Dog days of summer at the RCMP detachment In honour of Assistance Animal Day, the Prince George RCMP Victim Services’ Crisis Response and Therapy Dog Team are hosting a meet and greet at the local Detachment. This fun and friendly event will take place on Monday August 8th from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm and will provide an opportunity for the public to meet our therapy dogs and participate in several fun activities. There will be colouring contests, games, treats, prizes and, of course, some fun tricks performed by Max, our yellow lab. Also, our two trainee therapy puppies, Henry, a Shnauser/Shitzu, and Yogi, a pug, will be attending and attempting some of their tricks too…although more likely just enjoying all the new attention as this will be Yogi’s debut event and Henry’s second public appearance. Victim Services therapy dog Max has been working in Prince George for three years. He has helped numerous clients with his calm, friendly and supportive personality while in the community, at the RCMP Detachment or at the court house. Three in custody following break and enter on Cowart Three people remain in custody and have now been charged following a break and enter to a business and flight from police this past weekend. At approximately 4 a.m. on Saturday July 30, the Prince George RCMP received a report of a break and enter in progress at a commercial business on Cowart Road. As officers arrived on scene, a pick up truck fled the business' compound and rammed a fully marked police vehicle. The suspect vehicle fled the area despite having serious damage to one of its tires. Approximately 20 minutes later, the suspect vehicle collided at low speed with a parked vehicle on Pioneer Avenue. The four occupants of the vehicle, two adult males and two adult females, were taken into custody with the assistance of the Police Dog Service. Two police officers were transported to hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Adam Kelly McGowan, a 37-year-old man from Fort St. James, has been charged by Provincial Crown Counsel with the following offences: Attempted Break & Enter Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle Assault Police Officer Assault with a Weapon Fail to Stop for Police Operate a Vehicle with Disqualified Devon Andrew Jacobs, a 31-year-old man from Fort St. James, has been charged by Provincial Crown Counsel with the following offences: Attempted Break & Enter Madison Irene Calder, a 19-year-old woman who recently relocated to Prince George from Kamloops, has been charged by Provincial Crown Counsel with the following offences: Attempted Break & Enter Fail to Stop for Police All three have been remanded in custody.
Briefing Room
Nathan Cullen praised yesterday's launch of the federal inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women and girls. However, the Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP also voiced some concerns about the inquiry. “We heard the good news today that addressing the root causes of violence will be a key task of the inquiry, just as it was a key finding in the 2006 Highway of Tears Symposium recommendations that were driven by Ramona Wilson’s mother and sister and family members of other missing and murdered women along Hwy 16,” Cullen said from Terrace yesterday. “Requiring the MMIW inquiry to thoroughly unpack the deeply rooted challenges that underlie and sustain violence against aboriginal women and girls, from racism to poverty and everything in between, is absolutely a step in the right direction to bring justice to past victims and put future generations on the path to a safer future.” Cullen noted the 2006 symposium findings that poverty, often intergenerational, is the most significant contributing factor for many of the aboriginal women hitchhiking on Hwy 16.  The symposium report notes the percentage of families living at, or below, the poverty line in First Nations communities is disproportionately higher than any other population segment in Canadian society. “Of key concern, however, is the fact the MMIW inquiry doesn’t appear to identify a direct role for the provinces and territories, despite underlying problems in provincially-regulated police and child welfare services that can actually increase the risks of violence to already vulnerable Indigenous women and children,” Cullen said. Other concerns, also expressed today by women’s groups and social service providers, are the narrow focus of the inquiry and limited trauma and support services to victims, families and witnesses expected to testify at the inquiry. Cullen will continue to work with the families of Highway 16 victims of violence to hold the federal inquiry to account, deliver justice to victims, and secure a safer future for Indigenous women and girls. The MMIW inquiry launched today will begin Sept. 1 and run until Dec. 31, 2018, at an estimated cost of $53.8 million. In 2014, the RCMP found nearly 1,200 documented cases of missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls between 1980 and 2012, a number police said exceeded previous estimates. Neither Prince George area Conservative MP Bob Zimmer or Todd Doherty have issued statements on the inquiry.
Cullen has praise, concerns for inquiry
We heard some good news today that addressing the root causes of violence will be a key task of the inquiry. -Nathan Cullen