Fire quenched, potash miners trapped underground emerge in Saskatchewan

NATHAN VANDERKLIPPE – Rocanville, SK

ANNA MEHLER PAPERNY and PAV JORDAN – Toronto

September 25, 2012 – Globe and Mail

Darwyn Wirth was driving down a mine travelway a kilometre beneath the Saskatchewan prairie when he saw fire.

It was, he said, “a fairly large ball of flame.” Something had gone wrong deep inside the mine workings at Potash Corp’s Rocanville mine.

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The making of a murderer – and how to prevent it

J.P. Moczulski

This is Joe’s story.

At age 18, he was convicted of second-degree murder, accused of stabbing another boy to death.

Joe’s name isn’t real – police changed it to protect his privacy. But his story is. Police in Prince Albert, Sask., use it to illustrate their strategy.

This timeline traces Joe’s run-ins with police and social services through an infancy marked by domestic violence, alcoholism and abuse, a violent childhood and a series of petty-crime charges.

Early intervention, police maintain, could have prevented the murder years before it happened. The crime-prevention program is working so well, Anna Mehler Paperny reports, Toronto is adopting the same one in a new pilot project

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In Jason Kenney’s immigration system, the labour market calls the shots

Photo by Fernando Morales/The Globe and Mail

Thursday, April 5, 2012 – Globe and Mail

ANNA MEHLER PAPERNY

Jason Kenney has had it with incremental measures.

“It frustrates the hell out of me,” the Immigration Minister told The Globe and Mail’s editorial board on Wednesday. “We’re bringing hundreds of thousands of people into the country to end up, many of them, unemployed or underemployed in an economy where there are acute labour shortages.”

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Saskatoon-bound: Newcomers leading westward shift

Wednesday, December 21, 2011 – Globe and Mail
ANNA MEHLER PAPERNY

When Bangladeshi-born Sayful Ahmed decided to come to Canada for a fresh start, he didn’t head to Vancouver, Toronto or Montreal.

He chose Saskatoon.

The city of 234,000 people, which has garnered a reputation for seeking newcomers and having plenty of work, was just too appealing to pass up.

“My friends live here, they said it’s a good place – for living, for job opportunities. …That’s why I chose Saskatoon,” said Mr. Ahmed, who arrived three weeks ago. “So far, so good.”

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