A Prince Albert man facing three child pornography-related charges has been found not guilty on all counts in court on Thursday.
Paul Skotheim, 48, was on trial for possessing, making available and accessing child pornography at the Saskatchewan Provincial Court in Prince Albert.
For almost 15 years, three women pushed the Saskatchewan Rivers School Division to apologize for victimization they suffered as students.
The abuse revolved around Prince Albert teacher Dennis Foster, who taught for almost 20 years in the school division, from 1975 to 1993.
The women overcame numerous hurdles, twists, and what one of them calls “game playing” during that process.
The need for closure
A written apology from Sask. Rivers School Division is a letter Tammy Gollan waited 15 years to read.
For almost 15 years, three women pushed the Saskatchewan Rivers School Division (SRSD) to apologize for victimization they suffered as students.
The sexual abuse revolved around Prince Albert teacher Dennis Foster who taught for almost 20 years in the school division, from 1975 to 1993.
The women’s lawsuit finally settled outside court last month with the long-awaited apology and an undisclosed cash payment.
However, their memories of what happened almost 40 years ago are still fresh.
Where it all began
RCMP and CN officials have confirmed a man has died in a train-related incident Monday evening in Crooked River, near Tisdale.
"At approximately 6:30 p.m. yesterday evening, Nov. 18, a CN employee was fatally injured in the performance of his duties near Tisdale," said Warren Chandler, of public affairs with CN.
Tisdale, Melfort and Humboldt RCMP all assisted CN Police in investigating the incident before fully handing the matter over to CN Police, according to a statement from RCMP.
It has been just over a week since Typhoon Haiyan devastated parts of the Philippines but one Prince Albert resident is still worried about her family back home.
The official death toll is more than 3,600 and almost 1,200 people are still missing, including 55 Canadians.
Mary Joy Santiago immigrated to Canada from the Philippines in 2006. On Monday she said she has heard from some of her cousins, but she’s still waiting to hear from some of her father’s family.
With more than 11.3 million people affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, people around the world are coming together to help send donations of any kind to the hardest-hit areas.
The international humanitarian relief organization ShelterBox International is helping with the cause. ShelterBox Canada is a partner with ShelterBox International and Prince Albert’s Lyle Karasiuk, with Parkland Ambulance, is a local ambassador for Shelter Box Canada.
Karasiuk explained what the shelter actually is.
Nipawin has lost three doctors from its community since April but this isn’t anything new for the town of roughly 4,500, or any small community, according Peggy Ratcliffe, corporate communications officer for the Kelsey Trail Health Region.
A 19-year-old man will appear in a Prince Albert courtroom Monday morning to face a charge of second degree murder.
John Bob Glen Custer of Pelican Narrows was arrested Friday, in connection to the death of Heather Ballantyne.
The body of 40-year-old Ballantyne was found last Tuesday in a wooded area within Pelican Narrows. Evidence at the scene indicated that she had been strangled to death and the autopsy has confirmed that the cause of death was due to ligature strangulation.
Ballantyne is from Pelican Narrows.
One house in Prince Albert has been mentioned in various books on haunting in Saskatchewan.
Alycia Sawatzky’s home on 13th Street East was built in 1912 and has apparently continued to carry its spiritual and physical history through the years.
The sister of an SPCA employee discovered a dead coyote in a shopping cart outside of the Prince Albert Petland store Monday afternoon.
The young woman called the SPCA to report her finding. Animal protection officer Jared Epp was the first to respond to the scene.
The animal appeared to have been hit by a vehicle, according to Epp, before its body was transported to the store parking lot where it was left in the shopping cart.
Epp said the young woman who made the call initially believed it to be a dead dog.