Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Prairie Update

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Prairie Update

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Manitoba's Progressive Conservative premier is asking public-sector union leaders to reduce the number of bargaining units across the province.

It's just the latest in a series of demands Brian Pallister has made of labour since winning Manitoba's provincial election in April.

In his first state of the province speech, Pallister said there are 169 bargaining units in the health-care system alone, adding too much time is spent at the bargaining table.

The head of the Manitoba Federation of Labour says combining bargaining units could drive down wages and benefits that currently vary. (The Canadian Press)



Alberta's N-D-P government says people in that province pay more than other Canadians to go to the dentist.

The province says it doesn't plan to regulate fees but wants dentists to develop a fee guide that will allow patients to shop around.

A provincial review that looked at 49 procedures found costs were up to 44 per cent higher in Alberta than in B-C, up to 38 per cent higher than in Saskatchewan and up to 25 per cent more than in Ontario.

The review found it costs more for dentists to operate in Alberta, with hygenists paid up to 18 dollars an hour more than in the rest of the country and assistants paid up to 10 bucks an hour more. (The Canadian Press)



This year's wet and soggy fall could lead to a high spring run-off in Saskatchewan.

The province's Water Security Agency released its report on conditions going into the winter freeze-up, saying many areas are as wet or wetter than they were going into freeze-up in 2010.

But it says the risk of widespread flooding similar to what was seen in the spring of 2011 will depend on the snowpack that develops over the winter.

The agency says current predictions suggest normal precipitation between December and the end of February. (The Canadian Press)



A man who was taken into custody after two women wearing hijabs were taunted in Edmonton has been released with no charges laid. …

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