Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Top Prairies-North News as of 4 P.M. on Friday, Jan. 31, 2014

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Top Prairies-North News as of 4 P.M. on Friday, Jan. 31, 2014

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Top Prairies-North News


Friday, Jan. 31, 2014

4 p.m.


Here are the Top Prairies-North News stories from The Canadian Press as of 4 p.m. All times are local unless otherwise stated. Coverage plans are included when available. Entries are subject to change as news develops. Contact Prairies news editor Tim Cook at or 780-412-6251.


Child welfare left murdered girl defenceless


WINNIPEG -- An inquiry judge has found Manitoba child welfare fundamentally misunderstood its mandate to protect children and failed to save a five-year-old girl who was murdered. Commissioner Ted Hughes says in his report into the death of Phoenix Sinclair that she was left "defenceless against her mother's cruelty" and the "sadistic violence" of the woman's boyfriend. PHOTO, AUDIO, VIDEO. With QuickFacts, Highlights. By Chinta Puxley.


Alberta's top government earners online


EDMONTON -- The names of more than 3,000 of the Alberta government's top money-earners are going online today.The province is releasing its list of names, salaries and benefits of all staff who earn more than $100,000 a year. Will be writethru. By Dean Bennett.


Alberta changes pay grid for top health execs


EDMONTON -- Alberta Health Minister Fred Horne says the revamped salary grid for health executives will save taxpayers $4 million. "As a government our role is to ensure that decisions made in our health system put patients and front-line workers first," Horne said Friday in a news release. By Dean Bennett.



Historic Canadian ski movies restored


BANFF, Alta. -- The auditorium lights dim and as classical music begins to sing over the loudspeakers, a tall, handsome man in a ski sweater with an air of the outdoors about him steps onstage. He begins to speak and the screen behind him fills with what the people have come to see -- beautiful, carefree images of skiers frolicking in a wilderness, floating through powder, surrounded only by friends, mountains and sky. The narrator was Hans Gmoser, inventor of heli-skiing, father of modern Canadian alpinism, and, at the time -- the late '50s through the middle '60s -- one of the most famous mountaineers in North America. Those films, utterly different than the hot-dog exploits of contemporaries such as Warren Miller, lay almost forgotten for decades. Now, they have been lovingly restored --windows back to a time when skiing was a way of life instead of a lifestyle demographic. AUDIO, VIDEO, PHOTO, GRAPHICS. By Bob Weber.



Alberta oilsands odour hearings wrap up


PEACE RIVER -- Hearings in northwestern Alberta about odours blamed on oilsands processing have wrapped up.People in two communities near Peace River say Baytex Energy's operations are creating powerful gassy smells that are impossible to live with. …

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