Prince Albert Raiders beat the Lethbridge Hurricanes 6-5 Saturday night – Saskatoon


The Prince Albert Raiders (45-7-0-2) have won four straight after beating the Lethbridge Hurricanes (27-16-5-5) 6-5 in Western Hockey League (WHL) action Saturday night.

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Cole Fonstad’s second goal of the game midway in the third period stood as the winner.

Saskatoon Blades win, Prince Albert Raiders clinch playoff spot

Eric Pearce, Parker Kelly, Sean Montgomery and Ozzy Wiesblatt also scored while Boston Bilous made 29 saves for the Raiders.

Jake Leschyshyn had a pair of goals for the Hurricanes as Jake Elmer, Ty Prefontaine and Igor Merezhko added singles. Carl Tetachuk turned away 31 shots in defeat.

Saskatoon Blades fall to Edmonton Oil Kings 3-2 in OT

The Raiders are off until Wednesday when they travel to Swift Current for a game against the Broncos (10-38-2-2).


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For weeks, Kingston residents watched a ‘mystery plane’ flying at night. It was RCMP, sources say


For weeks, Kingston residents noticed a “mystery plane” flying around over their homes — but no one could quite figure out what it was up to.

There had been hundreds of plane sightings since Jan. 4, and there were a few guesses as to what it could be.

The plane was flying around at night; one aviation enthusiast in the city heard a buzz over his home that lasted for about a week.

WATCH: Jan. 23 — Kingston mystery plane solved?

Royal Military College Prof. Christian Leuprecht surmised that the plane belonged to a “government entity.” Plane tracker Neil Aird suggested it was an RCMP plane, based on a flight path.

The RCMP at the time only offered a statement saying its “primary concern is the safety and security of Canadians. We have multiple aircraft that support our mandate in Ontario and elsewhere in the country. To maintain the integrity of our investigations and operations, the location of our aircraft is not disclosed.”

On Thursday, Kingstonians received some clarity as to the plane’s origin. It was related to two raids executed in the city that resulted in the arrests of two people linked to a national security investigation, sources told Global News.

READ MORE: Kingston’s mystery plane likely belongs to ‘government entity,’ say local experts

The raids happened at two homes: one on Kingsdale Avenue, the other at 430 MacDonnell Street.

One of the two people arrested was a minor, sources said.

Speaking to Global News Radio’s Charles Adler on Thursday, Leuprecht, an expert in defence and security, said he was not sure this operation was “run in an optimal fashion for a national security investigation.”

“When the RCMP is flying a plane here on a regular basis at night, it’s a good tip that something may be up,” he said.

READ MORE: 2 arrested in Kingston raids related to major national security probe

The plane, Leuprecht said, had been “raising eyebrows” within Kingston for weeks “because it seems to show up in the middle of the night, usually after midnight, then it circles for several hours on end, so it didn’t seem to be moving particularly far.

“And if you’re familiar with the ways plane traffic works, there was concern this could pose a security issue.”

Leuprecht was also puzzled as to why they used this particular plane “if two high-altitude planes they could have used, that do not make the amount of noise that this particular plane does.”

This particular plane was brought in from Montreal “for this particular purpose,” he said.

Flight plan

Since 9/11, Leuprecht said, there isn’t much that happens in the sky that authorities aren’t aware of.

Any plane flying at this one’s height — estimated at 6,000 feet — would have had to file a flight plan with Transport Canada, he said.

“Nobody just flying a private plane would be able to get permission from Transport Canada to fly their plane with no lights on in the middle of the night, in relatively close proximity to our own little airport here, if this wasn’t a government priority,” Leuprecht said.

“I think people had already drawn the inference that there was government, and likely law enforcement, involvement and investigation under way.”

In a statement on Thursday, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale didn’t provide further details on the investigation.

“The Government of Canada has no greater responsibility than to keep its citizens safe,” he said.

“Earlier today, the RCMP and other police partners took action in Kingston, Ont., based on credible information, to ensure public safety. Any comments on operational details will be made at the appropriate time by the RCMP.”

