Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Prairie Update-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Prairie Update-

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(CRIME-Father-Daughter-Dead) (Alta Note)

The jury in a triple-murder trial in Alberta is hearing some grim details about the deaths of a father, his young daughter and an elderly woman.

Derek Saretzky has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the deaths of 27-year-old Terry Blanchette, two-year-old Hailey Dunbar-Blanchette and 69-year-old Hanne Meketech (HAN'-uh MEK'-uh-TEK') in 2015.

The Crown prosecutor told the jury that Saretzky confessed to the crimes, then took police to a remote area where the girl's remains were found in a campsite firepit, and re-enacted what he had done.

The jury also heard that Terry Blanchette's body was found in a pool of blood in his Blairmore home by his father, and that his throat had been cut.

The trial is expected to last several weeks. (The Canadian Press)

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(Churchill-Flooding) (Mba Note)

There is no word yet on when things will return to normal in the northern Manitoba community of Churchill, where spring flooding has left a section of the rail line underwater.

The town of 900 people on Hudson Bay depends on rail service to bring in residents, visitors and supplies because there are no highways to connect it to the rest of the province.

Spring tourist season is about to begin and the community is worried that visitors from around the world will be prevented from travelling to the area to see beluga whales.

Churchill officials say arrangements have been made to fly in some supplies, and a meeting has been set up with provincial government representatives. (The Canadian Press)

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(CRIME-Officer-Assault) (Sask Note)

A Saskatchewan judge says an R-C-M-P officer who admitted to assaulting a teenager during an arrest is not a threat to the public, and gave him a conditional discharge.

Corporal Dean Flaman pleaded guilty to assault for punching and choking the teen as he was being handcuffed during a vehicle theft call in Warman, near Saskatoon, in 2016.

The Crown said Flaman should not get a discharge because he abused his position of trust, but Flaman's defence lawyer called him a good police officer who had a bad couple of days and overreacted. …

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