Today Government Relations Minister Jim Reiter and Fire Commissioner and Executive Director of Emergency Management and Fire Safety Duane McKay, launched the new SaskAlert mobile app and website to connect residents across the province with the information they need when an emergency strikes.
See the full news release here and check out the resulting media coverage below.
Misha Sergyeyev was safely out at sea when Russia invaded Ukraine. His wife, youngest daughter and mother-in-law weren’t so fortunate. They were in Mykolaiv at their apartment, which was near a Ukrainian military airbase, when the war began. As a military target, the area was immediately under heavy attack.
That day the women fled to their rural cottage, where they spent the nights trembling in the crawl space of their underground pantry.
“Salmon are to Secwepemc almost like Jesus Christ is to the Christians,” said Mark Thomas, a Shuswap Band councillor and salmon advocate who has spent his career in aquatics and environmental science.
It’s nearly impossible to express how much his people lost when the Columbia River salmon swam their last, he said, asking how a culture can continue without the central unifying force around which to arrange its worldviews, beliefs and actions.
Hal Saunders was sipping his coffee and getting ready for his routine Saturday morning run when he opened a Facebook message from a stranger named Brandy Vernon who was wondering if he was her father.
“I know it’s not me, but maybe I could help,” Hal thought.
Hal didn’t have any biological children despite his best attempts in his first marriage, and had long ago made a reluctant peace with not being able to pass along his genes to the next generation.
Rolf Heer, the legendary woodcarver of Radium Hot Springs, became a dear friend as I kept being assigned to write stories on him. These stories chronicle his last years and his decision to pursue a medically-assisted death. Rest in mischief, my friend.
Inside a tall fence made of wooden faces, Rolf Heer – the Radium woodcarver – is putting down his chainsaw after nearly 40 years carving his way into the hearts of the village’s residents and visitors and into the very history of the community.
While he would love to continue running his iconic Home of a Thousand Faces, he is putting his business up for sale. Prostate and bone cancer is ravaging his body, and Mr. Heer doesn’t expect to make it to the spring.
“Forty years of history down the drain,” said Mr. Heer on Friday, November 23rd as fire hoses blasted the charred remnants of his iconic home and business, The Home Of A Thousand Faces.
“I don’t know how I’m going to handle this,” he said as he shivered and pulled on a pink fuzzy housecoat, one of the few items he was able to save before his home burned to a crisp. “I might be crying for three weeks.”
Rolf Heer sits before a woodstove inside a teepee made of tarps. Outside a wooden sign says OPEN, inviting customers to check out his latest wooden wares.
In November a fire consumed Mr. Heer’s Home Of A Thousand Faces, which doubled as his shop.
Now, two and half months later, the wizard is back in business.
Rolf Heer relaxes on a plush sofa in a sunbeam that gleams through the window in the Columbia Garden Village suite where he now lives and where he intends to spend the remainder of his days.
Today, in this moment, as he sips apple cider and vodka from a red Solo cup, he’s happy.
But how the 65-year-old wizard feels changes by the day as do his thoughts on medically-assisted dying.
When Rolf Heer’s doctor walked into the examination room and closed the door, Mr. Heer got right to the point.
“You know why I’m coming to see you? I want a medical-assistance death as soon as possible,” he said. “I’ve been in so much pain it’s unbelievable.”
While his doctor empathized with Mr. Heer’s pain and offered medication, he said: “My opinion is really to try and dissuade you from this line of thinking."
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