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Lack of bishops' consensus, concerns over cost behind Pope apology decision: Archbishop

Jorge Barrera · CBC News

A lack of consensus among Canadian bishops played a role in Pope Francis's decision to deny a request that he visit Canada and apologize to Indigenous Peoples for residential schools, according to the Archbishop of Regina.

The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) announced in a March 27 letter that Francis could not "personally respond" to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's call to action that he visit Canada and apologize.

Tribe Endorses Candidates for May 15th Salmon River School Board Election

Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe

AKWESASNE—The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe is encouraging school district residents to support candidates PJ Burns, Agnes “Sweets” Jacobs and Curtis White in the upcoming Salmon River School Board Election on Tuesday, Onerahtohkó:wa/May 15, 2018. In addition to voting on two school board seats, district residents will also have a chance to vote in favor of a proposition to hold the annual school board election and budget vote at the St. Regis Mohawk School on alternating years.  

Chinese citizen convicted of smuggling aliens via St. Regis Mohawk Reservation

THE TELEGRAM

ALBANY –– A Chinese citizen is facing a decade in prison after he was convicted Wednesday by a federal court jury of trying to smuggle illegal aliens into the U.S. via the St. Regis Mohawk Reservation.

Zhi “David” Zeng, 33, a lawful permanent resident of the United States currently living in Brooklyn, was convicted of transporting aliens in the United States for the purpose of financial gain following a three-day trial.

Massena Memorial Hospital encouraging patients to see primary care physicians

- Massena Daily Courier

MASSENA — Massena Memorial Hospital Chief Executive Officer Robert G. Wolleben says emergency room visits are down compared to last year, in part because of a reduction in the number of Medicaid patients.

But he would like even more patients to be seen by a primary care physician rather than in the emergency room if the illness doesn’t warrant emergency attention.

NOSM starts cross-border program with Minnesota School of Medicine to improve F.N. health

CBC News

Undergraduate and post-graduate students at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) and the University of Minnesota Medical School Duluth (UMMSD) will now be able to exchange program ideas and information to help improve the health and educational opportunities of First Nations, Metis and Native Americans in both northern Ontario and Minnesota.

"This meeting will bring together a spectrum of experts whose insights and ideas will help fulfil the school's mandate to provide culturally safe care and education to these populations," said dean and CEO of NOSM, Roger Strasser.

Humboldt Broncos GoFundMe closes, raises more than $15M

The Canadian Press

The GoFundMe page dedicated to the Humboldt Broncos, believed to be the largest of its kind in Canadian history, stopped taking donations at midnight Wednesday as planned.

The page displays a final total of $15,185,700 raised from more than 142,000 contributors in 12 days from across Canada and numerous countries around the world.

Too early to talk charges in fatal Humboldt Broncos bus crash, police say

Creeden Martell · CBC News

Police in Saskatchewan say it's too early to say whether charges will be laid in the fatal crash involving a semi-truck and the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team that left 16 people dead.

"It's too early to comment on any criminal involvement," RCMP assistant commissioner Curtis Zablocki said at a news conference Thursday.

He also said investigators are still looking into why the truck was in the intersection.