Digital and broadcast news reporter, producer and feature writer with more than 10 years of experience working in Canada and Australia. Currently works for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in Saskatoon.
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The text message came to Shelby Hnatuk's cellphone at 10:12 a.m. CST on April 12, 2016. It was from Mekayla Bali, a classmate at Sacred Heart High School in Yorkton, Sask. Bali, who was 16 at the time, had sent the message from somewhere else in Yorkton, a quiet prairie town.
Brenda Duhaime tries to avoid spending the night in her own home. She's been staying with family off and on since August 2017. That's when her husband, Robert Duhaime, was found unconscious on their living room floor. He had taken his own life.
Workers in communities all over Saskatchewan say they have been bullied and harassed on the job. Some expressed concerns for their physical safety. Others are facing financial trouble after long periods on medical leave. Some left their jobs. Others left town.
The day that Alice Tataryn asked for medical assistance to end her life and avoid a painful death, her daughter Susan Tataryn showed her a letter she had written to the Office of the Chief Coroner in Saskatchewan. Alice was in a Prince Albert, Sask., hospital dying from terminal lung cancer that had spread into her skull, liver, spine and collarbone.
Eleven-year-old Ava Walls had a dream that her grandma, Monica Goulet, walked out of an operating room in a beautiful, bedazzled dress from Hawaii. In the dream, Goulet was glowing. She had just received a new kidney. Although the kidney is still a dream, the dress is not.
At least 29 rural municipalities in Saskatchewan have failed to meet the legal requirement to have workplace harassment policies in place for employees. CBC News asked hundreds of rural municipalities across Saskatchewan if they have a harassment policy, which is required underSection 36 of the province's Occupational Health and Safety Regulations and the Saskatchewan Employment Act.
A figure wearing shorts, Crocs and a military backpack strides confidently through the glow of neon lights. A pug trots at his heels. Terry Grady - ex-military member, recovering addict and former monastery resident - is headed into a high-crime, high-poverty neighbourhood on Saskatoon's west side.
By ALICIA BRIDGESMay 30, 2017 With one push on the piston of a syringe, crystal methamphetamine made Debbie Roberts's world a darker place. She thought she was taking another drug, Ritalin, the day she went blind. But someone must have swapped it out while she was in the washroom.
It was a case in point nobody wanted to make. At a meeting calling for urgent action on suicides in northern Saskatchewan on Wednesday, one of the guests had to cancel to help an 11-year-old girl who had overdosed in a nearby community.
When Saskatoon man Ian Longman found out he had HIV, it was two years before he sought treatment. He thought the diagnosis meant certain death, and he didn't know treatment was an option. "I just started hating myself and hating other people and hating what they were saying about me and stuff like that," said Longman.
Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools is denying it cancelled a dodgeball fundraiser at one of its schools because it learned the money raised would go towards teaching young men about sexual identity. 'As soon as I mentioned sexual identity, that's when really the conversation flipped and the whole tone really changed.'
The lawyer for Alexa Emerson, who is the subject of a Canada-wide arrest warrant in connection with six white powder scares in Saskatoon, says his client is at a property in rural Alberta for which police already have the address.
A Saskatchewan mother is speaking out after her 12-year-old son received severe burns while having a cast removed at a rural clinic. Elias McWalter had been wearing a fibreglass cast on his left forearm since he fractured his thumb in a tobogganing accident in January.
The son of an 88-year-old woman recovering after she was hit by a Saskatoon city bus in December says the city needs to do a full transit safety review after another woman was hit at the same intersection Thursday night.
Taxi rides spanning hundreds of kilometres were offered to passengers on more than 40 cancelled bus routes after the Saskatchewan Transportation Company shut down temporarily on Wednesday. The service stopped operating temporarily Wednesday afternoon when the provincial government announced it was winding down the service as part of the provincial budget spending cuts.
Adults and children in elaborate button blankets and striking masks danced to the drumbeat of Wet'suwet'en songs at the Stories in the Snow fundraiser in Smithers last week. Traditional songs and stories were shared in a public showcase of Wet'suwet'en culture presented by the Ewk Hiyah Hozdli Dance Group on Friday.
Glen Kerr with his Shire horses Jay and Duke, who will compete in the upcoming 10th Annual Heavy Horse Pull on May 24. - image credit: Alicia Bridges Shire horses Jay and Duke weigh more than a ton each and their hooves are the size of dinner plates.
The West Australian An Aboriginal health service chief executive and his board of directors have been accused of collaborating in an elaborate ruse to hide his resignation and subsequent reinstatement. The alleged collusion was one of a string of financial irregularities highlighted in a report compiled by accountants Fong Richards.
The Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley is suing a member of the public who allegedly claimed on a Kununurra-based Facebook page that public servants were stealing money. Shire chief executive Gary Gaffney confirmed last week the authority was taking legal action against a woman he claims defamed three council employees by suggesting they were pocketing money from a Kununurra council facility.
Scientists are using innovative research to save a tiny bird with a cult following and some fascinating genetic quirks.
Most of us have experienced the longing feeling (and a depressing kind of jealousy) that comes from seeing their social media feeds saturated with pictures of friends living it up abroad. There they are, browsing the Brooklyn flea market; exploring ancient ruins; perched proudly on mountain peaks with smiles as vast as the valleys below them.
At 8 a.m. on the Oregon coast, a thick fog rests over the beaches that draw a line between the Pacific Ocean and the town of Lincoln City. From the shore of Siletz Bay, a lone fisherman in a boat is visible through the mist and, behind him, a few dozing sea lions are heaped on a sand bank.
An interview with comedian Dylan Moran
IT was a fascination with the horizon, where "the heavens meet the earth", that first attracted Victorian artist Gemma Lynch-Memory to a book, which led her to retrace the steps of Australia's first female explorer. Two years ago in her hometown of Warburton, Victoria, the artist was browsing in a second-hand bookshop when a cover caught her eye.
GRIZZLY bears and bad hair might not seem to have much in common, but Perth artist Sean Morris seeks intricacy in his subject matter, and he sees it in both. Since completing a media degree at Curtin University, Morris has found his niche in "stripped back" but intricate illustration.
A little over a year ago, Swedish rock band Holograms were gathering momentum at rapid speed. In a matter of months, the Stockholm four-piece were signed by Brooklyn independent label Captured Tracks, they recorded their self-titled debut and scheduled their first major tour, which would take place in Canada and the U.S.A.