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Osler students learn rules of the road at bicycle rodeo

Osler School students participate in a bicycle rodeo in Osler on Thursday, May 18

Osler School students won’t be running stop signs on their bikes anymore, thanks to a crash course on cycling safety on Thursday, May 18.
The school held a day-long bike rodeo in cooperation with the Osler Fire Department and the town council, using equipment and advice from the Warman Fire Department.
“The town had brought some concerns to us earlier this spring about bicycle safety,” said Osler School Principal Audrey Kampen in an interview at the event. “A lot of kids take it for granted that they own the road.
“I’ve seen kids, when they leave on their bikes after school, drive straight through two stop signs without even looking. That’s a real problem, and we felt we needed to do something about it by giving the kids some education about the rules of the road.” Continue reading “Osler students learn rules of the road at bicycle rodeo”

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Man arrested for dangerous driving on Highway 11

Saskatoon Police have arrested a 36-year-old man after he refused to stop for police yesterday afternoon.
At approximately 3:40 p.m., May 17, 2017, a member of the Combined Traffic Services Saskatchewan (CTSS) – Central Region observed a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed southbound on Highway 11 near Hague, SK.
The Officer, a member of the SPS, activated his emergency equipment in an attempt to conduct a traffic stop.
The suspect vehicle refused to stop and due to public safety concerns, the officer disengaged. The suspect vehicle was later located abandoned near Osler, SK, and a canine track was successful in locating the suspect hiding in a farm yard. He sustained injuries consistent with dog bites and was treated at hospital.
The 36-year-old man has been arrested for Dangerous Driving, Evade Police and Breach of CSO (x3) and Undertaking. He was also issued SOTs under the Traffic Safety Act for Drive While Suspended, Drive Unregistered Vehicle, and Exceed Speed Limit by more than 50 kmph.
CTSS is a combined traffic enforcement unit comprised of members of the Saskatoon Police Service and RCMP ‘F’ Division.

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Neighbourhood Watch warns against vigilante organization

Warman Neighbourhood Watch (WNW) officials are warning people to be wary of a self-styled vigilante organization known as ‘Canadian Predator Hunters.’
WNW co-founder Marshall Seed said he has “serious concerns” about the methods used by the Canadian Predator Hunters, a group which posts online videos that claim to expose child predators.
“There has been some social media activity in and around Warman with regards to a specific person who is the figurehead of Canadian Predator Hunters,” said Seed in an interview on Thursday, April 27. “This individual is apparently focusing on Martensville, Warman, Osler and other smaller centres in this area.”
Seed said that several alleged confrontation videos were posted by Canadian Predator Hunters on social media within a three day span recently. The videos targeted two people from Warman and one person from Martensville.
Seed said several people who saw the online videos contacted him and asked if WNW wanted to share the videos on the WNW Facebook site.
“I said absolutely not,” said Seed. “I was very adamant. Warman Neighbourhood Watch is not a vigilante group.”
Seed, a father of three himself, said he understands why many people may be lulled into supporting Canadian Predator Hunters and other so-called ‘creep catcher’ vigilante groups.
“Speaking for myself, I believe their ultimate objective, as far as trying to stop people from committing a severe crime, is something everyone agrees with,” said Seed. “But their methods and practices are very questionable.
“Just because someone is targeted and confronted in an online video doesn’t mean they’re automatically guilty,” he added. “Innocent people may be unfairly targeted, and in our society, everyone has the right to a fair trial. You are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.”
Seed said the vigilante group’s methods are a form of “entrapment” and have been discredited.
Seed said he’s also concerned that a member of the public, after viewing the videos online, could decide to take the law into their own hands and do harm to the individual who is targeted in the video.
“At the end of the day, we have to let the justice system operate,” he said.
Seed said the RCMP also has serious concerns about this type of vigilante organization. There are many instances, he noted, where these groups have actually hampered police investigations by withholding evidence.
“What people see in the videos is the end result of a series of electronic communications between the person who is targeted and the vigilante,” said Seed. “The online video shows the effect, but not the cause.
“It’s my understanding, in talking about this issue with RCMP officers, that these vigilantes often refuse to turn over their cell phones to the police. These cell phones contain crucial evidence in the form of text messages that the police need to properly investigate the allegations.”
Seed said solid evidence is needed in any investigation of alleged child sexual exploitation, He said there was an incident where an allegation was posted on social media of a man attempting to lure children in Warman.  After WNW contacted police and an investigation initiated, the children later admitted to fabricating the story.
“An innocent person who may have matched the description given by the kids could have found themselves in a very bad situation through no fault of their own,” said Seed. “The kids learned their lesson when it was explained to them. But that’s one reason why we need to let the justice system work.”

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