Saskatoon StarPhoenix daily update: March 11, 2017

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Fallen Saints member gets 18 years for drug, weapon and organized crime charges

A high-ranking member of the Fallen Saints Motorcycle Club is the first person to be sentenced on criminal organization charges resulting from the Project Forseti investigation in Saskatoon. Justin Murray Smith, 34, was sentenced to 18 years in prison for several gun, drug and organized crime offences. Click here to read more …

A ‘bright spot’ for Jordan: Display at U of S honours drunk driving victim’s photography

Jordan Van de Vorst will never again walk the hallway to the research lab where he studied, but some of his most stunning photography is now on permanent display just outside the door. The exhibit opened Friday evening in the College of Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan, in an emotional ceremony attended by about 50 family members and friends. Click here to read more …

This striking image is part of a display of photos by Jordan Van De Vorst unveiled at the University of Saskatchewan on March 10, 2017. (submitted)

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Trudeau says Senate must deal with senator who had sex with teen: ‘It is not for me to weigh in’

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says it is up to the Senate to decide how to handle the case of a senator who used the prestige of his office to engage in a sexual relationship with a teenager. The Senate ethics officer says Sen. Don Meredith violated the chamber’s code of ethics in his relationship with a vulnerable young woman. Click here to read more …

Man charged with drunk driving after crashing luxury supercar in Ontario

It was a very expensive collision. Police say a luxury sports car valued at more than $300,000 slammed into a hydro transformer in Burlington, Ont., on Thursday night. Images posted online show the car — identified as a McLaren Spider — was destroyed and police say nine homes were left without power. Click here to read more …

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Ethics chief concerned by Trump’s refusal to discipline Kellyanne Conway over promoting Ivanka’s clothing line

“Not taking disciplinary action against a senior official under such circumstances risks undermining the ethics program,” Walter Shaub, director of the Office of Government Ethics, said in a letter Thursday to the White House. Additionally, Shaub said he was alarmed that White House lawyers have argued that many ethics rules aren’t applicable to people working for the president. Click here to read more …

Ex-CIA director says millennials leak secrets because they are ‘culturally different’

The latest massive leak of government secrets—a trove of apparent CIA documents posted online this week by WikiLeaks, an anti-secrecy organization—is still so new that federal officials say they are only in the early stages of investigating the breach. Still, the former head of the CIA has a theory about a possible root cause of the leak: Millennials. Click here to read more …

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Shmyr hungry to score, and more, for Saskatoon Blades

Braylon Shmyr gets a ringing endorsement as the Swanson’s Hungry-Man poster boy for the Saskatoon Blades. “He’s hungry to score,” says Blades head coach Dean Brockman, whose squad played the Swift Current Broncos in Western Hockey League action Friday night at SaskTel Centre. Click here to read more …

Saskatoon Blades forward Braylon Shmyr celebrates his goal against the Medicine Hat Tigers during first period WHL action in Saskatoon, SK on Wednesday, January 18, 2017. (Saskatoon StarPhoenix/Liam Richards)

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‘A very positive direction’: Job numbers up, unemployment rates down in Saskatchewan

Numbers released Friday provide some sense of optimism to the Saskatchewan government that the economy could be rebounding. In February, 8,000 jobs were created in the province, up 1.4 per cent month over month — the highest growth rate in Canada. Year over year, 8,600 new jobs were created in Saskatchewan. The month-over-month growth in Canada was 0.1 per cent in February. Click here to read more …

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Fransaskois poet/musician featured in Human Rights Museum exhibit

Shawn Jobin wrestled with an identity crisis in his youth. Growing up in Quebec, he attended an English school in hopes it would open opportunities later in life. When he moved to Saskatoon in high school, he went to a French school, hoping to feel a sense of community in the predominantly English-speaking province. Click here to read more …

Fransaskois rapper Shawn Jobin is featured in the Canadian Museum of Human Rights exhibition Our Canada, My Story.

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Cuthand: First Nations deserve first refusal on Crown lands

The province is placing Crown land on the market with no special consideration for First Nations. It can be argued that the province doesn’t have the legal obligation to grant First Nations special recognition, but it can certainly also be argued that they should recognize the spirit and intent of the TLE agreement. Click here to read more …

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