mark Messier left, gives Calgary Flames Bobby Dollas (4) his patented stare after they collided during the first period of NHL action in Vancouver Wednesday Feb. 9, 2000.

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For the most part, he delivers. It’s an easy read that will be of interest to both the hockey and corporate world.

“I think the beautiful thing about sport in general is it does give you life lessons that you can take with the rest of your life — no matter what level, any kind of team sport — the commitment, the
accountability, the work ethic, the discipline, put-your-head-down-and-get-it-done grind mentality can serve anybody well post-retirement or in business or whatever,” he said.

Messier attributes his work ethic to his family, noting his father Doug combined hockey, university and a teaching job after a stint playing for the Nottingham Panthers in England. That kind of drive did not go unnoticed.

“It was hard to make excuses about not having enough time to get things done to a man whose days seemed to be 25 hours long.” Messier writes.

He also points to childhood family trips from Edmonton to a holiday home in Oregon, with seven family members and 80-pound sheepdog Tootie packed into an Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser station wagon. Lessons learned on such trip stayed with Messier.

“As a leader, you learn to accept and appreciate that each of your teammates might react differently to the same situation,” he writes. “With that knowledge, you can resolve any conflicts that arise from a place of understanding.”

He also differentiates between inspiration and motivation, saying “If you create a great place to work where people are inspired by a shared purpose and goal, they will motivate themselves.”

He preaches respect, for teammates, coaches, doctors and trainers and others in the organization.

“What you do off the ice is all about respect, and it helps build a team,” he writes. “You have tor recognize that you’re all one entity, pulling on the same oar to get to the goal of winning.”

Messier says he was always curious about ways to improve mind and body and willing to ask questions when he failed, seeing it as an “opportunity to get to know yourself.”

“And of course I was playing with great players,” he said. “I played with the greatest player of all time for 12 years. Watching him prepare and the amount of time that he spent in the game, away from the game concentrating on the game, preparing for the game, focusing on the game, was enlightening to me. And then I just had to find my own path and what worked for me the best.”

Now 60, Messier is a studio analyst for ESPN’s hockey coverage. He has also campaigned long and hard for the Kingsbridge National Ice Center, to occupy the Kingsbridge Armory space in the Bronx, in a bid to offer New Yorkers more ice surfaces.

“The same things apply,” he said. “You’ve got to find a way to work with people and maximize the potential.”

No One Wins Alone comes out Tuesday.

Messier will appear on 630 CHED’s CHED Mornings with Daryl McIntyre on Thursday Oct. 28 at 7:05 a.m.

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Woman accused in daycare death of Regina 3-year-old acquitted

WATCH: A trial hearing held more than three years after Zoey Hancock's death lasted just minutes as the prosecutor submitted no evidence and rested its case.

A criminal trial held more than three years after the death of a three-year-old Regina girl was over in just minutes on Monday, resulting in an acquittal of the accused.

Zoey Hancock was found unresponsive at a northeast Regina home daycare on the morning of March 20, 2018. Ashley Longworth, who pleaded not guilty to a resulting count of manslaughter charged in February 2020, was acquitted by Judge Timothy Keene of the Regina Court of Queen’s Bench.

“It’s difficult to convey in words the relief our client feels given the result of the case, while also acknowledging the pain the family of the deceased still feels,” defense counsel Darren Kraushaar said in an emailed statement, adding that an ongoing publication ban prevents him from further comment.

“This is obviously a horrible and tragic situation. There isn’t much we can say given the publication ban on the voir dire.”

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Soon after the trial began, Crown Prosecutor Christopher White announced he would not be calling any evidence while resting his case on Monday.

It was far from the result Zoey’s mother was praying for.

Speaking to Global News after the hearing, Debbie Hancock said “my heart is completely broken.”

“I’m clearly hurt. This went on for three and a half years for it all to lead up to nothing. I kind of feel like my daughter’s death was just another stack of papers on someone’s desk,” said Debbie, whose daughter would have turned seven this week.

“My daughter’s birthday is Wednesday and I get to sit with her remains and I get to cry.”

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The Regina Police Service didn’t announce that they were investigating Zoey’s 2018 death as a homicide until February 12, 2020, when Longworth was charged.

Longworth was released at the time on conditions of keeping the peace and good behavior. She was not in custody prior to Monday’s trial.

In a related press release, the RPS noted being called to a Regina hospital at 12:25 p.m. after Zoey was pronounced deceased. According to the release, a 9-1-1 call was placed at 9:45 a.m. that day indicating that a three-year-old was unresponsive. It adds that “EMS was dispatched and administered emergency care to the child before transporting the girl to hospital.”

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That, Debbie said, is where Zoey died in her arms at 12:17 p.m.

“My life ended that day, with her in that room.”

Debbie remembered Zoey as her “best friend” and a silly, animal-loving toddler who loved to go to animal shelters to pet the cats and dogs.

The Regina Police Service confirmed to Global News in 2020 that Longworth was operating an unlicensed daycare and “did not hold employment as it related to the care or supervision of children.”

A representative of the Regina Court of Queen’s Bench has informed Global Regina that the lawyers and judge involved in the trial are reviewing the publication ban. An update is expected this week.

