Mandatory minimum sentence cut in half on challenge

Nunavut Justice Earl Johnson cut in half a mandatory minimum punishment of four years for Cedric Ookowt of Baker Lake, convicted of shooting at a residence in his community, as the judge ruled it would be “grossly disproportionate to the crime.” “I am satisfied that the accused is a good candidate for rehabilitation and can...
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Michele LeTourneau
Michele LeTourneau first arrived at NNSL's headquarters in Yellowknife in1998, with a BA honours in Theatre. For four years she documented the arts across the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. Following a very short stint as a communications officer with the Government of the Northwest Territories, Michele spent a decade at a community-based environmental monitoring board in the mining industry, where she worked with Inuit, Chipewyan, Tlicho, Yellowknives Dene and Metis elders to help develop traditional knowledge and Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit contributions for monitoring and management plans. She rejoined NNSL and moved to Iqaluit in May 2014 to write for Nunavut News. Michele has received a dozen awards for her work with NNSL.