Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Prairie Update-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Prairie Update-

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Weary forest fire evacuees are settling in at hotels and a convention centre in Winnipeg today as the fight continues to save their communities in the north.

About 37-hundred people have left their homes on three reserves in the Island Lake Region -- Wasagamack, St. Theresa Point and Garden Hill.

Chief Alex McDougall of Wasagamack First Nation says there has been a lot of frustration and anger over how the evacuation was carried out.

There is no airstrip in the community, so about two thousand people had to travel by boat to get across the lake.

Then they had to travel another two hours by barge to get to Garden Hill, the only place with an airstrip large enough for the Hercules military plane brought in to help with the rescue. (The Canadian Press)



A new category of nurse is being created in Manitoba that will allow them to independently order diagnostic tests and prescribe some medications.

Health Minister Kevin Goertzen announced yesterday that regulations are now in place to bring registered nurses under the Regulated Health Professions Act, effective the end of next May.

Goertzen says a new category called Registered Nurse Authorized Prescriber will let nurses write prescriptions for patient populations that require registered nursing care related to travel health, reproductive health, sexually transmitted infections, blood-borne pathogens and diabetes.

Marie Edwards, president of the College of Registered Nurses of Manitoba, says they're pleased the government has passed the new regulations. (The Canadian Press)



The debate is on regarding where one of the convicted killers of 16-year-old Hannah Leflar will spend his jail time, at least for the short term.

Skylar Prockner, who is 19, was in court yesterday for a hearing on whether he will be moved to an adult facility or whether he'll stay at the Paul Dojack Youth Centre, where he's currently serving his sentence.

In July, Prockner was sentenced as an adult, receiving life in prison with no chance of parole for 10 years.

He was 16 when he planned and carried out the murder of Leflar, a fellow 16-year-old high school student. …

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