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Vaccine mandate for B.C. health-care workers to take effect Tuesday

Premier John Horgan says he’s hopeful that a small number of B.C. health-care workers who are still resistant to getting vaccinated against COVID-19 will get the information they need to make the choice for vaccination.

The deadline for all health-care workers in the province to be fully vaccinated is Tuesday.

Horgan says the majority of health-care workers are immunized and often perplexed about why others wouldn’t follow the science behind vaccination and the advice of provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry.

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The vaccine mandate will apply to everyone who works in health-care settings, including students, doctors, contractors and volunteers.

Those who don’t have their first dose by the deadline can’t work unless they have a recognized medical exemption.

Workers who get their first shot before Nov. 15 can resume working seven days after the first dose, but they must wear personal protective equipment and take other precautions until they have their second dose, which must be no more than 35 days after the initial dose.

Staff at long-term care homes and assisted living facilities needed to be fully vaccinated by Oct. 12.

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British Columbia is reporting 1,618 new cases of COVID-19, 20 deaths and five new health-care facility outbreaks over the last three days.

It says in a news release that 84.4 per cent of eligible people aged 12 and up are now fully vaccinated.

 

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Canada changes online criteria for Afghan refugee program; only those who fled eligible

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The Canadian government has quietly changed the criteria on its website for a special program for vulnerable Afghan refugees so that only those who have already managed to escape to other countries are eligible.

The online criteria for the “special humanitarian program” used to include Afghans “who are in Afghanistan or outside of Afghanistan,” but it was changed this month to apply only to those “outside of Afghanistan.”

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The program is one of two set up to help bring 40,000 Afghan refugees to Canada and is intended for vulnerable groups including women leaders, persecuted religious or ethnic minorities, LGBTQ people and journalists.

The online criteria for the other program, which is aimed at interpreters and others who helped Canada during its military mission as well as embassy staff, still allows those inside Afghanistan to apply.

When the government first announced the special humanitarian program in August, it said it would apply to those outside Afghanistan, but it ultimately included those stuck inside the war-torn country in its online criteria.

The government said Monday that the change to the website was a “communications rather than a policy change.”

Alex Cohen, a spokesman for Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino, said Canada would continue to do its utmost to help vulnerable Afghans inside and outside the country.

Since the Taliban seized Kabul and took control in August, it has been increasingly difficult to get people out.

Canada ended its airlift mission from Kabul near the end of August as the U.S. was completing its own withdrawal from the country. Thousands of people with permission to travel to Canada were left behind _ including Canadian citizens.

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Groups working with Afghans trying to flee the country said the change to the criteria for the humanitarian program on Canada’s official website would sow confusion and desperation among Afghans hoping to come to Canada.

The website is the source of authoritative information on who is eligible and saying only those outside the country now qualify _ when until mid-October it said those in Afghanistan qualified _ could drive Afghans to resort to people smugglers, they warned.

Stephen Watt of Northern Lights Canada, a refugee organization, said the government’s plan to bring 40,000 Afghans to Canada has been wrapped in secrecy ever since it was announced.

“There is still no clear way to apply to the program, or to discover who it is accepting or how it is operating,” he said. “This is a life and death question for many of the people we are talking to within Afghanistan.

“Our government needs to come clean about its plans for these very vulnerable people who it promised to help in the heat of the election, and provide a clear path for providing that help. This isn’t a time for empty promises and secret processes.”

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Wendy Noury Long, director of the Afghan Interpreters Association, said she feared that the change, made in mid October, would drive desperate Afghans to go to extreme lengths to get out of the country so they qualify.

“People will be thinking how do I get out? Do I contact human smugglers? Countries are actively deporting people back to Afghanistan,” she said.

“This is a policy change. This is the explanation of whether you qualify. You are taking a huge risk to try to get out to another country and you might find yourself deported back to Afghanistan.”

The humanitarian program Canada set up to help Afghans at risk has strict eligibility criteria. To qualify Afghans must also be a woman leader, a human rights advocate, a member of a persecuted religious or ethic minority, in the LGBTQ community, or a journalist or someone who has helped Canadian journalists. As of mid October, they must be located outside Afghanistan.

Those who fit these criteria need to register for refugee status with the United Nations Refugee Agency or the government where they live and wait to be referred under the program. They can also be identified as eligible by a private sponsor.

Around 3,700 Canadians and Afghan refugees, including former interpreters, were airlifted out by Canada before the end of August.

Approximately 1,700 interpreters and other Afghans with papers to come to Canada are currently in safehouses in Kabul. Some safehouses, being run by an NGO and funded by veterans and private donations, face closure within weeks because of lack of funding.

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan announced on Friday that Canada will resettle up to 322 more Afghans who helped NATO countries.

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Saskatchewan health advisors ask for more COVID-19 restrictions -- again

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Twenty-one medical health officers — doctors charged with advising government leaders on how to keep people safe — wrote to Saskatchewan Health Minister Paul Merriman last week pleading for more restrictions to stop the spread of COVID-19.

It was their second attempt. They previously wrote a letter in August.