  • With files from Mercedes Stephenson, Alexandra Mazur and Jessica Vomiero

© 2019 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.


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Toronto cop who left gun at bar after night of drinking pleads guilty to misconduct


A long-time police officer who left his service-issued gun and ammunition inside a bar after a night of drinking has pleaded guilty to professional misconduct at the Toronto police disciplinary tribunal.

Toronto police Const. Bradley Karges, an officer with 19 years on the force, was off-duty when he went to Milton’s Rad Brothers Sports Bar in September 2017 with another officer, bringing with him his unloaded semi-automatic handgun and three rounds of ammunition stored inside a lunch cooler.

Toronto police Const. Bradley Karges, seen here in a police handout photo from Oct. 6, 2017, has pleaded guilty to professional misconduct for leaving his handgun and ammunition at a Milton bar after a night of drinking.
Toronto police Const. Bradley Karges, seen here in a police handout photo from Oct. 6, 2017, has pleaded guilty to professional misconduct for leaving his handgun and ammunition at a Milton bar after a night of drinking.  (Toronto Police Service)

After consuming what a police tribunal document characterized as “several alcoholic beverages,” Karges left the bar, forgetting the cooler. One of the officers had been cut off by bar staff, criminal court heard last year, though Karges disputed it was him.

Staff later opened up the cooler and, finding a gun, called Halton Regional Police, who charged Karges with careless use of a firearm.

Karges also contacted Halton police after realizing he’d forgotten his gun and surrendered to them the same day. He later entered a guilty plea and was granted a conditional discharge, sentenced to one year of probation and had to perform 100 hours of community service.

“It goes without saying that the offence here shows an incredible lack of judgment,” said Crown Michael Godinho during Karges’ criminal plea last year. “That things didn’t turn out worse — that someone with some nefarious means or intentions didn’t get a hold of the firearm — is lucky, I think.”

“Obviously the public, the patrons of the restaurant, the staff, were all put at risk,” he said.

Police officers who are criminally charged automatically face a professional misconduct charge under Ontario’s Police Services Act. In a hearing Tuesday, Karges pleaded guilty to discreditable conduct for having been found guilty of a criminal offence.

His lawyer Lawrence Gridin and the Toronto police prosecutor brought forward a joint submission asking for 17 days’ docked pay, an equivalent of thousands of dollars in missed salary. Karges is currently working in 23 division, in the city’s northwest corner.

Both the criminal court and police tribunal heard Karges pleaded guilty early, had no prior criminal record or workplace disciplinary issues, had volunteered extensively in his community and received commendations from supervisors and senior officers.

“All those reference letters recognize that, while they didn’t try to defend what he did, it was their view that this was a lapse and it was very out of character for officer Karges and they don’t expect to see it repeated again,” Karges’ criminal lawyer, Bryan Badali, said during last year’s court plea.

Godinho and Judge Richard LeDressay also acknowledged the mitigating circumstances in the case, the judge saying it was clear Karges was a contributing member of society and Godinho remarking on his “spotless and quite impressive work record.”

Nonetheless, LeDressay had to impose a sentence serious enough to publicly condemn the behaviour and deter others from doing the same. In addition to probation and community service, Karges was ordered to pay a $1000 victim fine surcharge.

“There was a certain danger or risk to the public that was involved with respect to this matter,” LeDressay said.

During his criminal guilty plea, Karges apologized to the court and the public, saying he recognized he put them at risk and that a day didn’t go by where he didn’t regret what he did.

“I feel bad about everything,” he said.

The Toronto police hearing officer reserved judgment on Karges’ 17-day penalty.

Wendy Gillis is a Toronto-based reporter covering crime and policing. Reach her by email at or follow her on Twitter: @wendygillis


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SIU clears two Toronto police officers in death of Danforth gunman, release more details on what happened on night of mass shooting


The Special Investigations Unit has ruled that there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against two Toronto police officers in connection to the death of the Danforth gunman in July, 2018.

