Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Prairie Update-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Prairie Update-

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There is word the Canadian Coast Guard will continue to patrol the shores of Lake Winnipeg in Manitoba and Lake of the Woods in Ontario.

The union representing coast guard crews and search and rescue specialists announced yesterday the federal government has reversed a decision to close the service in these areas.

Earlier this month, the Union of Canadian Transportation Employees said the coast guard planned to eliminate marine services on inland waterways.

The union said that would have meant the closure of stations in Gimli and Selkirk in Manitoba and Kenora. (CTV Winnipeg)



A former Winnipeg taekwondo instructor who pleaded guilty to sexually abusing three of his female students when they were minors has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Fifty-eight-year-old King Yeung abused the girls in the classroom and on road trips, sometimes ordering pornography to watch while they were in hotel rooms, and binding one victim's hands together.

Judge Dale Harvey characterized Yeung as a local legend and the Wayne Gretzky of taekwondo, but said the offences were the antithesis of the sport's philosophy.

Defence lawyer Matt Gould said outside court Thursday that his client will not appeal the sentence, but Gould suggested it was too harsh. He said there are people in prison who have killed someone and are serving less time. (CTV Winnipeg)



Manitoba and Saskatchewan have been given until the end of December to sign on to the federal government's national climate change agreement to avoid losing out on millions of dollars to help cut emissions.

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall is calling that extortion.

He says withholding funds from provinces that don't go along with the federal government's policies represents a new low in Canadian federalism.

Wall has already threatened to sue Ottawa if it imposes a carbon tax on his province, as it has promised to do by spring 2018 if Saskatchewan doesn't put a plan in place. …

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