Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Prairie Update-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Prairie Update-

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The federal budget failed to get Premier Brian Pallister's full seal of approval after it neglected to offer new money for asylum seekers or a commitment to a high-tech project promised more than two years ago.

But the Manitoba premier did say he was -- in his words -- "not displeased" by the budget's commitment to funding for Indigenous health care.

Pallister has repeatedly said he will not continue negotiations on a new health care deal with Ottawa until he sees in writing that the threat to remove the 60 million dollars earmarked for the Factory of the Future project is off the table.

The Factory of the Future facility is being spearheaded by the National Research Council and would work closely with the private sector on the digitization of industrial processes. (CBC)



A snowmobiler is facing hefty fines and criminal charges after attempting to flee from officers.

On March 19th, Boissevain R-C-M-P were on a snowmobile patrol in Turtle Mountain Park when they attempted to stop two snowmobiles, one of which fled.

Later that day, officers found the suspect riding to his truck and attempted to stop him a second time. But the suspect again took off on his snowmobile.

They waited for him, knowing he would need to return to his truck. He now faces criminal charges and fines of more than 12-hundred dollars. (CTV Winnipeg)



The mayor of Saskatoon says the provincial budget announced by Premier Brad Wall is creating a potential financial crisis for his city.

It used to be that SaskPower and SaskEnergy were able to pay grants in lieu instead of taxes to municipalities across the province, but that will no longer be the case as of this budget.

Saskatoon Mayor Charlie Clark says that creates an 11.4 million-dollar hole in the city's operating budget for providing core services to citizens.

He says that amount is more than the cost of running all of Saskatoon's leisure facilities; is worth 25 per cent of the fire services budget; and is close to the entire cost of snow and ice management in the city. …

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