Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Prairie Update-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Prairie Update-

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(Mba-Walmart-Visa)

The Canadian Federation of Independent Business says it is concerned that a deal struck between Walmart Canada and Visa over merchant fees could lead to higher costs for smaller businesses.

Federation president Dan Kelly says he suspects Walmart was able to negotiate a reduction in merchant fees.

Kelly says typically a good deal for one big company can mean bad news for small businesses, as Visa and the banks could look to make up the difference by raising the merchant fees charged to other companies.

Walmart began refusing Visa credit cards at its stores in Thunder Bay, Ontario, and 16 stores in Manitoba. That ban ended yesterday. (The Canadian Press)

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(Mba-WestJet-London)

Winnipeg travellers wanting to hop on a flight to London, England this year will have fewer options when flying WestJet.

The Calgary-based airline has reduced its non-stop weekly flights from Winnipeg to London's Gatwick Airport by more than half.

In 2016, the airline offered 22 flights. The number has been cut to 10 this year.

WestJet spokeswoman Lauren Stewart says they revisit such routes on a regular basis to ensure customers get the best possible experience. (Global Winnipeg)

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(Sask-Indigenous-Health)

The organization that represents 74 First Nations in Saskatchewan says it is time indigenous people develop a health system for themselves.

The call by the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations comes after the provincial government announced plans this week to consolidate 12 health regions into one health authority.

Federation Chief Bobby Cameron says there's concern the change is primarily driven by cost-cutting and will lower the standard of care for everyone.

The federation says the provincial health system has already failed indigenous people. (The Canadian Press)

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(Sask-Unemployment)

The provincial unemployment rate dropped in December from a level of 6. …

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