Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Prairie Update

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Prairie Update

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(Obhrai-Racist-Emails)

A Calgary M-P running for the Conservative leadership says he started getting racist emails after he opposed a fellow candidate's proposal to screen refugees, immigrants and visitors to Canada.

Deepak Obhrai (OH'-bry) ouldn't say for sure how many emails he'd received but says they told him to go home -- which he says came as a surprise since Canada is his home.

Obhrai opposes Kellie Leitch's plan to screen immigrants for "Canadian values" -- saying some of her views align too closely to those of newly elected U-S president Donald Trump.

Obhrai says Canada was built by immigrants and if the Conservatives don't bring young Canadians into the fold, they will never form a government. (CFFR)

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(Sask-Income-Assistance)

The Saskatchewan government is backing down on cuts to social assistance -- at least for 27-hundred existing clients.

In a news release, it says proposed changes to Income Assistance programs will not be implemented for those already receiving benefits while the province proceeds with a review and redesign.

Social Services Minister Tina Beaudry-Mellor says the province has listened to the concerns of those who received letters this summer saying their benefits would be reduced.

But she says the changes will still apply to new program applicants or to existing clients whose circumstances change. (The Canadian Press)

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(Health-Information-Breach)

The Manitoba government says a former health department employee inappropriately accessed personal information of 197 people.

In a news release, the province says an internal investigation into Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living revealed that the individual accessed people's names, addresses and dates of birth.

But it says the former employee did not have access to personal health information such as doctor visits and diagnoses.

The department has notified the Manitoba Ombudsman's office about the breach and the province says it will be directly contacting all affected individuals. …

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