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Five-year-old injured after shots fired at home in northern Saskatchewan


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LA RONGE, Sask. — Mounties say a five-year-old child was wounded after several gunshots were fired at a house in northern Saskatchewan.

RCMP were called Sunday night to a home on the Lac La Ronge Indian Band reserve.

Officers say a bullet went through a wall of the home and hit the child inside.

There were other people in the house, but they did not report injuries.

The child was taken to hospital with what was described as a serious but non-life-threatening injury.

RCMP say the shooting suspects fled the scene and officers continue to investigate.

In 2008, a toddler in a home on the Samson Cree reserve in central Alberta was hit by a bullet during a drive-by shooting.

Asia Saddleback was 23 months old when she was shot while she was eating dinner with relatives. She survived but doctors were unable to remove the bullet lodged between her liver and spine.

Christopher Crane pleaded guilty to aggravated assault, robbery, use of a firearm and possession and was sent to prison.

In 2011, also on the Samson reserve, five-year old Ethan Yellowbird was sleeping in his tiny fire-truck bed when he was hit by a bullet that came through the wall of his house. He was struck in the head and died.

Three teens who took turns firing a rifle at the home pleaded guilty to manslaughter. They were each sentenced to the maximum youth sentence — three years of supervision with varying degrees of restriction.

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Alberta production Pipe Nation seeking to tap musical talent for soundtrack

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January 13, 2021

Edmonton-AB, CANADA-One of the largest independently funded tv-series in Canada, Pipe Nation, is seeking talented musicians to round out its soundtrack as the pilot episode nears completion.

The director, Raoul Bhatt, and executive producer, Dan Svedberg, are seeking submissions from Canadian and American artists to collaborate on the show’s soundtrack.

The dramatic series is told through the experiences of a single mother working in the male-dominated, oil and energy industry. The pilot was filmed in August and September of 2020 in the picturesque mountains of Canada and the Edmonton area. 18 scenes and 180 takes were captured in Sundre, Alberta, which was transformed into the fictitious town of Hardwell. A great deal of effort has been put into this pilot including a $300,000 built for the show pipeline, a medical helicopter, and a long list of heavy equipment worth $180 million.

The scenes are now in editing, where the crucial process of pairing beautiful scenes with dramatic music is underway. Several genres of music including, rock, blues, country, electronic dance music, and classical will be used in the series. The show’s soundtrack will be released on Apple Music, Amazon, Spotify and Google Play Music in the coming months. Director, Raoul Bhatt and his team have been in post-production for the last three months​. ​The pilot tv-series is expected to be complete by February 2021.

Musicians, labels, bands looking to collaborate or submit their work, please contact Executive Producer & Sound Designer, Daniel Svedberg, and Director, [email protected]

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The Challenge Of A Diversified Economy

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The Challenge Of A Diversified Economy:

Harrie Vredenburg   Professor U of C, Suncor Energy Chair

HARRIE VREDENBURG: “…Alberta and a diversified economy is always a question that comes up, and it’s come up time and again throughout the history of Western Canada or the history of Alberta.  And the challenge is, of course, that our oil and gas or natural resources here in Alberta are the biggest thing that we have going here.

And so the commodity industries that we’re involved in here do have ups and downs; they are cyclical.  And when things are on an up cycle, everything gets sucked over to the commodities industry, and that’s where the wages are highest, that’s where the returns are the best, and everything goes there, and it’s hard to keep anything else going.

And governments over the years have said, oh, we have to diversify, we have to diversify, and attempts to diversify always fall on the rocks when we get an upswing in the commodities economy, so it’s a challenge.

But having said that, it is important to now not only diversify, but to transition the Alberta economy and the Western Canadian economy to a lower carbon economy…”


Producer’s note: What a beautiful shot around 30 seconds into that video of the oil derricks with the orange sunset. It’s such a beautiful sight to see industry. At work, no people, just these solid No people just oil derricks and solidarity pumping away like one of those little toy cranes that you have on your desk that dips its beak in there in your glass of water is just such a beautiful thing to see.

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