Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Prairie Update-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Prairie Update-

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The man accused of stabbing a 15-year-old girl inside a church in Winkler, Manitoba, will receive a mental-health assessment to determine if he is fit to stand trial.

Maksym Kravchenko, who is 39, appeared in provincial court yesterday to face charges of aggravated assault and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose.

Pastor Michael Sullivant says Kravchenko speaks Russian and Ukrainian, but very little English, and a translator was present during the proceedings.

Police say the girl was stabbed at least twice inside the women's washroom at the Pembina Valley Baptist Church following a service on Sunday. She underwent surgery and is now in stable condition. (CTV Winnipeg)



The Red Cross is working to carry out the evacuation of three northern Manitoba communities threatened by nearby forest fires.

The fire is closest to the Wasagamack First Nation and yesterday afternoon the entire community of about 2,000 was ordered out.

A spokesman for the Red Cross tells CTV Winnipeg there is no air strip in the community so residents are heading by boat to St. Theresa Point and flying out from there.

The Red Cross also says another 800 people from St. Theresa Point First Nation and 800 from Garden Hill First Nation will be relocated over health concerns from smoke. The evacuees are being taken to Winnipeg and Brandon. (CTV Winnipeg)



A former school principal found guilty of professional misconduct for altering her daughter's grades has lost her appeal in a Saskatchewan court.

Kimberley Sautner, the former principal of the high school in Wolseley, was suspended from teaching for six months by the professional ethics committee of the Saskatchewan Teachers' Federation.

The committee concluded Sautner had used a school computer program to increase her daughter's final marks in two Grade 12 classes so she could skip a university English class she was struggling with.

Sautner filed an appeal, saying there were errors in evidence and the six-month suspension of excessive. …

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