Canada Sask. government paid Kannick family $72,500 to settle lawsuit
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The provincial government paid $72,500 to the estate of a 21-year-old woman who died while on remand four years ago as part of an out-of-court settlement of a lawsuit filed by her family.
Breanna Kannick’s family and the Ministry of Corrections and PolicingThe details are protected by a confidentiality agreement that prevents both sides from discussing them.
However, the single lump sum payment to her estate through the law firm retained by her family, Yorkton, Sask.-based Rusnak Balacko Kachur Rusnak (RBKR), is captured in the 2018-19 public accounts, which list all government expenditures.
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Shane Wagner, the RBKR lawyer who represented Kannick’s mother, Sherri Chartrand, said in an email that he was not in a position to comment on any settlement. The government likewise declined to comment.
Kannick died on Aug. 20, 2015 while on remand at the White Birch Remand Unit in Regina..
In May, following 10 days of testimony and five and a half hours of deliberations, the inquest jury ruled Kannick’s death accidental and provided 10 recommendations aimed at preventing similar deaths in the future.
A year earlier, her family sued the government, alleging the province and 11 people working at the facility “failed in their duties to take reasonable steps to ensure that Breanna was reasonably safe upon the premises.”
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A year from now, Premier Scott Moe will likely become the first Saskatchewan Party leader to lose seats in a general election … which is probably has less significance than such a statement seems to suggest. It’s been a remarkable 22-year run for the Sask. Party, that went from eight seats at its inception in 1997 to 25 seats in its first general election in 1999 to 28 seats in 2003 to 38 seats and government in 2007 to 49 seats in 2011 to 51 seats in 2016. If anything, the loss of seats would seem an inevitability for what should now be considered Saskatchewan’s natural governing party in the 21st century.
The parties announced the settlement in November 2018, but did not disclose the amount.
“We are pleased to see this process come to a close and sincerely hope the family and friends of Ms. Kannick are able to find some closure after this tragedy,” a spokesman for the ministry told the Regina Leader-Post at the time.
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