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Canada shootings: Four killed in Saskatchewan

Posted by on Jan. 23, 2016 at 9:22 AM
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Every parent's worst nightmare' - Canada PM Justin Trudeau
Four people have been killed and several injured in shootings in the western Canadian province of Saskatchewan, police say.

They say a male suspect is now in custody and children have been moved to safety after the shootings at La Loche Community School and another location.

Canadian PM Justin Trudeau said earlier that five people had been killed, but this was later corrected.

The school shooting was "every parent's worst nightmare", Mr Trudeau said.

"The community is reeling."

Mr Trudeau, who was speaking in Davos, Switzerland, also praised "the first responders who acted quickly and bravely".

CBC news anchor Jill Morgan: "People killed are all known by this community"
Witnesses at the school described screaming and more than half a dozen shots.

Kevin Janvier, acting mayor of La Loche, said that his 23-year-old daughter Marie, a teacher, was one of the victims at the school.

He also said police had told him that the gunman first shot two of his siblings at home and then made his way to the school.

Canada's gun laws

To buy a gun or ammunition, Canadians must have a licence under the Firearms Act, which requires a safety course, a waiting period and background checks
There are three classifications of guns: non-restricted - shotguns and rifles, commonly used for hunting; restricted - certain handguns and some semi-automatic long guns; and prohibited - most handguns, fully automatic firearms, converted automatics, firearms with a sawed-off barrel, and some military rifles like the AK-47
In 2012, the government of Canada ended the Long Gun Registry, a database linking guns with their respective owners - this means gun owners no longer have to register non-restricted or non-prohibited guns
Canada's gun-related homicide rate (0.5 per 100,000) is about seven times lower than the United States' (3.5 per 100,000). However, Canada's gun-related murder rate is higher than many of its peers, including Japan (0.01 per 100,000) and the United Kingdom (0.06 per 100,000)
Gun-related crime is highest in the provinces of Saskatchewan and Manitoba, which also report the highest rates of non-gun-related violent crime
'Shock and sorrow'

At a news conference, Maureen Levy, a senior officer at the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), said: "There's no risk to public safety at this time. This is truly a tragedy."

She provided no further details.
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by Ruby Member on Jan. 23, 2016 at 11:32 AM
Terrible. So glad they have such few instances of mass shootings that horror like this actually stands out.
by Platinum Member on Jan. 23, 2016 at 11:37 AM
It is tragic. There are very few details known at this time, but the whole country is in shock.
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by Lois Lane on Jan. 23, 2016 at 11:46 AM
I was saddened to see this today.
by Silver Member on Jan. 23, 2016 at 11:49 AM
Yes, shock. And a sick heavy feeling of grief in the chest.

Quoting canadianmom1974: It is tragic. There are very few details known at this time, but the whole country is in shock.
by Bronze Member on Jan. 23, 2016 at 3:53 PM
This is very close to home for me, I live just outside Saskatoon and we camp in northern saskatchewan during the summer, it's wild, isolated and beautiful countryside

However northern saskatchewan does have its share of problems and this shines a bright light on those issues.
by Bronze Member on Jan. 25, 2016 at 10:31 AM
‘He was not a monster. He was hurting’: La Loche shooting suspect was frequently bullied about his ears

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They teased him about his ears.

The 17-year-old charged with fatally shooting four and wounding several others was bullied relentlessly, according to multiple relatives, friends and classmates interviewed.

The alleged shooter was a large, very sensitive and quiet teen, Perry Herman, who knew the accused’s family, and other La Loche residents said. He was taunted frequently about his large ears.

According to three sources inside the building at the time of the killings, the teen dared people to tease him about his ears.

The teen reportedly passed over more than one student who had treated him with kindness.

“Oh no, not you bro,” he apparently said before moving on.

“He was a normal boy. He was not a monster. He was hurting,” said Herman.

The teen charged in connection with Friday’s shooting is due to appear in court today.

The 17-year-old, who can’t be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, faces four counts of first degree murder, seven counts of attempted murder and unauthorized possession of a firearm.

RCMP say nine people were shot at the La Loche Community school.

“If we had the supports we needed, this would not have happened.” There is profound sadness expressed by La Loche residents at the candlelight vigils, church services, grief circles, hockey arena and local shops.

There is, however, very little obvious anger directed at the accused. “We need to learn from this or it will happen again,” said Herman, who has his own story of being bullied as a gay youth – and says he considered lashing out violently.

“How many murders and suicides do we need?” Herman said all students — whether a bully or the bullied — need more support to learn healthy behaviour.

The lack of psychiatric and other mental health services has been well documented. Others note the shortage of addictions treatment, employment training and other programs in the school and community.

Diocese of Keewatin Le Pas Archbishop Murray Chatlain said the focus should be on prevention, and everyone should ask what role they can play.

“There has been some cutting back of programs these last couple of years that has had a direct effect on our schools and people of La Loche. I think those things need to be revisited. Our cuts sometimes end up costing more,” Chatlain said following a packed mass at Our Lady of Visitation Roman Catholic Church Sunday morning.

