Legal Aid Council Provides Help For 107 Mentally Ill Persons

Mr Spaulding’s case was resolved when his sister came forward and the Council was able to make the requisite application to the court. Story Highlights Mr Faulkner expressed that justice should be accessible to all members of society, irrespective of their socio-economic background or mental health. The Legal Aid Council (LAC) has provided legal representation for 107 mentally ill persons, within the last year. The Legal Aid Council (LAC) has provided legal representation for 107 mentally ill persons, within the last year.Speaking with JIS News, Executive Director of the Legal Aid Council, Hugh Faulkner, says his organisation was only able to act, because a family member came forward to receive these individuals.“We are urging persons who have family members who are mentally ill in custody and have not been going to court, to contact us once they are willing to undertake supervision and care of the person,” Mr Faulkner said.In January, the LAC provided representation to Leslie Spaulding, a mentally ill individual, who had been in custody for 23 years.Mr Spaulding’s case was resolved when his sister came forward and the Council was able to make the requisite application to the court.Mr Faulkner stated that the LAC also provides its clients with expert services such as DNA testing, to aid their case.“In two of the cases concerning the mentally ill, we paid private psychiatrists to do the evaluations for the courts so that the persons were not delayed in the system,” he shared.Mr Faulkner expressed that justice should be accessible to all members of society, irrespective of their socio-economic background or mental health. read more

Project hopes to brand provinces states as protein highway

PIERRE, S.D. – Officials in three Canadian provinces and six northern U.S. states are launching an effort to brand the region as the potential provider of protein to the world.The “Protein Highway” project aims to encourage scientists to work together and share information on protein-rich crops, said Kevin Kephart, South Dakota State University’s vice-president for research and economic development.That could lead to research that would aid farmers and also help entrepreneurs take new food products to market, he said.“There’s no place on the globe that can produce as much protein as we can,” Kephart said.Canadian researchers David Gauthier and Larry Sernyk estimate the demand for animal protein will double by 2040 as the world’s population increases.That should result in more demand for high-protein plant products to feed the animals being raised for meat. More people also likely will need to get their protein from plants and fish.“There’s a lot of opportunity,” said Jamshed Merchant, the Canadian consul general based in Minneapolis.High-protein crops such as lentils, dry beans and dry peas have great potential throughout the “Protein Highway” region, which encompasses Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta north of the border and the Dakotas, Minnesota, Nebraska, Montana and Iowa south of the border, the Canadian researchers said.Another project that could benefit is Prairie Aquatech, a company headed by a pair of SDSU scientists that’s looking for ways to use plant-based food to raise fish.The Protein Highway concept could also increase demand for farm products in the region and lead to a more diverse array of crops to choose from during planting season, according to Merchant.“Your choices become quite large,” he said. “It’s just like diversifying your portfolio.”Obstacles include a lack of processing facilities and the need to convince the government to offer insurance for new crops.“This is why we need to get to work,” Kephart said.___Information from: Pierre Capital Journal, http://www.capjournal.com Project hopes to brand provinces, states as ‘protein highway’ by The Associated Press Posted Mar 14, 2016 6:55 am MDT Last Updated Mar 14, 2016 at 7:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more