Monday, January 18, 2021

Man arrested after allegedly firing home-made gun at warm-up station

Man arrested after allegedly firing home-made gun at warm-up station

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A 35-year-old Saskatoon man is charged with attempt murder using a firearm, four counts of possession of a firearm or ammunition contrary to prohibition and breach of probation. He was set to make his first appearance in Regina Provincial Court on Monday morning.

Awasiw: A Place of Hope opened in partnership with YWCA Regina on Dec. 26 with the goal of providing a safe space for people to come in out of the cold, grab a hot drink and warm up.

The 5th Avenue warming station is open each night from 5 p.m. to 9 a.m.

Wanda Rockthunder, a longtime volunteer with All Nations Hope Network, said Awasiw saw six people come through on the station the first night and by the second night, that number had grown to 24.

“We just allow them to sit. We just allow them to feel welcome,” she said in a recent interview.

“They’ll tell us what their needs are as soon as we have a conversation with them. The service is really just a friendly ‘I’m here for you. We’re your neighbours. Come on in, have a cup of coffee, let’s talk, have a rest’ — very basic. But yet those basic needs are what some of our people want.”

Awasiw also gives away food items, bagged lunches, winter clothing and toiletries like shampoo and toothpaste to visitors who need them.

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