Courtesy of Arriagada family / Saskatoon tjames@postmedia.comRelated Mauricio Arriagada’s sisters want anyone with information that could lead to an arrest in connection with his death to come forward. They shared family photos with the StarPhoenix. Mauricio Arriagada’s sisters believe his death was gang-related, so they fear being identified publicly.The 45-year-old was discovered mortally injured in a residential neighbourhood in Saskatoon’s Pleasant Hill area in early July. They miss him every day, and feel confident someone out there knows enough to help police get answers.“There is someone out there that knows who murdered our brother, they cannot get away with this. Justice needs to be served,” Arriagada’s sisters wrote in a message to a StarPhoenix reporter.First responders were unable to revive Arriagada after he was found in the 300 block of Avenue T South on July 5. His death was deemed a homicide the following day — one of 11 recorded in the city this year.No arrests have been made.Arriagada’s sisters say he enjoyed dancing, drawing and playing guitar, and was known for his sense of humour.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.He turned 45 on July 1, just days before he was killed.He grew up in Lloydminster and later moved to northern Alberta, where he lived with another sister, working as a firefighter in the warmer months and as a labourer in winter. After five years, he moved back to Saskatchewan.Arriagada’s life took a turn about 20 years ago when tragedy struck: his first-born daughter was violently shaken while in the care of another man. She was nine months old. The man pleaded guilty to assault causing bodily harm and received a conditional sentence of two years less a day to be served in the community, the StarPhoenix reported in December 2001.Arriagada’s daughter was blinded by the assault. His sisters said she has the mental age of a six-month-old, requires a feeding tube and lives in a care home. She also has cerebral palsy.Their brother started using drugs after what happened to his child, one of his sisters said.“It spiralled, just the stress from it, not being able to care for her.”She doesn’t believe he ever received counselling, she said. His contact with his children was infrequent because of his struggles; when he was not using drugs, he was more involved in the children’s lives, she said.In a written statement, the two sisters described the difficulty Arriagada’s older children are having with their father’s death. They said his mother is grieving the loss of her son just a year and a half after her husband died. Arriagada was the fourth of five children.“He had four sisters by blood and a lot of other people who considered him their brother throughout their lives as he tended to have a soft heart and helped many when they were down on their luck,” they wrote.They want anyone with information about what happened to him to come forward. They believe someone will give Saskatoon police or Crime Stoppers the information needed to make an arrest, they said.“Our father always wanted him home, he has him home now, just not the way it was supposed to be.”  Saskatoon police investigating city’s eighth homicide of 2019 Police vow ‘no limit’ on resources to Pleasant Hill after violence, three homicides Pleasant Hill community association seeks action on boarded-up houses So far this year, Saskatoon has recorded 11 homicides and one suspicious death.When a death is classified as a homicide, that means someone is responsible for causing the death of someone else and evidence could lead investigators to lay a homicide-related charge — manslaughter, first- or second-degree murder.A death is classified as suspicious if evidence has not led investigators to lay a homicide-related charge; it may be reclassified as a homicide later on, if evidence arises that leads police to believe someone is responsible for the death.Police previously reported that nine homicides took place in Saskatoon in 2018, but in July 2019 they announced the number of homicides last year would be revised upwards by four, for a total of 13.In February 2019, Saskatoon city police become the first police service in Saskatchewan to lay manslaughter charges in connection with drug overdose deaths. Three men charged in 2018 with drug trafficking were charged in late February with four counts of manslaughter in connection with four deaths in March 2018. According to police, cocaine used by the four people who died was laced with fentanyl.Saskatoon police spokeswoman Julie Clark said a death would be reclassified as a homicide as soon as police lay a manslaughter charge. There was some confusion about how police should display the charges in their homicide numbers, since the laying of a homicide-related charge in connection with an overdose death was a first for them, she added.Statistics Canada continues to show eight 2018 homicides in its table of police-reported crimes in Saskatoon.The statistics agency calculates the number of homicides based on when the police service deemed a death a homicide. In an email, the agency said the four deaths that were determined in February to be homicides will be counted in Saskatoon’s 2019 homicide statistics.Statistics Canada did not respond to a request for clarification of the 2018 number, which appears to omit one other homicide recorded by city police. read more

The construction site of the hydroelectric facility at Muskrat Falls, Newfoundland and Labrador is seen on July 14, 2015. Nalcor Energy says around 50 protesters have broken into the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric site in Labrador. Nalcor spokeswoman Karen O’Neill says protesters and several vehicles breached the main gate Saturday afternoon. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan Protesters broke into the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric site in Labrador and formed a blockade around it, Nalcor Energy confirmed Saturday.Nalcor spokeswoman Karen O’Neill said protesters and vehicles entered the work site near Happy Valley-Goose Bay Saturday afternoon, and a blockade of around 150 people formed outside the main entrance.Mayor of Cartwright Dwight Lethbridge said demonstrators gained access to the site by cutting a chain off one of the gates. Lethbridge said he drove a “truckload” of people onto the site, but some protesters asked to be taken back as the situation grew “tense.”“There was the threat of RCMP coming to arrest people and there was a helicopter flying very low over our heads,” he said. “It was a heart-pounding kind of moment.”Lethbridge described the demonstration as “extremely peaceful.” Police were concerned that “things might escalate” between protesters and workers on the site, he said in an interview, but that has not been the case.Protesters blocked access to the site over the last week, despite a court injunction that led to nine arrests Monday. The actions were in response to Nalcor’s confirmation methylmercury levels are expected to rise in the reservoir created by construction of the project.The provincial government has ordered Nalcor to remove forest cover from the land that will be flooded to create the 41-square-kilometre reservoir. Critics of the project say the water will be contaminated with toxic levels of methylmercury if too many trees are left to rot at the bottom of the reservoir, raising health concerns.Nalcor says flooding is scheduled to begin later this month, though the company tweeted Saturday it won’t happen this weekend.A statement from Premier Dwight Ball said Nalcor would do nothing to increase water levels until a meeting with community leaders in the area that is set for Tuesday.“We urge protesters to remain peaceful and be respectful in their actions for the safety of both themselves and workers onsite,” Ball said in the statement issued Saturday.O’Neill said earlier Saturday that Nalcor is working to secure the site and protect the safety of “people, facilities and equipment.”The RCMP said the main highway to Muskrat Falls was closed. Police confirmed the closure was linked to the protests and cited public safety concerns.Lethbridge says the protesters include environmentalists, members of three aboriginal groups and nearby residents and they all have a long and varied list of demands.“There are people here who want the project shut down no matter what,” Lethbridge said. “Personally, I think the government is a bit too far in for that … (The project) is officially a boondoggle, but they have the opportunity to make it righter than it has been.” Protesters break into Muskrat Falls site, more form blockade outside by Adina Bresge, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 22, 2016 1:52 pm MDT Last Updated Oct 22, 2016 at 6:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more