Newspaper article The Canadian Press

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Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Prairie Update-

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(Mba-Highway-Fatal)

A motorist in Manitoba who got stuck in a ditch has died after he was hit by a passing semi.

Police say the 38-year-old was on Highway 1 east of Winnipeg before sunrise yesterday when a woman in a pickup that was pulling a boat stopped.

Police say most of her truck and boat were blocking the eastbound driving lane, and the man approached the driver's side window to speak with her.

Investigators say it appears an eastbound semi with dual trailers tried to take evasive action by steering to the shoulder, but it struck the man as well as the back of the pickup. (The Canadian Press)

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(Alta-RCMP-Shooting)

The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team is investigating a police-involved shooting of a murder suspect on a First Nation west of Calgary.

Police say officers went to a home on the Stoney Nakoda First Nation on Saturday and arrested one suspect without incident, but they say another suspect "engaged police" and shots were fired.

RCMP say 27-year-old Ralph Stephens was taken to hospital but didn't survive.

Police say Stephens was wanted in connection with the death of Lorenzo "Billy" Bearspaw, whose body was found in the community on Friday. (The Canadian Press)

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(Fry-Fentanyl)

A Liberal M-P suggests the government's response to the fentanyl crisis may be slow because the number of deaths are highest in B-C and Alberta.

Vancouver Centre M-P Hedy Fry says now that the deaths are increasing in Ontario, there may be more action.

Terry Lake, the B.C. health minister, made a similar point at an opioid summit in Ottawa in November.

Andrew MacKendrick, a spokesman for Health Minister Jane Philpott, says the federal government has been working hard to tackle the issue. (The Canadian Press)

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(Sask-School-Shooting)

La Loche (la LOSH') mayor Robert St. Pierre will lead an event today at the high school where a deadly shooting happened almost a year ago. …

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