Editorial — May 23, 2014

Staff ~ The Prince Albert Daily Herald
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It’s nice to see that St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church is off the market and that they are looking to hire a new minister.

From an outsider’s perspective, the plan to sell the church and rent it back seemed to be a somewhat unlikely proposition.

With structural repairs estimated at $1.5 million, it would have taken a buyer with awfully deep pockets and either a fondness for old buildings or no compelling need to make their money back quickly.

The other excellent news is that the congregation has decided to hire a new minister. The new minister will have big shoes to fill after Sandy Scott’s departure but it’s definitely a move in the right direction.

St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church has done some wonderful work in the community and we hope that this decision ensures they’ll be here to stay for a great many years.

 

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Federal Conservative MP Randy Hoback became the second Prince Albert incumbent politician in recent weeks who was acclaimed to run the next election.

Victoria Jurgens was afforded similar treatment by members of the Sask. Party recently when she too sought the nomination unopposed.

While some may worry that democracy always runs best when people have to win every step of the way, it makes perfect sense from a political perspective. The two parties have endorsed the work of their candidates with this move and avoided any potentially harmful controversies as well.

You only have to look south to the bruising campaigns between establishment Republican incumbents and their Tea Party challengers to see how bad it can actually get.

 

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It was nice to see the head of the RCMP in Saskatchewan speaking out about the horrific number of missing and murdered aboriginal women in the province.

While only the most cynical among us would even think that the RCMP don’t care, sometimes you have to take the extra step of reassuring the public that you’re working on it.

Assistant commissioner Brenda Butterworth-Carr did just that on Wednesday when she said she was “very comfortable” with the direction the Mounties are headed. There were 153 aboriginal women murdered in Saskatchewan between 1980 and 2012, a bewildering number.

It was a nice extra touch when Erica Beaudin of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations said on Wednesday that she believes the RCMP is doing a better job here than in some other provinces.

But a haunting statistic came out of a national RCMP report last week when they said a study found that while aboriginal women represent just 4.3 per cent of the population, they account for 16 per cent of female homicides and 11.3 per cent of missing women.

We can only hope that hard work by police will make those numbers drop dramatically for all women, regardless of race.

 

Prince Albert Daily Herald

Organizations: Presbyterian Church, RCMP, Prince Albert Sask. Party Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations Daily Herald

Geographic location: St. Paul, Saskatchewan

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