The police watchdog found that Faisal Hussain died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound on July 22, after he opened fire on a busy stretch of Danforth Ave., killing two people and leaving 13 others injured.

The rear window of a police cruiser was shattered when it was struck by a bullet during an exchange of gunfire between the police and Faisal Hussain after the Danforth shooting in 2018.
The rear window of a police cruiser was shattered when it was struck by a bullet during an exchange of gunfire between the police and Faisal Hussain after the Danforth shooting in 2018.  (Special Investigations Unit)

The report, released Wednesday, not only cleared the officers but gave graphic new details on what happened that night, as well as providing evidence photos.

A person first called 911 at 10 p.m. to report that “someone had been shot on the Danforth” at Pappas Grill.

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“The 911 communications centre was immediately flooded with other callers reporting a shooting on Danforth Ave. and that people were running or injured,” the report found. “One caller indicated that the shooter, Mr. Hussain, had stood on top of a woman and shot her multiple times in the back. At 10:05 p.m., another caller reported that Mr. Hussain was heading westbound on Danforth Ave. and was in possession of a black handgun.”

Two officers in a cruiser encountered Hussain on the west sidewalk of Bowden St. and approached him. Hussain fired at them multiple times and “fearing for their lives,” the two officers fired back, the report found.

One officer “moved to take cover behind the police vehicle and discharged his firearm, hitting the police cruiser’s rear passenger window, causing the glass to shatter and a projectile to become lodged in the window’s frame,” the report found.

“Mr. Hussain fled northbound on Bowden St. and then westbound on Danforth Ave.”

A few minutes later, Toronto police officers found Hussain’s body on Danforth Ave., in front of the Danforth Church, at 60 Bowden St. A black Smith and Wesson .40 calibre handgun and two fully loaded handgun magazines were found near his body.

An autopsy later confirmed the cause of death, the SIU said.

“I believe that (the officers) are credible and their accounts of the incident quite reliable because their statements were overwhelmingly consistent with the remainder of the evidence, including the statements of multiple civilian witnesses who witnessed or heard the exchange of gunfire,” SIU Director Tony Loparco wrote.

The SIU is an agency that investigates incidents involving police in which someone is killed, injured or accused of sexual assault.


Rhianna Jackson-Kelso is a breaking news reporter, working out of the Star’s radio room in Toronto. Follow her on Twitter: @RhiannaJK


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This Chocolatey Chia Pudding Is the Dessert We’re Eating Every Night of the Week | Healthyish


This story is part of the 2019 Feel Good Food Plan, our two-week mind-body-belly plan for starting the year off right.

I am not the type of person who passes on dessert. So when Molly Baz mentioned she created a dessert chia pudding inspired this recipe, I knew I was in for something cold, creamy, and flavorful. Because the Feel Good Food Plan knows better than to suggest that an apple or one square of dark chocolate be my “dessert.” And once you make a big batch of this recipe, you’re set for a week of healthyish desserts, not to mention that the ingredient list means it’s totally acceptable as your morning meal.

The only hard part of making this Chocolate-Cashew Chia Pudding is waiting the six hours for the chia seeds to thicken, chill, and soak up the rich cinnamon-chocolate liquid. It all together in basically two steps: blending and assembling. First you blend a dozen or so pitted Medjool dates with cashew milk, raw cashews, cocoa powder, vanilla, salt, and cinnamon. I bought dates with pits, so it slowed down the process. Even so, I found it to be a therapeutic moment, standing in my kitchen, peeling apart the soft and squishy dates, nibbling the sweet bits off my fingers. I made the process slightly challenging by using my Ninja Personal Blender (note to self: get a real, full-sized blender, so I had to blend half the ingredients, pour the concoction into a large bowl, and repeat the process. With proper tools, this takes about two minutes, but my version still came out like a dream.

