Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Prairie Update-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Prairie Update-

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

A Crown prosecutor says it's time for a heartbroken Alberta community to recover after a man was handed a life sentence with no chance of parole for 75 years for butchering a man, his two-year-old daughter and a senior.

The prosecutor, Photini Papadatou (PAP'-uh-DAW'-too) says the community must now pull itself together after one of the worst cases the province has ever seen.

Twenty-four-year old Derek Saretzky was convicted of three counts of first-degree murder for the 2015 deaths of Terry Blanchette, Blanchette's daughter Hailey and 69-year-old Hanne Meketech (MEK'-uh-TEK').

Justice William Tilleman agreed to make the 25-year periods of parole ineligibility consecutive, meaning Saretzky will be close to 100 before he's eligible to apply for parole. (The Canadian Press)


(Pallister-Costa-Rica) (Mba Note)

Manitoba's premier is taking exception to questions about his wife's access to confidential government information.

Brian Pallister bristled when questioned today about using his wife's personal email account and cellphone to conduct government business while at his vacation home in Costa Rica.

He says his wife has acted for many years as his gatekeeper, including screening calls and emails to allow him to spend time with his family.

Government records suggest Pallister didn't communicate with his staff each day while he was on vacation, but he says he was "accessible" every day. (The Canadian Press)



Saskatoon officials say there's little they can do when heavy rains overwhelm the city's storm sewer system.

A rapid downpour yesterday afternoon left many streets flooded, with Environment Canada reporting as much as 50 millimetres in some areas.

Galen Heinrichs, the city's water and sewer engineering manager, says it's the second time in less than a month that the city has been hit by rains so intense, the sewer system can't keep up. …

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