Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Prairie Update-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Prairie Update-

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(Alta-Suncor-Dead-Birds)

Oilsands giant Suncor Energy says it is mystified by the discovery of dead and dying birds at a nearly complete northern Alberta mine that hasn't produced its first official barrel of oil yet.

The Alberta Energy Regulator is dispatching an inspector to the nearly completed Fort Hills oilsands mine north of Fort McMurray after Suncor reported finding 123 waterfowl and songbirds near a tailings pond.

Suncor spokeswoman Nicole Fisher says the birds, mostly horned larks, had to be euthanized. They are a migratory bird not native to the area.

She says the company wants to figure out why the birds were in the area despite the presence of working bird deterrent systems, including cannon, radar and scarecrows.

Keith Stewart of Greenpeace Canada says government and industry keep promising they'll do better, but birds keep dying in toxic lakes. (The Canadian Press)

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(Alta-UCP-Debate)

Four men vying for the leadership of Alberta's new United Conservative Party are to take part in their first debate tonight in Calgary.

Jason Kenney, Brian Jean, Doug Schweitzer and Jeff Callaway will be looking to persuade party members that they have what it takes to topple Rachel Notley's majority N-D-P government in the next election.

There will be four more debates -- in Edmonton, Red Deer, Fort McMurray and Lethbridge -- before party members pick a leader next month.

The party was formed when the Opposition Wildrose and Progressive Conservative parties merged in the summer. (The Canadian Press)

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(Sask-Leflar-Murder)

A psychologist says a youth who is now being sentenced for second-degree murder in the death of 16-year-old Hannah Leflar showed signs of depression, A-D-H-D and trauma during their first meeting.

Dr. Danielle DeSorcy said the youth, who was 16 at the time of the crime but is now 19, had an unstable home life and was used to fending for himself.

DeSorcy said she has seen the teen act differently when surrounded by his peer, and when asked to evaluate text messages he sent after the murder, she characterized them as proud. …

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