From there you transfer the date milk to a quart-size jar or resealable container. I used a couple old take-out containers when, again, I realized I didn’t have anything as big as a quart (the recipe is very forgiving). Stir in your white chia seeds—black ones are fine too, the color is all about aesthetics—cover, and chill. The small seeds work their magic, thickening the mixture while adding fiber, protein, and omega-3s. Baz noted that the ratio of liquid to chia is higher than what you see in other chia puddings. This makes it more thick and puddingy.

While your chias are chilling, you make your maple yogurt. I used coconut yogurt, but another fabulous aspect of this recipe is how adaptable it is. Use Greek yogurt, almond milk yogurt, or whatever variety you like as long as its plain and unsweetened. Stir the yogurt and a little bit of maple syrup in a medium bowl, then transfer the mixture to a resealable container or use the yogurt container itself.

The final step is a choose-your-own-adventure assembly. You can alternate layering spoonfuls of the chia pudding and maple yogurt in a small ramekin or glass, then drizzle it with extra maple syrup, a sprinkling of flakey sea salt, and a dusting of cinnamon for a just-sweet-enough dessert. You can dollop the rich, chocolate pudding on top of some morning oatmeal. You can scoop your spoon straight from the container to your mouth, still standing in front of the open refrigerator door, and exclaim to the empty room, « Holy wowowow! » The recipe gives you between four and six servings, so you can go in for a few spoonfuls multiple times a day.

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This chia pudding is delicious on its own—and even better when layered with maple yogurt as a parfait. Leftover maple yogurt can be repurposed for breakfast and topped with fruit and granola. It’s a choose-your-own-adventure kind of dessert. This recipe is part of the 2019 Feel Good Food Plan, our ten-day plan for starting the year off right.



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Major police presence in Edmonton’s Gold Bar neighbourhood Wednesday night – Edmonton


A major police presence could be seen at an alley in the Edmonton community of Gold Bar late Wednesday night.

A Global News crew at the scene said eight police cruisers and an ambulance were seen by the alley, which was taped off as of 10:45 p.m.

A vehicle in the alley was also taped off as well as a nearby apartment building.

Police have not released details about what prompted the large emergency response in the area of 48 Street and 101A Avenue.

More to come…

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New Year’s Eve was the busiest night of the year for Urgences-Santé – Montreal


As partygoers celebrated the end of yet another year, Urgences-Santé emergency responders were out on the roads, responding to over 330 calls.

“That represents 33 per cent of our daily call volume just within six hours,” said Eddy Affram, a spokesperson for Urgences-Santé.

Affram says the service prepares for six weeks in advance of the night’s rush.

“We obviously boost our resources,” Affram said.

“We have 75 trucks rolling on the streets during the overnight, in comparison to maybe 40 to 50 for a normal overnight.”

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The calls for help from Quebecers varied, but mostly involved intoxication, falls, fights and car accidents, according to Affram.

With more Quebecers heading to the emergency rooms, half of the hospitals in Montreal were operating over capacity.

According to, the city’s most overcrowded hospital was Sainte-Justine Hospital, operating at 150 per cent capacity, followed by the Jewish General and the Royal Victoria, at 142 and 136 per cent, respectively.

Urgences-Santé says it deals with hospital overcrowding by having a close relationship with the institutions.

Watch below: Montreal emergency rooms crowded as flu cases spike in time for holiday season

“We control basically a portion called quotas for hospitals and we make sure we keep it balanced in order to have hospitals being able to absorb that call volume,” Affram said.

“It’s really just a matter of being fair and balancing that quota accordingly.”

Global News tried calling Info-Santé — the province’s telephone consultation service — but was on hold for upwards of 17 minutes with no answers.

Quebec invests over $23 million to help crowded ERs

Global News also reached out to the MUHC for comment, but was told no one would be available for comment until Thursday.

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Constance Wu’s Best Night Includes Pajamas, a Perfect Manhattan, and Bunny Time | Healthyish


*In Person of Interest, we talk to the people catching our eye right now about what they’re doing, eating, reading, and loving. Up next is Constance Wu, the Golden Globe-nominated star of Crazy Rich Asians and Fresh Off the Boat on ABC.

