Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Prairie Update-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Prairie Update-

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(La-Ronge-Mental-Health) (Sask Note)

Chiefs of two northern Saskatchewan First Nations say they welcome one-point-two-million dollars in mental-health funding announced by Ottawa.

But they say there's still a long way to go to address the crises faced by the Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation and Lac La Ronge Indian band.

Health Minister Jane Philpott says the money -- which is to be spread over two years -- will allow expanded culturally safe mental health and addictions services for the two indigenous communities.

She made the announcement in La Ronge, where six girls between the ages of 10 and 14 from the community and surrounding area committed suicide last fall. (The Canadian Press)

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(Asylum-Claims) (Mba, Sask Note)

Federal government figures show Manitoba is second among provinces when it comes to the number of people stopped by R-C-M-P after illegally entering Canada from the U-S last month.

Of the 887 people stopped, 644 were in Quebec, 170 in Manitoba and 71 in B-C, with single crossers were nabbed in Alberta and New Brunswick.

Some of those coming over in spots such as Emerson, Manitoba told authorities they were motivated to leave the U-S because they feared their asylum claims wouldn't be treated fairly or that anti-immigrant sentiment was rising.

None were picked up in Saskatchewan in the first three months of the year, but a woman has been charged with human smuggling after nine refugee claimants were intercepted in that province on Friday. (The Canadian Press)

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(CRIME-Mother-Killed) (Alta Note)

The trial of an Alberta man accused of killing his wife and burying her body in their home's basement heard that undercover investigators staged a car accident to put a sting operation into motion.

Forty-year-old Allan Shyback is charged with second-degree murder and causing an indignity to a body in the death of 31-year-old Lisa Mitchell, who was last seen in October of 2012.

A female officer in the sting told court she and her partner damaged Shyback's parked car, then she waited for him to return so she could apologize and offer to pay for the damage.

She told court she had several meetings with Shyback, including a meal, but said she made it clear a romantic relationship was not in the cards. …

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