Newspaper article The Canadian Press

What's Making News in the Prairies

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

What's Making News in the Prairies

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What's making news in the Prairies

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GRAND CHIEF SAYS WOMAN'S DISAPPEARANCE UNDERLINES NEED TO STOP VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN

The grand chief who represents northern Manitoba First Nations says a 21-year-old woman's disappearance underlines the urgent need to address the issue of missing and murdered aboriginal women.

Sheila North Wilson says while a federal inquiry is just beginning into the issue, it's time for action now to stop what's been happening.

The parents of Christine Wood held a tearful news conference Tuesday to appeal for help finding their daughter, who disappeared without a trace last month.

The family from Oxford House First Nation was staying at a hotel in Winnipeg on Aug. 19, when Wood left for the evening and she hasn't been seen or heard from since.

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COURT OF APPEAL HEARS ARGUMENTS OVER ACQUITTAL OF TRUCKER CHARGED IN WOMAN'S DEATH

The Alberta Court of Appeal is hearing arguments about whether it should overturn the acquittal of an Ontario trucker charged with killing an indigenous women.

Bradley Barton was found not guilty of first-degree murder last year in the death of 36-year-old Cindy Gladue, a sex trade worker who was found dead in an Edmonton motel bathtub in 2011.

Court was told Gladue bled to death after a night of what Barton called consensual, rough sex.

But Crown prosecutor Joanne Dartana said the trial judge should have explained to the jury that Barton could have been found guilty on a lesser charge if he should have foreseen his actions would harm Gladue.

The Women's Legal Education and Action Fund also submitted a brief criticizing the way the trial was conducted, saying Gladue was consistently dehumanized and stereotyped.

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WOMAN ACCUSED OF HIDING BABIES' REMAINS HAS FRAUD CHARGE STAYED

An unrelated charge has been stayed against a Manitoba woman accused of hiding infants' remains in a Winnipeg storage locker. …

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