Constance Wu grew up in a Taiwanese household, but when she thinks of her comfort food, she doesn’t think of spicy mapo tofu (though it is her favorite Taiwanese dish).

“I love Taiwanese food, but I think its aromas and its flavors are a little bit too intricate and delicious to be comfort food—I think comfort food is kind of bland,” Wu said while hosting American Express’s Pay It Plan It event in New York City. “I think of mashed potatoes as comfort food, because they kind of taste like nothing.”

Even though she has never learned to cook her mom’s Taiwanese classics like a thousand-year-old black duck egg with tofu, green onions, and soy sauce, she has fond memories of dishes like that and eats them when she can. But her perfect meal is probably Italian food like a good bolognese or a Caprese salad.

Here’s what else Wu is into right now, from a surprising travel snack to her pet bunny .

My idea of a perfect meal is… probably Italian food, eaten slow and leisurely with people I love and a great cocktail. My go-to drink is a Manhattan—and I take it perfect.

The next place I want to travel is… New Zealand. I really love Lord of the Rings, so I want to go to all the places where they filmed, like the Shire.

My dream dinner party guest list would include… the cast of Crazy Rich Asians, Barack and Michelle Obama, Oprah, Ghandi, and Legolas [Orlando Bloom], obviously.

I always travel with… my Kindle and those pastel-colored fruity Mentos. I carry at least two packs of them. Normally I read physical books, but when I’m traveling, I don’t like to have so much bulk in my bag.

The book on my to-read list is… Ann Patchett’s new book, Nashville: Scenes from the New American South . That’s next, because I loved Commonwealth, which takes place partially in the Commonwealth of Virginia where I grew up.

I’m listening to… Miguel and Khalid on repeat lately.

But my Fresh Off the Boat character, Jessica, would jam to… wholesome, female-driven music like Barbra Streisand, Shania Twain, and Amy Grant.

When I’m stressed out… I love to get full-body massages. That’s when I’m really stressed. If it’s just after a regular long day at work, I like to just talk on the phone to my old friends from high school. I prefer phone calls to texts, because it’s an actual exchange. It’s a flow, and it’s not preplanned. I respond a lot to people’s voices, and I just love conversations. I don’t even like podcasts that are just one person talking.

Podcasts on my rotation are… Another Round, Two Dope Queens, and Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations.

At the end of the day, I unwind by… immediately changing into pajamas. It’s always the first thing I do. It’s a matching set: the button-up, long sleeved shirt and the pants in some kind of fabric that is lightweight and has a bit of stretch to it, like just a regular plain cotton.

My favorite piece of clothing is… a miniskirt. I love to wear miniskirts when I go out with friends. I have a few denim miniskirts and a corduroy one. I like the way it makes my body look, and when you feel like you look great, it boosts your confidence. When your confidence is boosted, you’ll have a great time.

To practice self care…. I take my bunny, Lida Rose, to work with me. She hops around my trailer all day. It feels like self care to take a moment to care for an animal and spend time with an animal. It’s doing something that doesn’t have to do with a screen or with your job; it’s really just about downtime.

If I could give a young Asian person advice, I would say… there’s no one right way to push representation forward. Do what speaks authentically to you and focus on that. Not only will that help with representation, but it makes better work.


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Egg Recipes for Dinner: A Scramble We Want to Eat Every Night | Healthyish


When Chris Morocco presented these soy-ginger eggs over rice at our first tasting, I was confused. It looked like scrambled eggs on top of rice. Delicious, yes. A recipe? I wasn’t sure. Then I took a bite. The flavor was so surprising, so not like scrambled eggs, that my brain could not compute. They tasted rich and salted and just slightly sweet, and I kept eating more and more, trying to wrap my head around why they were so good. Even editorial assistant Aliza Abarbanel, avowed hater of eggs in all forms, took a second bite and said, « Wow, I almost…like them! » What was going on with these eggs?!

