Local woman headed to penitentiary for trafficking

Investigators had video surveillance of the trailer showing several people coming and going in a pattern consistent with drug trafficking

Local woman headed to penitentiary for traffickingKenneth Brown of The Clarion Kaitlynn McCorriston of Kindersley has been taken to a federal penitentiary to serve a prison term of two-and-a-half years for trafficking controlled drugs. McCorriston was sentenced at provincial court in Kindersley on April 17. Facts of the case were heard during a trial on Jan. 9 and, although she was…

Turning the tide on the harm of opioids

Doctors must discuss pain management options with patients and not jump to the prescription pad for a quick fix

Turning the tide on the harm of opioidsBy Dr. Wendy Levinson and Dr. Laurent Marcoux EvidenceNetwork.ca As clinicians, we’re bound by professionalism and our ethical responsibilities to do no harm, and to do what we can to address the pain and suffering of our patients. When powerful pain-relieving opioid medications were introduced a few decades ago, they seemed to be a way…

Booze can trip up psychiatric diagnosis

When intoxicated, people often exhibit signs that can resemble psychiatric conditions

Booze can trip up psychiatric diagnosisWe’ve recently been covering topics involving the effects of substance use on psychiatric conditions. This week, we complete the series by touching on the effects of alcohol abuse on mental health. As with other mind-altering or inhibition lowering drugs, alcohol makes an initial psychiatric diagnosis very difficult. When people are intoxicated, they often exhibit signs…

Turning your sense of failure into success

Believing you can't do something won't get problems solved. Find a way if you truly want a happy life

Turning your sense of failure into success“I can’t manage everything by myself anymore, I’m completely stressed out! From being responsible for all the meal planning to childcare responsibilities to cleaning the house, there’s no romance, no time for friends, no time to read. Something has to give.” These were the first words spoken when I sat down with one of my…

Man pleads guilty to assault charge

Judge said the couple has to make ‘a joint effort’ to get through the situation. He ordered West to serve a 12-month conditional discharge

Man pleads guilty to assault chargeA domestic situation has led to a charge of common assault for Zachary West, who received a conditional discharge after pleading guilty to assault in Kindersley provincial court on Feb. 20. Dorinda Stahl, the Crown prosecutor, said West and the victim were being supported by a counsellor during the court appearance. She said West was…

Local woman fined for multitude of offences

Crown prosecutor tells Kindersley court that Tara Wolf’s addictions are ‘out of control’

Local woman fined for multitude of offencesTara Wolf has received several fines for driving-related offences even though she says she only drove a short distance before police stopped her in October. Dorinda Stahl, the Crown prosecutor, told Kindersley provincial court on Feb. 20 that she had a joint submission to present. Wolf’s charges included driving with a blood-alcohol content higher than…

The silence over Indigenous woes is deafening

You can’t solve problems that can’t be discussed, yet we refuse to have frank and open discussions about a very real crisis

The silence over Indigenous woes is deafeningThe controversy over comments made by Sen. Lynn Beyak illustrates that it’s virtually impossible to openly discuss Canada’s most important domestic issue: the chronic problems of poverty and unemployment in Indigenous communities. People who disagree with claims that the problem stems from Indigenous victimization – colonialism, bad governmental policy, discrimination, residential schools and the like…

Man sentenced to 12 months in jail for a variety of crimes

The prosecutor said Stephen Miller’s property crime issues are due to his addictions

Man sentenced to 12 months in jail for a variety of crimesStephen Miller has been sentenced to serve 12 months in jail, less his time served, after pleading guilty to a lengthy list of charges in Kindersley provincial court on Jan. 16. A joint submission was presented to Judge Robert Jackson on Jan. 16 in Kindersley. The charges required both provincial and federal Crown prosecutors to…

Ripples from ’60s Indigenous children Scoop continue

If governments hadn’t protected Indigenous children, they would have faced lawsuits for failure to honour their commitments to those children

Ripples from ’60s Indigenous children Scoop continueThe Alberta government is working with the ’60s Scoop Indigenous Society of Alberta to hold “engagement” sessions with Indigenous adults who were placed as children in non-Indigenous homes. It seems likely that after an apology is officially made, discussions will immediately turn to compensation. The federal government established a precedent by apologizing and announcing monetary…

The kids will smoke pot anyway

That's hardly a good reason to legalize marijuana but the federal government is pushing ahead anyway

The kids will smoke pot anywayBy Maxwell DeGroat Research Associate Frontier Centre for Public Policy Health Canada’s consultation with Canadians on the regulation of marijuana is down to its final days. But what exactly does the government wants us to comment on? Do officials want us to question the stated objectives? Or perhaps they want us to ask why they’re…
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