Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Prairie Update-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Prairie Update-

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(Conference-Board-Provinces) (Alta, Sask Note)

Alberta Finance Minister Joe Ceci (SEE'-see) says the Conference Board of Canada's latest forecast shows jobs and confidence are returning to the province and recovery is underway.

The board's spring provincial outlook says Alberta will have the fastest growing economy of all the provinces this year, after two years of contractions.

The report forecasts that Alberta's real G-D-P will increase by 3.3 per cent, thanks to startup of a new oilsands refinery near Edmonton and efforts to rebuild Fort McMurray after last year's wildfire.

Saskatchewan is expected to tie with B-C for second place at 2.5 per cent this year, based on stronger drilling numbers and labour markets in Saskatchewan. (The Canadian Press)

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(CRIME-Mother-Daughter-Deaths) (Alta Note)

An Alberta man has been ordered to stand trial in the killing of a woman and her five-year-old daughter last summer.

Forty-seven-year-old Edward Downey of Calgary faces two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of 34-year-old Sara Baillie and her daughter Taliyah (tah-LEE-ah) Marsman.

Baillie was found dead in her Calgary home on July 11th and an Amber Alert was issued for the missing girl, but her body was found a few days later in a rural area.

Downey pleaded not guilty last year and is to appear in court on August 4th to set a trial date. (The Canadian Press)

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(NDP-Leadership-Ashton) (Mba, Sask Note)

A Manitoba M-P who is a candidate to replace Tom Mulcair as the federal N-D-P leader has announced that she's expecting a baby in November.

Niki Ashton says she has no plans to slow down, adding that like millions of other Canadian women, she plans to carry on working during her pregnancy.

She's one of six candidates seeking the party's top job, with rank-and-file members to choose their new leader in October.

The candidates took part in a debate yesterday in Sudbury, Ontario, and five more debates are scheduled over the next several months, including one in Saskatoon. …

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