Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Prairie Update

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Prairie Update

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The union and company taking over management of a troubled Alberta meat packer say they want to work together to make the X-L Foods plant a success.

J-B-S U-S-A operates eight beef plants in the United States and all employees are represented by the United Food and Commercial Workers union.

A J-B-S official says plans are to have a team at the plant in Brooks as soon as possible that will reach out to the union and the community.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is reviewing how the plant is managing its E. coli procedures to determine when it can reopen -- it was closed three weeks ago due to tainted meat that has been linked to 15 people getting sick in Canada and which caused an extensive meat recall.

Doug O'Halloran, president of the union local, says he is cautiously optimistic about J-B-S, and adds the company has food safety expertise that will help X-L Foods regain access to the U-S market. (The Canadian Press)



A date has been set for the Crown's appeal of the sentence given to disgraced hockey coach Graham James.

The Crown filed the appeal back in April, just weeks after James was sentenced to two years in prison for sexually abusing Theo Fleury and Todd Holt while he was their junior hockey coach.

The Crown cited errors Judge Catherine Carlson made in handing down her sentence as the reason for the appeal.

James was eligible to apply for day parole last month, but did not.

The hearing is set for December 3rd in Winnipeg. (CJOB)



The NDP Opposition has released a report on labour law changes in Saskatchewan that makes 14 recommendations, including continued mandatory collection of union dues.

The move comes as the province overhauls 15 separate pieces of legislation into one labour law.

New Democrat David Forbes says people he spoke to across the province are apprehensive about the changes.

The government has said most of the labour acts have not been comprehensively reviewed in at least 20 years and it's time for an update.

Labour Minister Don Morgan says the new legislation is being drafted and is to be tabled in the legislature this fall. (The Canadian Press)



The owner of the Edmonton Oilers says he doesn't know what comes next after city councillors rejected his last-minute demands for millions more taxpayer dollars and walked away from a deal for a new downtown arena. …

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