A couple things are going on with these eggs, namely mirin, ginger, and soy sauce, which get stirred into the eggs before they cook. Also ghee, which Morocco uses in the pan. He scrambles the eggs gently over low heat so they turned out silky smooth, then serves them over steamed rice with quick-pickled cucumbers on the side. A sprinkle of scallions and sesame seeds, and it’s almost too simple to be a recipe. The mirin lends a little sweet acidity, the soy gives an umami backbone, and the spicy ginger reminds you that this is proper dinner food. The ghee that the eggs are cooked in (you could also use butter) adds just enough luxury for a weeknight meal.

As soon as I tried these eggs, I craved them all the time. The next night, I texted Morocco for the proportions of mirin, ginger, and soy sauce so I could make them at home. I make this recipe at least once a week now, usually on nights when I’m eating alone—it’s just that kind of recipe (though I kinda love the idea of a scrambled egg dinner party). I admit that I’ve turned down plans with actual people I like with these eggs in mind. I appreciate the crunch and ~ health ~ of the quick pickles, but TBH I don’t always get around to them. I could see cooking some torn greens in the ghee before adding the eggs or making a brothier, congee-like rice and eating the eggs on top of that. And despite what I said about dinner food, this recipe would make for a great weekend breakfast or work-from-home lunch. You’ll swear you’ve been making eggs like this forever…and then you will.

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Scrambled eggs don’t have to be served plain with all the fun happening elsewhere. Ginger and soy sauce transform their basic reputation and make scrambled eggs for dinner feel like more than a cop-out.



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The night the residential school burned to the ground — and the students cheered


The first thing Jenny Spyglass remembers is the shouting. There was a fire, she was told, and she needed to get out — now.

It was 1948, and smoke was pouring out of the basement of the Thunderchild Indian Residential School.

The large dormitory room filled with girls getting ready for bed exploded into chaos. Seven-year-old Spyglass was given a thin blanket and was marched down the fire escape into a January night with temperatures reaching –35 C.

Flames quickly consumed the old wooden building. The large barrel of diesel and lubricating oil in the basement didn’t help. The fire was so large, it could be seen 65 kilometres away.

There were no casualties because they were all prepared.— Milton Tootoosis

It would be understandable if the students were frightened that night.

But instead of crying, many students started cheering.

Now 77, Spyglass, like other survivors, is convinced that boys at the school intentionally set the fire that burned the school to the ground.

And she’s glad they did.

Residential school survivor Jenny Spyglass says she’s glad the residential school burned down. (David Shield/CBC)

Stories of abuse, overcrowding and death

The story of the Thunderchild residential school is a familiar one.

Established in 1901 by the Roman Catholic Church just outside the village of Delmas, about 30 kilometres west of North Battleford in central Saskatchewan, the school was designed to house and educate First Nations children in the area.  

However, there were problems.

Milton Tootoosis, historian and headman of the Poundmaker First Nation, said many stories of abuse at Thunderchild came out during the Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings.

The TRC spent six years documenting Canada’s residential school legacy — a government-funded, church-operated assimilation program from the 1870s to 1996 — and issued 94 recommendations, including several involving child-welfare reform.

Tootoosis’s parents went to the Thunderchild school in the 1940s. When he asked his father about the school, he would immediately fall silent.

« It’s a way they survived, » Tootoosis said. « They didn’t want their children to know what really went on in those schools, to protect them from the shock and likely the anger we would have experienced. »

The Thunderchild residential school operated from 1901 to 1948 near Delmas, Sask. (Provincial Archives of Saskatchewan)

Death rates were high in the overcrowded school, according to Shattering the Silence: The Hidden History of Residential Schools in Saskatchewan, a report written by the University of Regina’s faculty of education.

According to a paper prepared for the Law Commission of Canada, 15 per cent of the students at the school died in 1928, a rate of up to five times the provincial average for non-First Nations students.

A survivor and a brother lost

Spyglass was three years old when a black Jeep drove up to her family’s home on the Mosquito-Grizzly Bear’s Head-Lean Man First Nation.

