Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Prairie Update-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Prairie Update-

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(CRIME-Father-Daughter-Dead)

A judge in Lethbridge says the man convicted of killing a two-year-old girl, her father and a senior will be sentenced on August 9th.

The date was set following an emotional sentencing hearing for Derek Saretzky -- one day after he was found guilty of first-degree murder in the deaths of Hailey Dunbar-Blanchette, her father Terry Blanchette and Hanne Meketech (MEH'-keh-tek) in 2015.

Hailey's grandmother told court the horror the girl must have endured haunts her every moment -- while a friend of Meketech described Saretzky as "an indescribable beast" as people in the courtroom wept.

The Crown has urged the judge to impose the maximum possible sentence of life in prison with no chance of parole for 75 years. (The Canadian Press)

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(Farm-Safety-Fatality)

A fatality inquiry report into the death of an Alberta farm worker is recommending safety training be a compulsory part of post-secondary agriculture programs.

That was among the recommendations made by provincial court Judge Anne Brown in her report into the death of Stephen Gibson, who got pulled into a farm machine in 2014.

Brown also recommends compulsory safety checks of farm equipment every year.

She notes farming is hazardous work and cites a federal report that says 92 per cent of farm deaths are work-related while 70 per cent of those deaths involve machinery. (The Canadian Press)

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(Alta-Whooping-Cough)

Alberta Health Services says the number of cases of whooping cough connected to an outbreak in the south zone has risen to 92.

The outbreak was originally declared on June 7th after 17 cases were detected in communities with low immunization rates.

Cases were confined to communities around Lethbridge, Coaldale and Fort Macleod but have since been detected across southern Alberta, including Medicine Hat.

No outbreaks have been declared in Alberta's four other zones, but A-H-S says there have been 266 cases so far this year across the province of the highly contagious bacterial infection, which can be very serious for young children. (Global)

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(Mba-Carbon-Price)

Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna says legislation being introduced this fall to cut carbon emissions will be consistent with Canada's Constitution. …

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