RCMP detachments now holding town hall meetings

Detachments want to present their priorities for the year, including crime prevention and traffic safety strategies

RCMP detachments now holding town hall meetingsKenneth Brown of The Crossroads Rural RCMP detachments across the province have been mandated to hold town hall meetings and town halls in the region have either been held or will be held. The Kindersley RCMP detachment is holding a series of town hall meetings in its three main communities, but anybody from the area…

It’s time to tighten the pickle jar lid

Bill C-75 proposes changes to the Criminal Code that could threaten public safety. It's time to complain to your MP

It’s time to tighten the pickle jar lidA woman met someone online who told her he lived in a gated community. Imagine her surprise when she discovered he meant he was incarcerated in a federal prison. Another woman was charged with a traffic violation. She stated her occupation as school teacher. The judge rose from the bench and said, “Madam, I have…

Block Talk works to put the community concept back into people’s lives

Michael Murray talks about how his app sends real-time messages from where you live, work and play

Block Talk works to put the community concept back into people’s livesMichael Murray is founder of Block Talk. Calgary’s Business: What’s Block Talk? Murray: Block Talk is an app for your phone. You should download it to send and receive urgent safety alerts specific to the communities you choose to follow. It has five other categories of communication, including a platform to communicate non-urgent crime such…

Ticks still cause for concern

Area residents still need to be vigilant regarding ticks. They favour bush and wooded areas as well as tall grassy areas

Ticks still cause for concern  by T. Martin-Schmunk of The Crossroads Ticks are still a cause for concern in Leader and surrounding areas. A 10 year-old girl from Leader presented with a bulls-eye rash following what is believed to be a tick bite on Wednesday, Aug. 15. Brooklyn Schimpf was participating in a community Colour Run in Abbey on…

We need breathalyzer testing on demand

Bill C-46 would contribute to public safety, help address the serious court backlog problem and save taxpayers a lot of money

We need breathalyzer testing on demandMarjory LeBreton, a former leader of the Conservatives in the Senate, has a family tragedy in her past: her daughter and grandson were killed by a drunk driver. LeBreton is unhappy that her former Senate colleagues have voted to gut Bill C-46, which gives police the right to stop a vehicle and demand that the…

Rattlesnakes are roving, so be snake smart

Rattlesnakes hunt by striking rapidly and immobilizing their prey with venom. Precautions are key. Be prepared when working outdoors or hiking

Rattlesnakes are roving, so be snake smart  T. Martin-Schmunk of the Crossroads We live in rattlesnake country. My family has encountered several rattlesnakes this summer. It is important for people, visitors and landowners alike, to be snake smart. Rattlesnakes scare many people. Education is key to understanding these roving reptiles. The main source for factual information throughout this article is aep.alberta.ca.…

Night hunting has no place in the modern world

Why would a responsible government not immediately issue a total ban on something that’s so explicitly dangerous?

Night hunting has no place in the modern worldNight hunting is an incredibly dangerous practice involving high-powered rifles capable of killing over a distance measured in kilometres. People have been killed as a result of this reckless activity and livestock slaughtered. It’s also responsible for an alarming decline in moose in Manitoba. It should not be allowed under any circumstances. The Manitoba government…

Medical errors too common but patients are paving the way for change

The Elizabeth Wettlaufer case should serve as a warning to all of us about the issue of patient safety

Medical errors too common but patients are paving the way for changeBy Fiona MacDonald and Karine Levasseur EvidenceNetwork.ca We’ve all been there: it’s 3 a.m. and your partner, child, sibling or parent becomes ill suddenly and needs medical care. Will they be safe? The ongoing public inquiry into the safety and security of residents in the long-term care homes system is shedding new light on the…

Fire bans being enacted across the province

Bans issued in all provincial parks south of the Churchill River and municipalities across the province

Fire bans being enacted across the provinceCrossroads Staff The Saskatchewan government is putting fire bans in place at its provincial parks, and municipalities are also enacting fire bans due to the dry conditions. There is minimal precipitation in the forecast for the next several days, according to weather reports on Wednesday. The province has issued fire bans in all provincial parks…

Public can influence decisions on highway signs

Safety a concern at uncontrolled intersections where visibility and uncertainty can lead to accidents

Public can influence decisions on highway signsKenneth Brown of The Crossroads A citizen has raised a concern about the lack of traffic signs where municipal roads intersect provincial highways. People could ask for signs to be put up. Wayne Whitney, a trucker who operates a small oil hauling business, has been trucking in the west central region for several years. Whitney…