Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Prairie Update-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Prairie Update-

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(Mba-Tax-Credits)

Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister is being non-committal about whether he will maintain tax credits and rebates for the film industry and post-secondary students as he strives to balance the budget.

Pallister's Progressive Conservative government is set to deliver a budget next week aimed at reducing the deficit.

He won't directly respond to accusations from the Opposition New Democrats that tax credits may be on the chopping block.

N-D-P education critic Wab Kinew (WAWB' kih-NOO) says the government may be set to reduce or eliminate two tax measures for post-secondary students. (The Canadian Press)

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(Mba-Premier-Horror-Film)

Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister has turned down an offer to have his Winnipeg mansion used in an upcoming slasher film about an evil doll.

Pallister says he was approached late last year by a site locator who wanted to use his waterfront home for the horror movie Cult of Chucky, which has been filming in different areas of Winnipeg.

Pallister's home is among the biggest in Winnipeg. It's a nine-thousand square-foot mansion that is worth more than two million dollars.

He says it might have been fun, but he and his family did not want the home to be opened up to a movie crew. (The Canadian Press)

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(Sask-Farm-Shooting)

There are no crowds but there is a heightened security presence outside the provincial courthouse in North Battleford where a preliminary hearing is being held for a farmer accused of fatally shooting an indigenous man.

The hearing will determine whether 55-year-old Gerald Stanley will stand trial for second-degree murder in the shooting death of 22-year-old Colten Boushie last summer.

The killing ignited racial tension in Saskatchewan and there have been large rallies outside court when Stanley made previous appearances.

But so far this week there have been no organized demonstrations, though at least eight R-C-M-P cruisers blocked off the front of the courthouse yesterday morning. …

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