When asked if he thinks the cuts played a role in the tragedy, Chatlain said, “It’s a possibility. There are many factors at play. That could be part of it.”

Chatlain spent Saturday evening with the family of the alleged shooter. Some of them attended mass. He said they are “good people” and should not be blamed for the young man’s alleged actions.

Jason Franson / CPCandles and flowers placed as a memorial near the La Loche, Saskatchewan, junior and senior high school
During a non-denominational prayer vigil, which ran late into Saturday evening at the local community hall, one speaker after another shared their feelings and laid bare their own, often lengthy, list of family tragedies.

Speaking often in their native Dene, speakers pleaded for leaders to address the rampant suicide, drug addiction, mental illness and other maladies afflicting the community.

The stories, interspersed with music from a live gospel band, also spoke of hope.

Many are lifelong residents with a deep loyalty to this community. They talked of sharing their homes, their moose meat and their emotional burdens.

“This event brings people together when they really needed to,” said Cynthia Lemaire, who spent much of the weekend inside the local hospital after her sister was wounded.

Premier Brad Wall, federal Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale, Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations Chief Perry Bellegarde, Metis National Council President Clem Chartier and others met with local leaders Sunday afternoon for 90 minutes.

Jason Franson / CPFirst Nations Chief Perry Bellegarde, left to right, La Loche Mayor Kevin Janvier, Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall, federal Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale and MLA Georgina Jolibois carry flowers to a makeshift memorial.
Following the meeting, Wall said the provincial government has increased support to northern communities in several ways, but said, “We probably do need to do more.”

Chartier and Bellegarde noted the yawning gap between aboriginal communities and the rest of Canada. Charter said this tragedy and other violence is “not a law and order issue” but a social one. Bellegarde noted Canada ranks sixth globally in quality of life, but Canada’s aboriginal peoples rank 64th. Some locals were unhappy they were not allowed to attend the meeting of the national leaders.

“Are they doing anything? Is the premier going to talk to us? Local people should hear what they’re saying,” said Bobby Montgrand.

Sunday evening, hundreds gathered in front of the school, where Wall and others were expected to pay their respects to the victims.

The condition of the seven wounded in the shooting is not known at this time, officials said following the meeting.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to visit La Loche soon
by Bronze Member on Jan. 25, 2016 at 10:34 AM

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Saskatchewan reaches out to U.S. on school shootings: timeline
By Canadian Press - January 24, 2016 0

La Loche Community School is shown in an undated photo. A government source tells The Canadian Press at least two people have been killed in a shooting at the remote northern Saskatchewan school. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ho-Kayoty-Wikipedia
REGINA – Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall says his province is in touch with officials in the United States for help rebuilding after a school shooting.

Wall said the U.S. Ambassador to Canada, Bruce Heyman, called him Friday after four people were killed at the school and in a nearby home in the northern Saskatchewan community of La Loche.

“He noted that, quite tragically, the United States has more experience,” Wall said.

“He offered that perhaps those communities where these types of events have occurred in the past in his country … they might be able to provide some counsel, some support, some ideas around approaches for the days ahead.”

Wall said he has asked his deputy minister to “canvass that option with our American friends to find out perhaps what has worked better maybe than some other things.”

There have been many mass shootings at American schools in recent years, most notably one at Columbine high school Colorado that killed in 12 students and a teacher in 1999 and one at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., that killed 20 children and 6 staff in 2012.

Heyman sent out a statement after the La Loche shooting to express his condolences and solidarity.

“We have experienced similar tragedies far too often in the United States and understand all too well the heartache and sadness that result from such a horrific event,” he said.

RCMP have charged a 17-year-old boy in the La Loche shooting with four counts of first-degree murder and seven counts of attempted murder. He is to appear in court next week.

The four who died in Saskatchewan shooting

LA LOCHE, Sask. – Four people were killed and seven wounded in a mass shooting at a school and a home in the northern Saskatchewan community of La Loche on Friday. A 17-year-old, who can’t be named, has been charged with murder and attempted murder. Here’s a look at those who died:

Marie Jaqueline Janvier – The 21-year-old began working at the school in La Loche this school year as a teacher’s aid. Friend Ashton Lemaigre says she loved her new job. She was kind and patient with children and talked about getting her teaching degree someday. Deegan Park, her boyfriend of three years, said he would have given up the rest of his life just to spend another year with her. “I grew up not a good guy, but she turned me right,” Park said. “She was that much of a great person to turn me right from all the wrongdoings I used to do … She was a fantastic person.”

Adam Wood – The 35-year-old started his teaching career in September in La Loche. “Adam was quite an adventurer, had a passion for life, and would often make you laugh until your stomach hurt. He was always up for a good challenge and lived each day joyously,” his family, which lives in Uxbridge, Ont., said in a statement. Wood had previously worked with youth at an urban farm in Thunder Bay, Ont. “There are some people out there that hold a light. Adam was one of them,” the group member said on its Facebook page. “I think about the darkness that came over the school in the moments before his death. And then I think about his light… how he would have offered that to everyone around him, and how, maybe, that would have made that horrible situation somehow a little bit easier for the people near him who survived.”

