Regina ‘Colonialism No More’ camp continuing protest 78 days later

When protesters across the country occupied the offices of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) in April, the groups vowed to stay until their demands were met.

In Toronto, the sit-in lasted nine days. Vancouver protesters left after six days.

However, outside the INAC office in Regina, the protest continues 78 days after it started.

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READ MORE: Protest held outside Regina Indigenous and Northern Affairs office, doors closed to public

Since April, the camp on Albert Street has grown from a table and a few chairs to 11 sleeping tents, a large kitchen tent and a traditional teepee where group meetings and smudge ceremonies are held.

Prescott Demas joined the ‘Colonialism No More’ camp three days into the protest.

“The more I learned, the more I wanted to be involved [and] the more important it seemed,” he said.

In those 78 days the group has faced hurdles, both man-made and natural.

READ MORE: Fence erected outside Indigenous and Northern Affairs office in Regina

Just days after ‘Colonialism No More’ set up camp, a fence was erected that pushed protesters further from the building. INAC said in a statement at the time that it did not request the fence. It was eventually taken down.

The group of protesters have also been at the mercy of mother nature. Demas said the building creates swirling winds that have uprooted tents and even the teepee.

“The wind was gusting around 70 [km/h] that day and it took the teepee onto Albert St.”

READ MORE: ‘Colonialism No More’ protestors mark one month outside Regina’s INAC office

Now the camp faces the threat of eviction from the building’s property manager. According to Demas, Anderson Builders Group 1989 Inc. has talked to the protesters about landscaping plans that would prevent the group from pitching their tents on the building’s property.

“He’s been opposed to us being here pretty much since the start,” Demas said.

When Global News reached out to Anderson Builders Group 1989 Inc. they provided no comment.

Protesters said Monday that they have no intentions of leaving their camp.

Colonialism No More lists their long-term demands as follows:

that the true spirit and intent of the Treaties be upheldthat the Treaty rights of urban, off-reserve Indigenous peoples be respected and upheldthat the Indian Act be revoked

Mould, potential problems found in 51 units of Kelowna mobile home park

KELOWNA —; Matthew Jensen was confronted with a sight no parent wants to see: mould in his children’s bedroom.

Jensen has had ongoing issues with leaks in his house at Hiawatha Mobile Home Park since he moved in two years ago. The wet ceiling in the living room, creating an environment were more mould could grow.

“We have a fear factor about the mould that’s present. ” said Jensen.

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“We have a standing concern that it is going to have long-term implications, even though it isn’t manifesting itself, it’s too risky, so we have to go.”

The issue has already forced one of his neighbours to move out earlier this past spring.

READ MORE: Mould forces Kelowna family out of their home  

Westcorp Property Management purchased the park in 2007 with plans to develop the land.

Due to mould complaints, the developer hired inspectors this past spring, who confirmed more than half of the trailers in the park have issues.

“Fifty-one units have been identified as having mould or have the susceptibility for mould because there’s already elevated moisture content,” explained Gail Temple, a vice-president of Westcorp.

“We are waiting for their lease to end, and then we are not going to extend the lease to them. We are just going to decommission the units after that.”

She said two homes had dangerous levels of mould so those residents were assisted to move right away, adding other residents of the other units shouldn’t be concerned.

However, resident Michelle Simpson believes the exposure of the mould outside of her trailer and in neighbourhing homes is the reason why her young son is consistently sick.

“He gets coughing, vomiting. It is just horrible,” Simpson said.

Her lease ends in September but despite her health concerns, Simpson said she has nowhere to go.

“I can’t afford a place on my own in Kelowna. It sucks. It’s going to be hard.”

Simpson won’t be alone trying to find rare, affordable housing.

Westcorp has warned all Hiawatha residents it won’t be renewing any more leases past this winter.

It plans to start constructing townhouses next year.

Raymond race track hosts amateur motocross athletes from across Canada

2016 marked the 19th annual Western Canadian Amateur Motocross Nationals at the Temple Hill Motorcycle Park in Raymond, Alberta.

Hundreds of motocross athletes took to the two kilometere race track to be crowned the best racer in the amateur ranks.

The track is one of the most difficult in North America, with elevation changes and a wide variety of obstacles.

Riders as young as four-years-old participated in the event.

“It’s about the confidence and the speed,” said eight-year-old Evan Kingma.

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Evan and his twin brother, Austin, have been riding dirt bikes since they were two-years-old, and have been competing for the last two years.