Indian Agents and a priest « were pointing their fingers at me, and my mom started crying, » she said. « I should have had the feeling that something was wrong. »

She said the agents took her and threw her into the back of the vehicle. Dust caught in her throat as she bounced along the gravel road.

« I yelled and I screamed and I fought, » she said. « That didn’t help. »

She would spend the next three and a half years at the school. She said life there was hellish.

« It’s hard when I talk about it. Sometimes I can’t sleep. »

A group of parents camp near the Thunderchild school as they visit their children. (Provincial Archives of Saskatchewan)

One day at the school’s church, she saw her brothers sitting on the boys’ side of the aisle. She sprinted over to them for a hug. She hadn’t seen them in weeks. She said the nuns caught her and threw her into the school’s basement for the rest of the day.

« I thought they were going to leave me to die, » she said. « It was no use crying. They just left me. »

She said food at the school was inadequate.

« I didn’t like dry bread, dry bannock. That’s how we ate, » she said. « I didn’t know what a chocolate bar was — or an apple or an orange or a banana. »

Over the years, Spyglass said most of her brothers and sisters ran away from the school, except her older brother, Reggie. He died at the school after contracting tuberculosis.

« Reggie was my best friend, » she said. « Reggie was my playmate. He was everything to me. »

She said the strict conditions at the school made it impossible to mourn.

« I didn’t know how to grieve, » she said. « I didn’t know what to do. »

The original residential school building. (Provincial Archives of Saskatchewan)

The warning spread quickly

Spyglass and Tootoosis said the fire at the school was carefully planned by students.

Word quietly spread from student to student that night, telling everyone to get ready. Tootoosis said the boys were told to go to sleep with their clothes on and cover up with a blanket, so they would be ready once the fire started.

« There were no casualties because they were all prepared, » Tootoosis said.

According to an RCMP investigation report from the time, the fire started in a cupboard where custodians kept their tools. The nun who discovered the fire tried to throw water on it but was forced out by thick black smoke.

The provincial fire investigator believed the fire might have been set intentionally and asked RCMP to question four teenage boys. However, the boys claimed they had nothing to do with the fire, and the case was eventually dropped due to lack of evidence.

Once outside, Spyglass and some of the other children were taken to a garage to spend the night.

I hated school right through my teenage years. I would make an excuse to go to the washroom outside and from there I would take off.— Jenny Spyglass

In the morning, she was taken back to her home and her family.

« From far away, I saw a young man running towards us, » she said. « When I recognized it was my big brother Martin, I threw my little blanket away and my big brother carried me home. »

However, life wasn’t easy for Spyglass once she got home.

« All I did was cry, » she said. « I told my mom never to let me go anywhere. »

Finding culture and forgiveness

She began to attend a day school at the nearby Red Pheasant First Nation. Whenever she heard that the local Indian Agent was visiting her school, she would hide in the bushes, terrified she would be taken from her family again.

« I hated school right through my teenage years, » she said. « I would make an excuse to go to the washroom outside and from there I would take off. »

She dropped out of school after finishing Grade 10.

« I started drinking, and I didn’t like my life, » she said.

Jenny Spyglass and her husband Mervin Cox in the mid-1970s. (Submitted by Jenny Spyglass)

Eventually, she got married and had children. She started working at a school. She even got into politics, serving as a band councillor for 21 years and chief for four years — the first woman to hold that office in the North Battleford area.

However, it wasn’t until she discovered her culture that she was able to feel happy. After going to her first round dance, she bought a sewing machine and made her first dress.

« I was dancing, and I felt peace, » she said. « Those people that hurt me so much, I forgave them. »

These days, she works as an elder at many schools in the North Battleford area. She said it’s been an important part of her healing.

« I feel it within my heart, » she said. « I put my arms around them. I cry with them. »

Still, Spyglass doesn’t mourn the Thunderchild Indian Residential School. There’s no more than an empty field now where it once stood.

« They should have burned it a long time ago, » she said. « Maybe then my brother would be still alive. »


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