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Saying goodbye to a joyful child: StarPhoenix daily update for Sept. 13, 2017

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LOCAL

Grieving family of Ahmedsadiq Elmmi anxious for answers

Family members of a five-year-old who drowned in a retention pond near Saskatoon’s Ecole Dundonald School have identified the youngster as Ahmedsadiq Elmmi. The young boy, who was born in Prince Albert, had transferred from the Prince Albert Public School division earlier this year. In an interview with The StarPhoenix on Tuesday, his father, Hussein Elmmi, described the boy as a joyful child who “was full of life.” Click here to read more …

Children’s museum gets $3 million from feds, ‘on track’ for early 2019 opening

Federal government representatives announced $3 million in funding from the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund for the transformation of the former Mendel Art Gallery into the Children’s Discovery Museum on the Saskatchewan. The museum’s fundraising campaign has now raised 60 per cent of its goal, which is now $15 million. Click here to read more …

Ruby Black, left, age four, and Kessandra Wiens, age five, work on an art project during a media event to announce federal funding for the Children’s Discovery Museum on the Saskatchewan at the former Mendel Art Gallery building in Saskatoon on Tuesday, September 12, 2017. (Saskatoon StarPhoenix/Liam Richards)

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NATIONAL

Jagmeet Singh’s spotlight gets brighter ahead of NDP leadership vote

OTTAWA — Jagmeet Singh is no stranger to thinking on his feet — or to racism. Now considered a top contender in the race to replace federal New Democratic Party Leader Tom Mulcair, Singh was a law student when he spotted two police officers cycling up the steep hill leading to Casa Loma, an imposing mansion-turned-museum in Toronto.  Curious as to whether they would be able to make it all the way up, Singh decided to watch their journey. The police officers ended up approaching the young, brown-skinned man wearing a turban, told him he was staring, and demanded identification. Click here to read more … 

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SPORTS

New Jersey Devils defenseman Damon Severson, top, fights with Vancouver Canucks center Brendan Gaunce during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) 

Saskatchewan’s Severson locks up six-year, $25-million deal with NHL’s New Jersey Devils

Damon Severson has skated his way to security and stability thanks to a six-year contract extension with the National Hockey League’s New Jersey Devils. The Saskatchewan product is set for life, but the reality of it all hasn’t quite settled in. Severson signed a deal worth $25-million (U.S.) this week. Not bad for a young defenceman with 203 NHL games under his belt. Click here to read more …  

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OPINION

Viewpoint: Politics and money: a sordid history

In many ways, the relationship between big money and political power is entrenched in the country’s DNA; confederation itself was premised on major public investment in the subsidizing and building of private railroads across the country. This relationship has consistently led to political scandal in all levels of government. In Saskatchewan, the relationship between government parties and their donors has long been a problem, as rivers of money fill party coffers through cash-for-access events or directly through campaign contributions. Click here to read more … 

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