Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Prairie Update

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Prairie Update

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A man who killed six members of a B-C family in 1982 has been denied parole following a hearing at a federal prison in Alberta.

David Shearing shot the Johnson family near Wells Gray Provincial Park.

During the crime he sexually assaulted two girls, aged 13 and 11, before killing them.

All six bodies were stuffed in the Johnsons' car, which was rolled down a hill and torched.

Shearing -- who now goes by his mother's maiden name of Ennis -- pleaded guilty and received the maximum sentence of life without chance at parole for 25 years. (The Canadian Press)



The man accused of killing four people and injuring another in a head-on collision while driving drunk in central Alberta has pleaded guilty to some charges.

Tyler Stevens of Cochrane, Alberta, pleaded guilty to five out of 20 charges and is to be sentenced next year.

Police say he was driving an S-U-V on the wrong side of Highway 2 last March and smashed into another S-U-V.

All five of the victims were temporary workers who had come from the Philippines to work for an Edmonton hotel.

Stevens faced criminal negligence causing death, impaired driving causing death, refusing to provide police with a sample of his breath, and other charges.

He pleaded guilty to criminal negligence causing death and criminal negligence causing bodily harm. (Red Deer Advocate)



A regulatory hearing has heard the economic benefits of Enbridge's proposed Northern Gateway oilsands pipeline may have been exaggerated.

Lawyers for the Haisla First Nation in B-C say projections of nearly a billion-and-a-half dollars a year by 2018 in increased oil revenue are inflated.

The lawyers say that is higher than what Enbridge has told its own investors and shareholders.

Enbridge says the differences aren't big enough to change the project's economics.

The six-billion-dollar pipeline would transport bitumen from the oilsands to the B-C coast, where it who be sent by tanker to mainly Asian markets. (The Canadian Press)



Winnipeg police have made more arrests in a child abduction case that led to Mexico. …

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