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The Reminder is making its archives back to 2003 available on our website. Please note that, due to technical limitations, archive articles are presented without the usual formatting.

Flin Flon City Councillor Cal Huntley slammed federal legislation for young offenders Tuesday, saying he doesn't "understand where the accountability comes in." He made the comment at Tuesday's City Council meeting after reviewing a letter asking for input on the Youth Criminal Justice Act, which last year replaced the Young Offenders Act. Councillor Huntley said the Flin Flon RCMP should be approached for their opinions and added that he doesn't think the new act has "helped one little bit." "I think it's been a negative, more than anything," he said. "From what has been explained to me, there's not really any accountability." Mayor Dennis Ballard commented that the press has been "very negative" toward the controversial legislation as well. The mayor said that he feels the the problems with the Young Offenders Act had nothing to do with how it was written, but how it was administered by the courts. "There was a lot of teeth in the act," he commented. The letter seeking input on the Youth Criminal Justice Act, written by Dauphin MP Inky Mark, was referred to the Committee of the Whole for further discussion.