It’s not uncommon to see young riders on the Temple Hill track; in fact, Lethbridge Motorcycle Club President, Scott Lowry says the younger the rider the better.

“The bikes are smaller and there are surprisingly less injuries,” said Lowry. “They’re pretty good little riders.”

For younger riders it’s about learning the fundamentals.

“It’s more about having fun and learning how to ride a bike,” said Lowry. “As they grow into racers they develop that competitive edge.”

The confidence that young riders develop while racing can sometimes ensure a winning ride.

“It’s not a team sport, it’s just them by themselves out there,” said Evan and Austin’s father, Adam Kingma. “They’re making all the decision and it’s fantastic seeing them making the right decisions.”

The decision-making skills that the riders develop can also help them off the track.

“Riding is something that can build confidence and prepare you for life,” said Lowry.

For many, the sport of motocross is a family affair, with parents passing down their need for speed to their children. Parents say that although it can be nerve-wracking to watch, it is just as rewarding to see the next generation of riders grow into champions.

“We’re in it for good rides and that’s what it’s all about,” said Adam Kingma. “As long as they’re enjoying it we’re going to keep doing it.”

Many professional motocross riders were once in the same position as these young amateurs.

“There are lots of really good riders that have come through and raced this exact event and this same track and have gone on to have very successful careers.” Said Lowry.

Teenager accused of murdering six-week-old baby in Saskatoon has criminal history

A 16-year-old girl is facing a second-degree murder charge in the death of a six-week-old boy after he died in Saskatoon Sunday morning.

Saskatoon police responded to a home in the 200 block of Waterloo Crescent at around 7 a.m. CT Sunday, where they found the injured infant boy. He later died at Royal University Hospital.

READ MORE: Teen charged with 2nd degree murder in death of infant in Saskatoon

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    A police service spokesperson confirmed the boy’s age Monday; however authorities have not said how he died.

    The 16-year-old girl, who cannot be named, made a brief first court appearance Monday morning. She lowered her head almost immediately after walking into the court room and didn’t look up to face the judge or gallery.

    Roughly two dozen people left the room after her appearance concluded.

    READ MORE: Photo released of suspect in Saskatoon’s 8th homicide of 2016

    The girl is also charged with breaching two conditions of a previous youth sentence. Those stem from a December 2015 guilty plea in a case out of North Battleford.

    The girl had pleaded guilty to a number of charges that spanned from January to August  2015, according to court documents. The incidents included setting fire to a home and theft with a weapon in North Battleford.

    The girl was also charged with an assault causing bodily harm and assault with a weapon in August of 2015 in Meadow Lake.

    She is expected to be back in Saskatoon provincial court Tuesday morning.

Witness describes fatal Canada Day plane crash outside Winnipeg

WINNIPEG —; The sight of seeing a small passenger plane crash into a field is a moment Heather Manchulenko said she will never forget.

“This is the kind of thing you see on movies, not in real life. And just horrible, right away,” Manchulenko said.

A Piper PA-28 plane crashed on the eastern outskirts of Winnipeg, near Deacons Corner, on Canada Day. Two members of the Canadian Forces, Capt. Zachary Cloutier-Gill and Capt. Bradley Ashcroft, who were off-duty at the time, were killed.

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READ MORE: Winnipeg plane crash victims identified

Manchulenko and her family was driving south on the Perimeter on Friday morning, near the TransCanada Highway, when they noticed a plane taking off from Lyncrest Airfield. She said the plane appeared to be flying very low to the ground and was having a difficult time gaining altitude.

“Instead of flying up, the plane did a complete nosedive, disappeared behind the hill again and then there was a big cloud of smoke,” Manchulenko explained.

She said her husband Kevin ran towards the crash site seconds after it landed but was blocked off by the Red River Floodway. The remains of the plane had been consumed by flames and Manchulenko said they were distraught that they were not able to get the men help in time.

“No matter how hard we wanted – nothing we could do.”

Flags at 17 Wing air base are now at half mast, as both Cloutier-Gill and Ashcroft were Royal Canadian Air Force members and worked at 1 Canadian Air Division.

“Winnipeg and Manitoba is the beating heart of the air force. To lose two members of our RCAF family is very shocking and very sad for all of us,” said David Lavalee, public affairs officer of 1 Canadian Air Division.

The Transportation Safety Board said its investigators are continuing to pick through the wreckage in order to determine the cause of the crash and expects to have answers shortly. It confirmed on Monday that the small plane did not have a blackbox on board.