Dayne Fontaine – Police say the 17-year-old was killed at a home before the shooting at the school. His friend Brittney Lemaigre remembered him as a caring person. “I just started to know Dayne a couple weeks ago, I felt like I’ve known him a life time.” Lemaigre wrote in a Facebook conversation with The Canadian Press. “He was such a caring person, so thoughtful … He had a heart of gold. Made anyone around him laugh. His time on Earth is cut too short.”

Drayden Fontaine – Police say the 13-year-old was found dead in the same home as Dayne. The mother to both boys, Alicia Fontaine, posted about her grief on Facebook. “My heart shattered into a million pieces,” she wrote. “So sad I don’t have no more babies.” Loren Lemaigre, calling himself a family friend, posted on Facebook: “So young and for nothing.”

La Loche: trapping roots, modern problems

LA LOCHE, Sask. – La Loche is a community with roots that date back before the fur trade, but in recent years its mostly aboriginal population has faced conflict between the traditional lives of trappers and modern industries like mining.

Aboriginal peoples had traversed the area near the Saskatchewan-Alberta border for generations, according to the Encyclopedia of Saskatchewan, but it says the origins of La Loche began with the arrival of fur traders and, later, missionaries.

La Loche, which is French for burbot, a variety of freshwater cod, has struggled with unemployment since the fur trade has waned.

And now the community of about 3,000 is in the headlines for the most tragic of events — a mass shooting at a school and home that has left four dead and seven injured.

Over 90 per cent of the region’s population self-identify as aboriginal, the Keewatin Yatthe Regional Health Authority said in its 2014-15 annual report.

The report also noted population in the region remained young, with 27 per cent less than 15 years of age and only seven per cent over 65.

There’s one road from the south and most of the year, it’s a six-hour drive to Prince Albert. A second road leads to Fort McMurray, Alta., but it crosses ice and is only available in winter.

A report from the area’s health region in 2007-08 noted that the sprawling geographic region in the province’s northwest had a suicide rate that was three times the Saskatchewan average.

Premier Brad Wall told a news conference on Saturday that suicide prevention programs were started for affected communities by the previous government and continued by his own.

“There’s a suicide prevention initiative specifically that government has moved on since we have been witness to some very terrible numbers with respect especially youth suicides,” Wall said.

“It’s an ongoing effort on the part of government and the communities themselves.”

Companies drilling for minerals, oil or uranium represent hope for some in the community. But others, such as the Northern Trappers Alliance, feel industrial activities have degraded the land and water and animal populations are decreasing.

In late 2014, the group blockaded a gravel road near La Loche to stop vehicles from exploration companies from passing. Tensions rose between those who supported development and those who don’t.

Candyce Paul, a spokeswoman for the trappers, said they “don’t want any more toxic development.”

But Georgina Jolibois, who was mayor of La Loche at the time and is now the area’s MP, reacted to the blockade by saying that companies tried to accommodate trappers. She noted that she, herself, grew up on the trap lines and didn’t think there was much support for the group’s actions.

The remoteness brings challenges. But it can also bring people closer together, and the school that was the scene of two of the four shooting deaths on Friday was a centre of La Loche activity.

The school’s Facebook page includes posts about the Grade 1 ski club, a student-made, Star Wars-themed bulletin board for a family reading picnic, and a graduate who’s been featured on the Saskatchewan Polytechnic website.

“Our entire school and school division community are in shock and in mourning after the tragic events in La Loche,” the Northern Lights School Division posted on the Facebook page following Friday’s tragedy.

“Our hearts are broken for each of the victims and their families and for all the students and staff at the La Loche Community School.”

A timeline of a school shooting in Saskatchewan

LA LOCHE, Sask. – Four people were killed and seven others were injured in a mass shooting Friday at a school and home in the northern Saskatchewan community of La Loche. A 17-year-old has been charged with murder and attempted murder. Here is a timeline of events:

Before 1 p.m. — Two teen brothers are gunned down in a home on in the 300 block of Dene Crescent. There is a chilling exchange between friends chatting online. “Just killed 2 ppl,” a young man wrote to his friends. “Bout to shoot ip the school.”

Shortly after 1 p.m. — Police begin receiving calls from frantic students and teachers saying there is a shooter in the school. Students, just returning from lunch, flee for their lives. Some run for the doors, others hide in gym dressing rooms for several hours.

Between 1:08 p.m. and 1:10 p.m. — Police begin arriving at the school. Officers see the outside door has been shot. They see a shooter inside and chase him deeper into the school.

1:15 p.m. — Police challenge the shooter and he surrenders without negotiation or incident. Officers find nine people shot. Teacher’s aide Maria Janvier, 21, is dead at the scene. Teacher Adam Wood, 35, is rushed to hospital, but cannot be saved.

After 1:15 p.m. — Police receive a call about a body in a house. They rush to the Dene Crescent home and find Drayden Fontaine, 13, and Dayne Fontaine, 17, dead
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