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Anti-gay speaker shows rift in SK pro-life movement

It seems that there is a rift in Saskatchewan’s pro-life movement.

On Saturday, the provincial pro-life organization held its annual conference in Weyburn. The event garnered national attention thanks to one key note speaker: Peter LaBarbera.

LaBarbera is the president of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality, an organization that he founded which denounces homosexuality as unnatural and immoral. Essentially, LaBarbera is anti-gay.

So what does that have to do with a conference about abortions?

Anti-gay lobbyist LaBarbera speaks in Weyburn

What has been a tumultuous week in the small town of Weyburn culminated in a rather peaceful agreement to disagree on Saturday.

The Saskatchewan Pro-Life Association’s (SPLA) annual conference has been surrounded by controversy thanks to a decision to include Peter LeBarber as a speaker for the event. LeBarbera is the president of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality and is known for his anti-gay message.

Métis National Council audit reveals $1.3 million in ineligible expenses

Files and interviews by David Kirton, additional files by Canadian Press

A third-party audit spanning four years of Métis National Council (MNC) finances has concluded that $1.35 million of federal funding was misspent, and should be reclaimed by Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada.

The documents were not released to media, nor to the Métis citizenry. They were only uncovered through a recent Access to Information Request by the Canadian Press.

Protestors rally outside Pro-life conference in Weyburn

As the Saskatchewan Pro-Life Association’s (SPLA) annual conference got under way in Weyburn Friday afternoon, a large group of people gathered outside protesting one of the conference’s key note speakers.

At the middle of the controversy surrounding the event is Peter LaBarbera--the president of Americans For Truth About Homosexuality, an anti-gay group based in the US. He was asked by the SPLA to speak at the conference, causing backlash from people on the other side of the abortion debate who have organized into a group called Intolerance-Free Weyburn.

Site preparation work underway at stadium grounds

It might not be visually enticing at the moment, but work is well underway at the site of the new home of the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

The $278 million stadium is still a while from being erected, and we don’t even know what it will look like until mid-May. However, crews have been busily doing preparation work. Work on utilities such as water and sewer, along with work to road systems is happening.

Anti-gay speaker set to speak Saturday

A controversial anti-gay speaker from the United States is set to speak at the Saskatchewan Pro Life Association’s (SPLA) conference in Weyburn on Saturday.

After being detained at the border yesterday out of concerns that his message for the conference would promote “hate propaganda,”  Peter LaBarbera will take the stage at the conference early Saturday morning.

Regina red light camera could be fixed this spring

A red light camera in Regina that has been out of commission for more than three years is set to be fixed.

Mayor Michael Fougere became aware of the broken camera at the intersection of Dewdney Ave. and Lewvan Dr. only after a CJME report last September.

“I am a bit disappointed,” said Fougere at the time. “I want that working and we’ll take steps to make sure it’s operational.”

Nurses union wants protection to criticize Lean

In all the chatter over implementing Lean in the health care system, one voice hasn’t been rising above the rest: nurses.

According to the union representing Saskatchewan's nurses, they’re scared to speak up. The Saskatchewan Union of Nurses sent a letter to the provincial government at the end of March asking the health minister to send a letter of protection assuring nurses that there would be no reprisals for speaking out against the controversial efficiency program.

UPDATE: Former Conservative finance minister Jim Flaherty dead at 64

Former federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty has died. He was 64 years old.

Flaherty stepped down as finance minister a few weeks ago, citing personal reasons and a desire to leave public service and head back to the private sector.

Over the last year the Toronto Conservative MP had been suffering from a rare skin disorder called bullous pempdhigoid, a disease that can see painful blisters break out on the skin in areas that flex often. It is a treatable condition, and Flaherty was adamant that his health did not play a part in his decision to leave politics.

Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan reacts to racist Kijiji ad

The Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan (MCoS) has some concerns following news of a racist and homophobic Kijiji ad posted by a landlord in Swift Current.

In the ad, the landlord said he or she would not allow people of African descent or homosexuals to rent out a room, but used derogatory terms to describe them.

The ad was tough to swallow for Rhonda Rosenburg, executive director of the MCoS.

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