“The Medical Health Officers of Saskatchewan (MHOs) would like to express our continued and growing concern about the current state of COVID-19 in our province and the lack of effectiveness of the current public health measures,” it says.

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“Without further action, it is highly likely that we will face even higher rates of hospitalization in coming weeks and risk health system collapse, as well as many more preventable deaths.”

The doctors specify they are not asking for a full lockdown or school closures.

In the letter, dated Oct. 21, they ask Merriman to impose gathering restrictions on private indoor gatherings, specifying the province should prohibit unvaccinated and partially vaccinated people from gathering beyond their own household for 28 days.

Medical health officers warned the health care system could collapse if the Saskatchewan government does not impose more restrictions to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Medical health officers warned the health care system could collapse if the Saskatchewan government does not impose more restrictions to stop the spread of COVID-19.

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Medical health officers warned the health care system could collapse if the Saskatchewan government does not impose more restrictions to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Medical health officers warned the health care system could collapse if the Saskatchewan government does not impose more restrictions to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Medical health officers warned the health care system could collapse if the Saskatchewan government does not impose more restrictions to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Medical health officers warned the health care system could collapse if the Saskatchewan government does not impose more restrictions to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Medical health officers warned the health care system could collapse if the Saskatchewan government does not impose more restrictions to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Medical health officers warned the health care system could collapse if the Saskatchewan government does not impose more restrictions to stop the spread of COVID-19.

They also write that the government should limit capacity in venues, like those used for weddings and funerals, to 25 per cent if they only require mandatory masks and not proof of vaccination.

The letter says these restrictions should not apply if the venues do require proof of vaccination.

The MHOs write the province should require proof of vaccination in more venues overall and that more locations should not accept proof of a negative test.

The doctors state schools must be made safer in order to keep them open.

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They also ask the government to state clearly the seriousness of the situation and encourage Saskatchewan residents to reduce the number of people with whom they’re meeting.

“We understand that returning to these restrictions is not what our population wants, or what our leaders want to contemplate, but with the health system in crisis, the alternatives are much worse.”

Global News reached out to Merriman’s office, as well as the health ministry and the Saskatchewan Public Safety Agency, which operates the province’s COVID-19 emergency operations centre.

None were immediately available for a response.

The province has not imposed new health guidelines since the letter was sent. On Wednesday, Premier Scott Moe said he would not do so.

The letter was sent after Moe announced the province would transfer ICU patients to Ontario.

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Lake Country BC community rallies together for safer trails

WATCH: Lake Country community comes together to build safer trails

Two trails in the Lake Country neighbourhood of Carr’s Landing have gotten a makeover.

The neighbourhood came together to ensure that the trails could be more user-friendly for people of all ages and abilities, in all weather conditions.

“It used to be really, really steep and now I have rheumatoid arthritis and I can move down there quite easily now so that’s been a real improvement,” said Marie Molloy, District of Lake Country Access & Age-friendly Committee chairperson.

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Molloy joined forces with The District of Lake Country, community group Walk Around Lake Country (W.A.L.C.) and the Carr’s Landing Community and Recreation Association to secure funds for the project.

It includes upgrades to the Maki Road to Coral Beach Road Trail and the Coral Beach North Trail to level out steep slopes and install the handrail. The whole project including the price of material and labour cost approximately $12,000.

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“In 2019, Carr’s Landing Community and Recreation Association put together a survey and to improve these trails, two of these trails here in Coral Beach were identified as a high priority,” said Molloy.

The extra safety measures now put in place mean that more people can enjoy the trails, safely.

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Regina tent city, 'Camp Marjorie,' meets with social services minister

Organizers at “Camp Marjorie” voiced their concerns to the Saskatchewan Minister of Social Services on how to help those utilizing the camp and to rethink the current Saskatchewan Income Support (SIS).

Shylo Stevenson says it’s a start but action speaks louder than words.

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“I think it was more of a damage control meeting. But glad we got to sit at the table and voice our concerns,” said Stevenson, Regina Needle Recovery and Community Support Communications Officer. “We’re over 1,000 hours of volunteer running Camp Marjorie so we need somebody else to step up and take the lead from us and learn what we learned in moving forward.”

Camp Marjorie, formerly known as Regina’s Tent City located at Pepsi Park, is housing people who are affected by homelessness after SIS came into effect. Camp Marjorie, at last count, had 61 tents and over 100 people.

Camp organizers have been requesting a meeting with Social Services Minister Lori Carr for a while now and received notification on Friday, Oct. 22, 2021, that a meeting was scheduled for Monday afternoon.

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“We got a commitment today that they’re sitting with the City of Regina looking at an indoor space,” said Stevenson.

Carr said the meeting with Stevenson went well and they discussed possible steps of going forward with the goal of not having anyone sleep outside. Carr said they are working with community-based organizations and City of Regina to find a space for those affected by the SIS program.

“We’re working on what that will look like moving forward, what kind of indoor space we can find for them,” said Carr. “We’re just working through the logistics and hopefully we have a solution sooner than later.”

Stevenson said they will be meeting again in the future to further discuss solutions.

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